From the sleekest contemporary to the coziest Colonial, blue works in your decorating scheme. WOODEN DINING TABLE LEG DESIGN Cool and restful, blue is associated visually and aesthetically with peace and serenity. Think of the sea and the outdoors and the expanse of the sky. Light tints of blue open up a room, keeping the feel airy and summer fresh. (Tint the ceiling paint, too, for just a hint of coolness.} Dark, intense blues, such as cobalt or royal, give a room weight and drama. Beyond the walls, window treatments in rich brocades and velvets have traditionally been blue, trimmed with gold. Or, follow the example of nature and mix blues for a room that sings a gentle song. Use pale blue for your walls and darker, grayed blue for trim. Or, mix grayed blues with clear medium and dark navy blues. When you are not sure of what blue to use, pick out a paint chip and try swatches of the lightest and darkest shades. To quickly warm a blue scheme, introduce green, yellow, or red accents. opposite: With easy style, shades of blue create a restful, simple bedroom. Go beyond walls to doors and ceiling to surround yourself with the blues of sea, sky, and summer flowers. above left: Employ blue to emphasize, but not overshadow, architecture in a contemporary setting.