A universal favorite of both men and women alike, blue is commonly used in home decorating palettes. From lighter robin’s egg and periwinkle to darker cobalt and indigo, varying shades of blue affect spaces differently. Although a cool color, blue tinted with red or purple—such as ocean or slate blue—becomes a bit warmer. Like a dusk-tinged sky, this type of blue advances in on you, creating a sense of intimacy, romance, and a connection to the environment. Cooler shades of blue containing yellow tones, like aquamarine or ice, seem to recede, creating a clean, crisp airiness in a room.
Combining blue and brown in your design color palette introduces the natural look of the outdoors: think earth and sky. Want to try these colors out in your home? Whether you live by the beach or just dream about it, add coastal charm to your home with the Sea Turtle or Wave Throw Pillow. For a touch of tropical style, opt for the Papyrus or Frond Throw Pillow. Decorative throw pillows are the perfect go-to when you want to change up your decor without replacing bigger pieces of furniture or embarking on an exhausting painting project.
Adding a touch of green to blue creates aqua, the perfect summer shade for any room, inspiring thoughts of warm, tropical seas in faraway lands. Use aqua and cream accents, such as the Coral Throw Pillows or Coral Napkins, to break up darker rooms full of deep browns and rich woods, the way a light sea breeze breaks up the heat of the day. These accents can also add a bit of spunk to a neutral decor palette of beige, white, and cream.
As one of the most versatile colors, blue can be nostalgic in one shade (periwinkle), regal in the next (royal blue), and innocent in yet another (baby blue). It’s one of the few colors that can both soothe and inspire at the same time. So whatever your decorating goal, there’s sure to be a shade of blue for you.