If we told you that aqua was a pretty versatile color, would you believe us? It might not be the first paint shade you gravitate toward during a home revamp, but surprisingly, it makes a great base hue. And we're here with evidence — we promise! A mix of blue and green, aqua isn't only for those with a penchant for the bright and bold. It can be loud and cheerful or muted and calming, all depending on the shade you choose. Channel Palm Springs vibes with pastel shades of pink, lilac, and yellow. Go coastal and bohemian with pops of white and natural wood. Or take a more masculine route with black, browns, and navy. Whether you're looking for an energetic shade or a relaxing one, here are our favorite aqua color ideas.
1. Overhaul your kitchen cabinets.
Bored with your all-white kitchen? An aqua overhaul could be just what the doctor ordered. Avery of Holland Avenue Home refreshed her cabinetry with a splash of aqua paint, leaving the top cabinets white and adding a pink and teal Persian-style rug. The result is fresh, bold, and, most importantly, affordable.
Get the look: Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue
2. Use it as a base color.
Kelly of The Lily Pad Cottage used pale aqua as the dominant color in this dining space, making it easy to layer in other bolder greens and blues. The wooden furniture and flooring ground the room. But aqua is a great base color that can work in the majority of settings whether you want to go bold or pared down.
Get the look: Sherwin-Williams Rainwashed
3. Freshen up your laundry room.
Utility spaces give you a chance to go a little bit bolder than you would in the rest of your home, and this aqua blue laundry room designed by Johnson Vann certainly got the memo. Aqua blue shaker cabinets adorned with brass pulls pop against the white quartz countertops. Plus, they're the ultimate companion to the spotted aqua wallpaper from Thibaut.
Get the look: Dunn-Edwards Morning Calm
4. Create a restorative hideaway.
Light blues and greens are relaxing accent colors, and aqua acts as the ideal intersection between them. The calming hue lends itself perfectly to a boho bedroom like McKenna Bleu's. And the white accents are the perfect touch. Someone pass us a book, we've got a date with that hanging chair.
Get the look: Behr Pondscape
5. Paint an accent wall.
If the idea of an all-aqua bedroom scares you a little, why not paint an accent wall instead? Tanya of Dans le Lakehouse used the shade in just one section of her master suite, accessorizing the room with a hand-dyed bedspread and aqua cushions.
Get the look: Sherwin-Williams Swimming
6. Get playful.
You can get playful with your color choice in a nursery, and aqua is a gender-neutral hue that can feel both restorative and energizing. Jessica of Live The Fancy Life created a modern room for her little one and added colorful accents, too.
Get the look: Valspar Lake Breeze
7. Brighten up your bathroom.
Aqua is a go-to for coastal design. And if there's one way to bring the beach to the bathroom, it's with a lick of aqua paint. This bathroom designed by Fusion D is a blend of vintage Parisian style and coastal charm thanks to the muted aqua and herringbone floors.
Get the look: Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue