Blue is a universally favorite color. Blue is seen as reliable, comfortable, and friendly. If you would like to add blue to your home's color palette, you have hundreds of shades to choose from. Blue can be soft with a gray undertone, or clear and bright with no undertone at all. Blue is a versatile color and is almost considered a neutral because of its simplicity.
DO choose the right blue. How do you choose the right one?
By recognizing that blue can be soft like blue-gray, or bright like primary blue, and even vivid like an electric blue.
DON’T create your color palette until you settle on your blue paint color. Because of the big range of blue shades and undertones, your other colors can negatively impact your choice. If you put together a color scheme with a blue you think you might like, you may find that the white you chose is too gray or the brown is too muddy.
DO decide ahead of time what your style is before choosing blue for your room. If you love beach-inspired decorating, then a soft gray-blue or an aqua blue would be a great choice. Once you have your style chosen, you can find inspiration online and in magazines that can give you ideas for the type of blue you'll want to sample.
DO learn the basics of cool versus warm colors. Being able to recognize the color temperature of any color you're considering will help you pick the right color blue.
While blue cannot technically be considered a warm color, a green undertone will give it more warmth than a blue or violent one. Knowing the difference can help you later on when choosing other colors and decor.
DON’T forget that blue can be used in more than bedrooms or bathrooms. The right blue paint color is beautiful in a kitchen with white cabinetry and tile.
A deep blue or denim blue can make a family room feel comfortable and inviting, especially with crisp white trim and neutral furniture.
Don't be afraid to try other ways of adding blue to your home. Porches, doors, and even ceilings, can benefit from blue's livable style. Sky blue is a natural choice for ceilings or porches. Try richer blue for your front door to get a traditional vibe.
DON’T forget navy blue! Navy blue is more popular than ever. Dark wall color is fashionable now, and navy blue can look elegant without being too dark. Dining rooms look especially stunning in dark or navy blue with brushed silver or gold light fixtures. White accents and trim can keep your dining room from looking somber with deep blue wall color.
DO watch your undertones. Understanding how paint undertones work will save you from many problems later on with colors that don't seem to work together. The wrong undertone can ruin a color scheme instantly. Watch out for gray and green undertones with your blue paint colors, these are the most common undertone offenders.
DO have fun with blue! With so many beautiful blue colors in paint and decor, you can find the perfect one for your home. If a simple blue color doesn't excite you, look for teal or peacock hue for an energetic twist on blue.
If you love the beach, maybe this is the year you turn your home into a beach-inspired retreat with blue. See the 10 Best Beach-Inspired Paint Colors here.