Feeling Blue by Lizzie Turovsky and Edited by SchulmanArt
Looking to paint a room blue but not sure what shade is best? When it comes to home decor, nothing beats cool, relaxed, and always chic blue paint colors.
There’s no better way to change up your home decor than by painting. Blue paint colors are cool, elegant, classy, and never goes out of style.
What the Experts Say
Interior decorator Leatrice Eiseman House Beautiful said, “There’s something in the color blue that triggers a relaxation response. It makes me feel as if I’m floating in a boat, looking up at the sky. Everything about it speaks of a gentle, tranquil, Zen state of mind…”
Top Ten Shades of Blue are…
Dark Royal Blue: “I did a dining room with three dove-gray walls and one dark blue wall, a royal blue with just a little, little bit of red in it. At night, with the shine from the silver on the table, it was sexy, sexy, sexy, without consuming the room. Dark colors always give you more depth. It looked fathomless.” —Philip NimmoBenjamin Moore
Philipsburg Blue: “In a dining room in a 1960s building, one wall was flanked by columns and a ceiling soffit, which created a kind of frame. So I painted just that wall recess in this muted blue-gray, which has that sense of calm I look for in colors. The blue gave me a beautiful silhouette for the dark wood of the dining table, and also tied back to the colors in the living room upholstery.” —Mark EpsteinBenjamin Moore
Waterside: “This bright, pretty turquoise reminds me of summers on Lake Michigan when I was a child, skipping stones and looking up at the sky, and feeling the sun on my body. Blue calms me and reenergizes me — just as the ocean does.” —Markham Roberts Parker Paint
Electric: “Forget all those pale shades. What you want is an evening blue, an Yves Klein blue. Deeper than deep. You see it on Byzantine ceilings, in Jean Paul Gaultier’s stripes. It’s contemplative, meditative, mysterious. When I want to be enveloped, blue is the only color that will do it for me.” —Whitney Stewart C2 Paint
Sassy Blue: “Blue is my secret agent color. I’m always sneaking it in these days. I guess it’s like a bit of sky peeking out, which makes everything work. Blue is lightness and air. I used to use white to lighten things up, but now I’m using blue. It gives breath to everything.” —William Diamond Sherwin-Williams
Paddington Blue: “This is a peacock blue, a very happy, exuberant blue that would set off all the objects in a room. I’d use it in a high-gloss finish with lots of white moldings, and maybe pull in marigold or puce. Blue is one of the best colors around for crispness and contrast. After all, what looks better than a naval officer in his dress blues?” —Robin Bell Benjamin Moore
Patriot Blue: “I don’t like baby blue or sky blue — I like dark, strong cobalt blue. It reminds me of Europe, in the sense of luxuriousness and the privacy it creates in a room. It shields you. I’d use it in a study or a library, and then snap it up with furniture from the ’40s or ’50s and a faux-zebra rug.” —Roger de Cabrol Benjamin Moore
Aquarius: “I’ve never met a blue I didn’t like. Everything from the darkest to the lightest — and this is in the middle — with a hint of aquamarine. A blue living room would be glamorous, especially with bottle-green silk velvet upholstery and a touch of silver or gold on a chair, or tiebacks for a curtain. And the walls should be slick, which gives a room a sparkle. It can never be too glossy for me.” —John Yunis Benjamin Moore
Windmill Wings: “Blue is America’s favorite color. It’s certainly the most telegenic. That’s why politicians wear blue shirts, and why the new White House pressroom is blue. It’s cool. It’s calming. It’s all about blue skies and fresh air. This is an ethereal blue, with a touch of red that gives it a lavender cast. I love it with ivory and cyclamen pink.” —Jamie Drake Benjamin Moore
Blue Wave: “Blue is tricky. It can go gray and sad. But not this warm Mediterranean blue. It’s the blue in all those Pucci prints, a bright, happy, not-a-cloud-in-the-sky blue, as if you’re in vacation mode and having lobster and rosé at Tetou on the beach near Cannes. I love it in a bedroom, where you could crisp it up with a navy-and-white striped fabric and one of those great Elizabeth Eakins plaid rugs.” —Elissa CullmanBenjamin Moore
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