I know, despite all the signs to the contrary, it was “radiant orchid” and not a shade of blue that was named Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2014. But it’s January, the holidays are over, it’s COLD, and blue just seems a little more appropriate right now (especially if you’re Mere and had no running water for 6 days!)
I’m working with a client right now to refresh some bathrooms, one of which is decidedly blue. Walls, floor, counter…all covered in bright blue tile. Blue is a classic bathroom colour, but in this case it’s all a bit much for my client, who likes neutrals and softer shades. With a limited budget, getting rid of all the blue tile is not an option, so I’m looking for ways to embrace the blues instead of trying to banish them.
Strategy 1: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…
You know how the saying goes… It may seem counter-intuitive, but one of the ways to minimize a colour is actually to add more of it. This reduces contrast in the room, creating a seamless flow.
To add more blue to my client’s bathroom, we could bring in blue artwork, fabric (on the window as there’s no shower curtain) and even choose a soft blue for the walls that aren’t tiled.
Strategy 2: Distract, Distract, Distract
If you’ve ever parented a toddler, you’ll be familiar with this strategy. Well, it works for decorating too! Introducing bold pattern and bright contrasting colours will take the emphasis off the things you don’t like. In my client’s bathroom, we might break up the blue with some graphic black and white accessories, or bring in a colour like coral or cherry red.
Strategy 3: Neutralize
Blue is a naturally calming colour that plays well with warm neutrals. Adding warm beige or taupe walls and wood accents to the blue tiles gives the space a spa-like feel.
Even if it’s not Pantone’s pick, blue is still a classic colour choice that looks fresh and crisp for 2014. I’ve been using shades of blue as accent colours in my family room and I’ve got a can of Para’s “Starless Sky” – a deep grey-blue – waiting to be rolled onto the walls above the wainscotting in Austin’s room as one of my first Para Blog Crew projects.
How are you feeling about blue? Any other ideas for updating my client’s blue bathroom? Hope you’re not letting the January blues get you down!