In case you haven't noticed, all hues of blue are taking center stage in décor. While some would say that it never really left, others will remember its last hey day was about 15 years ago. My experience with blues has run the gamut, from loving it as a kid, to not even allowing any blue in my first shop 10 years ago. But what I've come to realize since that self-imposed ban is that blue should play a role in everyone's life.
Blue is calm, classic, moody, and electric. It conjures up the sea and the sky and is the keystone of ethnic patterns from China, Holland, and Africa. Simply put, blue is not going anywhere. So while it's surging, I recommend you find a way to bring it into your own home.
While all shades are beautiful, I recommend you take a look at a true navy and a medium turquoise. They are the work horses of the blue family. Both are neutrals that will compliment and coordinate with practically any other color you pair with them. Gray, coral, yellow, black...you name it. They will make a stunning combo. Just look below to see how beautiful the two are together. Who'da thunk?
From a textile perspective, is there anything prettier than a blue velvet? I don't think so. Combine it with a rustic leather you'll have a perfect high-low combination as you can see in the photo below.
And just look at how much pattern mixing is going on below, yet it feels calm and restful. Blue, you are a miracle worker! So, am I blue? Absolutely, and I promise to never ban you again!
I believe the key to beautiful design is combining the components of a room to create a cohesive whole. That whole is part cooperation, part tension, part fun, and part drama. The process can sometimes be bumpy, but with patience and communication, you can achieve a perfect union. Sounds just like marriage, doesn't it.
I came across the picture above while browsing Facebook (although I can't remember who posted it) and I think it epitomizes that perfect union. Notice the crustiness of the cast iron fireplace surround sitting directly across from the sleek acrylic cocktail table. Look to at all the fresh live greenery in contrast to the wicker chairs and native stone walls. The complimentary blue and green absolutely sing. There is texture upon texture, like the brick floor, sisal rug and patterned rug and rough hewn side table.
Take a lesson from this picture. I think you can learn a lot about creating the perfect combo in your home.
I'm Dan Brungardt and have been the proprietor and designer at Home at Last for the past 15 years. I'm constantly inspired by the things I see around me and now I get to share them with you!