New Ways to Decorate With Shades of Blue

From pale ice blue to deep indigo, blue decor is having a moment. Here's how some of our favorite designers decorate with a whole range of watery hues.

  • Blue Transitional Bedroom

    Blue-Gray: Bedroom Walls

    Natural fibers on the footstools and butterflies by an Etsy artist bring nature into this calm, transitional bedroom. The blue walls add a cohesive element by echoing the blue tones in the John Robshaw bedding and Pottery Barn lamps. Design by Courtney Blanton

  • Blue-Gray: Wall Mural

    Designer Meg Caswell brings contemporary flair to a turn-of-the-century dining room while still honoring the past. She keeps the original tin ceiling and adds classic elements, like wainscoting. The true showpiece of the space is a breathtaking monochromatic, blue-gray landscape mural.

  • Master Bathroom With Mod Pendant Chandelier

    Blue-Gray: Spa-Style Bathroom

    Designer Patty Malone used a Caesarstone tub surround, custom laminate tub facing by Terri Robison Design and a custom area rug to create a spa-like bathroom with a blue-gray backdrop.

  • Blue-Gray: Cool Cabinetry

    Designer Meg Caswell continues the blue-gray cabinetry fronts on the refrigerator for a seamless look, while beautiful trim work and molding finish off the updated farmhouse look.

  • Traditional Blue and White Bathroom

    Sky Blue: Coastal Bathroom

    A blue and white color palette brings a calm, coastal feel to this traditional bathroom. White wainscoting protects the sheetrock from daily family use and also adds character to the small space. Design by Courtney Blanton

  • Sky Blue: Cabana-Style Cushions

    Cabana stripe and solid blue fabrics were laminated before they were made into cushions in this family dining spot featured in HGTV Magazine, so they’re easy to wipe down.

  • Vintage Cottage Kitchen

    Sky Blue: Vintage-Style Kitchen Island

    Sky blue and buttery yellow create a vintage vibe in this kitchen designed by Sarah Richardson. The pale blue island hue creates a striking-yet-soothing focal point.

  • Sky Blue: Stylish Slipcovers

    Airy linen slipcovers create a beachy feel in this room full of natural textures, white and warm neutrals, as featured in HGTV Magazine.

  • Sky Blue: Color-Coordinated Gallery Wall

    The composition of art on this gallery wall is balanced, yet feels collected over time. Choose pieces in similar hues with organic shapes to make it seem cohesive without being too matchy-matchy. Design by Emily Henderson

  • Sky Blue: Cabinet Pulls

    Designer Sarah Richardson dressed up plain white Ikea cabinets with vintage blue pulls that play off the fun floor stripe and backsplash palettes. See more of this kitchen featured in HGTV Magazine.

  • Contemporary Guest Bedroom

    Robin's Egg Blue: Mod Wallpaper

    Equal parts glamorous and retro, warm robin's egg blue is the perfect backdrop for the metallic wallpaper design in this contemporary guest bedroom designed by Jamie Herzlinger

  • Dining Room Seating

    Robin's Egg Blue: Traditional Mantel With a Twist

    This dining room has traditional lines, but designer Katie Ridder transformed it with bold pattern mixing and an unexpected robin's egg blue hue on the mantel and trim.

  • Turquoise and Orange Living Room Decor

    Robin's Egg Blue: A Perfect Match for Orange

    Just like the sky itself, this shade of aqua has a serene, calming presence. Pair it with soft orange accessories for a combination that will look just as at home by the shore as it does in the city. Design by Tobi Fairley

  • Laundry Featuring Lacquered Cabinetry and Mirror B

    Robin's Egg Blue: Subtle Cabinet Color

    Lacquered blue cabinets and a mirrored backsplash make this an elegant spot to do laundry. This hue is subtle enough to fill a whole room without being too overpowering. Design by Jamie Herzlinger

  • Robin's Egg Blue: Modern Tile

    Designer Anastasia Faiella used triangular tiles in brown, white and robin's egg blue to add interest to a modern kitchen.

  • Master Bedroom: Custom Furniture

    Steel Blue: French Glamour

    Paired with soft gray grasscloth, creamy white bedding and a sparkling chandelier, this French-inspired bedroom looks like a high-end hotel suite. Design by Rebecca Driggs

  • Upbeat Homework Table

    Steel Blue: Kids' Room Glamour

    Paired with white and pink, steel blue looks more grown-up and sophisticated than traditional purple in this kids' homework space designed by Brian Patrick Flynn.

  • Steel Blue: Mixed Patterns

    Using one color for all of the patterned pillows makes it simple to mix sizes and shapes without making this bedroom too busy, as featured in HGTV Magazine.

  • Master Bedroom in gray and blue with a wood platform bed

    Steel Blue: Soothing and Rustic

    A palette of cool grays, blues and wood tones helps create a soothing space for resting in this master bedroom. Design by Design Development

  • Caribbean Blue: Playful Kids' Room

    This bright blue wall hue is playful enough for a kids' space, but sophisticated enough to grow along with the child. Design by TerraCotta Properties

  • Caribbean Blue: Cool and Modern

    Cheerful blue walls create a relaxing canvas for this modern loft living room designed by Brian Patrick Flynn.

  • Caribbean Blue: Bright Nightstand

    A brown demilune table, too tall for the pint-size space, was trimmed down and spray-painted a vivid shade of blue. Design from the 2012 HGTV Green Home.

  • Aqua: Hip Tween Space

    Using a black glass chandelier instead of a more traditional style adds funkiness to this hip tween's room. Silver, aqua and white accents balance out the heaviness of the black. Design by Sarah Macklem

  • Aqua: Adaptable Sofa

    Designer Emily Henderson gave classic navy-and-white a modern twist by adding gold accent pieces, bold magenta and a low-slung aqua sofa DesignLoveFest blogger Bri Emery's living room.

  • Dining Room Hero

    Aqua: Beachy Elegance

    Beach-blue walls, sea glass-inspired accessories and aqua upholstered dining chairs give this dining room from HGTV Smart Home 2013 a casual elegance.

  • Turquoise: Color-Filled Kids' Room

    Interior designer Linda Woodrum's ode to sea glass, the twin suite bedroom celebrates the home's coastal location. Design from the 2013 HGTV Dream Home.

  • Turquoise: Midcentury Mecca

    A turquoise accent wall with an oversized sunburst mirror is the focal point of this tropical, midcentury apartment. Design by Gacek Design Group

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    Turquoise: Trending Traditional

    Although we typically think of turquoise and navy blue as beachy hues, this elegant dining room papered in a scrolling pattern from French company Mauny is far from appearing coastal.

  • Turquoise: Blue on Blue

    The patchwork style of the overdyed rug mimics the graphic shapes of the turquoise accent wall in this colorful living room. Design by Gacek Design Group

  • Turquoise: Eclectic Bedding Mix

    The master bedroom from HGTV Green Home 2012 features an eclectic mix of blue hues and suzani-inspired patterns.

  • Turquoise: Contemporary Meets Traditional

    Turquoise paint used to accent the corner of the room and a luxurious maize-colored curtain helps bridge the gap between the contemporary space and the traditional furnishings. Design by Gacek Design Group

  • Teal: High-End Headboard

    This watery bedroom proves that a high-end look can be had on the cheap. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn turned 6 yards of bargain fabric into a custom 7-foot-tall teal headboard, then matched the wall hue for a subtle, textured look.

  • Blue-Green Padded Headboard

    Teal: Plays Well With Pink

    An oversized, tufted teal headboard is the backdrop of this fun, eclectic kids' room, filled with DIY decorations and handmade touches. Design by Rachel Faucett

  • Toy Car Photograpy

    Azure: Kids' Room Artwork

    A child's treasured belonging is turned into eye-catching artwork in a saturated, true-blue azure hue to add a personal touch to this kid's room. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

  • Eclectic Living Room with Stairs

    Azure: New American Entryway

    Designer Tobi Fairley is known for combining colors and patterns in playful, new ways. For this living room, she mixes soft cerulean blue with navy and red for a look that's both fresh and timeless.

  • Plaid Blue Roman Shade

    Azure: Summer-Perfect Plaid Shade

    For an unexpected touch in this kids' bedroom, an airy plaid featuring different shades of azure and navy picks up on the blues used throughout the space. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

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    Royal Blue: Transferware Wall Art

    A darker take on azure blue, this traditional hue evokes royalty. A collection of blue-and-white transferware dishes make a pretty blue focal point. Design by Charles Faudree Interiors

  • Royal Blue: One Little Accent

    A Moroccan pouf adds a touch of royal blue to this pink-and-purple girls' room, as seen in HGTV Magazine.

  • Traditional Dining Room

    Royal Blue: Classic Blue and White

    Rows of blue-and-white wares are mirrored in the classic blue walls just outside this traditional dining room. Design by RMS user Tetbury

  • HGTV Smart Home 2014 Great Room

    Denim Blue: Nailhead-Embellished Table

    Denim blue goes global in the Ikat draperies and Moroccan-inspired side table that designer Linda Woodrum chose for the 2014 HGTV Smart Home great room.

  • Denim Blue: Not-So-Quiet Library

    This library is a relaxing haven for two. Designers Lauren Jacobsen and Kathy Hartz of Style in 5 created a cozy environment large, soft English occasional armchairs. Denim blue accents add interest without being too bold. Photo by Terrance Williams

  • Eclectic Downtown Loft Living Room

    Denim Blue: Art Inspires Life

    This space was created to feel welcoming, luxurious and ready for entertaining. The large-scale ocean scene unites the room's eclectic elements.

  • Denim Blue: Spring for Slipcovers

    For these stylish homeowners will spill-prone pets and kids, designer Brian Patrick Flynn slipcovered classic sofas with a handsome shade of denim blue linen.

  • Electric Blue: Bold Kitchen Island

    The vibrant blue island adds a dramatic pop of color. The intensity of the color is softened by the stainless steel appliances and the soft gray granite countertop. Design by Terry Kenney

  • Electric Blue: Vibrant Boys' Room

    The shared boys' bedroom features a bright blue color palette, bunk beds and a double work stations for doing homework. Design by Robert and Cortney Novogratz

  • Ultramarine Blue: A Little Shine

    High-gloss, bright blue walls lend instant sophistication to this eclectic, pattern-filled living room. Design by Lorna Gross of Savant Interior Design and photography by Angie Seckinger

  • Dining Room in Blue

    Ultramarine Blue: Blue on Blue

    Using the same bright blue shade on the walls and in the shag rug makes this small dining space appear more spacious. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

  • Traditional Chair in Wallpapered Room

    Navy Blue: Go Classic With Blue + White

    Navy and white — few colors go together so well and, literally, never go out of the style. Image courtesy of Thibaut

  • Navy Blue: Bold Built-Ins

    Bold accents of yellow and lime green are the perfect contrast to the deep navy built-ins. Design by Meg Caswell

  • Navy Blue: Classic Stripes

    Bold horizontal navy-and-white stripes wake up this bedroom that's tight on square footage but big on style. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

  • Navy Blue: Modern Classic

    Classic color meets midcentury edge with these 1960s-inspired chairs upholstered with navy blue velvet. Design by Shirry Dolgin

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    Navy Blue: Stripes on Stripes

    This formal entryway doesn't take itself too seriously with a classic menswear-inspired striped wallpaper complemented by a handwoven stair runner in the same palette but with a reversed pattern (white on navy, instead of navy on white). Design by John Lyle and Mark Umbach.

  • Bunk Beds in a Kid's Bedroom

    Navy Blue: Playful Kids' Room

    Not only does navy blue pair well with most colors, it's the perfect choice for gender-neutral spaces, like this sunny kids' room designed by Lauren Leonard.

  • Navy Blue: Go High-Gloss

    A door painted in high-gloss navy (Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy) adds a nautical nod to this spacious vaulted attic that has been converted into a ship-shape guest room.

  • Blue settee

    Navy Blue: Moody Lounging

    Paired with charcoal gray and white, this low-slung navy setee takes on a moody, nightclub vibe. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

  • Deep Teal: Floor-to-Ceiling Blue

    Deep teal walls are a bold backdrop for a whimsical floor-to-ceiling gallery wall featuring 3-D objects, family photos, kids' artwork and flea market art pieces.

  • Deep Teal: Creative Kids' Space

    Aqua, navy and orange paired with saturated greens and reds create a visually-stimulating kids' space in this room designed by Emily Henderson.

  • Deep Teal: Relaxing Den

    The living room's blue walls are complemented by throw pillows, the armoire and the Roman shades, creating a cozy space perfect for relaxation. Design by Patty Malone

  • Deep Teal: Furniture Imitates Art

    The deep teal artwork is the first thing you notice in this living room by Emily Henderson; chairs, throws, pillows and poufs coordinate with the moody palette, as seen in HGTV Magazine.

  • Deep Teal: One Continuous Stripe

    The stripe in the center of the custom-made teal-and-black shades is echoed in the folded throw blanket tucked in the wingback chair. Design by Jennifer Reiner and Robert White

  • Deep Teal: Americana Style

    Swapping deep teal for traditional blue and incorporating bold wallpaper and artwork adds a designer touch to this Americana-inspired space. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

  • Indigo: Just Add Pillows

    A sexy, mysterious relative of the summer favorite navy blue, this deep color goes with almost anything and is a fresh alternative to black. Think of it as black that's been kissed by another color, like these deep blue throw pillows. Photo courtesy of Stacy Garcia

  • Indigo: Moody Bachelor Bedroom

    Designer Brian Patrick Flynn wanted the wet-look paint finish to be the room's signature feature, and it shines in contrast to the white trey ceiling.

  • Indigo: Go Eclectic

    The indigo walls in this living space highlight the unique shape of the leather Restoration Hardware chair and curved design of the side table. Keeping patterns and color subtle in the furniture allows the bold wall color to make a statement without overwhelming the room. Design by Nile Johnson

  • Bedroom With Bird Drawing

    Midnight Blue: Pair With Pink

    Hot pink is a great way to add a feminine touch to more masculine hues, like this bedroom's blue-black wall hue.

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