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Paint your world blue

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While color experts ,Pantone, named the earthy Marsala as the color of the year for 2015,  the color blue remains very popular in both fashion and home décor.

Take a moment to step back into that 3 rd grade classroom where you learned that, along with red and yellow, blue is one of the three primary colors found on the color wheel. You learned that you can mix blue with another of the primary colors to create a third color i.e. blue and yellow make green, blue and red make purple etc.

Often identified as the most universally popular color, psychologically speaking, blue evokes thoughts of the ocean and sky and can be very calming and soothing to many people—great choice for the bedroom. It can also reduce the appetite so might be a good choice for a dining room! It speaks of loyalty, reliability and trust, making it a good color for public spaces as well as creating a welcoming feel in your home.

As with many colors, there are dozens of shades of the color blue.  They range from a soft pastel often referred to as “baby blue” to the currently popular cobalt blue and many shades in between. Pair blue with other colors in the room to change the look and feel of the space. For example:

Blue and red are a happy and cheerful color combination. They can be nautical, patriotic, youthful or sophisticated as seen in the photo below.

Eclectic Dining Room by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design

While blue and yellow is a sunny combo that works well in a kitchen, sunroom or cottage style bedroom.  The painted buffet looks lovely next to the beadboard wall in this casual dining room.

Beach Style Dining Room by Chicago Interior Designers & Decorators Tom Stringer Design Partners

Our manufacturers offer several shades of blue paints and stains that can be applied to the made in America furniture they create.

This bright blue nightstand from Maine Woodworks provides just the right amount of bedside storage and adds a pop of color.

While the muted shade of blue on the Carlisle Armoire from Good Intent Farm is the perfect color for a more rustic interior.

What is your favorite shade of blue?