House of Blues

One of the most soothing of colors is gaining prominence on walls, and in furnishings and accessories. Here, some blue-ribbon decorative ideas in everything from aqua and royal to navy and denim.


Farrow & Ball’s Green Blue creates waves of tranquility in this bedroom.


Blue's Clues:

“Soft blues remind us of water and sky. They can sweep us away.” — Kelly Slank, trend & color consultant, Bloomfield Hills 

From left to right: Blue Beyond, Sherwin-Williams,; Little Boy Blue, Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.comAqua-Sphere, Sherwin-Williams. Denim, Sherwin-Williams.

From left to right: Hypnotic, Behr,; Swimming, Sherwin-Williams; Admiral Blue, Sherwin-Williams; Poetry Reading, Behr.

“Easy, breezy, and beautiful, blue hues from sea glass to indigo to nautical evoke the sea and bring an instant feeling of serenity.” — The Ethan Allen Design Team

Knoll Womb chair, $3,871 and Ottoman, $1,1 28, in classic boucle, Aegean, Mobili Now Furniture, Birmingham,

Le Creuset Caribbean oval French oven, $345, area Sur La Table stores,

Valerie chandelier, $1,299, area Ethan Allen stores,


Flow Blue: In this butler pantry/kitchen in Franklin (below), designed by Staci Meyers (right) of S|A|M Interiors in Bloomfield Hills, blue recycled-glass countertops --are balanced by simple white cabinetry (Gittleman Construction), working well with the kitchen’s subway tile backsplash.  

“Blue can actually cause the body to produce calming chemicals, making the choice perfect for this home and its busy residents.” — Staci Meyers


Painterly Picks: Enhancing the blue are Ice Cube, butler’s pantry, and Lazy Gray and Olympus White, kitchen, all from Sherwin-Williams.

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