When you get ready to have a room painted, you’ll choose a color for the walls and perhaps the trim as well. Blue might be a color that catches your eye. Blue comes in a wide variety of shades, tints, and hues. Indeed, it’s a color that works well in many color schemes. Below are some especially appealing color schemes based on blue walls.
Blue, Red, and Yellow
In color theory, the three primary colors are blue, red, and yellow. If the three come together at full saturation, you have a kindergarten school room. Instead use shades and tints of some of the colors.
For instance, the blue walls could be a shade, meaning blue with gray undertones. The yellow could be a tint — white undertones. The red could be full saturation or a shade. Ground the palette with a heavy dose of neutrals such as white, eggshell, and beige. Either eggshell or beige would be a good trim color.
Sapphire and Mustard
When you choose two colors that are opposites on the color wheel, you have a complementary palette. If you use full saturation of the colors, the effect can be jarring. So, designers often use a tint or shade of at least one of the colors to tone down that effect.
A color scheme based on sapphire walls and mustard accent pieces falls into that category. Yellow is opposite blue on the color wheel, and mustard is a shade of yellow. White and brown are good added colors for this scheme. Use white for the trim and ceiling so the sapphire blue doesn’t overpower the room.
Dark Blue and Brown
Different shades of blue and brown work well together. The warm undertones of the brown naturally complement the cool undertones of blue without creating too much contrast. For that reason, brown accents stand out well against a blue wall.
One especially attractive option starts with a dark blue wall. It can be a French blue, with its gray undertones, or a true navy. Either color works well with décor in hot chocolate brown. The effect is at once sophisticated and homey. You could use the blue for the whole room or for an accent wall. If the room needs any other paint, consider white or rich cream.
Sky Blue and Lime
Designers like to take their inspiration from nature. The next palette has roots in nature as well as a basis in color theory. It starts with sky blue walls and adds lime green for the décor. Not only are those nature-based colors, but they’re analogous, or next to each other, on the color wheel. Analogous palettes are soothing.
For the rest of the paint and décor, stick with your nature inspiration. For instance, brown or natural beige could work for décor and trim respectively. White and off-white are simple neutrals that could complement this scheme, too.
Blue and Purple
The combination of blue and purple is a favorite for designers. You can get a range of emotions, from sweet to moody, with this palette. However, you can use nature as inspiration here, too. You could choose blue and purple hues that resemble flowers. These colors may even be in full saturation.
So, your walls might be a cornflower or morning glory blur. Items of your décor, such as cushions or accent pieces, should be a similarly bright color, maybe iris purple. You could even add some green as the foliage for your bouquet. Any other paint color should be white or off-white.
As you can see, blue really can work within a wide variety of color schemes to create any ambience you might want. Start with a blue paint you love and use the ideas above for inspiration. When you’re ready for the paint job, call the professionals at Fagan Painting LLC.