Symbolizing “nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness,” sapphire blue “has decorated the robes of royalty and clergy members for centuries, said the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). “Its extraordinary color is the standard against which other blue gems—from topaz to tanzanite—are measured.”
It’s also decorated stunning homes, infusing all that spirit and depth and rich, moody indulgence into walls and textiles and cabinetry and flooring. Face it: Sapphire sparkles, whether it’s on your finger, your walls, or running the entire length of your kitchen. And since sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September, we’ve gathered some inspiration that will make you want to incorporate the color into your home—and keep it there all year long.
An entry way is a great place to showcase a concentrated color like sapphire blue—especially when it comes in the form of a graphic pattern, like this Rosey Posey Trellis wallpaper in Ginger Jar Blue, by Anna Spiro for Porter’s Paints.
Whether you use just a bit of the hue or cover an entire room—or home—in its lusciousness, sapphire brings a distinctive feel. In this 600-square-foot studio “inside a glass tower overlooking the Manhattan skyline, Todd Alexander Romano created a high-impact design,” said Architectural Digest. “Inspired by the bold color choices of legendary decorator Billy Baldwin, the designer lacquered the walls and upholstered the custom-made sofa.”
Equally impactful is the living room of Russian architect Dmitry Velikovsky’s Moscow penthouse, which shows how sapphire blue can help tie eclectic furnishings together to create a standout space. The room “features an antique gilt-wood sofa, a Senegalese armchair, and an 18th-century samurai chair; a painting by Viktor Pivovarov hangs above the fireplace, and a Picasso etching leans against the bookshelf,” said Architectural Digest.
Sapphire blue also creates a chic alternative to an all-white kitchen. The slabs of marble keep it light and airy and the white La Cornue Range and gold pulls are fresh, interesting, and luxurious. Add in some blue-and-white cement Moroccan tile below—one of the hottest looks in flooring right now—and you have a gem of a space.
Sometimes all it takes is a touch of color to bring a room to life. This pair of 1970s sapphire blue mohair chairs by Ward Bennett from 1stdibs will do the trick. This Asian-influenced lacquered console from Jayson Home http://www.jaysonhome.com/palms-console-blue.html shows how one piece of furniture (and don’t forget about the “shiny brass pulls,” they said) can change up an entire room. The color is so seductive you just might want to eschew the idea of a neutral couch and sink right into this hand-tufted New Deep Sofa by ModShop upholstered in mystere sapphire velvet fabric.
The bathtub is a great place to bring in soothing shades of blue, and sapphire-hued cement tiles gracing the shower wall or floor can help a so-so bathroom become a stunner. Want to showcase sapphire blue in your bathroom but in a more unexpected place? Take a page from the Kimpton Schofield Hotel in Cleveland, and contrast a striking blue soaker tub against sleek marble walls.