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Blue can work with just about any other color.  Use paint, artwork and other decor to create a soothing palette.

1 Blue can work with just about any other color. Use paint, artwork and other decor to create a soothing palette.

I love the deep blue of these tiles.

2 I love the deep blue of these tiles.

The picture of serenity. Who couldn't drift peacefully off to sleep in this room?

3 The picture of serenity. Who couldn't drift peacefully off to sleep in this room?

Blue creates a calm environment for this desk.  No angry letters written here.

4 Blue creates a calm environment for this desk. No angry letters written here.

I love the soft blue painted on the back of the bookcase.  It's a great way to add color to a room.

5 I love the soft blue painted on the back of the bookcase. It's a great way to add color to a room.

Painting the inside of glass front cabinets is another a great way to add color to a room.  In this kitchen, the blue background highlights the contents of the cabinets.

6 Painting the inside of glass front cabinets is another a great way to add color to a room. In this kitchen, the blue background highlights the contents of the cabinets.

Wallpaper is also a great way to add color.  Here, a blue and white coral pattern is added to back of a cabinet.

7 Wallpaper is also a great way to add color. Here, a blue and white coral pattern is added to back of a cabinet.

The alternating blue painted floor planks in this kitchen were inspired by a 19th Century dhurrie rug from India.

8 The alternating blue painted floor planks in this kitchen were inspired by a 19th Century dhurrie rug from India.

The table linens and glassware bring blue into this dining room nicely.

9 The table linens and glassware bring blue into this dining room nicely.

Flowers are another beautiful way to add blue to a room.

10 Flowers are another beautiful way to add blue to a room.

This collection of blue plates and tiles brings together a range of blues and becomes the focal point of the room.

11 This collection of blue plates and tiles brings together a range of blues and becomes the focal point of the room.

An overall view of the blue living room display.

12 An overall view of the blue living room display.

The rectangular pattern painted on this hallway wall in gray-toned blues helps to enhance and define the architectural features.

13 The rectangular pattern painted on this hallway wall in gray-toned blues helps to enhance and define the architectural features.

Since my post on the color orange last week was well received, I decided to do another color post this week on the color blue.  When asked, about 60% of people will respond that their favorite color is blue.  The color is classic and timeless.  Blue is also restful and calming and has the ability to soothe and improve your mood.  By simply looking at the color blue, your blood pressure lowers and your heart rate slows down.  No wonder it's such a great choice for bedrooms.  However, blue can be used in any room and given its vast range of shades and hues, it easy to combine with other colors.  I know that I will be using blue somewhere in my apartment.

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Comments (5)

  • I was wondering if you have seen the beautiful blue color in Carrie's apartment in "Sex in the City"? I would really like to paint my living room that vibrant blue, but I don't know which MS color is close to it? Can you help?

  • Hi! Your blog is amazing - I have been faithfully following it since the beginning, and I look forward to every post!

    I was wondering if you could offer your advice about my own tricky floor situation. I am helping my Mom redo her kitchen floor, since the linoleum that has been there for the last 20 years really needs to go!

    The kitchen has no subfloor, making tile or buffed concrete [my first two choices!] out of the question. That leaves wood, cork, or bamboo. The problem is that this floor meets with the light rose colored carpet of the living room, the dark wood of the dining room [when the door is open], and tile in the breakfast room [down a small step], as well as leads out to the pantry and would have to go under a washing machine/dryer in the mud room. The cabinets in the kitchen are a light wood.

    I was wondering if you had any ideas about what to do with this DD. I was contemplating doing wood with a diamond pattern [similar to the one found in, I believe the foyer/hallway of Turkey Hill? ], in the colors of a sage green and a warm beige. [Inspiration piece - a recently purchased new oven mitt set!]. Would this type of painting be appropriate for a kitchen, or can you offer any other suggestion?

    This has turned into quite a novel now - but if you have any ideas I would be eternally grateful!
    Thanks!
    - zoe [princeton, nj]

  • Love this post, Kevin. Such variety and range! Count me in the 60%

  • Good morning Kevin, it is a great pleasure to check your blog every morning my time, it is always inspiring.
    Blue is said to be a favorite color by many people and is the color most preferred by men, it is the feelings of calmness, and is often used to decorate offices because research has shown that people are more productive in blue rooms. I used blue in my husband's office room in the master bedroom and light Lavender in the sleeping area.
    Love the gift wrap you did for Alexis, commented on her blog!

  • Does Martha still produce a line of interior house paint?

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