Let me show you how to use Beautiful Duck Egg Blue

Look at a colour wheel and you will find teetering on the edge of blue and almost meeting green, the colour Duck Egg Blue, often also referred to as Robin’s Nest Blue.  Generally accepted to be in the blue family, when looked at closely, many will perceive this colour as green.  See my inspiration below and find out how and why you should be using this in your decorating schemes.

Let me show you how to use Duck Egg Blue
Image – House of Turquoise

Duck Egg Blue has wide appeal

As this is such a delicate colour, it isn’t offensive and most people say they love it.  Even people who don’t really think a lot about colour, will find it pleasing in a scheme.  Used as an accent it brings a beautiful lift to simple neutral schemes without making an obvious colour statement and it is at home in a coastal or country scheme.

You can see from the image above that just the addition of a throw and cushions in this colour really injects some personality into a neutral colour scheme.  While the detail in the curtain in the image below, brings just enough colour to make a statement in this sophisticated scheme.

Let me show you how to use Duck Egg Blue
Image – HGTV

Related: Breakfast Nooks – My top ten favourite looks

The bedroom colour of choice

This is without doubt the colour that I get asked about the most for decorating bedrooms and it is the one I am also happiest to recommend.  As Duck Egg Blue contains a large degree of grey and is also tonally quite light, it is the most soothing colour for a bedroom scheme.  This colour looks really great with fresh white.  I know I have said before that it is delicate but it really is and this is what makes it so perfect for so many areas, but in particular the bedroom.

Let me show you how to use Duck Egg Blue

Let me show you how to use Duck Egg Blue
Image – Vanessa Arbuthnot

Related: 5 tips to create a calm bedroom environment 

Let me show you how to use Duck Egg Blue

Duck Egg Blue is a Classic Coastal colour

The classic coastal schemes incorporating blues turn to the ocean for their inspiration and although we tend to think of dark navy, azure blue or turquoise for our ocean colours, Duck Egg Blue is there when the ocean is reflecting a soft grey sky and is more green than blue.  You therefore find that this colour can be very successful in a classic coastal scheme as it is less predictable than the generally accepted blues of the ocean.

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Related: My top 7 tips for a classic coastal look

Duck Egg Blue is a Pretty Country colour

Designers love the versatility of this colour as it works as well for a pretty country style scheme as it does for a coastal retreat.  With its relation to green, it works particularly well with other colours from the garden, particularly its opposite, pink.  If you like the shabby look that is so at home in a country style scheme, then you should consider using Duck Egg Blue for painting furniture.

Let me show you how to use Duck Egg Blue
Photographer – Leonardo Wong
Let me show you how to use Duck Egg Blue

Related: My Guide to Country Style

The go to colour for Swedish Style

What many of us are doing when we use Duck Egg Blue, either for a coastal or country style look, is of course emulating the beautiful appeal of Swedish style which must be one of the most popular styles around the world.  Swedish style relies heavily on white colour palettes as daylight is often at a premium in Sweden and interiors are decorated to reflect as much natural light as possible.    Accent colours are therefore delicate and tonally very close to white which makes Duck Egg Blue perfect.

Let me show you how to use Duck Egg Blue
Image – HGTV

Related: 5 key elements of Scandi Style

Duck Egg Blue goes with

My favourite colour partners with Duck Egg Blue are white, other blues and greens that are close in the colour spectrum and soft neutral taupes and browns.  Remember to look to nature for inspiration.  I found this image that I loved and took the colours from here to put together a colour palette that will work, naturally.

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  • Colour 1 – Hex fbf635, Napkin White—Dulux Australia, Quarter Dutch White—Resene, Absolute White—Dulux UK, Mayonnaise—Benjamin Moore
  • Colour 2 – Hex a4d2ca, Sea Green—Dulux Australia, Sinbad—Resene, 50GG—Dulux UK, Lake Victoria— Benjamin Moore
  • Colour 3 – Hex 548674, Molly Robins—Dulux Australia, Cutty Sark—Resene, 30GG—Dulux UK, Palm Trees—Benjamin Moore
  • Colour 4 – Hex 89886e, Wistful Gem—Dulux Australia, Schist—Resene, Gooseberry Fool 2—Dulux UK, Passion Vine—Benjamin Moore
  • Colour 5 – Hex 5c5340, Arrow Shaft—Dulux Australia, Iroko—Resene, 70YY—Dulux UK, Night Owl—Benjamin Moore

Duck Egg Blue is a fabulous wall colour

Due to its high proportion of grey and the subtlety of the colour, this is an excellent choice for painting walls, not just as a feature but for an entire room.  So don't just consider this colour as an accent, Duck Egg Blue can create a beautiful serene environment and is particularly effective when partnered with a white trim.  How welcoming does this hallway look with this beautiful colour?

Let me show you how to use Duck Egg Blue
Image – Laura Ashley

Related: 7 tips for the perfect welcoming hallway

Are you a lover of Duck Egg Blue and have you used it in an interior scheme before?  I would love to hear from you in the Comments section and to answer any questions you have about using this beautiful colour.  Follow me on Pinterest too for lots more inspiration.

Let me show you how to use Duck Egg Blue

If you are a fan of blue, you might also enjoy my article – Let me show you how to use Navy Blue and White.  With heaps of inspiration and colour palettes for you to follow:

Let me show you how to use Navy Blue and White

69 thoughts on “Let me show you how to use Beautiful Duck Egg Blue

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    Mary says:

    Hi I loved the ideas. I have a duck egg sofa and chair in my north facing living room.

    I’m just building a chimney breast and want to inject warmth into the colour scheme.

    What your would you paint the recesses either side of the chimney. I’m going to build a glass bookshelf in front of one of the recesses which will be cream.

    The rest of the living room is painted off-white cream.

    Also I’ve bought an oversized lampshade in shades of duck egg it’s got a abstract pattern and my curtains are a dark cream.

    Thank you

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Mary I’m glad you love the ideas here. The lovely creamy tones that you have used with the duck egg blue will bring the warmth into the scheme and I don’t think I would introduce any other strong colour as this could detract from the lovely duck egg blue which is so soft and pretty. Sometimes the back of cupboards, shelves or recesses can look really effective in a darker tone, so look at duck egg blue on a colour chart and see how it looks when it is much darker – it will become a beautiful rich green/blue – something like this could work to create some definition or you could simply work with the cream and duck egg and perhaps think about a warm neutral for the flooring – love the idea of the lampshade! Thanks for getting in touch Samantha

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    Diane says:

    Hi I have just painted our living room a duck egg white with a fireplace wall of duck egg. The carpet is a dark silver grey and I have been told they do not match! I am having trouble bringing the room together – what are your thoughts please?

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Diane the key is whether you think they match – remember when you are renovating or decorating you get lots of advice which can sometimes make you doubt your decisions! It sounds to me as though the dark silver grey should ground this scheme nicely. Consider your furniture too – sofas etc as this may help to pull it all together. Samantha

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    Petula Mathias says:

    We’re on the point of moving into an old Edwardian house.
    I’m thinking duck egg bluemail walls, brown and wood grain furniture, but what colour carpet and curtains?

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Petula I like to keep the carpet just slightly darker than the walls to ground the space. You need to consider the mood that you want for the room – a darker charcoal blue carpet will really define the edges of the room and will give you a different feel to a more neutral mid tone carpet that ties in the timber of your furniture and will give you a softer look. Both work but it depends on the look and the mood you want to create. Also consider whether you are leaving the internal timber trim and doors in timber or are they white – again it gives you a different look and might help you to decide on your carpet. Consider your upholstery colours when selecting your curtains but a soft biscuit/oatmeal linen type drape would work here or if you do have lots of off white trim then perhaps a flowing off white curtain. Put everything together on a large board and play around with the samples to ensure you like them together. Good luck! Samantha

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    Jill says:

    Hi Diane Love your website and your ideas!

    I have a large open plan family room/kitchen. The kitchen is gloss white two pac with Caesarstone White Shimmer bench tops and white glass splash back. The floor tiles throughout are a very pale off white. I have some mid tone timber furniture and also some painted white timber furniture. My sofas are an off white fabric. I have duck egg blue cushions and decor items.

    Just wondering what colour to paint walls and whether to paint one (or two) walls in an accent colour.

    Kind regards
    Jill

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Jill I love soft neutrals with duck egg blue and white – so you could either go with Dulux Narrow Neck Quarter if you wanted a grey neutral or if you wanted something warmer then Dulux White Beach Half. You will need to look at samples against your off white sofas – these may be a creamy white in which case the second colour will be preferable. Also consider how much light the room receives – good luck Samantha

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        Jill Myers says:

        Thank you so much for your suggestions Samantha. We have decided to go with warmer neutrals as these will look really good with our furniture. I am getting quite exited about seeing the final ‘look’ and will see if I can send you a photo!

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            Jacqui says:

            I love duck egg and would love it in my bedroom as a change from cream. I have rustic oak furniture with a mink coloured carpet. Kept it neutral to tie in with the oak furniture but would love some colour on the walls. Would duck egg tie in with the oak furniture and brown carpet do you think? Thank you!

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            Samantha Bacon says:

            Hi Jacqui Yes I think it would work on your walls. You need to consider how much natural light the room receives to determine the strength of the Duck Egg Blue. Paint companies tend to offer quite a range of Duck Egg blues, some paler than others and it may be that a softer, lighter form of this colour would suit the bedroom and not close in the walls too much. So that would be my consideration when choosing the colour for your walls. Perhaps try a couple of samples – paint large boards rather than the walls so that you can keep the cream if you change your mind. Another way to introduce the colour would be to have a duck egg blue quilt/bedspread? Good luck Samantha

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    Fred says:

    Hi Samantha, Please help!!! We’ve bought gorgeous duck egg blue curtains (quite pale) and a new sofa, etc in a grey. We’ve no idea how to match the walls though. Our walls have a dado rail right round the room and we’re trying to decide i.e. what colour, though we’ve always had a light shade on top of dado and a darker shade below, think we would still prefer this. The room is only 15′ x 12′ so it has to be reasonably bright colours, not loud though. can you help we’d be so grateful!!

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Fred I think it might be nice to match the paint colour below the dado to the curtains and then use a soft grey/white above – this way you tie in the curtains and the sofa. Dulux Narrow Neck Quarter is a lovely grey that works with Duck Egg Blue – all very muted and soft – but the exact colours will depend on the sofa and curtains so use these as a guide but keep the Duck Egg the darkest so it might be that you end up with more of a white/grey for the remainder. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Karen says:

    Hi Samantha,
    Trying to decide on the colour voiles for my living room, it’s driving me mad as I can’t decide I have a light grey sofa with duck egg cushions and a duck egg large rug with a glass coffee table plus dining with gloss white furniture, I have two lovely light grey lampshades too.

    I have got white pull down blinds and I am having white voiles in front when they are open, but thinking of contrast to the white wall side it’s on so am thinking of just adding a different colour voiles on the end, can you please help me decide what colour will bring it all together.

    P.s. I am thinking of having a light grey wall on one side of the room.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Karen for simplicity I do really like the idea of the voiles being white to match the blinds – this is a large element of the room and quite a colour statement so my feeling is to keep it simple. I’m wondering if you could bring the soft light grey colour onto the wall with the window? This would provide some contrast to the white and then you still have your beautiful colour palette of duck egg blue, grey and white. You run the risk with coloured voiles that they will not be the same as either the grey in the sofa and lampshades and the blue of the cushions so I think it best to stick with white – it is a classic look and allows you to add more grey/duck egg blue in other areas. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Penny says:

    Hi Samantha, I have a 1920s California bungalow painted in Dulux Classic Cream with Vivid White window frames. I know not everyone likes Classic Cream but I’m trying to update the house without painting everything in one go.I’d like to introduce a Duck Egg Blue for the doors (I have one on each side of the house). What is a duck egg blue that’s strong enough for bright Australian light and sunshine? There are so many to choose from and I don’t know which will look too washed out. Thank you.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Penny I like to use Dulux Milky Spearmint – it has enough grey and depth in it to stand up to the Australian sunshine – try out a sample first though to check that you like it! Samantha

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    Mary says:

    Hi Samantha, I am renovating a 1915 timber home and as you say getting advice from everyone and not liking all of it! I have a large formal lounge room with silk duck egg blue curtains coming. I am also choosing fabric to recover an old lounge of my mother’s. I am tending towards blue/green or teal shades for the lounge and was thinking very pale duck egg walls and white trim to doors and windows. For the floor I would prefer a plush carpet, my husband wants polished floors but then need to buy a huge rug. Can you suggest a carpet colour? Thanks, have enjoyed reading your other suggestion,?

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Mary your home sounds lovely. I feel that to balance the colour in the curtains and lounge you need something relatively dark for the carpet to define the edges of the room. I do love the idea of timber floorboards with a rug in a silver/duck egg blue colour as this way you have the dark floor but the softness of the rug. If you have plush carpet the room will appear more formal – not wrong of course but the timber floor would make it a more relaxed space so consider how you want the end result to look. With carpet you will need some depth in the tone – a mid grey that tends towards the blue could work. Bring samples of carpet home or when you are browsing have samples of the curtains, upholstery fabric and wall colour with you to help you choose. Either way, the room sounds as if it will be lovely good luck Samantha

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      Nita Smith says:

      Hi Samantha
      We have duck mint green curtain with white thread pattern of Japanese Flowers.
      All you can see is white thread large flowers on a silk mint green background.
      We bought cream leather H plan sofa
      I went to Laura Ashley to get buy a rug and floor lamp.
      They suggested white floor lamp and white ceiling lamp.
      They also suggested Sea green duck egg rid with cream edges
      I bought all those suggested colours .
      I feel I need to have brighter cushions to match
      I don’t know what cushions to get
      Please please could you help me
      Thank you do much
      Nita

      • Samantha Bacon
        Samantha Bacon says:

        Hi Nita The scheme sounds lovely as it is but if you feel you want a brighter touch then perhaps a brighter version of the mint green. It sounds as though your colours are very delicate with a fair degree of grey, rather than adding more colour and spoiling the effect I think just a brighter, less grey, version of the green to bring some tonal difference will work well. Good luck Samantha

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    Aileen says:

    Hi, Samantha, I am doing my bedroom in duck egg blue and white, I have a light colour carpet s going to get a rug, the room is big but not a lot of light, I was thinking of using pink to accessorise to keep it light what are your thoughts? I have grey and ochre white in my living room. Thank you.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Aileen I think you could get away with a pink here but keep it soft and tonally the same or less as the Duck Egg walls – really more of a pale salmon pink is the complementary colour so try to find this pink rather than a magenta style pink. I hope this makes sense? Samantha

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    Linda Chessum says:

    Hi Aileen, I have painted by bedroom duck egg, the floor is wooden with cream furniture what colour duvet cover would match apart from white.
    Thank you
    Linda

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Sharron I would take my lead for the other walls from the background colour of the wallpaper – I’m assuming the wallpaper design is Duck Egg with a neutral background? If this is the case this neutral is your guide for the other walls. If you take a sample to your local paint store (a good independent one with staff that are really know their stuff) they can look at the undertone in the neutral and even take it to a half or quarter strength. Hope this makes sense Samantha

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    Paula says:

    Hi! This advice is all great!
    We’re going to decorate our stairs and landing soon and was thinking duck egg blue above the dado rail and white below. We have natural wood dado, skirting boards etc. However this area opens into the dining room which I’ve chosen cream for when we get round to it! Do you think we should use the same colour cream for both areas? Will the blue look ok above the dado rail- I can’t picture it but don’t really like the formal look of the darker shade below the rail.
    Hope this makes sense!
    Thanks in advance!
    Paula

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Paula it is definitely a more contemporary and laid back look with the duck egg blue above the dado and the white below on the timber and skirting boards. It’s always difficult when you have a transition into another room but I think if you use the same white on your timber – skirtings, architraves, timber panelling etc in both areas you can then use different colours on the wall above with no problem and duck egg blue and cream will flow into each other well. I hope this answers your question! Samantha

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    Corinne says:

    Hi
    We have a redbrick fire place . Our furniture is mostly cream with light wood flooring and a grey and dark blue rug. We are thinking of painting the walls dulux uk duck egg with a paler shade for the chimney breast. Doors,shelving etc are white. Would this work and what colour would you suggest for cushions and covering an old sofa to go in the room 20’x 13′

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Corinne Duck Egg Blue will work really well with the colours you already have. My only advice re the chimney breast is to consider if it is a real fire it may get dirty in a paler shade. If it is a gas fire though it will obviously be OK! Washable slip covers in white could work very well with this scheme but if you want fixed upholstery I would opt for something more durable – possibly the grey from your rug? You could then use the dark blue in your rug for cushions with some more duck egg to bring in the wall colour. Hope this has given you some ideas Samantha

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    Sandra Bingham says:

    Mid decorating our living room/dining room. Have so far chimney and one wall dining room papered grey back ground with white and duck egg flower with acid green leaf. Other walls duck egg blue dining room has oak floor living room grey blue carpet. Have chosen acid green shades for lamps but still have curtains and suite to pick both would be sitting again the duck egg blue. Just can’t picture which way to go. Had looked at a duck egg suite but thought would be to much of that colour in the room Help!

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Sandra My initial thought was to pick out the grey in your wallpaper for the suite but you need to consider the grey of your carpet and how they will work together. I would be hesitant about a duck egg blue sofa against a duck egg blue wall as although it is a beautiful colour you could overdo it and spoil the effect. If by any chance you have an off cut of the carpet it would help to take this with a piece of your wallpaper shopping with you to help you see it all together. My thoughts are a soft paler grey for the sofa. I think you could get away with duck egg curtains though as they will blend and sit nicely with the wall. I hope this helps – good luck Samantha

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    Sonja Stouffer says:

    Hi Samantha,

    I have a Futura leather sofa and matching chair that is called Aqua, but it is really more of a duck egg bluish green color that is definitely a grayed down aqua. I have a light golden wood floor(Red Oak) that has to be partly open for a walkway in my living room. I have been looking for an area rug for this 11 and 1/2′ x 14′ living room. A 7’10” wide rug is best, because of floor registers on the long wall opposite of the exposed wood walkway. I have tried various blue and bluish green rugs, but nothing seems to be working. The color of the floor is influencing my decision. Any help would be welcome. Thanks.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Sonja It is very difficult when you have a coloured sofa and chairs to find a coloured rug to go with it. My advice is to look more at matching the wood floor colour – perhaps one that is a natural floor covering – Sisal etc. or a rug that is wool but more in neutral beige tones to go with the timber colour. This way you get the comfort of a rug but more of a subtle change so that you have layers on the floor. Mhe alternative would be to have a very neutral rug like your floor that has a design in it with just a small accent of the green/blue. My advice though would be to keep it simple and neutral and just enjoy the textural difference. I hope this helps! Samantha

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    Sue Reynolds says:

    Hi I am updating our bedroom and have duck egg blue Curtains with a leaf design with a darker teal and brown. I am looking at replacing my divan bed and carpet and wondered which colours to go for. We also have reclaimed pine furniture.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Sue I think you should look at a very neutral natural linen tones to go with the Duck Egg Blue – many beds with upholstered bedheads come in this natural linen colour and a tone slightly darker on the floor would ground the look well. This is a classic combination which will look good with reclaimed pine. Good luck Samantha

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    Belinda says:

    Hi Samantha! I really love the colour Duck Egg Blue – but was wondering what is considered a “true” Duck Egg Blue hue in paint? I have a swatch from Dulux (Australia) and also one from Resene. Both are quite different from each other.

    Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

    Cheers
    Belinda

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Belinda I feel that the Dulux version is a truer Duck Egg Blue but the thing is that the inspiration and colour name is drawn from nature and the colour does teeter on the edge of blue and green and is often quite a bit lighter or greyer. Just google an image of a Duck’s egg and you will get a whole range of colour. The Resene Duck Egg Blue is a very sophisticated grey version that is paler. Bristol has a Duck Egg Blue which is I believe too blue. So I feel a true Duck Egg Blue has some depth, grey and is right in between green and blue. If anything the Dulux version may be too dark – their Glacier Blue which is one tone lighter might be closer. Remember to decorate with the one that you love and which suits the light in your room the best. Thanks for the question! Samantha

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    Stacie Burton says:

    Hi Samantha,

    I am struggling to find a rug to go with my duck egg curtains and my light grey sofa with cushions that match the colour of the curtains. I have a wooden floor with oak effect furniture, a fireplace and a feature wall with cream and beige flowery wallpaper with the rest of the walls painted an off white (unfortunately it is a rented property so I can’t change the walls). The room isn’t very big and my feeling is that if I get a duck egg coloured rug it would be too much of the same colour, however I would like to get something that ties the curtains and the sofa together. Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance!

    Stacie

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Stacie you are right in thinking that the rug in duck egg blue would overwhelm the space. My feeling is to go with a neutral textured rug that is similar to the floor colour so that it just offers some comfort and gently zones the space. Or opt for a slightly darker grey than the sofa but then you would have to ensure that it works with the cream and beige wallpaper. With a lot of different elements in the room, I feel I would go for the simple option. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Win Alcock says:

    Hi Samantha

    We are decorating our main bedroom. Two opposite walls are painted duck egg blue and the two other walls are papered with a symmetrical pattern in a light silvery grey. White woodwork also, and it looks just stunning! I would welcome any suggestions about curtains. I was thinking creamy oatmeal/ white with a dash of salmon pink. An abstract pattern too I think. Do you think I may need a more solid colour? Thank you.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Win It is quite OK to mix patterns but you need to find a link between the two, either in the colours or the style of pattern. The key is to making the scheme work with a patterned curtain and a patterned wallpaper. Sometimes a fabric house will have a line of wallpaper and curtains that although are different are in the same range and work together – you could check with the supplier of the wallpaper if this is the case. Otherwise place them next to each other to see if you like the effect. If you feel they are not working then it may be better to stick to a solid colour for the curtains and perhaps introduce the pattern and dash of colour into cushions which will not be so dominant in the space. Good luck Samantha

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    Janette mccourt says:

    Hi Stacie I have bought duck egg wallpaper with pale pink and blush pink grey sofa white blind and white curtains natural wood floors what colour should I do the walls help not sure have ivory furniture help please Janette x

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Janette I would look carefully at the duck egg wallpaper to see what the background colour is. A good paint store would help you to find something to go with it as I feel that whatever you put on the other walls should work with this. For example is it a duck egg blue floral design with a white background or grey etc? Put together the sofa, wallpaper and ivory furniture and this may help you to decide but I do think the lead will be the wallpaper. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Carol says:

    Hi Samantha,

    I am looking for pillows in the colour and design of your “House of Turquoise” image on this site. Is it possible they would still be available and I could purchase them online?

    Thanks, Carol

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Carol House of Turquoise is a great American blog. By clicking the link below the image this will take you straight to them and they may be able to help you with purchasing the pillows or something similar. Good luck Samantha

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    Debbie says:

    Hi Samantha, we’re renovating our timber interior lounge/dining room. The timber panelled walls have been painted antique white and the dark brown/red brick fireplace will have the German schmear technique applied. We have polished the timber floors which has come up with colours of brown, red and pink.

    We want to create accent pieces of duck egg blue on the TV entertainment unit and coffee table by applying a crackle paint technique with a white base. We’re also thinking of a large rug in a neutral colour. Other easier pieces of duck egg
    blue would be put in by way of cushions, etc… I’m concerned that it won’t look put together well, especially considering the colour of the floors. Any suggestions?

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Debbie The large rug in a neutral will help to pull all of this together. I think if you introduce some other blues with your duck egg blue cushions that it will help to ground the look. What you need to avoid with an accent colour is just using this and putting it around the room as it can end up looking spotty. However if you introduce a darker tone of the duck egg blue with your accent it will help to pull it all together. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Kim says:

    Hi Samantha – have really enjoyed reading your replies above. I have a dilemma, I have gorgeous textured dark duck egg blue curtains which I’ve put up in a new room currently all in a colour called Dried Leaf (I suppose Greige would be closest in description). My problem is that the curtains seem very dark against the mostly white dado rails, and dried leaf coloured walls. The floors are pine. What could I do here to keep the curtains – would an accent colour on the window wall work? Which range of colours should I look at? Thanks so much, Kim.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Kim From what I understand the white is just on the actual rail so I feel that you should probably adjust the white rather than the wall colour. Some whites are very bright and can throw a colour scheme so I feel that if you select a white for the room that has more depth it may balance better with the Dried Leaf and the duck egg. Sometimes whites can look too dark but when you take them away from the bright white you don’t see the depth and it just works better. Perhaps try that first? Samantha

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    Sally Gordon says:

    Hi Samantha,
    I have duck egg blue kitchen units, what colour should I use in my accent wall and appliances to brighten it up. My kitchen doesn’t get a lot of sun so I’m struggling to find anything that will lift my kitchen.
    Thanks .
    Sally

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Sally I really like fresh white with duck egg blue for rooms that are lacking in natural white. Grey is a lovely combination but without much sun it will look a bit flat and dreary. Alternatively you could look at a soft light cream colour which will bring some warmth. I’m guessing by appliances you mean your toaster/kettle etc? Some of these do come in a lovely soft cream which could work really well. You need to consider the colour of your benchtop and splashback too when deciding whether to go with a white or cream. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Emma says:

    Hi Samantha
    I’m changing my feature wall the sun room to duck egg. The other walls are currently calico cream. Should I go hession, a grey white or stick with cream? The sofas are rattan with a biege/biscuit cusioned seat.
    Thanks
    Emma

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Emma I feel that if your sofas are a biscuit beige you should stick with the cream on the walls. Consider your flooring too and what else you have in the room but based on the sofa colour my feeling is to stick with that palette. Good luck Samantha

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    Lesley Roberts says:

    Hi I have duck egg blue curtains and quilt cover and cream carpet. What colour would look best on the walls. The room is what I call a small double bedroom thanks

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Lesley Rather than bring in more duck egg blue, I would be inclined to use a soft off white on the walls with a touch of creaminess to tie in your carpet. This way you will not close in the space and you will make more of a feature of the duck egg blue colour. Samantha

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    Rurh Julienne says:

    Hi Samantha,I am painting my drawing room with the same periodic Dulux duck egg blue ,the ceiling was magnolia with white cornicing , spectacular,should I paint ceiling white instead or off white .

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Ruth I prefer the ceiling to match your white cornicing as this way you are not introducing different whites or creams to the scheme and it makes the duck egg blue the star of the show. Hope this helps Samantha

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    Heidi Potgieter says:

    Hi Samantha, I’ve painted my whole house white. In the living room I have a forest theme with an accent wall covered with wallpaper with big brown trees on it (if you stand close to it you feel as if you are walking in the forest). I have a dark brown L-Shape couch with a olive green throw on it and plain cream curtains. Dark brown tiles covering the floor throughout the house (it looks like pieces of timber).

    My question is: I have a small narrow hall on the one side I have family pictures on it and on the other side a clock and a wooden coat hanger. Right in front of the bathroom I have a large mirror with dark brown trimming hanging on the upper part of the wall but the bottom part is white and dull (I also have dodo rails in the hall which is dark brown) I’m thinking to paint the bottom part of the wall below the mirror as well as the opposite wall above bathroom door with duck egg blue. what do you suggest?

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Heidi I love the sound of your house. If you feel that the hallway needs an injection of something then a duck egg blue on the lower walls below the rail could work. You need to consider the relationship of the hallway to the living room and ensure that you don’t detract from the Forest scheme you have there. If it is a separate area then a combination of dark brown, duck egg blue and white will work really well together. Good luck Samantha

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      Mrs hutchinson says:

      Hi, I have just bought some blackout duck blue curtains for a bright sunny bedroom, the carpet is brown, what colour shall I do the walls and can you recommend the best bedding to buy?

      • Samantha Bacon
        Samantha Bacon says:

        I think a much lighter version of the Duck Egg curtains for the walls would work well and some fresh white bedding to keep the bedroom light and cheerful.

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    Renay says:

    Hi, I have primrose window frames and tiles that look like floor boards. Do you think duck egg blue would go well on the walls?? Or any other suggestions??

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Renay you need to consider what timber colour the boards are – light oak or dark grey or red etc. as this will affect the wall colour choice. You should also have an architrave around your windows and skirting boards between the floor and wall so if you paint these in a white then you have a buffer between the duck egg blue. Samantha

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    Angela Robertson says:

    Hi Samantha love looking at all your idea’s,was wondering if you could point me in the right
    direction for my hallway at moment it’s cream and gold and all woodwork is a horrible pine and I was thinking of painting all doors and woodwork white and thought of duck egg blue for the walls,but I notice several different shades of duck egg and don’t know weather to go with one with more blue or more green mirror and accessories are a cream and gold at moment it’s going to be a big job with all this painting so would like to get it right so welcome any advice as would like to look at it when finished and think WOW! Also carpet has to stay as quite new it is a sand colour,welcome your suggestions.

    • Samantha Bacon
      Samantha Bacon says:

      Hi Angela I think that one with a touch more blue will work well with the cream, gold and sandy coloured carpet that you have. I think the most important thing to consider too when you are looking for one is that you consider the tonal level – that is the depth of the colour. Some are very delicate and washed out while other duck egg blues are a little deeper. It will depend on how much natural light you have to work with as to which one will look the best. For your white, opt for one that is a little warmer and so will go with your cream accents. Take the time to paint sample boards with the duck egg blue and white and stick them to the wall so that you can get an idea before investing in the paint. I hope this helps and that you love the end result! Samantha

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