Color Talk | 2018 Blue Hues

We know!  You're sick of grey...and beige...and grey beige.  You want color.  But you don't want to be overwhelmed by color so you're trying to figure out the best way to incorporate it without overdoing it.  Blue is a great color for a;,pst amy space.  Depending on the shade, ti can be dark and moody for a bedroom or light and airy for a common area like a great room or dining room.  Accoring to Houzz, there are certain go-to blue hues that are guaranteed to make the statement you want!

We still love muted blues with grey in them so Skylight by Farrow and Ball is a great option.  It can really work in common areas or bedrooms because the mix of blue and grey make it versatile.

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If you want to go with a little brighter that can be more bedroomy...although we've seen it used throughout entire homes, Retiring Blue by Sherwin Williams is a clear blue-green (mostly blue) that leaves your home feeling light and bright and almost beachy!

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This next blue is very mature and would be perfect for a master bathroom or even a guest room.  It has almost no green in it but isn't too powdery or baby-blueish like a lot of pale true blues.  It's just nice and calm--First Snowfall by Benjamin Moore,

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Going much more green and feeling super springy is Watermark by Behr.  Again, we see it as a bedroom/bathroom color but it's calm enough to  work in other spaces too.

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The perfect dining room color is Winter Ice by Benjamin Moore and we can't forget about one of our favorite go-tos---Silver Strand by Sherwin Williams.

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All-in-all, we consider blue to be a neutral and love mixing it in.  Blue is classic and can really work in almost any part of the home as long as it's paired with the right mix of other items.  It really is one of our favorite colors!

Got the Blues?| Selecting the Perfect Blue Paint

White walls are still hot...and the minimalist look isn't going anywhere for awhile but color is coming back onto the scene for 2017.  Wall colors are getting darker and more interesting and people are ok with that.  

There's so much more to selecting the perfect wall color than people think.  Especially now.  Colors have evolved so much that picking that perfect color is hard.  What's the base color mixed with?  Black, white, brown, yellow?  Is there a hint of red?  Is it a clear color or more muddy?  Black or grey mixed in with colors usually makes them more "mature-looking" while brighter colors with more white can sometimes feel juvenile.

All that to say that blue is definitely a solid color choice for walls.  However, not just any blue will work.  There are certain blues that are a more elevated version of the color and it's important to pick the right one for your space.  We love black walls, but they sometimes scare people.  Blue, on the other hand is "safer" and also considered a neutral--it works well for a feminine or masculine space and blends well with almost any other accent color--so it's also versatile!  So today we're sharing an article with you that we found on Houzz about some beautiful blues!  Thanks, Becky Harris, for the great color choices!

The blues that Becky discusses are inspiring and come highly recommended by designers.  So be sure to take notes!

For something slightly powdery but still expensive looking, try Benjamin Moore's Sea Star 2123-30.  It's a type of colonial blue but works well with a light space to create a statement!

Blue Note 2129-30 by Benjamin Moore is one of our favorites!  It's rich and bold and screams strong and successful!

Similar to Blue Note but with a little more black in it, Hale Navy 2063-10 by Benjamin Moore has more of a nautical feel.  Pair it with white trim, stripes and brass and you've got a cozy space perfect for any season.

Going slightly darker is In The Midnight Hour 1966 by Benjamin Moore.  This color is one you'll definitely want to pair with whites and texture to lighten it up but don't be afraid to use it to make a statement.

We'll be honest.  Different brands of paint offer better selections in certain color families.  Sherwin Williams has a great selection of greys and grey-beiges while Benjamin Moore is definitely a competitor in blues!  Remember that when paint shopping.  Sometimes shopping in different brands is necessary to find the perfect color.