July 4 always brings out a patriotic streak in our decorating, but this year, we wanted to shake up the color palette a bit. So instead of pairing red and white with that old standby navy, we decided to introduce them to a new friend: French blue.
A longtime favorite color of Annie’s, French blue is a medium-intensity hybrid of denim, lavender, and gray. It’s got a more sophisticated, upscale feel than navy, royal blue, or turquoise, making it just a bit unexpected when paired with patriotic white and red (think crimson, brick, or merlot for the most eye-catching look, but even a bright, primary red will work).
We love red, white, and blue in preppy-casual designs—perfect for this time of year—but our current favorite way to use these hues is in laid-back boho or eclectic decorating, as in these photos from interior designer Miles Redd and, well, we’re not exactly sure where the other one came from, but it’s been floating around the Interwebs for a few years. (If you know the original source, please fill us in.)
We especially love the center-stage role French blue plays in both of these rooms, with the white on the floors and trim providing some clean contrast, and the red armchair and sofa as powerful focal points. To give you even more inspiration for trying this color palette, Annie put together a pretty terrific mood board of products. Take a peek: