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12 Fool-Proof Color Schemes for Blue Rooms

Finding the right color palette when designing a room can be quite a challenge. Whether you’re designing a room around a favorite piece of furniture, a dreamy wall color, or starting completely from scratch, you want to make sure the colors you choose complement your space and style. Of course, sometimes you know you want to decorate a room with a certain color, but you aren’t sure what other colors to use in the space to support the look you want. Well, we’re here to help.

Today, we’re sharing their favorite color combinations involving blue. It’s one of our most-requested color palettes, and we want to guide you to the right colors to combine with it in your space. So, whether you’re brainstorming blue living room designs or blue bedroom designs, we can help guide you to some foolproof ways to incorporate blue into a bold and adventurous color palette, or for a perfectly classic look.

We’ve rounded up 12 blue color scheme design ideas to inspire your blue room design!

The Color Scheme: Blue and White

Number one on our blue room color schemes? A blue and white color palette. It’s one of the most classic color combinations out there. It can work in any space, and you can really use any shade of blue with white.

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How to Get the Look

In a blue and white room, use white as your base color, opting for white upholstery in your main furniture pieces, like a sofa or bed and duvet cover. Then, add blue in accents throughout the room, and even in smaller pieces of furniture. To create color balance, go for 25/75 with blue and white, or even 50/50. Have some items in your space that are both blue and white—like the accent rug in this blue bedroom. For added depth, incorporate various complementary shades of blue—but keep your white shade the same for consistency.

Why We Love It

This is a classic, timeless color scheme that will always be in style. And it’s so versatile, working with so many different styles and spaces.
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The Color Scheme: Navy and Pink

Pink and blue (in this case, navy specifically) is a beautiful and bold color combination. It’s great for both bedrooms and living rooms, and suits modern and transitional styles.

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How to Get the Look

Begin with navy, adding it as a large wash of color in your space—like a navy sofa or blue paint on the walls. Then, add pink as an accent color throughout the space. Balance pink and blue with other neutrals, like white, black, metallics, or wood tones for a more natural look.

Why We Love It

This color combo is punchy and bold, but the use of navy (versus other shades of blue) keeps it looking sophisticated. We love that it balances dark and light and feels refined even though it’s a fun, playful combo. Check out this post for more pink bedroom inspiration!

The Color Scheme: Monochromatic Blue

For a bold look, go for blue on blue on blue. With a monochromatic blue look, you can layer pieces that all utilize the same shade of blue, or use various shades of blue for a look with more depth. A monochromatic look works well in any space, but it can feel dark—so it’s best to try this look in a space with a lot of natural light.

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How to Get the Look

Blue walls are a great place to start with this look. But really, add blue everywhere—through furniture, on your rugs, and in your artwork and accessories. Add in complementary colors in subtle ways, but don’t make them the main focus. Here, we used pops of green to add a bit more depth to the space. Incorporating metallics in your furniture will add some light to the space.

Why We Love It

A monochromatic blue room is a bold statement. It creates a luxurious-feeling space that’s full of boldness and sophistication.

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The Color Scheme: Blue, Black, and Natural Materials

Blue, black, and natural materials is another foolproof color combination to use in a blue room. With this trio, we like gravitating toward a more muted blue, like the blue walls pictured above, which pairs beautifully with any wood finish, from light to dark. (Though, when pairing it with black, we prefer a lighter wood finish.)

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How to Get the Look

Balance shades of blue that compliment each other with natural materials, such as jute, wood, rattan, or clay. Then, add accents of black for a bold and edgy touch. Just make sure there are enough natural materials in the space so that it feels like the tones of the materials are a contributing factor in the color scheme and not merely accessories.

Why We Love It

Natural materials really pop against this shade of blue. It’s a great way to incorporate a beautiful color scheme with natural materials throughout.

The Color Scheme: Blue and Citrine

Citrine, a shade of golden yellow, pairs beautifully with blue—especially a tone of blue that is a little moodier, deeper, and darker. We love this combination in a classic bedroom or living room, as pictured above.

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How to Get the Look

Incorporate large washes of both blue and citrine for a bold look. (Like we did here with the blue wall and citrine sofa.) But trickle these colors into some of the accents throughout the space as well. To balance out the boldness of this color combination, layer in some neutrals, like creams, whites, and black, in the accessories and rugs. For depth and variety, add pops of bright white and brass or gold metallics.

Why We Love It

It’s a classic but bold look. It can feel very sophisticated and regal, but it can also lean Mid-Century Modern depending on the style of the pieces within your space.

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The Color Scheme: Blue, White, and Red

Red, white, and blue is an endlessly classic color combination. It pairs perfectly with Americana-inspired rooms, as well as with traditional and coastal styles.

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How to Get the Look

Use white as your base color, for the walls and large furniture, like a sofa or bed linens. Then, add blue into rugs, accessories, and even accent furniture like a chair. Incorporate pops of red in decor, wall art, and upholstery throughout the space. Make sure there’s a good balance of all the colors, even with one being the primary focus.

Why We Love It

This is a classic color combo that’s hard to mess up. It has that classic Americana vibe, with a 90s nostalgia mixed in, which we can’t get enough of.

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The Color Scheme: Navy, Black, and White

The combination of navy, black, and white pair naturally together, with the black giving a modern edge to a nautical or coastal space.

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A crisp white wall is the perfect backdrop to this color palette. Besides that, make blue the prominent color in the space, incorporating it in rugs, pillows, art, and accent furniture. Focus on navy, but feel free to layer in different shades of blue, like sky blue, for lightness and contrast. Use black and white as supporting colors in your furniture and decor. Add in other textures like metals, woods, woven textures to drive home the nautical or coastal vibe.

Why We Love It

This is a classic look with a modern edge. It’s great for beach and lake houses.

The Color Scheme: Light Blue and Off-White

Light blue mixed with off-white and sandy browns is a great color combination for coastal and rustic style spaces. It’s perfect for living rooms, like the one pictured above, but it’s also a great color scheme for dining rooms and bedrooms.

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How to Get the Look

Layer in various but complementary blue hues with off-white, sand, and natural tones—either in textiles, or natural materials or elements like a wood table. Add plenty of natural and neutral colors to balance out the shades of blue.

Why We Love It

This color combination is both warm and bright—making for an inviting space. Plus, it’s exactly the color scheme you think of when you think of coastal space!

The Color Scheme: Navy and Gold

The combination of navy and gold tones gives off a regal and formal vibe—but with a slight edge of glam. It’s a perfect color scheme for traditional or classic spaces with a slightly modern flair.

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How to Get the Look

Start with a saturated blue tone, like navy and even a charcoal blue, then accent it with taupe to help ground the space. Incorporate gold in accent furniture and artwork. Adding in interesting textures and shapes will add a modern or glam edge to this more classically inspired color palette.

Why We Love It

This saturated palette is high-impact but easy to pull off, creating a classic but bold look.

The Color Scheme: Dark Blue and Orange

Blue and orange is a fun and modern color palette that’s great for more casual spaces. And, since blue and orange are complementary colors, it’s easy to get this one right.

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This is a bold color combo, so the key is not to overwhelm the space with color. Rather, start with a neutral base in your space (like bright whites and light grays), then accent it with blue and orange. We love it in pops in wall art, pillows, and throws. For something more bold, add the dark blue into an accent wall or try blue or orange in an accent chair. For a more sophisticated look, have the orange lean a bit rusty or even brick red.

Why We Love It

It’s fresh and bold, but the colors are opposite on the color wheel so they really complement each other.

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The Color Scheme: Blue and Green

Blue and green is a fresh and springy color scheme that adds brightness to any space. And it’s pretty flexible, as you can combine almost any shade of blue and green!

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To keep the space stylish and bright, keep the room grounded in a base of neutrals. We particularly like a bright white with this color combo. Then, incorporate sage or springy greens and deep blues in accents throughout the space. (In rugs, curtains, accent furnitures, pillows, and throws.) Add them in solids and patterns for added visual interest.

Why We Love It

Shades of blues and greens—especially when paired with crisp neutrals—create a fresh, preppy vibe. It’s a lively and classic color combination.
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The Color Scheme: Blue and Purple

The combination of bright blues and purples plays with warm and cool colors, making a fun and youthful palette. It’s perfect for a kid or teen room.

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With this color scheme, you can use any shade of blue and purple. Just keep it bright and fun! Add in whites and light grays to help ground the look, and then add in splashes of pink to pull the whole palette together.

Why We Love It

The combination of various shades of blues and purples brightens up any room, giving it a youthful glow.

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Take Your Bedroom to the Next Level with These 5 Blue Bedroom Ideas

When it comes to using blue in your home, it’s possible that no room is more well-suited than the bedroom. Blue is soothing, serene, and the perfect backdrop for the most restful, intimate room in your home. It’s no wonder then, that blue bedroom designs are one of our most requested rooms. Out of all the possibilities for blue bedroom designs, our stylists have a few they like best. Take a peek at our 5 favorite blue bedroom ideas!

charcoal blue bedroom ideas1. Dark Blue Bedroom Ideas

Nothing is as calming as a dark blue bedroom balanced out with soft neutral furniture and decor. The whitewashed woods, upholstered furniture, natural materials, and subtle patterns make the space warm and inviting, just like a bedroom should feel.

The Hue

We chose Charcoal Blue by Sherwin Williams for our cozy bedroom. The hue delivers a serene vibe that is perfect for the room where you want to wind down at the end of the day.

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You love neutrals but don’t want a space that’s all white. The rustic contemporary vibe is serene and peaceful but also super stylish. And if you want to create more of a modern farmhouse look, just add a few industrial light features to add an extra pop of contrast.

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navy blue bedroom ideas2. Bold Blue Bedroom Ideas

To ensure your blue bedroom doesn’t start to feel too monotone (unless that’s the vibe you’re after) be sure to introduce some complementary colors. The opposite of blue on the color wheel is orange, so for this bedroom, we incorporated subtle pops of orange in the art, accent furniture, and decor.

But instead of an aggressive traffic cone orange, we opted for more natural oranges, like terracotta, rust and even saffron, helps to keep the look feeling calm and soothing – aka perfect for a bedroom.

The Hue

This pure, bold Downpour Blue color by Benjamin Moore is the perfect backdrop for a bold, eclectic look.

This is Perfect if…

You’re looking for a blue bedroom that’s still a bit bold and eclectic. This idea also plays with natural woods, which have a warmth that nicely compliments the orange hues. The neutrals and natural textures like velvet and ceramic also tone down the bold and create a warm and welcoming vibe, perfect for letting yourself unwind and relax.

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light blue bedroom ideas3. Light Blue Bedroom Ideas

This is one of our favorite blue bedroom ideas to create an inspiring and bright vibe that will energize you in the morning and soothe you to sleep at night. Full of natural textures, this blue bedroom has a beach house vibe that also feels slightly eclectic.

The Hue

We chose the light blue paint, Frozen Canal, by Benjamin Moore. It evokes the soothing waters of the sea and is the perfect, cheery complement to natural materials like linen, jute, and rattan.

This is Perfect if…

You love beachy vibes and a preppy-meets-eclectic style! Add a bit more contrast with a few dark blue pillows or decorative accents to give the look more depth.

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royal blue bedroom ideas4. Royal Blue Bedroom Ideas

Nothing feels more regal than a deep, velvety blue wall color paired with gold accents. Dark walls create calm and comfort and the white and gold accents pop against the cobalt blue backdrop. The look perfectly balances warm and cool notes.

Be sure to incorporate a few blue accents into the space to tie the wall color in with the rest of the design. We used an end-of-the-bed bench and blue accent pillow to do the trick. Use symmetry to add to the polished, refined look but keep it not so matchy-matchy by varying decor on each side.

The Hue

Using this Loyal Blue color by Sherwin-Williams as the focal point for this blue bedroom idea offers a more sophisticated, formal take on the bedroom.

This is Perfect if…

You love a look that’s elegant and sophisticated but also retains warmth.

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teal blue bedroom ideas5. Teal Blue Bedroom Ideas

This look is not for the faint of heart but can instantly turn a bedroom into a cozy retreat. Teal walls set the stage for a bold, eclectic look and then you can balance out the green notes with natural wood furniture.

Feeling extra bold? Add an over-dyed red rug. This helps anchor space and offers a lovely pop of color that compliments the green tone in the walls.

The Hue

We chose Dark Teal by Benjamin Moore to make a bold statement in our teal blue bedroom.

This is Perfect if…

You love a design with a mid-century modern style. This look is the perfect counterpart to the teal color because natural woods are a key element of the design style. It’s also perfect if you love a bold and trendy bedroom that shows some personality and feels like your own private enclave.

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