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Blue is the Perfect Partner for Just About Every Other Color
The color of the sky, the ocean, and the happiest bird, blue has an inherent peaceful stillness that soothes the senses even as it refreshes the spirit. It’s no wonder that after neutrals such as white, gray and brown, blue is the most popular color for decorating bedrooms. And what makes blue even more praiseworthy is its adaptability. Match it with just about any other color; it works. Use it with just about any decorating theme; it can handle it. So whether you like your blues whisper-soft or... extra-bright, mixed with a strong color or partnered with a pastel, there’s a blue and a color combination that’s right for you.These bedrooms show you how to do blue right.
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Blue and Green
Sitting next to each other on the color wheel, blue and green work together in perfect harmony. You can take them bright, but for a more soothing bedroom, stick with a pastel tint of blue and a slightly stronger lime green, as in the room designed by Crisp Architects shown here. Pastel blue walls and white molding create a wonderful backdrop for the pops of blue and lime green within the furniture, curtains, bedding, and accent pillows.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Blue and Brown
Another great color duo is blue and brown like this chic modern bedroom designed by Georgette Westerman Interiors. Dark chocolate brown sets off turquoise accents to perfection, while the mix of patterns and accessories give the room lots of whimsical charm. Fun, and yet still sophisticated.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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Blue and Purple
When blue plays with purple, the results can range from soft and sweet (as in the bedroom here from designer and stylist Margot Austin) to dramatic and moody when the chosen hues are dark and intense. Either way, the combination of these two cool colors makes for a soothing bedroom with a striking appearance.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Blue and Red
Want a palette that really pops, yet is easy to keep under control by going slightly muted with your chosen colors? Then give red and blue a try. It’s a classic country palette, especially when mixed with white as in the country charmer shown here. But you aren’t limited to casual or rustic styles: contemporary, retro and Asian themes all work well in blue and red. It’s also a great palette for a child’s bedroom, perfectly suited to either a girl or a boy.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Blue and Gold
When it comes to metallics, you probably picture cool blue with equally cool silver, but as this elegant bedroom proves, gold is just as rich when mixed with a deep shade of blue. The room here has a bit of a British colonial vibe (the traditional, formal bed with its wicker insets) and the overall feel is quite traditional. If you love a similar traditional decorating style, consider deep blue and gold for your palette.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Blue and White
Match white with any other pure color, and you end up with a striking room. Combine white with a dark hue of pure blue, as in this lovely room from Kim Armstrong Interior Design, and wow, you get a major dose of tranquility accented with a splash of drama. Add in the nautical touches in the accessories throughout the space, and the final result is a bedroom that both soothes and delights. Perfection.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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Blue and Orange
Blue and orange are color complements, meaning that they sit directly across from each other on the color wheel. When used together, they have very strong contrast and a definite dramatic vibe, so this isn’t the palette for a highly subdued or tranquil feel. Still, when used as accents, not as primary colors, blue and orange add a sense of excitement without overwhelming the space. For proof, check out the mid-century modern room shown here.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Blue and Neutral
The beauty of neutrals is that they can carry a room on their own, but they also play well with every other color. When you add accents of blue to a neutral theme, as in this featured bedroom, you add a big dose of peace and tranquility to a space that otherwise might have been bland. It’s even better in a room with rustic touches, like the weathered wood wall here.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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Blue and Yellow
Blue and yellow are quite different in feel -- yellow is cheery and warm, while blue is relaxed and cool – yet they complement each other beautifully. While you can work this palette to perfection with just about any decorating theme, it certainly plays well in the formal, elegant, and rather romantic bedroom shown here. So pretty.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Blue and Gray
While blue and gray are both on the cool side of the spectrum, they don’t have to cast a chill on your interior design. Just add in some touches of bright blue, like the turquoise throw pillows here, to chase off any cloudy or too-subdued doldrums. By keeping the gray soft and the other blues muted, the overall vibe of the room remains very serene and relaxed, yet still inviting.