Decorating with Color

Interior design by Lathem Gordon and Cate Dunning of GordonDunning. Photography by John O’Hagan.


Cool and calming, blue is one of the most beloved and versatile shades in a designer’s toolbox, from powdery hues to dramatic midnight tones. It transitions easily between walls, ceilings, floors, and furniture, and it is almost always welcome in accent pieces. Soft versions like robin’s egg and periwinkle make for serene backdrops in bedrooms and baths. Mixing diverse blues can become tricky, so it’s best to find a companion shade that is complementary, such as green, or one on the opposite end of the spectrum, like yellow. Pairing it with pristine white creates a classic look that has graced our pages for decades.  

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