Monday, May 23, 2011

Cool Blue Hues

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Since I write a color blog, people often ask which color is my favorite. I have many (including my business colors of lime green, aqua and orange, of course), but blue ranks near the top. I think of Chinese porcelains, beach cottages, spa retreats and the blue domed churches of Greece.

I believe that the colors you are drawn to are ones that surrounded you as a child. My childhood bedroom was blue and green, and today these colors together make me feel calm and comfortable. Indeed, blue is known for being calm, comforting, soothing and peaceful.


I’ve incorporated blue into my own kitchens; my current one started with royal blue hand-blown glass pendants and was completed with a cobalt blue Viking range. I’m excited then to see that blue is making a comeback as a new trend for kitchens and other areas of the home! And it’s no wonder – there’s no easier color to work with than blue. This classic color can be punched up with almost any color, from yellow to honeysuckle (2011 Pantone color of the year), white to black, green to orange, etc.

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In the April edition Martha Stewart Living magazine, Kathleen Hackett writes that blue "is as precious as sapphires, as funky as denim, as expansive as the sky, (it's) as adaptable as it is adored.” She suggests using it throughout your home to make “your mood soar!”

Here, I love the stairway’s spindles painted in graduating tones of blue. They used little test pots of paint to coat the spindles in pairs, resulting in a striking impact!

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Pairing blue with white is a favorite combination and gives spaces a fresh and crisp look.

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In this soothing bathroom, the sky serves as the inspiration. A pale aqua on the bottom of the shelves reveals the sea-glass theme to whoever is in the tub. The shutters and walls remind me of local painter Alicia Danzig's Moroccan-inspired interior spaces (see sidebar). And small punches of sunny citrus accessories enhance the tropical feel. I’m currently working on a spiff-up bathroom project in my house with these soothing tropical colors!

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There are so many shades of blue, each setting a different tone. Editors at Martha Stewart Living suggest brightening a neutral space with several shades of the same color. Here a plaid blanket makes a simple, yet strong statement. The chandelier, wall-mounted bedside tables, and the cushion on the dog bed reiterate the blanket's several shades of blue. A secondary color, like orange, provides added punch.

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No doubt, the possibilities are endless with blue. Hackett of Martha Stewart Living put it well when she wrote, “In all its shades and textures, blue is the hue to infuse our homes with sky-high style."

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