Posted by on Apr 5, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Houses | 0 comments

Today the sky is a particularly luminous shade of blue. Nothing is more likely to put me in a good mood than a bright blue summer sky (even if it is only April). Who said blue was sad? And to prove the point, I scoured the Internet (while sitting outside on the patio, of course) for examples of the perfect, fresh, happy blue.

This is decorator Dawn Falli’s dining room. It first appeared in Domino and then on Apartment Therapy. The blue chairs are a jolt of summer color and look stunning against the gold and white.

blue-and-gold-dining-room

What better example of a ‘happy’ blue than the one used in Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment makeover in the Sex and the City movie? Production designer Jeremy Conway combined a particularly uplifting blue (close to Benjamin Moore’s Electric Blue, according to Casa Sugar’s great interview with Conway) with airy white drapes, vibrant rugs and that delightful collection of pictures above Carrie’s bed to come up with a space that simply oozes positive thinking.

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With the pale blue wallpaper in this bedroom, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped into a garden on a summer’s day. While the style is a little ornate for my taste, this is an undeniably ‘feel-good’ blue.

blue-bedroom

So, how to inject some of that happy blue into your own home? Graham and Green has the most amazing sapphire-blue bone inlay furniture. It’s an unconventional way to get that clean, crisp blue and white effect, without resorting to blue toile or wedgewood.

bone-inlay-furniture

The crazy pattern of this blue ‘Squiggle’ rug, by Vivienne Westwood at The Rug Company, is certain to induce a good mood – if you can get over the shock of spending big bucks on something you’re going to walk all over, that is.

squiggle-rug

Or mix it up with orange and lime in a statement piece like these armoires by Argentinian artist, Lucas Rise, again courtesy of Casa Sugar.

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I have loved this Cole chair from Room and Board for ages. It’s simple, inviting and perfect for a scheme inspired by spring skies…

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Painting a staircase blue might not be for the fainthearted,  but the tropical blue in this Scandinavian house is surprisingly effective. It turns a narrow staircase into a sunny spot you might actually want to linger in. See the full house story on Remodelista and Materialicious.

blue-stairs

Who knew blue could be so upbeat?