I think everyone has one particular shade that they just can't help being drawn to. Mine is cobalt blue. Once, during a post break-up decorating binge, I painted one wall of my dining room a rich, deep blue. It took three coats to get the saturation that I wanted, but every time I looked at my dining room, I felt deeply satisfied. Everyone looked good next to that wall.
Pigments made from cobalt have been around since the middle ages, although a greatly improved version was created by Louis Jacques Thénard in 1802. Cobalt blue has long been a favored pigment for colored glass, and Maxfield Parrish used it to create the almost impossibly blue skies in his dreamy fairytale paintings. In the home, it's regal and bold on a whole wall, cheerful and elegant as an occasional pop of color.
3. Marie Claire Maison via ...etc.
5. Domino via We Love Domino.
6. Maxfield Parrish, 'Cinderella'. Available from Artsy Craftsy.
7. Maxfield Parrish, 'Stars', 1926. Via Apt B.
1. Capellini hi pad chair in cobalt blue.
2. Felt handle stool in blue.
3. Tube top lamp in cobalt blue.
4. Cobalt blue glass lady soap dish. Other cobalt blue glass can be found here.
5. Powder coated steel bench.
6. Blue velvet Camden chair. Because who doesn't love blue velvet?
Images: As credited above.