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A dark four-poster is highlighted by orange bed linens and subtle blue walls in this elegant yet modern bedroom. Blue and orange are opposite each other on the color wheel, which makes them complementary colors. Since they are opposites, the pair creates a dynamic color scheme infused with vibrance, even when the shades are lighter, as they are in this bedroom.
Waking up is easy with cheery periwinkle to greet you. Periwinkle is blue with a twinge of purple, which creates a unique variation on the classic blue hue. Combine periwinkle with a warm tone or two -- such as pink, yellow, or both -- to prevent the color from looking cold.
Bold patterns contrast against a relaxing shade of blue to give this room dimension without being overwhelming. A combination of cloud whites and sky blues creates an airy atmosphere.
In this spa-like bathroom, blue tile and a modern blue glass sink allow for a serene start to the day. Pairing blue with crisp white in a bath gives the space a clean finish. The color combination can lean cottage, as with the addition of the vintage-inspired beaded-board vanity; with sleek surfaces and fixtures, it can take on a contemporary vibe.
To maintain a light and airy look, use blue as an accent in a space filled with neutral hues. In this white and sandy yellow bedroom, a country French blue infuses the space with subtle personality. While the combination could easily lean antique cottage, the color palette is kept up-to-date with contemporary florals and geometric motifs.
Blue is a classic color with staying power. Shake it up a bit by combining modern and traditional applications. The dramatic blue wallpaper in this hallway brings bold color to a traditional damask pattern. A contemporary striped rug balances the classic mirror and accessories, plus brings another shade of blue to the entryway.
Pair subtle shades with pops of stronger color for a look that's fun but not overpowering. Here, a light blue wall is the backdrop for more vibrant hues of blue, which are carried throughout this cheerful crafts room in bold geometric patterns. From the area rug to the storage baskets, all the elements work together to create a coordinated, yet playful look.
Adding color to a room doesn't have to involve paint. This navy blue couch creates a cozy backdrop for fun patterns, textures, and bold pops of red. The couch does what a good pair of jeans does for an outfit: creates a casual, yet composed look, which in this room yields a space that's perfect for family time.
Although singular in hue, a monochromatic color palette can have multiple dimensions. Using just one color in a room creates a sleek, sophisticated look, but ensuring a space includes a few variations on the featured hue boosts character. In this cool blue living room, vivid shades of sky blue pop against blue-based neutrals.
The light aqua color in this picture and pottery pops against the neutral frame, plain walls, and wood accents. Easily changeable artwork is a smart choice for homeowners who are wary of color commitment.
Blue, white, and sunny yellow is a crisp combination. Here, several shades of light and dark blue appear in the striped and floral bedding.
Tiles featuring blue, lemon yellow, emerald green, and black coordinate nicely with lots of bright white cabinetry.
Mixing cool blue with aqua, orange, and rattan accents creates an eclectic room. Floor cushions and low furniture make seating fun and casual.