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 ColorView Photos

"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 ColorView Photos

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 ColorView Photos

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. “They knew they wanted a big kitchen where all of their friends could stand around and be involved in the cooking process,” Roberts said of the owners. Exposed beams stripe a ceiling above Wood Mode cabinets painted Newport Green by Benjamin Moore. Photo  of Blue Mood: 9 Creative Ways to Use ColorView Photos

“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. Last but not least, make a major statement and designate separate living areas with the help of shipping containers. Two San Francisco art and travel addicts overhauled a loft—and customized a pair of shipping containers—to carve out a guest quarters and home office. Photo by Drew Kelly. Photo  of Blue Mood: 9 Creative Ways to Use ColorView Photos

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 homeView Photos

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 homeView Photos

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 homeView Photos

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 homeView Photos

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.