Blue, So Much More Than a State of Mind

Home Stager with 2 Hounds Design + Home Staging

I've been getting very excited about blue paint color for walls. Did you know blue is the number one paint colour in homes in North America?

When using blue paint be careful not to select drab or dated looking colours. Blues of today are warm (hint of red undertone) and fresh.

Here are a few photos for some inspiration for you!






















image source, Real New York House Wives














This fresh blue looks stunning against the white trim and marble. Adding in the blue and white ceramics provide a lovely grounding for the walls.




























Blue looks striking when combined with black and white! This blue reminds me of Bombay Saphire's blue gin bottle...makes me thirsty for a Bombay Saph &T!

image source, Apartment Therapy


















image source, ladyreynolds (Flickr)

I'm so loving this door!

Due to my desire to put blue *somewhere* in my house, my daughter will be getting a room in Robin's Egg blue! Sigh, I'll have to wait till the front entry is done first before beginning yet another project!


About the author:

Dane Caldwell is the Lead Design Consultant for Toronto and GTA's 2 Hounds Design and Home Staging.

"I won't be the person who sells your house, but I will be the reason it sells".- Dane Caldwell, Toronto, GTA & Durham Region Interior Design/Decorating + Home Staging Specialist


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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Beautiful photos!  I love a blue master bedroom, have one myself!

May 13, 2009 02:50 AM #2
Jennifer Monroe
Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte

Wow! It's been so long since I've seen you here Dane!

Now I have to admit, my posse and I make fun of how horribly 70's blue is when used in decor - with the single exception of peacock (2nd photo above). But here I sit in a little pale, almost smokey cornflower room on a faded teal silk slipper chair, and rather than paint, I am relishing the light softness of it and the way it makes me feel cool and fresh. So blue is back. Yikes!!!

May 13, 2009 03:47 AM #3
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Dane, personally I love blues, all shades and tints.  It has been with me since mom first let me pick my bedroom color MANY years ago.  Nice inspiration photos!

May 13, 2009 05:30 AM #4
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Dane ~ I really like the first one with the white and the crystal chandelier!

May 13, 2009 06:20 AM #5
Fernando Rosado
West Palm Beach, FL
561-906-0050 or 561-840-8950

Dane ! For many years I never liked blue nor I would ever live in anything . But I guess it has grown on me. Now I love different blues. I love the top picture on your blog ..I love it! Great job .

BTW ..I love the new profile picture

May 13, 2009 01:44 PM #6
Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging
2 Hounds Design + Home Staging - Toronto, ON

Hi Michelle, it can be a fun shade can't it!

Cathy, it was so hard to pick which fotos to use...I have come across so many that I love over the last couple of months. But the black white and blue...gets my heart pumping! That is soooo geeky, I know.

Jennifer, I am guilty as well. The peacock or bright teal was the first to get under my skin...seems since then that a few blues have cracked this nut! BTW, I was looking to read your blog and you've been mia (understandable you've made some big changes!) as well! Nice to see you here! And you can bet I'll let you know when we are passing through Penn.



May 13, 2009 03:28 PM #7
Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging
2 Hounds Design + Home Staging - Toronto, ON

Ginger, you have been on trend with the majority of people then! I am getting in to colour late in life. I'm so excited with colour lately...just wondering when I'm going to 'get it' with the whole yellow thing...I'm a bit skeptical of yellow!

Kathy, first...great photo!! I love the room too. The ceiling and chandelier are beautiful and very girly...I like girly...and bling...this room definitely has bling!

Hey Fernando! Like you I would not touch decorating nor I'm gushing over it for decor (expecially for a feminine room with a soft blue) but there is no way I'll wear it! Well, ok, I saw a pair of shorts at Winners (TJ Maxx) and a pair of killer shoes...but I just couldn't do it!


May 13, 2009 03:34 PM #8
Isabel Gomes
Gomes Design - London, ON
Interior Decorator, Stager - London, Ont

I still like my walls a neutral colour, but I will use blue accents. I am hoping to get a cottage and I will use blue. It is so fresh, crisp and clean with white.

As far as clothes I have a large selection of my favourite non colour - black.  I wear blue jeans (the darker the better - looks better on my thighs)  I did buy a coral dress for a wedding. - Big Step for me.  I hope I can go through with the dress.

May 14, 2009 01:06 AM #9
Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging
2 Hounds Design + Home Staging - Toronto, ON

LOL, My closet is full of blacks and tans and my favorite jeans are my black Hudsons and a really dark indigo Andy Worhol Factory Levis...which have a hole in the crotch so I can't wear them till I patch it...just looked at them :( my husband and nanny have been washing them with regular detergent and not the 'for darks' I bought!

I think you'd look amazing in coral...go for it. One night living as someone else...see what it's like!

May 14, 2009 06:31 AM #10
Sylvie Conde
Sutton Group-Associates Realty Inc., Brokerage - Toronto, ON
Broker, Toronto Real Estate

I love the blue of the walls in the first photo.  I think my son wants his room painted that colour.  May just happen. :)

May 14, 2009 07:33 AM #11
Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging
2 Hounds Design + Home Staging - Toronto, ON

Sylvieit's such a versatile colour!

May 14, 2009 03:43 PM #12
Marg Scheben
RE/MAX four seasons realty limited - Collingwood, ON
Edey - Collingwood, Ontario

I always thought of blue as a condition and not a colour until we decided to use a cool grey blue as an accent colour in our family room.  Now I love it!  I also love the combinations made possible such as blue and green, blue and brown - they are so much fun.

May 18, 2009 04:55 AM #13
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Must confess I'm not too much of a blue fan for staging.  Seems many people have painted shades that are not too attractive or neutral enough.  Would love some neutral color suggestions from BM or SW paint lines that I can pass on to others!

May 19, 2009 01:49 PM #14
Sandi Gerrard
Saint Thomas, ON
It's all about colour

I love the aqua's (so fresh) and the grey / blue's (relaxing) out there now.  But I still feel that blue's are best suited to bedrooms and bathrooms.

May 22, 2009 12:18 AM #15
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

Dane,  Hey stranger!  How are you? 

I LOVE blue.  All shades.  I had all of my ceilings painted a very light robins egg blue and I love love love them!  My den is robins egg and chocolate, my bedroom is a teal and chocolate.  I LOVE the first photo.  The ceiling is amazing!  (and I like the blue, lol).

I hope you are doing well :)

May 23, 2009 01:55 PM #16
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

There are blues and there are blues.   Some need to go and some need to stay.

When living in a home ...all blues are great.  When selling the's different


May 24, 2009 09:18 AM #17
gretchen wheeler
Creative Spaces - Erie, PA

I, too, love blue! It is funny, though, with staging, I'll go into one house and tell them their dated blue - wallpaper, carpet, toilet- has to go, but in the next house I'll recommend blue!

In staging, I like to use a blue/gray in bathrooms, often paired with chocolate brown. The bathroom's usually small enough that if people really didn't like blue it would be an easy re-paint.

May 24, 2009 01:21 PM #18
j r
International, IT

Oh Dane ,you had to pick my favorite colour, Blue is the most beautiful and relaxing colour of them all and so versatile. I love Blue ........Did I say that already ? lol 

Jun 01, 2009 06:13 PM #19
Peter - Toronto Real Estate Photo & Video
StoneHome Photo & Video - Toronto, ON

Wow. I would never know if something would look dated or not. Designers should be mandatory for home design. It's a small cost that goes a long way.

Sep 09, 2009 03:27 PM #20
Sham Pathania
Zolo Realty, Brokerage - Toronto, ON

The pictures are awsome.We just changed the color of our guest room from dull beige to blue ! My wife just loves this color and I know now why. Its absolutely stunning.

Oct 02, 2010 09:23 AM #21
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