By now I’m sure most of you have seen the 2018 Pantone color of the year.
A choice that seems to have come completely from out of the blue.
As a Minnesotan, I should probably be embracing the purple. Purple pride, Purple Rain, purple is everywhere here (just for fun, check out this flash mob video taken at this year’s ice castle and you’ll see what I mean!)
But no, I’m just not a fan of purple. You aren’t likely to see me painting purple furniture anytime soon. Although as I like to say, never say never. I did use purple on a dresser I painted for my niece a while back and I did once paint a desk using Miss Mustard Seed’s Dried Lavender, so you never know.
However, when I want a little more color, for the most part I’ll stick with the blues.
I have yet to meet a shade of blue that I didn’t like. The trio of chairs below are painted, from front to back, in Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in French Enamel, Artissimo and Flow Blue (I’ve included a link to the original post for all of the following pieces, just click on the green underlined wording to go back and see the full details on each one).
Fusion’s Midnight Blue is a gorgeous navy blue.
Homestead House makes a matching milk paint also called Midnight Blue.
Homestead House’s Maritime milk paint is a sweet blue that reminds me of the color of blue hydrangeas.
Little Billy Goat makes a beautiful shade of dark blue called Prize Winner.
I also used Prize Winner on the pirate desk (click on that link to find out why I called it the pirate desk, but here’s a hint, it has a peg leg).
I haven’t used it in a while, but I always liked Annie Sloan’s Aubusson.
Sometimes I just create my own shade of blue. This next dresser was painted in a mix of Miss Mustard Seed’s French Enamel, Luckett’s Green and Eulalie’s Sky with a touch of Ironstone thrown in to lighten it all up.
Miss Mustard Seed’s Eulalie’s Sky, Shutter Grey and Grainsack combined to make the gorgeous pale grey blue shade on the dresser below.
This washstand is also painted in a mix of Miss Mustard Seed colors.
Mixing Fusion paints to come up with a unique shade of blue is fun too. My sister created a color we decided to call Lake Superior Blue, which is a mix of Fusion’s Homestead Blue and Liberty Blue.
And now I’m looking forward to painting something in Dixie Belle’s Yankee Blue.
I have just the piece in mind, a lovely buffet that I brought home a few weeks ago. It needs a little work first though, and my handyman Ken doesn’t work in the cold. So it could be a while before I get to it.
But how about you? Do you have a favorite shade of blue? Please share in a comment.