When Italian architect Gio Ponti designed the Hotel Parco dei Principi in 1962, he employed the color blue as his majordomo. The ubiquitous color has been shifting light to dark, royal to teal on everything from tiles to tables for the past 50 years.
Nothing connects to the sky, the sea, and the pool quite like a collection of rich blues, making for a tranquil and stylish vibe. If you don't live on the Amalfi coast, don't fret—you too can use blue to bring a fresh sense of sea and air into your spaces. If the idea of painting an entire room blue is overwhelming, let Ponti inspire you into painting a piece of furniture, a light fixture, or an accent wall. Just a small dose of this color can wash away a dull mood or reinvigorate a tired room.
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Above (from top L): Ralph Lauren Sunwashed Blue, Mediterranean Blue, Montego Blue, Aegean Blue, and Blue Reef. The color strip below features Pratt & Lambert shades (from L): Blue Maritime, Victoria Blue, Regatta Blue, Blue Zircon, Siam Blue, Blue Comfort, Nanking Blue, and Vivid Blue.
Above: The bar at the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Sorrento.
Above: A view of the lobby at the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Sorrento.