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Blue With Green
This bedroom, with its liberal dose of aqua blue and spring green, is such a happy space. I would love to curl up in that green chair with a good book — even the dreariest day couldn't bring me down. Another bonus to using such vibrant colors is that this room needs no additional artwork or accessories. It's very clean and simple, but in no way dull or lifeless.
Example palette: These perky blues and the leafy-green color work well together in small doses, such as on fabrics, accessories or painted furniture. The lighter cucumber green is a great choice for the walls. Clockwise from top left (all from Sherwin-Williams): Mariner SW 6766, Cucumber SW 6722, Oceanside SW 6496 and Picnic SW 6731.
Blue With Orange
Turquoise is a popular color right now, and here it is paired with another color of the moment — intense orange. These two colors are opposite each other on the color wheel, making them a striking and attention-getting combo. But because the walls, ceiling and floor are white, the effect is cool instead of cacophonous.
Example palette: Punches of bright blue and orange used sparingly, perhaps through a thick vertical stripe painted on the walls or easily changed-out bedding, look fantastic against a white backdrop. Clockwise from top left: Light My Fire AC211-5 and Cool Turquoise KM3238-2, both from Kelly Moore, and Castaway DE 5738 and Tangerine Dream DE 5160, both from Dunn Edwards.
Blue With Brown
Pale blue and chocolate brown were a ubiquitous color combination for interior furnishings a few years back, and I'd argue that turquoise blue is the updated tweak to the popular duo. This room has a lovely retro-yet-modern vibe to it.
Darker shades of blue can be tricky to work with as they, like all dark hues, tend to suck all the light from a room and make it feel cavelike. This room, however, with its wall of windows and its white walls, can accommodate the deep, intense blue cabinetry. The result is a brilliantly modern sleeping space.
Example palette: This shade of blue is intense, but adding in a cool gray takes off a bit of the edge. Add a dash of yellow for more drama. Clockwise from top left (all from Mythic Paint): Quiet Cameroon 136-3, Sunny Spot 083-5 and By the Sea 028-6.
When a touch of gray is added to a hue, you get what's called a tone. Using tones of your favorite hue is a great way to achieve a colorful room that remains calm and soothing — perfect for a bedroom. I was so drawn into this pretty room with its watery blue-greens and warm grays, I barely noticed the fabulous view out the window!
Example palette: If you want to make a statement with color in your bedroom but don't want anything too loud, consider a palette of deep navy blue with lighter shades of gray-blue. The result will be calm and cool. Clockwise from top left (all from Benjamin Moore): Mineral Alloy 1622, Silver Mist 1619 and Hudson Bay 1680.
Example palette: Another great option for a bedroom in a warmer climate, this palette has a very natural, organic feel with the combination of sky blue and grass green. Both colors look fantastic against a caramel-colored wood or bamboo floor. Clockwise from top left (both from Olympic): Serenity B522 and Grassy Meadow B675, with strand woven bamboo flooring.
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