Blue Decorating Tips

Not just for beach houses and boys' rooms, decorating with blue can be original and urbane. Designer John Amabile from 60 Minute Makeovers shows you how to use it to your advantage at home.

• Cooler colours push the walls out so blue makes a room look bigger. Warmer colours like red bring the walls in.

• Blue is a calming, serene colour and great for use in bedrooms and bathrooms. In a kitchen it can put you off eating, though.

• Be careful because too much blue or a very dark blue can make your home seem cold.

• Avoid dark woodwork in blue rooms, especially floors. Blue is a dominant colour and absorbs the light. A light natural wood or cream or white woodwork works best.

• Blue is great for children's bedrooms as they can add different accessories as they get older to change the way blue looks.

• Blue looks great with a neutral palette so combine it with cream, beige, bone or sand. You may also want to throw a black lamp shade or cushion in for dramatic flair.

For more great decorating tips catch 60 Minute Makeovers on LifeStyle HOME.

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