The best shades of blue paint, according to designers

Of all the colors in the rainbow, blue is undeniably the darling of the interior design industry. And for good reason: the hue is known to evoke feelings of calm and relaxation, suggesting that a single color could hold the key to creating a serene, sanctuary-like space.

But while blue might be a favorite, it’s not a one-color wonder. It can be beautiful just about anywhere, and there are a host of shades to consider, from the powdery hue of the Carnavalet Museum in the Marais to the pool blue of the City Palace in Udaipur, India. So what’s it gonna be?

Before you apply the primer, you’ll want to consider factors such as the layout of the space, the amount of natural light a room receives, and your preferred shades. To narrow your search even further, AD PRO asked seven designers about their favorite blues. Read on for their top picks.

One of the best blue paints, according to Ariel Okin, is Farrow & Ball’s Borrowed Light, which adorns the ceiling of a designer breakfast room.

Photo: Donna Dotan

Light borrowed by Farrow & Ball.

Mark D. Sikes, who also favors Borrowed Light, used color in this seating area.

Photo: Amy Neunsinger

Light borrowed by Farrow & Ball

“Borrowed Light is such a beautiful, reflective light blue – it’s great in high gloss and mimics the feel of an open sky when overhead.” —Ariel Okin

“I love Farrow & Ball’s Borrowed Light because it reminds me of a cool, sunny sky. i like it too [this] shade of blue [goes] with everything.” —Mark D. Sikes

The best blue paint, says Andre Jordan Hilton, is Cyberspace from Sherwin-Williams. Here, it animates the walls of a designer’s living room.

Photo: Andre Jordan Hilton

An elusive hue, Cyberspace by Sherwin-Williams oscillates between blue and grey.

Cyberspace by Sherwin-Williams

“Sherwin-Williams Cyberspace is simultaneously mysterious, sexy, sophisticated, majestic, avant-garde and inviting. It’s the perfect neutral that keeps you guessing black, gray or blue, and its versatility that makes it functional in any environment. —Andre Jordan Hilton

Farrow & Ball’s Parma Gray is the best shade of blue paint according to designer Mary Patton.

Photo: Molly Culver

Farrow & Ball’s Parma Gray offers a light, muted shade of blue.

Parma Gray from Farrow & Ball

“My favorite blue paint color is Parma Gray by Farrow & Ball. This soft, yet cool blue is suitable for a variety of spaces, like bathrooms and bedrooms, and pairs well with white for a crisp, evocative finish. a sense of calm.—Mary Patton

This desk features De Nimes by Farrow & Ball, Best Blue Paint according to Melissa Lee of Bespoke Only.

Photo: Nicole Franzen

A moodier shade than some others on the list is De Nimes by Farrow & Ball.

From Nimes by Farrow & Ball

“Farrow & Ball’s De Nimes is an intriguing teal that almost looks like a chameleon. It gently absorbs and reflects light in a breathtaking way. Even in the same space, you can clearly see the color reacting differently depending on the light, which then creates distinct atmospheres within the same room. I particularly appreciate its green hue, poetically anchored in a ton of black. Its complexity and depth really give this hard-to-describe color a touch that’s both masculine and refined. —Melissa Lee, bespoke only

In a project by Tom Stringer, a fireplace surround is covered in Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen Blue.

Photo: Wittefini

A more majestic shade is Benjamin Moore’s Van Deusen Blue.

Van Deusen Blue by Benjamin Moore

“This library shares views with the lake, so we wanted to bring the deep blue tones into the space by replicating a Prussian blue pigment and creating a relaxing environment. Prussian blue is an authentic 18th century pigment with Deep blue tones and a slight shade of green which was perfect for this space.This paint, plus an overglaze, gave us exactly what we were looking for.—Tom Stringer

In this bedroom, designer Louis Duncan-He applied one of his favorite shades of blue: Benjamin Moore’s Buckland Blue.

Photo: Heather Dunbar

Buckland Blue by Benjamin Moore.

Buckland Blue by Benjamin Moore

“Buckland Blue by Benjamin Moore was perfect for this project because I was designing a space for a couple who wanted the bedroom to go in slightly different directions – a mix of mid-century modern and coastal farmhouse. Ultimately, this blue was perfect as it has a bit of the moodiness that works so well with mid century but also had nice slightly gray base tones which also brought in a coastal sensibility I wanted to pick a color that wasn’t too overwhelming, but also confident enough to withstand the other elements of the room.—Louis Duncan-Il

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