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Why You Should Choose Dark Blues

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Lately, so much attention has been given to light, warm blues (read: aqua and turquoise) in home design, that the use of dark blue has been somewhat ignored.  As much as I love Tiffany blue–which I’ve used in my home–I also have splashes of dark blue around the house.

my sons' room - wall colors are honorable blue and copper harbor by sherwin-williams

My sons’ room – wall colors are Honorable Blue and Copper Harbor by sherwin-williams

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If you like bolder, richer colors, dark blue can be a great choice because it works so well with so many other colors, or used with white, it creates a very classic look.

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Even dark blue upholstery can be super gorgeous.  A dark blue sofa is very modern and makes a great focal piece in a mid-century styled space.

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Dark blue is calming and comforting, and it’s associated with dependability, honesty and inner peace.  All very good reasons to use it in your home.

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my dark blue paint picks (from sherwin-williams.com)

My dark blue paint picks (from sherwin-williams.com)

Periwinkle Rocks!

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Today, The Washington Post published my 4th ‘House Calls’ makeover!  My re-design was for a couple who wanted a comfortable space for reading and entertaining.  And of course, I included a great wall color – a deep, vibrant shade of periwinkle – Gentian by Sherwin-Williams.  This color creates a cozy space without looking dreary and drab.  The white furnishings also help to give the room a light and airy feel.  Here is the ‘before’ photo:

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What a big difference!

above illustration by Julius Goyanko; photo from thewashingtonpost.com

Color Trend Alert: Denim Blue

blue living room

Denim is one of the biggest fashion trends for Spring 2013.  That’s funny because denim jeans and jackets are such a classic…I live in my blue jeans!  However, this year’s trend focuses on wearing denim in creative and retro ways:

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No matter how you wear it, denim clothing is super versatile.  You can dress it up or down but it’s always comfortable and chic.  That’s why it works for almost every outfit, and that’s what makes denim blue a great color choice for any room in your home.

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Just like wearing jeans, using a denim wall color or accessories in your home will make your room feel relaxed, even if the overall decor is formal.

denim dining chairs

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A denim-blue and gold color scheme is elegant without looking too stuffy.  A room with a denim and gray color palette feels modern and casual.

blue and gray room


blue kitchen chairs


Denim blue works with any design style — country, traditional, modern, anything.  It’s a color that is very easy on the eyes, and because denim was a hot hue on the Spring fashion runways, it’s only a matter of time before we’ll see it popping up more in home design.

Something Blue

It’s been a hot summer, so what better way to cool down than with a heavy mix of blue!

In my last post, I shared the Master The Mix sale at One Kings Lane.  This amazing sale offers a variety of colorful accessories and furniture pieces at marked down prices.  If you haven’t checked it out yet there’s still time — but hurry because the sale ends in less than 24 hours!  And if you’re craving something blue, the items shown above are still available as of today.  Each of these pieces can mix-in well with any decorating style and add a refreshing pop of color to your home:

  1. Colburt Wood Lounge Chair
  2. Henri Matisse, Blue Nude Print
  3. Egg Shell Side Table and Pool Vase {sold separately}
  4. Pinwheel Embroidered Pillow
  5. 4×6 Pierced Frame
  6. Low 4-door Sideboard
  7. Moroccan Pouf

I don’t know about you, but shopping a flash sale gives me goose bumps!  The hardest part is making a decision because I always find so many things that I love…I’m sure you will, too!

Thank you, One Kings Lane for sponsoring this post!

Mood Indigo: Dark Blue Rooms

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Indigo is the sixth color of the rainbow.  Our eyes see it as a deep shade of blue, but this color is actually in between blue and violet.

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Indigo will make a bold statement in your home and serve as a terrific backdrop for brighter, vivid accent colors as well as gold and silver.  Definitely a way to set the mood!