Blue Mood: 9 Creative Ways to Use Color

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With a palette that spans from baby blue to midnight, discover how designers are using this too-cool hue.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Wood Siding Material, and Shingles Roof Material. Glimpsed from the outside, it becomes clear how an internal corridor flows through both structures at an uncommon angle. Photo  of Blue Mood: 9 Creative Ways to Use Color

"We wanted something lively for the house, something spectacular but not vulgar," the resident says of the blue hue of his modest 1,690-square-foot seaside Canadian retreat. Montreal firm YH2 settled on a cerulean shade inspired by the sea, the sky, and child’s chalk.

Modern home with Kitchen, Colorful Cabinet, and Laminate Counter. The budget was nearly as tight as the space in this cheerful renovation of a 516-square-foot flat in Bratislava. The centerpiece of Lukáš Kordík’s new kitchen is the cabinetry surrounding the sink, a feat he managed by altering the facing and pulls of an off-the-rack Ikea system. The laminate offers a good punch of blue, and in modernist fashion, Kordík forwent door handles in favor of cutouts. “I wanted the kitchen to be one simple block of color without any additional design,” he says. Photo  of Blue Mood: 9 Creative Ways to Use Color

The centerpiece of this Bratislava kitchen is the cabinetry: an off-the-rack Ikea system with hacked facing and pulls. The laminate offers a good punch of blue, and in modernist fashion, the resident forwent door handles in favor of cutouts.

Modern home with Bath Room and Drop In Tub. Six-inch-square blue tiles cover the walls and floor of the girls’ upstairs bathroom. The towels and rug are also by H&M Home. Photo  of Blue Mood: 9 Creative Ways to Use Color

Glossy six-inch-square blue tiles add color to the kids' bathroom in this Swedish prefab.

Modern home with Kitchen, Colorful Cabinet, Ceramic Tile Floor, Refrigerator, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Range, Vessel Sink, and Drop In Sink. The lovely cornflower-blue kitchen cabinets in this Brooklyn, New York, home by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design were professionally painted. Photo  of Blue Mood: 9 Creative Ways to Use Color

“They knew they wanted a big kitchen where all of their friends could stand around and be involved in the cooking process,” architect Elizabeth Roberts said of the owners of this renovated Brooklyn townhouse. Exposed beams stripe a ceiling above Wood Mode cabinets painted Newport Green by Benjamin Moore.

Modern home with Exterior and Shipping Container Building Type. In February of 2007, two San Francisco art and travel addicts purchased a 3,200-square-foot former Chinese laundry and tooth-powder factory with column-free interiors and a zigzagging sawtooth roof in lower Pacific Heights. They customized a pair of shipping containers to accommodate their collection and reflect their passions, and hired a local company to sandblast the interior to expose the board-formed concrete walls and replace the carpeted floors with Georgia hickory pecan planks to further lengthen the loft and make it look more like a warehouse. Photo  of Blue Mood: 9 Creative Ways to Use Color

Two San Francisco art lovers overhauled a loft—and customized a pair of contrasting blue and orange shipping containers—to carve out a guest quarters and home office.

The blue entry door packs a punch in the neutral living area, which is sparsely furnished with inexpensive pieces — some from local Portuguese companies, others self-made or purchased in flea markets. Photo  of Blue Mood: 9 Creative Ways to Use Color modern home

The blue entry door of this Lisbon apartment packs a punch in the neutral living area, which is sparsely furnished with inexpensive pieces—some from local Portuguese companies, others self-made or purchased in flea markets.

The artists used Old Navy paint from Benjamin Moore to give this guest room a blue hue. Photo  of Blue Mood: 9 Creative Ways to Use Color modern home

The designers of The William, a Manhattan hotel where every room is a different color, used Old Navy paint from Benjamin Moore to turn the walls of this guest room a deep blue.

While shopping for containers, the resident of this San Antonio shipping container home was instantly drawn to this one’s existing blue color and chose to buy it and leave it as is. The architect added floor-to-ceiling sliding doors to allow light in, as well as a cantilevered overhang to shade a window on the left side, which houses a small garden storage area. Photo  of Blue Mood: 9 Creative Ways to Use Color modern home

While shopping for containers, the resident of this San Antonio shipping container home was instantly drawn to this one’s existing blue color and chose to buy it and leave it as is. The architect added floor-to-ceiling sliding doors to allow light in, as well as a cantilevered overhang to shade a window on the left side, which houses a small garden storage area.

When folded down, deep navy-blue cushions give the effect of a lush headboard. While the home does not yet have a proper master bedroom, the couple plans to create an addition sometime next year. Photo  of Blue Mood: 9 Creative Ways to Use Color modern home

The upstate New York retreat of a design industry couple features a suite of furniture in navy, including a Michel sectional from B&B Italia and Murphy bed from Resource furniture with deep-blue cushions that, when folded down, give the effect of a lush headboard.