Color Crave: Complex Blues

Blue is a favorite color of most people. It’s nature’s color for water and sky; it is cold, wet and slow as compared to red’s fire and intensity. Blue has more complex and contradictory meanings than any other color. 

“Benjamin Moore Twilight is a great green-based navy. It’s a perfect backdrop for popping in bright colors.”

— MA Allen, MA Allen Interiors

My go to navy is Benjamin Moore, Hale Navy. It is a classic Navy…dark, rich and masculine. I love to add a touch of gold to this navy, it’s a timeless combination that will never disappoint.”

— Tula Summerford, Design by Tula

“Our pick is “Sleepy Blue” (Sherwin Williams).  Of course our favorite color is blue!  Sleepy Blue is a soothing color that will add a peaceful spa-like feeling to your home.  It would work especially well in a bathroom or bedroom where relaxation is a goal.”

—Beth Bridges, BeyondBlue Interiors

“Amy Howard’s One Step chalk-based paint gives you two great options for popular deep blues this season. American Dream is a beautiful dark royal blue and Lady Singing the Blues is great if a deep navy is what you’re looking for.”

—Laurie Ledbetter, Affordable Chic

“My blue is Benjamin Moore Santorini but please use eggshell finish to get the richness of this blue. It is a beautiful color. If you want to dress the room in touches of fall, go for it. With your gray or navy blue and cream fabrics, bring in the fall colors of fall leaves, white, orange and green pumpkins … the room will be fabulous!”

—Sandy Maccioli, Awesome Abode @ Inspirations Home Decor and More

Caitlin Harrison

Caitlin Harrison, creative director, worked in the New York City area in print media, publications and design before moving to Raleigh. Her passion is for engaging and beautiful design brings Raleigh Magazine to life.

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