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Ideas for adding blue to your home

It’s everywhere in nature, and it looks just as good in your home.

By Louise Richardson
Beloved by decorators all over the world, blue looks set to stay popular forever. Used with white, or teamed with other, more sharply contrasting shades, it’s a colour that has many variations, ensuring it will look fantastic in any style of home. Here are some looks we like and that we hope will inspire you as well.
Restful and relaxing, the blue and white living room is guaranteed to promote calm within the home. Keep decorations simple – remembering that less is more – and invite your friends over for a gentle, elegant little function at which they’ll feel right at home.
Wet one
It almost goes without saying that blue is the perfect colour for decorating bathrooms, reflecting the colour of water. A tiled shower wall, such as this one, is unlikely ever to date, and you can easily accessorise with towels of any shade at all.
Pink about it
A contrasting colour, such as this pretty pink, can work well with blue. Green is another favourite contrast colour, and in this year of the Royal Jubilee, the time is right for a loyal red, white and blue theme.
Boy, oh boy
Simple blue and white looks crisp and cool in this little boy’s room. In a small space, blue walls would have been a bit overwhelming, so the owners of this home have used it mainly as an accent. Because blue remains so popular, you’ll never have trouble finding nice bedspreads and other accessories.
Walls flower
Wallpaper is in the midst of a comeback, and there are many blue-based ones to choose from. In this little girl’s room, a blue floral with contrasting pink flowers makes a striking feature wall without feeling too busy. It used to be blue for boys and pink for girls, but nowadays she can happily have a bit of both.
Sky's the limit
Blue looks especially striking, and most authentic, in this gorgeous French provincial-style kitchen. In the warmest parts of the world, the attractive blue and yellow combo has always been used a lot, evoking the colours of the sky and sun.
Made to last
Blue is a relaxing colour that can provide an impressive touch of sophistication at the dinner table. Hydrangeas are one of the most spectacular blue flowers around, and right now they’re enjoying a huge burst of popularity. Look in antique shops for bits of old blue china. They often sell for a song. Your local Asian emporium may also have something suitable in stock.

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