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: 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: 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.
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.