Picture yourself as a fashionable traveller in the Victorian era, enjoying an exotic cruise down Egypt’s Nile River. It may seem hard to believe now but back then, the shimmering water of the Nile was a beautiful pale blue-green that the locals called ‘eu de Nil’, literally translated as ‘water of the Nile’. This pale, delicate colour became hugely popular in the late 19th century, especially in the glamorous Art Deco era.

The image conjured up by Eau de Nil is of tranquil evenings spent sailing exotic waters in faraway lands. Recreate this dreamy mood in your own interior design by teaming Eau de Nil with a colour palette of creamy whites, such as ivory and calico, and chalky blues. Subtle enough to be used to paint an entire room, this hue is perfect for adding a feeling of calm to bedroom and living room decor ideas, and nurseries too. Add paint accents of darker blues and greens if you prefer a bolder look, or play with colour combinations of copper, mustard or even a deep pink to create a more classic atmosphere.

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