What is my Favourite Blue Accent Colour and Why

How time flies lately! Looking at my last post and today’s date you can guess that I’ve been pretty busy. Between several bathroom projects to complete (starting at the end of last year), my day job and several consultations, here I am, in April, finally putting some “ink” on this virtual paper. And don’t get me started on the winter blues… Did I mention that I mostly hibernate during the winter? But this is going to change soon…

Bathrooms are way up there for my favourite spaces to design, and lately I had my fair share of them! I believe in timeless bathrooms (with white fixed elements), which can be embellished and layered with various colours and accessories decided by trends your likings.

Timeless Bathroom with Quarzite Countertop

Livia Drennan | Interior Design

However, when it comes to powder rooms, I always suggest something different, some controversy that gets people talking, some WOW!

Powder Room with Aranami Farrow and Ball Wallpaper

Livia Drennan | Interior Design

But why am I talking about bathrooms when the subject of this blog is about blues?

I typically specify colours from the Benjamin Moore, or Sherwin Williams collections. I love their paints, especially the VOC free ones, and they have some beautiful colours and lovely blues.

When it came to one of my own projects, I wanted to try Farrow&Ball. I read about them and checked them out throughout the years, and as I was planning for our powder room makeover, it felt like the right opportunity to finally use their products in our own home.

Powder Room Art and wallpaper

Farrow&Ball Skylight

Sometime last summer, I discovered one of the Farrow&Ball’s dark blues, by browsing through a Style at Home magazine, where someone used Stiffkey Blue to paint shelving in their family room. In that picture, it looked similar with this:

Stiff Key Blue Farrow and Ball

Farrrow&Ball – StiffKey Blue

That blue spoke to me differently than any other dark blue: it is “navy blue meets denim”, the perfect nautical blue, looking clean in full light, and moody in less light. My powder room plans had blue as an accent, so the decision on which particular colour to use was made for me right then!

And here it is, ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present to you… Stiffkey Blue – the BEST accent blue on the planet! You see, you don’t need too much of a good thing in a space. The Good Thing needs to be placed in small doses to really pop, so in my powder room, other than the blue appearing in the wallpaper, I only repeated it in the mirror frame and the frame of an art piece.

Aranami Wallpaper, Stiffkey Blue, Farrow and Ball

Aranami Wallpaper Farrow and Ball

Livia Drennan | Interior Design

Here it is, in other applications:

… A gorgeous kitchen island,

StiffKey Blue Kitchen Island

Houzz – Richard Burke Design

… Used here as a neural to draw attention to the complementary orange chair that steals the show (see how it looks a bit moody in a darker space?),Stiffkey Blue Farrow and Ball

Annsley McAleer

… And here again as a beautiful accent wall that makes the art pop,

Stiffkey Blue Farrow and Ball


Look at this gorgeous bag… Cambridge Satchel Co. partnered with Farrow&Ball and made this limited-edition line of bags using Stiffkey Blue. Wouldn’t you love to wear this colour every day?Stiffkey Blue Cambridge Satchel Co.

Cambridge Satchel Co.

I hope you liked my round up of Stiffkey Blue and I am grateful that you allowed me to rant passionately describe how much I like this colour. Would you use it in your home?

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  • Eddy - An interesting colour & helpful design concept – your passion on the subject comes through!ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Galbraith - As a fellow blue lover, I love this post! Beautiful powder room Livia. Our city does not have a Farrow and Ball supplier but I would love to try their paint.ReplyCancel

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