By Hebe Hatton
Blue living room ideas are some of the most popular around at the moment. No longer is grey the choice du jour for our living rooms, blue hues have taken over. A versatile shade with so many options, it's a surprisingly easy color to decorate with too.
'Blue, like green has many associations with the outdoors from the sea to the sky and also comes loaded with positive energies than are defined as “enthusiastic, encouraging, spiritual & thoughtful”- what a better family of associations to be surrounded by in these more challenging times.' explains Patrick O’Donnell of Farrow & Ball.
But what blue to choose? Everyone's favorite blue right now seems to be very deep navy blues. These dramatic hues started out on kitchen cabinets, but have recently seeped onto the walls of living rooms, creating cocooning spaces that ooze sophistication.
Then at the opposite end of the spectrum, there are the barely-there light blues that have almost become a cool neutral, used in the same way you would white or a pale grey. A pale sky blue will instant make a living room feel lighter and brighter, and is the perfect backdrop for any living room color scheme. And there are also hundreds of blue shades in between, so to get you inspired to redecorate with this on-trend hue, we've pulled together our favorite blue living rooms...
1. Pair deep blues with blush pink
If you are looking for the best colors to pair with blue, you really can't go wrong with a blush pink and a velvety navy. Case in point in this elegant blue living room. When going over all the walls and ceilings with a deep hue, you need to add in a color that's going to lift the space, still feel luxurious, but just add some contrast. The bold blush pinks of the sofas do just that, creating a room that just draws you in.
2. Choose a gloss finish
Gloss paint isn't something you see all that often, but they do create such a striking, unexpected statement that can work with the right colors. Blue is one such color, a glossy blue on the walls creates a liquid-like sheen that so much more interesting than a flat matte wall. Plus, going for a gloss in a small living room is a great way to bounce more light around the space, making it feel bigger and brighter.
3. Warm up a blue living room scheme
Like any cool tones, blue can look cold in certain lights, and while sometimes that's no bad thing and works particularly well in elegant, lofty rooms, if you want your living room to feel cozy and inviting, you're going to have to bring in some warmer tones.
Be inspired by this blue living room and throw down a large rust-toned area rug that will instantly as warmth. Complement blue walls with warm wooden furniture too or add hints of deep orange, terracotta, and even red into your decor.
4. Tone down a dark blue with pale neutrals
Dark blue doesn't always have to be dramatic. Pair navy walls with light woods and neutral hues like grey, white and beige for a much more toned-down, liveable look. See how in the blue living room, the space isn't overwhelmed by the wall color and it still feels very fresh and light. Opting for a clean white ceiling and woodwork breaks up the dark color too, making it less intense.
5. Create a breezy feel with light sky blues
While dark blues are having their moment, pale blues are always a classic and add such a calming, uplifting feel to a room. In this living room, the light sky blue walls are fresh and brightening and they work so well with the soft pinks and slightly deeper blues going on in the rest of the room. It all feels very soft and whimsical here, but light blues can work with a more dramatic, modern look when paired with darker colors and metallic accents.
6. Create a modern vibe with smokey blue walls
A smokey-grey blue gives a living room a very contemporary feel. When paired with retro shapes as it is in this living room it has almost a retro feel to it, that would perfectly suit a Mid-century style space. Again, use warm tones to contrast this steely hue, or lean into its coolness and pair with sharp white woodwork and grey furniture for a more contemporary edge.
7. Go for an all over color
Another example of why high-gloss walls are making a comeback, they just add so much more visual interest and really do make a space feel extra luxurious. Lacquered walls work best when you really commit, so rather than sticking to just a feature wall, go all over with a deep teal blue, ceilings including. This monochrome look works particularly well in smaller spaces because it creates the illusion the space is bigger by blurring the boundaries.
8. Experiment with aqua shades
There's something very classic and traditional about an aqua blue paired with white, and yet as this blue living room proves, when combined with modern, statement furniture it can be given a contemporary twist. It looks fabulous paired with the coral of the wall lights, and the hints of black ground all those pale shades, adding to that eclectic mix of modern and period style.
9. Add a pop of midnight blue
Blue living room ideas don't all have to be about paint, you can bring in blue with accent furniture too. If you want to keep your living room color scheme generally quite neutral, then choosing a single larger piece of blue furniture to be the focal point of your space is a nice way to add interest and break up all those neutral tones.
You'll find plenty of seating options in all shades of upholstery from deepest darkest navy through to bright cobalt and pale pastel blues in our guide to the best sofas of the year.
10. Create a cocooning living room
If you are dealing with a small living room, rather than sticking with the age old white to expand the space, try a deep blue on all four walls.
'Blue is the best color for making a space feel bigger,' says color and paint expert Annie Sloan. 'It is recessive, which means it draws the eye outwards, blurs horizon lines and gives a sense of never-ending space. It’s also a calming, meditative color which encourages us to breath-in-and-out, creating a psychological and spiritual sense of space as well as the physical illusion.'
11. Use a mid-blue as a backdrop for bold colors
Greens and blues are an easy color combination that's always going to work well. See how the almost khaki green sofa sits against the backdrop of the mid-tones blue walls, creating just a subtle contrast. Then those baby pinks and lemon yellows really pop against the blue, such a fun and refreshing color palette, that doesn't seem to over the top despite all the mix of colors.
12. Go maximalist with deep teals and bold prints
Speaking of over the top, check out this eclectic blue living room. It's making us rethink our love/hate relationship with animal print, when paired with a dark teal it looks so luxurious and sophisticated. Definitely a combination we are going to try out.
What colors go with a blue living room?
The best colors to bring into a blue living room will depend on your personal style and the overall look you are wanting to achieve. If you want to embrace the dark side, then a navy works well with bolder colors like pinks, yellows, and oranges and these combos create that really striking high contrast.
If you are a neutral lover just wanting to dip a toe in the rainbow waters, then you can't go wrong with blue and white, or blue and grey. Just make sure you always order swatches and see what your color choices look like together in your space.
Hebe is the Digital Editor of Livingetc; she has a background in lifestyle and interior journalism and a passion for renovating small spaces. You'll usually find her attempting DIY, whether it's spray painting her whole kitchen, don't try that at home, or ever changing the wallpaper in her hallway. Livingetc has been such a huge inspiration and has influenced Hebe's style since she moved into her first rental and finally had a small amount of control over the decor and now loves being able to help others make decisions when decorating their own homes. Last year she moved from renting to owning her first teeny tiny Edwardian flat in London with her whippet Willow (who yes she chose to match her interiors...) and is already on the lookout for her next project.
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