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.
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
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
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
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
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
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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