Designing Saratoga

Out of the Blue


According to, Blue is overwhelmingly considered to be the favorite among all the colors.  Blue also seems to be the color that evokes a sense of trust, dependability, and commitment. These qualities alone could be the reason why blue is considered a favorite. It could also be why I rarely meet someone who doesn't like the color blue, it doesn't have to be their favorite but I rarely hear a person say they do not like blue.


Blue has such a calm and tranquil feel to it. There are so many shades and variations of blue that using it in your home to me is one of the easier colors to choose from. Blue not only pairs well with other colors but you can choose form a full spectrum of blues from the light/barely there blues to gray- blues, to purple-blues, or green-blues, the range is so wide that at some point in your decorating adventures you will come across blue.


This is a great example of what I call a barely there blue. It is so subtle and light, perfect color for those of you who love to decorate with a coastal/beach feel.



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This color is a fantastic dark purple-blue. The contrast against the white trim and bedding gives the room a sophisticated feel. It is daring yet the color does not overwhelm you.



I love the gray tones in this dark blue color and with just a touch of orange and blue on the bed it really allows the blue color to take center stage. Let the color of your walls be the main attraction.



This lighter blue has a hint of green to it. You can see why they chose the green colored couch. It draws out the hint of green from the walls. In addition, the teal blue accent is an excellent color choice, it really ties the blues together.

Here are a few interesting facts I learned about blue during my research compliments of
Blue is the favored color choice for toothbrushes.
Owls are the only birds that can see the color blue.
Powder blue is often used in products to promote cleanliness and purity.
Blue is the least "gender specific" color, having equal appeal to both men and women.

The last fact started to make me think, maybe that is why when decorating or painting a room we don't get a lot resistance when it comes to blue, it speaks to both men and women equally.  So for all of you out there right now trying to decide on a color for a room or what color rug or couch you are going to pick out if you haven't already thought about blue, give it a shot!


The color on these walls are amazing. This is the type of color choice that would really set you apart from your neighbors. It is striking!


Blue is a very easy color to work with. It plays well with the other colors. You can choose from an array of accent colors depending on your color of blue. My guess is it would be difficult to choose a color that didn't go well with blue. For example, coral. There are not a lot of colors that pair well with coral but blue works very well with this shade.  


blue andcoral.jpg Orange is another color that doesn't always play well with other colors. Like Coral, as seen below here, it too plays very well with blue.


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Lastly there is nothing that goes better with blue (besdies white) than blue. Mix and match blues, it is almost impossible to not make a blue room look good.




I love blue. In my last two homes I have painted both my living rooms blue. I love the brightness it can bring to a room and I particularly love how no matter what time of year it is blue just always seems to work nicely. Four rooms in my house right now have at least one wall painted a shade of blue, from light blue to a very dark colonial blue. The possibilities are endless.

"Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its will always stay blue; whereas yellow is blackened in its shades, and fades away when lightened; red when darkened becomes brown, and diluted with white is no longer red, but another color - pink." -- Raoul Dufy


Until Next time, Happy Desiging!



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Kimberlee Billok
From humble beginnings redecorating my childhood bedroom every few months much to my mother’s chagrin, to years of life as a military spouse making short-term stops our own, to finding myself in Saratoga Springs in a 90-year-old home in need of lots of TLC, I have always enjoyed honing my home decorating and design skills in pursuit of making a house a home for the most important people in my world, my husband Mike and our three children. In pursuit of this goal/obsession I have put my undergraduate studio art studies to work, as well as the unofficial HGTV degree I’ve earned under the tutelage of Vern Yip, Genevieve Gorder, Candace Olson, and the other pros who make us all feel as if we can create as they do. I’ve had the good fortune to have numerous colleagues, friends and family who have trusted me enough to allow me to design their spaces as well, and even redecorated the office of my children’s elementary school principal, which although intimidating, was quite a good time (think a juxtaposition of animal prints and sharpened pencils…luckily she loved it!).

Outside of the decorating/design realm I inhabit in my free time, I am fortunate to spend my days teaching 3 and 4 year old preschoolers here in Saratoga, who can’t help but inspire me to be creative on a regular basis. So since every part of life is an adventure, please join me on this one…combining form and function, design and real life, making each room feel beautiful, comfortable, classic, and personal. All wrapped up in a structure that has been in existence before the invention of spray paint (it’s true—I looked it up!). Here goes!!