Tiffany blue is both vivacious and elegant. We’re stealing a little of its bonhomie to brighten up our interiors.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Work in graduated blues for a chic coastal look.
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!).
Well, that was absolutely charming. We hope you enjoyed it too! We raise a glass of Tiffany Blue Cosmopolitan to your decorating success.
Image sourced: Crazy About Tiffany’s film.