Look to the water. If you have spectacular ocean views, let the water replace interior blue hues and introduce extra hints of red for contrast.
Red is an intense and aggressive color, so it works best as an accent. Studies have shown that when used in large quantities, it can increase blood pressure.
Don’t be bashful -- go ahead and mix stripes with patterns. Remember: Reds will dominate and blues will recede, so be judicious when placing reds throughout your home. Use them as vibrant accents, and let blue tell the story.
Jazz up a home’s exterior by painting the front door a rich sea blue. Frame it with fresh, white trim and add red porch furniture for a look that’s all-American.
Make porch ceilings appear higher with a hint of ocean blue. Remember, a little color goes a long way. The effect is not meant to be dramatic, so choose a delicate tint.
“This scheme is playful and lighthearted. It’s not meant to be taken too seriously.”
-- Tammy Connor, interior designer
Scientists believe that blue’s calming properties decrease blood pressure, improve decision making, and enhance communication.
Consider using your boldest hue on an accent wall. When you’re working with several shades, the brightest color will showcase the wall with the most interesting features.
Take it outside. Enliven a colorless exterior with swaths of red. Use the shade on architectural elements -- either daringly, on a corrugated metal roof, or sparingly, on Bahama-style shutters.