Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Blue Christmas

Everywhere I look its a Blue Christmas... and I'm not talking economy, I'm talking decorations!

Every design magazine is flaunting beautiful Christmas decorations in all shades from cobalt to peacock to Tiffany box blue. In Modern and Retro settings its refreshing and fun. Turn the next page and there blue is again- this time its Traditional and oh so elegant. After a few pages you can't imagine anything but a blue Christmas!

Southern Accents
I love the teal of these ornaments... not to mention the matching wrapping paper and ribbons! The magnolia leaf garland on the mantle complements these colors perfectly. The darker colors lend to a more masculine and very sophisticated look.

Southern Accents
The voluptuous blue bows make these presents look extra special. I would love to see them on top of a shiny cranberry red wrapping paper for a little more excitement.


Southern Accents
The chartreuse and turquoise blue is a hip and fresh combination. An custom tree skirt (really just a swath of fabric) is a good way to implement an accent color.


Traditional Home
Isn't blue the perfect touch for this beach inspired Christmas? The Caribbean-water colored ornaments and the starfish garland give keep the beach nearby even in winter. Even though it is neither blue nor Christmas-y, the zebra covered ottoman can't be overlooked!



Cottage Living
Tiffany's Christmas anyone? The only things missing in this room are little blue boxes and Audrey Hepburn! This decor is ultra-feminine and pretty. I love the white cowhide rug and painted chairs with their light upholstery. The dog's matching blue bed & collar are lovely as well. I don't think my own little dog would be so good as to pose like this one is!



http://www.whitehouse.gov/

It was a blue bi-partisan Christmas at the White House in 2004.


Pottery Barn always has wonderful decorations. One of my favorites this year are these blue butterflies. They'd be great decorations for a little girl's room year-round as well.

Traditional Home

Mustard yellow is here again, and a great accent to the blues in this room. The silk fabrics and the gorgeous magnolia leaf wreaths step it up a notch in elegance.


Traditional Home

Silver mercury glass goes so well with blue.


Traditional Home
A Swedish inspired Christmas... I love the white garland and wreath. Blue-grays like this are great for neutral-lovers.... and you're not limited to Christmas or holidays with decorations like these!

Cottage Living

The watery blue walls are a pretty backdrop to this dining room. They've decorated with subtle colors- notice the rose colored bowls on the table. I love mirrors in dining rooms- they reflect chandelier light so well. This one is dressed up for Christmas with a boxwood wreath, though I might have put a bolder colored bow to hang it from than the one here. The over-sized lantern chandelier gets me every time!

Domino

Okay, okay I know this one's a stretch and there's really nothing Christmas-y about it whatsoever... but I couldn't ignore the beautiful blue water goblets!


Southern Accents

Here too, just a splash of blue accents the other colors of this tablescape so perfectly. No need to enter blue-mania, just a little here or there can go a long way.


I prefer darker teal and peacock blues, especially matched with green. A few of these decorations from Z Gallerie are almost all you need.



Domino
If buying all new blue themed ornaments and decorations is a bit too much, why not paint a wall? Christmas music, a glass of wine, a friend or two and a paint brush can easily transform your space from bland to bold. Your existing conventionally-colored ornaments will never have looked so new. And when your Blue Christmas phase is over, its easy enough to paint back.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have always loved a touch of blue. Thanks for the amusing commentary. Hope your Christmas is as sensational as these pictures!!!

Susan B.

Anonymous said...

The pictures are each in their own way lovely- all you would need is Elvis singing "Blue Christmas" in the background. I don't know how to start a blog. maybe you could post the directions.

RoseMary F.

ArchitectDesign said...

Blue is my favorite color, but I'm too much of a traditionalist for it...I like kitschy bright red and green with some silver and gold thrown in :-)

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