Want to do something passive? Something active? Something elegant? I’d like to recommend that you think the color blue. Sure, if it’s used imprecisely in large amounts in its most chief shade, blue becomes the visual symbol of over-the-top predictability and all things juvenile. But the truth is, blue has as many faces and moods as it has hued. Cool and serene, vibrant and warm, historical and subtle, there is no emotion that the correct shade of blue can’t express.
This power is the most obvious, conventional face of blue – think stripes, anchors, and plaids. However, the space below uses a bold royal blue in a fresh, sophisticated way. What keeps the space from reading as “juvenile” is the juxtaposition with whites and light green, the varied patterns, and the spaces between blue items. Blue is punctuated throughout the space, but it is carefully tempered with light spaces.
Bright and light-toned blues, when varied with cheerful, everyday furnishings and accents (such as the brightly colored books and lime bamboo chair, below) results in a friendly and welcoming space. The pleasant blending of vintage pieces (e.g., the throw pillow, daybed upholstery, light fixture) with the modern (e.g., artwork, streamlined lines of shelves and furniture) helps everyone feel at home in this cheery space.