Bringing new colors into our homes can help refresh and recalibrate our spirits. This spring, blues may be just the tonic we need.
Color marketing and manufacturing groups are singing the praises of some version of blue for 2013. So home retailers will be singing the blues in spring, in a good way.
Blues range from energetic to restful, calling to mind the graduated blues of the sky or those of the oceans. Blues play well with most colors, textures and styles.
Rustic woven elements bring indigo home with a tradition-al, often global sensibility. Canadian designer Windsor Shaw pairs indigo silk drapes with a jute rug, for example. Sleek lacquerware and silver accessories take blue into smart city-modern territory.
Sara Peterson, HGTV Magazine’s editor in chief, says, “We love soft blue-grays in master bedrooms, with white linens and dark wood furniture. Light blue is really pretty on painted kitchen cabinets with white countertops. In a kid’s room, cobalt blue is fun when paired with painted white furniture and bursts of bright accent colors, like fuchsia or lime green.”
RH Baby and Child has a reversible navy and natural braided wool rug, while Restoration Hardware offers Ben Soleimani’s heathered navy pinstripe rug; both would be great with other navy touches in a room. (www.rhbabyandchild.com; www.rh.com)
Crate & Barrel and CB2 have peppy peacock pieces in the spring collections. The latter’s got the low-slung Avec sofa, skinny John floor lamp, and the Yolo flat-weave rug in a fresh, fun peacock and white circle print. (www.crateandbarrel.com)
At C&B there’s the little Willa wooden chair in perky peacock, and the Kruger patio side table and stool come in a deep ultramarine called Harbor Blue. (www.cb2.com)
Target’s spring Threshold collection features an array of landscape blues. The collection includes an ikat print shower curtain, a floral door mat and a ceramic lamp in teal. (www.target.com)
Indigo, an inky shade often found in dyed textiles, works with many interior styles. It anchors neutrals less harshly than black, and it’s a sophisticated counterpoint to bright colors or pastels.
HomeGoods has indigo printed upholstered chairs, fabric-covered storage boxes and ikat patterned towels. (www.homegoods.com)
Deep water or blueberries come to mind with Monaco Blue. It pops against many of the season’s more playful shades, such as nectarine, pea green, violet, poppy red and lemony yellow.
Turquoise, which held sway in 2012, stays strong in spring. Modern decor looks great in turquoise: Ikea’s Klippan sofa comes in a version that will have you thinking of the tropics. Pair it with textural white and cream accessories. (www.ikea.com)
A set of storage boxes in a deep blue print that add blue accents to a room in a practical way (www.homegoods.com). (AP Photo/HomeGoods)×
Ben Soleimani’s flatweave pinstripe blue and ivory rug for Restoration Hardware, a chic and tailored anchor for a room (www.restorationhardware.com). (AP Photo/Restoration Hardware)×
Towels in various shades of blue as a simple and inexpensive way to introduce blue into spring decor (www.homegoods.com). (AP Photo/HomeGoods)×
An upholstered chair in a blue and white print from HomeGoods.×
A bold striped, braided wool rug, a great way to introduce navy to a room (www.rhbabyandchild.com). (AP Photo/Restoration Hardware Baby and Child)×