The Beauty of Blue: 8 Examples of How This Creative Colour Can Enrich Your Home
Whoever came up with the idea of equating the colour blue with sadness and being alone couldn't be more wrong. Blue is beautiful. Blue is bold. Blue is subtle. And when used correctly, blue can enrich any room and any home.
Walls, furniture, curtains and more—let's take a look at 8 examples of perfect blue at play.
Feeling blue? We hope so!
- Fearless & Fierce
This contemporary decor is enlivened by ample though intelligent use of blue. In an apartment full of vibrant colours, polished floors and audacious accessories that each fight to draw our eye, it's the use of blue on walls and furnishings which stands out most distinctly.
Yes, it's bright and perhaps even brazen. But somehow it works....
- Calm Waters
There's nothing like sailing across the tranquil oceans and being completely at peace with the world.
This next example takes a nautical theme and turns it into a dream. The soft blue walls with their gentle fade reminds us of both the sky and sea, flecked with clouds or frothing with foam.
The blue colour has a calming effect (which is perfect for a bedroom, where we go to escape our problems) while the ornamental wheel reinforces the nautical theme and adds a nice cosmetic touch.
- Eclectic Accessories
Blue doesn't always have to be splashed across a wall to be effective. Sometimes a light dusting here or there can produce wonderful results.
In this next example blue is demoted to secondary status, used mostly as a way of accessorizing the room. However, pay attention to the pairings of dark and light shades and how they compliment each other, and notice how in the second picture the three variations of blue draw our eyes in a diagonal line.
Such clever arrangements rely more on subtlety rather than overpowering the senses.
- Gentle Tones
Sometimes the most effective use of color is to make other things stand out by contrast. In the following case the dark-complexioned furniture is accentuated by the faded bluish-gray of the walls, lending such items as the black piano, chair and shelf an intensity it would otherwise lack in a brighter room.
- Clash of Colours
Soft tones evoke a feeling of peace, but some prefer a bolder look. The examples below utilize primary colors for a cheerful and bouncy atmosphere, contrasting blues with glossy yellows to create a daring aesthetic best suited to modern interiors.
Rather than classy and sophisticated, this apartment aims for young and energetic.
- Creative Accents
The best way to make a colour such as blue distinguish itself is through muting every other colour in the room. Not only does this immediately capture our attention, but it makes the home more visually appealing.
Here, the glossy blue accents of the cabinets and shelves gives this kitchen a clean, sleek, and contemporary appearance.
- Cool Curtains
Blue walls, accents and furniture are great, but how about matching beds and curtains?
This brash and audacious room is a statement to the beauty of blue. Here, the colour is far removed from the usual cliches of sadness: instead, the brilliant blue tones of the curtains, wall, and bed-sheets all create a festive atmosphere.
Plus that disco-ball of a chandelier makes it seem like there's a party going on.
- It's a Bird. It's a Plane. No—it's Super Blue!
So just how cool is blue? It's one of the favourite colours of superheroes—from Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America to Spider-man, these iconic figures drape themselves in it.
It makes perfect sense that in this next example the Man of Steel is surrounded by various shades of blue. Here we have an eclectic, industrial decor which somehow finds unity through a single colour.
There's a reason Superman is often called “Big Blue.” Because like him, blue is unbeatable.
As we've discovered blue is incredibly versatile. It can be bold or subtle, overwhelm or accent, and brings out the beauty of any home.
So here's to looking at blue!