The Six Best Powder Blue Paint Shades

Dive into a shade that can create calm, light, drama and a surprisingly contemporary look. Here, paint experts reveal how to do it...

We’ve found six of the best powder blue paint shades, and when, where and how to use them.

BEST FOR…

… Harnessing the recessive qualities of blue without the stark effect of a cool-toned blue.

Louis Blue chalk paint, £21.95 for 1ltr, Annie Sloan

BEST FOR…

… Feature walls or using all over to create a calm feel.

Powder Blue matt emulsion, £18 for 2.5ltr, Crown

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BEST FOR…

…Best for relaxing bedrooms because of its grey hue.

Elsie eggshell, £32 for 1ltr, Graham & Brown

BEST FOR…

… North-facing rooms that need some warmth.

Temple Linen pure matt, £47 for 2.5ltr, Fenwick & Tilbrook

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BEST FOR…

… Teaming with beige tones.

Dormer Blue chalky interior matt, £47.50 for 2.5ltr, M&L Paints

BEST FOR…

… An architectural cool vibe if you want to avoid grey.

Lulworth Blue estate emulsion, £47.95 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

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5 WAYS TO DECORATE WITH POWDER BLUE PAINT

Looking for the best powder blue paint shades, or wondering how best to decorate with a light blue paint? We spoke to the experts…

USE FOR EAST FACING OR SOUTH FACING ROOMS

‘Powder blue works best in an east-facing room where the cooler morning light would flatter the colour,’ says Patrick O’Donnell, brand ambassador at Farrow & Ball. ‘This shade would also work well in a south-facing room, where the nuanced undertones will become more pronounced as the sun streams in.’

PINK UNDERTONES

‘When choosing your blue hue, make sure that the tone isn’t too cool, as this could be unwelcoming,’ says Nelly Hall, brand director at M&L Paints. ‘Opt for complex blues with a pink undertone to ensure there’s an element of warmth. This will keep the space calming and soothing while also feeling homely.’

DARK CONTRAST

‘Try pairing powder blue shades with a deep, dark smoky blue for a dramatic scheme,’ says Clare Tilbrook, joint founder and colour consultant at Fenwick & Tilbrook. ‘This would look good in a kitchen, where a darker shade could be used to ground the lower cabinets with a lighter blue on the wall units.’

Powder blue and a dark grey or black is playful yet grown-up and perfect for modern interiors. To give this blue a more urban and modern edge, mix with black and greys, which add definition.

Wall in Borrowed Light estate emulsion, £47.95 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

‘Regency-era interiors often paired powder blues with rich burgundies or chocolatey browns, which can create a luxurious feeling, especially if dressed with indulgent fabrics – velvet in particular,’ says colour expert Annie Sloan. ‘My favourite is a strong contrast: powder blue and a dark grey or black is playful yet grown-up and perfect for modern interiors.’

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COLOUR CONTRAST WITH FRUITY ORANGE

‘For a bold look, introduce a vibrant tone,’ says Sue Kim, senior colour designer at Valspar. ‘Powdery blues are the perfect companion to warm, fruity orange. They’re on opposite sides of the colour wheel, so the blue softens the impact of this zingy shade.’

KEEP IT FRESH WITH WHITE

‘If you’re looking for a colour to use with powder blue, then a fresh white will never go out of style,’ says Abby Hesketh, paint specialist at Graham & Brown. ‘Add in muted blush tones for a soft touch or peach for some vibrancy.  If you prefer a
cooler tone, sage green is another perfect accompaniment.’

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