Let’s be clear: there is no concrete set of rules for interior design. If there were, every home would look the same and every one of those homes would be “the best”.
However, there are some things that just work. Symmetry, space and cohesion are sure bets to amplify the impact of your home. However, there’s another pillar of great interior design that is far more specific: the color blue.
It seems bizarre to suggest that one color could work for every home, and of course, personal preference could lead you away from something as inoffensive as blue. However, there are tangible benefits to painting your home blue and these exist for a reason.
First, Let’s Look at the Stats
It would be preposterous to claim that one color is the “best” for your home’s interior without having some solid evidence to back that up. America’s obsession with blue is very real, and it can actually impact the value of your home.
In 2017, Zillow did a study examining the relationship between interior paint colors and home value. While some colors proved to be detrimental, the study found that the decision to paint your kitchen, bedroom, dining room or bathroom blue can bump up the value of your home by a substantial amount.
How much? Blue kitchens had an average effect of $1,809. Blue bedrooms spiked value up by $1,856 while blue dining rooms added $1,926 in value. Blue bathrooms elevated the value of a home by a whopping $5,440 which was, by far, the most of any room-color combo examined.
Look at it this way. If someone went up to you and offered you $11,031 to paint these four rooms blue, would you do it? Unless you have a special aversion to the color, it is probably an offer you can’t refuse.
The Right Shade of Blue
Now, there are many shades of blue and not all shades are created equally. However, the right color really depends on the room.
Bathrooms lend themselves well to a light powder blue or periwinkle; bedrooms were best in light cerulean; kitchens in soft gray-blue; and dining rooms in a pale-gray-blue.
This is a wide range of the blue spectrum, but notice that most of these colors err on the side of lightness. Dark blue doesn’t come with the same sense of calm that light blue is known for, so when applying the “blue rule” to your interior design endeavors, stay away from blues of the more ominous persuasion.
Blue Avoids Controversy
The last thing you want to do when painting your home is offend. If words like “garish”, “tacky” or -- heaven forbid -- “putrid” can be thrown at your paint job, you might want to think again.
This rules out a few colors right off the bat. Anything neon will hurt people’s eyes and will likely distract from whatever else is in the room. Yellow, brown and some greens have connotations too closely linked to certain bodily functions to be colors you want dominating your space. And of course, red is known to provoke intense reactions in people meaning that it puts the atmosphere of your room at risk.
Blue, on the other hand, has never been known to put people off. After all, blue is the color of the daytime sky, so anyone who is offended by it already has trouble going outside (so your home shouldn’t be too much of a challenge). It is a safe color, but also one that you can do quite a bit with, which leads us to our next point.
Blue is the Right Kind of Neutral
With blue, you’re getting a color that steers clear of controversy without lacking character. It’s very neutral without being institutional, which is a rare find.