April Color Of The Month: Mountain Bluebird (DET573)
04/07/2022 | dunnedwards |
Why Mountain Bluebird is April’s Color of the Month
Our latest Color of the Month for April, Mountain Bluebird (DET573), is a brilliant blue to help signal the vibrancy of the spring season. This azure blue gets its name from the Mountain Bluebird, a species native to the American West, and the state bird of Nevada, whose appearance in nature is a clear sign of spring. This April Color of the Month paint color is also part of our Then, Now & Forever® Collection, a curated line of 142 historically-accurate paint colors inspired by historic architecture of the American West and 158 trending paint colors. In fact, to form the ideal color palette with this eye catching hue, pair it with other Then, Now & Forever® colors such as soft white, Daydreaming (DET678) and Melt With You (DET655), a warm neutral.
We got an early taste of vibrant blues recently having highlighted highlighted similar blue hues in one of our Winter Color Crush New Year’s Palettes and blue paint colors have also made a splash in our Meraki color palette as part of our 2022 Color + Design Trends reveal. And for some inspiring ways to use blue in 2022, try these calming interior paint ideas.
A Brief History of Blue
With April’s color of the month being a blue, we thought we’d explore the unique history of blue. The history of the color blue does not date as far back as the color yellow where instances of its use were found during the Neolithic period. While blue is the color of both sky and sea, its appearance otherwise in nature is sparse. As such, a word for the color blue did not exist even in ancient Greece. It was only once people began to associate the color blue with the Virgin Mary, did this now popular color gain traction with use in manuscripts, stained glass, clothing, paintings, and popular culture.
In 431 A.D. the Catholic church decided to color code the saints, giving Mary a blue robe. Mary’s blue came to be associated with the virtues of innocence and trustworthiness, and eventually this particular hue of blue, eventually known as “navy blue,” would be adopted by militaries, police, and other organizations of authority to denote these similar virtues. Read more on the history of the color blue here.
Whether it’s the return of Netflix’s Bridgerton and the family’s signature blue color that’s got you excited about exploring more hues of this naturally calming color, azure blue paint colors like Mountain Bluebird can help achieve a number of design styles from coastal Californian to Mediterranean-inspired aesthetics. For a fun application of a number of blue paint color, check out Maison Bleue Moderne, a featured home at this year’s Palm Springs Modernism Week.
For extra inspiration we encourage you to see how you can build a room around blue. Then with the click of a button you can download our Insta-Color® app and simply upload a photo from your personal library or one from ours to give the space an instant paint job. Dunn-Edwards is committed to bringing you the highest-quality paint that is also trusted by both design experts and painting professionals. Don’t put your projects on hold any longer. Just one more click and you can order your free samples to get started.