Color trends may come and go, but primary colors like blue never really go out of style. And whether you use it sparingly - an accessory here and there, or maybe a piece of art with just a splash - or wash entire rooms in the color, blue can have a great impact on how your space looks, and how it feels.
"Blue represents both the sky and the sea, and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity," said Bourn Creative. "The color blue has positive effects on the mind and the body. As the color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming and exude feelings of tranquility. However, not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic, an engaging color that expresses exhilaration."
If you're looking to incorporate the color into your home, you can't go wrong with any (or all!) of these tips.
Bring it into your kitchen
Blue is a great option for kitchen cabinets if you want something other than white. A powdery blue allows you to stay neutral-ish, and easily accommodate adventurous finishes like patterned floor tiles and black counters, if you so wish.
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Or, take it deeper - waaaaaaay deeper - to create a space that will wow. Cobalt or navy can make a kitchen look incredible, regardless of the size. But if you want to make sure it keeps an airy feel instead of feeling closed in, go for marble slabs and forgo the upper cabinets, like in this gorgeous room.
Use its peaceful quality to your advantage in the bathroom
Because blue is known to be a calming color, it's a smart choice for a bathroom if your goal is to impart a spa feel. But that doesn't mean your choices have to be sedate. Here, a standout tile brings the wow factor to an otherwise neutral bathroom.
There's nothing boring about this bathroom, where the deep hue and ultra-glam finishes create a knockout space.
Swap out your furniture
Because blue is a hot color right now, there are numerous options if you want to bring the color into your furniture or furnishings - and you don't have to look too hard to find something great. We love Rooms To Gos's Monaco Court Indigo series, with its saturated color, tufting, and naiheads. The set is surprisingly inexpensive ($1,655 for five pieces, or you can split it up), and it's part of the store's Sofia Vergara Collection, which probably explains why it's so chic.
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Hang it on the wall
Art can move us in so many ways, and a piece that allows you to sink into it, like this Shawn McNulty piece, does more than just look pretty on a wall.
Go blue on blue on blue
Who says you need to add contrast to achieve design greatness? This bedroom with varying shades of blue manages to be dramatic and serene at the same time.
Add a bright pop
As vibrant as it is, a bright pop of turquoise can fit in almost anywhere, no matter the style or color scheme. In this otherwise Earth-toned space, the turquoise side table is as eye-catching as it is functional.