Bring on the Blue: The Next Big Color

November 13, 20123 comments

Colors trend all the time, some lasting briefly while others stick around. Color Marketing Group, the world’s leading brain trust of color design professionals, predicts that Blue will be a major color staple for the next few years.

CMG analyzes color usage around the world, tracking growths and drops in color popularity. In their recent forecasts, a number of blues —ranging from light to dark — were present in every region.  For CMG, this cerulean commonality is what pointed to blue’s importance. Blue topped the latest CMG World Palette, occupying 13 spots, which is more than any other single hue. For interior design, this means blue will be making a big splash.

CMG 2014+ World Palette

CMG 2014+ World Palette

But why blue? What does this range of colors mean to people that is driving its rise?

According to CMG, blue has stability, evoking feelings of security and confidence. Along similar lines, blue is also comfortable, making it a well-liked color. People of all ages and demographics love blue. Now, more so than ever, blue is commonly present in color palettes for brand design, fashion and the selection of paints for new cars.

Part of blue’s worldliness is because it is the color of water. We like blue because it is closely linked to something that is essential to life and is associated with global organizations focused on environmental concerns, like water quality and global warming. The prominence of the presidential election and politics here in the United States may also be driving blue’s popularity.

CMG says, “warmer, tropical, watery blues with a touch of green dominate the movement.” Use these blues to create a space that is calm and relaxing but still full of color. Be careful, however, not to get too dark with the tone. Deep blues can add drama and sophistication but can also quickly darken the mood and become melancholy.

CliqStudios kitchen with blue walls

Aqueous blues are sought for the warmth and comfort. Painted Harbor and Painted Linen Cabinets from are featured.

Color of the Year: Re-Blued

In accordance with the blue trend, CMG has awarded the color of the year to the color they are calling Re-Blued. CMG describes the “RE” as playing on “REcycling, REnew, REmember, REwind, REcalibrate, REward, [and] REliable.” It’s a mid-range blue that is reminiscent of sky and ocean blues. The color is versatile. It’s both traditional and contemporary and works with both warm and cool color palettes.

Using Blue in Your Kitchen

Whether using the new Re-Blued, a lighter tone or a darker tone, blue is a great, maybe even underused, color for the kitchen. For contemporary spaces, consider  pairing blue with complementary vibrant tones and accents. You can also couple blues with rustic pieces for a more traditional look.

With kitchen cabinets, blues will work best with the lighter painted finishes from the Designer Paint Collection. The Painted White, Painted Linen, and Urban Stone finishes in particular are more suited to work with blues. Kitchen Office Blue Walls

Painted Linen Cabinets from are featured.

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How do you feel about blue? Have you or are you planning on using blue in your home? Share in the comments below!


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