Feeling blue? You're not alone. The color is hotter than ever - so much so that it's being called a "neutral" by interior designers and color specialists. Move over, beige. There's a new contender in town.
"They used to take a backseat, but todays neutrals are leading the way in unexpected directions," said House Beautiful. "Lilac, navy, and Etruscan red join the ranks of white, grey, and beige - and the result couldn't be more stunning.
Here are eight ways to use the color in your home.
Paint one room
While you may not want to paint an entire interior in navy, deep, rich blue looks great in a dining room, master bedroom, or home office. The bigger the room, the taller the ceilings, the more expansive the windows, the better.
Refurb a hand-me-down
That antique dresser or sideboard that once belonged to your great-grandmother doesn't have to sit in storage. Get out the paintbrush and transform it into something you're proud to show off.
Bring style to the windows
Drapes are a low-commitment item but one that can help bring a room together or provide a little punch of color and style.
Embolden your bathroom
White, shmite. If you're thinking of painting your cabinets, consider blue in just about any hue. It brings a freshness to the space and contrasts beautifully with the white you're probably looking at for the shower, bath, and countertops.
Go "barely there"
While deeper shades bring the mood, just a whisper of the color allows you to go blue without veering too far from your comfort zone. "According to designer Jonathan Rose, for a house in the country or by the sea, aqua is the new white and is the perfect complement to greenery or an ocean view," said House Beautiful. "The idea is for the wall color to be quiet so it can blend seamlessly with the outdoors. This blue-green is a pastel with personality. Keep the overall feeling serene with light floors, white trim, a touch of deeper aqua, and a few dark accents to anchor the room."
Think like a fashionista
Many home trends originate on the runway. If you take a look at how the fashion world thinks about the color blue, you can translate the idea to home. "It's one of the fashion neutral colors," said LiveAbout. "That means it can be worn with any other color, so it's a very handy color for mix-and-match purposes. Navy blue jackets or trousers are good examples of wardrobe staples that mix well with other separates."
Make a statement with your sofa
Yes, conventional wisdom says you might be better off with a neutral sofa and color on the pillows, which can be more easily changed out. But if blue is actually considered a neutral now, why not just go big with your one of the main furniture pieces in your living space?
Express yourself with art
Again, if you're just not ready to make such a large color commitment, but you want to ease blue into your décor, the walls are a great place to start. Go oversized with a floral or abstract for an attention-getting display.