The Perfect Blue for Interiors

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I was getting a little tired of the Nashville spring (which is green one minute and gray the next) so I took a warm weather vacation to the tropics. I headed to Grand Isle Resort on the Bahamas island of Great Exuma, where I spent some time just relaxing and living a healthy lifestyle. And, like one does on beach vacations, I fell in love.

Don’t worry, though. I’m an interior designer, so I fell in love with a color — the most amazing shade of blue.

I’ve been to tropical islands before and splashed in what travel agents call “turquoise waters,” but I’ve never seen anything like the water off Exuma. It’s this perfect Bahama Blue, the sort of color that I couldn’t believe when I saw it. Maybe it’s the Caribbean sun bouncing off the surface, or the contrast with the white sand and the deeper blues of the Atlantic Ocean. Maybe, just maybe, it had something to do with Rum Punch. But it was a blue I wanted to pack in my suitcase and bring home.

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So since I got back to Nashville, I’ve been brainstorming ways to incorporate this color into my life. Something tells me that just having it around will make me happy and keep me as relaxed as I was on vacation. I searched around to see how some other designers — mostly ones from more tropical areas — are using it, and now I’m convinced that my vacation crush could become a long-term relationship.

I would not be afraid to paint a whole room this amazing color. It’s an otherworldly shade that feels both warm and cool at the same time — like sunshine on ocean waves. Since it’s got such an aquatic vibe, a bathroom is a natural choice, especially paired with crisp white. A shiny or glass tile would offer a nice shimmery depth there or in a kitchen.

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If you’re not ready to pick up the paintbrush just yet, this blue is a great color to bring in as an accent, with pillows or throws, or occasional furniture. In a pinch, some sunshine streaming through rustic blue glass would bring a bit of the Bahamas into any home.

Now that I’ve looked around the web, I’ve started looking around my house, and I want to redecorate the whole thing in this shade of blue.

Or maybe I’ll just move to Exuma.

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Mary Spalding is a Nashville based interior designer with over 30 years of experience. She has overseen countless home revitalizations, renovations, and restorations. She can be reached with your projects and ideas at mary@spaldingway.com.

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