9 Best Blue Paint Colors

Our Favorite Shades of Blue

Napoleonic Blue Annie Sloan Paint
On the back wall: Napoleonic Blue by Annie Sloan.

 Courtesy of Annie Sloan

For many interior design pros, blue is their choice for walls. It's versatile and comes in a broad range of shades and hues that can work as a neutral or a bold pop of color. To get you inspired to refresh your walls, we asked some of our favorite decorating experts to share their go-to blue paint colors.

  • 01 of 09

    Best Chalk Blue: Glidden Chalk Blue PPG 1153-5

    chalky blue by Glidden Paints

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    Chalky Blue by Glidden is one of architect John Mochelle's favorite colors. "The velvety hue sits somewhere between blue and gray so it can work as a neutral or a splash of enlivening color," he says. With blue, it's very easy to change the mood of a room by simply switching out the accent colors. John recommends a bold trim to secure the final vibe of a space. "To brighten a room, I suggest pairing with white trim, but if you are looking to make a dramatic impact combine with rich black accents."

  • 02 of 09

    Best Dark Blue-Green: Sherwin-Williams Dark Night SW 6237

    Sherwin-Williams Dark Night SW 6237

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    Leslie Bowman, founder and design director of The Design Bar, says, "Sherwin-Williams Dark Night is the perfect moody blue for a multitude of spaces from bedrooms to bathrooms. Its striking deep blue shade with green undertones creates a strong statement that evokes a sense of drama but still provides a soothing sentiment." She appreciates the color's flexibility when it comes to decorating and adding final touches. Both warm and cool tones work in tandem with this shade.

  • 03 of 09

    Best Charcoal Blue: The Spruce Best Home Stormy Skies SPR-15

    The Spruce paint color swatch in Stormy Skies

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    "If you are looking for a classic color that feels both rich and neutral, consider The Spruce Best Home Stormy Skies," says John Mochelle, a New York City-based architect who specialized in interiors. "It is an extremely versatile shade of dusty blue with a relaxing gray undertone. It is perfect for kitchen cabinets, an accent wall, a piece of furniture, or even your front door. The hue plays well with other colors such as white, dusty pink, and sea green. It also looks fantastic under different lighting conditions. It can make a dark room feel super cozy, and in sun-drenched spaces, it lends bold color."

  • 04 of 09

    Best Icy Blue: PPG Inverness Gray 1012-2

    INVERNESS GRAY PPG paint

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    Paintzen color expert Don Torrance says, "PPG's Inverness Gray is an icy shade of bluish turquoise that looks amazing in bathrooms when combined with crisp white features." This is also a great choice for creating a calm and soothing environment in a nursery or a bedroom.

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  • 05 of 09

    Best Navy Blue: Benjamin Moore Hale Navy HC-154

    Benjamin Moore Hale Navy

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    “Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore is one of those colors that looks great in any light," says Carolyn Rebuffel, the interior designer at Work Room C. "It is a happy color—but still neutral, so it is an excellent choice if you are not ready to go with a bright blue." Complementary neutral colors like beige or gray will serve as great accents for this shade. Living rooms and dining rooms will benefit from this sophisticated, but muted tone.

  • 06 of 09

    Best Blue Green: Magnolia Home Rainy Days

    Rainy Days Magnolia Homes Paint Color

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    "Blue is a color that can feel too intense or too pastel," says Rebecca West, the interior designer behind Seriously Happy Homes. "Rainy Days by Magnolia Homes gets around both problems. It is a timeless, and elegant blue-green that is rich without being too dark or earthy." While you may think this is simply a fitting shade for farmhouse-style homes, it blends elegantly in modern spaces, too.

  • 07 of 09

    Best Blue Black: Benjamin Moore Deep Space 2125-20

    Benjamin Moore Deep Space

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    Susan Williams, an interior designer at Siren Betty Design, likes that this color is on the border of black, but still has a hint of blue. The best space for a deep shade like this? She suggests using it for an accent or gallery wall, because the color is so dark, artwork and photos will contrast beautifully against it.

  • 08 of 09

    Best Cobalt Blue: Annie Sloan Napoleonic Blue

    Napoleonic Blue Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

    The Spruce

    "Napoleonic Blue is deep cobalt, which is calming, mysterious, and exciting—and spending an afternoon painting one or all the walls in this color is the cheapest most immediate way to transform a room," says color expert and chalk paint creator, Annie Sloan. Bonus rooms and craft rooms will instantly become more playful, invigorating spaces with a color this saturated.

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  • 09 of 09

    Best Teal Blue: Sherwin-Williams Adriatic Sea 6790

    Sherwin-Williams SW 6790 Adriatic Sea

    The Spruce

    Interior designer Tara Polony likes how perky Sherwin-Williams' Adriatic Sea is. She recommends using it with bright white trim and warm wood flooring for a stunning color combination. This color is a nice option for bathrooms, too, as tile looks just as lovely as wood next to it.