Today is supposedly the saddest day of the year. Taking into consideration a combination of low motivational levels and the miserable weather, plus the amount of debt incurred from Christmas, the length of time since December pay day and the fact that most of us have already given up on our New Year’s Resolutions, it’s no wonder that this time of year can be pretty demoralising.
But as well as being associated with melancholy, the colour blue is also representative of more positive attributes such as tranquillity, loyalty and excellence. When asked, most people would name blue as their favourite colour, but with over 50 different shades to choose from, the answer is not so black and white (or blue). We take a closer look at four different blues and how they can be used most effectively in the home.
Best for: Adding a wash of colour
At the paler end of the spectrum is this pretty delicate blue shade that’s perfect for spring. Named after the light blue-green hue on duck eggshells, it is ideal for adding a gentle wash of colour to a neutral scheme. A vintage look can be achieved by matching duck egg with other pastel shades, making it a popular choice for country kitchens and tableware.
Best for: A summer refresh
Much brighter than duck egg (and leaning towards the green section of the spectrum) is turquoise. Its origins lie in the precious mineral of the same colour, so called because it was originally imported from Turkey. The stone is said to represent good fortune, and we would agree that adding this colour to your home will definitely make you feel more optimistic. Be cautious when using turquoise; just a few splashes here and there using blue cushions, blue table lamps, blue lampshades or other decorative pieces is often enough.
Best for: A neutral blue
Right in the middle of the spectrum sits denim blue. With a subtle grey tinge, this mid blue hue is a great ‘neutral’ shade, and due to the connotations with the fabric of the same name, it evokes a sense of relaxation and nonchalance. Denim blue is a good choice for a bedroom scheme as on its own it is quite a calming shade, but it can be brightened up or toned down when paired with different complementary colours.
Best for: A classic look
The darkest shade of pure blue (that can sometimes look black), navy blue was named after the colour worn by sailors in the British Royal Navy, and consequently infers power, confidence and unity. Don’t just restrict navy to nautical stripes in a bathroom; choose a living room in mostly navy with accents of white or cream for a classic and sophisticated look. Use a blue lampshade to accentuate any room with this classic shade of blue.