Monday, June 7, 2010

Cool Shades

As the summer heats up, I find myself conjuring up images of cool ocean waters... and the beautiful blues and greens that soothe the soul.  What if we brought those hues indoors?  Blue is the one of the hot new trends in color this season, I'm finding.  Not only can blue make a warm space feel cooler, but it also has a calming effect that is universal.  Since the most inexpensive way to change a room is a gallon of paint, get your paintbrushes and drop cloths ready.  Benjamin Moore's Caribbean Breeze and Dolphin's Cove are two of my favorites-- check them out on BM's Virtual Fandeck.  But you will also be inspired by these beautiful blue rooms, from Coastal Living, Elle Decor (be sure to check into the LookBook at, and House Beautiful.

Coastal Living, photo by J Savage Gibson

This cool green brings a little key lime pie to mind!  Coastal Living, photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Aerin Lauder's kitchen--paint is not just for walls!  Elle Decor, photo by Simon Upton

Georgia beach cottage, designed by Jim Howard in House Beautiful.  Paint color is Benjamin Moore's Shenandoah.


  1. And I love the name of your favorite blues too!!

  2. Aren't they fun? They just scream "take me away" :-)

  3. What a great site -- I could use some help in this area of my life!

  4. Thanks for visiting, Susan! This is what I love-- hope I can impart some good ideas and fresh perspectives!

  5. Loving those blues Heidi -

    Did you take the photo of the man and the seagull that was on my blog? If so, let me know so I can give YOU credit for that amazing photo.

    You all should check it out - click on the link below to see her pretty picture with an amazing coastal color scheme.

  6. Yes, Donna, I took the picture-- it's my husband and a young brown pelican that came to "visit"-- I love the colors you pulled from it! Glad you popped over-- I love your blog!

  7. Hi Heidi! Love, these colors...
    I was wondering if you knew the name of the color in the last photo, the one credited to Jim Howard...That beautiful blue is unfortunately NOT Benjamin Moore's Shenandoah. I did write Mr. Howard and actually got a reply...the paint is decorative and he doesn't know anything more about it...Ugh! I love it! How can I match it???
    thanks in advance


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