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Colorful Bookcase: Books About Blue

Books About Blue is your one stop place to find books about the color blue. Colorful Bookcase is a series of curated books about specific colors. This curated collection you’ll find historical books about the color blue a well as interior design books teaching you or inspiring you to apply the color blue. I’ve also found coffee table books with blue covers or hardcover books in blue if you are searching for this as part of your home decor.

I love books about art and design. These are always good to have around your home. I enjoy picking up a book and opening it to a random page, almost like opening a fortune cookie. Also, I like to find information online because its fast and convenient, but there’s no replacing the feeling that books have! Having a colorful bookcase is a superb resource for inspiration in any artistic project you might have.

Stay tuned for more on this series as I continue to explore colors and add more resources for you. Click on the links below to access my other Colorful Bookcase series posts:

Colorful Bookcase:  Books About Pink to Peruse

Colorful Bookcase:  Books About Green

 

 

Blue: The History of a Color by Michel Pastoureau

“Blue has had a long and topsy-turvy history in the Western world. The ancient Greeks scorned it as ugly and barbaric, but most Americans and Europeans now cite it as their favorite color. In this fascinating history, the renowned medievalist Michel Pastoureau traces the changing meanings of blue from its rare appearance in prehistoric art to its international ubiquity today.”

Blue: The History of a Color by Michel Pastoureau

Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

“How many shades of blue are there?

There’s the soft blue of a baby’s cherished blanket, the ocean blue of a romp in the waves, the chilly blue of a cold winter’s walk in the snow, and the true blue of the bond that exists between children and animals.”

Book about color "Blue" by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Blue: Cobalt to Cerulean in Art and Culture by Boston Museum of Fine Arts

“Blue, the world’s favorite color, is elegantly showcased in more than 200 artworks from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Representing a diversity of movements, cultures, and media that spans the ages and the globe, the objects in Blue range from ancient Egyptian jewelry and traditional Japanese prints to Impressionist paintings and indigo-dyed textiles.”

Book about color blue Blue: Cobalt to Cerulean in Art and Culture by Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Indigo: The Color that Changed the World Catherine Legrand

“The ultimate reference on indigo dyeing techniques across the world, and a compendium of the most beautiful samples of indigo textiles

Gloriously pieced together, much like the fine garments it portrays, this colorful book takes the reader on an international tour of indigo-colored textiles, presenting a huge swathe of remarkable clothing, people, and fabric.”

Book about color blue Indigo: The Color that Changed the World Catherine Legrand

Coastal Blues: Mrs. Howard’s Guide to Decorating with the Colors of the Sea and Sky by Phoebe Howard

“From design expert (and interior design readers’ favorite) Phoebe Howard comes a new book focused on decorating with beautiful blue color schemes. Coastal Blues is a glorious decor book filled with inspiring images of beach houses, seacoast getaways, vacation cottages, and luxurious seaside manors.”

book about blue interior design Coastal Blues: Mrs. Howard's Guide to Decorating with the Colors of the Sea and Sky by Phoebe Howard

Blue and White Style: Classic and contemporary interiors from Mediterranean to country blue by Gail Abbott

“Use the classic combination of blue and white to bring effortless style into your home.

The crisp, fresh combination of blue and white is a classic design partnership with numerous variations. From the deepest indigo blue to the palest sky blue, there is a shade of blue to suit every room and every mood.

book about blue and white interior design Blue and White Style: Classic and contemporary interiors from Mediterranean to country blue by Gail Abbott

Blue and White Japan by Amy Sylvester Katoh, Yutaka Satoh

“Provides information on the blue and white Japanese decorative style for collectors, with information on individual artists, flea markets, antique shops, museums, and artisans.”

Blue and White Japan by Amy Sylvester Katoh, Yutaka Satoh japanese blue and white style for collectors, artists,

William Yeoward: Blue and White and Other Stories: A personal journey through colour by William Yeoward

“In his most personal book to date, William Yeoward reveals his passion for color, his inspirations and the ‘stories’ behind his unique use of color as he takes you on a journey through a dazzling array of beautiful homes.”

William Yeoward: Blue and White and Other Stories: A personal journey through colour by William Yeoward about color blue

House Beautiful Blue: 350 Inspiring Ways to Decorate with Blue by Lisa Cregan 

“The definitive book on the most popular color in decorating–beautifully wrapped in gorgeous blue fabric.
Filled with hundreds of decorating ideas that professional interior designers have used successfully in their own rooms, House Beautiful Blue explains how to showcase blue throughout a home and how to mix it with other colors and patterns. From wall paints and fabrics, furniture and accessories, the stunning blue palette you’ll live with happily for years is right here.”

House Beautiful Blue: 350 Inspiring Ways to Decorate with Blue by Lisa Cregan

My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes.: A Journey Through Loss with Art and Color by Roger Hutchison   

“A picture book to guide the reader through different emotions and reactions related to grieving.
 
The text and illustrations of this lushly colored picture book guide the reader through different emotions and reactions related to grieving, including shock, tears, anger, and hope. My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes, is a children’s picture book by design, but accessible to people of all ages.”

My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes.: A Journey Through Loss with Art and Color by Roger Hutchison  emotions and reactions related to grieving

Blue and Other Colors: with Henri Matisse (First Concepts With Fine Artists) by Henri Matisse

“Fine artists are paired with early learning concepts in this groundbreaking series for the toddler set.

Henri Matisse’s abstract cut-outs are used to teach colors in this polished read-aloud board book. Blue & Other Colors takes children through Matisse’s color palette, one artwork per page, beginning with blue and returning to it as a familiar refrain throughout.”

Blue and Other Colors: with Henri Matisse (First Concepts With Fine Artists) by Henri Matisse to teach colors

Interiors – The Greatest Rooms of the Century (Velvet Cover Color is Midnight Blue, 1 of 4 available colors – see below for more detail) by Phaidon Editors

“More of 400 of the world’s best living spaces created by over 300 of the most influential people in interior design in one luxurious book

Oversized and available in four collectable velvet covers to decorate any space in style, Interiors: The Greatest Rooms of the Century is the ultimate global celebration of residential interior design and decorating.”

Interiors - The Greatest Rooms of the Century Velvet Cover Color is Midnight Blue by Phaidon Editor

Prada Catwalk: The Complete Collections by Susannah Frankel

Prada runway photos hardcover book. Beautiful coffee table book and great gift for the fashionista.

Prada Catwalk: The Complete Collections by Susannah Frankel runway photos fashion coffee table book

Vogue: The Covers (updated edition) by Dodie Kazanjian

“In this stunning updated edition of the successful Vogue: The Covers, Vogue continues to pay tribute to its tradition of beauty and excellence with a compilation of even more spectacular cover art. In addition to featur­ing classic covers from the magazine’s 125-year history, this updated edition features every cover since 2010, with each cover displaying the magazine’s cutting-edge takes on style, fashion, and culture.

Vogue: The Covers by Dodie Kazanjian fashion coffee table book

Yves Klein (Basic Art Series 2.0) by Hannah Weitemeier

“In the mid-1950s, Yves Klein (1928–1962) declared that “a new world calls for a new man.”  With his idiosyncratic style and huge charisma, this bold artist would go on to pursue a brief but bountiful career, producing more than 1,000 paintings over seven years in an oeuvre now considered a mainstay of postwar modernism.”

Yves Klein (Basic Art Series 2.0) by Hannah Weitemeier art coffee table book blue cover

The Big Book of the Blue (The Big Book Series) by Yuval Zommer

“Following the wild success of The Big Book of Bugs and The Big Book of Beasts, The Big Book of the Blue is the third installment in Yuval Zommer’s beloved series. Alongside everything the young oceanographer needs to know, Zommer’s charming illustrations bring to life some of the slipperiest, scaliest, strangest, and most monstrous underwater animals.”

The Big Book of the Blue by Yuval Zommer oceanographer book hardcover

The Blue Day Book: A Lesson in Cheering Yourself Up by Bradley Trevor Greive

“A commemorative tenth anniversary edition of the best-selling gift book that has sold over 10 million copies (2.5 million in the U.S.) in 115 countries worldwide.  With its humorous, compassionate message and charming animal photographs, the book’s text illuminates what a blue day feels like, what causes it, and how to get over it.”

The Blue Day Book: A Lesson in Cheering Yourself Up by Bradley Trevor Greive what blue feels like hardcover book

Why Is Blue Dog Blue? by George Rodrigues, Bruce Goldstone 

“Paintings of Blue Dog in many different colors, including salmon, cherry, and moss green, explain why Blue Dog had to be blue.
Why Is Blue Dog Blue? by George Rodrigues, Bruce Goldstone hardcover art book

Blue Dog by George Rodrigues

“The inspirational story of Tiffany, the beloved terrier-spaniel who became Blue Dog, the top-selling art phenomenon that has captured America with her mesmerizing eyes and her message of true love conquering all–includes eight new Blue Dog paintings.”

Blue Dog by George Rodrigues blue hardcover art book

Matthew Wong: Blue by Brad Phillips

Luminous nocturnal paintings from acclaimed painter Matthew Wong’s final exhibition

“This volume compiles oil and gouaches by the self-taught Canadian painter Matthew Wong (1984–2019) developed for his 2019 solo exhibition Matthew Wong: Blue at Karma Gallery in New York. The dusky and nocturnal scenes were intended as the coda to a previous series of day-lit oil and gouache paintings….”

Matthew Wong: Blue by Brad Phillips Canadian painter final exhibition

 

The Cover Art of Blue Note Records: The Collection by Graham Marsh

“With over 400 of the best covers in the record label’s history, The Cover Art of Blue Note Records is an essential collection for every jazz fan. This new edition gathers the entirety of the two original volumes published nearly two decades ago; every cover, essay, and photo is included. Record art for such iconic musicians as Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Art Blakey make this anthology an evocative piece of jazz history.”

The Cover Art of Blue Note Records: The Collection by Graham Marsh Herby Hancock Thelonious Monk Miles Davis John Coltrane Sonny Rollins Art Blakey

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