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In Massachusetts, where I live, we had almost nothing but rain all spring. But (I hope) warm, summery weather will arrive soon. And if you are planning to paint your living space this summer, I hope you'll think about cooling shades of blue. Imagine a bright, clear swimming pool, a brilliant summer sky, a view of the ocean, or a bouquet of hydrangeas, and bring that inspiration into your home.

Paint your walls blue for serenity. The color blue can be both calming and refreshing. In a bedroom, it invites restful sleep. And blue is as wonderful on the ceiling as it is on the walls. Pratt & Lambert's Cumulus (#1245), is a very delicate blue that you could gaze at all day.

Blue encompasses a large family of colors from sky to robin's egg (like Benjamin Moore #757) to cobalt to navy. Yellow is a perfect complement for blue, but so is chocolate brown. A blue room will be enhanced by accessorizing with toile fabrics and blue willow china. Blue evokes water, and you can lend a nautical feel to a white room by using blue on the trim.

Periwinkle is currently a popular hue. One friend loves her living room, which she painted in Roslyn's Blue from Behr. Benjamin Moore's Denim Comfort (#822) is another blue with some lilac in it. It's gorgeous and enveloping. Also consider California Paints Blue Feather (7043M) for a cozy periwinkle room. Paint the trim a bright white. An adjacent room will look stylish in lime.

Two of my favorite medium blues are Pratt & Lambert's Colonel's Lady (#1212) and Benjamin Moore Summer Blue (#2067-50). If you're not shy about using deep color, Ralph Lauren's On A Beach is a dramatic cobalt blue. It's shown on the cover of the latest issue of Simply Perfect Color Schemes magazine. The walls of a dark blue room will seem to disappear at night, bringing a very intimate feeling to the space.

I hope you have a wonderful summer, and that you'll bring a cooling sea breeze into your home this season by painting with blue.
 
 
 
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