09 Jul The Best Blue Color Palettes for Your Rooms
A few years ago, a client requested a bright, Wyoming-sky blue wall in her living room. I stopped in my tracks.
Blue isn’t usually part of the traditional Western palette (i.e. brown, red, beige). However, after thinking about it for a hot minute, I took a look outside and (indeed) there was the great big, beautiful blue sky staring me in the face.
For maximum impact, we swathed an expansive wall that extends two floors in Benjamin Moore’s Rocky Mountain Sky (go figure). Pairing the hue with warm tones—honey, caramels, black, copper and brass helped tone it down a bit. The result? A brash, bold statement that was nothing short of drop dead gorgeous.
The Best Blues for Interiors
Around the world, blue is the most popular color to decorate with. No surprise considering the incredibly versatile palette—from deep navy to warm blues all the way to the coolest, palest seaside blues.
We think of neutrals—beige, grey, white—as the ideal foundation for design, but blue is unexpected and goes with virtually every color in the spectrum. To create a sense of place and time, just change up the materials and metals—think copper and brass for a warm, bohemian vibe, silver and white for a more luxe, modern feel, and wood, rattan and creamy white for the beach.
No doubt this color is having a fashionable moment, but well beyond trend, it’s truly timeless. Here are some of our favorite blue color palettes and how to incorporate them into your rooms.
Natural indigo dyes are the O.G of the blue world, which make them perfect for the bright rumpled bohemian color palette. This natural dye, while vibrant, is rich and subdued at the same time. You can’t overdo it. Walls, floors, tile—this color begs to be used to the max. Pair it with hot pink. orange, red, dark wood and gold. It’s chic, funky and totally the cool girl in the room.
Beachy blues are almost too easy. This is classic blue at it’s best. Nautical navy, crisp light blues, bright turquoise ocean hues, vibrant Greek Isles blue—pair these with whites, creams, and plenty of mixed metals ranging from silver to copper to brass. From painting walls to kitchen backsplashes, bathroom tile and a riot of accessories, these blues are fresh, fun and immediately transport you to the lazy days of summer. Bring your umbrella drink.
Moody blues are warm, enveloping and make you want to crawl into the sofa with a good book. While we have seen this color in accessories for decades, only recently have they come to the forefront in the design world with a full scale assault. Don’t be afraid to paint the ceiling and trim to create a cocoon-like space. Moody blue has grey undertones and is best paired with rich, jewel tones like persimmon, ruby and emerald green.
Sure browns, reds and beige are found in nature, but think about all of the brash, vibrant colors that punctuate the landscape—the flowers, the grasses, the bright blue sky! It only makes sense to pull these hues into our homes. Use pops of sky blue in your accessories, artwork, drapes and fabric. Denim is nearly synonymous with the mountains and we haven’t even touched on classic turquoise jewelry yet…enough said.