We love blue interiors. We see dark navy and pale robin's egg walls a lot in catalogs and magazine photos, but blue is not a color we see all that frequently in real-life homes. It's not as easy to work with as brown or beige, but blue can be really striking when set off by metallics, crisp whites, or even a deep red.
Blue is a cool color by nature, and it works well with pretty much any other cool tone: gray, purple, even black. Using color combinations like these will give your room a sense of stability and calm. For higher contrast—and a bolder look—use a warm accent color, like red or yellow.
Check out some of our favorite combos below.
1. Jewel-Toned Blues and Naturals
The deep jewel tones in this armchair are accented by a pillow featuring a rich purple and other earthy hues. The green paint peeking out from behind the bookshelf ties the look together.
2. Blue and Yellow and Gray
Neutral walls make the perfect backdrop for this bright blue table and yellow chairs. The rest of the room is kept simple to let this colorful vignette really shine.
3. Blue, Brown, & Taupe
The inky blue on this headboard makes is highlighted by minimalist, neutral bedding and a pair of throws with brown, taupe, and black touches.
4. Blue and Blush
Millennial pink has quickly become a new classic color in decor, and it looks totally on-trend in this blue and gray living room.
5. Blue and Black
Going all-in with royal blue cabinets is not for the faint of heart, but the white walls and black windowsills make the color feel a little more accessible.
6. Blue and Gold
Reminiscent of the night sky, this color combo adds a dreamy feel to any room, even if you don't go this literal with star-print pillow.
7. Dark Blue and Hot Pink
Hot pink really pops when it's paired with other bold colors, especially a rich, saturated blue. The combo just screams summer.
8. Blue and Orange
Blue and orange are opposite each other on the color wheel, making them ideal complements, as evidenced by this orange lamp and navy wall pairing.
9. Light Blue and Green and Red
A softer blue can feel almost neutral when paired with wood accents, a patterned bedspread and a smattering of colorful pillows.
10. Blue and Yellow
Dark navy walls allow these yellow flowers to really pop, and the color combo would work just as well throughout the home.
*re-edited from a post originally published 10.06.09