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Moody Blues: How Color Affects Your State of Mind

Most of us choose the color we put into our home by what we’re naturally drawn to without thinking about what mood it conveys. Today, designers are taking into account color psychology, the study of how certain hues affect our state of mind, when putting together a space for their clients. Blue, one of this season’s top colors, promotes positive feelings when used in decor. Set a calm, rich, or fresh tone with one of these mood-enhancing ideas for decorating with blue:

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Marine + Navy

Darker hues of blue convey richness, confidence and stability while marine promotes a harmonious mind. Here, self-taught designer Jeannette Whitson of Garden Variety Design filled her library with a large U-shaped couch upholstered in Marine Blue. In addition, she covered the walls in navy for a stately, yet relaxing space where her sons can watch movies while lounging on what they call “Big Blue.” Get the look with deep blue wallpaper and a blue-green velvet, accenting with throw pillows that tie the two colors together.
blue velvet tufted sofa home of jeannette whitson interior decor
Photo via HouseBeautiful
Schumacher Fabric Gainsborough Velvet - Blue 42746
Schumacher Fabric – Gainsborough Velvet – Blue
Graham & Brown Wallpaper - Winchester Navy Blue
Graham & Brown Wallpaper – Winchester Navy Blue
Lee Jofa Fabric Monespan Satin Navy 2010114-50
Lee Jofa Fabric – Monespan Satin – Navy
Ryan Studio Pillow Crosstown-Navy
Ryan Studio Pillow – Crosstown – Navy

light blue brush strokeTurquoise

Turquoise is a perfect color for bathrooms and powder rooms because it gives a sense of being clean and fresh. Try covering walls in a geometric version of this bright shade of blue, accenting with white and chrome details.

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Schumacher Wallpaper - Kasari Ikat - Azure 5005995
Schumacher Wallpaper – Kasari Ikat – Azure
Tres Tintas Wallpaper Bodoni Collection VH2-A4 Turquoise
Tres Tintas Wallpaper – VH2 – A4
Tres Tintas Wallpaper Bodoni Collection  VH4-C3
Tres Tintas Wallpaper – VH4 – C3

 

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Pastel Blues

Pastel blues are associated with health, healing, tranquility, and softness. Calm your mind and aid concentration with a living room containing soft blues and lavender accents. The key to a full-out pastel look like this is to slightly vary the shades and textures between each piece of furniture. Lush fabrics like chenille and velvet work well for furniture while light weight fabrics are better for drapery.

glamorous pastel blue interior decor
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Duralee Fabric 32172-277 Baby Blue
Duralee Fabric – 32172 – Baby Blue
Clarke and Clarke Fabric Bamboo Velvet - Sky Blue
Clarke and Clarke Fabric – Bamboo Velvet – Sky Blue
Kravet Fabric Light Blue Chenille 29217-15
Kravet Fabric – 29217 – 15
GP&J Baker Wallpaper Burnish Marine BW45011-12
GP&J Baker Wallpaper – Burnish Marine
Clarke & Clarke Fabric - Linoso - Lavender
Clarke & Clarke Fabric – Linoso – Lavender

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