Casting a spotlight on vintage beach photos, globe pendant lights fashioned from hand-worked wrought iron lend drama and an unexpected design element to the foyer of HGTV Smart Home 2013. The beachy blue walls introduce the home's sea-inspired color palette.
In the glamorous kitchen, the blue of the cabinetry is brightened by brass accents: in the range hood, the pendant lights and the faucets. Countertops are quartz and hand-painted ceramic tiles mark out a bold, dynamic pattern.
The beauty of Quartz goes way beyond its good looks. You can find it in array of colors and it’s more durable and stain resistant than porous marble and granite which can absorb stains very quickly. This quartz tub surround will hold up well to daily use and makes a bold statement in a Mediterranean inspired blue.
In small spaces, keeping some furniture pieces up off the floor can go a long way to making a room appear larger. This retro bubble chair brings the fun AND helps make this bedroom feel a tad more spacious. The round shape of the chair and side table are a nice counterpoint to the all the squares found throughout the room.
Larkspur, a type of delphinium, brings beautiful blue hues to a meadow garden. Traditional larkspur flowers from spring into early summer, but this variety, ‘Summer Blues’ Delphinium grandiflorum, flowers through summer, withstanding heat and humidity. It’s a short-lived perennial, meaning it will last two to three years in the meadow, then disappear. To keep the blue show going strong, plan to tuck new plants into soil or let plants self-sow (most effective in regions with cool summers). Hardy in Zones 3-7.
Layered blues are prominent in the master bedroom's seating area. From the navy blue of the draperies and the teal tone of the console table to the blue-violets and peacock blues of the chair upholstery and pillows, this layering effect adds depth and keeps the otherwise tone-on-tone color scheme from falling flat.
The L-shaped banquette in this bright kitchen with aqua cabinets creates a dining area with plenty of seating, perfect for entertaining even in a smaller home. A kitchen island on wheels helps to increase counter space then easily moves out of the way when not in use. Patterned window treatments frame the large window which brings in plenty of natural light.
Most bulbs can’t take moist soil, but camass lily (Camassia leichtlinii 'Caerulea') is an exception. This heirloom beauty dates to 1853 and goes by a host of names, including wild hyacinth, quamash and Leichtlin’s camass. It’s a must-have bulb for spring color because it brings strong blue tones to the garden during the time between spring daffodils and tulips. Flowers open in spikes surrounded by deer- and rabbit-resistant leaves. Plants naturalize readily to form drifts of color when conditions are right. This beauty grows 24 to 30 inches tall. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
Coral accent pillows on the bed are cheerful contrast in the predominantly blue and white space. The watercolor painting, made by the homeowner's mother, over the chair was the room's color inspiration.