Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe…
Blue is an old time favorite of mine, and I love the color blue as a designer, as it’s an “always in fashion” color. We may find the color blue to be trendier now then in the past yet blue, in all its glorious shades – from electric blue to navy, turquoise to azure – blue can and has always offered such a wide range of design possibilities, trendy more or less – it’s a timeless element.
Blue is such a fun, attractive color, an Omni-potential with infinite possibilities; it’s a perfect playground for any designer to explore its vast diversity. So, yes, blue is a very safe bet for your personal design, be it interior or in terms of a specific event wise. I incorporate it with great confidence in my creations.
Blue is an ideal color for any formal, conservative look and just as suitable to accomplish a fresh and fun look. The use of a monochromatic color scheme, where different shades, tints or tones of blue are combined can result with a wonderfully tranquil space. Adding an opposite color, such as sunshine yellow will create a summer groove.
Blue is a famously calming and peaceful color and depending on its temperature/ hue it can evoke many feelings and create so many different effects on a space.
Warm Blues, like denim, ocean blue or slate blue, contains hints of red. Color experts recommend these blues if you want to achieve a space with a cozier ambiance.
Shades known as “cool” blues like cobalt, turquoise, and ice blue contain some yellow in them. These kinds of blues are “space enlargers”. Using cool blues can make any space feel more “open” with a crisp and clean vibe, a calming sense may be achieved by incorporating this family of blues.
Lately I’m in the mood for something blue. Blue for me is not a sad state of mind. Quite the contrary! Blue is the color of the sky and the sea. The color of serenity, of tranquility, of peace, love, and the sea… my absolute favorite place to be.
Blue is a period my favorite artist, Picasso, went through in which he only painted in shades of blue and blue green.
I’m not sure what triggered this passion for the color blue – blue nail polish, blue vases, blue furniture, blue fabric, blue flowers, blue jeans!….
In terms of the aesthetics, a book by Caroline Roehm “A Passion for Blue and White,” shown to me by a colleague as inspiration for a particular wedding design, was certainly a significant eye-opener. I suppose her work, and my growing passion for the many shades of blue I see at the sea when I’m out there surfing on my paddle board, or installing one of those lovely weddings by the sea, have together brought me to this point – the point where I love blue! And I love the way it taints something dull and transforms it in to something vibrant and sincere.
For a recent event, a Saturday brunch by the sea, I got to play with my passion forblue and white and a touch of yellow. Every centerpiece featured a mix and match of white and yellow flowers, in a mix and match of blue and white vases and bowls.
The result a perfect combination: blue for sea and sky, white for sand, and yellow for the sun!