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Palettes & Paints: Arne Jacobsen's Copenhagen Blues

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Feb 20, 2014 01:06 AM
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by Meredith Swinehart last modified Feb 19, 2014

Arne Jacobsen had a hand in every inch of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, completed in 1960, from the architecture to the bed linens. Originally owned by the Scandinavian Airlines System, the hotel has changed hands over the years and been remodeled (in 2009 it became the Radisson Blu Royal ), but one suite, 606, has been left exactly as Arne intended it. And it's even available for the night. We love Jacobsen's fearless use of myriad blues in the room. Here, we matched each shade with a paint color, so you can easily introduce a little Copenhagen blue at home. Swatch photographs by Meredith Swinehart.  Above: Pratt & Lambert Duckling is our pick for the blue-green that Jacobsen selected for his upholstered furniture. Image via Radisson Blu .  Above: Farrow & Ball's  Cook's Blue  matches the window valence and curtains in Suite 606. (N.B. This is an infinitely usable color and recommended if you're looking for a good medium blue. And if you'd like your own Arne Jacobsen sofa and Swan and Egg chairs, they're still in production and available from Fritz Hansen .) Image via File No. 7 .  Above: Jacobsen offset his blues with wenge wood paneling and linen curtains. Farrow & Ball's  London Stone  captures the linen. Image via  Classe Touriste . Above: Farrow & Ball's  Green Blue  is a close approximation of the bedroom walls. (The Farrow & Ball color is also a favorite of architect  James Dixon , who recommended it for our  10 Paint Picks: Jade and Celadon Green .) Image via  Classe Touriste .  Above: Match the bedspread with Vivid Blue from  Pratt & Lambert . Image via  Classe Touriste .  Above: Supreme Blue from  Pratt & Lambert  is a good approximation of the bright blue of the laminated nightstand. Image via  Classe Touriste .  Above: In an all-white hallway, Jacobsen introduced a surprise hit of bold blue; a close match is Sherwin-Williams'  Freshwater . Image via  Radisson Blu . To stay in the room, go to  Radisson Blu . Keep exploring color with our Palette & Paints posts. Also don't miss  Behind the Green Door: 5 Rooms with Stealth Color and Steal This Look: Creative Color in a Dutch Kitchen .






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