Singing the Blues
Who doesn’t love the color blue?
It is the clear, powdery sky on a perfect summer’s day. It is the deep ocean crashing against the shore. It is the colorful surprise in a field of green.
Azure. Baby blue. Cerulean. Cobalt. Cornflower. Corporate. Cyan. Indigo. Midnight. Navy. Prussian. Robin’s egg. Royal. Sapphire. Sky. Slate. Steel. Blue comes in so many different wonderful shades, there’s something for everyone.
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Soft, cool, calming . . . blue. It soothes and heals . . . and can lower the pulse rate and body temperature. It is the perfect color to use for a relaxing retreat.
Decorating with the color blue
Painted walls provide a dramatic backdrop for this traditional living room (Photo: HGTV).
[top left to right] 1. Taking its color cue from a collection of vintage pottery, royal blue brings two plush armchairs into bloom (Photo: Better Homes and Gardens); 2. A lighter shade in a pitcher-and-bowl collection invites a subtle, almost translucent, aquamarine print (Photo: House Beautiful); 3. Porcelain plates on an aquamarine wall give this breakfast area a dash of added flair (Photo: House Beautiful).
[above] Soft white furry, fun fabric with a baby blue looks comfortable, warm, and inviting—couldn’t you just curl up in the bed? (Photo: New England Home).
[left] Powder blue with a peach accent pillow— wow! Note how the six photos, framed in black, are being used as a headboard and nicely update the furniture. (Photo: Better Homes and Gardens).
[left and below] This bedroom is all dressed up in coordinating patterns, and an abstract painting picks up different shades of blue—but the real story here is the paneled, painted ceiling that stretches to the sky . . . and that view! I want one! (Photos: HGTV)
The Power of Blue
I love a great before-and-after, and this is one of my favorites. No major changes here—everything done was cosmetic. Cobalt blue-and-white paper on the walls.
A new mirror. A new crisp white window shade. A new rug, wastebasket, navy towels, and two pots of wheat grass for contrast. And, for the shower curtain and stool, a fabric in the same pattern as the wallpaper. The result is stunning!
(Photos: House Beautiful)
[left to right] 1. Blue-and-yellow is a classic color combination. Here, striped drapes look great with patterned wallpaper, and the yellow corner cabinet showcases the blue china beautifully. The dark sisal area rug and yellow flowers on the table tie everything together. Makes for a nice formal space right off the kitchen! (Photo: Traditional Home). 2. Blue cabinets with vintage-inspired hardware and beadboard give this kitchen a country cottage look. The top cabinet doors with glass fronts and sides are a nice touch (Photo: Better Homes and Gardens).
Vibrant blue subway tiles work well with the crisp white cabinets and checkered Roman shades
in this stunning kitchen (Photo: House Beautiful).
[left to right] 1. It’s easy to create this striking stairway effect: Using little test pots of paint, paint the stair balusters in twos, pairing them on adjacent steps—one on lower step/one on next step up make a pair—and graduate the tone from light to dark; 2. Painting the interior of kitchen cabinets (or bookcases) always adds color, depth, and interest (Photos: Martha Stewart).
This blue and white living room takes advantage of its wraparound view
of the beautiful blue sea (Photo: Sarah Richardson).
Singing the Blues
Do you love the color blue? See my collection of all things blue on Pinterest. My boards are always changing as I add new and exciting things to them, so be sure to follow Our Empty Nest to get all the updates!
Top Photo: Lark Elizabeth Roderigues of Lark Pottery.