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Calm and Relaxing Shades of Blue

Blue is a peaceful, calming color. It is often associated with trustworthiness and reliability. Blue is also said to promote feelings of tranquility and calm. The atmosphere surrounding the color is inviting to many making it a very popular choice among homeowners.


Choosing the right colors for your home can be overwhelming. There are many factors taken into consideration while designing a room. Purpose is important to keep in mind while selecting a color since color can be used convey a more specific feeling or emotion for the room being designed. After all, it's no surprise the affect that colors can have on your mood. Below are examples of our favorite shades of blue that you can incorporate into any room to add a calming and relaxing presence to your home.


(Featured: Breezy by Sherwin Williams)


It is important to recognize undertones and secondary colors in shades of blue paint. Many blues reflect shades of green or hues of grey in their makeup. Therefore, when choosing the right color for a room, be sure to pay attention to the undertones in them so that they can be enhanced in a stunning design.


The size of a room can have a great impact on the way a color looks. Keep in mind the amount of natural lighting filtering into the room when deciding on paint colors. A color's appearance is affected based on how much or how little light fills the room. Listed below are some of our favorite shades of blue from our favorite brands that can be incorporated into any room in your home:


Sherwin Williams -

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Copen Blue - A non-traditional blue that shares hints of green.


Breezy - A calming shade of blue that washes over a room with a touch of gray.


Mediterranean - A muted teal that is tranquil and refreshing.



Benjamin Moore -

(From left to right)

Hemlock - A sleek slate blue baring the slightest hint of green.


Water's Edge - An elegant Old World blue that also works well in more contemporary spaces.


Jamestown Blue - A slightly muted cast gives this cornflower hue an appealing lived-in quality.


Province Blue - A medium blue-green soothed by a generous dose of gray.


Wedgewood Gray - A classic soft blue with endless versatility.


Santorini Blue - As refreshing as it is cool, this sophisticated blue features a touch of gray.



Farrow & Ball -

(From left to right)


Oval Room Blue - A darkened historic blue.


Light Blue - A light silvery blue.



Shades of dark blues provide a richness and sense of stability in a room. These darker colors can be used as an accent color, or be used as a main color. Dark colors can make a room appear smaller and should be taken into consideration while choosing a color. Dark blues carrie the blue symbolism of importance, confidence, power, and authority. Darker shades of blue are also associated with intelligence, stability, unity, and conservatism.


Listed below are some of our favorite shades of dark blue. The amount of light that is absorbed by these colors is significantly greater than the amount that is reflected. Therefore, choosing one of these colors and selecting a high sheen or a flat style paint will greatly change the color and give it even more of a deep richness.


Sherwin Williams -

(From left to right)

Naval - A deep navy infused with a richness displayed in a very traditional color.


Seaworthy - A touch of green infuses this teal blue hue with moody allure.


Bunglehouse Blue - A coastal blue that is mixed with gray undertones.



Benjamin Moore -

(From left to right)


Vanderberg Blue - A dark, sophisticated teal with pronounced blue and green undertones.


Providence Blue - A cool-toned slate blue with dark gray undertones.


Blue Spruce - Hints of green and gray can be seen in this elegant, saturated blue.


New Providence Navy - A captivating shade of teal that brings stylish sophistication to a space.


Navy Masterpiece - A bold, blackened teal that conveys a strong sense of history and architectural relevance.


Hale Navy - A use-anywhere shade of navy with a classic maritime feel.


Gentleman's Gray - A blackened teal blue beloved for its balance of richness and restraint.


Newburyport Blue - Pronounced tones yet an overall understated quality makes this a perfect dark blue for the home.


Newburg Green - A captivating shade of teal that brings stylish sophistication to a space.



Farrow & Ball -

(From left to right)


De Nimes - A down to earth and grounding blue.


Stiffkey Blue - An inky navy.


Hague Blue - A deep dark blue.


Selecting the perfect paint color is not an easy accomplishment. It involves taking into account a variety of factors such as lighting, accent colors, furniture, sunlight filtering in, and where your new color is going to go in a room. Be sure to keep in mind what's best for you and your home when choosing a paint color. What may be perfect for someone else may not be what's right for you. Trust your instincts as you decide what is best for your goals.


~This blog was brought to you by S. Donnelly Interiors. Learn more about the interior design project process by following Stephanie Donnelly and her interior design services in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and the surrounding areas!

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