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Blissful Blue Decor

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If you’re looking for a color trend that’s stood the test of time and then some, look no further than blue. From indigo to periwinkle this hue has never shown a sign of slowing down in popularity and it’s easy to see why. Not only is blue considered the most relaxing color on the spectrum, it also has the ability to ground a space and is a great way for colorphobes to experiment. A piece of art or furniture is a great way to introduce something fresh into your decor because both are fairly non-committal and can be resold if you end up unhappy.

This take on everyone’s favorite tile, subway, gives the standby new life in a soft baby blue. The pastel hue manages to work in both a classic decor scheme as well as modern thanks to the subtle gradient present in the patterning. Can’t you just imagine wanting to cook so many meals in this kitchen because it looks so relaxing and welcoming?

I’d definitely use those baby blue subway tiles in a bathroom as well, but these square patterned ones offer so much when paired with the stark white vanity and accompanying shower tiles. This is definitely a situation of using pattern as art – there’s no way you’d want to cover up or bring in anything that might want to compete with these beautifully intricate pieces.

Smoky blue is such an unexpected hue for the kitchen, and that’s the biggest reason I’m loving it. By using such a soft accent color to all of the natural tones in this space, the designer managed to show off the warmth present in the woodgrain and bricks as well as the brightness of all that white. One of my favorite unexpected touches is the blue on that island facade!

If you’re all in on blue, this space has your name on it. Walls, ceiling, doors, mouldings – all the same, gorgeous shade of the most perfect blue. It feels like a slightly softer take on the currently popular all-black room, offering a sense of depth and sophistication that’s magnetic. If you’re looking to diversify and add something relaxing and blue to your space, another fantastic way is to bring in a floor rug like the ones below.

Blue Rugs

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Fashion Translation: Incorporating Denim-Inspired Rugs into Your Home

It’s a well-established fact that anything blue is trending right now. From shades of pale blue to rich navy, these inky hues are everywhere, especially in the home decor world. The look can quickly cross over into preppy style territory, so my favorite way to incorporate this trend into my home is by pulling inspiration from a true fashion staple: my favorite pair of jeans!

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Image credit: J.Crew via Fashion Gone Rogue.

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These denim-inspired rugs are the perfect way to embrace the blue trend in your home, while also maintaining a laid back, casual vibe. There are many opportunities for patterns in this look, as well. A simple geometric stripe or skinny stripe takes the blue rug to a totally different place, one that’s perfect for a kitchen or sunroom. Similarly, an ornate overdyed rug provides the perfect foundation for a mature master bedroom. When shopping for this trend, look for striations in color, rather than solid fields of blue. This simple tip will keep your look looking more boho than preppy!

A few favorites (from top to bottom, left to right):

Surya Zahra rug

Surya Amadeo rug

Dalyn Torino ombre rug

Surya Trenza rug

Jaipur Rugs Coastal Shores stripe rug

Surya denim rug

Jaipur Rugs Britta rug

Safavieh Himalaya rug

For more inspiration from Joanna, follow along with her at Jojotastic!

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Sea of Blue Home Decor

Jojotastic

Few colors scream “SUMMER!” to me like different shades of blue, all of the shades of the ocean in fact. I didn’t even realize what a big role the cool hue played in my warm weather accessories until I started researching for this post and took a look around my own home. Shibori throw pillows in cerulean, a throw in the palest powder blue, even the candle tin on my coffee table is teal.

The patio above relies on solid neutrals – white and woodgrain – to stay grounded. But it is the pops of blue that give it that something special and leaves you wanting to invite yourself over for golden hour cocktails, isn’t it?

Ave Styles

When it comes to accent walls I have to admit that blue has never crossed my mind. This lovely bohemian bedroom looks like a little oasis thanks to that beautiful deep sea tone. It adds a soothing tone to the space and manages to make that beautiful bed look even better if possible!

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A piece of art, like this printed tapestry by Graham Keegan, might be just the beachy blue touch your home is asking for this summer. A piece of art that’s cool and relaxed just might rub off on your own aura.

Julia Robbs

There’s nothing that says your blue accents and accessories are for summertime only…what about a more permanent piece of furniture? A pale blue has the magical ability to act as a neutral and the sofa above is a great example of that. It plays well with just about the entire color wheel. So mix-and-match and play!

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However, this has to be one of my favorite examples of blue in action. The rest of the space is so clean and neutral that you immediately gravitate towards that lovely throw on the bed. Don’t you just want to curl up on top of the covers for an afternoon nap? I sure do.

Blue Rugs

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Indigo-Go

Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart

A few weeks ago I chatted about pastel blues, but today I’m heading in the complete opposite direction. Rich, deeply saturated tones of indigo. One of my favorite things about this color is that no matter your personal style there’s something in it for you. Traditional, contemporary, even country aesthetics all welcome indigo with open arms.

Our Labor of Love
Our Labor of Love

A great starting point is to gather a few accessories in a robust color – throw pillows, planters, or even books – if you’re trying to incorporate it into your existing space. This small collection of indigo looks immediately at home!

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trendenser

Any and all shades of blue look amazing in the bedroom. Maybe it makes us think of blue skies and calm waters, but whatever the case it’s one of my go-to colors for bedding. The indigo lends a freshness after winter that’s most welcome!

Robert Holden
Robert Holden

Of course one of the most affordable ways to embrace any vivid color is to paint a wall or an entire room with it. Indigo pairs well with any number of other colors, making it an easy integration.

Elephant Ceramics
elephant ceramics

I’ve saved the best for last, one that combines two earlier tips. Why not combine a small indigo collection on an indigo painted wall? I was sold the moment I set eyes on this set up, and think it would look amazing in a dining room.

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1. Surya Continental COT-1935  2. Surya Smithsonian SMI-2112  3. Oriental Weavers Pantone Expressions 5501  4. Trans Ocean Imports Liora Manne – Spello Coral Border  5. Oriental Weavers Riviera 4771  6. Safavieh Retro RET-2144

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