Home Decorating Tried & True: Go-To Blues

Tried & True: Go-To Blues

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

Photo by Seth Caplan

Farrow & Ball
Borrowed Light

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.

Sherwin Williams

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.

Sherwin Williams
Bathe Blue

The color is Bathe Blue by Sherwin Williams. The house is located right on the ocean, and we really wanted those blues of the water to be reflected throughout the home.

Benjamin Moore
Hale Navy

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.

Benjamin Moore
Blue Danube

We wanted to create a crisp clean canvas for the blue island, along with the soft goods and accessories to pop off of. We chose Blue Danube by Benjamin Moore, which is reminiscent of the beautiful sea of Abaco that this unique home sits on. The Bahamian style is known for being full of bold colors, so we wanted to pay tribute to that as well.

Sherwin Williams

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.

Benjamin Moore
Wythe Blue

For our living room, we chose Wythe Blue for the shelving/ trim. It’s an oddly shaped room, so I didn’t really know what to do with it at first but I wanted to use colors that would help the space to feel really clean and bright—and Wythe Blue is just the best color. Understated and classic, yet still really fun. When we first moved in, I was so intimidated by the two walls of floor to ceiling shelving in this room but painting them Wythe Blue had an immediate grounding effect on the entire space.

- Gray Benko

Sherwin Williams
Sleepy Hollow

I picked this color—Sleepy Hollow by Sherwin Williams—because I loved how it played off the subtle blue tone of this rug. It felt fresh and created a bold impact while also remaining very affordable. I love how they work together to make a happy entrance to our home!

Benjamin Moore

The island is Benjamin Moore’s Mysterious and the perimeter cabinets are a custom white, similar to Benjamin Moore’s Super White. This combination of a deep blue with bright white is such a popular Northeastern style. An accent island feels both safe and bold at the same time and it offers a perfect contrast, whether it’s a soft black, a blue, or even a gray, it’s always nice to have a subtle contrast.

Farrow & Ball
De Nimes

The paint color is Farrow & Ball De Nimes and I chose it because I wanted a darker color for our bedroom and wanted a blue-ish-green-ish color to match the color in the wallpaper I chose for the attached bathroom.

Secret Society

The navy cabinets were color matched by the cabinet company (UltraCraft Cabinetry) to Behr’s Secret Society. We loved the timeless look of white and navy. Our home is a 1930s brick Tudor and we felt that the colors really helped us mix in the more modern elements, while maintaining that ‘classic’ feel.

Benjamin Moore
Kensington Blue

The color is Kensington Blue by Benjamin Moore. I wanted to use a classic navy blue that wasn't too dark or too gray and I wanted to use it in a modern way by painting the ceiling as well as the walls. It's the perfect navy for the lighting in this space and it totally suits my English husband who is thrilled to have had his office made over during covid. I'm not sure he's ready to go back to the communal corporate space in DC!

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