Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Allure of Blue

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Wesco Fabrics just launched a new fabric line with oodles of gorgeous colors! While the neutrals along with gray tones are very strong, blues continue to grow in popularity with decorative fabrics.  I am constantly scanning for color influences from media, popular culture, commerce and travel.  Colors in home furnishing are always evolving and in flux. Blue is a huge favorite of mine, and I hope you enjoy the allure of blue from travel observations near and far.

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Glass and ceramic tiles are featured in a vast array of beautiful blues on a temple in Laos.

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Blue is an ever present feature of the Big Island.

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Our daughter’s jewelry company, Lauren Kate Design, can barely keep pieces in blue in stock.

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I found this Brioni pocket square in vibrant blue while on a fabric buying trip to New York City.

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The reflected blues from these modern buildings in Barcelona really resonated with me! You can see a lot of the color blue on many of the Gaudi designed buildings as well.

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The background color on this metal sign in Hanoi Viet Nam is a favorite of mine.

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Colors of blue are in constant and beautiful flux in the sea.

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Obviously this store merchandiser in Paris loves blue.

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If I could come up with a new color name for blue I would choose, “Mahout Blue” for this group of mahouts in training north of Chiang Mai in Thailand.

***Did you know that ancient languages did not have a name for blue? Check out this podcast from npr’s “Radiolab.” It’s fun and informative!

***To see gorgeous blues for yourself (and many other exciting hues) visit our website:



Images: Dick Gentry, Lauren Kate Design

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