A Rich Blue (Hues of Blue)

Blue is always a favorite color for decorating.

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.

Royal Blue

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):

  1. Dark
  2. Deep
  3. Lush
  4. Mysterious
  5. Boundless
  6. Enveloping
  7. Rich
  8. Cave-like
  9. Stable
  10. Authoritarian
  11. Moody
  12. Royal

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/)

Turquoise pattern

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:

  1. First you need to start with a hue family, which in this case would be the blue hue family.
  2. The second step is to pick a shade of blue that appeals to you.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Color Inspiration 73 @DunnEdwards Paint

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!

Fall Colors on the Mountain

Right now I’m seeing this beautiful tree’s colors through the pine tree’s branches.  It’s a bright and refreshing shade of green with yellow  – the sun’s shining on it.

The darker green and rust-colored  pinecones are seen from our front deck.

The bright Kelly green Bermuda grass in our front yard is a beautiful spot of color on this fall day.

And the rough textured bark from the pine tree, along with the dark browns and grays feel suited to an autumn day.

More muted than the grass and the green/yellow tree color of the first picture, this thorny bush outside of our front fence has a darker sage color to its leaves.

Why Paint Looks Different Once You Get It Home – Lori Sawaya, Color Strategist explains why

This article from Lori Sawaya at The Land of Color explains why the paint color you bought at the store may look different once you get it home

This article from Lori Sawaya at The Land of Color explains why the paint color you bought at the store may look different once you get it home, to the job site, or wherever you’re going to be using it.

They look so different here at home, I wonder why? Credit: http://www.thelandofcolor.com

Why Colors Look Different in the Store vs. at Home


This has happened to me before and it’s really frustrating when you spend the money, and don’t get what you thought you paid for.

Lori is a well-known color strategist and in this article gives an explanation of why it happens, tools you can use to keep it from happening, and a lot of other information.

Bookmark her post for future reference – it’ll come in really handy.

Read it on my Facebook page:  SERreal Designs featuring The Land of Color

Be sure to check out Lori’s website for more great info on color!

The Land of Color

Colors for Fall

Happy Fridayyyy!!!  The first weekend of fall and so far, it’s just like summer.  It’s been in the 80’s and 90’s here on the mountain.

I just wanted to pop in and say hi to everyone and see how y’all have been.

Me?  I’ve been busy taking care of “business”, you know, the boring stuff like bills and appointments.  I’ve also started painting again. And I’ve been busy posting on my Facebook page

This painting is a recent one and as you can see I’m using darker colors which remind me of fall.


No, I couldn’t resist this one.  This is a pic of Avan Jogia from his Instagram account. https://instagram.com/p/7JOggkGvzs/

Note the beautiful, rich colors.  Find a floor rug in these darker fall colors, a throw, some pillows, a few other decor pieces perhaps in copper, rosegold, or brass, and some artwork, and you’ve got yourself a living room ready for snuggling and hot chocolate.


Remember, as long as you use items in your home that aren’t permanently attached, you can easily change out the look and feel of any room in your home to suit the season, or your mood for that matter.

This picture from Erin Benzakein’s (@flowerforet) Instagram shows gorgeous dahlias in a drop-what-you’re-doing peachy/salmon color.  Another lighter color to use for fall decor.  https://instagram.com/p/7ZOMWfyT1K/


This adorable little squirrel carving perfectly exudes the autumn feeling.  The color of the wood, and the fact that it’s a squirrel make me think of being in the forest and watching these little guys scamper around gathering nuts to store away for winter.  This one’s from Molly Kimball’s Instagram.  https://instagram.com/p/7ofcgeka8F/


I hope you enjoy the upcoming season and making your home cozy for autumn.

Spruce Up Your Bedroom With Pantone’s 2015 Color Palette

Spruce Up Your Bedroom With Pantone’s 2015 Color Palette — http://www.brit.co/bedroom-pantones-2015

I really like the choices Brit & Co made in this blog post.

Spring’s almost here so I think it’s time to lighten and brighten our homes, and our wardrobes.

Pantone’s colors for spring are spot on for perking things up.

Are You Ready For Spring?

Are You Ready For Spring?.

I do love your posts Donna.  And yes, these colors make me feel like putting a “spring” in my step!  I’m seeing a lot of pastels as I peruse through design and decorating blogs, etc.  I can’t wait to start using them myself.

Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

The Wall Street Journal has announced the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year which is Marsala.

I absolutely love this color!  It’s a nice change from last year’s Radiant Orchid (which I loved), but every year it’s time to change it up a bit.

Marsala reminds me of the old world style with beautiful tapestries, luxuriant rugs, and velvet drapes.

The richness and warmth of this color is amazing, not to mention the versatility it affords in interior design.


Here’s a link to Pantone’s tweet:  https://twitter.com/pantone/status/540377088209850368

I’d love to hear what your thoughts are!  Enjoy!

Note:  the picture isn’t mine

Color That Heals, Yellow

Excellent post, Donna. I never had an actual term to use such as special needs for people and decorating their home. But that is exactly what it is, and it is very important. I think a lot of people downplay the importance of color in their environment, and how it affects them.