Color Therapy: We’ve Got a Crush on Powder Blue

We have seen pastels popping up in fashion and interiors in a big way over the last five years. Different shades of our favorite colors always flow in and out of home decor trends, BUT one we feel that has particular staying power is Powder Blue. Some might consider this chalky hue a safe alternative to all the grey out there (we agree!) and really respond to powder blue when it’s the statement color in the room! Here’s more on decorating with powder blue.

Designer: Isabel Lopez Quesada, Source: AD

It’s a bold and (often) beautiful move to paint a ceiling or moldings in a color other than white, but as you can see, powder blue can really work in many different settings. We naturally respond to a blue ceiling because the sky is blue, and taking the saturation down to a powdery blue hue adds an element of sophistication.

Source: Pinterest, designer unknown

We love when clients are willing to go for painted molding or millwork! It’s our job to consider where it will start and stop and how it mixes in with traditional white molding. You can see both the powder blue door frame and the white crown molding in this shot, and it looks so good together! When considering a light blue paint color always go more grey than you think to avoid it looking too baby blue. Really good soft blues have some black in them to temper the intensity, and we also like when they go slightly blue-green as well!

Source: Casa Decor 2018 Madrid as seen on the Trendland blog.

A few of our very favorite soft blue hues are:

Palace Pearl

palace pearl dining room benjamin moore

Benjamin Moore Rendering of Palace Pearl in Living Room.

Light Blue

light blue farrow and ball

Light Blue Farrow and Ball

Borrowed Light

borrowed light farrow and ball

Borrowed Light Farrow and Ball

There have been lots of navy blue kitchens in the past few years and we’re excited to see powder blue popping up in kitchen cabinets, stoves, hoods and tile as a brighter alternative. The soft color really shines in a kitchen setting when combined with marble, wood and metal.

powder blue lacanche range

Source: Lacanche US

powder blue and brass range hood lacanche

Source: Lacanche US

powder blue island and cabinets

Source: Addison’s Wonderland blog/Instagram.

We hope some of these images encourage you to consider decorating with powder blue as a statement, rather than simply an accent!

XO – CLAIRE

P.S. Your personal sanctuary is closer to home than you think, let’s find it together. Visit our PROCESS page to learn more about working together on your next interior design project. We can’t wait to hear from you!