A Designer's Guide to the Prettiest Blue Paint Colors for Every Style

Blue Wall Paint Combinations
Catherine Kwong Design

It's no secret that color can transform a room, but committing to a bold paint color for your own space can be a bit daunting. To help you streamline the process with some guidance from the pros, we reached out to designer Jamie Davis with one mission in mind: finding the best blue paint colors for every mood and style. From neutral, soft shades to bold statement hues, blue has endless range. And as Davis says, "The only 'no-no' is being afraid of color and not following your heart."

Meet the Expert

Jamie Davis is the designer and co-founder of Portola Paint.

  • Color Family: Blue
  • Complementary Colors: Red, yellow, orange
  • Pairs Well With: All colors
  • Mood: Calm, whimsical, moody
  • Where to Use: Great for walls and trim or front doors

Read on to get inspired with the best blue paint colors for any style and energy you're trying to capture at home.

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Portolo Paints Revere

Portolo Paint - Revere

 Courtesy of Portola 

For a calm vibe, go with a super-pale, "light blue with subtle gray and neutral undertones," advises Davis. Then introduce some soft grays, whites, pinks, and reds. Portola Paints Revere is the ideal shade if you're looking for something transitional and timeless to last throughout the years. You can play up the undertones of blue, or swap in greens. We also see this looking gorgeous with some chocolate brown pieces.

Portola Paints - revere
Portola Paints Revere $Upon Request
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Farrow & Ball Lulworth Blue

Farrow & Ball - Lullworth Blue

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Consider a periwinkle shade of blue to add a touch of whimsy. Keep things cool with other shades of blues, grays, and whites, or warm things up with burnt orange, bronze, warm brown wood, and sharp shades of black. This will give your space a fresh take on traditional décor.

Farrow & Ball - Lulworth Blue
Farrow & Ball Lulworth Blue $110
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Portola Paints Kimono

Best Blue Paint Colors
Brett Mickan Interior Design

When you want a pop of energy, Davis suggests going with a "rich jewel tone." We love how the pale pistachio green hue balances out the drama achieved by the jewel toned blue and the other glam elements of this bar space.

Try a jewel-toned blue on kitchen cabinets, or in the dining room for a formal effect.

Portola Paints - Kimono
Portola Paints Kimono $Upon Request
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Benjamin Moore Innocence

Benjamin Moore - Sweet Innocence

Nichole Loiacono Design

You can't go wrong with a soft sky blue. It's great for kitchen cabinets and smaller powder rooms, thanks to the sweet, calming effect.

Layer in another shade of blue trimmings, and then bring in more dimension with tiled flooring.

Benjamin Moore - Innocence
Benjamin Moore Innocence $11
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Portola Paints Sharkskin

Portolo Paints - Sharkskin

 Courtesy of Portola

Try a light shade of blue with undertones of green for an energizing and happy atmosphere. This dining room is unexpectedly fun and bright thanks to the accent walls, yet the traditional elements of the space keep things feeling grown up and refined. 

"On the swatch for Sharkskin, as the name suggests, this color appears to read quite gray, but when you get it up in a light-filled space, the playfulness really shines!" Davis explains.

Portola Paints - Sharkskin
Portola Paints Sharkskin $Upon Request
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Benjamin Moore Slate Teal

Benjamin Moore - Slate Teal

 Emily Henderson 

If you want to go moody, opt for a rich blue with an elegant earthiness, but keep things fresh-feeling by only painting an accent wall and introducing some peachy details. The earthy undertones will ground the entire room and allow you to mix in some warmer hues instead of having to stick with a cool palette. 

Benjamin Moore - Slate Teal
Benjamin Moore Slate Teal $11
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Portola Paints Newton's Indigo

Portola Paint - Newton's Indigo

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A rich navy tone has a classic, timeless appearance that's "great for a library or romantic dining and living room" areas, Davis says. "When pairing with deep navy tones, I like to bring in warm shades of sand or medium-to-light grays instead of bright white to soften the contrast." 

Portola Paints - Newton's Indigo
Portola Paints Newton's Indigo $Upon Request
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Sherwin-Williams Hyper Blue

Sherwin-Williams Hyper Blue

 Houzz

A splash of cobalt blue will wake everything up in your space. Bring in some contrast with mustard yellow pieces, crisp white accents, and bold geometric prints. 

Sherwin Williams - Hyper Blue
Sherwin Williams Hyper Blue $38
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Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue

Farrow & Ball - Stiffkey Blue

 Photo by Zeke Ruelas; Design by Emily Henderson

If you want a blue that isn't too dark, but still brings a pop of color to your space, you can't go wrong with this shade, which looks especially gorgeous in a high gloss.

Farrow & Ball - Stiffkey Blue
Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue $110
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Benjamin Moore Deep Secret

Deep Secret - Benjamin Moore

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A blue with dust gray undertones will look chic in every space. It you're looking for a timeless color, this is a safe bet.

Benjamin Moore - Deep Secret
Benjamin Moore Deep Secret $14
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