Strong blue accents and exquisite artwork join forces with the deep blue of the sky overhead to take center stage in this space—quite a feat considering the powerful design element and rustic charm created by the all-white sleek lines of the walls and furniture.
The unusual pairing of colors in this living room is a touch of genius. Pale turquoise shades pop when placed in an earthy environment. The artistic faux finish resembles the crystalline waters of an untrampled Caribbean coast; the same blue is repeated in the cushy sofa and chairs. The rustic columns flanking the entrance add to the natural feel. All in all, a gem.
This bedroom is a study in how to use different intensities of the same color. Sky-blue stripes on the bed give this ocean-view room a nautical touch. Royal blue paint on the walls is strategically extended to the edges of the ceiling, setting off the super pale blue it surrounds and adding dimension to the space. Bright white throughout ties it all together. Every time you use color, incorporate a lighter shade of that color as well to balance out the color scheme.
If you are not a fan of using a lot of color, a simple but bold statement can be achieved by adding just one brightly colored accessory. Here, the luscious little chair acts as a focal point, adding interest without compromising the natural and relaxing feel of the rest of the room.
Gentle blues are warmed by natural light in this irie bathroom. Pale blue hues can create very relaxing moods, especially when white acts as an anchor.
A bold piece of blue-hued art is used as a focal point in this space. The turquoise panels are reminiscent of ocean waters and bring a spirited twist to what would otherwise be a somewhat somber and serious vignette.
The beautiful shade of brown on the cabinets serves as the ideal foil for the aquamarine countertop. Other shades of blue are also used throughout the kitchen, in the backsplash, the pottery and even the cups. The color scheme jumps from bright blues to snappy oranges, giving the space a fun and versatile style.
An oversize art piece sets the tone for this room, resulting in an area that's modern, elegant and artistic. Indigo, white and brown mix together perfectly here, with each color perfectly balanced in relation to the others. Just a little dose of blue is enough to add an ocean appeal.
Tranquil and exotic, this area gets its cool from the deep, ocean-inspired blues of the cushions and the firebowl. The antique table and the natural finish of the wooden gazebo exude warmth and elegance.
This eclectic version of a sea-inspired theme has a vivacious vibe, thanks to the rich, dark shade of turquoise on the wall that serves as a backdrop. Considering how many colors, prints and styles are used, as well as the number of exotic pieces, it's impressive to see how coherent—and dazzling—this area looks.
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