The results are in, and blue appears to be Minnesota’s most popular color. This year, Pixlr—a web-based photo editor—conducted a study to determine the most popular color in every state. To do this, the team analyzed Google searches for 22 different colors (excluding black and white) and combined those with 25 color-related terms, such as clothing, decor, and more. The results? Red ranked as the most searched color in 30 states, followed by pink in 12, and blue in six. The states that voted blue include Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. “It’s fascinating to see the varying color preferences across the U.S.,” a spokesperson from Pixlr says. “Whether people are choosing a color for its symbolic representations and historic associations, or simply because they like the way it looks, there is a vast array of shades and hues for everyone to choose from.”
This finding led us to ask the question: How is this demonstrated in the world of interior design? To explore this question further, we asked Sara Trosen, owner and principal designer at Madison House Interiors, to share her insight into the study, and see if blue truly is Minnesota’s most popular color.
Are you surprised by the findings for Minnesota’s color?
I am not surprised by this at all. We have been doing considerable amounts of blue for a few years now. Whether it is navy or turquoise, blue is in many of our designs. Blue tends to be a color that almost everyone loves.
Do you notice clients being drawn to using blue inside their home?
Our clients often love the use of blue; I think [it’s because] blue is an easy color to coordinate with other colors. We love blue and brown together, and turquoise and caramel together. We also tend to bring in green to work with blue accents.
Where are you seeing the color appear most?
Depending on which type of blue is used, we have seen it in everything from sofas to walls. If the blue has a lot of boldness to it, such as royal blue or turquoise, we often keep it to the pillows and accessories. But we also select navy blue or very grayed-out blue for the main furniture in a room.
Do you think Minnesota’s most popular color will change?
Blue is timeless! We have been seeing some version of blue every year forever, and it won’t change. The hues change, but blue is around for good.