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Sunday
Jul012012

It's All About Blue

Thank you to Autumn of Design Dump for writing a review of the book showing her favoirte pics!  She has great new products that she is constantly reviewing and giving her list of superstars!  Please give her a look!! Thanks for that Autumn you have really saved me alot of leg work.

Hope everyone has a happy July 4th!  I should write about red, white and blue, but, from what I've seen latley it seems to be all about blue. We can't seem to get enough! And though it appears to be the trend of the day, blue has been a favorite for centuries.

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Both men and women largely prefer blue to other colors. It seems absolutely irresistible in today's interiors! Seen as dependable, trustworthy, and committed, blue can have a lovely, peaceful effect on a room. 

Used in both traditional and eclectic interiors, it is perceived as a constant in our lives - the color of the sky and the water. In fact, blue, blue-green, and green are sacred colors in Iran, where these tones symbolize paradise.

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This charming garden area, designed by Lisa Luby Ryan and Arteriors, achieves that soft French blue we all crave.

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President Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, started a fashion sensation in the United States with her azure blue gowns. As a result, the term "Alice Blue" was coined.

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This trend in fashion has continued, as seen in this beautiful Versace gown.

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Blue is one of the cooler colors in landscape design, bringing a soothing element to the garden. Blue plants visually recede, helping to make a small space appear larger. 

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Indigo, as illustrated in this captivating painting by French artist Yves Klein, symbolizes a mystical borderland of wisdom, self-mastery, and spiritual realization. While blue is seen as the color of outward communication, indigo turns the blue inward to increase personal thought, profound insights, and instant understandings.

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This room from famed designer Linda Banks was shown in its entirety on the blog Willow Decor. Painting ceilings in blue not only warms up a room, but it also treats the fifth wall, adding an interesting, finished look. 

Porch ceilings are wonderful in shades of blue, as shown in this one by Herlong Architects. This treatment is thought to ward off evil spirits and keep your home safe from harm... Perhaps this superstition stems from Greek times when the color blue was believed to ward off "the evil eye". Those who believe in this often wear a blue charm necklace or blue bracelet for protection. Unfortunately, when used on porches, it is said to attract mosquitoes.  The blog Design Chic shows some of their favorites here

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Blue has always been a favorite amongst royalty. The most costly blue was obtained by crushing lapis lazuli, a semi-precious stone that was commonly used in paintings of a religious nature and frescoes during the Renaissance. The highest quality ultramarine blue is made with powdered lapis lazuli from Afghanistan.

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I have always adored this French-inspired romantic kitchen painted by artist Michael Dute. Who wouldn't love this painted ceiling!? 

We did a champaign hand-painted design on top of the palest shade of blue plaster for designer Talbot Cooley. Warm and inviting this family of 5 has loved eating and entertaining in this romantic room.

Shades of blue are a perfect choice for kitchens! This blue gray cabinetry we glazed for designer Tami Owen has been an all-time favorite for me. Maybe it's such a popular choice because the use of blue has been proven to be effective in treating addictions, eating disorders, and depression, making this heart of the home a happy place!!

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If you've never incorporated blue in your home, you could add a few fun hints, like this tablecloth, to see if you like it!  Research suggests that if you eat on blue plates, you're less likely to overeat! I wonder if a tablecloth would do the same...

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“If you see a tree as blue, then make it blue.”-- Paul Gauguin 

I saw a post on The Red Vault about a color personality test from REAL SIMPLE... so fun! You could take it and find out which colors fit your personality. It was no surprise to me that blue was mine—see all the blue accents I have used in my own home!

Hope you've enjoyed this display of the color blue, which calms, cools and relaxes us!  I certainly need the cool here - it's been over 100 every day!!!  Let me hear how the color blue affects you! Have a great week!! xo  Leslie

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Reader Comments (11)

Leslie one of my favorite posts of yours ever! You have combined so many gorgeous elements. Paint Finishes, art, fashion, design! Adore!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKarena

Karena you are always to nice--i thought it was interesting to do, cause I learned some things while doing!! have a happy fourth!!

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

I love this post, Leslie. Maybe it is because I love blue. The Michael Dute painted kitchen and the one you did for Tami Owen are all-time favorites. Gorgeous.
Best...Victoria

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria Athens

Great post Leslie...It is so funny as my husband and i were sitting out on our porch yesterday thinking that it would be nice to paint the ceiling a pretty blue...Admired the blue ceilings at Monticello...so there may be blue ceilings in our future!

This is my favorite color to decorate my house with. I love some of these rooms and am going to pin them! Have a great 4th of July!
xo
Sharon

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFashion-isha

Great post Leslie! I am excited to show some of your new work on my blog. I am trying to get it ready for Monday. Have a happy 4th!

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertaylor greenwalt

Precioso ,bello ,todo es fantastico .PAZ Y AMOR

Blue is indeed a favorite color of mine and my clients. I love the blue gray kitchen cabinets you glazed. I'm sure they are even more beautiful in person.
Cheers!
Loi

July 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLoi Thai

This might be my favorite post ever!!
Stacy

Every color that incorporate with the blue looks good. Blue is the most choice of color when it comes to interiors because this gives a lovely and peaceful effect.

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