When the heat and humidity are rising,
and it’s time to cool off —

Paint it Powder Blue!  

Steely, icy, baby, powder —
— when the heat gets out of control,
I like my blue to float on a feather.


• • • Ethereal Powder Blue • • •

It’s light, it breathes, and so do I.

 photo courtesy of designersguild.com

photo courtesy of designersguild.com


Add a dash of silvery grey,
and you get The Bluest Eye.  

(If you haven’t read Toni Morrison’s novel
by that name, I highly recommend it!)

 photo courtesy of pinterest.com

photo courtesy of pinterest.com


If you are looking for powder blue paint,
Emily in Miller Paint’s Historic Line
is one of my go-to blues.

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In one of my current projects, I am creating
a floating-on-a-feather personal sanctuary
in powder blue, white and silver.
The elements include wallpaper
with a metallic swirl,
white leather reading chair,
gloss white furniture,
and silver lamps with white glass shades:

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Here, a glamorous bedroom in
the powder-blue-silver-white palette.
Has the palette ever looked better?

 photo courtesy of lapetitefleurdelondres.com

photo courtesy of lapetitefleurdelondres.com


The charcoal Tibetan lambs wool pillow
takes center stage, and grounds the scene.

A multi-dimensional range of blues
can also ground the ethereal palette:

 photo courtesy of designersguild.com

photo courtesy of designersguild.com


• • • Powder Blue & Grounding Black • • •

Adding black for contrast and drama
grounds the palette even more:

 photo courtesy of patternatic.tumblr.com

photo courtesy of patternatic.tumblr.com


Fascinating how the open black chair
focuses the eye and makes you really
see this study in blues:

 photo courtesy of desiretoinspire.net

photo courtesy of desiretoinspire.net


Here's what black does for Emily:


And here are the
floating-on-a-feather sanctuary
elements grounded with black:

With or without the grounding power of black,
the powder-blue-white-silver palette is light as a feather.

 

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