Blue is an incredibly versitile color to work with. There’s a shade of blue for every aesthetic and interiors design style. From pale sky blues and pastel blues that work well with white walls to bolder royal blue and navy that can offer a more luxurious feel.
To help you find the right shade of blue or combo of blues for your living room, we gathered up these blue living room design ideas from professional interior designers.
From dark blue sofas to light blue accents and wallpaper, these lovely blue living room designs will provide plenty of inspiration for your next home design update.
1. Make blue the predominant hue
“Nestled in over 4 acres of woodland in the heart of Long Island wine country, this beautiful post and beam beach house was fully renovated to serve as the perfect space for living, hosting, and relaxation,” says Natalie Rebuck, founder of Re: Design Architects, and lead designer of this project.
The home makeover included a full revamp of the open plan living space. The refreshed living room now features blue walls and the blue color scheme also comes through in the room’s accents, with navy blue throw pillows, a blue accent chair, and a blue rug.
2. Stunning deep blue walls
This chic living room features a beautiful color palette that hinges on the room’s stunning deep blue walls and features a range of complementary colors including golds, purples, and whites. “For this living room we wanted a space with attitude,” says Katie McCaffrey, Owner and Principal of McCaffrey Design Group.
“We really wanted this room to have a mood that says fun yet sophistication. It is flooded with natural light and in an urban setting so the high gloss finish really bounces the light around and creates a distinct mood the moment one steps into the space,”McCaffrey adds.
3. Create an accent wall
"My client had a beautiful piece of artwork that she wanted to showcase in her living room. Since the artwork was adorned with a metallic frame, I decided to use a blue accent wall with architectural detail to really make a statement when you walk into the space," explains Nikki Klugh, founder of Nikki Klugh Design. "The calming effect of the color blue and the luxurious feel of metallics came together to create a beautiful gathering space for my client and her family."
4. Use blue as a neutral
Looking to move away from plain white walls? Wallpaper could be a good option.
"Blue is a great color to decorate with because it can be an accent color or act as a neutral as well. This wallpaper print called Graduate Plaid by Chasing Paper does both! Because it's lighter high in a classic pattern, it acts as a neutral backdrop for the room; yet the scale of the print allows it to pop in the room,” says Elizabeth Rees, co-founder of Chasing Paper.
In this living room, the neutral furniture allows the wallpaper to shine. “But if you choose furniture in brighter pops of color, the wallpaper would recede into the background of the room,” advises Rees.
5. Experiment with green undertones
“Farrow and Ball Hague Blue. If I could paint every room in my house this color I likely would,” explains Heather Golde. “It's the perfect shade of blue with wonderful green undertones. What I love about this color is that it works as a fantastic backdrop to so many other colors, looks great in daylight and evening light. I adore using it in living rooms for this exact reason.”
What I love about this color is that it works as a fantastic backdrop to so many other colors, looks great in daylight and evening light.
In the case of this living room, dark blue plays a supporting role for the other colors and textures in the space. The burl wood coffee table pops against the darker backdrop as does the colorful artwork. Gold tone metals such as the brushed brass sconces finish off the room and look amazing in the evening when the blue walls are awash in elegant warm light.
6. Choose a navy blue sofa
“Blue is probably the most versatile color for interiors, but different shades have different connotations,” says Daniel Ian Smith principal designer at Village West Design. “Here, we specifically turned to navy blue for its ability to infuse an air of formal elegance and groundedness into this otherwise breezy Modernist loft,” adds Smith.
The navy blue sofa offers a lovely focal point for this white living room without feeling too overpowering for the space.
7. Mix things up with a blue ceiling
This space features a lovely teal blue velvet sofa alongside a range of side tables, chairs and wall art giving the space a boho/maximalist feel.
“In this sitting room, blue was the primary color used to ground the space or perhaps elevate it since it is used on the ceiling. The depth and richness in the hue offers a warmth and coziness while still seeming elegant and sophisticated. Another way to add blue as an accent color with pattern was to utilize it in the area rug as well,” KD Reid.
8 Make a statement with high lacquer blue paint
This gorgeous high lacquer blue paint makes a beautiful statement in this mid century/coastal living room. “We maintained the overall beachy feel by using a large cream sectional and adding texture through the pillows and accessories. The wall paneling adds another layer of interest and depth to the space and frames the large accordion doors that open to the outdoor space,” says Heather Humphrey, Co-Founder of Alder & Tweed.
9. Add patterned wallpaper
"Blue is a great color to use in a living room for a touch of color, but still want the space feel neutral,” explains Elizabeth Rees.
If you want to make your space feel bright, Rees advises selecting a wallpaper a light-hued background that incorporates a bright blue in the pattern. Then add accents in different shades of blues to tie the design together cohesively.
In the above space, the wallpaper has a crisp white base with different shades of blue. It’s a perfect way to add some visual interest to your living room walls without it becoming overpowering.
10. Blue accents
The living room serves a number of purposes, from a sitting and reading room, to a place watch the kids in the pool room, to a place to sit and relax with friends and family. The blue hues are used as accents in various elements across the space, from the throw pillows on the sofa to the blinds and ceramic lamp and vase.
11. Go bold with a blue sofa
The sofa is used to anchor the living space in this large open plan great room. The floating sofa is used to create a boudry between the living area and the kitchen and it also helps to complement the light blue wall color.
12. Use a blue accent chair
This light, dreamy room is accented by pops of blue. "Along with a pop of blue for the armchair. The blue continues throughout the family room into the rug, pillows, and window seat," adds Megan Pisano.
13. Match your curtains and cushions
Blue doesn't have to be the main color in a space for it to have an impact. In this living space, Christian Ladd used turquoise blue curtains and accent pillows to go with the crisp white walls and cream seating.
“I don’t worry about matching curtains to the walls, but I do select fabric and colors that are complimentary, often in the same color family," explains Ladd.
14. Sky blue contrast
This landing seating area was designed to feel dramatic and keep the focus on the built-in, antique bookcase. The sky blue walls create a lovely contrast to the book case and works as a wonderful frame for the space, complementing the stunning views outside.
15. Subtle blue
If you want to add some blue to your living room without it feeling too much, you can do so subtly with some artwork. The living space above is a largely neutral, coastal-style space with blue accents coming via the wall art and the piping on the throw pillows.
16. Blue throws and pillows
Here's another example of adding subtle blue accents to a space. In this living room, the blue throw and pillows complement the neutral bacdrop nicely and evoke the peaceful vibes of a clear sky or the vast ocean.
17. Blue backdrop
In this living room, the blue sofa is complemented by velvet blue curtains that offer a lovely blue backdrop and contrast the room's white walls.
18. Dark blue sophistication
This living space was designed to create a bar-like area to sit back and catch up with those closest to you. "We went sophisticated and stately with illuminated bookcases, navy lacquer walls, and a custom fireplace with welded metal and stone,” Emily Mackie told Interior Insider.
19. Focus on furniture
This liviing room, designed by B. Oliver Designs by The Spotted Whale, features neutral white walls with minimal decor or infusion of color to keep the focus on the furniture and statement blue sectional.
Want more living room decorating ideas? Check out our living room design guide here.
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