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Is Blue Your Favorite Color? How to Use it in Your Home's Decor

Updated on August 23, 2017
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Chazz is an Interior Decorator/Consultant/Retailer, amateur photographer, cook, gardener, handyman, currently restoring an 1880 Victorian.

A detail from one of Claude Monet's Waterlilies series of paintings.
A detail from one of Claude Monet's Waterlilies series of paintings.

Versatile, Comfortable, Soothing, Brooding, Classic, Cool Blue


No wonder blue is the most perennially popular home decor color! If blue is your favorite color, you are in the majority. Blue is the most universally preferred of all colors, and not without good reason!

The color of sea and sky, blues can be tranquil and soothing or deep and cool, sophisticated or casual, peaceful or passionate. Across the planet, and in the vast majority of cultures, blue is the most popular color for home decorating. Transcending trends and styles, blue is wide-ranging, versatile, and timeless.

Grande Vaso di Fiori (Large Vase with Flowers) by Renoir
Grande Vaso di Fiori (Large Vase with Flowers) by Renoir

Using Blues in Interior Design

Rooms for Blues


Blue is frequently used in offices because it increases productivity. It is also said to decrease appetite and so it is not recommended for restaurants and dining rooms - unless you are dieting!

Lighter shades of blue and aqua are especially popular in home decor today as a sophisticated complement to rich chocolate and mocha browns.

Blue in all its guises has been a prized color in home decor for thousands of years, in part because of its rarity in nature (very few flowers and fruits are blue) and in part because of its chameleon-like versatility. Blues can be nautical or naughty, sophisticated (as in urban chic) or casual (as in shabby country chic), formal, cutting-edge contemporary, or exotic.

Crisp, Classic Blue & White

A Passion for Blue and White
A Passion for Blue and White

Blue and white home decor is soothing and serene and also the easiest color combination to decorate with because most shades of blue look good with other shades of blue and because blue and white have been a favorite for centuries in almost every culture around the world.

From Balinese Indigo batik to Turkish, Portuguese, and Dutch tiles, from Chinese porcelain to English transferware, from Caribbean blue to French fabrics, the possiblilities are endless and the result always spectacular!

 

A Mix of Soft Blues And Whites With Cobalt Create a Soothing Seaside Ambience

Left to right: Blue Tulip Wastebasket , Abby Mirror, Eco Reversible Morocco Throw, Indigo Cachepot, Cabana Blue Pendant, Pair of Medallion Planters, Robins Egg Blue Pod Pillow, Blue Stripe Pillow, and Dusty Blue Round Lamp. Click "i" for source.
Left to right: Blue Tulip Wastebasket , Abby Mirror, Eco Reversible Morocco Throw, Indigo Cachepot, Cabana Blue Pendant, Pair of Medallion Planters, Robins Egg Blue Pod Pillow, Blue Stripe Pillow, and Dusty Blue Round Lamp. Click "i" for source. | Source

If Blue is Your Favorite Color

Psychologists Say You Have These Personality Traits


The color blue symbolizes loyalty and trustworthiness (as in "true blue") as well as superiority (as in "blue ribbon" and "blue blood"). Color psychologists consider those who favor shades of blue to be sensitive, affectionate, intelligent, creative, responsible, independent, generous, and inspiring.

Which Blue Are You? - Cool Hue or Hot Blue?

Blue has more meanings than any other color depending on the shade. Bright blue indicates cleanliness (and it makes whites look whiter and brighter), strength, dependability, and coolness. Dark blues convey authority, trust, dignity, and intelligence, as epitomized by the dark blue business suit and corporate logos (think "Big Blue" aka IBM, for example).

Lighter shades of blue are calming and philosophical while darker shades of blue can be melancholy, as in “blue mood” or moving and soulful – like “The Blues” in music. Blue can be icy cold and aloof or as warm, comfortable and friendly as your favorite pair of blue jeans.



Which Blue Are You?

Blue Decor: A World of Versatility


Used with greens, blues create a cool watery color palette. Add a dash of red, orange, or yellow and your cool blue takes on the warmth of summer in the South of France with fields of sunflowers dancing under clear blue skies.

To warm up an all-blue color scheme, use deeper shades of blue with a touch of red or very deep indigo or navy blue. For a traditional, classic look as fresh today as it was centuries ago, contrast blues with whites. Add the sparkle of gold or silver for extra panache!

Whatever your style, from Antique, Asian, or Avant Garde to Victorian and Zen - there's a blue hue just right for you!

Blues for Upholstery & Drapery


Although the shade and hue of blue may change over time, the popularity of blue in home decor has never waned.

From historic silks, damasks and velvets to contemporary microfibers, there's a blue for every period decorating style from Classical to Country, Primitive to Sophisticated, Traditional to Cutting Edge.

Bleu (Blue with a French Accent) - Mix and Match for Traditional Country French Style Interior Decor

Reproduction Historic Fabrics from classic toiles to florals and stripes bring the flavor of France to home decor with an emphasis on bleu, Mais bien sur!

Blues for the Bedroom

Blue is the most frequently used color for bedrooms. It is soothing and restful, calm and peaceful and conducive to a good night's sleep and awakening feeling refreshed in the morning.


City Scene, Branches Collection, French Blue Duvet Set, Full/Queen
City Scene, Branches Collection, French Blue Duvet Set, Full/Queen

City Scene features contemporary print bedding ensembles that will update your bedroom with just a few essential pieces all included in the set. Set includes a duvet cover and standard shams (1 sham included with the twin size). This contemporary collection will instantly update your space and create a soothing ambience.

 

The Color Blue Across Cultures

Although universally the color most frequently named as a favorite is blue, and more than half of the world's national flags (and all but 4 of the 50 U.S. state flags) contain blue, there are some differences in the metaphorical meanings of blue across cultures.

We have already mentioned some U.S. specific "blues" as in music and moods. In European traditions, blue-blooded means aristocratic. In English, to feel blue means to feel sad or depressed, but in German, to be blue means to be intoxicated.

In Greece and Mideastern countries, blue is believed to ward off the "evil eye." In Korea, it is the color of mourning. In China, blue represents immortality.

In some religions, blue is associated with divinity. The Christian Madonna is usually cloaked in blue, and it is the skin color of the Egyptian god Amun and the Hindu deities Krishna, Rama, Shiva and Vishnu.

Those in the U.S. who adhere to the customary blue is for boys and pink is for girls may be interested to know that in Belgium, the opposite is true. Pink is for boys and blue is for girls. The Japanese also consider blue a feminine color.

Blue for the Kitchen

Left to Right: A trio of KitchenAid Stand Mixers in 3 shades of blue, West Bend Slow Cooker, Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor, Keurig Elite Blue Single Cup Home Brewing System, Great Northern Popcorn Countertop Popcorn Popper, Oster Beehive Blender in metallic blue. (Photos not to scale). All available from Amazon.com

Blues for The Bath

Shown above: Allure Home Creations Eve Shower Curtain, Garland Jazz Shaggy Washable Nylon Rug, MR Direct 627 Blue Sky Glass Vessel Sink, Blue Subway Mix Glass Mosaic Tile, Set of 4 Italian Collection 100% Egyptian Cotton Bath Towels, Trimmer Molded Wood Solid Toilet Seat, InterDesign 4-Piece Franklin Bath Collection Set, Diamond Shape Crystal Glass Cabinet Knob Cupboard Drawer Pulls. All from Amazon.com.


These towels are our favorite!


Supima cotton is woven from (ELS) Extra Long Staple cotton that is remarkably soft and smooth yet up to 50-Percent stronger and more durable than other cotton varieties.

Homestead Textiles Growers Collection 100-Percent Pima Zero-Twist Cotton 4-Piece Bath Towel Set, Midnight Blue
Homestead Textiles Growers Collection 100-Percent Pima Zero-Twist Cotton 4-Piece Bath Towel Set, Midnight Blue

Calcot Supima zero-twist cotton heavyweight towels are at the pinnacle of comfort and luxury.

 

Because of its fineness; more fibers can be spun into a yarn of a given count, creating a very thick, dense, durable and absorbent fabric that becomes softer after each wash.

Even though Supima cotton towels are promoted as the best quality towels on the market, the price tag does not reflect this considering they will last longer and provide more years of luxurious use.

Calcot's Cooperative of American Cotton Farmers has constructed the Grower's Collection 4-piece towel set from hand selected, 100-Percent U.S. grown cotton.

How "Blue" Are You? Have the Color Psychologists Got It Right?

Which of these do you think is the strongest "blue" personality trait?

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Famous Artists Who Loved Blue as Much as You


If you love blue in interior decor, you're sure to find a style of artwork to enhance your room. From soft to bold, modern to traditional, we've selected several pieces that are among our favorites. All are available in a wide range of formats, sizes, and prices, with optional mounting and framing for your convenience available at reasonable prices.

Katsushika Hokusai

ArtWall Katsushika Hokusai Gallery Wrapped Canvas, The Great Wave off Kanagawa
ArtWall Katsushika Hokusai Gallery Wrapped Canvas, The Great Wave off Kanagawa

Japanese artist Hokusai (1760 - 1849) was a master of Japanese woodblock printing. The Great Wave at Kanagawa is one of the most beloved of his prints.

Hokusai created approximately 30,000 prints and illustrations, many featuring Mt. Fuji, which is visible in the background of this print. Available in a variety of sizes and formats.

 
Claude Monet Water Lilies The Color Blue Artwork for Home Decor by Famous Artists
Claude Monet Water Lilies The Color Blue Artwork for Home Decor by Famous Artists

Claude Monet




Claude Monet (1840 - 1952) profoundly influenced landscape painting with his impressionist style. The impressionists focused on capturing light, the changing effects of time, atmosphere, and season on color and light. This is a print of one of his much-loved Water Lilies series of paintings, accented by a simple black frame.

It is available from AllPosters.com in your choice of prints, sizes, shapes. Choose from a variety of mounting and framing options to suit your interior decor and your pocketbook.

Vincent Van Gogh

Art Wall Almond Blossom by Vincent Van Gogh Gallery Wrapped Canvas Art, 36 by 48-Inch
Art Wall Almond Blossom by Vincent Van Gogh Gallery Wrapped Canvas Art, 36 by 48-Inch

Van Gogh painted Almond Branches in Bloom, San Remy as a symbol of budding life in celebration of his nephew's birth, circa 1890. It is one of his most beloved masterpieces, with vivid color and exquisite details. This always struck me as a painting that conveys an uplifting feeling of hope, which is especially remarkable when one considers how much Van Gogh suffered from depressive mental illness.

Also available in other formats, shapes and sizes to suit your decor and your budget.

 
Picasso Blue Guitarist Artwork for Blue Home Decorating Accents
Picasso Blue Guitarist Artwork for Blue Home Decorating Accents

Pablo Picasso





"The Old Guitarist", by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was one of the most famous artworks from his Blue Period. It was painted when he was 20 years old. One of our favorites by the prolific artist and later co-founder of cubism.

Available at AllPosters.com as an unframed poster or in your choice of frames.

Not Sure Where or How to Hang Your Artwork?

The pages below will provide advice and instructions for the best way to position, install hardware, and hang your artwork on the walls of any room in your home. They cover different types of walls and hangers for every situation and construction type, with resources and videos to help you do it yourself with ease and confidence.

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      Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Looking at this lens is a beautiful way to start my day. I am definitely a blue girl! I do find that I become depressed if I spend too much time in a blue room, but I love wearing blue. It is certainly a calming color.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I like the artwork you have here - blue is so lovely. Skies, ocean, ponds - yes.

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      williemack58 5 years ago

      This lens been helpful in a number of ways, Thank you.

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      Blue is usually my favourite colour but sometimes I'll allow a dash of green. :)

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      cannot tell - too blue to say

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      Very much up my blue alley! Loved it. :)

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I have 2 Blue decor lenses, since I have blue all over my house, and all my clothes are blue. Blue just rocks, you know?

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      Blue in all of it's shades are my favorite - with royal blue being at the top of the list.

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      grannysage 6 years ago

      Blue is not my favorite color but it is interesting that I was very drawn to the blue interior of our new RV. It has blue mini blinds and curtains and blue sofa and chairs. It must reflect the change of direction in my life as I desire harmony and peace. Great for creative thinking as well.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love the azure color of the sky, it is my all time favourite.

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Am I blue? Only in my suede shoes

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      vauldine 6 years ago

      Great job and I loved the interaction.

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      vauldine 6 years ago

      Very interesting lens offering important informationfor everyday interaction.

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      Texas Avon Rep 6 years ago

      Good variety of information! Nice lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Blue and cool and so is this lens!

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      Eleonora Imazio 6 years ago

      Blue is becoming more and more one of my favourite colors!

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      I wouldn't say that blue is my favourite colour but I quite like it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens in "Blue" - I love the colour of the azure sky and all shades of blue "soft and dark".

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens in "Blue" - I love the colour of the azure sky and all shades of blue "soft and dark".

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      Linda Hahn 6 years ago from California

      Love blue, particularly in flowers.

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      Paula Atwell 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I am one who prefers the color blue although I like shades of teal the best. And here I thought I was so unique. :)

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      In my 8 years in China, I found that Chinese people do not like the color blue for decorating. It is used very, very rarely. They prefer golds, yellows, and reds.

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Hi Tajo. I know what you mean. I think that's why "Can't choose just one - These are All Me!" is at the top of the list. Thanks for visiting!

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      tajo 6 years ago

      I absolutely love the colour blue, and when I look at those personality traits I agree, they define me perfectly, but putting them into some sort of order is difficult.