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by Kate Smith

A childhood love of color turned into a college-age fascination with the interaction of colors, then into a career of color trend forecasting and product development. Today, Kate Smith, CMG, CfYH, is president and chief color maven at Sensational Color, a company that provides color knowledge and know-how to corporations primarily in the home industry. Kate is an inspirational keynote speaker and seminar leader, blending color theory and psychology into entertaining and informative talks that bring color to life.

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  • Blue has the power to soothe and calm or invigorate and inspire. It's an excellent choice in just about every space in your home. This year, designers are indulging in blue as cool color choice. Benjamin Moore's breath of fresh air and Dulux's private lagoon are two very different, yet very versatile colors of the year. I am having so much fun with both of these hues. Here are some of my best bets for when you're feeling blue (and not in the sad way!).
  • Using a scheme of only cool colors can often create a very dull, lifeless space. Try pairing them with saturated, rich colors to anchor the room. In this space (above), intense teal couches become the anchor in an otherwise lackluster color scheme.
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  • Overpowering a space with blue can create the feeling of a dark or congested space. Try infusing lighter tones, like yellows or creams to keep the room feeling airy. Here (above) wood tones and buttery yellow are used to soften the dark navy blue wall.
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  • In a kids' space blue, can be a lovely neutral backdrop for either gender. Paired with a fresh, crisp white you can create an invigorating workspace. Punch up the area with pops of green or teal. Have fun with it!
  • Luxurious teals can create expensive looking bedrooms. Remove this chair from the space (above) and you have a nice room, put it back in and rich opulence takes over.
  • Think pale blue is too cold for a kitchen? Think again! Fresh white with an iridescent tile backsplash plays off the pop of blue in this island just perfectly. I adore this look (above).

    Adaptable and beautiful, blues offer your home countless options. With rich teals and softer pales blues you really can't go wrong. Just pay attention to the tones in the space and play off of a neutral color to create stunning spaces that invite you in. Have fun decorating with blue this year, I know I will!
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