Decorating with colors that seem unrelated can be tricky. Blue
and red are not part of the same color family, nor are they complementary
opposites. However, if you pay attention to the undertones and the saturation
or intensity of each color, a successful combination in a color scheme becomes
much easier to pull off. Using colors in a decorating theme can also help you
discover other ways in which they relate to each other.
Nautical & Coastal Colors
as anchors, coral, boats, life
preservers and light houses may contain bright accents of red. Blue and white
striped patterns create a crisp contrast on an area rug or upholstered chair. Paint
a bright blue accent wall behind the bed. Brightly colored nautical flags in
red white and blue can be represented in framed art or on accent pillows.
Include a few neutral hues in white, beige, brown and tan. Add organic texture
with elements such as a wooden navigation wheel, rope or wooden paddles.
The combination of blue and red mixed with white also brings
to mind a coastal color scheme. Bright red fishing nets, red blooms in window
boxes and red roof tops on cottages contrast brightly against the blue of sea
and sky. Paint wood furniture in bold hues of blue. Use a light shade of blue
on walls for a light, summery feel. Include bright red pin striping or a red
floral print on accent pillows. Add a small, rustic touch with a bright red
Patriotic and Traditional
blue, as the primary colors on the American flag, are deep-seated in tradition
and American culture. These bold, primary colors are also commonly found in
country style quilting fabric, area rugs and plaid or checked fabric patterns
used on upholstery, linens and accent pillows. Decorate a country style bedroom
with quilts or bedspreads featuring red, white and blue patterns. Add a patriotic feel with accent pillows
featuring rustic flag fabric or hang a rustic flag tapestry on the wall.
Many teams in Major League Baseball feature red and blue jerseys. These colors
are also often associated with airplanes, boats and race cars; classic motifs
for a boy’s bedroom. Superman and Spiderman, popular comic book heroes, both
wear suits of blue and red. Use these colors on bedding, whether mixed together
in a plaid print or solid blocks of red and blue on a comforter or quilt. Blue
walls are befitting of a boy’s bedroom, which can be accented with a bright red
cabinet or bedframe.