What is Peacock Blue? Plus, 8 Decor Ideas For Your Home

updated Sep 17, 2022
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The color blue, and all of its various shades, is one of the most popular paint colors out there. And for good reason: you can create just about any vibe you can think of with the color blue, from peaceful and relaxing to upbeat and funky. 

For something new and different, why not try peacock blue. This hot color is totally of the moment right now, and no matter what sort of aesthetic you’re aiming for, there’s a place for the peacock. Blue, that is. 

If you’re searching for something new and a little more exciting, and you’re into navy, then a peacock blue shade may be where it’s at for you.

What Color is Peacock Blue? 

I wouldn’t say peacock is quite as neutral as navy, because there’s definitely more green in the equation. And while some of the shades you’ll find match navy in tone and intensity, this jewel tone, on the whole, is a little bit more glamorous and unexpected. Peacock blue basically does what navy can do for your space—ground your decor, introduce a touch of color to an otherwise tonal scheme, and even subtly reference nature (birds, duh!) and the sea. Is peacock blue the same as teal? While they’re certainly similar, and can often give the same vibe, overall we say no; teal has a bit more green in it than peacock blue. 

Let’s look at peacock blue in action. 

How to Decorate With Peacock Blue in Your Home

You can use this spunky color in any room of your home, and you can use it to create something funky or elegant; it all depends on how you use it. Below, some of our favorite decorating ideas using peacock blue. 

1. Peacock Blue Front Door

Not ready to invite this unique color inside? Use it on your front door! We love how the use of peacock blue on the door is toned down with the use of black and white on this front porch from @_vix_creates_

2. Peacock Prep Room

The bathroom is the perfect place to try on a new and different paint color. After all, a smaller bathroom doesn’t really need to “flow” with the rest of your home; it’s okay to let things get a little funky (no, not that kind of funky!). We love how @rachael_ruckus opted for a peacock blue paint color to breathe life into her otherwise neutral bathroom. 

(Image credit: Geinger Hill)

3. Elegant Kitchen

In recent years, people have been daring to go darker with their cabinetry, and navy was one of the first shades designers really embraced. Lately, things have been going greener. We’ve seen lots of emerald in kitchens, and now peacock blue has started popping up. 

Dana Tucker, who owns Bella Tucker, a design firm and decorative refinishing company that specializes in cabinetry, just redid her own kitchen and went with Sherwin-Williams’ Blue Peacock (SW 0064), which definitely speaks to the decorative punch and potential longevity of this hue. It’s not the first kitchen she’s done in this exact shade either.

(Image credit: Jacqueline DuBois)

4. Blue-Hued Living Room

What’s amazing is that peacock blue can also be a wonderfully neutral, rich backdrop for a gallery wall in a living room. Sure, we’ve seen grays and blush pinks rise to this challenge. But we think this Scandinavian home is totally making the case for peacock blue paint!

(Image credit: Mackenzie Schieck)

5. Peacock Blue Accent Furniture

If you’re so over the navy or midnight blue tufted sofa phenomenon but still want a darker blue couch for its stain-hiding and comfort attributes, then give peacock blue a look. It’s riskier than navy, sure, but it’s also less likely to be the same couch as what’s in your neighbor’s house or all over Pinterest. 

You can get really funky and choose something like the one in this Seattle home, with an even cleaner-lined, mid-modern silhouette. 

(Image credit: Jacqueline DuBois)

6. A Touch of Color

Subtle pops of color more your style? Then why not find dining chairs that have peacock blue seats? Or better yet—a wooden style with peacock seat cushions, so you have the flexibility to change up the look of your dining area later.

(Image credit: Anna Spaller)

7. Peacock Blue Bedding

Bedding is another place where peacock blue can replace navy. It is maybe not quite as gender neutral, but peacock is not over-the-top feminine, either. We give this homeowner extra credit for pulling that perfect shade of peacock for her velvet comforter right out of that graphic Orla Kiely wallpaper.

(Image credit: Mary Costa)

8. Peacock Blue Tile

This bathroom by Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design proves peacock can also hang as wainscoting, literally, in a wet space. Paired with crisp white trim, the peacock tile pops just as much as navy would, and it’s softer, especially in a smaller room. You don’t have to worry about this shade making a powder room or smaller bath feel dark or claustrophobic. The half wall of white helps with this as well.

And if you want to get really crazy, why not mix peacock and navy together? These blues are on the same wavelength, at least mood-wise so the resulting room would be relaxing and yet still sort of mysterious. After all, the best rooms have a little quirkiness or mystery to them.