Style file: Duck egg blue


Style file: Duck egg blue


I am terribly bored of our dining room. It is in desperate need of some attention and sprucing up – has been for some time now. Everything in there is simply functional and not particularly pretty or inspiring. I think it may even be bordering on drab. I think what’s really bothering me is that it is all dark wood in there while the rest of the house has been lightened and brightened bit by bit over the past year. Safe to say it is just one of those rooms that I haven’t gotten around to fiddling with, but I’ve decided that I really do need to get on to it (a New Year’s resolution, perhaps?) so for now, I am at the very least starting to put some thought into this project.

As the dining room leads on to the lounge area, I need to keep the color schemes aligned. My lounge is light and neutral with accents of my current favorite color, duck egg blue, which for me, is precisely as the name suggests, any shade that resembles the greenish/blueish shades of ducks’ eggs.

blue egg blue inspiration

Source: eggs | mason jars | fabric

Seriously, what is not to love about those eggs? They exude a sense of calm and serenity. Who would have thought that said eggs would be inspiring interiors across the globe and filling boards on Pinterest. Clever little ducks.

So, with my color palette in mind, I’ve started to trawl the ‘interweb’ for ideas and inspiration. Here’s a look at some things I like so far…

Source: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

I know for sure that this project is going to involve the painting of furniture because all the existing pieces are dark and some of them will have to be lightened up. I don’t mind a mix of light, dark and colour when it comes to wooden furniture, but the trick will be deciding what will change and what will stay as it is. I think I may enlist the help of my close friend and style maven, Jacqui, who’s just launched her beautiful blog, Brooke Eva… take a look and you’ll see why!

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  • […] follow up to the post about my dining room aspirations, and with all the talk around here about Christmas wish lists, I’ve come up with a […]

  • Kerrie 11/02/2016 at 2:59 AM

    I’d like to find out more? I’d want to find out some additional information.

  • Mandy 03/02/2015 at 8:41 PM

    What is the color used for the Mason jars? I would love to paint a wall that color in my dining room.

    • Kathryn Hawkes 07/02/2015 at 1:40 PM

      Hi Mandy, I don’t know the exact colour used on the mason jars, but I can recommend a good match: Jotun S3101-B70G, which is the colour I used on the legs of my kitchen stools, as seen here. Hope that is helpful. Kath

  • Christina 30/12/2014 at 11:31 PM

    Love the color scheme! Would you mind telling me the paint colors and where from?

    • Kathryn Hawkes 01/01/2015 at 3:00 PM

      Hi Christina, unfortunately, the colours used in the colour palette displayed were not specific paint samples. Kath

  • […] beautifully with shades of blue and green, placing it comfortably within the palette of my current color crush, duck egg blue. Yay! This versatile shade can be used to transform the mood in any room. Already a big fan, I […]

  • Fiona Cragg 19/12/2013 at 12:02 PM

    I agree – love the duck egg shade

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