Blue Walls:
Timeless, Classic, Always In

Considering blue walls for your room?

Shades of blue color can be bright and breezy, moody and elusive, or deep and mysterious. See which one is right for painting your home...

Different Shades of Blue Color:
Which One is Calling Your Name?

Blue paint colors are often associated with water and sky - both calm elements, easy on the eyes and nerves.

Blue is the most popular paint color

No wonder blue is voted the world's most popular color!

The color blue is very abundant in nature, and it goes with everything.

Whenever you base your painting and decorating color schemes on the naturally occurring hues, you get a reliably pleasing result.

So if you reproduce one of nature's blue based color palettes, the colors will always work - because they feel at home with one another.

Shades of blue can appear warmer or cooler - depending on the surrounding colors

Blue walls are most often found in homes near water or in hot climates, but some shades are appropriate for any location and environment, and will match any mood and purpose.

Blue shades can be warm (navy blue color) or cool (icy blue color), and will often change their temperature depending on the colors you surround them with.

For example, pure white trim will bring out the coolness of your blue walls - so if you want a warmer effect, paint your woodwork an off-white or cream color instead.

Classic Blue Walls

French blue is a timeless paint color

Certain shades of blue color remind of tradition, timelessness and comfort - like a favorite pair of worn blue jeans.

For example, country blue, denim, french and navy blue never go out of style.

They mix well with other colors (from bright to subtle), and work great for homes in both southern and northern hemispheres.

To reinforce the sophistication of these shades, pair them with neutrals, creams, golds and browns, and avoid bright whites.

But even the traditional nautical palette will look more classy if you combine a navy blue color with a soft cream or even sand, instead of a pure white.

TIP: muted, subdued blues are the hardest to choose, and the shade you like on a paint chip often ends up looking baby blue on the walls. So go a step or two more grayed than you think you want.

Navy blue never goes out of style as a wall color choice

Deeper shades of blue don't feel cold, especially when used with earthy reds and red-toned woods.

They work best in rooms with light flooring, furniture and ceilings.

Rich hues like indigo blue can create a sense of intimacy and are said to induce sleep - they are popular in bedrooms for this reason.

A midnight blue paint color is also appropriate for dining rooms - where it will look its best with soft lighting or candles, gleaming silverware and off-white table linen... a mesmerizing effect!

Bold and Bright Blue Walls

Turquoise blue looks most appropriate in warm climates or well lit rooms

Some shades of blue seem to POP! and have a life of their own.

Cobalt blue color, periwinkle, turquoise - these bright and highly saturated hues are most at home in southern climates.

They need the sun (or at least lots of light) to really bring out their brightness and make them truly come to life.

You see, what looks fabulous in a Caribbean villa does not always readily translate to a gloomy London or New York apartment.

In the northern hemisphere bold blue paint colors can often look very cold and out of place.

So instead of using them on the walls, incorporate them into your decor through accents.

Periwinkle blue walls are a great choice for high energy rooms

Because these hues are very stimulating and dynamic, they are popular in rooms with lots of activity and movement - especially for painting kids' rooms and home gyms.

Their dynamic side also promotes creativity and inspiration, making them a good choice for home offices and crafting rooms.

Bright blue walls always look great when paired with black and white in the decor.

To reinforce their tropical flavor, combine them with reds, corals and yellows.

Earthy browns, sophisticated grays and dark woods, on the other hand, will add some grounding balance, provide a calming counterpoint and make the color scheme easier on the eyes.

Soothing and Peaceful Blue Walls

Sky blue walls look peaceful in any room

Sky blue paint color, robin's egg blue, sea blue (blue green color) - these shades are definitely inspired by nature.

Tranquil and calming, they are easy on the eyes and create an atmosphere of peace and well-being in a space.

Often referred to as "spa colors", these blues are most appropriate for painting bathrooms and bedrooms - they create calm and pacify your temper.

Seafoam green is a good color for painting a bathroom

When paired with pure white, they look fresh, crisp and clean.

Silver and gold metallic finishes look stunning against pale blue walls as well.

For a more natural and "moody" color scheme, use gray-based blues and combine them with beiges, taupes and off-whites.

Such cloud-like blues also look great next to natural finishes - tile, stonework and red-toned woods.

Because these blues tend to appear cold, they need to be balanced with warm accents in gold, peach or salmon.

And if you want to find 10 best shades of blue without doing any work, check out the Paint Color Cheat Sheets - it's as simple as the name suggests!

Blue Room Projects
From Our Visitors:

Take a look at these real life examples of blue walls - the photos and stories have been submitted by our readers.

And if you have your own blue room painting project to share, click here and see your name in lights!

Dark Blue Hallway Wall: a Romantic Accent in Our Boring House 
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Relaxing Soft Blue Bathroom Color 
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Turquoise: a Cool Color for a Living Room 
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An Earthy Shade of Blue Paint Color: "Silvermist" on Our Living Room Walls 
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Soft Blue Wall Paint Color in My Guest Room 
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Breaking Up a Narrow Hallway with Paint Colors 
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Ocean Blue Color Walls in Our Beach Themed Bathroom 
My husband and I moved into this house a year ago and we never knew what to do with our small spare bathroom. We decided about two weeks ago to turn it …

Kitchen Painting Idea: Cobalt Blue Color on the Walls 
This cobalt blue kitchen is in my brother's house. Because he wanted to build maple cabinets and use a light bleached finish, I felt that the color of …

Bright Blue Wall Paint Color in My Bathroom 
A few years ago I decided I was tired of my plain white bathroom. It was boring. My husband and I went to the local paint store and were trying to decide …

Bright Blue Wall Paint in My Bedroom 
I chose this bright blue wall paint colour for my bedroom for a couple of reasons. First, blue makes the room feel fresher and cooler. Second, it creates …

The Color Turquoise: Aqua Blue Walls in My Bathroom 
My bathroom walls used to have pink paint below the wood trim, and wallpaper above the trim that had a white background and small pink polka dots. I used …

Sky Blue Paint Color in My Living Room 
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Paint Color Cheat Sheets
Paint Color Cheat Sheets

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