It’s the color of the endless sky on the clearest summer day, the color of the ever-changing, mysterious ocean depths, the color of a cocky blue jay’s wings or a proud peacock’s glory, the color of your most comfortable, worn denim jeans. It’s blue, of course, a color that can be welcoming or chilly, tranquil or brooding, dramatic or subdued, depending on the shade chosen. This versatile color is quite at home in the bedroom, where it works to create a serene atmosphere without a bit of boredom or plain-Jane vanilla flavor. When it comes to selecting the perfect shade of blue paint, however, it’s easy to be overwhelmed at the selection. From the palest whisper of icy blue to the darkest of navy, there are thousands of shades to choose from. To simplify your search, here are ten shades of blue paint – light, dark and in between – that work well in the bedroom.
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It's not too light, it's not too dark, it's not too bright, it's not too subdued. Raindrop from Sherwin Williams strikes the perfect balance on the blue scale. It's nearly pure, with just a tiny hint of green and gray to add interest. Despite its rainy name, this is a cheery shade of blue. Use it with just about any decorating theme, especially tropical, contemporary or in a child's room.
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Almost a periwinkle, Colonel's Lady from Pratt & Lambert has a slightly cool lavender undertone to spark up the mid-tone blue. This dreamy shade is just a little bit darker than sky blue, and although it's bright, it retains an elegant restraint that works very well in a contemporary bedroom.
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Depending on the light, Mysterious from Benjamin Moore appears as the deepest navy, slate gray or even a soft black. A blue this dark isn't for the faint of heart, but it's not brash or outspoken. Elegant, sophisticated and contemporary, this is a navy blue equally at home in a sleekly modern bedroom, a contemporary country setting, or a traditional and feminine space.
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Bright, cheerful, playful -- here's the perfect blue for a child's bedroom or an airy master bedroom where a touch of happy color is welcome. Song Bird from Behr is a pure blue that is dark enough to be dramatic, but light enough to be innocently sweet. It's a especially great shade for country, coastal, shabby chic or other casual decorating styles.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Wave Crest from Behr is an icy shade of blue with just enough gray to add sophistication. This light shade of blue works well in small bedrooms, creating an impression of open space and light. If you want blue walls in a space decorated in Asian-influenced, contemporary, traditional or formal style, this is the blue for you.
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Serene. Peaceful. Tranquil. Missoula Blue from Dutch Boy invokes a feeling of calmness and clarity, making it a wonderful color for the bedroom. A hint of gray keeps it from being bright, but it's close to a pure blue, and so works well with most other colors, and decorating styles from casual to formal.
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A soft shade with hints of green and gray creating a tranquil feel, Metropolitan from Dutch Boy is a light blue, but not at all washed out or timid. It's an excellent choice if you want to try color on your bedroom walls, but are afraid to go too strong or bright. It's also a good choice for a nursery or child's bedroom.
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A mid-tone shade of blue reminiscent of faded denim, Antique Blue from Valspar has a slight lavender undertone, making it cool, calm and quiet. Despite that, it isn't a shrinking violet, but is strong enough to make its presence felt in the bedroom. If you decorate in colonial, country or traditional style, here's the perfect blue.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Strong dark color isn't for everyone, but if you are looking for blue with an impact, consider Basin Blue from Valspar. This deep hue is cool, but not at all chilly or cold. If an entire room painted in dark blue is too much, consider using this sophisticated yet friendly color on just the wall behind your headboard as a dramatic accent.
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Blue Lagoon from Valspar brings to mind a drive along the coast. Almost teal, the strong green undertone chases away any chill or gloominess from the blue, so you don't need to worry that your room will look shadowy or dim. This is blue all grown up, with sophistication and presence. It works well in a contemporary or traditional setting.