There’s no better way to kick-start the year than by refreshing the canvas of your home. The color you choose for your walls speaks volumes, setting the tone for the chapters yet to unfold. So, in the spirit of a fresh start, we’re thrilled to introduce the first Color of the Month for 2024. This shade promises to transform your living spaces into havens of tranquility.
This month, we’re casting our gaze on the soothing spectrum of blues—a versatile palette that ranges from the ethereal to the bold. To set the scene for this tranquil color, we’ll explore the psychology, aesthetics, and sheer joy that a carefully chosen paint color can bring.
From light tones reminiscent of a crisp morning to deep hues that cocoon your spaces, 2024’s moodiest blues are here to rejuvenate your home.
Sit Back and Relax: 2024 “Blues” Are Coming!
Choosing what color to paint your walls is an important decision. Obviously, it should match your furniture and complement the amount of natural light in the room. But colors also communicate more than a certain aesthetic. They actually impact your emotions and energy.
Color psychology is the premise that the colors around us shape our moods and behaviors. Think of a bull charging down a matador’s red cape. Humans have the same reactions to colors (though thankfully a bit less intense).
For example, the color red tends to increase the heart rate, bringing about feelings of passion and excitement. Now think of that with your home decor, specifically your wall color. This is a huge amount of square footage that’s one continuous color, unless you get creative with murals or an ombré effect.
While the impact of certain colors may not be the same for everyone, we can identify some trends. And these trends help us pick the best colors for different rooms. That brings us to the Color of the Month. Aren’t full circle moments the best?
Let’s start the new year with both tranquility and relaxation. This color can transform any room in your house into a calm oasis. (And with everything going on in the world, we could all use a little peace right now.)
Whether you’re looking for something light and airy or rich and warm, blue has it all.
Blues Hues You Can Look For
Blue paint can be practically neutral, or it can make a statement on an accent wall. Color options range from bold and moody to expansive and delicate.
Before you invest in buckets of paint, consider what elements your space already has. For instance, does it get plenty of natural light? Do you prefer a warm or cool undertone? What are the color trends in your furniture and decor?
The answers to these questions will help you narrow down which blues to consider. To give you some ideas, here are a few of our favorite blue paints. They capture the breadth that our Color of the Month brings to house paint.
A Blue for Fairies: If you want a shade that’s almost white but with just a hint of color, get something that’s light and reflective. Farrow & Ball’s Borrowed Light, for example, goes with just about everything and opens up the space. It’s beautiful in any room.
Baby Blue: Still light but with a bit more saturation, baby blue paint works great in bathrooms. It feels incredibly calming and comforting. Parma Gray by Farrow & Ball is a slightly muted baby blue that’s sweet, clean, and crisp.
Navy Blue: Want a color that’s dark and luxurious without overwhelming? A shade of navy blue is a beautiful backdrop in a sun-drenched living room. We especially love warm navy blues—they have an almost inky quality. Benjamin Moore’s North Sea is a solid choice.
The Psychology Behind the Color of the Month
Now that we’ve dipped our paintbrushes into the vast ocean of blues, let’s dive into the psychology behind this serene color. After all, blue isn’t just a hue—it’s a whole mood. Some might even say it captures a certain way of life. (Beach life? Yes please!)
Think of the clear sky or the tranquil waters. January’s Color of the Month exudes a sense of peace and tranquility, making it the perfect choice for your home sanctuary.
Psychologists say blue has a unique ability to evoke feelings of calmness and relaxation, and boy, do they know their stuff. It’s like a visual exhale, slowing down the chaos of the day. For instance, light blues create an open feel that’s perfect for rooms that could use a breath of fresh air. But deeper blues, like a midnight sky, bring a touch of sophistication and coziness, so they’re ideal for intimate spaces. Talk about range!
Beyond aesthetics, blue has also been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate. It’s no wonder that January, with its fresh start, calls for blues that mimic the calm before the storm of the year. As you pick your perfect blue, remember: you’re not just choosing a color. You’re choosing to kick off 2024 with a more peaceful attitude that you can carry throughout the year.
Kindness Without Borders: Worldwide Feel Good Gems We Had To Share
Being kind to animals is always a green flag, and this group of farmers in Scotland certainly earns one. In 2021, a sheep got stuck at the base of a cliff. With rock on one side and water on the other, she was trapped. Though a kayaker spotted her, rescue attempts were too dangerous because of the treacherous territory.
But two years later, through some generosity and ingenuity, a group of local sheep farmers came up with a way to get her out. Now the sheep, named Fiona, will live out her days on Dalscone Farm with plenty of company.
The January Color of the Month Is One “Blue-tiful” Journey
A sheep joke feels appropriate, yes? What does a sheep wear to the beach? A “baakini.”
The start of a new year is perfect for a refreshing hue like blue. Use the January Color of the Month to transform any room in your home into a more serene space. Who knows, you may even start meditating!
For color consultation and expert painting, reach out to our team at Procoat Athens. Give us a call today, and we’ll make your blue decor dreams come true. You’ll find our phone number at the bottom of our website.