Blue is an incredibly versatile color. Depending on the shade, it can be welcoming or cool, tranquil or moody, dramatic or subdued. The hue is ideal for a bedroom, where it can add color while creating a serene atmosphere. When it comes to selecting the perfect shade of blue paint, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by choice. From the palest ice to the darkest navy, there are thousands of shades to choose from. In the bedroom, they work well on the walls and even the ceiling, as well as on furniture.
- Color Family: Blue
- Complementary Colors: Orange
- Pairs Well With: Cream, beige, white, yellow, green
- Mood: Calming, tranquil, relaxing, comfortable, friendly
- Where to Use: Bedroom walls, accent wall, ceiling, furniture
Here are 10 blue paint colors that work well for a variety of bedroom styles.
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Bright, bold blues aren't for everyone's design tastes, but they can add depth and look endlessly sophisticated. Magnolia's Under the Stars is a deep blue with green undertones that works beautifully in a bedroom, either on an accent wall or throughout the whole room. Pair this rich color with neutrals or pure white to keep your bedroom from feeling overwhelming or dark.
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If you are drawn to rich, dark colors, you'll love Valspar's Dutch Licorice. This blue paint almost appears black. It is perfect for large bedroom suites as well as for quaint guest rooms. We recommend this chalky deep blue on accent walls, or you can even consider painting a rich paint stripe down a cool white wall for instant design flair.
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Sherwin Williams' Atmospheric is a light, airy blue that will open up a small bedroom and lend a restful, calming feel to larger spaces. This clear blue is ideal for light and bright accent decor. And it pairs well with white molding, along with light wood furniture pieces.
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Gray is another popular, soothing color for bedrooms, and Benjamin Moore's Gray Wisp is the ideal blend of both gray and blue. This cool blue is incredibly muted and great for minimalist or modern bedrooms that need just a little hint of color. But it's also a timeless cool neutral that won't look out of place in your decor anytime soon.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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For the perfect middle ground between barely there blues and deep color, we love The Spruce's Blue Marlin. This medium blue has solid gray undertones and is perfect for nearly every bedroom style. We also like this muted blue for modern nurseries and children's rooms, as it's simple and soothing. It even can remain the perfect neutral canvas as the decor in the child's room changes as they grow.
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We love Benjamin Moore's Stained Glass because it's a rich, bold blend of blue and green. This shade works well in large primary bedrooms where it won't feel overpowering. It also can be used as an accent wall behind a bed for a great pop of color. Keep bed linens light and neutral to prevent the color from feeling too dark and overpowering, especially if you paint it on all the walls.
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If you love decorating with white in the bedroom, you will appreciate Farrow & Ball's Cabbage White. This cool, crisp blue is almost white, but its subtle hint of color places it firmly in the blue category. The fresh, bright color would pair well with fabrics of the same tone in deeper shades.
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Perfect for children's bedrooms or primary suites that could use a burst of color, Benjamin Moore's Utah Sky is not a shy hue. This bright medium blue is packed with pigment and is a great paint for those who want to create a statement in their room. If you don't like the idea of going bold on all your walls, use it as an accent wall behind the bed where the headboard can break up the color a bit.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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We adore Valspar's Memorybook Blue because it's a traditional, tranquil blue with cool, pale undertones. It pairs well with a variety of decor styles. The color looks just as great in a midcentury modern bedroom as it does in a shabby chic, farmhouse-inspired space. It will make white trim and doors pop, and it looks nice with natural wood tones.
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Whether you have a beach-themed guest room or you want to bring hints of the ocean into your own bedroom, we love Benjamin Moore's Ocean Spray. This cool blue is luminescent and evokes beach house feels in any room. Pair it with crisp white curtains and trim, as well as white and sandy linens, to solidify the beachy theme.