At the risk of seeming impertinent, I’m willing to ask anyone, at any time, how they feel about a color. I’ve grown accustomed to the look, which precedes the response, and the momentary pause the unwitting participant in my impromptu color consult needs before they answer, which they always do without hesitation. And I’m o.k. with the idea that people may think I’m weird, or nutty, or impertinent, because after years of impromptu color Q&A, I can say with authority, that I know, how people feel about blue.
More than any other color, blue is the favorite of a disproportionate number of people. Without rival, any and all shades of blue are THE feel good color. Putting aside the few shades thought to be too sweet or “baby,” my incessant questions reveal that men prefer the gray range, while women, are drawn toward the clean and vibrant side of the blue spectrum, most especially the periwinkle sort of blues. Here are few go-to favorites:
Gray-Blues men love
Ladies blue preferences
I’ve yet to meet anyone who claims they “hate blue.” All of this blue love makes the Benjamin Moore color of the year, Wythe Blue HC-143, which is a clear, nearly green and ethereal blue, an easy to live with favorite. All blue is easy on the eye, and is the easiest color for the eye to focus on.
The tiny tinge of green in the Wythe blue formula, keeps the color feeling earthy and sophisticated. Our visual frame of reference for this particular hue, warehoused inconspicuously in our always busy brain, is vast, and our minds need a split second less to know for sure that indeed, I’ve know and love this familiar color.
In combination, even I’m hard pressed to think up a color Wythe Blue isn’t compatible with. Here are a few colors you could add to the Wythe Blue mix with confidence.
If you’re enchanted by blue, and feel the need to have it in your home, consider using it on a ceiling to suggest a sky, where it will appear effortless and understated.
There are more great ideas, of how to divide-up a room to make room for blue, and many more shades of blue worthy of consideration, in the newly released 2012 color trends collections. You can get a jump on a 2012 project of fresh and lively color ideas by clicking here. Mind if I ask which colors are your favorites, make you feel happy or which blue you’d like to add around the house? I’ll have my favorite blue room all finished up and ready to share with you next time.