How to create the perfect blue room? Your ultimate guide to using blue colour in interiors!

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Few days ago I read somewhere that if you grow your confidence using blue, then you’ll have a colour scheme for every room! I looked around my blue room and realised that this couldn’t be more true. I was never very confident with colours, but somehow blue was always featuring in our house. Blue colour kept appearing and I kept on adding it with no second thoughts.  And the house evolved around it somehow. And I guess, that’s the power of blue. It somehow always works!

But apart from being my long time favourite blue colour is also the easiest to decorate with! So if you’ve been itching to add some colour to your home decor, but you’re not quite sure where or how to start, then blue is your answer. Why?

Blue is the colour of the sky and the oceans. So whichever shade you’ll go for, it will always bring happiness to your home. Because who doesn’t like to look at the sky twinkling with the stars or go for a dip in a turquoise sea  water? Exactly! We all love it. And that’s why blue colour is the nation’s favourite. And if it’s not your favourite, that’s ok. You don’t have to paint your entire house blue. Adding some blue accessories to your home can have the same impact. And that’s as good starting point as any other to start using colour in your home.

So now let’s go into more detail…

blue room living room
Photo credit: Kingston Lafferty Design via Houzz

Blue is the warmest colour!

Ok, that may not be entirely true because actually blue colour lies on the cooler side of the colour wheel, but you can make it true. Confused? Well, me too, but here’s a little explanation… Gone are the days when we had only few colours to choose from when shopping for a paint. Three primary, few secondary and maybe couple of tones and shades of each colour and that’s it. (Don’t know the difference between them all? Check out my blog post here)

These days there are not just fifty shades of grey! They are actually more than fifty shades of every colour! That’s including blue! To make it even possible to have so many shades of one colour, they have to have different undertones. And if those undertones lean towards warmer colours, than the end result is that the colour is warm. Even the blue! Simple!

Blue room in every home, with every light!

Despite what I’ve just talked about, undeniably blue has a potential to create a sense of coldness in a space. And that’s why it is so important to use the right blue, in accordance to your home’s light.  To avoid giving a north-facing room even more chill, choose blues with warmer undertones, like purple or red. But if your room is filled with warm sunlight, you can balance it with colder shades of blue with green or grey undertones.

Blue adds the feeling of spaciousness!

As the colour of the sky, blue is an advancing colour that is perfect for rooms of any size. And you don’t have to just trust me on this.  Here’s what Marianne Shillingford, a creative director at Dulux, said about blue:

“When you paint blue in a room, it almost destroys the walls. It reminds us of the sky and really expands the space.”

I heard that few years ago, but still, even now, I could not put that better myself (obviously). And the same goes for darker shades of blue. They still enhance the space, even the small ones. In fact dark blue is the only dark colour that won’t make your room look smaller. So if you’ve been swooning over dark interiors on Pinterest or Instagram, but you’re too afraid to go dark in your own home, blue is in fact your safest option.

 

How to use blue in your home?

As I’m a little bit more confident with blue now, I use it as my neutral colour. That means if I buy anything blue for the house, I can literally use it in any room. That gives me the freedom to move things around if I fancy a change (which is pretty much every day) But if you’re new to colours and you want to create yourself the perfect blue room,  just remember this:

  • use blue at its lightest as a neutral for the room
  • at its darkest use blue for feature walls (safe option)
  • or paint the whole room for a dramatic effect
  • use blue in accessories and mix it with other colours
  • or use blue as one stand out colour on all white background
blue room ideas
Photo credit: Stadshem

Colours that go with blue

There’s actually not that many colours that don’t go with blue. In fact, I can’t even think of any right now. But because I’m a little bit colour crazy, I’ll concentrate on those few that, in my opinion, are the perfect company for blue. Starting with the match made in heaven. Literally!

The sky on a sunny day. Also known as blue and yellow. You can’t go wrong with this colour combination and it’s definitely one of my favourites.  Although it is regarded as a safe option, you can add some punch to it when both colours are in their strong primary hues.

Yes, you guessed it, this is my bedroom featuring blue and yellow, my favourite colour combo!

 

Or create your perfect blue room and add some pink to it. Chose as the Pantone’s colours of the year 2016. The only year when they chose two colours together. And for a good reason as they complement each other perfectly! Ideally they should both have the same intensity otherwise one will overshadow the other. It’s like with humans, right? This relationship can only survive when the two are equal. Blue and pink – I mean…

blue room sofa
Photo credit: Loaf, sofa from £1395

 

Blue and green combination is another great example of mother nature’s colour work. And if there are colours that work together out there, than they’re gonna work as good in our homes too. Besides blue and green are next to each other on the colour wheel, so they create the perfect harmonious colour scheme.

blue and green room
Photo credit: Studio McGee

Say it with furniture

Not brave enough to take the leap and start painting your house blue? How about painting some of your furniture then? You can start with a small piece like a coffee table or a bedside cabinet! It won’t take much time and it’s easy to fix it in case you decide that blue is not for you (I doubt that). It will work especially well if your walls are neutral, ideally white, as they will let your blue piece really stand out!

blue furniture
Photo credit: Brepurposed

 

blue room furniture
Photo credit: Painters in Residence, via Annie Sloan

So, now you see, creating the perfect blue room does not necessarily mean painting every wall in your house blue!

 

Will my blue room make me feel blue?

Like any other colour, blue can evoke different moods and feelings. And feeling blue is not one of them! In fact  colour blue is often described as peaceful, tranquil, secure, and that it brings the feeling of calmness and serenity. But be careful not to get carried away, as too much blue (in its cooler shades) can, in fact, create a feeling of sadness. But that can be said about any other colour too.

So unless you’re planning to paint the entire house blue, along with the furniture and the kids, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about! And apparently research has shown that people are more productive in blue rooms so study is where you should start your new blue room obsession. Or in a dining room if you’re trying to loose weight. I even eat from blue plates. The weight hasn’t shifted but I’m convinced that cakes taste much better of my blue plates…

 

So, how do you feel about blue now? Have you always been a blue lover? Have I made you change the way you feel about this colour? Or maybe you will just never like it, no matter what?

In case you need more convincing about the idea of a blue room in your own house, here’s some more photos for you…

 

Some other blue room ideas

 

 

blue room living room
Photo credit: H&M Home via Elle Decor

 

blue room bedroom
Photo credit: Mark Lewis Interior Design

 

 

blue room - bedroom
Image credit : Pottery Barn via Refinery 29

 

blue kids room
Photo credit: Titanlux via Petit & Small
blue kitchen
Photo credit: Jean Jaures, GCG Architects

 

blue room
Image credit: Robert Sanderson via Ideal Home

 

blue room bathroom
Photo credit: Topps Tiles, you can buy these gorgeous tiles from £14.75

 

 

blue room ideas
Photo credit via Architectural Digest

 

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28 Comments

  1. Juan Sandiego
    July 14, 2018

    Brilliant post, Anne Marie! I’m thinking about going al navy in the bedroom as it’s too bright at the moment (with baby blue walls). That may be a 2045 makeover! Haha.

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    • Anonymous
      July 16, 2018

      I’ve just painted the rest of my bedroom blue and I love it even more 😉 Its the best colour for bedrooms so you should go ahead 😊😊

      Reply
  2. Joanne
    May 29, 2018

    Who’d of thought – blue and green looking so good together!

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    • Anonymous
      May 31, 2018

      Yes! In fact they are perfect together! 🙂

      Reply
  3. Donna Ford
    May 21, 2018

    Blue is definitely my favourite colour along with green to decorate with. Great images here, totally inspiring and I loved the explanations along the way (especially the quote from Dulux)

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    • Anonymous
      May 22, 2018

      I know right? when I heard Marianne’s words I knew they’re gonna stick with me for a very long time 😉

      Reply
  4. Mary Middleton | hellopeagreen
    May 21, 2018

    A huge blue fan, but only one blue room in my house – how strange is that? LOVE the images you’ve used especially the Studio McGee one. Oh hang on, just remember I painted my kitchen cabinets blue just before Christmas – what an idiot!. Love live blue interiors.

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    • Anonymous
      May 22, 2018

      Ha ha… I’ve painted my kitchen cabinets blue too 😊 And not every room is blue but there is blue in every room 😉

      Reply
  5. Maria
    May 21, 2018

    Fab post and having written about it recently too, you have raised some great points on how to and why you should use it. I’m late to the game adding blue to my home with the planning of a bedroom redesign as I’ve always been a lover of green …… it’s funny how our styles and colour choices change over the years. Although, I think you will always be Queen of Blue Anne Marie 😀

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  6. JENNY KAKOUDAKIS
    May 20, 2018

    I find blue relaxing and easy to work with. It can be a little too cold with the cooler undertones but even then it can help with bold, statement decor. I love our blue dining room.

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    • Anonymous
      May 20, 2018

      Ha ha… there’s not that many people that don’t like blue ( it turns out 😉)

      Reply
  7. Evija
    May 20, 2018

    I absolutely love blue colour and your picks are stunning!!!! I have become slightly obsessed with it in the last couple of years. I think it is such a classy colour and in the home design I think it is very calming too! Sometimes adding a little splash of blue is all you need!!

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    • Anonymous
      May 20, 2018

      Yes to all of it 😊 Let’s blue the world 💙 Although it doesn’t sound good in that contest 🤔🤣

      Reply
  8. Katie Potts
    May 20, 2018

    Everything about blue is always interesting for me. That color represent calm down and create steady atmosphere.

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    • Anonymous
      May 20, 2018

      I agree, there’s not that many colours that you just can’t go wrong with 😉

      Reply
  9. Tamsin Allen
    May 20, 2018

    Who doesn’t like blue? Love your pairings, especially the blue and green together. 🙂

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    • Anonymous
      May 20, 2018

      I know, right? Isn’t that just a perfection? 😊

      Reply
  10. Fiona
    May 20, 2018

    Some really lovely images here. Blue and white coastal style is one of my favourite timeless classic designs for a home.

    Reply
  11. Nicola Capper
    May 19, 2018

    Loving all the amazing blue products around right now, I’m a big fan of navy in particular x

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    • Anonymous
      May 20, 2018

      Yes, navy for me wins it too 😉

      Reply
  12. Ruthie
    May 19, 2018

    Great piece lovely, I am also a big blue fan in the home (as you know), totally agree with you about blues infinite qualities, so many lovely images, I especially loved the blue bedding in the pared back bedroom xx

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    • Anonymous
      May 19, 2018

      Thank you Ruthie. It seems like you can’t go wrong with blue, it’s such an easy colour to decorate with… but it’s defenitely not boring😉

      Reply
  13. Jumi Awomosu
    May 19, 2018

    I do love the calmness and serenity of blu and I love to mix it u with other colours! Great post!

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    • Anonymous
      May 19, 2018

      Thank you Jumi, it’s definitely one of the best colours for interiors 😊

      Reply
  14. Melanie
    May 18, 2018

    I just had to read this! As you know I love blue! Some lovely inspo images here. I saw your table on stories looking forward to the blue reveal!

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    • Anonymous
      May 18, 2018

      Oh thank you Melanie, yep, the blue post just had to happen 😉 My trolley is not finished yet but I already love it… well, mainly because it’s blue 🤣🤣

      Reply
  15. Issie
    May 17, 2018

    I’ve always opted for blue when I’ve been stuck on a colour scheme, and it seems to take off from there! I love contrasting neutral furniture with navy blue walls. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Anonymous
      May 17, 2018

      Thank you. I totally agree, blue is a magical colour that seems to be the most liable base for every scheme. 😊

      Reply

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