There isn’t much blue in our house. There are bits of blue on a cardboard cat scratcher, dishes from NYC’s Chinatown and a few book spines. And that’s it. Wait, let me think a moment to be sure. … Yeah, that’s it.
Figures. Blue is one of the most beloved colors, and I tend to make choices that aren’t super popular.
But soon there will be blue in the house. A certain blue that will look good next to a paprika color (or rust, deep terra cotta, whatever you want to call it). A blue like these …
Marrakesh mosque detail by photographer Lisa Bettany:
I don’t know the original sources of these next few images. Please leave a comment if you recognize any:
I’ve never forgotten the blue of this Turkish inkwell that was sold on One Kings Lane about a year ago:
The blue also shows up in artifacts from Iran, like this 1400s bowl in The Met’s collection:
And this jar from Syria, from the 12-13th centuries, now preserved at The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art:
It often appears naturally with rust, as captured here by photographer Tina Negus:
It shows up on walls, like this Morocco room here featured in the August 2012 issue of Lonny:
With all this blue inspiration from Morocco, India, Iran, Syria and Turkey, of course I’ll be using it in a globally-inspired room! In 2012 I was obsessed with paprika painted walls. I can tell already that 2013 is the year of turquoise/teal obsession, and to get it out of my system, I must paint with it. You shall soon see what I do with it.
You can see more of THIS blue on a Pinterest board.