As I was working around my house the other day (just kidding, I was binge-watching Billions on Amazon Prime, same thing!), I took a moment to look outside. I found myself taking in the stunning summer sky and wondering how anyone ever considered blue to be a sad color. All I feel when look at beautiful shades of azure is serenity and tranquility. I’ve already shared my love of blue in our recent post on Summer Blues, but the comfort I feel around this hue bears repeating. Blue is a traditional and calming color that can be incorporated into any style and space. As I brainstormed and tested colors for our Nell Hill’s paint line, I knew I needed a version of blue that would take my beloved shade to the next level of serenity. This is how I came to find the tone we now call Midwest Morning.
A Midwest morning is my place of calm, and this easy-going color is no exception. This beautiful shade of French blue is the fresh shade of a clear, sunny morning. To me, it just feels like home. Fresh and inspirational, this is the perfect color to mix with intricate patterns and bold accessories. With Midwest Morning’s grey undertones and crisp finish, it can serve as either a neutral or a statement color.
Our designers have been having such a good time playing with our paint colors, and these Midwest Morning looks are new favorites of mine! Designer Dianne brought art to life with her watercolor-inspired living room look. The watercolor Thibaut fabric blends beautifully with the rich but soft tones of Midwest Morning and would be a stunning textile for anything from accent pillows to dapper drapery (or why not both?). She chose the Jackie’O Multi Tweed as the sofa fabric to pop with the red velvet on coordinating chairs with brass nail head trim for the “jewelry”.
To bring us back to blue, Dianne loved the Greek Key textile as a sharp tailored rectangular ottoman. The Anna French navy on white embroidery fabric is another breathtaking option to frame windows with style. This mix repeats the organic look of the inspiration fabric. For a bit of fun, Diane topped off the look with green animal print pillows to use on either the chair or the sofa.
Midwest Morning is a unique color that pairs perfectly with both bright pops of color as well as softer tints and shades. Our designer Anne takes the latter approach with her collection of white and French Blue fabrics. When Anne was planning this room, she was thinking of a French chateau. The new Anna French collection called Antilles has many fabrics and wallpapers that are perfect for that style! For this combination, Anne used a collection of small checks, petite flowers, large garden-inspired prints and unique stripes. To finish the look, she threw in a leather piece and a beautiful neutral textured rug to make it feel cozy and lived in!
I love the two designs that Dianne and Anne created for this exciting new color, and I can’t wait to see even more. To shop these fabric looks for use in your home, our designers are available for appointments – just click here to book! In the meantime, I’ll be deciding which part of the shop to paint this beautiful hue in, because it is a must-have on the walls! Until next time – happy decorating!