ProSource | 9/19/2016 | Expert Advice
The approach of autumn traditionally brings a warm palette of gold, maroon, rust, and olive. That’s why Fall 2016’s color trends – led by the blue family – is such a surprising departure.
And blue can be a difficult color to incorporate when decorating your home. Do you know how to make the most of this unconventional color development?
“Blue is strong and provides a nice, clean statement,” according to New York interior designer Matthew Patrick Smyth. Although decorating your home with tones of blue emits feelings of calmness and serenity, the process of doing so can make you feel the opposite.
Don’t stress… these expert tips make it easy to incorporate this fall’s go-to hue.
Warm Blue Walls
The color blue has a variety of tones. For the main rooms of your home – such as your living and dining rooms – warmer tones of blue (think denim) are ideal. With hints of red within, warm blues give off inviting vibes and encourage appetite. Because of its intimate ambiance, these hues are most fitting for the social spaces of your home.
Cool Blue Walls
When your space is limited, use cool blue. Cooler hues expand your space to make a room feel larger than it is. Cool blues call to mind the beauty of nature, the sky, and water, which is why these shades are associated with calmness and freshness. Few colors look as lovely as pale blue in the bedroom.
Blue In Unexpected Places
A blue bathroom sink? Absolutely! All eyes will be drawn to a bright blue cast iron sink or a pale, watery blue vessel sink. Or set off a white porcelain or ceramic sink with shower and floor tile infused with shades of blue.
Go big and blue in the kitchen. Choose blue as one of your cabinet colors. Add a spectacular blue backsplash with a variety of blues and metallic. Blow everyone’s mind with an island featuring a gorgeous, blue countertop – it will become the home’s favorite gathering spot.
“Bold blues, when used sparingly, can feel fresh and cheerful,” says interior designer Stefani Stein. “However, you can have too much of a good thing, so be strategic with bold or intense colors. An accent color in a work of art, a throw pillow, or even a vintage lamp can enliven and balance a primarily neutral space.”
Blue With White
Combining blue with white is perfect for those who love the beach and all things nautical. Together, the colors create a cohesive color scheme with a crisp, elegant feel. Blue-and-white is simply a chic and classic combination that will continue to be around for years to come.
Blue With Orange
And what is fall without orange? “Orange is a natural complement to blue,” says Case San Jose designer Sarah Gaffney. “Deeper tones of rust paired with navy creates a dramatic mood for seasonal decorating.” And it’s a great way to incorporate more traditional fall colors into your décor.
Blue Statement Pieces
Want to make a bold, blue statement? A dark blue, large-scale sofa performs beautifully in a small space. It will stand as a focal point against a backdrop of neutral colors.
Blue Decorative Accents
You can get in on the blue trend without painting all of your walls or investing in blue furniture. Simply display a charming blue photo frame or a groovy blue vase.
“In family rooms, we love to create a luxe look by combining rich chocolate brown walls with blue accents such as area rugs, draperies, and décor,” says Gaffney.
Bottom line: Blue works – in every area of the home. Use it in large or small doses, as temporary accents or permanent fixtures. Embrace it and make the most of this exciting fall trend.
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