Saturday, April 23, 2011

Singing the blues ...

"Blue skies, nothing but blue skies from now on."

Translating those song lyrics into soothing spaces is easy when using blue decor to create a relaxing retreat in any room.  But, bedrooms always come to mind when I think of introducing shades of the sky and sea.

The photo at left via Brabourne Farm features a crisp, light-filled dreamscape of predominately white finishes with blue accents - always a cheery color story.

The bedrooms below provide a calm, cool oasis for rest and relaxation in powdery shades of blue. I'm also noticing that all of the bedrooms have upholstered headboards. That additional softness echoes each room's comfortable personality.

Image above left from Your Nest Design. At right is a master retreat designed by Jan Showers. Her sleek tailoring, modern art and patterned carpet add to the muted blue decor that is hotel suite worthy.

Character abounds in the rooms above, yet they are gracious, calm spaces - a bit feminine and playful, with multiple shades of blue playing nicely with neutral tones. Images via House Beautiful (left) and Sarah Kaye (right).

Blue need not be confined to bedrooms. It is equally at home in a dining room, kitchen or bath.

I particularly like the dining space at left that is refreshing and refined. Again, blue really loves being paired with white. It's a natural, just like sky and clouds.

Image via Elle Decor.