Photo: Elle Decor
Happy day! Another wonderful guest post from oh so chic Los Angeles interior designer Alison Blumenfeld of her eponymous Blumenfeld Interiors.
This time…Alison shows us how a very special shade of captivating blue can be used to add visual interest and liveliness to a space.
Here’s the latest Alison Blumenfeld guest post for COCOCOZY on Yves Klein blue!
I think wall color is situational. In Los Angeles, where the light is bright and sunny most of the year I love white, in San Francisco it needs to warm up to bone or color to contrast the grey fog, in London color, color everywhere! As most of my work is in Los Angeles I am forever looking for ways of introducing color even into the whitest rooms.
Many decorators suggest adding a hint of red or black to every room. I am a great lover of this idea…but in my collecting of inspirational images another accent color has caught my eye, Yves Klein blue (also known as International Klein Blue). French artist Yves Klein held the first private exhibition of his monochromes in 1950 using this color and ten years later patented the color.
Yves Klein blue is a vibrant blue pigment first mixed and used by artist Klein in the 1950s (above)
In the three images below, Yves Klein blue is introduced in the form of a coffee table in Yves Klein’s own ‘Table Bleue’ (blue table), ‘Table Rose’ (pink table) and ‘Table D’Or’ (gold table). These tables while covet worthy sell in the $20,000 range putting well beyond the reach of most people.
Photo: Architectural Digest
Photo: David Netto
But what is so wonderful about this color is even in the smallest amount it adds a vibrant energy to a room. Here, in the image below, socialite/magazine editor Fabiola Berecasa uses Yves Klein blue in their framing of art and photos.
Fabiola Beracasa in her bedroom with a hint of Yves Klein blue peeking through in the form of a picture frame(above)
Paint, fabric, art, books, ashtrays and vases are all other great vehicles for this vibrant blue color as you can see below.
Photo: New York Magazine
Photo: House & Garden
Photo: AD Italia
I think the idea is to add one bold element of Yves Klein blue into a space and see where it takes you….
Thank you Alison Blumenfeld for the wonderful post!
Readers, where might you use a pop of Yves Klein blue in your home? What accent color do you find yourself gravitating towards when you decorate? Please do tell!
Rushing off to work as usual…not a clue as to what I will wear. Oh dear. Not that it matters…I tend to “dress” very nicely for work but I wonder if anyone would notice if I wore my pjs to work. Should I give it a try…would make my life so much easier?
P.S. COCOCOZY Press: Repeat thank you! Another big thank you to the very nice Haskell Harris of Garden & Gun Magazine for the lovely blog post on the COCOCOZY collection launch on her blog for the magazine called Belle Decor. I know, I just mentioned this Garden & Gun post yesterday but I have good reason for mentioning it again: 1. I so loved her write up (self indulgent perhaps…LOL); 2. My friends FF and CF from New Orleans just emailed me (from a plane) saying they had just read it and how happy they were I mentioned NOLA. I had to mention it again you see…I just had to! Don’t worry…I’m not turning into a total narcissist (yet…hee hee)!
P.P.S. COCOCOZY Press Take II: New thank you! Also, just noticed another fab posting about the COCOCOZY collection from Nicole at So Haute blog. Had the pleasure of meeting Nicole in New York! She’s included COCOCOZY in her NYIGF round up! Thank you Nicole!