If you are singing the blues you’re not alone.

From denim jeans to the Internet, the color blue is consistently ranked as the world’s favorite color, according to ColorMatters.com.

Blue has different meanings depending on the shade. Dark blue signifies trust, dignity, intelligence and authority. Bright blue indicates cleanliness, strength, dependability and coolness. Light blue suggests peace, serenity and infinity.

Color influences the mood and feelings evoked in an interior space, but none more so than the color blue. It is one of the Primary Colors. Blue and red makes purple, blue and yellow makes green, etc. It is the easiest color to use when decorating.

It’s a safe color because unlike whites and beiges you can mix and match all shades of blue without too much concern for which tone you’re working with. Its most popular companion is white. Nothing is more classic than navy and white stripes or blue and white china.

The most common use for blue is in monochromatic color combinations, where blues of different shades and tones are combined. This creates a wonderfully tranquil space, sedative and heavenly, ideal for bathrooms and adults bedrooms.

But don’t shy away for the darker shades of blue. Navy is a terrific color for walls especially in small spaces. That’s right. A dark color in a small room can make the space seem more inviting and chic especially when paired with creamy white woodwork.

Blue is perfect for any room in the house. An all white kitchen can become a little boring. Consider using glazed marine-blue tiles as an exciting choice for energizing otherwise neutral kitchen backsplashes. Looking for a way to add a surprise pot of blue? Paint the inside of your cabinets a beautiful shade ocean blue. Brighten the entire space with splashes of yellow.

Regardless of your existing color scheme, you can add interest by simply introducing a piece of blue furniture. Its dominance is determined by the size of the piece. A blue sofa is a big statement. A blue chair is an accent for the room. A blue table blends beautifully into the overall space. Blue pillows a perfect accent for a plain sofa.

Avoid going too blue. Even a monochromatic blue color scheme needs to be balanced with other colors. If everything is the same color nothing stands out and everything disappears. Consider seasonal color combinations. In summer unite blue with white and yellow or for a fresh look, slip in pale celery green. In the fall, brown, copper and orange team beautifully with blue. In the spring consider adding pops of grass green and lime.

Metal tones are important when decorating with blues. Gold finishes take on a more saturated, royal appearance with mixed with blue. Silvery shades of metals help move blues to a more calming, contemporary place.

Keep your combinations of blue and accent colors fresh and up to date. Don’t combine them with darker shades of red or hunter green. Avoid at all cost “country blue”. Keep your shades, regardless of the their intensity, clean and clear. Don’t select blues with brown undertones.

How you sing the blues depends on your mood and attitude. Brighter blues reflect a cheery, peppy personality. Darker blue reveal a more pensive, earnest prospective. That’s the true beauty of blue. There is a shade for everyone.