Blue Just Right

Tuesday, February 11th, 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. 

blue paint colors bhg

better homes & gardens


These bedrooms are tranquil when layered with pale blues. Touches of gold and modern furnishings keep the look luxurious and sophisticated. 

pale blue fabrics atlanta homes mag

light blue linens and curtains muse interiors

atlanta homes magazine / muse interiors


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. 

pale blue walls French settee

phoebe howard pale blue paint

light blue paint bhg

better homes & gardens / phoebe howard / better homes & gardens


Watery blue green tiles and striped roman shades lend a coastal feel to this white Cape Cod kitchen.

blue backsplash striped roman shades in kitchen

noelle interiors

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.

blue kitchen house beautiful

house beautiful


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Rethinking Pastels

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

I’ll admit the word ‘pastel’ makes me cringe a bit. For years, it’s conjured up images of saccharine sweet baby merchandise and Easter decor, but I realized in my study of color that it’s not the hues themselves I’m opposed to, it’s the overuse.  

My most favorite colors to decorate with are pale greens and blues so in fairness, I am fan of pastels. They feel perfectly at home in a child’s room but in adult spaces, pastels are trickier. The key is to incorporate these paler hues in a judicious and calculated way so the softness is sophisticated and not juvenile, and to balance them with neutrals. Here are a dozen examples of favorite uses of a pastel palette.     

Pair painted walls with black and white photography and decorative objects in modern shapes.

pale pink walls with black & white photos

decor demon


Use the hues unexpectedly, such as grasscloth wallpaper on the ceiling, as trim on a window treatment, or in a velvet on an accent chair.

blue and orchid living room

better homes & gardens


Embrace your feminine side and upholster a sofa in blush pink or pale apricot, mix with contemporary accents and soft or shiny textures. 

blush pink sofa



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