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Decorating With Blue

Blue is a color that evokes mood. Many people associate blue with melancholy, therefore, they avoid it as a decorating color. “It’s a popular conception that blue is associated with coldness, and it’s not valid,” says Shelley Kirsch of Shelley Kirsch Interior Design and Decoration in Toronto. “Used correctly, blue is extremely uplifting and vibrant.”

Decorating With Blue: Shelley’s tips for decorating beautifully with blue:

Consider the full spectrum of shades of blue, including some of the lesser-known hues. Shelley is particularly fond of teal.

Explore the blue-gray family, especially if you are afraid of pastels. “These hues have a calm, zen, quiet effect,” Shelley says.

Pair blue with a warm neutral. Cream, sand, and light taupe are good choices.

Consider design style. Blue lends itself especially well to transitional design. A marriage of traditional and contemporary that is as popular as it is affordable. Don’t be afraid of patterns and textures to enhance your color scheme.

Keep decor clean and uncluttered. Blue is eye-catching, so edit well. Avoid


Make sure you have enough light. Use airy drapes to bring in as much light as possible. Bringing enough light into your blue living room, dining room or sitting room makes it warm and welcoming.

Use blue in your kitchen. Blue is a great choice for cabinets, chairs, and accessories. Experiment with a blue furniture stain on inexpensive chairs.

Try blue as an accent color or color block. Painting a whole room blue can feel like too much. Instead, paint the walls neutral and work blue into the room with throw pillows or other accents.

Classic blue, bright blue, sky blue, and robin egg blue are all excellent color choices to accent your room. Also, many colors go with blue hues.

Go navy. “I’m predicting navy as a color that will make a comeback,” Shelley says.

Reconsider blue or use in moderation if you live in a cold climate. A blue

room might make you feel even chillier.

Key Takeaways

It’s all in the shade of blue you choose and the hues you pair it with. Discipline is key. “Keep your palate restricted,” Shelley advises, “but don’t be afraid of blue.” By exploring blue in all its moods and shades, you can find just the right hue to create a beautiful, serene room.

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