Aqua might not be the first paint color you gravitate toward during a home renovation, but it's surprisingly versatile. It can be bright and cheerful or muted and relaxing, depending on the shade. A mix of blue and green, aqua is a go-to for beachy decor and coastal homes. But this gorgeous color isn't only for houses near the water. It's also a great paint choice for modern and vintage design schemes.
Whether you want to add a pop of bold color to a kitchen or you're hunting for a subtle, soothing splash of green for your guest bedroom, interior designers gravitate toward as aqua is a stunning rich shade that holds up well year after year.
- Color Family: Green-blue
- Complementary Colors: Red-orange
- Pairs Well With: Other light pastels and neutrals like white, cream, and gray
- Mood: Calming, breezy, soothing
- Where to Use: Works well in every room in the house; it can be used as an exterior hue and is popular in beach locales and tropical destinations
Here are our favorite aqua paint color ideas, from vibrant shades to muted tones.
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At first glance, Sherwin-Williams Sea Salt is so subtle it may appear more gray or neutral than aqua. But with rich colored accents, the green undertones in this light aqua paint shine through. Perfect for nearly any room (particularly great for bedrooms, living spaces, and kitchens), this works well if you seek a little more color without overpowering the space.
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Benjamin Moore Jamaican Aqua is a true, saturated aqua paint color. This beach-inspired hue is balanced perfectly between blue and green. While it's certainly vibrant and striking, it's also relaxing and tranquil. Jamaican Aqua is a good choice for master bathrooms or cheery laundry rooms, and it's the perfect blend of green and blue.
When picking a paint sheen, the finish depends on where it will go and how much cleaning it will need. Flat or matte does not wash well, which is why it's a go-to for ceilings; it also absorbs lighting glare. Satin or eggshell works on walls since it's usually easy-to-clean. Gloss and semigloss are popular for kitchens and bathrooms; they are washable and can stand up to humidity.
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If you're not afraid to experiment with deep, bold colors, Glidden Deepest Aqua is a moody blue. It is an excellent choice for most rooms. This rich, mermaid-inspired aqua is perfect for a playroom or an accent wall. It pairs well with other bright colors, such as coral and pink.
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Palladian Blue is a soft, muted aqua with blue undertones that works beautifully in airy, sunny living spaces and bathrooms. Bold and clean, Palladian Blue is the perfect blend of gray and blue with a calming effect. It is a subtle way to add a little pigment to a smaller space. Softer colors add a little personality without becoming too intense. Benjamin Moore describes it as "the blue of the sky with a touch of mother of pearl."Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Valspar Beach Blanket is a little greener than a typical aqua and gives you the same fresh look. This aqua hue is just right for those who are more of a "green person" but would still like to create a beach-inspired vibe. Beach Blanket is a warmer aqua than others, making it a great paint to pair with neutral beiges and yellows.
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If you're done experimenting with subtle pops of color and ready to take a bolder approach, Valspar Turquoise Tint is just the ticket. This rich turquoise aqua has strong green undertones—and though it's bright, it's an incredibly soothing color. Try Turquoise Tint in a powder room or on an exterior door for a splash of coastal color.
The secret to a good-looking paint job is using painter's blue tape liberally on the edges between ceiling and wall, around baseboards, windows, and fixtures. Its waxy coating stops paint from seeping through, it's available in several widths, and it will not pull up the surface paint where it has adhered.
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Marina Isle is a chalky, soft aqua with green undertones. It's not an overly saturated color. It pairs well with other muted tones, such as beige and olive green. It works well in living rooms, big and small. Pick bolder green accents to make this aqua hue pop.
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True to its name, Sherwin-Williams Interesting Aqua is a unique aqua shade with gray and green undertones and a calming, smoky appearance. Another muted aqua, Interesting Aqua, is a choice color for entryways, bedrooms, and even kitchen cabinets. It adds the perfect dose of color without feeling juvenile or outdated.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Mint green is an incredibly popular color, but it can be hard to make work in some spaces. Sherwin-Williams Waterscape is an attractive minty aqua that doesn't feel overly pastel or childish. It's the perfect color for a bedroom or bathroom. It looks stunning and mature next to browns and tans.
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If you like aqua with more pronounced shades of blue, try Antique Teal. This medium aqua has blue undertones and pairs well with cooler notes, such as grays and whites. It adds a great pop of color to bedrooms or office spaces and still feels modern and updated when paired with lighter tones.