Decorating with Blue

Introduction

Shades of blue color evoke a calm, peaceful vibe. Whether you're putting together a coastal family room or a modern den, this versatile hue invites relaxation wherever you use it. Blue also allows plenty of flexibility as part of your interior design.

Committing to a vivid palette can seem daunting. We've compiled a few tips and tricks here to help you put a gorgeous living room together, whether you want to try some new blue furniture, introduce some azure or navy decor or discover other hues that coordinate with this lovely color.

A Blue Centerpiece

Arrange blue furniture in front of an accent wall or solid backdrop to establish a dramatic yet tasteful focal point. Neutrals like gray or ivory offset a teal sectional or a dark cobalt couch seamlessly.

2 piece textured blue sectional sofa

Buying a blue living room set like the one pictured above is a simple way to create a centerpiece. When placed in front of a textured, off-white background on top of a snowy rug, the deep blue colors demand your attention.

Blue as an Accent

You've Got Rhythm

5 piece textured living room set

Blue wall decor mimics the patterned pillows in this photo, creating a sense of flow. Likewise, the curtains and rug share the same hue, so they stand out against this beige layout. These repeating colors and patterns form a pathway that intentionally draws the eye.

Purchasing a complete living room set gives you an advantage if you want to try this look. Tan, gray or white sofa and sectional collections often include sapphire or navy toss pillows that complement the dominant hue. Coordinate the tone and pattern on those cushions with a rug or decorative items in shades of blue color to bring rhythm to your own design.

A More Subdued Approach

3 piece navy leather reclining living room set

To get the same flow in a way that's a bit more subtle, start small. In the image above, two pillows and a ceramic planter establish a visual path. The viewer's eye moves from the reclining sofa to the coffee table and then the loveseat, all thanks to just one blue color. The cushions also break up the solid gray background of the furniture, adding more depth and dimension.

Exploring Different Color Schemes

When decorating with blue furniture, visualize how each part will work in harmony. Think about how to use every item in the most visually pleasing way. In the section below, we'll discuss the three most common color schemes, their differences and several methods to use them effectively.

Complementary

To create a complementary palette, look at the hues that sit across from one another on the color wheel. Choose one as dominant and make the other secondary. For example, in a blue room, orange decor serves as an accent.

2 piece indigo microfiber sectional

Marigold and terracotta coordinate perfectly with this indigo sectional and ottoman. When placed strategically, each piece generates effortless flow from one side of the room to the other. The apricot walls and warm amber rug produce high contrast against the deep blue furniture, too.

Note the placement of aquamarine lamps next to tangerine vases. Keep the space harmonious by balancing your orange and blue decor without getting too heavy-handed with either color.

Analogous

Another way to establish balance is by incorporating an analogous palette. Using the wheel again, select one dominant hue and the two next to it on either side. In this instance, the colors that go with blue are violet and aqua.

sapphire 2 piece microfiber sectional

Both turquoise and purple accents highlight different areas here, preventing the blue living room set from seeming heavy or out of place in such a bright space. Meanwhile, neutral elements like the beige lamp and throw also keep these bolder colors from being overwhelming.

Monochromatic

Probably the most straightforward way to decorate a blue living room is a monochromatic approach. Often used in minimalist designs, this palette combines three distinct tints, tones and shades of a single color. The contrast of light and dark values form a serene, balanced look.

7 piece indigo microfiber living room set

The use of indigo, cerulean and slate evoke a restful yet sophisticated vibe here. Using pillows in the same shade as the couch rather than a complementary or analogous hue lets them fade into the background. As a result, the focus shifts from the solid color furniture to the detailed blue wall decor and patterned rug.

Conclusion

There are many different methods to try when decorating with blue. It's important to have fun and experiment. Whether you choose to use this color as an accent or as part of a larger palette, it's difficult to go wrong with this forgiving hue. Blue furniture and decor is incredibly versatile and capable of creating a soothing, tranquil space for your home.