Design expert Amanda Forrest says the best color for bridging a décor gap between a husband and wife who can’t agree is blue (navy blue, to be precise).
One of the reasons may be because blue is everyone’s favorite. The University of Maryland studied 2,000 people and blue was the preferred color across the board, followed by green (aka blue + yellow) for men and purple (aka blue + red) for women.
Color therapy suggests that blue evokes clarity and increased intuition. We know we can trust and depend on people in blue uniforms. Also said to reduce blood pressure, slow respiration and decrease heart rate, the serenity of blue is commonly used in hospitals and health centers to promote relaxation and healing for body and mind. Its calming effect rejuvenates us on the home front too, which is why blue reigns in bedrooms and family rooms.
As comforting as blue can be, the moodier side of its personality can leave us feeling, well, blue. Certain shades can come off as icy and aloof or cause sadness, loneliness and even loss of appetite.
If you want to play with a blue palette that won’t leave you feeling frosty, here are some tips:
Disclaimer: There are no bad colors, only poor design choices. Many of the moods and reactions associated with certain colors are directly linked to past personal experiences and influences. Side effects may include relying too much on favorite or “safe” shades and the inability to try different hues. We firmly believe that every color has uniquely positive traits and, when used as directed by a professional, the potential to inspire and elevate really great living spaces. Ask our Benjamin Moore design team for details.