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.
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. The beauty with it too is that 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.
On trend terracotta is a gorgeous colour to complement duck egg blue, particularly in its more greenish incarnation. This is why duck egg blue works well with the various brown tones of leather.
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.
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.
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. Therefore, 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.
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. This 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.
Related: 5 key elements of Scandi Style
What colours does Duck Egg Blue go 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 therefore 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.
- 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. Therefore, 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?
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. Follow me on Pinterest too for lots more inspiration.
Closely related to Duck Egg Blue is Celadon Green – I have written a feature article for Country Home Ideas about this colour here.
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