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Get the Look: How to Pick the Right Shade of Blue
Painting a room blue? Learn what shades of blue will give your room the mood you're after.
Written by Jickie Torres
Photography by Bret Gum
  • The deep color is peaceful yet chic and creates the ultimate secluded feeling.

    Whether it’s because of its sunny coastal disposition or its friendly vintage vibe, the color blue and the cottage aesthetic are a timeless marriage. But with the myriad options out there for paint and accessories, how do you pick the right blue that gives you the mood you’re after for your décor?

    Here are a few guidelines.

    If you want a cozy feel:

    Pick a blue with slightly more purple undertones, which will have a soothing and calming effect. This is best for bedrooms, studies and dens.

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  • The deep color is peaceful yet chic and creates the ultimate secluded feeling.

    Whether it’s because of its sunny coastal disposition or its friendly vintage vibe, the color blue and the cottage aesthetic are a timeless marriage. But with the myriad options out there for paint and accessories, how do you pick the right blue that gives you the mood you’re after for your décor?

    Here are a few guidelines.

    If you’re looking for cheer:

    Opt for a clean, crisp blue with a subtle yellow undertone. This results in a shade that is brighter and more vibrant. These tones are great for living rooms, kitchens and kids’ rooms.

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  • The deep color is peaceful yet chic and creates the ultimate secluded feeling.

    Whether it’s because of its sunny coastal disposition or its friendly vintage vibe, the color blue and the cottage aesthetic are a timeless marriage. But with the myriad options out there for paint and accessories, how do you pick the right blue that gives you the mood you’re after for your décor?

    Here are a few guidelines.

    If you’re after a classic color:

    Stay with true blues or blue with a hint of green. These colors tend to feel earthier, more subdued and nostalgic. It’s a perfect option for living rooms and bedrooms.

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  • The deep color is peaceful yet chic and creates the ultimate secluded feeling.

    Whether it’s because of its sunny coastal disposition or its friendly vintage vibe, the color blue and the cottage aesthetic are a timeless marriage. But with the myriad options out there for paint and accessories, how do you pick the right blue that gives you the mood you’re after for your décor?

    Here are a few guidelines.

    If elegant is more your style:

    Pick a blue with plenty of gray, which feels more timeless, stately and sophisticated. This shade is a wonderful match for dining rooms, bedrooms and entryways.

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  • The deep color is peaceful yet chic and creates the ultimate secluded feeling.

    Whether it’s because of its sunny coastal disposition or its friendly vintage vibe, the color blue and the cottage aesthetic are a timeless marriage. But with the myriad options out there for paint and accessories, how do you pick the right blue that gives you the mood you’re after for your décor?

    Here are a few guidelines.

    If you want some drama:

    Go bold with a dark navy blue. This rich jewel tone feels modern yet classic and is a great way to make a design statement. Feeling nervous? Try it in a bedroom; the deep color is peaceful yet chic and creates the ultimate secluded feeling.

    Choosing a color based on your room’s need? Here’s what to consider.

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  • The deep color is peaceful yet chic and creates the ultimate secluded feeling.

    Whether it’s because of its sunny coastal disposition or its friendly vintage vibe, the color blue and the cottage aesthetic are a timeless marriage. But with the myriad options out there for paint and accessories, how do you pick the right blue that gives you the mood you’re after for your décor?

    Here are a few guidelines.

    Active Color:

    If your wall or furniture colors are meant to stand out and be the focal point of the room, choose a shade that is brighter and more energetic.

    Passive Color:

    If you want your décor to be the star of the show or if you tend towards an eclectic style with lots of collectibles, you’ll want wall colors that play a secondary role. Choose more toned-down shades of pale and gray blues.

    Neutral Color:

    Even though the old adage isn’t necessarily true, dark colors can feel scary for a small room. If you want to infuse a space with an airy, larger feel, stick with a light, neutral blue that recedes into the background yet still adds a layer of soft detail.

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