The color blue is said to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, and intelligence. It's also rumored to produce a calming effect and even slow human metabolism. While we'd love to see proof of the latter, one can't deny that the hue is simply a gorgeous, versatile choice for home décor.
Depending on the shade, blue can look bold and energetic, calm and serene, or moody and evocative. But the best part about the cool hue is it pairs beautifully with a wide array of other colors. Whether your decorating style is relaxed and beachy, über modern, or evokes old-world charm, there's a color combination for you. Ahead, 15 ways to style arguably the most versatile color on the spectrum. Feeling blue? Us too!
Cobalt Blue + Forest Green
All colors have either cool or warm undertones. Once you determine the undertone, pairing them with like temperatures will always result in a harmonious color combo. In this instance, blue and green both share a cool undertone, so they go together like a dream.
Lapis + Tangerine
Because they land directly across from each other on a traditional color wheel, any shade of orange and blue are naturally complementary colors. We especially love how cheerful these brighter shades make this room look.
Peacock + Caramel
Blue and brown are colors often found in nature together, so they naturally go well together. This room in particular also works because the terrazzo floor and wall include both blue and brown, tying it all together.
Lapis + Black
Although black can be an intimidating shade to bring into your home, the addition of a bright pop of blue makes it feel much more welcoming. The mix of whimsical art, pops of color, and streamlined furnishings create a sophisticated but not-too-serious space.
Navy + Lapis
When in doubt, work with monochromatic palettes. Working tone on tone is sophisticated, yet totally foolproof to pull off. Colors within the same hue but slightly different tones—for example, a bright lapis and dark navy—will always look stunning.
Turquoise + Eggplant
Don't forget, orange and blue are complementary colors, so they always pair well together. However, if you're choosing to work with bright pops of color—like the red orange and turquoise in this dining room—you can settle it all down with a deep shade of navy on the walls. This combination feels sophisticated yet fun.
Turquoise + Rosewood
Turquoise and rosewood are two more colors commonly found in nature together, which means they pair like a dream. Think: New Mexico or Persia. This bedroom incorporates both shades in a way that exudes old world charm in the best way.
Navy + Kelly Green
We already know that because blue and green both share a cool undertone, they pair well together. But adding in a third hue with a warm undertone, like amber, strikes a nice balance.
Navy + White
When in doubt, go with the most classic color combination of all: navy and white. Especially in a kitchen, finished with metallic accents, navy and white feels modern, airy, and luxe.