Do you love the color blue? If so, you are in luck as you will see it everywhere this year in home furnishings. I saw the blue hue in every nook and cranny at recent furniture markets… multitudes of blue colors from spa blue to turquoise to cobalt to indigo. Blue was paired with every color imaginable including apple green, sunny yellow and tangerine. Mixing hues of blues created stunning combinations.
At market, blues were used in both traditional and contemporary styles. Sometimes blue took center stage as the focal point; sometimes it was a soft backdrop. Painted furniture, table lamps, area rugs, pillows, chairs, sofas and of course accessories sported blue tints and shades.
The color blue represents trust, responsibility and loyalty. Sky blue is one of the calmest colors and is a wise selection for a restful bedroom. Dark blue, such as indigo, is sophistication at its best. Try using it in a dining room and see what a classy look you create. Turquoise and aqua inspire fun and happiness and work well in a casual setting and outside on the deck or patio.
This past year I used blue in many homes. A contemporary lake home design was created around a deep blue, orange and cream quatrefoil flat weave rug. A bright orange sectional and ottoman covered in a Sunbrella fabric provided seating for six. Adding a comfy chair in a cobalt blue Sunbrella fabric completed the cozy conversation area.
Another home was brightened with bold splashes of orange, sapphire blue and turquoise. A fun oil painting of a butterfly in a rainbow of colors inspired the combination of colors. An orange lamp with a hand-painted shade and a burnt orange wool rug with a simple starburst design highlight the custom blue and cream lattice patterned drapery panels and turquoise pottery that dress the two-story great room. The formal dining room took on a subtle French country look with a soft roman shade in a Parisian print of navy on cream framed by navy linen-like panels. A pair of buffet lamps topped with black linen shades added elegance.
The rooms in the photos belong to a couple who downsized from their home of 40 years. She wanted a fresh, new look; he didn’t want to work with a decorator! They had brought the artwork that is prominently displayed above their sofa and it became the inspiration for their spa blue, yellow and teal colors. Now he proudly invites friends to his lovely new home.
If a redesign is in your future, think blue. After all, there are at least 50 hues of blue!