Don’t make a blue with blue …
The most popular colour is?
What do you believe is the most popular colour among adults regardless of their gender, religion or nationality? To give you a little hint, just think about the colour of the sky and the ocean …
Yes, you guessed it, it’s blue!
Why is this hue so popular? Maybe because it brings up childhood memories of playing outdoors on a sunny day, having a barbeque under blue skies or enjoying a splash in the ocean’s waves.
But blue becomes more serious when we go to its darker end, a navy blue or blackish blue. This spells authority, truth and aristocracy. You might remember Kate Middleton wearing a navy blue dress when her engagement to Prince William was officially announced. Or think about the police force with their dark blue uniforms. They wouldn’t have the same authority in a lime green suit, would they?
But what about using blue in styling your property?
Blue in bedroom decor
Well, research shows that blue has a relaxing and calming effect on us which makes it the go-to colour for our bedrooms where we want to unwind or be lulled into sleep.
Blue in kids’ rooms
If you have a child who’s highly active, blue might be just the colour for their walls for its calming affect. Forget about the fact that blue is traditionally used for boys only. If your super-active girl loves blue, why should she miss out on the soothing effect this colour has on the little whirlwind?
Various shades of blue have different emotional impacts
And blue has so many beautiful shades to dive into, from soft baby blue, teal, aqua, turquoise or greyish tones just to name a few. When designing and planning your interior spaces think about how you can combine a range of these blues in order to achieve an interesting monochromatic palette.
Contrast can add an interesting dimension to your room design
- You could add yellow or orange when looking for an accent colour to achieve a vibrant blue space.
- If you are aiming for a sense of cleanliness in your home or office makeover, then you could combine blue with a crisp white.
- But if you’re after a homely and cosy feeling, add warm neutrals and timber tones to the blue.
When to use blue and when not to use blue
Before you take a paint brush into your hands, consider whether the room temperature is warm or cold. Research shows that blue lowers our blood pressure with the result of our body cooling down. This makes an icy blue the ideal colour for those Western facing rooms that get baking hot in summer. And vice versa, stay away from a blue when the room is on the rather chilly side and opt for a warmer colour with yellow or orange tones.
How grow or shrink the size of your room
If you’re not sure whether to go for a lighter or darker tone, consider the size of your space. A light blue makes a room look more spacious whereas a dark tone tends to make us feel cosy. But whatever you choose, enjoy this beautiful colour and rest assured that you won’t make a blue with blue following these hints and tips.