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The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

May 4, 2018
The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Blue skies are heralded this bank holiday weekend and with this in mind, I thought we’d take a look at how blue can add its own sunshine to our homes. And with over half of the population in the world embracing blue as their favourite colour, I thought it’s about time I wrote about it.

 

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Haze In Petrol By Barry Spence – Woodchip and Magnolia

Having been distracted by the kitchen makeover which has led to my getting carried away with styling and accessory buying,  I’m back to planning our bedroom redesign. And for the first time, I’m actually introducing blue into the home. You might say, I’m the other half of the population, as blue has never really appealed to me before. But it’s time to change things up in the I.E. household so I’m experimenting with new colours as well as adding more pattern (hence the botanical wall in our kitchen!).   Although, we’re opting for the darker end of the spectrum with navy blue for a grown-up feel to our sleeping experience.

Ready for some inspiration and some tips to embrace the beauty of blue?…….

Alternative To Black

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Image – Dunelm

Navy being the darkest blue, provides you with an alternative to black in your homes. It has the same dramatic effect as black especially when applied to your walls. Add touches of metallics and pattern to lift it and create an elegant feel and to stop a room from feeling oppressive.

As with black, navy blue requires texture and light to make it come alive in your homes. Ensure you add reflective surfaces such as metallics, and diversify and play around with textures from flooring, textiles and throw in some pattern. Remember darker colours absorb light whereas lighter colours reflect. To prevent them from looking like a dark black hole,  layers of lighting, at different levels will help draw the eye around the room.

 

Remember to consider the visual weight of objects through colour, texture, size, and shape. When planning your spaces, it is also good to remember that darker, larger, complex and highly textured elements appear visually heavier within a design scheme. Balance and How It Works – The Interior Editor

 

Formal Settings

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Condo Baroque Carpet In Blue – Carpetright

Blue especially Navy blue conveys a feeling of trust and authority which makes it perfect for formal settings such as home studies/offices. It’s also a calming colour which helps with the stress levels if you’re up against it with work! Monochromatic rooms that use one colour are all about texture and adding interest to them. Break it up with pattern like this rather fabulous carpet and you’ll create interest and stop it from looking bland.

 

Timeless

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Obsydian Blue Pure Cotton Flat Bed Sheet – OOSTOR.com

Needless to say that blue and white combination offers a crisp and orderly feeling to a room whether it be a bedroom space like the one above or just about anywhere in your home. It’s a colour scheme that’s been well used in nautical styled spaces but it can also look modern and fresh when paired down with the right use of accessories and textures like these Obsydian cotton bedding. It’s a winning combination that has never gone out of fashion. Not that we need to follow trends because we should always embrace what makes our hearts sing and colour is one such element that affects the senses more than any other element.

 

The Perfect Backdrop

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Audrey King Size Upholstered Bed in Canary Cotton Matt Velvet – Sofa

Mid and darker shades of blue present themselves as the perfect backdrop for adding vibrant splashes of colour to a room. Combined with velvety textures you’ll create a rich and luxurious feel to a room.

 

Yellow is blue’s complementary colour on the colour wheel as is orange. Utilising them together can create an invigorating and revitalising colourscheme. Or try using orange for a more medieterrean vibe.

 

Fresh & Clean

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

MB7 2 Panel Hinged Bath Screen – Merlyn Showering

Our association with blue and water makes bathrooms the perfect room to introduce this blue to. Keep things simple with white sanitaryware and tiles to compliment a solid blue backdrop for a minimal look.

Pattern

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Skyros Blue And White Patterned Tiles – Tile Mountain

Or add more interest with patterned tiles to your floors and to highlight the bath or shower area. Remember to keep things in perspective by using contrasting neutral tiles or paint to ensure a happy medium when using pattern. These actually remind me of Delft tiles with their soft blue and white patterns.

 

Kitchens

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Winchester Elements Panorama Cove With Odyssey Primo Ottoman – Original Style

Using kitchens tiles are a great way to introduce colour and pattern together and they’re practical. Solid blue tiles compliment the patterned here and will inevitably help break up the expanse of cupboards that most kitchens have.

The Victorians used blue to decorate their kitchens to keep flies away sanitary reasons pre-refrigeration.

Dreamy Blues – Sleep

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Image – Norsu Interiors

Combined with soft pinks, soft pastel blues add a dreamy gentle approach to a good nights sleep.

 

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Benji Bed – Loaf

If you’re looking to create a sanctuary and a quiet place to end your busy day with, lighter shades of blue evokes the feeling of calm and tranquillity. These softer shades of blue also add a feminine touch to a room when applied with other soft neutrals.

 

Create A Focal Point

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

The Sandridge Bed In Mallard – Willow & Hall

Blue inevitably stands proud when paired with neutral colour schemes which works particularly well with brighter more vivid shades of blue like electric, ultramarine and turquoise.

Within a bedroom, beds are usually the only source of providing your bedrooms with a focal point. Choosing a stand out blue such as this gorgeous one from Willow and Hall is further reinforced with matching lampshades either side which adds symmetry which adds a sense of balance to the room.

 

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Isla Three Seat Corner Sofa In Oxford Blue Brushed Linen Cotton, Club Storage Bench In Oxblood – Sofa.com

If you’re going to use blue with its complementary colours such as yellow and orange try and think about the proportion in which you use them. Too much and it’ll appear garish and create an unsettled feel to a room. One way to help balance out more vibrant colour schemes is to make sure you add some neutral colours to help calm the overall look and feel. The above living space does this by adding two different soft rose colours from the storage bench in Oxblood to the paler pink cushion as well as whitewashed floorboards.

 

Be Creative

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Hall | Floor Lamp – DelightFULL

Of course, we won’t all have a staircase as amazing as this one above, but the point in question is the use of colour and as we’re talking all things blue, how it’s been applied to create a visual pathway. As we associate blue with the sky, the use of blue and white here creates a sense of climbing upwards to the heavens. If we’re not of the same thought process in terms of imagery, you can use colour to help guide you and others through your home.

Grounding

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Louis De Poortere Fading World Rug – Blue Night – Modish Living

Blue has been used here to add some much-needed grounding to an all-white kitchen dining space. It adds depth whilst helping to define the dining area.

Lighting Tips

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Tom Dixon Copper Blue Family – Rume

I’m not sure how I feel about these new Tom Dixon lights, but they’re one of his latest designs to hit the high street and I’ve included them here for all you lovers of blue and metallics.

Talking of how blue reacts with lighting in general, you need to be aware that it can come across as being a rather cool colour so you really need to asses the amount of natural light your rooms receive before entering into a decisive conclusion as to which, if any blue is to be used from your decor to your accessories to lights like these. The general rule is if light levels are low opt for more saturated deeper shades that offer a more moody feel. Bright and airy rooms (think southerly or westerly) work well with cooler tones of blue and will help enhance the sense of space.

 

Helps Visually Minimalise

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Isla 2 Seater Sofa – Sofa.com

Choosing darker shades of blue for the upholstery of your seating will help visually minimise the bulk of larger furniture pieces as well as being practical if you have pets or little ones.

Stylishly Versatile

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Country Living- Monmouth Twist – Carpetright

Blue is not definitive of any particular era and has been in play for centuries so whatever your decorative style, blue has a place in your homes. It suits all styles from the traditional through to modern contemporary. Or why not mix them up and create a unique space. Afterall, it’s your home.

 

Styling It Up

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Toucan Money Box £59.95. Pastel Lustre Occasional Table £185. Imperial Glass Bottle Vase £39.95. – AUDENZA

Blue is such a versatile colour it will work with any other colour on the colour wheel. Although you might want to implement the use of lighter colours in the form of accessories and reflective surfaces to help lift darker blues to stop a room from feeling oppressive.

 

A Match Made In Heaven

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

Cristin Pendant and Fianco Table Lamp – dar lighting group

Blue and gold has been around for centuries and forms a natural combination offering a harmonious scheme that combines stability and a feeling of luxury.

 

Contemporary Bluey Greys

The Beauty of Blue In Your Home & How To Use It

VFT Blue Large Hexagon 6638V – Original Style

If you’re looking for the right shade of grey, you might want to opt for a greyish blue which can be more interesting than the pure greys that have been around for ages now. They also work well to create a contemporary setting, especially when paired with black.

 

Are you are a lover of blue? If not, have I managed to convert you to try it out in your homes?

 

Thanks as always for stopping by! Until next time……

Maria x

 

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31 Comments

  • Reply Tom Field May 12, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing – it’s certainly made me look at blue in a new light. I especially like the ‘Country Living’ example towards the end of the article. Also, nice tip about visually minimising larger furniture pieces with the darker fabrics.

    • Reply Maria May 20, 2018 at 8:09 am

      So pleased you enjoyed today’s post on blue Tom and that you found it useful! :D

  • Reply Becky May 14, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    I’ve never really used blue but your ideas have definitely inspired me to look into it.The bedrooms in particular are stunning!

    • Reply Maria May 14, 2018 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks Becky. I’m so pleased you’ve found this post inspiring. It’s funny how our perspective of colour can change when we see it presented in different ways. Thanks for commenting :)

  • Reply Lins @ Boo & Maddie May 14, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    I have to confess that we currently don’t have much blue at all in our home but the images are just gorgeous and I’ve been very smitten by seeing so much navy on Instagram lately X

    • Reply Maria May 14, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      I’m with you on the navy… it’s definitely growing in popularity as an alternative to black. X

  • Reply Fiona Mostyn May 14, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Blue and white is one of my favourite colour combinations but I love discovering all the new combinations you’ve come up with here.

    • Reply Maria May 20, 2018 at 8:04 am

      Blue and white is so refreshing and so happy that you loved today’s inspo Fiona :D

  • Reply Juan Sandiego May 14, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    That’s a good point regarding the amount of natural light. The only blue room in my house is the bedroom, and that’s because it’s the brightest of them all. It fits perfectly against the warm light. On the other side of the house, however, the light is so blue that I have to balance it with warmer colours. The joys of narrow houses!

    • Reply Maria May 20, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Natural lights so important isn’t it Juan. It certainly effects blue so definitely worth taking the time to assess any space before applying it. I like that you’ve used warmer colours to balance blue in your home. :D

  • Reply Jumi Awomosu from The School of Artful living May 15, 2018 at 12:12 am

    I love colour! I especially love rich colour in the richer darker tones those rich blues are just fabulous and that blue velvet bed frame… again…just fabulous!

    • Reply Maria May 20, 2018 at 8:17 am

      Yay for colour Jumi! It makes such a difference to our mood and how we feel. I’m with you on the darker richer tones and I’m hoping for a dark rich blue velvet bed frame for the bedroom redesign.

  • Reply Pati May 15, 2018 at 6:37 am

    Those are such a great examples of how to rock blue -thqnk you for your beautiful post

    • Reply Maria May 20, 2018 at 8:18 am

      Thanks Pati, I’m so pleased you love this post :D

  • Reply Fawn Interiors Studio May 15, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Love all the blues you chosen (showing what a sooting, versatile colour this is). Especially love the really dark navy blues – very inspirational.

    • Reply Maria May 20, 2018 at 8:19 am

      Another fellow lover of dark navy, yay!! Thrilled you found this post inspirational! :D

  • Reply Nicola Capper May 15, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    What an inspiring post, you’ve certainly given me a lot to think about as I love navy. Particularly love the rug in the white kitchen and those hexagonal tiles!

    • Reply Maria May 20, 2018 at 8:21 am

      Thanks Nicola! So pleased you found it useful and inspiring and yes to that rug in the kitchen! :D

  • Reply Donna Ford May 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Blue is probably my favourite colour to decorate with but I definitely prefer the darker end of the spectrum. Some great images here!

    • Reply Maria May 19, 2018 at 11:25 pm

      Yes me too with the darker blues like navy Donna and so glad you love the images :D

  • Reply JENNY KAKOUDAKIS May 15, 2018 at 11:32 pm

    Have you seen my dining room? Happy to send across a photo if you would like to include it in your round up :) hehe. We love blue! Simple as that!

    • Reply Maria May 20, 2018 at 8:22 am

      Hahaha, I might have to take you up on that offer Jenny….. your home is a dream! :D

  • Reply Anne Marie May 16, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I think it’s not a secret that blue is my favourite colour 💙 So I couldn’t agree more with everything you mentioned here. In fact I’ve just finished writing a post about blue too. 😉😉

    • Reply Maria May 16, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      If ever there was a blue lover it has to be you Anne Marie! Your lovely home sings with it :D

  • Reply Stacey Sheppard May 16, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Navy is my all time favourite colour. I decorated my bedroom in dark blue (not quite dark enough though) and need to finish the makeover. Was planning to add lots of metallics as well. It’s a much more relaxing and calming space since we went dark.

    • Reply Maria May 19, 2018 at 11:23 pm

      Navy has such timeless qualities Stacey and it’s my preferred shade of blue. I need to check out your bedroom when you’ve finished your makeover which reminds me I need to get on with mine lol :D

  • Reply Mary | hellopeagreen.com May 17, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I love this post so much. I’m a big fan of blue in interiors but everyone always assumes it’s cold when it isn’t. But you are right Light has a lot to do with it and what else it’s pared with.

    • Reply Maria May 19, 2018 at 11:21 pm

      Thrilled that you love this post Mary! Blue really is a versatile colour, it just needs a little thought applied to find the perfect shade for any particular space.

  • Reply Evija May 18, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    What a fabulous post! My absolute favourite colour is blue and your post shows how many ways it can be include in your home. I have an obsession with Woodchip & Magnolia wallpapers at the minute, perfect choice!

    • Reply Maria May 19, 2018 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks Evija! I’m thrilled you loved this post and yes to all of Woodchip and Magnolia’s wallpaper. Walls definitely shouldn’t be boring :D

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