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Colors I’m Loving – Moody Blues

No, not the band…


I’m talking about one of my favorite design trends – MIXING BLUES (or any color in different shades).  It’s a new take on the old monochromatic color scheme.  Layering different shades of the same color to create an effortlessly chic mix of light and dark.

I love the idea of harmonizing a deep, inky navy with a pop of cobalt and a splash of light turquoise – reminiscent of tranquil ocean waves, and soothing breezes (…okay, maybe I took that one a little too far…)

It’s easy to layer color just as you would pattern or texture.  Think in terms of visual balance.  Choose one color to be the primary focal color – the one that grounds the visual space (and the one you use the most of!).

Then layer the accent colors accordingly.  A secondary color will be used in smaller amounts, or on smaller objects – lighting, accent furniture, artwork….  Be sure to find a few different spots around your room to incorporate the last accent color as a finishing touch.

Here’s some inspiration: 

via Decor Pad

via Decor Pad

Home of DJ Pil Marques

Home of DJ Pil Marques

via Lonny

via Lonny

via Decor Pad

via Decor Pad

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

Brian Watford Interiors

Brian Watford Interiors

via Lonny

via Lonny

Refreshing, right?

You COULD always work the moody blues in a more literal sense – from light to dark.

Think ombré.

Like these stairs.

….the ones that I’m majorly crushing on right now.

via Real Simple

via Real Simple

What do you think of this new take on the monochromatic color scheme?


3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Love this post! (And recognize a familiar pin from Pinterest 🙂 I need to file this away because I have a variety of blues going on at the new house. I swear, I’m going to fly you out to do a consultation up there! Too bad you’re not a wine drinker! 😉

    April 4, 2013
    • Just keep me stocked in sugar free RedBull and we’re all good!

      April 4, 2013
  2. Hi Tiina.

    I just wanted to let you know that I have selected your blog for the Liebster Award. The award was passed along to me by another blogger: Mallory at Our First Nest.

    You can choose to play along or not. If you do, simply follow the 5 simple guidelines. You can find all the details on my blog here:


    April 6, 2013

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