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Why Having A Case of The (Powder) Blues is a Good Thing This Year

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If you woke up today not only wondering what the top colors for Spring are gonna be but also hoping one of them would be powder blue and then proceeded to freak out a little because, while you love the color, you aren’t quite sure how you would incorporate it into your wardrobe let alone your home, YOU ARE IN LUCK, BUTTERCUP!

Carla Fahden is one of our newest potential collaborators here on the blog, and I promise I am gonna let her take it away. But, in case you are wondering who this new stranger is, here is a little bit about our new friend. Carla Fahden is a Creative Director at a creative agency in Minneapolis with a focus on fashion art direction. Off the clock she devotes her time to designing wedding stationery and has an exclusive collaboration with Stone Fox Bride launching this spring. You can also find her decorating her recently renovated 100 year old home, watching her Felicity box set or writing rambling run-on sentences in the blogosphere. Take it away Carla.

Every Spring (and Fall), new trends hit the runway and for the most part I admire them from afar while proceeding to outfit myself (and our house) in straight-up neutrals (to make them feel special, I call them “nifty neuts”) including navy, white, grey, black and more navy. Well it looks like this Spring is gonna be different because I AM OBSESSED WITH BLUE (typically darker shades) so introducing this hot new color won’t be that big of a stretch for me. And while I can assure you that people I see on the regular are gonna be like “YOU’RE WEARING A PASTEL?” I am absolutely going to pull it off because it pairs so wonderfully with nifty neuts.

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As you can see from these pretty ladies, the trend isn’t about turning yourself into a smurf (actually, smurfs are more of a royal blue but I generally find that a good smurf reference usually wins people over). Instead, find a way to incorporate powder blue in a simple, timeless way that works with your existing style. It’s like my grandmother used to always say “style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.” Actually Ralph Lauren said that but it’s fun to imagine I have a classy grandmother who wears pearls and red lipstick and gives me wise advice like that.

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Okay, so you can’t exactly run out and buy this coat wrap thingy, but this image was too purdy not to share. It’s just so soft and natural and simple. Like my grandmother (or Coco Chanel) used to say, “simplicity is the keynote to all true elegance.”

Knowing fashion trends usually make their way into the home (I assume that’s why my parents owned brown corduroy sofas in the ‘80s?), let’s take a look-see at varying ways to incorporate powder blue into your casa.

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We’re starting simple here (sans the unattainable high ceilings, and elaborate crown molding). An easy way to introduce a new color into your space is through furniture. All it takes is one sofa or a matching set of chairs to make a statement since these pieces are such focal points in a room. The key in these examples is that the rest of the room is full of nifty neuts (come on spell-check, neuts is a word).

I think it’s safe to say that incorporating powder blue into a kitchen is a pretty unexpected “damn-I-wish-I-had-done-that” kind of move. In these next examples, the absolutely perfect shade of blue was chosen to not feel overwhelmingly saturated but rather subtly unexpected.

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Is it just me or is it kind of weird how that high chair is just hanging out angled directly at the camera?

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FACT : You don’t have to be a baby boy to have powder blue in your bedroom. Whether you incorporate powder blue into the walls or mix in just a hit of the color through your sheets, powder blue is the perfect color to introduce into your bedroom because it’s so stinkin’ calming.

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So if you’re not a big neutral nut like myself and you actually have color and pattern in your space, fear not. As you can see in these next examples, powder blue actually almost serves as a neutral itself and takes the back seat when paired with bolder colors and patterns.

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Now it’s time to pick out some pieces for Spring. And while I’m not going to go into elaborate details about all 21 of them (no one likes a new girl who gets too comfortable too soon), I do wanna call out a couple of my faves. The frayed chambray short-sleeve top (#1) is an absolute must for me. I love that it’s casual and simple but not just a basic tee that would cling to my post-baby belly. The iridescent loafers (#8) are surely something my classy grandmother would wear. While I dream of having posh upholstered chairs in our dining room, the space is much too small… so the lacquered powder blue bentwood chair (#12) from Target could be a perfect option. And lastly, the sneakers with a hit of neon yellow (#18) are the kind of thing I wear when bopping around on the weekends as they are not only comfy as hell but also give off the appearance that I’m athletic and may have just come from the gym (which I can assure you is most likely not the case).

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1. Frayed Edge Chambray Top | 2. Striped Infinity Scarf | 3. Sunglasses | 4. Metal Frame Upholstered Chair | 5. Ottoman | 6. High Rise Skinny Jeans | 7. Denim Backpack | 8. Loafer | 9. Art | 10. Large Satchel | 11. Sleep Top | 12. Dining Chairs | 13. Wrap Tie Midi Skirt | 14. Toaster | 15. Mid-Century Upholstered Stool | 16. Dinnerware | 17. Sheet Set | 18. Sneaker | 19. Miniskirt | 20. Side Table | 21. Pinstripe Shirt

There you have it poptarts . . . a powder blue sensation that’s gonna sweep the nation!

Craving more of our color predictions check these out: Kitchen Trends, 90’s Color Trends.

***Photo crediting – Image Source: 1 | Grid: Top Left | Top Right | Bottom Left | Bottom Right | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 

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    1. That’s a good idea. We’ll start incorporating these. I was going to to a whole ‘pastel paint colors for grown ups’, too, but adding it to these color trends is a good idea. (This is Emily, not Carla). :)

    2. I painted my living room Behr’s Misty Surf last year and I love it. It’s a light blue-gray that looks awesome even though the room doesn’t get a ton of natural light.

      Loved this post!

  1. Oh, finaly after cca 15 years powder blue is back. This is definitely my colour. The girl in the wrapy-coat-thing picture has almost the same colouring as me (I am bit more pale). Soft summer? Yay! I also thought about similar colours for our future kitchen, which is currently bright yellow and very lovely :-)
    Loved the examples!

  2. Carla, I love your post today! Emily, If you didn’t mention it, I would’ve thought you wrote this post today. Perfect match! Buttercup, Poptarts, hilarious! And, powder blue is brilliant!! Although, I think it might be tricky to find the right shade.

  3. no. sounds like a tweaker sorority girl. really, must your clients, all of us women with money and agency, be spoken to as if we too were tweaker sorority girls?

    1. plus, this is another aggregate post, where no one’s own work is featured. i’ve just watched another very sophisticated, well-educated blonde design blogger go down the tubes by featuring only her pinterest board. we are interested in authenticity, not monetizing somebody else’s content.

      1. Sometimes I don’t understand the negativity in the comments. Personally, I loved this post and the writing style. But I understand not everyone is going to like it. But why resort to name-calling? Isn’t it better to provide a thoughtful criticism of a post if you want Emily (and her team) to listen?

      2. Funny, but I actually find it condescending, perhaps even anti-woman that simply because this writer doesn’t write as you see fit, you label her a “tweaker sorority girl”. Bummer to that one. (Said in “tweaker sorority voice.”)

        1. I’m not sure why, but I find myself not liking it, as well. Sorry, but we’re supposed to give feedback.

          I think part of my problem is that I’m not very interested in the intersection between “fashion” and decor. Who cares what the color of the year is? I’m not going to to incorporate it into my wardrobe unless it’s flattering and I like it, and I’m certainly not going to buy new furniture or paint my house because of some industry marketing promotion about a color.

          I also didn’t care for the tone of the post, but can’t quite explain why. I definitely would not read this on a regular basis.

          1. I disagree that trends in fashion aren’t relevant to home design. I know I’m not the only one who is constantly weighing options about what will feel very fresh and now, versus what will be more classic, versus what felt good at one time but is now tired and dated. Emily said it herself in an earlier post, a lot of trends in design start in fashion.

    2. I’m curious what makes her sound like a tweaker. I assume ‘sorority girl’ implies young and rich, but tweaker… isn’t that a drug user? I’ve never met any tweaker sorority girls. Is it a thing?

    3. And I’m not so sure all of us are “women with money”. I can’t afford (or have different priorities than to choose) most of the stuff on this blog that’s not Ikea or Target.

    4. That’s a little harsh, this
      is miles better than the other guest writers, it at least mentioned design.

      Its getting pretty GOOP here, I skip at least half of the posts :(

  4. First, I saw it was a guest post, and looking….so I was going to skip it.
    But, I’m so glad I read it.
    That was very, very good and a perfect compliment to what you do Emily.
    Lastly, if at the end, Emily added which things she especially liked from the things to buy section, that’d b helpful.

  5. Bahhh I’m on trend… 5 years ago when I bought (well the bank bought most of it… I’m slowly paying them back, we have a deal see..) I wanted my living, dinning and kitchen to be one consistent colour as they are all open to each other. I was deciding between a grayish blue and grayish green (smoke BM or gray wisp BM), smoke won. Although I did a large swatch on a large piece of plywood, I still found it came out more powder/baby blue with a bit of gray rather than gray with a bit of blue. I have grown to like, even sometimes love the colour, but I used to often say… if I could do it all over, with a snap of the fingers, I would change it. I hadn’t discovered your blog, nor had you (Emily) written your grays according to Ryan Gosling post yet, because that would of probably avoided this issue entirely. Regardless now… I’ll be like yah, I was ahead of the curve… now riding the curve!

  6. Beautiful! Blue is my favorite color – love to wear it and love it at home. Am actually wanting to re-do my bedroom and am conflicted between white and navy, or a room with shades of blue. Would adore knowing more about that first bedroom, some great paint colors and sources for linens.

    Thanks for the timely post!

  7. As a paint color, it is just so nice and calm and soft and lovely… I feel like a lot of people are afraid to use it in main living areas because they think of it as a “baby boy’s room” color, but it just works so nicely with everything else in the space, like the sky it is just a neutral background.

  8. I love this post and am inspired by both the decor and the fashion. Do you have any suggestions of the paint colors in this beautiful blue?

  9. Powder blue and light pink are my absolute favorite pops to add to any space. They pair so well with bold, saturated colors (my favorite) and bring a dose of modern when done well. While I’m happy to see more people doing it, it’s kind of sad when something becomes a trend that you love, because it can easily get old and overdone then. I wonder if that’s how Emily feels about brass perhaps? I mean, she was using it waaaaay before anyone else.

  10. I really liked this post. It was funny and casual yet informative. And I just happened to paint my kitchen breakfast nook Palladian Blue by BM. I wish I could attach a photo but I guess I can’t! This is a fabulous pale blue that works everywhere — bedrooms, entryways, kitchens, anywhere!

  11. I LOVE light blue! And while I generally don’t care what the color of the year is, I do sometimes worry that my love of soft colors (even the much criticized mauve) makes my taste seem dated. So it is great to see some lovely interior design photos using light blue! And I second the commenter who asked for paint color suggestions, since I have been dreaming of painting my bedroom pale blues for years (I’ve been renting/moving too much to do it yet).

    Lastly, I would really love to see links or credit on all photos that aren’t taken/owned by EH Design. That is simply good policy and does not just apply to this guest post.

    1. Oh I see there actually are some credits at the bottom of the post. It would be much less confusing to have the link next to each picture. Plus, some of the links don’t even seem to go to the correct places!

  12. Well I’m personally not into powder blue but every room was stunning. Definitely had some good takeaways for me. Thoroughly enjoyed the post and Carla’s voice! that art piece, Wow!

  13. Very charming post and Carla, I think you’re pretty tops. Also, right before I read your “damn-I-wish-I-had-done-that” comment, I had that exact moment over the chairs and fridge! Nice one.

  14. I usually find blue boring (strange I still love this blog, right?). Carla has me sold, however. I really wish I could add one of those blue bentwood chairs to my dining room.
    Love Carla’s tone, and quirk. She has my vote.
    Also, just saw the Instagram photo of your daughter, Emily. She is SO beautiful. Delicately feminine, lovely.

  15. Loved this post! Admittedly, I was a little nervous about new contributors, but I love Carla’s “voice”, as well as the content she shared. She seems like a great fit to your amazing blog!!

  16. Really enjoyed this post. Carla, I think you would be a great addition to the roster. The photos you curated are stunning and got me to change my mind about powder blue. The connection between fashion and home design in a fascinating one to me. Hope to see more from you!

  17. That kitchen with the marble and soft-blue cabinets and awesome pendant light and gorgeous, shiny floor tiles … my heart is all a-flutter! If you’re going to post stuff like that all the time, Carla, I say, “Welcome aboard!”

  18. The blue and brass reminds me a lot of Emily’s new bathroom, so I think this fits in pretty well. And, I bought a powder blue MaxMara peacoat about 18 months ago and have been feeling preeeeeeety smug about it ever since;).

  19. Oh, and if we could please have some paint colors because I agree that it could go wrong so easily. I have an Ikea (Trollsta )piece that I think would be fabulous painted blue. It’s bright yellow now and I am really over it but man, what a great piece of furniture. It has survived 4 cross country moves and is solid as a rock!

  20. Loved this post. Like other readers I was a bit wary of a new contributor but it’s great; beautiful images. Really enjoyed reading about the link between fashion and interiors. Thanks Carla.

  21. Nice post with lovely images and like the fashion interiors link. One little thing, I found the over use of brackets a little distracting. I’m guilty of over using them myself, so thought I would mention.

  22. I did enjoy reading this but I wouldn’t read it again. I like this blog because of the original Emily content. And I would settle for less Emily than more randomness. Think Little Green Notebook.

    Maybe some people are criticizing some of these non-Emily posts because it doesn’t all add up to a cohesive feel. I understand that Emily might be trying to forge a new path and she’s not there yet. This kind of post just feels like it belongs somewhere else. My opinion is keep it lean. Maybe as a business you need a daily post, but this feels all over the place.

    I’ll keep reading to see where this all goes, but I hope it comes together fast.

  23. I LOVE THIS POST. Insert heart eye emoji face.

    Carla your voice is great! I’m so excited for you to contribute! Although, honestly, a post about my favorite decorating color does not hurt. Although, now maybe I need to branch out into clothing as well…

  24. Hello! Chiming in to say I truly loved this post. What a fun voice – who knew I’d enjoy reading about powder blue so much? Hope to see Carla back here!

  25. Thanks for a contributor that’s talking about design! Gorgeous post.

    Like some other commenters said: it’s hard to tell what the source is for the various photos. If the source isn’t going to be directly beneath the picture then it would help to have the number in parenthesis so you know which is #12 or #9 without having to keep scrolling and counting.

    I enjoyed the writing style. It did seem a bit all over the place (why the caps speaking? and then why was it abandoned after like the second paragraph?). The “classy grandmother” is an amusing touch. Rhyming in your farewell line, highly enjoyable. A few too many sentences beginning with “so”; though I may notice only because that is one of my own quirks. I’m frequently editing out “so” from my writing.

    Bottom line I’d happily read 3 or 4 more posts by Carla before deciding either way. Not that it’s up to me.

  26. Great writer but the content feels less personal than normal. This post is more driven by industry trends than by someone’s unique perspective.