|Blue is a color that evokes mood. And because many people associate blue with melancholy, 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.”
It’s all in the shade of blue you choose and the hues you pair it with. Discipline is key. “Keep your palate restricted,”
|Here are Shelley’s tips for decorating beautifully with blue:
Consider the full spectrum of shades of blue, including some
Explore the blue-gray family, especially if you are afraid of
Pair blue with a warm neutral. Cream, sand and light taupe are good
Consider design style. Blue lends itself especially well to transitional
|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
Use blue in your kitchen. Blue is a great choice for cabinets, chairs, and accessories.
Try blue as an accent color or color block. Painting a whole room blue can feel like
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