10 Ways to Incorporate Blue Into Your Design

The color blue offers a stunning versatility that makes it an ideal complement when paired with different colors and styles. Add some blue to your home with these 10 inspirational spaces.
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April 16, 2015
By: Georgette Mosley
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Traditional Accents

Deeper shades of blue are accentuated best with paler colors. In this home library, a dark-blue upholstered chair is complemented by soothing off-white accents. This space is both calming and relaxing, making it the perfect fit for any study. Design by Jennifer Duneier

Opposites Attract

A color scheme comprised of solely cool colors can look washed out. Try pairing them with rich, earthy colors to anchor the scheme. In this dining room, dark wood furnishings are used to ground the decor, while variations of patterns are used to give the space exuberance and personality. Design by Ana Donohue

Color With Caution

Designing a room with darker shades of blue can be a challenge. Too much blue in one space can cause the room to feel dark and crowded. When designing with these tones, try pairing them with lighter hues, like an elegant golden yellow. This will help to create a warmer and more inviting space overall. Design by Jane Ellison

Modern Flair

Accentuate your table with stylish plate settings to give your dining room a modern edge. For a bolder look, pair blue walls and accents with a vibrant punch of color. In this dining room, spicy tangerine accessories contrast sharply with the light-blue walls, creating a bold and energetic environment. Design by Christopher J. Grubb

Create a Custom Look

Design custom storage systems to meet the specific needs of your home. In this high-styled bathroom design, the custom millwork becomes a focal point, enhancing the creative architectural details. The light blue wood is accentuated by gold detailing, turning this bathroom into a soothing, spa-like getaway. Design by Ken Kelly

Personality on Display

Floating shelves are perfect for small spaces, like this contemporary breakfast nook. They are quick and easy to install and make great displays for small ornaments. Use them to showcase your own personal style and give your space a burst of creativity. Design by Alicia Friedmann

Dine in Style

Looking for a way to glam up your dining room decor? Outfit your walls with a stylish blue wallpaper design, and surround it with crisp white trim to add a striking color contrast. In this design, slight variations of blue work together to create a unified and high-styled dining room. Design by Jennifer Duneier

Sweet Baby Blue

Light blue works well in kids' rooms, and when paired with the right accessories, it can act as a balanced neutral. In this playful nursery design, baby blue is paired with crisp white accents and soft pastels to create the perfect unisex bedroom. Design by Leslie Saul

Naturally Blue

Since blue is a common color seen throughout nature, it tends to work well in outdoor-inspired spaces, like this glass-surrounded bedroom. White walls, wood frames and a slight punch of color is all that's needed in this space. With a beautifully framed view, this simple bedroom design creates the perfect in-house retreat. Design by David Hertz

A Headboard That Suits You

A well-designed headboard can change the demeanor of a bedroom. They should be carefully chosen with three main factors in mind: color, size and material. Cool colors work well in bedroom spaces as they tend to lend a tranquil feel. The size of the headboard should be largely determined by the size of the space. Lastly, your fabric choice should reflect your own personal style. In this traditional bedroom, all of these factors work together to create a beautiful retreat. Design by Genoveve Serge

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