Moody Blues Work For Me

March 29, 2012

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the color blue. In my work studio, I have lots of bright colors set against a white, neutral background because it inspires me to mix in color according to my mood, removing those that may not be particularly rockin’ my world at the moment. Currently, I have lots of yellow, orange, red and pink in my studio but a few days ago a more moody mix of emeralds and indigos started to creep in.

Moody Blues Work For Me
Darker tones of blue on the bed paired with brighter ones throughout the room, like light blue walls, make moody blues less so, via: Anthropologie

I’m wondering if this is pointing me towards my eventual Autumn palette as I love warmer, richer hues in cooler months. Or perhaps this is a reflection of how I’m feeling lately — introspective, serious, thoughtful… And the weather has been so completely bonkers bouncing between summery sunny days to ones like today when only a blanket of gray covers the sky and the temps have gone from mid 70s to a murky and cool 40s. Bleh.

I had to put the candles on in my studio today to inspire me because I was ready to hit the garden shop in the morning for the plants and flowers for my balcony and now spring feels so very far away. Instead of caving in to this weather, I decided to round up some moody blues to inspire me so below it my virtual mood board which accurately fits my whole vibe at the moment. It seems a whole slew of artists, designers, decorators, stylists, cooks and photographers share my color fix at the moment, too. See for yourself…

Moody Blues Work For Me

If you only want a hint of blue, try slight additions to your home to try it on for size, via: 79 Ideas.

Moody Blues Work For Me

John Cullen captures blue in one single gorgeous moment.

Moody Blues Work For Me

honey houses shows how to make granny chic a bit more moody.

Moody Blues Work For Me

I love this pairing of emerald green with this gorgeous indigo blue sofa from Anthropologie.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Leslie Shewring always has the best mood boards showing her inspirational palette of the moment.

Moody Blues Work For Me

I’m a huge fan of gallery walls, especially set against deep colors, via: design is mine.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Chris Court & Sibella Court show us how to add some blue to a mostly white bathroom.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Julia Hoersch is a German photographer who really used the light to make this dining room feel very inviting in it’s pretty tones of blue, gray and violet.

Moody Blues Work For Me

I love another subtle hint of blue like those shown on this leather sofa via: Riazzoli.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Deep moody tones of green and blue always work for me, via: Lovely Sweet William.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Leslie Shewring pairs blues with a bit of green a tiny burst of red to add some energy to the mix.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Watercolor blue tones are a pretty addition to any room through paintings, porcelain… These vases are from West Elm.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Leslie Shewring again shows how to use blue with a tiny bit of red to add visual interest.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Chris Court & Sibella Court demonstrate a way to make ethnic prints and fabrics feel fresh and modern by sticking to a set palette, introducing beige for warmth and red for energy and adding a gorgeous accent wall.

Moody Blues Work For Me

Anthropologie is always on trend. This sofa is fun and a great way to introduce blue tones to a room.

I wonder if you did a vibe mood board today, what colors you would use? Care to share?

(images linked to their sources below each shown above.)


  • Reply Ashley {GirlyObsessions} March 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I don’t typically go for blues in my color scheme, although I do like a good teal! But I am really inspired by the saturated dark blue and deep teal walls!

  • Reply desiree - vosgesparis March 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    blue bue blue …. all over the place… just got my IKEA Family live post up… about the new blue in my home LOL

    • Reply decor8 March 29, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      @Desiree – YOU have a color in your home? SHOCKING. I have to see this to believe it! :) :) wink

  • Reply Jem March 29, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I’m guilty of loving all shades of blue all year round, can’t help myself! I blame my Mum and Grandmother for their gorgeous collections of blue and white crockery :-)

    Absolutely love the galleried wall you’ve included, utterly stunning! The Anthro snapshots are also lovely – they’re on the button constantly!

    Jem xXx

  • Reply Steve Kubien March 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I love blues (colours and music). I cannot think of another colour which can be both cool and warm, depending on the shade.

  • Reply Abigail Percy@abigail*ryan March 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    LOVE seeing this, Holly… we’ve just booked our wedding, and our colour palette is going to be lots of gorgeous blues!

    I guess I will certainly have the ‘something blue’ part licked, right?! ;) x

    • Reply decor8 March 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      @Abigail – CONGRATS on your upcoming wedding – you must be over the moon! How exciting for you both!

  • Reply Samira March 29, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    love all the photos!! Pink!! I love pink always in the mood for pink!!!

  • Reply Abigail Percy@abigail*ryan March 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Aw, thanks Holly! Yes, we’re over the top excited… just 6 months away, too! We’re keeping it nice and small but very luxe (great venue lined up) so can’t wait! x

  • Reply Audrey - This Little Street March 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Oh love it!!! Talking about moody blue, did you see this collection that IKEA is releasing (at least in Scandinavia) for the Summer – it’s gorgeous!

  • Reply Megan March 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Oh lovely lovely. Drooling over that Anthro couch…

  • Reply LauraJamesJewelry March 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Great spaces & love the use of various blue hues through out spaces in your post!

  • Reply Katie March 29, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I love this post. I have been trying to add more blue to my home recently, so this post was exactly the kind of inspiration I needed! Thanks Holly :)

  • Reply kalanicut March 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this. I have never been big on blues, but I’ve been feeling a real hankering to do a new master bedroom in blues. So I am very eager for any inspiration to help me find my way with this new to me design color. Your post made me even more fond of the idea. P.S. I learned on Pinterest last night that apparently we both have an eye for a certain actor with the initials CT. Had to smile.

  • Reply Alexis March 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I have been so into blues lately, since considering how I want my new home to look. This helps so much! It’s always a little overwhelming when completely redoing a space, for me anyway. Thank you for sharing some pretty, as always :)

  • Reply Fatou March 30, 2012 at 1:14 am

    I have been in a red kinda mood lately. Just pops of high gloss red to bring that extra pop. It is grey and cold over here, maybe this is a way to bring some much needed warmth. :-)

  • Reply Kate @ Songs Kate Sang March 30, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I love this! It makes me want to run home and fix everything up in blue!

  • Reply Ruth March 30, 2012 at 2:52 am

    Lots of inspiring blue in those gorgeous photos, especially the sofa! Pale blue and red is the colour palette in our living room but right now I feel very inspired by black and white mixed with fuchsia!

  • Reply Desha March 30, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Ah, I share your blue weather woes. It’s been so beautifully sunny and now so tragically cloudy and cold- a mean trick mother nature is playing :)
    Nothing like some pretty pics to make all well again. My favs are 79 ideas and honey houses. xo

  • Reply SALLI @ TIIPII March 30, 2012 at 5:11 am

    I was never a huge fan of blue in my younger days, however I have found a new love for the colour too. You’ve inspired me to work on a mood/inspiration colour board today, thanks!

  • Reply Patti Trostle March 30, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Great rooms here. Blues are so relaxing..love it!

  • Reply Minnie March 30, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I am always thinking about color but always gravitate toward my tried-and-true four: pink, red, orange and yellow. I’m not sure why but it took me forever to realize this may be due to the fact that I’m a Leo and naturally gravitate toward fiery colors. But I’m moving toward mixing it up and want to decorate my bathroom with lots of moody blues. I have the rug and a furniture painting project in the works but not quite sure about the artwork and other accessories yet.

  • Reply Amy March 30, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Where is the floral duvet from? I thought it was Anthropologie, but I don’t see it there. Thanks.

  • Reply Ivy April 1, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Blue… and all it’s shades, my favorite. It isn’t easy to keep blue spiced up unless you add an orange or yellow or even a pink with my aquas… L O V E blue.
    Nice post Holly!

  • Reply Sara April 5, 2012 at 5:22 am

    This post so echoes my recent feelings! All of the images you found are so beautiful and inspirational. I am wanting to do my master bedroom in a rich, moody, dark blue with green and brass/gold accents. Need to get going!

  • Reply Chrystina April 11, 2012 at 4:43 am

    I recently did a color study on the color blue as well. For a completely different reason though. I’ve taken to naming the colors of shirts that everybody wears at work. It’s been nice – instead of people thinking I’m crazy they’ve joined in on the fun and everybody tries to be the one to guess the best color. I work a pretty corporate job, so needless to say, the boys wear a lot of blue. So I did a Crayola study and a Wiki study. I feel much better now knowing that I can tell the difference between Columbia Blue and Tiffany Blue. (Shockingly, there was no sarcasm in that last statement.)

  • Reply basha burwell October 7, 2012 at 8:57 am

    i always seem to be drawn to categorizing what i see over the week ( living in NL) into various color collections..
    see bleu
    or pink….or red..

  • Reply Debra Connor January 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I think this year might be a “cobalt” explosion, with “pops” of color, love your page, happy blogging, Debra

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