Blue is the colour of the clear sky and the deep sea. On the optical spectrum, blue is located between violet and green.
Surveys in the U.S. and Europe show that blue is the colour most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, and confidence.
European public opinion polls it is overwhelmingly the most popular colour, chosen by almost half of both men and women as their favourite colour.
Take a look at this gallery of cool blue rooms to find color inspiration for your home."Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones...It will always stay blue," wrote Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy. Why limit yourself to one shade on the balusters when you can unleash your creativity and enjoy eight at once?
Using little test pots of paint, we coated the uprights in twos, pairing them off on adjacent steps and graduating the tone from light to dark to create an ombre effect all the way up the banister. So easy to do, such a striking effect.
By picking blues that are more neutral than primary, you can get away with a lot -- in this case, seven patterns and an eclectic grouping of furnishings and accessories in one living room. The space oozes comfort because the blues have undertones of gray or beige that allow the patterns to happily mingle. And they make it easy to add playful pieces such as an exuberant Victorian mirror framed in steel blue. Using patterns of different scale also helps hues coexist. A custom carpet, made of square rug tiles cut on the diagonal and arranged randomly, reads like an abstracted quilt. Its bold shapes add interest without overpowering the room's other prints.
Play a little musical chairs with your dishes, mixing rather than matching the salad and dinner plates. Add a variety of napkins. For a more lasting effect, try re-covering chair seats in different tones -- a project that can be done in 10 minutes with a staple gun.
Source:M Steward & HB