After a while, white walls get blasé, and neutral rooms feel overplayed. To really add some personality to a room, it’s all about leaning into color: pinks, reds, greens, oranges, even yellows. But the one color that surpasses almost any other is trusty blue. Unlike warm shades—and some other cool tones—blue is seemingly universal. The color can be simultaneously as bright and vivid as it is a complimentary neutral. That’s why we're completely swooning over blue bedrooms.
From soft robin’s egg blue to dark shades of indigo and navy, blue is a dynamic color that can transform any bedroom from basic to beautiful. But don't fear if you're color averse—blue works as an accent color, too! "We typically start with a neutral base palette when designing spaces, but love to bring in subtle pops of color through rugs, pillows, accessories, and accent pieces," says interior designer Erin Chelius.
Meet the Expert
Erin Chelius is the owner and principal designer at Chelius House of Design.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up our favorite blue bedrooms to get the ball rolling. Ready to get your blue on? Just keep reading.
Start With a Neutral Palette
If subtlety is your thing, take a cue from this calming bedroom. "Blue makes for a great accent color in the bedroom, as it provides a lot of versatility, is very calming and relaxing, and has actually been shown to lower blood pressure and heart rate. I mean, who doesn't want to feel calm and relaxed when going to bed at night and waking up in the morning?" Chelius says. "And the best part is, by adding color through the use of a throw blanket, bench, pillows, etc., these items can be easily changed out if you ever want to switch things up."
Mix Light and Dark
For a sophisticated twist on blue, feature a deep shade of navy, complemented by soft, light shades like ivory and terra-cotta. It’s an unexpected way to incorporate color without straying too far from classic neutrals.
We're applauding this classic but whimsical blue and white bedroom. To keep it looking eclectic and fresh, add pattern with the bed linens and consider a colorful rug.
Layer on Texture
The easiest way to up the coziness of any room is with texture—and plenty of it. This principle remains true with blue decor. Mix denims and chambray knits and linens with teal blue walls. The key here: More is more.
Even if you choose a classic shade of blue, you can still make the overall vibe of the room eclectic. Vibrant patterns, bold color accents, and statement lighting are a great place to start. In an essence, blue is your easy foundation to support eclectic, decorative accents.
Play up different shades. Emphasize the contrast between light and dark by matching deep navy blue accents and a chambray rug with pale gray walls and simplistic accents.
Color Outside the Lines
As a primary color, there are very few colors with which blue clashes. Complement blue with splashes of bold accent colors like green on statement pillows and artwork.
Although many might think that neutral colors are only black, gray, brown, and white, blue is perhaps the unsung hero of neutrals. Darker shades like sapphire and indigo mesh well with various browns, creams, and even blacks. (That's right, black and blue together are not a faux pas!)
Keep It Simple
Simplicity can be magical—especially if you easily feel claustrophobic by an overly crowded bedroom. Take all of the color and crowd out of the equation, minus sky blue. The paint color is known to be soothing and stress-relieving, so you can snooze without worry.
On the polar-opposite side of neutral blue is a vibrant, colorful blue. For an energizing effect—rather than the calming effect soft blues bring—go for a bright blue color that inspires. This duvet cover adds a bright pop to the neutral indigo walls.
Embrace Traditional Vibes
No other color matches blue quite as well as white. Get creative with your white and blue theme by incorporating patterns like stripes, and don't forget to add a touch of personality, like artwork or a bust statue.
Add Cozy Linens
You can add blue to your room while still keeping a neutral color palette. Add in cozy linens in shades of blue to create a pop. This fuzzy blanket makes the gray walls feel a little less plain and looks perfect to snuggle up with on a cold night.
We're obsessed with bone-inlay anything, so this exotic, Moroccan-inspired bedroom instantly won us over. The blue accent wall not only adds color but also complements the abundant pattern in the space. Blue bedding ties it all together.
Try a Blue Headboard
Not only do we love how the soft blue hue complements the blush pink walls in this bedroom, but we're also loving the pattern in this headboard. For a subtle touch of blue, choose a headboard in soft pastel shades. Incorporate blue accents in bedding and pillows so everything feels cohesive.
Create an Accent Wall
Want to choose a bold blue hue for your walls, but feel like it might be too overpowering? Enter the accent wall. Paint just one wall to give your room a pop without feeling like you've overdone anything. Tie everything together with a blue rug and pillows.
Mix Navy and Brown
For a sophisticated vibe in your bedroom, mix navy with brown. The two colors can liven up a neutral bedroom without feeling like it's too much. Best of all, the classic, traditional combo never goes out of style.
Stick With Pastels
Soft, pastel shades of blue create a serene, romantic vibe in your bedroom. When combined with plenty of natural light, the effect is light and airy, even though your walls aren't painted white. Add to the effect with white bedding.
Go Almost Neutral
Color averse? Don't stress. You can still have a blue bedroom without going too daring. Choose a blue-gray hue so that, depending on the lighting, it can almost look neutral. That way, you won't have to worry about clashing colors in the rest of your décor.
Choose Bold Wallpaper
If your design mantra is more is more, opt for a bold blue wallpaper. This peacock paper glams up the eclectic bedroom. A blue patterned accent chair ties everything together.
From the gilded mirror, to the wood paneling, to the crystal chandelier, this bedroom is full of glam. A soft blue hue on the walls creates an old-world French feel. Brass finishings tie it all together.
Keep Décor Neutral
If you're painting your walls blue, keeping the rest of your décor neutral will ensure that colors won't clash and you won't feel like your bedroom is too eclectic. The wood furniture in this bedroom combined with white linens helps tone down the blue walls. Black and white artwork pops against the bright background.
Play With Architecture
Play up architectural features in your home with color. The natural stonework in this bedroom combined with indigo tones and Aztec patterns feels Southwestern. Pops of red help contrast the dark hue.
Accent With Pillows
Having a blue bedroom is literally as simple as swapping your throw pillows. A number of throw pillows in varying patterns and bold hues of blue give this white bedroom a coastal feel. Subtle blue artwork ties it all together.
You don't have to paint your walls. Instead, add a pop of blue by painting any woodworking in your bedroom. This can include paneling, beams, and doors. Combined with white, it feels classic and traditional.
Paint Half the Wall
Add blue to your space by painting half the wall. This works especially well when you have paneling, but as this bedroom proves, you can still half-paint even a plain wall. Just make sure to tape evenly so your line is straight!