Blue evokes feel­ings of seren­ity, com­fort

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

BLUE is still one of the most pop­u­lar decor colours. It brings to mind clear blue skies and vast bod­ies of open wa­ter. This pri­mary colour cre­ates a feel­ing of seren­ity and com­fort. Af­ter all, what is more com­fort­able than a great pair of blue jeans or more com­fort­ing than a slice of blue­berry pie? Speak­ing of blue­ber­ries, the colour blue is found in only a few nat­u­ral foods and for this rea­son it is thought to be the least ap­pe­tiz­ing. Blue is a cool colour so it’s a good choice for rooms that tend to be warmer, like loft spa­ces or sec­ond story rooms.

The colour blue is also seen as trust­wor­thy and de­pend­able. Many cor­po­ra­tions use blue as their sig­na­ture colour to in­stil a sense of trust in their com­pany. wall-mounted van­ity in brown tile looks great against the blue back­drop. Be­cause it’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive of wa­ter, blue can work in any strength in the bath­room, whether in lighter, robin’s egg blue or in a navy blue rep­re­sent­ing a nau­ti­cal theme. Blue is crisp, cool and re­fresh­ing.

Blue works well with many other paint colours. Pale blues look great with pale yel­low, soft white ac­cents, taupe and light-coloured fur­ni­ture. Medium blues look great with yel­low­greens, red, white and brown or rust colours. Dark blue, like navy, should be ac­cented with white trim to keep the room from feel­ing like a cave. Red and shades of darker yel­low also work well as ac­cent colours with navy.

Gray blues can be very strik­ing in the dé­cor but can also be seen as gloomy by some. Use these shades in har­mony with more cheer­ful colours like yel­low, peach, pink and light orange or co­ral. Avoid us­ing gray blues in dim or low light spa­ces.

Turquoise, which is blue-green, is a great colour that can be fun in a youth­ful, retro-in­spired space. It’s a colour that tends to have a love-hate re­la­tion­ship with peo­ple. Used in small doses, it def­i­nitely adds colour punch.

Blue is a great colour for a cot­tage or a home with a cot­tage style dé­cor. Bead board pan­elling painted in a new­port blue can cre­ate a lovely back­drop in a cot­tage style space. It rep­re­sents wa­ter and is re­lax­ing and ca­sual in this type of set­ting. Even fur­ni­ture painted in blue can add to the charm of a cot­tage dé­cor. stripes each have their own per­son­al­ity and can work in rooms boast­ing their re­spec­tive styles. A coun­try kitchen with but­ter yel­low walls and blue and white checked ac­cents can be a fun and cheery room; a bed­room treated to a toile wall­pa­per fo­cal wall with match­ing blue paint on the other walls can be a calm and serene space that still has tons of per­son­al­ity.

Blue can be ca­sual or for­mal, fun or se­ri­ous, strong or del­i­cate depend­ing upon the ap­pli­ca­tion be­ing used. This colour co-or­di­nates with many other colours so it’s a great choice for the dé­cor. (Have you ever found a ca­sual top that doesn’t look good with a pair of jeans?) Blue is a colour that is at­trac­tive on walls, floors, tex­tiles and in ac­ces­sories. Nearly all shades of blue are easy on the eyes so they can be used in larger ar­eas with much suc­cess. In gen­eral, you can’t say that about other colours, like orange or red.

Clas­sic blue is great colour for the dé­cor. Ac­cent it with punches of bright colour for op­ti­mum im­pact.

Blue is one of the ul­ti­mate calm­ing colours.

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