Six blue decor ideas for a calm and relaxing space

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Six blue decor ideas for a calm and relaxing space

While it’s widely known that “green spaces”—from vast forests to small courtyards adorned with foliage—can help improve mental health in ways that reduce stress, increase well-being, and boost creativity, the benefits of blue space Neither one can be ignored.

Usually, “blue space” refers to the ocean, but some scientists claim that being close to lakes, rivers or even fountains can have a positive effect on the brain.

Dr Mathew White, a senior lecturer at the University of Exeter and an environmental psychologist at BlueHealth, told The Guardian in 2019: “Many processes [that happen in the brain when surrounded by blue space] Exactly the same as green space – with some added benefits. “

But for those of us who live miles from the ocean (or any large body of water), we can still decorate our home by using blue, along with a bit of navy paint or some well-chosen turquoise accents, so that Get some psychological benefits to help create a calmer environment.

In January 2021, B&Q revealed that sales of blue paint have grown during the pandemic, with sales up 36% year-over-year. The DIY retailer also teamed up with interior design psychology expert Niki Schafer for tips on how to refresh your home with new colors. Schafer says: “Greens and blues are very calming colours because they really soothe us and lower our blood pressure (very slightly). These shades are very useful in bedrooms or as a secondary colour in the kitchen. Blue is also said to be very Productive and a great addition to home offices and gyms.”

Dulux Color of the Year 2022 is also a shade of blue called Bright Skies, which the paint brand hopes will bring optimism, positivity and new energy to homes.

Ready to add a splash of blue to your home? Here are six ways to do it, from smaller touches to bigger splashes…

decorative wall

Whether you opt for a single statement wall or plan to have an entire room in shades of blue, there are plenty of shades to choose from. Salty, grey-toned blues evoke memories of being on the coast and work well in well-lit rooms (otherwise they would look gloomy). Darker shades like petrol or navy work surprisingly well in darker rooms. They are also great for adding glamour or formality to rooms such as dining rooms, living rooms and dens.


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blue bottom

Choosing a quality rug in a timeless shade can create the perfect canvas for a room. With bright blue as a base, you can continue to add color on top with bold furniture, accessories and accessories, or keep it neutral elsewhere to let bright floors really shine.

But where to start with statement rugs? Royal Ink’s Chartwell rug (pictured below, £41.99 per sqm), part of Carpetright’s Good Housekeeping Flooring range, has a soft velvet look that can withstand severe wear and is ideal for high-traffic areas such as your stairs or corridor. Made from 100% polypropylene, it is a popular choice for family homes due to its stain resistance and ability to maintain brightness. All of our rugs are rigorously tested by the Good Housekeeping Institute and are praised for their luxurious texture and gorgeous appearance.

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Introduce bright furniture

Adding pops of blue with select furniture is great for those who prefer neutral walls and floors, or for those who rent but can’t paint or re-carpet. Navy blue sofas are timeless classics (like the GH100 below, part of our DFS furniture collection), while bold armchairs, poufs and ottomans are a great way to add a splash of blue to the corners of larger rooms. Put one in a quiet corner of your home office to create a relaxing reading place, maybe?

gh 100 corner dfs sofa

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Navy DFS GH100, £2,699 go shopping now

blue tile thinking

Tired of plain white tiles? Going blue in the kitchen or bathroom is a no-brainer. Darker shades not only look super chic, they’re the perfect kitchen splashbacks because they cover up stains in the short term, but are also super easy to wipe clean. In the bathroom, shades such as azure and sky evoke memories of seaside trips, while greens such as teal and turquoise recreate the look of an enchanting pool after a vacation.

vernisse blue glossy ceramic wall tiles


B&Q Vernisse Blue Gloss Ceramic Wall Tiles, Pack of 41£23.92 go shopping now

perfect print

No matter the size of the room, prints and wall hangings are an easy way to add a pop of color. The vibrant abstract print with splashes of indigo and teal is perfect for a modern look, and the marine scene really helps bring some traditional “blue space” into the room. You can even frame beautiful seaside postcards or old holiday photos—whichever blue works best for you.

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Anthropologie Dan Hobday St Ives Print, £78 go shopping now

a blue blanket, literally

A quick and easy way to add a splash of blue to your bedroom and living room is to use soft accessories such as blankets, rugs and cushions in funky patterns, stripes (like our pick of the beautiful John Lewis cushions below) and block colors . If you’re adding many accessories to a room, don’t be afraid to mix different shades and textures – the overall effect will look more thought out and curated. In the bathroom, swap out old towels and bath mats for a fresh blue. Compared to white towels, colored towels usually look newer for longer, especially if you have kids. It’s a win-win.

john lewis ottoman stripe cushion blue

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John Lewis & Partners Blue Ottoman Stripe Cushion, £35.00 go shopping now

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