This room features several shades across the broad duck egg colour spectrum, and the natural blend of blues and greens makes for a fresh, foolproof colour palette. Perfect for clutter-lovers, duck egg’s calming effect will offset busyness if you like to have a lot of stuff on show.
Pile on the pattern
Pattern makes a great alternative to block colour. In some ways, it offers a lighter approach to using colour because of the variations within it. From the wallpaper to the cushions and rug, almost everything bar a few minor accessories is patterned in this duck egg scheme. What every piece has in common is the use of off-white to create its pattern, which is key to all the various prints working together.
Keep it simple
If all your room needs to bring it to life is a fresh coat of paint, you can’t beat a soothing duck egg shade. It fits really well with all neutrals, from natural wood and cream to black and dark brown. It also looks great with bolder blues, making it easy to introduce some fun and vibrant accessories.
Go for true blue
Pick a duck egg from the bluer end of the colour chart and let it shine on walls and rugs. This fern-themed duck egg living room is a breath of fresh air. The sky-like blue of the paint and floor rug is a natural fit with the leaf motifs of the framed prints, footstool and scatter cushions. Other tones in the room are kept to cream and wood finishes, creating a beautiful balance across the scheme that is naturally restful.
Love your pastels
Combine different duck-egg tones for a pretty living room scheme. The walls of this space have a hint of grey, the sofa offers a hit of green, while the armchair is at the boldest, bluest end of duck egg. Modernise the feel with white or glass furniture, a mid-toned laminate floor and fabrics featuring contemporary prints of rabbits and florals. Accents of pastel yellow, pink and grey punctuate this beautiful scheme and are brought to the fore in wall-hung box display shelving.
Paper a feature wall
Create a duck-egg feature wall using a distinctive and stylish wallpaper from floor to ceiling. This wallpaper features open shelves and heirloom decanters and vases filled with lilies and honesty and has a retro style that is effortlessly warm and convivial. The primrose yellow Chesterfield sofa with contrast piping is the showy centrepiece and it is flanked by elegant velvet wing chairs in deepest blue velvet and Ercol-style storage that adds another vintage edge.
If you love duck-egg blue, but don’t want to decorate with it, then bring the shade to furniture and accessories instead of walls, curtains and floors. This impressive Flemish-style living room features graduations of dark neutrals throughout, but the space is brought to life by the use of duck-egg blue on the fitted and removable covers of three armchairs placed centrally in the room. Pretty blue also filters out to the tables and storage around the room on pottery and china, lamp bases, photo frames and trinket boxes.
Add a few accents
Keep a duck egg scheme subtle by using a lace-effect wallpaper with a low-sheen, embossed finish. Bring in pretty carved furniture – this wall shelf has been painted in a pretty turquoise for an elegant brocante-style touch. Cream furniture and flooring provide a clean base for cushions in a mix of linens and lace, plains and subtle floral patterns.
Thrill with frills
Duck egg can make a great anchor shade for full-on vibrant colours. This smart modern living room is resplendent in jade, old white and duck egg. The glorious jade of the sofa, side tables and flooring is built up by the gradations of duck egg and old white around it. Fabulous frills make a feature of curtains and cushions, while the oversized floor lamp provides a wonderfully eccentric finishing touch.
Explore the colour spectrum
Head for duck egg at the green end of the scale and use the most gentle of shades from skirting to picture rail. In this super-smart living room, woodwork, ceiling and floor are united in bright white, window treatments have been shunned for bare panes and dark accents of brown and green create designer shapes against the open backdrop. In this space, the Egg chair, side tables, standard lamp and chandelier are perfectly poised.