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What is Blues mood? What do I put with Blue? Are you blue about Blue?

Blue is one of the most versatile colors in the spectrum. It is also the most often selected favorite color globally. Blue is a happy color which comes from the cool side of the palette. It is soothing and calming. This hue has been associated with boys but not as much anymore. It is considered gender friendly.

Blues on the aqua side are perfect for bathrooms since they remind us of water or even a tropical beach getaway.  This color works great with the browns and beiges in granite and wood and of course deeper and brighter versions of the color family.

A touch of blue to a crisp white kitchen gives it a cozy feel. Here is a dusty blue often found in French Country designs. Just as in the bath color of aqua, this dusty blue green coordinates with browns and beiges found in the wood on the floors and island and the counter-top of glossy brown.

Blues range from the green side of aqua and turquoise to the red side of blue violet and periwinkle.  This soft pastel red shade blue coordinates with a deeper blue violet and the complementary colors of beige and dusty orange.

Other blue options include pops of red and black for drama.

Yellow is another interior option for blue.

One of the most popular motifs in design are flowers and picking the right colors involving them is limitless. Whether you choose a pattern that is graphic or use actual flowers, remember there is more than one way to express yourself. For example, this graphic floral has many colors and possible combinations that can be based on simple neutrals or bright combinations. Take your pick from these bouquets.














The real thing has millions of color options; try just a few for a colorful space.













All flowers have leaves and leaves are a strong trend as nature continues to be a strong influence on design. This graphic has so many color choices that it is hard to pick just two. I managed to stop myself at three before I got carried away.




For those people not in the color business, are you aware that there are people who design, apply, produce and sell color? It is time you take notice.

I cannot tell you how many people are shocked and dismayed that someone actually designs colors for everyday items. Do they think it fell out of the sky? When I explain what I do, then they realize that someone must have designed it at some point; they just didn’t think about it.

Think of everything you own or see. Someone has specifically picked the color that was put on it, in it and for it.

Take an automobile for example. Someone had to pick the exterior color, the fabric or leather for the seating, the plastic on the dashboard, the headliner fabric, the plastic door handles, the locks. The list goes on and on. Usually, in the making of a car, each vendor is responsible for the color and there are dozens of vendors who sell to this market. Some have to match a given sample but some can offer other options.

A simple dress has to have a colorist and designer for the fabric, another for the buttons, another for the zipper and another for any adornments and so on.

As you read this blog look around and think of the person who picked out the color to go on every item you see. Behind that person is another who matched, formulated and applied that color; that is whole lot of coloring going on.

So the next time you go shopping for an item with color involved, take time to appreciate the craftsmanship and thought that went into making that item beautiful enough for you to buy.

A simple definition of a tribe is a group of people that are connected to each other, to a leader and to an idea. A tribe does not have to be foreign, extinct or from the jungle. Tribes exist in your own backyard; you just have to be open to their existence.

A common tribe is the youth of the world. Their leaders are the celebrities found in Hollywood or their sports heroes.  Many of these icons sport tattoos that are envied and copied by their fans.  Humans have marked their bodies with tattoos for thousands of years. These permanent designs, sometimes plain, sometimes elaborate, and always personal, have served as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, signs of religious beliefs, adornments and even forms of punishment.

Tribes also express their ideals in fabric patterns, hand stitched, hand painted or mass produced.

This textile expresses a combination of a two current trends; tribal influences and mixing of patterns.

Tribal art is usually very graphic and bright with high contrast in the colors. This pattern can be used as an accent on pillows or can be used as art on a wall to introduce a tribal print into a modern design.

Look for more patterns relating to tattoos and tribal art in the upcoming months.

A hot trend these days is color blocking which uses solid colors combined in interesting color combinations. This style is clean and simple and uses solid colors rather than patterns.

This trend can find its roots in the art of Mondrian, an early 20th century artist, that used bold colors surrounded by bold black borders. The trend is hot now in fashion in clothing and shoes and is filtering into the home furnishings market.

Color blocking can be achieved in many different ways. Here solid colors of paint or fabric are applied to a wall to create an exciting and modern room scheme.

You can also accomplish a color blocked room using solid color pillows combined with brightly colored ottomans.

This bright room was created using paint of several different bright colors. This room has a lot of energy because of the use of high chroma colors and a combination of warm and cool colors.

Color blocking does not have to be bold, but can use pastels to complete an interesting color scheme. This room uses the opposite and complementary colors of pink and lime with a soothing yellow for the spread and a soft pink for the walls. Pattern is used minimally on the pillows so as to not distract from the simplicity of the room.