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

blue living room

Design: Emily Henderson Design; Photo: Zeke Ruelas

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, even if it is as easygoing as blue. To help you streamline the process with some guidance from the pros, we reached out to designers and bloggers with one mission: to find the best blue paint colors for every mood and style. From neutral, soft shades to bold statement hues, blue has an endless range.

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

Keep scrolling to get inspired by the best expert-approved 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

Portola Paints

For a calm vibe, go with a super pale, "light blue with subtle gray and neutral undertones," advises Jamie Davis, designer and co-founder of 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

Farrow & Ball

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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03 of 25

Behr Winter Way

Cloffice with Behr Winter Way paint

Home Made By Carmona

When she was converting an underused closet into a home office, blogger Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona carefully considered paint color.

"I really wanted it to pop and stand out among the rest of the space, while still flowing with the room," she says. Enter Behr Winter Way—the perfect "dark almost-black peacock color," as Carmona describes it. We agree—it's inky, majestic, and dramatic to boot.

Winter Way
Behr Winter Way $46
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04 of 25

Behr Streetwise

Minty dining room

Design: Bespoke Only; Photo: Nicole Franzen

Have you heard? Minty blues are making a comeback—not that we ever stopped loving them. As one of the more palatable pastels, mint makes a light and breezy statement in any room, regardless of design style, and can help freshen up a room that's feeling stale or stiff.

Streetwise sample
Behr Streetwise $46
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05 of 25

Portola Paints Sharkskin

Portolo Paints - Sharkskin

Portola Paints

Try a light shade of blue with undertones of green for an energizing and happy atmosphere. This nursery is fun and bright yet elevated enough to grow with a little one.

"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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06 of 25

Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue

Farrow & Ball - Stiffkey Blue

Design: Emily Henderson Design; Photo: Zeke Ruelas

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. "It is the perfect happy blue without being too royal," says Arlyn Hernandez from the team over at Emily Henderson Design. "It doesn’t feel too dark or moody."

We can imagine this shade looking gorgeous in absolutely any setting, from a Parisian dining room to a Californian primary suite.

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Farrow & Ball - Stiffkey Blue
Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue $110
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07 of 25

Sherwin-Williams Cyberspace

blue bathroom

Design: Emily Henderson Design; Photo: Sara Tramp

Cyberspace is another designer favorite on the deep end. "I love this smokey navy color," says designer Laura Hay. "It's not decidedly masculine...it's more of a neutral with its grey undertones."

Hernandez agrees. "It’s an awesome color for millwork that’s lightened up by a neutral wall and other accents," she says. "It doesn’t lean too purple or come off too cyan but is definitely very saturated in a wonderful way."

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Sherwin-Williams Cyberspace $42
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08 of 25

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. And as Davis says, "the only 'no-no' is being afraid of color and not following your heart."

Portola Paints - Kimono
Portola Paints Kimono $Upon Request
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09 of 25

Benjamin Moore Slate Teal

Benjamin Moore - Slate Teal

Design: Emily Henderson Design; Photo: Sara Tramp

If you want to go moody, opt for a rich blue with an elegant earthiness, but freshen things up by introducing some tonal details. We love the way a sapphire blue velvet sofa pops against dark, teal walls in this room while more subtle blues are introduced through accent pieces.

Layering several shades of one color within a room can give the entire space a sophisticated and decidedly bespoke feel.

Benjamin Moore - Slate Teal
Benjamin Moore Slate Teal $47
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Behr Ocean Abyss

Walls painted Ocean Abyss

Casa Watkins Living

If it's a lush tropical look you're after, Behr's Ocean Abyss will absolutely fit the bill. "I love the richness of the blue teal," says Stephanie Watkins of Casa Watkins Living, who used the color in her bohemian meets tropical living room. "I am over the moon about it." It's everything you want from a classic teal—not too green, not too blue—and truly one of the happiest shades we've seen.

Ocean Abyss
Behr Ocean Abyss $46
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Behr Alice White

Living room with Alice White paint stripe

Casa Watkins Living

Don't be fooled by the name of this paint—it really is a nice, icy blue, which is also featured in Watkins' living room on a stunning 3D accent wall. "Adding a splash of Behr’s Alice White paint right down the middle was the perfect way to warm up the stark white wall," says Watkins.

Alice White
Behr Alice White $46
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Benjamin Moore Buckland Blue

Blue bedroom

Louis Duncan-He Designs

"Blue lends to many styles of design," says designer Louis Duncan-He, pointing out that blue can be very harmonizing when it comes to blending styles. In this bedroom, he was able to marry Modern Farmhouse and Mid-Century Modern elements using Benjamin Moore's Buckland Blue. "It's a soothing yet punctuated blue that offers a bit of a mid-century skew."

Buckland Blue sample
Benjamin Moore Buckland Blue $47
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Sherwin-Williams Hyper Blue

Sherwin-Williams Hyper Blue

Houzz

A splash of this cobalt blue will wake everything up in your space. But to keep your eyes from bouncing off the walls, you'll want to bring in larger pieces like sofas and rugs in more neutral shades to ground the space. When it comes to accent pieces, you can't really go wrong—embrace bright and bold for extra personality or layered neutrals for a sense of serenity.

Sherwin Williams - Hyper Blue
Sherwin-Williams Hyper Blue $42
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Portola Paints Newton's Indigo

Portola Paint - Newton's Indigo

Portola Paints

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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Farrow & Ball Inchyra Blue

Dining room with blue paint

Design: Arlyn Hernandez for Emily Henderson Design; Photo: Sara Ligorria-Tramp

When Hernandez was working with the EHD team to makeover her own dining room, she knew she wanted to use Farrow & Ball's Inchyra Blue. "It’s my absolute new favorite paint color because it has a certain je ne sais quoi about it," says Hernandez. "It’s so wonderfully chalky and this very happy place between blue and green." In other words, the perfect moody blue.

Inchyra Blue sample
Farrow & Ball Inchyra Blue $110
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Benjamin Moore Smoke

blue kids room

Laura Hay Decor & Design

One of Hay's favorite ways to use blue paint is by layering various hues in one space. "I love mixing blues together. Somehow blue is like that...you can combine many different shades together without feeling overwhelmed by it," she shares. "This bunk room incorporates lovely two-toned blue millwork for a playful yet sophisticated aesthetic."

Smoke paint sample
Benjamin Moore Smoke $47
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Sherwin-Williams Poolhouse

Blue entryway

Design: Bespoke Only; Photo: Ty Cole

Finding a good mid-tone blue that doesn't read as childish is easier said than done. Luckily, we've done the work for you—Sherwin-Williams' Poolhouse ticks all the boxes. It's the perfect grayish-blue that is as at home in a traditional space as it is a contemporary one.

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Sherwin-Williams Poolhouse $42
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Benjamin Moore Silver Marlin

Blue and tan laundry room

West of Main Design

"Just looking at a blue room can bring a sense of calmness and certainly provides a ton of versatility," says Sascha LaFleur, principal senior designer at West of Main Design. "One of our favorite ways of introducing color is within cabinetry. Opt for pale blue tones, like Silver Marlin, to create a soothing, ethereal ambiance." We're smitten with how this shade pairs with creamy zellige tiles.

Silver Marlin sample
Benjamin Moore Silver Marlin $47
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Benjamin Moore Arctic Blue

Blue hued bedroom

Louis Duncan-He Designs

Although blue is a fail-safe choice for any space, it's especially at home in the bedroom thanks to its laid-back nature and soothing vibes. Case in point—this icy blue bedroom designed by Duncan-He. "Blue is such an easy color to work with," he says, "and it also brings in a natural element."

Arctic Blue sample
Benjamin Moore Arctic Blue $47
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Farrow & Ball Hague Blue

White and blue kitchen

Design: Emily Henderson Design; Photo: Tessa Neustadt

If you're looking for the purest navy blue, look no further. Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue is one of those marine blues that designers tend to fall back on. "It’s truly one of the richest, deepest navys (with slight green undertones) from any paint line," says Hernandez. Aye aye, captain.

Hague Blue sample
Farrow & Ball Hague Blue $110
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Behr Caribe

Linen closet painted Behr Caribe

Casa Watkins Living

Who says linen closets can't make you smile? Take a page out of Watkins' book and treat it like a jewel box—much like you might a powder room or an office nook. Her organized and stylish closet makes such a statement, she doesn't even need to close the door.

Caribe
Behr Caribe $46
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Benjamin Moore Deep Secret

Deep Secret - Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

If you're looking for a timeless color, this blue with dust-gray undertones is a safe bet. Use it on simple accent walls, built-in cabinetry, or a full-room application—you really can't go wrong. Given its gray undertones, this color will look best layered with soothing neutrals and lighter blues.

Benjamin Moore - Deep Secret
Benjamin Moore Deep Secret $84
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Sherwin-Williams Waterloo

Blue living room

Design: Emily Henderson Design; Photo: Sara Tramp

"This slate-y blue looks equally good on walls as it does millwork," Hernandez shares. That's because it's a deep blue that falls more on the gray side, which gives it the ability to act as a statement neutral. "It's a great background to build a crisp and personality-filled room around," adds Hernandez.

A small pop of wallpaper in a nook or on an accent wall can create a custom look that adds personality and ties back into your color scheme.

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Sherwin-Williams Waterloo $42
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Benjamin Moore Mt. Rainier Gray

Blue hued living room

Laura Hay Decor & Design

In another great example of mixing, Hay layers blues through architecture and furniture. Benjamin Moore's Mt. Rainier created just the right sky-blue backdrop for deeper navy built-ins. "Against the wall color, the dark blue here is fresh and timeless," she says.

Mt. Rainier Gray sample
Benjamin Moore Mt. Rainier Gray $47
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Sherwin-Williams Jay Blue

Blue dining room

Louis Duncan-He Designs

"When clients want a color but aren't sure of doing something avant-garde, blue is usually a great entry point for them to get a sense of how they feel about having a color in a more dramatic way in their space," says Duncan-He. In this formal dining room, a royal blue adds just the right touch of whimsy without taking away from the traditional bones of the space.

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Sherwin-Williams Jay Blue $42
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