Having been experiencing the hottest days in a long while, we in Singapore have a collective longing for the cooler climate of our favourite destinations. So why don’t we bring it home via shades of blues and greys?


We don’t have to necessarily stick to one colour either – tonal gradations are all the rage right now, see Valentino’s recent hot pink fashion show and Versace Home’s bold red presentation at Milan Design Week.

Lladro shows how it’s done with its latest lighting collection, Seasons. We particularly love the use of cooling tones in the Winter chandelier.

It comprises exquisitely crafted porcelain pieces in gradients, starting from deep blue with burgundy undertone at its base, to medium blue with mauve, and light blue to clear blue at the tip of the chandelier.

It expresses the gradual arrival of winter that is also an embodiment of a cooling drizzle after a sweltering day.


Pair these gradient blues with teal-toned grey, seen in this room, to create a backdrop with enough contrast, yet keeping it in the cool-toned family.

“Greys and blacks are becoming popular colour options for home interiors. Not only do they make a room feel cosier and more intimate, they also help to turn your walls into an instagrammable backdrop,” says Wong Liangyuan, colour expert at Haven Lifestyle. “The great thing about these dark shades is that they help to accent other colours you add into the space, making it much easier to style your sanctuary.”

”The great thing about these dark shades is that they help to accent other colours you add into the space, making it much easier to style your sanctuary.”

Wong Liangyuan, Haven Lifestyle

Want to add a little popping contrast? Go to the opposite side of the colour wheel and pair it with mustard upholstery and soft furnishings like throws and cushions.

Thanks to its calming effect, these blues can go in any room in our home, from the communal to the most private.

You can also add the cooling gradients of blues via artworks, and photographs, too. Imagine an oversized print of Santorini or Chefchaouen – delightful!