The “Sky” is the Limit: Decorating with Its Colors (Part 3 – Blue Skies)

There is nothing that can start a day out right than gorgeous blue skies! I remember, as a child, that I would lie on my back in the yard for hours looking up at the blue sky, trying to determine what characters I could find in the playful white clouds…. an evil pirate, a scary bear, or a smiling Mickey Mouse. Anything could be imagined in that lovely backdrop!
Although blue skies are the most perfect shade of color imaginable, blue, in general, is not always the easiest color in the rainbow to decorate with. In fact, as many of my interior design clients have discovered, blue can be downright difficult! There are so many options available that qualify as “blue”, including those with heavy doses of gray and green. Depending upon the light in your space, and the furniture and accessories you plan to use,  the blue you select for your decor should be chosen carefully, since this color can quickly become overwhelming, and as my friend, Susan, has said…. “just too blue”.  Here are a few examples of some guidelines to remember when decorating with shades of blue. (Photos from House Beautiful.)
Combined with WOOD, blues tend to appear warmer.

The coffee table and wood accents add to the cozy feel of this living room.

The blues in this living room are warmed up with the addition of the wood detailing throughout the space.

The wood floors and beams give warmth to these cool shades of blue.

What an inviting dining room this is!

Combined with SILVER, blues are cooler.

The silver and blue combined provide a cool elegance to this dining room.

The soothing coolness of this bedroom can be attributed to the blue and silver combination.

This bright turquoise chandelier stands out in this lovely, silver background.


With WHITE, blues are brighter.

The lovely blue walls stand out behind the crisp, white sofa.

The blues in this living room appear bolder next to the purity of the white sofa and walls.

The window treatments and other blue fabrics are the perfect complement to the white walls and comforter.

These blue walls are brighter next to the contrast of white in the rest of the space.

Blues work well with NEUTRALS and can actually be quite glamorous!

I love the elegant statement that these blue accents make against the dramatic, yet neutral, wallpaper.

This room, by Tobi Fairly, has the perfect blend of blue against the tufted, beige backdrop. Absolute glamour!

This elegant room utilizes the perfect shade of blue to produce a chic result.

This space is dripping with elegance and opulence through the blending of neutrals and cool blue.

Blue can certainly be a challenging design color, but as you can see from the photos in this post, when it is correctly blended, it can produce a multitude of versatile results. We may never be able to reproduce the perfection of blue skies, but blue can certainly work as a FABULOUS staple color in almost any decor style!

If you want to make YOUR home more fabulous, contact me for an initial consultation!
NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!


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Stylish, sophisticated and dramatic, Kimberly Grigg brings her unique talents to client’s homes across the country and to her retail boutique, Knotting Hill Interiors. An award winning retail boutique and an award winning full service design firm, Knotting Hill offers luxury interior design, renovation and remodeling services, custom design, childrens rooms and nurseries and accessorizing. The retail boutique sells fabric, home furnishings, retail design, lamps, accessories, art, upscale furniture consignment, gifts, fashion and jewelry. Voted “Best on the Beach” in both retail and design, our customers say that this place and this process is truly “enchanted”! Knotting Hill Interiors is based in Myrtle Beach South Carolina and has two locations at 7753 North Kings Hwy and 7751 North Kings Hwy.