Enigmatic, evocative and soothing in appearance, blue conjures up images of inky midnight skies, sparking teal lagoons and speckled duck eggs. Blue is said to bring down blood pressure, slow your heart rate and reduce feelings of anxiety, making it the perfect shade for bedrooms.

It’s hard to go wrong with blue, but it’s best to find the right shade to suit the size of your room. Pale blues like sky blue, aqua and ice blue are expansive and airy, and will help to make your bedroom seem larger and brighter. Darker shades like denim, indigo, or slate blue are sophisticated and warm and will lend large rooms a more intimate appearance. If you choose a light blue as the primary colour in a room, balance it with warm hues for the furnishings and fabrics to keep the room looking and feeling cosy.

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