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FROM sapphire to turquoise and indigo, blue is known for its calming properties that can magically transport you to a dreamy, faraway place with a single glance. Whether your home has a neutral palette, or leans towards warmer hues and dark timbers, blue is a beautiful accent colour that is often overlooked.
But not by sisters Phoebe and Delia Langdon of Queensland-based textile company, Langdon Ltd. They know blue is a trend that isn’t going anywhere any time soon.
“Blue is a staple, strong colour that empowers rather than overwhelms a space. Whether you opt for a stronger shade such as navy or a daintier blue, it’s here to stay,” says Delia Langdon, who decided to start the business around the family dinner table.
“Phoebe had recently returned from her studies in India and was really interested in creating designs with purpose.
It came at a good time for me, I was stuck in my finance job and this was the perfect out.”
From rugs to cushions and accessories for the home, all Langdon Ltd products are handwoven by artisans in India.
“We work directly with artisans in Rajasthan who use their traditional techniques to hand weave our products with the finest cotton,” Delia says. “These artisans really bring colours to life using the dabu printing technique to dye with stunning hues, including some beautiful blues. For us it’s all about using the traditional Indian techniques with a little Australian influence to create stunning pieces.”
Any advice for those people that may have been previously reluctant to introduce blue?
“For the colour conservative who don’t want to dramatically go blue with one brushstroke, cushions. If you’re unsure how much blue your room requires, you can always pop a few cushions in and see how it looks. If you’re a little more colour-confident, introduce larger blue hues to the room,” Delia explains.
Rachael Fry, founder and creative director of bespoke furniture company, Criteria, agrees it’s best to start small with blue if you’re unsure of how the hue will work.
“If you are hesitant, start small with accents such as textiles. Pretty soon, you will fall in love and buy a whole sofa in blue,” Rachael says.
“I think neutrals work beautifully with blues, so your greys, whites, blacks etc. That being said, we have paired our Chester Moon blue sofa from Baxter with our Vintage pink and orange rug from Kulchi in the showroom and it is a showstopper. So I think the options are endless.”
For those looking for striking contrast, Delia says to position blue tones against warmer hues.
“Blue is very versatile, but I find blue can be a great way to add a little contrast to rooms with warmer tones, including mustards, oranges, whites and lighter natural textures, such as jute.
“It also mashes well with metallic,” she says.
Article originally posted on: Gold Coast Bulletin