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!

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

The Confused Table

This is a coffee table I bought a while back at a thrift store.  It’s getting a paint job and going in my office.

It was black when I got it, I painted it pink, and now it’s going to have a split personality, thus the pink top and white underbelly and legs.

Why you ask?  Because my office is so small that I decided the undersides of the shelves and table should be white to reflect light, and minimize shadows.  Besides that it’s different, and different is way cool.

It’s been in the living room, on the deck, in my office, stored upright with the legs off in the spare room, and now back to my office.

With a retro vibe that I don’t care a lot for, this little table is solid and has come in so handy for a variety of uses.  That’s why I bought it.  And now I love it.

Do you like this idea of two colors for the table?  Leave a comment because I’m the curious type and would love to know what you think.






Sweet Gardening Cabinet

Howdy!  I’ve been working on a little project for myself.

It’s just an old kitchen cabinet and I decided to make it a gardening cabinet to hold my tools and seeds and gardening gloves.

I roughed it up a bit with sandpaper, used flat white house paint for the body and the door, then free-handed the letters, flowers, etc. With craft paint.

My husband attached it to the outside of the house in the back where I could get to it easily. I’m planning on putting cup hooks underneath it for my tools and whatever else I come across that I take a fancy to.

I love it because it’s quirky like me!  Happy and cheerful color for the planting season.











Progress on the Crosses Project

These crosses are one of my craft projects.  They are a thorn in my side, hmmpphh.

I started these a long, long time ago and got so frustrated I put them away.  This happens so quite often, I know, shame on me.


They’re actually part of a bigger project which is redecorating our master bedroom.

Please ignore my work table in the garage. I have done just about everything you can think of on this table, no I’m not talking about the sex thing!  Get your minds out of the gutter, lol… But I’m the one that said it right?!

I hope you’re not offended but I like to joke around.  Ok, onto some more pictures of these little guys.

The three pics below show a recent transformation (before the all black pics).

Yes I thought I had a brilliant idea. And that was to tear up a painting that I’d started and wasn’t happy with and decoupage it onto the crosses. Didn’t work for me.




Really bad picture of the main wall that’s the focus of my efforts.  It’s really a light blue that I let my husband pick out.


Ahhh, this is better.


I’ll be posting some more later on because as usual, I’m not done.

My next step in the plan is to use some caulking on the crosses.  WHAT?!! you’re saying!

I’m a tad nuts so tune in next time to see how,  or if, it turns out or not.

Have a wonderful and crazy weekend!