Moody Blues (Part 1): Pairing Blue With Color

I love color!  As a child, my crayon box was one of my favorite possessions.  I loved the giant boxes that had a multitude of various colors (that is, before my brother insisted on breaking them all in half!).  I loved stroking those on a piece of paper and wondering why they called one blue-green and the other green-blue.  However, after I colored with each, it became quite evident that there was indeed a distinct difference between the two.  In fact, as a professional interior designer I now know that there is an entire spectrum of blues… And at the moment, I am absolutely living and decorating  in a lovely “blue haze”!

First, let’s consider blue in general.  Blue can be one of the most peaceful, soothing colors for a room.  Blue is classic and is elegant.  It pairs well with a few colors that are winners every time.  It also mixes well with other shades of blue. Two designers that I admire, who can really “do blue,” are Miles Redd and Bunny Williams. Ralph Lauren is also a master of blue.

Miles Redd

Miles Redd glams up blue in this room with his signature lacquered walls.

Bunny Williams

Bunny Williams pairs light blue with other shades of blue and additional bright accent colors.

Artfully designed by Miles Redd, this space combines various shades of blue. Photo from Elle Decor.

Blue interior design

Miles Redd believes that there should be a touch of blue in every room! Blue is magically paired with "Redd" in this photo.

Bunny Williams

Who could ever forget Bunny Williams’ playful all-in-one room that mixes light blue with a palette of delicious colors?
ralph lauren home outdoor fabric - veranda

The blue-and-white upholstery in this photo from Veranda is Ralph Lauren outdoor fabric.


This blue Ralph Lauren sofa absolutely screams luxury!

Ralph Lauren living room

This classic Ralph Lauren living room is the epitome of cozy.

Blue always works well with white.  It is classic and crisp.

Ralph Lauren design. Photo from Fashion Windows.

Ralph Lauren design. Photo from Fashion Windows.
Blue interior design

Photo from Habitually Chic

House Beautiful

Photo from House Beautiful

Ralph Lauren

A chocolate-covered Ralph Lauren sofa is combined with white and blue for an interesting diversion from the norm. Photo from House Beautiful.

When mixed with cream, blue provides a tremendous calming effect.

Blue interior design

Photo from House Beautiful

Photo from Furniture and Design

Photo from Furniture and Design

With green, blue becomes restful and is a perfect choice for bedrooms and homes by the sea.

Blue interior design

Blue and green compliment each other in almost every shade and variety!

green-blue-living-room - kate byer interior design

Design by Kate Byer

Miles Redd - veranda

Miles Redd blends these lovely blue chairs with rich, green walls. Photo from Veranda.

Photo from House Beautiful.

Photo from House Beautiful.

House Beautiful bedroom

Photo from House Beautiful.

With yellow, blue is perky and fun!

Blue interior design

Miles Redd masterfully pairs blue with accents of bright yellow!

blue and yellow - jeffrey billhuber

Design by Jeffrey Billhuber. Photo from House Beautiful.

Amanda Nisbet living room gold blue

Amanda Nisbet combines blue with lovely shades of gold.

Yellow and blue

Photo from Donna Dazzo blog.

Have you decorated using blue? If so, send me some photos! I would love to see them!

If you need help making your home fabulous, then contact me for an online or an in-home consultation at KIMBERLY@KNOTTINGHILLINTERIORS.COM.

NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!



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