Home Decorating Paint Colors: Go-To Blues

Paint Colors: Go-To Blues

Designers share the tried and true blue paint colors they rely on to create love-forever rooms.

Rug: Harwich Natural Woven Jute Rug

“I love Borrowed Light by Farrow & Ball, it’s the most beautiful pale blue and I love it on a ceiling. I actually used it in my office; it’s a serene and calming hue perfect for a bedroom or a workspace.”
–Ariel Okin, Ariel Okin Interiors

Rug: Numa Charcoal Hand Knotted Rug

“Lately, I’ve really been loving hues of blue. That should come as no surprise because blue is psychologically associated with feelings of calmness, serenity, tranquility, and stability. My favorite dark shade is Sherwin-Williams Naval – as seen in my media room… which also happens to be their Color of the Year.
–Sarah Gibson, Room for Tuesday

Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore is paint magic. The bottom of the clawfoot slipper tub (a Craigslist find) in my master bathroom is painted Hale Navy and it is a rich, deep grounding color. Using classic, rich colors like black, navy blue, or emerald green modernizes and elevates flea store finds in a snap.” 
–Margaret Shutze, Shutze Studio.

Rug: Senna Ivory/Camel Woven Wool Rug

“Pale blue painted ceilings are a classic application for exterior porches, we chose to bring the tradition inside this hallway using Sherwin Williams 9136 Lullaby.” 
Heather Chadduck Hillegas, Heather Chadduck Interiors & Textiles

“We used Curator Paints ‘Strandhill’ on our front door and fell in love with it. It’s the most beautiful shade of light blue. We plan to use it for our kitchen island as well.”
–Julia Dzafic, Lemon Stripes

Sea Frost

“PPG Sea Frost 1037-1 has the perfect hint of color to complement marble tiles, or perk up tired shutters set against a clean, white brick backdrop. The hue seems to ebb and flow with the light throughout the day.” 
–Marie Flanigan, Marie Flanigan Interiors

Farrow & Ball
Hague Blue

“Farrow and Ball’s Hague Blue is the perfect blue/green hue that has a lovely weight to it. I love using it to create an environment that is simultaneously calming and dramatic. Because of its layered palette, it can read deep and moody, or sophisticated and clean. It really checks all the design boxes.” 
–Marie Flanigan, Marie Flanigan Interiors

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Edie May 17, 2020 at 3:12 pm

Your furniture and decorations are beautiful! I have lived in my home for over 65years and some of my furnishings (couches and chairs) have been given to me by friends. My home is tidy, lovely, with a beach theme but now the sofas are outdated and could use a refresh. I have a lovely den where I spend most of my time and entertain friends and grandkids. I need help to remodel the den if you could help me with ideas. I would really appreciate it.
I am desperate at this point and am at a loss for ideas.

Erin June 1, 2020 at 12:28 pm

Hi Edie! Your home sounds lovely. We have some wonderful blog posts that can help with decoration inspiration! Take a look around our site 🙂


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