If you follow us on Instagram or browse our site, you’ll notice that one of our favorite colors for interiors is blue. In the shop, we offer blue and white chinoiserie, blue throw pillows, blue leather, blue chandeliers, blue decor (heck, even our site color palette has blue). It’s not an accident. Blue is a color we always encourage designers to include when they’re creating a space. The reasoning? It goes way beyond “currently trending” and actually dives deep into the science and psychology behind design and color play. Here are our five reasons why your home is due for more blue:
Blue light goes the farthest. Our first reason requires a little bit of science. When light shines on a piece of furniture or home decor, the item absorbs every color of the spectrum except one, which is the color you see. Because blue has a very short wavelength, it evades absorption and is therefore the easiest color to see (this is why the ocean usually appears blue, or why it can be tricky to tell if something is black or navy). Parse through the science, and you get this: Blue is a great color for interiors, especially in dark spaces, because it injects a space with lightness and color! If there’s a lot of natural light, blue will make a room gleam. And even if there aren’t many windows, blue will naturally draw light and color out of a dark room.
Blue rooms are good for your health. Don’t believe us? Blue rooms have actually been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate, and although it opposes the “feeling blue” idiom, living in a blue room has been proven in multiple studies to help people with depression. It’s almost impossible to be stressed out in a blue room! Blue helps us sleep too. The color neutralizes melatonin levels (a hormone that anticipates the onset of nighttime) meaning that it’s a refreshing and energizing color when our melatonin is low in the morning, and it’s a soothing and relaxing color at night when our melatonin is high and we’re trying to fall asleep. What does this all mean for interior designers? No question about it: blue is THE COLOR for the bedroom.
Blue offers the most versatile palette. Every color has an anthology of shades and hues, but it’s going to be tricky to find a soothing red or a bright and fun grey. Blue, however, is a color without limits. Add pale blue into your space to soften a corner, choose a dramatic blue for a strong regal flare, toss in a bright blue for an electric pop of color, or stick with a neutral shade for an inviting color to paint the walls. Blue is also preferable because it works as a compliment to almost any color on the wheel. We love blue and white together, but blue also pairs excellently with bright colors that are sometimes difficult to work with (like green, orange, or fuchsia) and with several materials, like wood and metallics.
Blue won’t overwhelm. You can use multiple shades of blue in the same room and achieve a look that’s both stunning and approachable. Because blue has such a versatile palette, as mentioned above, you can put blue furniture and decor in a blue room using blue fabrics, and your eyes won’t feel too overwhelmed! (That said, we always encourage incorporating neutrals into a room for the best visual balance).
Blue is already your favorite color. Is this true for you? Because it’s true for about 45% of males and 35% of females, making blue the most popular favorite color for both genders. This is great knowledge to have as a designer. If you’re working on a commercial project that has to be universally appealing, or if you just have a tricky client who isn’t loving your color choices…try blue. The odds are in your favor.
So many shades of blue you don’t know what to do? No problem. Here are some common shades of blue and some of our favorite design uses:
|Grey-Blue||Use for creating a spa-like atmosphere in the bath, cool cabinetry in the kitchen, or for serene bedroom walls.|
|Royal Blue||Our go-to choice to pair with regency furniture. It’s also the shade typically used in traditional blue and white palettes.|
|Sky Blue||Great for coastal beach style bathrooms, cabana-style chairs, vintage-style kitchen islands, or beach-y slipcovers.|
|Robin-Egg Blue||This hue is a lot of fun as a modern wallpaper color or the color choice for a bold bathroom tile.|
|Steel Blue||Enjoy steel blue’s luxe tones for a French glamour look. It also serves as a recommended backdrop color when mixing patterns.|
|Caribbean Blue||This bright blue is playful and perfect for a kids room (or use it as a bright pop of color for an accessory item).|
|Aqua||This is the perfect color for a feminine or beach-y kitchen, a tween girl’s bedroom, or for fun accessories.|
|Turquoise||Great for colorful kids rooms or for a hip midcentury look.|
|Navy||It’s the go-to for nautical designs, but we also like it for bold built-ins.|