Peacock Blue has been strutting its stuff lately–on walls, cabinetry, fabric, upholstery and accessories. Some even say it’s giving navy a run for its money. I’m not sure about that, but I do know that this glorious greenish blue is high on my list of favorite hues. While I’m not a huge fan of the true blue family, blues that have an undertone of green, make me really happy, and because they combine a warm color (yellow) with a cool color (blue), they go with everything.
Although I love all the green blues (teal, turquoise, aqua, etc.), today, I want to focus on Peacock Blue, a lush bluish green whose depth and richness makes it a natural color for fall and winter.
Peacocks have been a symbol of wealth, beauty and royalty since ancient times. Aristocats kept the birds in their gardens, and their vibrant feathers were a mark of opulence, even decadence. Their dramatic feathers reached the height of popularity during the Art Nouveau period.
For many years, artists and designers have been inspired by this bold and sophisticated color that takes its cue from the graceful elegance of the peacock’s neck.
Today, Peacock Blue is having a resurgence in popularity. In fact, paint company, Kelly-Moore, named Peacock Blue its 2019 Color of the Year in January. “From a psychological perspective, Peacock Blue is a color that can optimize concentration, encourage deep meditation and even improve sleep.” said Mary Lawlor, Manager of Color Marketing for Kelly-Moore.
Peacock Blue can skew greener or bluer, depending on your preference. Often used as a softer alternative to navy or a richer alternative to turquoise, Peacock Blue is a dramatic, distinct and classic choice when “feathering” your nest.
Here’s how to bring this sophisticated and unexpected color into your home.
Peacock Blue is a rich color, so going deep and dark on the walls gives a room a luxurious moodiness.
DID YOU KNOW? Unlike human hair, the peacock’s bright radiant coloring comes from light reflecting off the feathers rather than mere pigmentation. As a result, the exact color of a peacock shifts depending on the angle at which you view it.
Don’t forget the ceiling! Peacock Blue is an awesome color overhead. It’s deep, intense tone resembles the sky or the ocean. Let the ceiling take center stage by keeping the rest of the room neutral, or go all out and paint everything this luscious hue.
Peacock Blue tile is effervescent and luminous.
DID YOU KNOW? Peacocks were a delicacy in Medival times. The birds were plucked, roasted and then re-dressed in their feathers to appear in their original live state on the dinner table. Fortunately, for the peacock population, they tasted terrible so this fad didn’t last.
Sometimes a pop of Peacock is all you need. Try it on furniture, art, accessories, a door, the stairs, even on a pool table.
DID YOU KNOW? A peacock’s feathers are covered in tiny crystal-like structures that reflect different wavelengths of light depending on how they’re spaced, resulting in bright fluorescent colors. Hummingbirds and shimmering butterflies have mastered a similar visual effect on their own wings.
Peacock Blue is a unique and beautiful choice for kitchen cabinetry and built-in bookcases.
And I love it on dining room chairs; especially velvet ones.
And because of its regal vibe, Peacock Blue looks stunning and pairs well with gold accents.
And finally, I had to share this cool French artist I discovered. Considered an abstract-figurative artist, Richard Burlet creates stunning female portraits using a rich palette of jewel tones, while applied 24-karat gold and silver leafing gives the canvas texture and light. Here are just a few I thought you might enjoy that embrace the shimmering Peacock palette.
Ready to try Peacock Blue in your home? I hope I’ve inspired you to take a second look at this beautiful color. It’s a great option; especially if you can’t decide between blue and green. Give it a go! I think you’ll be proud (as a peacock) of your new space. And, as always, we’d love to help you with your design project, so give us a call at 314.395.1114.
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