As interior bloggers, you know we love finding favorite, amazing, totally talented interior designers. When those interior designers also happen to be great bloggers and pretty much the sweetest, nicest, most supportive friends you’ll ever meet, well, there aren’t really even any words for that. Leslie Sinclair of Segreto Secrets (we know you love her as much as we do!) is so talented, making her work so get-on-the-waiting-list-years-early-if-you-want-her popular, that we don’t know how she even has time to be so fabulous. But, she certainly is. No doubt about that. And, today she’s being fabulous over here at Design Chic, making “Blaygreen believers” out of us. She’ll make one out of you too! (For more on Leslie, make sure to check out Segreto, Segreto Style and the forthcoming Segreto Vignettes… Oh, yeah: she’s an author in her free time. We’re pretty sure she hides her cape somewhere!)
Discovering that perfect shade of neutral “blue” can be rather difficult. My clients are often looking for the ideal blue, gray or green. Not too blue, but a little muddy, sophisticated, but not depressing. I take a deep breath listening to their descriptions, and then I recommend what I’ve come to call “blaygeen.”
Whether on walls, cabinets, trim or accessories like pillows, tableware and art, every design magazine, book and blog seems to be incorporating this elusive, but much sought-after shade. It may appear as your favorite French blue on an accent island in the kitchen. It could adorn the family room walls as a beautiful “greige” with a hint of blue – or that “just right” tone that complements Calacatta and Carrara marbles.
Yet how do you find this picture-perfect paint color? Blue is always a tricky color to work with – it can easily be too bright or too childlike. In my experience, blues intensify when painted on the wall, so I typically suggest muddying them with green and gray.
The genesis of the term “blaygeen” stems from countless times when I have picked the softest shade of blue, but the client fears that it is too green or reads gray. However, once this color is applied to the wall – no matter how large the space – its tones magically transform into the ideal color that meets their wishes. Blaygeen is that perfect color – blue tinged with subtle notes of green and gray in equal parts warmth, serenity and depth.
The base of blaygeen is blue, appealing to both men and women, and overwhelmingly cited as many people’s favorite color. It reads as trustworthy, dependable and faithful. Soft shades of blue calm us, keep us feeling cooler, and have even been said to connect us with our intuition.
The color of the ocean and sky, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives. Kept in its softer variations, blue invokes rest and enables the brain to produce chemicals that relax our bodies and minds. In this computer age, we overloaded with high technology and a bevy of daily tasks, so coming home to a peaceful color palette is an enticing and inviting choice.
Blaygeen’s second and third components – gray and green – also contribute largely to the creation of a peaceful mood. Gray gives the blue a bit of elegance and subtlety, creating a neutral slate that stands up against the more intense accent colors in the room.
Green, on the other hand, means growth, security and harmony — lending a sense of tranquility to the other two colors. This dressing room, which is the cover of my second design book, Segreto Style, was designed by Kara Childress and is a perfect example of how adding a hint of green to the mix lends sophistication and quietude.
A few of my favorite commercial colors that present as beautiful ready-mixed versions of blaygeen are Sherwin Williams’ Silverpointe, Lattice, Tinsmith, Repose Gray, or Mineral Deposit; Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl or Silver Lake; and Farrow & Ball’s Skylight, Borrowed Light, Light Blue, Lamp Room Gray, or Blackened. For a bit clearer tone, try Sherwin Williams’ Sea Salt, Rainwashed or Tradewind; Benjamin Moore offers Woodlawn Blue or Pale Smoke. Going one shade lighter on any of these colors gives great results. These hues also are ideal for blue ceilings or porches.
In any space, with the perfect blaygeen shade, you can add a quiet sophistication and serenity, while still highlighting treasured accessories. Go ahead and give it a try – you may become a blaygeen believer, too!
I am so excited to announce that I have designed a fabric line for Coleman Taylor Textiles to be unveiled on October 13th at the Ken Kehoe showroom in Houston. As you can see, my own collection for them will incorporate my favorite tones of Blaygeen!! Here are the showrooms that will carry the line.
If you are in Houston we would love to see you at our showroom! If not visit me at my blog, Segreto Secrets, and we can chat weekly!!