Blue has been a key element in design for millennia. Did you know that the first stable blue colorant used in the ancient world came from lapis lazuli, a semiprecious stone mined in Afghanistan almost 6,000 years ago? The ancient Chinese created blue pigments by blending copper with other elements. Other civilizations continued their experiments to create shades of blue to use for decor – including the Catholic Church’s adoption of the color blue for Mary’s robe. Until the industrial age, blue’s pigment remained rare – and expensive. According to the New York Times (which is a GREAT article):
“Early mankind had no access to blue, because blue is not what you call an earth color,” said Dr. Berke, a chemist who has studied the history of blue pigment. “You don’t find it in the soil.” Only with the advent of mining, he said, could sources of blue pigment be extracted.
Blue is not difficult to produce anymore. Blue is used in all aspects of our lives today – from the world of design to the world of fashion – just like this amazing necklace from Addison Weeks.
And I mentioned blue in the world of design – like these amazing fabrics available on the market today that can be purchased from me:
The color blue can refresh the old and intensify those areas in your castle that are growing tiresome. It has worked for 6,000 years! I have been adding the color blue to my personal home over the past few months: ancient blue porcelain; oversized pillows; art and wallpapers (like this beautiful wall from the Jim Thompson Showroom in Atlanta):
Blue has many different names: royal, teal, indigo, sky, admiral, denim, navy, turquoise and lapis to name a few. Each of these shades can take you a different place – to a Greek isle, to a cowboy ranch, to an ancient Aztec world and beyond.
Blue does not have to be plain – it can be patterned just like these fabulous benches I found in Atlanta last week at Taylor Burke Home, which is also a wonderful example of mixing blue and brass:
Can’t you just see Elvis himself (if he were still here) enjoying a candlelight dinner with this stunning candelabra centerpiece by Dunes and Duchess? Even the candlestick color is electrifying!
Look what the talented team of Parker Kennedy Living created for the Robert Allen showroom at ADAC in Atlanta. I love the Palm Beach overtones mixed with a little vintage and a little new. This is the perfect combination of balance, style, color and proportion.
That’s what makes the color blue such an important part of design – there are many different options, just as there are many different styles for many different people. I love being an interior designer so I can help others style their home using the many shades of blue to their liking!