We've got the blues but only in the best possible way. Cool, calm, and simply soothing, the hue is about as inspired as it gets and is pretty much universally loved. Classic, though never boring, elegant but still relatable, blue is a crowd-favorite that's equal parts cozy and refined. So naturally, when it comes to our homes, painting the walls in the alluring color is sort of a no-brainer.
Now, we know what you're thinking, with all of the different variations out there, how does one even come close to selecting the perfect blue? From the electric aquas that mimic the Caribbean Sea to the sultry shades of navy that act as a dynamic alternative to black, the possibilities are nearly endless. Luckily, we took it upon ourselves to source the most popular blue paint colors out there — and some inspiring ways to incorporate them in your own home. Here's how it's done.
1. Cobalt Blue
A saturated shade of blue probably isn't on the top of your list of dining room color ideas but it just might be time to change that. Thou Swell's Keven Francis O'Gara designed this captivating room using the hue as a means of uniting the mix of vintage and modern decor. The bright blue not only complements the mix of warm wood and rich leather, but it also contrasts with the stark white accents.
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2. Sky Blue
A cool, sky blue is the quintessence of comfort so it goes without saying that the bedroom is the perfect spot for it. But it doesn't have to be a snoozy scheme — filter in high-contrast colors, like red or black, for visual depth. Just take the lead from this London-based bedroom, transformed by designer Beata Heuman, that sourced inspiration from Hollywood's iconic Chateau Marmont hotel.
Get the look: Mylands Bridge Blue
3. Midnight Blue
A gallery wall makes a statement all on its own, but one that hangs on a colorful backdrop is elevated tenfold. This boldly-decorated living room spotted on Emily Henderson proves that using the deep color to serve as a defining backdrop unites the eclectic details of the space.
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Blue-grays evoke a refined sense of elegance that's hard to rival. The cooler properties of the color make it a foolproof complement for vintage pieces and sleek brass accents, and regardless of where you use it, it'll feel as timeless as it looks. This monochrome dry bar by Zoe Feldman Design proves the adaptable nature of the shade and its ability to project a sense of collected cool.
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5. Aegean Blue
Setting the mood in a dining room goes beyond just the lighting — the color palette plays a huge role as well. And what better way to create a little ambiance than with a deep Aegean blue, like the one in this striking setup designed by House of Nomad? The Kelly Wearstler drapery fabric provides visual interest, while a larger-than-life chandelier brings on the glam. And thanks to the eye-catching blue paint color, this dining room dramatically contrasts with the all-white living room, just a few feet away, securing its spot as the focal point of the home.
Get the look: Pratt & Lambert Postal Blue
6. Deep Teal
Somewhere between a dark green and an ocean blue is this striking teal color idea that we can't get enough of. Balanced out by a series of neutrals, the sitting room in this revamped Austin Tudor is a lesson in mastering high-contrast style with its Victorian-meets-modern decor and vibrant mix of patterns.
Get the look: Sherwin-Williams Intense Teal
7. Blue Lapis
If you're going to experiment with rich blue paint colors, don't hold back. Take Chango & Co.'s lead and heavy up on the hue with a dark jewel-tone finish and then designate it for the walls, furniture, and even the decor. In fact, it's arguably one of the few colors on the spectrum that you can do that with and it won't feel like a staged art exhibit. Just keep your palette reserved to three or four tones for a cohesive tone-on-tone finish.
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8. Stone Blue
Blue in the kitchen is nothing new but doubling down on a complementary combo, like this one by Farrow & Ball, is as close to perfection as it gets. Instead of going for the classic blue cabinets and white walls, embrace a darker pairing — think blue and gray or black — to evoke a dynamic layer rooted in character.
Get the look: Farrow & Ball De Nimes
9. Carolina Blue
Blue and white make for an unparalleled duo — take, for example, Santorini's iconic landscape. Channel the best of the Greek isles with a cool shade of Carolina blue, preferably in a light-filled space that errs on the minimalist side. The master bedroom in this Barcelona apartment may be almost exclusively white but the splash of blue reserved for the closet-turned-accent wall invites a captivating detail that screams R&R.
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10. Powder Blue
Powder blue never goes out of style and when it comes to the bathroom, and setting a calming tone, it's a no-brainer. The light-filled master bath in this darling craftsman home designed by Christine Zeiler Interiors illustrates the ethereal qualities of one of the most popular blue paint colors. Factor in the marble vanity top and vintage mirror, and we couldn't dream of a better setup.
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