COLOR THEORY: BLUE

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As far as favorite colors go, blue statistically ranks highest. It makes perfect sense- the blue sky above us is a pretty consistent factor in most people's lives (even here in grey San Francisco). It is also the color of the sea and is an easily distinguishable shade for the human eye. It is the color of trust, responsibility, sincerity, and serenity. It is used in 53% of world flags and has a broad history of use in political, religious and cultural settings. Aside from all that, it is like... really pretty. Case in point:

Despite its popularity, blue can be a tricky color to use in an interior setting because of the sheer number of different shades. I feel like the default choice is to go for baby blue (at least, this is what I've garnered from the thousands of hours of House Hunters I have logged over the years). Personally, I'm not that inspired by baby blue, but if you are - go for it! I am just saying that there are SO MANY options with this hue! Grey-blue, navy, blue with green undertones... Experiment! And if you aren't ready to commit to dark blue as a wall color, then try adding in a piece of art or furniture. Live with it and see if you like it!

HOW TO USE BLUE IN YOUR HOME:

  • Go all out with a rich navy wall color or a wild tile installation:
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COLOR THEORY- Blue (6)
  • Not ready to go bold? Try bringing one blue piece into your design. It can be a light fixture, a piece of furniture, or even just some artwork or accessories:
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  • You can't go wrong with blue and white. Play with pattern!
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No matter what your research shows about color psychology, go with what YOU love. Color is so important and should be personal- so choose shades that make you feel comfortable, inspired and content. In the end, my advice is to be aware of the history and power of color, but trust your instincts and your own experience!

Where does the color blue show up in your home?

Always,

Claire