I’ve got the summer blues. I’m suffering with an extreme lust for all the blues of summer – turquoise, indigo and cobalt.
I just can’t get enough of these heavenly hues at home.
Shades of blue are fabulous accents, easy to live with, appealing to just about everyone and did you know that while turquoise brings a sense of youth with it, indigo and cobalt instill a sense of trust and sincerity? Blues work with just about every decor palette. One of the best sources for inspiring palettes is your favorite fashion magazine. Grab a copy of Vogue or Elle, a glass of lemonade and don your bikini and let’s head out to the lounge chairs on the patio in search of a new palette for our favorite rooms. At home, my personal colour palette came from a tear sheet from a Ralph Lauren runway show about four years ago and its still fabulous and still in vogue. The shot was of a model wearing a white bikini, drape in a caramel and chocolate fur wrap, standing on a sanding beach with brilliant blue water and sky behind her. The crisp whites, the varying shades of blue and blue greys, the caramel and the dark chocolate established my palette at home and I love it. Professionally, we often choose and present a color or mood board to a client along side a tear sheet from a runway show or fashion magazine. Apparel fashion is one of the best sources of inspiration and direction for home fashion and you’ll certainly have no trouble finding blues in fashion this season.
Shades of blues work with just about every existing palette. They add sparkle to a bland mix of neutrals: creams, beige, taupe, chocolate, black, and charcoal. They are simply brilliant with crisp whites and they even work great with other accents such as red, purple, greens and yellow. Blue is one of the most versatile and flexible colour opportunities that we have at our designer disposal. So how can we mix in a little blue at home?
We never want too much of any one colour but when applying an accent shade to a space you do need to use it at least three times within the room or it’s an accident instead of an accent. So, toss in the throw cushion, drape a blue throw over the arm of the sofa or lay it at the end of the bed, add a funky one-of denim chair to an empty corner, set a blue granite picture frame on a book shelf or end table, spray paint your lamp base a beautiful blue hue, wallpaper a couple of walls with an oversized blue geometric pattern or colour block a wall with blue paint. You can dress up a space with the season’s most desired hue in less than fifteen minutes- it doesn’t take long or a lot of dollars to keep your rooms in ‘vogue’.
Have you found your ‘blue inspiration’ yet? If you’re still hesitant to try adding blue to your decor, create a gorgeous “blue moment” in your kitchen by filling a tall glass container with water or lemonade and blueberries for a splash of blue. Hurry up then and indulge your blue crush and bring it home for fabulous living!