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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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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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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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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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Designing With Neutral Paint Colors

A lot of people want to paint their home in neutral colors. And understandably so—neutral paint colors give you a blank canvas, a backdrop against which you can decorate the rest of your home with color!

Decorating with neutral colors—especially when it comes to paint color—is a popular interior design idea, because a neutral color palette goes with everything. Neutral paint colors provide an easy base to any room, allowing you to truly personalize your space. They’re chameleon colors that take on the tones and personality of the rest of your space.

But deciding what neutral to go with is where many people get stuck. In fact, it can be downright overwhelming! How do you know which shade of neutral is right for your space? Do you go for more of a beige, white, or gray paint? Or something more bold?? Blue or yellow undertones? Warm or cool shades? What will the color look like in the morning light versus the afternoon?

When it comes to paint colors, there are hundreds of shades of neutrals to choose from. And when looking at paint swatches, you may find your eyes start to cross as you try to notice the subtle, nuanced difference between each shade of white paint. Don’t be intimidated. We’re here to help.

What Are Neutral Paint Colors?

A lot of people assume “neutral” means white or beige. But neutral paint colors are actually much more diverse! They can also include grays, blues, greens, browns, and even some very light pinks. Essentially, a neutral is any color that doesn’t add its own personality to the space. It’s a color that doesn’t command the space but supports it, creating a good backdrop.

Neutral paint colorsHow Do You Decorate With Neutral Colors?

When it comes to decorating with neutral colors, you can go a couple different directions. You can go for an all-neutral color palette, where not only your walls are painted a neutral tone, but your furniture and decor are also shades of neutral. The key to this approach is to vary the shades of neutrals (but in complementary tones) so that you have a dynamic space that doesn’t look flat.

You can also do neutrals with added contrast. Think: a black and white color palette. Or even a neutral in a deep, saturated tone like a navy or charcoal gray. These are still neutrals, since they go with just about anything and create a good backdrop—but their saturated tones create a more dramatic, high-contrast look.

A third, and popular, approach to decorating with neutrals is to use neutral paint colors as a backdrop, then add pops of color in the furniture and decor. This is a great approach to design, as it allows you to pick bold furniture colors or switch out colors and decor seasonally to give your space new life, without having to re-paint your space. It’s also a way to have a timeless look while still adding moments of color and personality.

Neutral paint colorsWarm Neutrals Vs. Cool Neutrals

Here’s something you may not have realized: all colors, including neutrals, have a cool or warm tint to them. And neutral colors are no different—they all have warm or cool undertones.

Curious about the difference between warm and cool tones and how to spot it? Neutrals with cool undertones skew more blue or green (this includes most grays). Meanwhile, warm neutrals have more red or yellow undertones (which includes tans and browns). Warm colors have a stimulating effect, whereas cool colors tend to have more calming and relaxing vibes.

With that in mind, it’s also important to consider the other colors in your space—from your furniture to your rug, art, and decor. This can help you determine if you want to go for a neutral with a warm or cool undertone. You should also consider your light sources—both natural and artificial. And remember, lighting changes throughout the day. So, you may even want to test a few swatches and see the subtle ways that they change throughout the day as the light shifts.

But, overall, if you want a cozier feel to your space, go for a neutral with warm undertones. And if you want to give your space a more open, airy vibe, go for a neutral with cool undertones.

Neutral paint colorsChoosing Your Neutral

Instead of testing a million different shades of neutrals in your space, we’re going to do some of the leg work for you. We’ve rounded up six of the best neutral paint colors and what styles and types of spaces they’re best for. You’ll be able to see each paint color in the same space so you can see the subtle difference between each shade.

Neutral paint colorsBest Cozy Neutral: Revere Pewter, Benjamin Moore

This light gray paint color has warm undertones and has very calming, cozy vibes. It’s the kind of neutral paint color that you’d want for the walls of a cottage—making it great for rustic spaces. And, with its warm gray undertones, it’s more forgiving of scuffs and smudges.

In the room above, you’ll notice that the paint color complements the neutral furniture and the warmth of the wood tones. It would also look great with saturated earth tones. It’s a good neutral paint color for balancing out darker wood—but it’s not an ideal shade for spaces with lighter woods. We also wouldn’t recommend this shade for spaces with colorful furniture; the undertones of this wall color work better with other neutrals.

Neutral paint colorsBest All-Around Neutral: Agreeable Gray, Sherwin-Williams

Agreeable Gray is on the cooler end of the color spectrum, with slight green undertones. Since it’s a cool neutral, it can be a good backdrop for warmer neutrals—and you’ll notice that it goes really well with the furniture in this space. We think that this paint color, of all the ones featured in this post, works best for this specific room.

Our designers feel this is the all-around best neutral paint color of the bunch. It doesn’t assert itself too much, but it holds up against neutrals and pops of color alike—making it versatile and a perfect backdrop for any interior design style.

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Best Bright White: Pure White, Sherwin-Williams

This is definitely the starkest neutral of the bunch—but in a good way. It’s a shade that has become famous from its use by bloggers across the internet, heralded as one of the best neutral paint colors if you’re looking for a bright, pure white. It’s a great choice if you like color, as it makes colors of all kinds pop. In fact, you almost need pops of color or contrast with this shade of white paint. While it goes well with neutrals, it falls flat without pops of color. In the room above, putting a plant in the corner would add some of that needed color contrast, making the space feel less sterile and really come alive!

It has slightly warm undertones and works well with all types of wood tones. However, it’s better in areas with less movement near the walls—like a living room or dining room—as it’s not as forgiving of smudges and scuffs.

Neutral paint colorsBest Versatile White: Decorator’s White, Benjamin Moore

This shade of white paint, while similar to the one above, goes in a cooler direction. With that, it has more of a formal vibe, creating a serene and tranquil space. It goes with neutrals and pops of color, alike, making it a very versatile shade of white.

Unlike Pure White, Decorator’s White is more forgiving, as it has more gradation when you look at it from far away. This makes it a better choice for high-traffic areas like entryways.

Best For Colorful Spaces: Slipper Satin, Farrow & Ball

Slipper Satin is a creamier version of Decorator’s White. It has pink undertones and asserts itself in the room more than other neutral paint colors, which reflects on the other neutrals in the room. Because of that, this shade is best for when you don’t have a lot of neutrals in the room, as you don’t want them taking on a pink tone. So, choose this shade in a room with colorful furniture and a colorful rug.

This is also a good shade for a gender-neutral nursery. It’s not grey, which is a typical shade for a gender-neutral nursery, but it’s still soft and cozy. With it’s pink undertones, it would also be a nice compliment to pink furniture or bedding, but it’s so subtle that you wouldn’t have to re-do it when your kid grows out of their pink phase!

Neutral paint colorsBest For Homes With Kids: Amazing Gray, Sherwin-Williams

If you want a “greige” (aka a gray-ish beige) this is the color for you. Even though it has slightly green undertones, it has a feeling of warmth. It’s definitely the most gray of the bunch, and it complements neutrals and cool colors well. A blue sofa would look great against this wall color!

This is a great choice if you want neutral walls but in a more forgiving shade. (Parents know what we’re talking about!) It has a layered look, with more depth, which helps camouflage smudges that inevitably end up on the walls when you have kids.

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Hot Days, Cool Rooms – 5 Rooms that do Blue Walls Right

cool roomsSummer is here and it is HOT (at least in some places)! And, depending on where you live, this might be the time of year when you’re looking to escape the sweltering heat and find ways to cool down. If pulling the shades and blasting the cold air aren’t quite doing it for you, we’ve got you covered with some designs that feel like A/C in visual form. So instead of melting from the heat, chill out and take some design inspiration from these 5 oh-so-cool rooms.

cool roomsOrganically Chill Living

This room is the essence of simplicity, yet abounds in high style. The greenish hue of the walls (Benjamin Moore’s Bath Salts) is bright, crisp, and soothing to the senses. Not to mention the beautiful soft pink sofa – does it remind anyone else of a swimming pool? – where we could spend all day relaxing! This space is a perfect visual palette cleanser that will help you chill out and keep the heat at bay.

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blue roomsZen Entryway Escape

If you prefer a darker, more cave-like interior to seal out the heat, shades of blue are a wonderful solution. This combo of Charcoal Blue walls by Sherwin Williams and a mix of vibrant blue and white patterns creates an ultra-zen balance. The plush textures and natural elements are just the right blend of hard and soft materials when you need a laid-back place to cool off.

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cool roomsSerene Coastal Retreat

Soothing Origami White walls by Sherwin Williams are the centerpiece of this classic coastal look. The natural texture of the rug, coffee table, and armchair reflect the outdoor landscape while the blue-and-white decor keeps the vibe crisp and whimsical. A blue room design like this evokes all the beauty of being on the waterfront, without the stress of slathering on sunblock!

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cool roomsClear, Cool, Console

This classic, chic entryway is about as serene as it gets. The beachfront hues of the Palladian Blue walls by Benjamin Moore and the warm wood floors are lightened even further with stylish, functional decor. And the clear, acrylic console adds to the watery vibes, and is also a great hack for small spaces – it doesn’t add visual weight and it feels like it’s floating in the room (swimming pool not required).

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cool roomsCrisp Bedroom Breeze

This clean, contemporary bedroom look is centered around the serene Dustblu walls by Sherwin Williams. The crisp, cool whites and blues make this room feel just like an island breeze. Incorporating natural textures with a tactile quality, like the bed frame, nightstand, and accents, helps create a serene, spa-like bedroom escape. And the soft blue rug is truly the next best thing to diving into a cool body of water!

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Whether you’re giving your home a summer update or are completely starting from scratch, we can help make your design project easy, fun, and (almost) as relaxing as these rooms! Shop the look of these designs below or head to Modsy to start your project.

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