Blue Just Right
February 11, 2014
Well it’s time I finished off the Color Series that I began last year spotlighting various hues and I thought I’d save the “best” for last :) As you know I’m a passionate lover of all shades of blue, I find it hard to not use this color when planning a project or room design.
Blue is universally pleasing and possesses calming properties. In paler hues blue is serene, in deeper tones, dramatic and powerful. The spotlight today is on some favorite blue spaces from light to dark.
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These bedrooms are tranquil when layered with pale blues. Touches of gold and modern furnishings keep the look luxurious and sophisticated.
Pale blue paint or shades with a touch of gray add an airy aesthetic to a sitting room or bedroom and look lovely with white, wood tones, antiques, or any metallic sheen from silver leaf to brass.
Watery blue green tiles and striped roman shades lend a coastal feel to this white Cape Cod kitchen.
Sheila Bridges held nothing back when she chose aqua blue cabinets (Benjamin Moore ‘Hemlock’) and metallic wallpaper for her kitchen, the result is both exotic and elegant.
Walls of glass or mosaic tile in bold shades of blue or turquoise are strikingly beautiful, especially when partnered with crisp white trim, ceilings, or floors and vanities or tubs in modern shapes.
Green and blue sit next to each other on the color wheel and as a cool color combo they always work together. How perfect is this pairing in a boy’s room with blue bunk beds and a sailboat wallpaper?
The blue painted floors in this coastal inspired boy’s room make the bed feel if it is indeed floating on water.
How much classic style can you squeeze into one bathroom? Here’s the perfect example: beadboard wainscoting, check. Hexagon floor tile, check. White pedestal sink, check. Statement wallpaper, bring it! This bathroom at House Beautiful is a similar example of the same timeless look.
Sometimes just a touch of blue in the form of accessories or blue painted furniture is all the color a room needs.
Indoors or out, layers of blue textiles in exotic motifs add global flair, modern geometric motifs blended with solids, stripes, or more traditional patterns are elegant and inviting.
In John Robshaw’s New York home, two shades of blue coat the walls and ceiling – how beautiful the collected treasures from around the world and wood tones look next to these moody blues.
This exotic shower covered in Mexican tile featured in Architetural Digest is an example of how beautiful blue and white tile can be.
Layered textiles in a monochromatic palette allow for mixing motifs in small and large repeats. Here are two favorite examples of living rooms combining a neutral sofa paired with patterned window panels and a variety of toss pillows in shades of blue.
These bedrooms showcase one very effective way to use a deep blue without it overwhelming a space, pair it with a white painted wall treatment like board and batten or tongue and groove below.
I get a little breathless just looking at this hallway by Lilly Bunn, it’s those glossy peacock blue walls in combination with the gold ceiling, Greek key inspired mirror, and the urchin light fixture. Dramatic and dreamy!
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Blue painted millwork, built ins, and walls blend seamlessly together in this sophisticated Manhattan study.
A quick but necessary shout out to blue velvet furniture, I must have a bold and beautiful sofa or chair like these someday!
Pottery Barn’s partnership with Sherwin Williams led to Naval blue as the backdrop to this well curated wall gallery, it’s navy blue perfection wouldn’t you agree?
The built ins and crown molding in this home library are painted a bold Newbury Port blue by Benjamin Moore and the walls are covered in grasscloth wallpaper. The combination is both dramatic and inviting.?
This wraps up the Decorating with Color Series – read more of the features below!
Also visit this Color Inspiration gallery on Pinterest for more examples of perfectly executed color on doors, furniture, and around the home, enjoy!