Blue is always a favorite color for decorating.
Sky blue, light blue, royal blue, turquoise, cornflower…there are an endless number of names for the various shades of blue.
Each one trying to capture the essence of the color, to evoke a particular feeling, and in the hopes that someone will fall in love with it.
It happened to me with this shade of blue – Maritime Blue. It’s darkness, the all-encompassing saturation of this shade of blue really does it for me.
Words I use to describe this color of blue (see if you agree with me):
Maritime Blue – post from SERreal Designs on Facebook (Original article by Philippa May for Country and Townhouse – https://www.countryandtownhouse.co.uk/interiors/interiors-colour-trends-blue/)
There are various ways to combine different blues when creating a palette of colors.
Here’s a way that I’ve used in the past:
- First you need to start with a hue family, which in this case would be the blue hue family.
- The second step is to pick a shade of blue that appeals to you.
- Next you will want to play around with various shades of the blue you chose – meaning you’ll look at blues that are either darker or lighter than your chosen color.
- Pick blues that are close together on the color wheel for a cohesive and pleasing look.
Tip: Use a color wheel to help you figure out what other blues are in the same hue family.
Here’s a great example of several shades of blue used in a color palette, along with some accent colors to round out the whole color scheme.
You can obtain some really striking effects even within the same hue family by using a very light shade of the color you’ve chosen as an accent color.
Photo credit: Lori Sawaya at swatchright.com
Colorgraphicals, Swatch right, and The Land of Color
The above graphic comes from Lori Sawaya who blogs at The Land of Color.
The graphic is called a “Colorgraphical” and you can find it on her website at Swatch Right. Lori developed the Swatch Right system to enable easier paint sample testing.
Lori’s a well-known and respected color strategist who uses colorimetry (see Wikipedia definition) to specify architectural color for the built environment.
She’s also the brains and expert behind “Camp Chroma“. Camp Chroma is a color course for those who use color in their profession or business, and it’s also for anyone who wants to learn about how color works, and the science and history behind it.
Okay back to Maritime Blue. The name is seaworthy, don’t you think? I think the name is, because of the word “maritime”. However, this blue doesn’t remind me necessarily of the sea or an ocean because it’s too dark, (personal opinion here).
It does remind me of a lake. A smooth, tranquil lake up in the mountains surrounded by pine trees. Barely noticeable ripples on the surface from the fish swimming below, or the dragonflies dipping in for a swift drink of the cool water. Ahhh yes, that’s it. But I’m drifting off to dream here. I think you can see my vision.
No matter what you picture when you gaze upon this color, remember that you can play with it in your space, whether it be your bedroom, a den, or even your workspace.
Go bold and paint the whole room, or be demure and use subtle hints of this blue in your accent decor.
Have fun with it!