25 Reasons Why Blue Is the Best Color for Decorating Your Home

You really just can't go wrong with blue.

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Bjorn Wallander

True blue—whether of the sky or navy variety—is one of the most versatile decorating hues.

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Victoria Pearson
1. It's easy to mix and match.

As the master bedroom in this renovated Texas farmhouse proves, the hue looks stunning in various shades. Even the most novice of renovators can make a variety of light and dark shades work together in a space. 

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Brian Woodcock
2. It's loved around the world.

For centuries, cultures around the globe have used blue in their artwork, kitchenware, housewares, and more. You can easily infuse the color into your home by collecting worldly treasures including Delftware from the Netherlands, Transferware from England, ginger jars from China, Puebla pottery from Mexico, and more.

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Mali Azima
3. It pairs perfectly with white.

Blue and white is the one color combination that will remain timeless for decades to come. Take a cue from this nautical-inspired room and use blue drapes—positioned above windows as high as possible—to make the space feel larger and serene.

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Amy Neunsinger
4. Blue stripes add layers and richness to a room.

In this bedroom, a striped textile over the headboard, a striped inset on the custom linen ottoman (with a bias stripe as the welt) and a trio of (yes!) striped vintage throw pillows play well together alongside a paisley block-print duvet.

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Amy Neunsinger
5. Woven blue accessories add warmth and casualness.

"There is a classic crispness to blue and white, and woven natural materials counterbalance that crispness with rustic texture," said designer Mark D. Sikes, author of Beautiful. Check out more ideas for decorating in blue and white.

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Amy Neunsinger
6. Even pops of blue brighten up the room.

Here, the mossy green island complements the blue-and-white French bistro stool and sky-blue walls.

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Amy Neunsinger
7. Blue with a touch of black is so edgy.

Black gives the classic blue-and-white combination a bit of drama and edge.

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Amy Neunsinger
8. Blue ceramics give the room instant color and detail.

Use them sparingly or display several blue ceramics together as a collection for intricate and alluring decor.

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David Hillegas
9. Blue makes you feel clean.

Sky blue doors and the blue print wallpaper add a feeling of cleanliness to one place it definitely belongs: the laundry room.

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Brian Woodcock
10. There's no such thing as too much blue.

From chambray-like draperies and the periwinkle-tinged rug to the cornflower throw pillows, a major wash of blue-on-blue can feel right as rain.

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11. Shades of blue inspire calmness.

Designers often use shades of pale blue to inspire calmness and relaxation. For this Washington D.C. home, designer Darryl Carter chose classic milky shades, as well as the palest robin's egg blue (Albermarle Blue by Darryl Carter Colors by Benjamin Moore) in the master bedroom.

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Bjorn Wallander
12. Crisp dark blue adds instant refinement.

In this New York living room, a royal blue sofa from ABC Carpet & Home offers a buttoned-up elegance that contrasts perfectly with the playful elephant side table and whimsical swing chair.

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Max Kim-Bee
13. Blue accessories can change the mood of a room.

Bring on the blue curtains, vases, and blankets! Custom linen drapes frame the windows in the master bedroom of this Cape Cod home, while a blue throw softens the bed.

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Max Kim-Bee
14. Bold shades of aqua bring vitality to a child's bedroom.

In the girl's room of this Cape Cod home, bright headboards pop against Benjamin Moore's Caribbean Cool paint.

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Christopher Baker
15. You can't be stressed out in a blue room.

Blue removes pretension from formal living areas, as seen in this Martha's Vineyard home. Furnishings are awash in a sea of blues, but slight variations in tone and subtle patchwork motifs take the place of sharply contrasting patterns and hues. A patchwork rug from Nomadic Trading Company anchors the living area, furnished with linen sofas and a wingback chair by Cisco.

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Eric Kazmirek for Cory Connor Designs
16. Dramatic blues offer a scholarly touch.

Very deep shades of blue provide a stately dignity to any room in your home, as seen in this cozy library.

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Miki Duisterhof
17. You don't need a wall of windows when you have blue.

A vibrant shade of teal or aquamarine can inject brightness into a dark space. Ikea's white farmhouse sink pops against the high-gloss blue covering the kitchen walls, cabinets, and trim in this 1840s upstate New York house. The paint is Benjamin Moore's Varsity Blues.

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Keith Scott Morton
18. There's nothing more classic than blue and white.

Want to bring a dose of tradition to any room in your home? Go for a blue and white palette. The classic combo gains new freshness and grandeur in this powder room with St. Antoine wallpaper in BP948 by Farrow & Ball.

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Miki Duisterhof
19. Shades of blue make you think of beach vacations.

Pair blue paint with wood floors, and you can practically smell the beach air. In this beach house's foyer, the walls are painted a light and breezy blue—"Buxton Blue" by Benjamin Moore.

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Victoria Pearson
20. Blues make a room feel cozy more than any other color.

This California home's crisp white walls ("Whisper" by Dunn-Edwards) pop thanks to bookcases backed in vivid blue (similar to "Fantasy" by Olympic). The living room's Quatrine sofa sports a family-friendly blue slipcover and complementary blue-and-white throw pillows.

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James Merrell
21. Dusty shades of blue give personality to even the smallest of rooms.

The compact boys' room in this Vermont country home features custom bunks that were designed with extra storage in mind. A dusty shade of blue on the walls helps the room feel sweet, not cramped.

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Keith Scott Morton
22. A bright shade of blue will help wake you up in the morning.

Bring color into a bathroom not only through a bright wall hue, as seen here in this small space, but also through fresh flowers, like blue hydrangeas—they'll provide a pleasing pick-me-up every morning.

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Tim Street-Porter
23. You can never do too many shades of blue.

Various shades of blue work well together in this country kitchen, and surprisingly don't overwhelm the space. Notice the deep blue floors!

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Lucas Allen
24. Blue is the perfect color to experiment with.

Want to try out a bold shade in your home, but are scared you won't like it? Red's too intense, yellow is too bright, orange is too out there... but blue is the perfect compromise. The walls of this blue bathroom are Benjamin Moore Natura in Fiji.

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blue and white living room
Keith Scott Morton
25. It's the perfect shade for creating a nautical theme.

Blue-and-white striped cushion covers and a giant blue star create the perfect beachy (but not too themey) look on this beach home's sun porch.

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