Bedroom designs by colour – blue – part 2 – classical pale blue and white

Pale blue and white are timeless colour combinations which offer a crisp, clean look which can be adapted to suit different interior design styles. The colour blue affects us physically and mentally; it evokes calmness, coolness and is believed to aid intuition. One of the most famous quotes about blue by Raoul Dufy, the French painter 'Blue is the only colour which maintains its own character in all its will always stay blue; whereas yellow is blackened in its shades, and fades away when lightened; red when darkened becomes brown, and diluted with white is no longer red, but another colour – pink.'

Dufy developed a colourful, decorative style which became fashionable for designs of ceramics and textiles. He was also a draughtsman, printmaker, book illustrator, a theatrical set-dresser, a designer of furniture, and a planner of public spaces. His quotation makes you realise the importance of blue for use within our homes and despite many people saying blue makes you feel cold as we saw in yesterday's post it all depends on the intensity of the shade you choose.

Classical colours of the palest of blues and white look stunning when teamed with dark wood, making them ideal for traditional interiors or the latest contemporary styles and ideal for using with stripped floorboards and coordinating with wooden Venetian blinds to offer a colonial styled interior. Likewise, pale blue and white work equally as successfully with lighter coloured wood such as ash and beech; using these will make small bedrooms appear larger and less claustrophobic. Keep the window dressing in balance is also important, larger rooms can use heavier weight fabrics such as Damask or Jacquard whereas smaller bedrooms can again be make to look larger by using blinds set into the recess of the window.

If you want to add a gentle looking window dressing voile curtains used with blinds make a winning combination. To achieve a stunning bedroom keep things simple, both in terms of the duvet covers and the décor. Too much pattern can overpower a room which oozes chic elegance purely because of its simplicity. Don't overcrowd the room or the order and balance will become distorted and too much for the eye to take in. As the bed is the largest item in the room it's this which automatically becomes the focal point, more especially if you have a statement headboard or a simple dark wood four poster frame bed without the curtains!

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