14 Ideas for Blue Paint Colors for Perfectly-Hued Walls

These expert-approved blue paint colors will help you find the perfect hue for every room. Blues of all shades give walls a crisp look.

teal paint lids
Photo: Greg Scheidemann

Blue remains an ever-popular paint color for all types of rooms thanks to its ability to act as both a neutral and bold accent. Whether you prefer brilliantly saturated shades or soft pastels, blue gives walls a crisp, refreshing look. These expert-approved blue paint colors will help you find the perfect hue for every room.

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Denim Blue Paint Colors

Blue paint lids on top of denim
Adam Albright

Sitting coolly between acid-washed and indigo, faded denim is always in style. The color of this wear-with-anything staple is always popular in home design. And it's no wonder: The soft, understated tone is one of the most livable blues. To get that feel, team an undersaturated blue (one softened with white or gray) with lighter and darker shades to create soothing contrast.

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Eggshell Blue Paint Colors

teal paint lids
Blaine Moats

Invoke a sense of peace in your nest with hues inspired by blue-tone eggs. This soft shade of blue-green is Ontario-based decorator Michael Penney's signature hue. "Robin's-egg blue is a good beginner color," he says. "We see it in the sky and water all around us, so our eye is used to it." However, this pale blue can be difficult to pick from paint chips. "If you look at a real egg, it has a dash of green with the blue," Penney says. "Choose from blues that neighbor greens."

This livable hue can underscore the palette of a whole house. "Maybe it's the walls in your living room and the ceiling in your bedroom, a table in the den, and china in the dining room," Penney says.

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Watercolor Blue Paint Colors

blue color swatches and paint lids
Adam Albright

Inspired by vibrant skies and ocean waves, the appeal of these watery blues is hard to deny. The love of blue is instinctual because we see so much of it in the sky, says New York designer Elaine Griffin, who explains how to translate this beloved hue into a gorgeous blue paint color for your walls.

First, consider how much light the room receives. "A south-facing room flooded with sunlight will always look great in a rich, bold color," Elaine says. In a room with less light, opt for a pale color on walls, and save intense hues for accents.

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Aquamarine Paint Colors

teal paint lids
Kim Cornelison

Try out the bolder side of blue with aquamarine hues. Before painting your walls, designer Khristian A. Howell recommends giving aqua a test run on a piece of furniture. "It's not a sub for painting the whole wall—nothing is—but it gets your hands dirty with the color a little bit," Howell says.

"Being bold is all about balance," she says. In other words, don't use aqua on every surface in the room. A tiny dose will make an impression, especially in a room full of grays, creams, and whites.

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Mood-Lifting Blue Paint Colors

paint lids and soap
Adam Albright

Soft colors aren't the only hues to impart a relaxing tone. These serene blues will also do the trick. It might seem counterintuitive to call bold blues relaxing, but "when we gaze out into deeply hued ocean waters, is that relaxing? Absolutely," says San Francisco designer Kelly Berg.

If a color makes you feel good, it will likely soothe you, too, Berg says. "Listen to your intuitive response to color. Fear can hold us back from picking the colors that feel good, but be brave!"

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Teal Blue Paint Colors

teal paint lids
Greg Scheidemann

For a blue with a dramatic flair, go with teal shades. "Teal doesn't work well as a monochromatic palette," says the color expert and interior designer Philippa Radon. "It embraces other colors." Radon recommends bright accents such as crimson, citrus green, or neon yellow to keep it fresh.

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Saturated Blue Walls

dark blue guest bedroom with moroccan-inspired colorful decor
Kim Cornelison

It's hard to beat bright white as a companion for blue. The two timeless colors look especially fresh when paired with a snappier hue, such as magenta or mustard yellow. Choose a blue that's either pale or saturated (not a middle tone) to keep the palette fresh.

Suggested paint color: Port Au Prince PPG1238-7, PPG Paints

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Modern Blue Paint Colors

bedroom with bench
Kat Teutsch

Although blue is a classic, don't avoid the hue if your style is more modern. To keep the palette simple, choose a medium blue for the major pieces, such as window treatments, upholstered furniture, or bedding, and a paler blue paint color for the walls. It's easier to match paint colors to furniture, accessories, and fabrics than the other way around because paints offer greater variety.

Suggested paint color: Blue Haze 1667, Benjamin Moore

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Sophisticated Green-Blue Colors

light blue white brown living room color scheme
Greg Scheidemann

Green-blue can quickly go candy-coated and childlike. Bring in a little maturity with a stately, mid-range neutral, such as camel brown or taupe. Using a light tone as the main neutral will not have the same effect, while a dark brown or gray might drain the color of its cheeriness.

Suggested paint color: Spa SW6765, Sherwin-Williams

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Warm Blue Colors

chair with ottoman
John Bessler 

Warm blues are not a myth, says designer Elaine Griffin. To find one (and avoid a room that gives you the chills), "look for a blue with lots of yellow undertones," she suggests. You can determine a blue paint color's undertones by comparing the saturated side of the paint chip to other primary colors.

Suggested paint color: Clear Vista PPU13-11, Behr

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All-Blue Color Scheme

blue living room payphone art on fireplace mantel
Annie Schlechter

If blue is your hue, go for it in an all-blue color palette. Vary the intensity of the hues, and stick to either the cool or warm side of blue for a coordinating look. Add warm accents like orange pillows, gold frames, or honey-hued wood furniture or floors to create a balanced look.

Suggested paint color: Blueberry 2063-30, Benjamin Moore

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Serene Blue Colors

contemporary bedroom blue walls
Brie Williams

Scale back the intensity of blues and stick to only one or two variations for a more serene look. When using less intense hues, having a contrasting counterpoint is not as important. The goal of a muted palette is to be subdued, so adding too many opposing elements will defeat the purpose.

Suggested paint color: Winter's Breath PPG1038-3, PPG Paints

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Light Blue Color Ideas

blue bedroom with 2 beds
Heather Anne Thomas

Strike a balance between structured and airy in a room layered with light blues. Spindly furniture with a dark finish, such as these aged-bronze beds, add visual weight without dragging down a watery palette. A small pop of red or pink can also help lift the palette.

Suggested paint color: Dew Pointe M450-1, Behr

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Gray-Blue Paint Colors

blue-gray bathroom with red flowers
Anthony Masterson

Tap into the neutral side of blue with hues tinged with gray. Blue-grays are serene and subtle, ideal for relaxing spaces like bedrooms or baths. Pair the color with a crisp, clean white to prevent it from looking washed out.

Suggested paint color: Bracing Blue SW6242, Sherwin-Williams

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