Interior Obsessions – Blue Skies

Last week’s look at the use of concrete in the home directed me towards a more relaxed look at the color palette. Today we’re going to focus on blue – not the retro, upbeat aqua that we’ve discussed before, but true blues from sky blue to cobalt to navy. Blue tones signify serenity and intellectualism, and can bring a sense of peace and calm to your interiors. Even a bright cobalt blue evokes thoughts of water and purity.

All of these variations of blue can be used throughout the home, especially when paired with neutral backgrounds of white, grey, beige or brown, including stained wood. As long as there is enough of your neutral, mixing different shades of blue can be a great way to find variety and texture within a limited color palette. And don’t forget that depending on the blue you choose, that shade can become your neutral color, adding pops of orange, green or yellow to accent your space. The sky’s the limit!

(above) Reclaimed Blue Board Cabinets

Light Blue Barn Doors + Cobalt Accessories

Steel Blue Upholstery

Sashiko-Pattern Wallcovering + Velvet Chairs

Shades of Blue

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.

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I’m very much into blue lately, so this all sings to my heart!!!
… Especially that second picture with the barn doors!
Arghhh… that’s just GORGEOUS!

& thanks for sharing!!

pilli pilli

Hey Pilli! I agree with you. Although I am partial to the last image in particular (my modern design brain), I do love the quirky-ness of the barn doors in number two. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


Oh, Brittni, how my heart is singing! What a divine collection of photos. I am a blue girl, through and through. Smiling in faraway Hobart, Australia. J x


Thanks for these inspiring blue images……i am just waiting on getting my armchair reupholstered in a denim blue antique grainsack fabric from the 1900’s… am excited to introduce blue into the space 🙂

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