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Home :: Design Center :: Articles :: Design :: Decorating With Blue :: Monochromatic
Decorating With Blue
was featured in
Fresh Start

January 2012


Decorating With Blue

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This sophisticated and soothing scheme lends itself well to modern spaces. It uses tints and shades of one color, staying within the same column on the color wheel. A monochromatic scheme for blue might feature a range of tones from pale periwinkle to hydra blue.

Is blue the hue for you? If so, go monochromatic! Because blue is such an enduring hue, using it liberally in your living room is one way to get the most bang for your buck. But rather than relying on paint to inject this cool, composed color into your space, reinvigorate your room with blue furniture! This beautiful hydra blue sofa and chaise are as soft as they appear, while the set's crisp lines and timeless tufting Furniture 101:
Thread is woven through a fabric and then pulled tight to create depressions...
are what give it major staying power.

Since the seating pieces are such statement makers, go with a neutral shade, like beige for the walls (keep in mind, monochromatic doesn't need to be limited to "all one color.") Its light, creamy quality opens up the room and gives you the freedom to play with tints and shades of blue through your wall art and accessories. This is also a good time to introduce texture to break up the blue a bit. Look for a solid shag rug, for instance. Then, tuck in this round "poof" ottoman – the contrast floral embroidery feels fresh, yet refined.

Finally, every living room needs tables. They're great for creating conversation areas around the room, plus they introduce another layer of color and texture to the fold. And since black goes with everything including blue, a clock, coffee table and matching end tables in this universal finish couldn't be better.

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