Blue is the Hue of the Season
Having the blues is the latest trend in interiors.
By Kimberly Rapanut
We saw the signs. First, we were beguiled by the deep midnight shade of a stylish chest; then we were bewitched by a bluebird-sky-hued kitchen. Finally, after succumbing to an ocean-inspired, deep blue-and-teal guest room, we knew we were having a blue moment. Beyond the familiar use of turquoise here in the desert, the trend of blue instills spaces with complicated hues that command attention. Our thoughts align with those of interior designer Sherry Engle who says the hues’ relaxing effect, along with its depth and richness, are major reasons for its enduring popularity. While unexpected in the common traditional Southwest palette of warm, neutral shades, blue is a great foil for earthy browns and greens. “Blue is a sophisticated choice in a room,” she adds, “It provides a sense of calm that appeals to both men and women.”
Justin Nee, head of merchandising and sales at John Brooks Inc.’s Scottsdale showroom, notes that the use of bold colors has made a long-overdue return to interior design. He cites the recession and financial crisis in recent years as a driver behind the popularity of what he calls “safer” interiors.
“Bold colors were perceived as risky, and many people were drawn to the comfort of more neutral palettes,” he says. “Now, people feel comfortable injecting more of those rich jewel tones and deep blues into their homes. We’ve seen the trend move beyond accent pillows to larger statement pieces, such as lounge chairs, sofas and draperies.”
For Scottsdale-based interior designer Terese Messina, blue is an anchoring color that she’s always gravitated toward because of its timelessness. “Blue pairs well with so many other hues,” she says. “What’s exciting to me about it is that it always feels fresh.” With all these options and more, bringing the beauty of blue into the home has never been easier.
The chest that served as our inspiration: from the Asian-influenced Ming collection, the mahogany-in-indigo chest with antique brass base and matching drawer pulls had us at “hello.” 30″H by 32″W by 16″D. $1,490 (mgbwhome.com)