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Bring on the Blues! How to Decorate with this Cool Color

Navy, teal, periwinkle -- no matter what shade of blue you prefer, adding a splash can have quite the calming effect on your living space without being too bold. Here are 10 ideas to try.

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Photo courtesy of Farrow and Ball

Prints in Small Spaces

I love nothing more than to dress up small spaces with bold prints. I love this lotus wallpaper in deep navy -- so much so that the print adorns a nook behind my bed! Applying prints to small, unexpected places like powder rooms or small nooks quickly elevates the space -- without your having to spend too much money on an entire room. 

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Photo by Charles Clark

Doors

I am always drawn to colorful doors. I love looking at the different hues of front doors while walking on the cobblestone streets of Charleston, Cartagena, or Nantucket and imagining what's on the other side.

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Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

Flooring

Spruce up your wooden floors with a dazzling blue rug, or bring your outdoor patio to life with patterned tile flooring. Adding just a hint of blue will make the space entirely unique with a little extra flair.

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Photo courtesy of Society Social

Bursts of Color

Bring vibrant shades of turquoise into your home -- on pillow, curtains, or even painted rattan chairs

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Photo courtesy of Cristina Soriano Lifestyle

Dinnerware

I bought this fantastic blue-and-white dinnerware from a Chinese market and use it every day. It's not only a whimsical way to incorporate blue into your home, but it goes with everything. Plus, it pairs well with different prints. Or, opt for solid colors and get a full dinnerware set in a beautiful shade of blue.

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Kitchen 

Incorporate lighter shades of blue in unexpected places, like in the interiors of your china cabinets. Or, try using the silky hue on your kitchen backsplash with aqua tiles. 

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Photography by: Eric Piasecki

Fireplace

Bring your fireplace to front-and-center focus by brightening up the mantle with either a coat of blue paint of a mosaic of tiles. 

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Bedding

Add some blue accents to your bedding by using a patterned fabric or by monogramming your initials in royal blue. 

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Photo courtesy of Ethan Allen

Chinoiserie

This blue-and-white pattern is one of my absolute favorites. It is such a classic, but you can go a bit bolder by using them to hold colorful flowers like daffodils, hydrangeas, and peonies.

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Photography by: Seth Smoot

Walls

Go completely bold! Changing the color of the your walls is an affordable way to liven up your home without doing major changes. 

 

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