Thursday, June 6, 2013

Decorating With Blue

Blue is always high on the list when people are asked their favorite color. 
Friendly and fresh, blue is a color that appeals to both genders. It doesn't feel too sweet, and it doesn't feel too masculine

Tough times also have us craving stress relief, and blue, known for its calming properties, is just the ticket. It's a hue that's soothing and serene.  According to color psychology, a topic I find fascinating, you will learn that being surrounded by blue actually has a calming effect on the body. It can reduce blood pressure and slow down your heartbeat. 

Pale blue is simple, carefree, and a perennial favorite in decorating circles because of its freshness and clarity, especially when paired with crisp white woodwork, Navy, ocean blue, teal, aqua, ice, cobalt –there are so many variations of blue.  A go-to hue, blue is easy to decorate with and, more importantly, live in.
And because it's such a cool color, you can use it almost anywhere! 

Blue, being a primary color, is relatively safe to use with any other colors, but this focus is on the blue as a leading color. Stay tuned for posts on blue/green  and blue/yellow combinations. 

Warm blues, like the shade shown here (or like denim, ocean blue, or slate blue), contain hints of red. Color experts say they advance, or come toward you, so they help make a room feel cozier.

Decorators often like warm blues in social spaces, like the living room, the kitchen, or the dining room.

Make sure that you also consider unusual window coverings for your blue room.

This beautiful piece painted in rich blue becomes the automatic focal point of this room.

Keeping a blue color palette in mind is key, as not all blues need to be the exact same shade when decorating. Rather, a range of blues and whites in varying degrees of darks and lights is just what you need.

Mix soft blue and green with white to create an inviting, clean palette.

If your blue room is a living room, then you will want to make sure that your furniture has a print to it with the color of blue in it. That way it will carry throughout the room and look very coordinated.

One way to decorate with blue is to keep the background pure with the same color on all four walls and add unexpected pops of color using accessories.

Shades known as cool blues―like cobalt, turquoise, and ice blue―have yellow in them and tend to recede, or back away, which can help a small space look bigger. 

Vibrant cobalt walls stand out against this setting.

When it comes to picking paint colors for your home, there’s no right or wrong; it’s all about finding the right hue for you. So don’t simply settle for those trendy tones—find the shades that best impress you and the atmosphere you wish to create.

For a more sophisticated look, try pairing it with dark shades of brown.

When you choose a darker blue it will not be as calming, it will be more dramatic and unique.

Whether you want a room to feel sophisticated or sweet, calming or dramatic, the colors you choose will set the mood every time you and your guests grace the space.

Blue is one of those rare colors that tend to work well with all the others.

Using light color blues will give you a feeling of tranquility. It will be a room in your home that you will want to go to and relax. Use white accent pieces, such as lamps and pillows and spreads. You will then create a wonderful relaxing room.

Paint walls an airy blue tinted with a hint of powdery white, and balance them with crisp-white trim and dark wood tones. Introduce more color with bedding and artwork.


More blue??? Visit the archive at the right side of the blog and click on 1/18/13 Decorating With The Blue/Orange Combination or 1/1/13, Using Navy Blue in Your Interiors. Also check out  4/1/13 Decorating With Robin's Egg Blue.

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Lisa Farmer

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