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Decorators have been using light blue forever because it’s a color that acts like a neutral.  Most people want their homes to be serene escapes from the rigors of their lives and the best way to accomplish that is to introduce some light blue.  While looking for images for this post, I found so many pale blue bedrooms – there are definitely a few designers out there who do almost every bedroom in some shade of blue.  I was kind of shocked actually when I saw that.  They are beautiful spaces, but how could that stay interesting?  That subject is a posting in itself, so back to blue.

The best way to use blue and not have it look cutesy is to pair it with furniture that has clean lines and a bit of a presence.  You don’t want anything too frilly or it gets very feminine.  Also, be careful of adding in a lot of white and stripes.  The blue can take it into a beach look, which is fine if that’s what you want to accomplish, but if it’s in your living room at home, maybe you want to steer clear of that only because it’s so specific and can date itself quickly!  The first picture below is very successful in it’s use of pale blue.  The camel and black work really well with the blue walls at upping the sophistication level of the room.  Check out the rest of our Greatest Hits: The Blue Edition below…

Vicente Wolf never met a blue he didn't like.

Another Vicente Wolf blue room. I love the creaminess of the walls. This would not have been successful had the walls been white.

Designer Steven Grambel uses a lot of blue in his interiors, too. I like that the woodwork is blue instead of the walls.

For this entry, Steven Grambel has mixed blue in with purple - one of my favorite color combinations.

Less bright than the previous two, I have loved this Steven Grambel room ever since I saw it in a magazine a few years ago.

Nate Berkus.

Clarence House, Prince Charles's home in London, has light blue walls. This is a really great space - it looks so homey.

Phoebe Howard is very into blue bedrooms. There are some great antiques in this room.

A more contemporary Phoebe Howard designed blue bedroom.

In this light blue hallway, Phoebe Howard has mixed dark antiques with camel for a traditional look.

Michael S. Smith used blue in his design for a guest room. I like everything about this - he took a small space, committed to a color and the results are really fantastic.

An interesting use of blue, purple and yellow. They are all about the same level of saturation, which is generally difficult to pull off.

Jennifer Lopez loves blue so much she has a blue kitchen. This is the breakfast nook.

And here is the rest of it...I'm not sure how I feel about it. I like it, but for how long?

Not something you see everyday - a light blue front door.

Who doesn't love blue hydrangea? For those of us who might not be able to commit to an entire blue room, a few stems of these in a vase would be a great accent.

And now for a few paint colors if you are feeling brave enough to paint.  I grew up with blue walls in our kitchen, so I have no aversion to blue paint.  Here are a few tried and true classics, some on the green side because a blue green is just inherently more interesting to look at for long periods of time.

Farrow & Ball Light Blue, No. 22.

Benjamin Moore, Patriotic White 2135-70. This is Vicente Wolf's favorite - I would trust him since he is a big blue fan.

Benjamin Moore, Horizon OC-53. I found this color through Lonny Magazine and we used it in a client's bedroom. It's beautiful - especially in the fickle Northwest light.

Benjamin Moore, Glass Slipper 1632. A favorite of most designers.

Benjamin Moore, Woodlawn Blue HC-147. This is the color on my mother's kitchen walls. It's a fabulous blue-green.

Tomorrow look for pastel green.  This is going to be a challenge!