Something New, Something Blue.

There is an old design adage that all rooms need a little black (and grey~that’s my adage) in them.  But I am thinking that currently, blue decor is having a moment.

Anyone that knows me knows that my home is awash in grey’s, with some black and tidbits of red-orange and yellow.  I have never introduced blue into the mix, until recently.  I have a vent above my dining hutch (yes, right smack dab in the MIDDLE of a focal wall, regret not catching that when we built!) and no matter how I decorated the hutch, my eyes always went straight to the vent above the hutch.  I realized I needed an object (picture(s) to lean against the wall to cover the eye-sore of a vent.

So I went out shopping for some pics and found that I was really struggling.  I didn’t want pictures with words or animals on them.  Also, it had to fit the traditional/city farmhouse/electic feel (yeah, that’s not easy) that my home is, so contemporary pictures were not an option.  I circled Hobby Lobby about 20 times (I am fairly certain they thought I was casing the joint) and almost gave up until my eyes settled on a pair of pics.  The problem was they weren’t my standard black, grey or natural wood look (okay well, the frames are a natural wood).

But I  liked the overall design and with a gutsy move, I grabbed them!  I figured I could always return them if I didn’t like them in the space.

But you know what?  I LOVE them!  I was so worried that the blue wouldn’t go with my current color choices, but they blended right in, like a comfy pair of jeans.

Some facts about blue:

Famously calming and peaceful, blue can have very different effects on a room depending on its temperature. Warm blues, like denim, ocean blue, or slate blue, contain hints of red. Color experts say they advance, or come toward you, so they help make a room feel cozier. Decorators often like warm blues in social spaces, like the living room, the kitchen, or the dining room.

Shades known as cool blues―like cobalt, turquoise, and ice blue―have yellow in them and tend to recede, or back away, which can help a small space look bigger. Color experts explain that cool blues encourage calmness (which is nice for a bedroom) and focus (say, in a home office). Sometimes cool blues can go a little further and be cold. But in a bathroom, where you want a crisp, clean vibe, that can be a good thing.

Here are some fresh ways to use varying shades of blue in your own home, whether you decide to use it in the furnishings, walls, fabrics or accessories….and even floors!

Emily Henderson Design

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