The colour blue and its varying shades have the power to be utilised in so many different settings. When exploring colour psychology and experimenting with colours, using shades of blue is mostly a safe bet.
Blue pairs well with numerous colours, from a crisp, clean white to a striking-but-fun orange. Blue shades and tones are also easy to tweak if you want to mix things up at a later date. Let’s consider some ways blues can make interiors sing.
For example, vibrant royal blue and an equally bright buttercup yellow is often a frequent theme in kid’s bedrooms, invoking a sense of adventure. Swapping out the yellow for a more sophisticated silver or grey – or even swapping to a brighter, cleaner white or cream – could prove to be a hit for guest rooms or bathroom; adding a level of moody maturity or a hit of freshness respectively.
Shades between blue and green can give off a tropical vibe. When paired with pinks and oranges, these shades can be an easy way to express a colourful personality without feeling too loud or harsh.
Shades of blue are thought to help us relax and benefit from a sense of tranquility, meaning that it is a fantastic choice for the bathroom or bedroom. It could even be used somewhere to help restore balance when there's a possibility of high stress or frustration - ideal for the study or office needing some attention perhaps? Believe it or not, it’s even thought that the colour blue has appetite-suppressing properties and even helps to lower blood pressure.
Be warned though, as it can be easy to ‘overdo’ the blue. Light blues in small quantities may look gentle and calm. However when spread across walls, lighter blues can appear to make a room feel moody. Similarly, very dark blues can feel gloomy and make spaces feel claustrophobic.
Why They Call It ‘The Blues’
If the fear of making a room feel ‘blue’ is off-putting, using a combination of colour and textiles is an easy way to soften the colour and make it less dramatic or impactful. Contrasting accessories can break up the blue and reintroduce a balance into the space.
If you’re not into accessories, enjoy minimal spaces or are worried about clutter, the use of wall textiles may prove to be the perfect solution. For a quick and easy injection of fun into a space, Rainforest 34 is a gorgeous, playful blue bordering on teal that could brighten up any room without being too garish.
Deep blue and velvety, Boudoir 14, is an intense, sultry wall textile with a sensual and tactile feel. It’s perfect, as the name might suggest, for a grown-up bedroom. Another great choice is Tartan 36, which for a blue on the darker end of the spectrum is surprisingly warm, and would be ideal for offices or living spaces.
Why not try and experiment for yourself? The colour blue provides a whole world of design opportunities – and when matched with wall textiles, fabrics and accessories, the possibilities become almost endless.