After being sick for several days I was feeling rather blue. I don’t like being cooped up in the house for days on end. Where did that phrase come from, anyway? Feeling blue? I love the color blue and wish it wasn’t associated with feeling sad or depressed. At the end of this post you’ll learn where that phrase originated. To show just the opposite, that blue is beautiful and happy … I’m sharing a roundup of blogger ideas for decorating with blue.
Love, love. love all the gorgeous blue in this home office makeover by my friend Laura at Duke Manor Farm. The wallpaper is fabulous and the blue credenza ties the room together. Notice the mix of blue patterned pillows on the wicker chair. So pretty!
Linda at It All Started with Paint adds pretty navy to her Chicago living room. Navy and white walls add a classic touch against bold geometric prints on the pillows and rug. Gorgeous!
Sometimes all you need is a few subtle touches of calming blue like you see here in the dining room of Designing Vibes.
How about a pretty blue and white vintage tablecloth for your dining table? I found this one at our local flea market and it’s one of my favorites.
On your table you can add a charming blue jar vase filled with pretty flowers. Heather at Setting for Four shares how to tint clear jars blue.
Arrange blue glass jars, vases, and glasses on white shelves, like Janet at Shabby Fu Fu did. So pretty mixed in with her classic white dishes.
I absolutely adore this distressed blue dresser by Danielle at Finding Silver Pennies. It’s such a rich color blue and wears just the right amount of distressing. It’s one of my favorite pieces of painted furniture I’ve ever seen!
Don’t have any blue in your house? Decorating with blue is easy when you have a pretty spring printable to download like this one by Kristen at Ella Claire.
Flowers are one of my favorite ways of decorating with blue. There aren’t many blue flowers though – most are a variation of purple, which is why I treasure the Virginia Bluebells that grow in my garden. They’re starting to poke up through the dirt and will be in full bloom some time in May.
Most girls’ rooms are pink but this one by Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza shows that blue and green are quite charming and feminine in a girl’s bedroom.
Decorating with blue is a great way for cooling off hot summer days outside. I love my cool blue pillows in my summer farmhouse family room and can’t wait to take them out of storage once it gets hotter outside.
So, to answer the question of where the “feeling blue” phrase came from … it originated when ships would fly blue flags and paint their helm the color blue if they lost their captain or crew members on a voyage.
Are you a fan of decorating with blue?