Decorate with Blue
Complement with Blue
There are many shades of blue that are perfect for dining rooms. This shade of blue with a hint of gray pairs well with the formal setting.
Bring Everything Together
If you do want all-over color, paint the walls and ceilings the same hue to bring everything together in the room.
Paint: Covington Blue (HC-138, semitransparent stain) by Benjamin Moore; benjaminmoore.com.
Walls and ceilings splashed in similar soft shades of blue in this kitchen create a cohesive, balanced look.
Balance with Blue
Go Coastal with Color
Enlarge the Room
The calming shade of blue in this bath painted only on the ceiling enlarges the room.
Paint: Rain (SW6219) by Sherwin-Williams; sherwin-williams.com.
Liven Up with Blue
Make It Light and Airy
The light shade of blue in this bath pairs well with the black trim and white tile to make the room look light and airy.
Get creative by using a seagrass wallcovering to incorporate both texture and rich color.
Paint: Wallcovering: 77-TR-109 by Sonia's Place, available through Design Professionals; 212/759-5408.
Make Paint Functional
A coat of paint on the remaining built-in, in the same color as the walls, better unifies the area with the room. Choose a magnetic chalkboard paint, such as this rich blue shade, for the back wall, which adds color and functionality.
The graphic black-and-white bedding on simple pencil post beds makes a bold statement against the muted blue in this tranquil room. Prints of coral above the beds help add a beachy feel.
Muted hues of blue and green give the room a serene and beachy feel.
Soften with Linens
Simple details like the finish of your linens help set the tone of your dining space. Pair a nuetral-tone linen with a dark blue wall paint for an elegant finish.
Create Whimsical Flair
Color can add cottage charm and set a laid-back vibe that's perfect for beach or lake houses. This refreshing hue transformed a once rustic space, keeping the room fresh and light.
Paint: Wythe Blue (HC-143) by Benjamin Moore; benjaminmoore.com.
Use Blue In a Small Space
Incorporate Natural Light
A shade of light blue adds a modern edge to the rustic wood panels in this entryway.
Use Bold Accessories
A geometric flat weave is more casual and youthful than a heavy Oriental or wool rug. Balance it out with a large piece of modern art framed in a simple white gallery frame. Finish with blue glass lamps or a pretty bowl to add sparkle and dimension.