50 Shades of Blue

I actually have more than 50 shades of blue in our home. I love blue. I can’t get enough of it. Our home has many neutral colors throughout: beiges, greys, and whites. I’m constantly changing my mind on decor, which is why neutral paint and neutral furniture work so well with my style. Decor can be colorful and changed at any time. Throw pillows, picture frames, flowers, curtains, area rugs, holiday decor…you can see where I’m going with this. The one exception to my rule is my robin’s egg blue Julian Chest from Ethan Allen. It matches the painting in our living room beautifully and I took a chance on permanently adding color with a larger piece of furniture. It’s the first thing you see when you enter our home and it instantly adds a calming feeling. Psychologically, blue exudes tranquility and relaxation. That is exactly what you want your home to feel like. It is your space with your family. The space that takes you away from the workplace and outside stresses. It is your safe place. What more would you want from your home other than a feeling of peace? Even though blue is a cool color it can still create a warm and cozy feeling within your space. You can always use complementary colors to add a little more to your color scheme without overdoing it. Orange is the complementary color for blue and it helps to brighten your space. Just remember, there is no right or wrong way to decorate with accent pieces. As long as you buy pieces according to your style and you are happy with them you will create a look that adds character to your home.

If you want to spice up your neutral palette, but are looking for another color, take a look at the list below to see what inspires you!

Primary Color

Feeling Complementary Color

(Secondary Color)



Calmness Orange Creativity
Yellow Happiness Purple Luxury
Red Energy Green


For more information on on the psychology of color visit 3 Ways Color Manipulates You.

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