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.
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
An Awesome Change
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 and above] 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 just like it! (Photo: HGTV)
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)
Lisa Borrough says
That blue kitchen with the subway tile and all the windows is great, but where are the cabinets for dishes? I imagine the dishwasher is near the sink. It’s not too convenient not to have cabinets above it. Still, it is awfully pretty and bright.
I’m guessing the cabinets are on the opposite wall (not in the photo). I agree, it does make things less convenient; but, as cheery and bright as this kitchen is, I might be willing to walk the few extra steps (from dishwasher to dish cabinets) just to have that wall of windows.
Kathleen Leisel-Berger says
LOVE this page. All the blues – my favorite color! I’m inspired to starting redoing my house.
Kathleen, I’m glad you like it. Blue is my favorite color, too. Good luck redecorating!