Moody BLUES

Blue.  It's my all-time favorite color for both clothing and Interiors.  I love all shades of blue, from aquamarine to deep navy.  It's calming by nature (literally releases calming hormones in the brain), and just so beautiful to look at.  The house I grew up in had cobalt blue cabinets with white countertops.  I didn't even realize how cool it was at the time, but as I look back, I admire my Mom's bold choice.  She also loved art and accessories in blue, which may be why I grew to love it so much. Thanks for being an inspiration, Mama!

-image via flickr

-image via flickr

There are so many ways to bring blue into your home.  You can be super bold with it, and cover the walls and ceiling in various shades:

-www.myplumdesign.com / I think the two shades of blue make a beautiful backdrop for their toned-down furniture pieces.

-www.myplumdesign.com / I think the two shades of blue make a beautiful backdrop for their toned-down furniture pieces.

Or go glam with high-gloss peacock blue on both walls and furniture:

-photo by Eric Piasecki for House Beautiful, designed by Steven Gambrel / Luxurious library!

-photo by Eric Piasecki for House Beautiful, designed by Steven Gambrel / Luxurious library!

You can get all crazy and bring in a ton of pattern, using blue as the common denominator:

-via Veranda Magazine / Super crazy, but I appreciate the boldness, and love the wallpaper.

-via Veranda Magazine / Super crazy, but I appreciate the boldness, and love the wallpaper.

-via Hub Pages  / They used navy and white throughout the room, so the mixing of patterns totally works.

-via Hub Pages / They used navy and white throughout the room, so the mixing of patterns totally works.

Or you can use it as a fun accent somewhere, like the front door:

-via blog.purehome.com / I love the combination of the bright blue lacquered door with the yellow and white wallpaper.

-via blog.purehome.com / I love the combination of the bright blue lacquered door with the yellow and white wallpaper.

Or a fireplace:

-   Found on fieldandsea.tumblr.com  / I totally dig this fireplace surround, such a beautiful color

- Found on fieldandsea.tumblr.com / I totally dig this fireplace surround, such a beautiful color

Here's a few standout rooms that make an impact by simply using blue paint:

-via  blog.damasketdentelle.com  / The paneled walls are even more special when painted in this bright hue

-via blog.damasketdentelle.com / The paneled walls are even more special when painted in this bright hue

-via flickr.com / I've loved this image for years.  The gallery wall on that high gloss paint is just to die for...

-via flickr.com / I've loved this image for years.  The gallery wall on that high gloss paint is just to die for...

via  minnickinteriors.com  / The inky blue walls look amazing with the brown, leather chairs and zebra rug.

via minnickinteriors.com / The inky blue walls look amazing with the brown, leather chairs and zebra rug.

via  stylebyemilyhenderson.com  / How cool is this?  I love the clever use of paint around the doorway.

via stylebyemilyhenderson.com / How cool is this?  I love the clever use of paint around the doorway.

-via  The Shabby Nest  / Wide blue and white stripes make this a fun, modern boy's room!

-via The Shabby Nest / Wide blue and white stripes make this a fun, modern boy's room!

-via  theeffortlesschic.com  / The blue walls look fab with the art, the wood table and the industrial, metal chairs.

-via theeffortlesschic.com / The blue walls look fab with the art, the wood table and the industrial, metal chairs.

via  domainehome.com  / Such a cool bedroom.  Love the framed flag against the gray/blue walls.

via domainehome.com / Such a cool bedroom.  Love the framed flag against the gray/blue walls.

There are also some beautiful wallpapers in bold, blue tones:

-Juju Papers,  via Design Sponge  / A fun and fresh look with the gold dots.

-Juju Papers, via Design Sponge / A fun and fresh look with the gold dots.

-via  Domaine Home  / Those cool chairs and muted artwork really stand out against the gorgeous wallpaper.

-via Domaine Home / Those cool chairs and muted artwork really stand out against the gorgeous wallpaper.

-via paloma81.blogspot.com / Dark blue grasscloth and bright white...such a great combo.

-via paloma81.blogspot.com / Dark blue grasscloth and bright white...such a great combo.

Tile is another great way to bring in your favorite blues:

-via  Apartment 34  / It's like a mermaid's scales, with varying tones of blue...so beautiful

-via Apartment 34 / It's like a mermaid's scales, with varying tones of blue...so beautiful

-designed by Kelly Wearstler / These blue subway tiles really make an impact.

-designed by Kelly Wearstler / These blue subway tiles really make an impact.

-tile by  Ann Sacks  / When it comes to tile, Ann Sacks knocks it out of the park every time.

-tile by Ann Sacks / When it comes to tile, Ann Sacks knocks it out of the park every time.

And finally, this show-stopping exterior shot just makes me so happy:

-photo by Warren Heath for House And Leisure Magazine / This home in Cape Town, South Africa, exemplifies the beauty of using blue in home design. I want to see this house in person someday!

-photo by Warren Heath for House And Leisure Magazine / This home in Cape Town, South Africa, exemplifies the beauty of using blue in home design. I want to see this house in person someday!

Are you feeling it?  Do you think you would like a bold, blue room in your house?  We just painted a small TV room a beautiful shade of navy in a house I'm working on. I can't wait until it's finished so I can show you pictures!  It's going to be amazing.

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