Playing With Shades; Cool Blue Balusters

paint spindles shades of blue for a dramatic entryway

Here’s an easy, yet dramatic idea that would work well in any beautifully coastal home! Paint the balusters in varying shades of blue.

Did you know blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones… it will always stay blue.  Why limit yourself to one shade on the balusters when you can unleash your creativity and enjoy eight at once?  Using little test pots of paint, these balusters were coated in twos, pairing them off on adjacent steps and graduating the tone from light to dark to create an ombre’ effect all the way up the banister. So easy to do, such a striking effect.

This idea comes from Martha Stewart Living, so natch they used Martha Stewart Living paint to achieve this effect… (from left) Salt Glaze, Sparkling Brook, Twilight, Cornflower Blue, Toile Blue, Bluebird, Darkening Sky, and Azurite.  At just $2.94 per 8 oz tester (, this project cost less than $25.  Small money… BIG effect!

How about you?  Would you paint your balusters with an ombre’ effect?  Please be kind and leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.  I care… I really, really do! ;)

Peace, Love, and Beautifully Coastal Blues!

Lesli :)

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Marie January 26, 2012 at 11:08 am

I’m not sure if I would do ombre balusters, but I might – it would depend on the home.  I live in a one story now so I don’t have to decided lol.  I can just enjoy the pretty photo. ;o)


Anonymous January 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Hmmm… I don’t have stairs either, but I’d almost build some just to be able to do this, LOL ;)  Appreciate your input though… BIG TIME!!


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Dar March 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm

How cool is that! I’m a color phobe so I probably wouldn’t have the guts but WOW! Wish I did!


Lesli March 29, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Dar, the nice thing about paint is if it pushes your comfort zone too much, you can always paint it again!

Lesli :)


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