Sugar paper colour: walls and combinations

His name is a memory, that of sugar paper, which is the material that was traditionally used once to pack this product. From this memory this one has come down to us delicate tone but also strongly versatile. In some ways it can be an ideal neutral color to furnish with ease but, at the same time, to bring a accessed note between the walls of the house. Easily binds to biancobut offers excellent contrast for dark tints, it offers vintage suggestionsyet manages to fit easily even in contexts more contemporary.

Il sugar paper it is an aquatic color with a very subjective perception. In the middle betweensky blue and the grigioin its most widespread version is dusty and matt. Sugar paper, plane, blue duck egg, blue whale, denim drift, light blue: the chromatic nomenclature is varied and so are the shades in the palette.

Since, in 2000, Pantone he elected him Color of the Year with the name of Cerulean, its popularity has increased steadily, so much so that it is now considered a great classic in interior decoration on a par with neutral colors such as dove gray and pearl gray. Powerful and elegant, it furnishes any environment with character, from the living room to the kitchen, from the bathroom to the sleeping area.

Color combinations: not just turtledove and white

The versatility of the baby blue color gives way to great creative freedom both in the furnishings and in the accessories and lends itself to various stylistic directions and chromatic combinations. An easy combination with an impeccable result is the one with the bianco. A balanced and bright mix for any space: for the wainscoting of a living room, for the restyling of the bathroom coverings, to revive the headboard in the bedroom, for a relooking in Provençal key in the kitchen.

Warmer but equally convincing the combination with the dove. But be careful: it is better to use duller and dustier shades only in bright environments: on the contrary, you risk further darkening the room. For an extra touch of light and to emphasize matt colours, add a third tone of a light butterperhaps for the sofa or for the kitchen furniture, is a good solution.

As for the furnishings, be daring with armchairs in scarlet velvet or carpets and cushions in shades of rosso or of giallo it is a choice of great taste. Chromatology experts call it the dei technique divergent complementary colors and it works like this: once a dominant tone has been chosen, in this case blue, the diametrically opposite tone is identified in the chromatic circle (orange). The colors immediately to the right (red) and to the left (yellow) will be ideal for matching (opening photo).

Pastel variations

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Photo Simone Furosi

This light shade of blue certainly has no matching problems. It looks bright your know yourbut also juxtaposed with warm colors such as the color gamut of pink and mauvewithout leaving out the earthier nuances of the brown.
It inspires moodboards with interesting contrasts and creates scenographic corners: sofas in duck egg velvet, olive green walls (also cold) and black furnishings, like the modern kitchen pictured above.

In the living room

It doesn’t matter whether the style is contemporary or classic. Inside a living room, the sugar paper walls, with an all-over effect or half-wall boiserie, go very well with dark wood furniture, tropical vegetation, recycled mirrors of various sizes, velvet armchairs and lampshades. jour, all with a sober retro echo.

We can also choose it for enhance a single wall, perhaps equipped with a wall bookcase. It is possible to opt for less demanding solutions by simply choosing to decline it on textiles, curtains or sofa upholstery. For those looking for an original idea, consider it as a color for the ceiling. Painting the fifth wall of the room is even more elegant if it is enriched with a rose window or stucco decorative elements, rigorously sugar paper. OR box effect for a more contemporary result.

In the bedroom

In the sleeping area, the use of this nuance is truly natural and immediate: stripes, bands of color behind the bed that incorporate the shelves, better if enlivened by contrasting sheets in warm tones and light curtains and carpets. Precious detail: the combination with essential appliques in metal or glass.

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Photo Riccardo Gasperoni – Styling Irene Baratto

In the bathroom

For chromotherapy the blue palette is that of relax. A color also associated with the well-being of the body, thus confirming itself as a must for the bathroom environment. Not only surfaces and coatings, with this nuance you can customize bathroom fixtures and fittings between matt finishes and material textures, all with great freedom between combinations, the combination with dark stones is very effective.

Wood and metal

A successful match is the one with all types of wood: from light wood (bleached oak, beech, fir) to dark wood (walnut) to create various atmospheres: from the northern European house, to the marine-style Calanque cabanon, to the interiors of the English tradition. Details and accessories in metal such as gold, copper, steel, will be hyphen.

In the kitchen and on the table

Breaking the tradition of white in the kitchen by choosing tiles and resins in shades of sugar paper it could be a style solution. For the cooking area, next to a lacquered wooden counter or to match the chairs, the combination with a stoneware floor is very effective concrete effect. It will give an industrial effect without losing delicacy.

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Photo © Jose Hevia


Let’s not forget one of the most used and trendy decorative elements: wallpaper. Whether it’s toile de Jouy motifs, geometric patterns, trompe l’oeil or colonial-style panoramic landscapes, this wallcovering, in all its variants, will be very refined in the version sugar paperto be proposed and applied in any environment, even combined with a paint palette.

Sugar paper: an ancient story

The atmosphere it recalls is that of a Belle Epoque tea room: sugar paper from top to bottom, on boiseries, stuccos and fabrics.
History of this shade is fascinating: it all began with the paper used for pack sugarexactly blue.

The precious sweetener was imported from America and transported to paper bags, which, however, considered not very elegant, were colored with a precise shade of blue. The color became synonymous with value and the use of these papers also passed to the packaging of tobacco products.

The first experiments of blue coloring date back to 1400to try to standardize and improve the paper, then made with very poor materials, from the sixteenth century the paper began to be colored with vegetable extracts such as woad and indigo, and then moved on to the use of minerals such as Prussian blue.


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