OUR COLOUR CRUSH: CHIC TIFFANY’S BLUE

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Tiffany blue is both vivacious and elegant. We’re stealing a little of its bonhomie to brighten up our interiors.

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Images sourced L to R: press.tiffany.com and etsy.com.

There’s no doubt about it. Tiffany’s is an institution. Since its establishment in 1837, it’s occupied space in the zeitgeist. That little blue box with the white ribbon is instantly recognisable. It’s become a symbol of romance and love.

And that gorgeous forget-me-not blue hue has secured a space in our hearts.

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The Rapee cushion and throw collection, featuring the Direction, Tetris, Bow and Rabanne cushions, available online at Zanui.

Popular culture is peppered with references of the iconic jewellery store, from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to Moulin Rouge, James Bond to The Eagles’ Hotel California. Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson lost their sh!t when they found Tiffany’s box in Bride Wars.

And, of course, the infinitely elegant Audrey Hepburn stole our hearts as the sassy Holly Golighty who was just CRAZY about Tiffany’s.

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Images sourced L to R: buzzfeed.com and luxurytrump.com.

Tiffany’s has almost become synonymous with living the dream. When Holly talks about getting the “mean reds” when ““suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of”, it is Tiffany’s that puts her straight.

Holly: Well, when I get [the mean reds] the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then – then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name!

We’re looking at doing precisely that – getting a real-life place that makes us feel like Tiffany’s – and using that enchanted blue hue to help us along the way!

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Chia Quilt Cover and Cushions from Alex Perry for Linen House, available online at Zanui.

WHY DID TIFFANY’S CHOOSE THIS TONE?

Founder Charles Lewis Tiffany chose the Tiffany Blue in 1845 for its very first Blue Book (showcasing pieces of daring artistry (!) and exquisite craftsmanship). He’s said to have chosen this distinctive shade for its elegance and sophistication.

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From L to R: Direction Cushion from RapeeWazah Charcoal Modern Rug from Rug Republic, and South Beach Stripe Flat Weave Rug from Xavier & Me, available online at Zanui.

Others attribute the choice to the popularity of turquoise jewellery in weddings at the time. It was inaugurated as Tiffany Blue in 2001 when colour-whisperers Pantone deemed it so.

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The Rapee cushion and throw collection, featuring the SpaceLuna, and Element cushions, available online at Zanui.

WHY IS COLOUR IMPORTANT IN DÉCOR?

Laurie Pressman VP of the Pantone Colour Institute points out that 80% of our experience is filtered through our eyes. Colour commands our attention and has a huge impact on shaping of our emotional state.

In the context of décor, this means that our choice of accents greatly dictates the mood of our interiors.

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From L to R: Bird and Bird Square Painted Canvas Wall Art, Aubrey Throw and Bondi Icebergs Framed Print, available online at Zanui.

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THIS TONE?

Pressman describes it as being both cool and fresh yet vibrant. It has verve. The Tiffany Blue offers a kind of lyrical escape. It’s an oasis for your eyes – luxurious and vivid. A visual delight that transports you beyond the banal. It speaks of the wide open firmament and summer and sun-lit sea…

Pretty glorious.

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The Wait Canvas Print from Shaynna Blaze for Urban Road, available online at Zanui.

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

Think of the 60-30-10 model. You want to split your colour scheme across this ratio with accents coming in at just 10%. This hue works really well to pique your palette – it’s super racy and adds spice.

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From L to R: Berge Sherpa Bedding Set and Kids Lattice Quilt Cover, Neon Coral, available online at Zanui.

It also works well in the 30% zone for those with a bit more daring. Consider a bold Tiffany blue sofa! And accent it in monochrome to tone it down.

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The Rapee cushion collection, featuring the Tetris and Asteroid cushions, available online at Zanui.

WHAT COLOUR COMBINATIONS WORK WELL?

This particular hue works in well with greys and mustard to chartreuse tones… Look to Tiffany’s for inspiration and pair it with crisp white for fresh style. For high contrast, work in tandem with crimson red.

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The Florence Broadhurst collection, featuring the Yvan’s Geo Breakfast CushionBamboo Hawaiian Cushion, and Spring Floral Cushion, available online at Zanui.

Work in graduated blues for a chic coastal look.

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A Mind’s Eye Canvas Print from Hoxton Art House, available online at Zanui.

WHAT KIND OF DÉCOR ACCENTS DOES THIS COLOUR SUIT?

Think wall art, vases, throws and cushions. In addition to your living areas, consider adding pops of Tiffany blue into your bedroom (serene yet spirited) and your kitchen (cute vintage blue jars + accessories!).

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From L to R: Longing Outdoor Cushion from The Canvas Workshop, Too Shy Canvas Print, and Blue Mondays Canvas Print from Alyssa & Lysandra for United Artworks, available online at Zanui.

Well, that was absolutely charming. We hope you enjoyed it too! We raise a glass of Tiffany Blue Cosmopolitan to your decorating success.

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Image sourced: Crazy About Tiffany’s film.

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.