Blue will forever be a favourite living room colour and the chameleon hue offers a variety of vibes. A moody dark blue can be used to make a large living room feel more intimate whilst a punchy royal blue living room channels a modern aesthetic. Or there are the more toned down versions which are equally notable. Where would we be without a classic blue and white colour palette which instantly evokes thoughts of beachy Hamptons days or a duck egg blue living room which provides the perfect country look.
If you’re set on a blue living room colour scheme, here are some designs which might give you food for thought.
Colour Scheme 1: Bold Blue Living Room
A visual design feast like this Greg Natale living room requires a confident colour and the blue living room walls of this New York apartment deliver in spades. The designer used a block navy colour (which he describes as a “defining feature” of the residence) to separate an eye-catching snakeskin Rug Company rug from an agate-inspired patterned ceiling. A matching velvet sofa with sensuous curved lines by Kelly Wearstler, dynamic abstract artwork and a pair of Paul Evans Cityscape side tables confirms this room’s urban credentials. A smart navy blue living room idea for those who want drama and liveability.
Image Credit: Jeff Schlarb/Photography by John Merkl
Colour Scheme 2: Lively Gold and Blue Living Room
With a style described by interior designer Jeff Schlarb as “cool, comfortable and unpretentious”, the owners of a modern San Francisco residence wanted something apart from the ordinary (but not overbearing) for their first home. To satisfy their brief, the designer found a balance by installing an otherworldly gold-flecked and blue living room wallpaper by Area Environments into this relaxing living room-dining room space. The wallpaper laid the foundations for the living room’s layered blue colour palette from its subtle blue rug by Kravet to pop-y turquoise drapes. Contrast is introduced via colour (in the form of quilted dining chairs in a textured golden fabric) and line – a structured Arteriors floor lamp and brass-inlay coffee table contrast the wallpaper’s organic lines.
Image Credit: Kirsten Kelli
Colour Scheme 3: Classic White and Blue Living Room
“We do [blue rooms] really well!” designer Kelli Ford (one half of Kirsten Kelli) exclaimed when we contacted them. White and blue colour palette – check. Pattern on pattern – check. Wallpapered coffered ceiling – check. Elegant eclectic seating area – check. This living room certainly proves that claim. The ikat-inspired wallpaper is a bold but classic choice but the same look can be achieved by pairing a white wallpaper with carefully chosen blue living room accessories.
Image Credit: March & White
Colour Scheme 4: Modern Grey and Blue Living Room
March & White’s Royalty Mews modern living room contrasts a vibrant blue wall (30BG 08/200 by Dulux) with neutralised accent colours via a white Minotti sofa, a grey Minotti “Dibbets” Tonneau rug and an abstract canvas supplied by Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery. A golden halo (Tom Dixon’s Plane table lamp) and a pop of orange on a set of nesting side tables jumps out from the scene.
“When using a strong colour like blue for walls, we believe in accenting it with softer complimentary colours” says Elliot March, “This can be brought in through artwork and accessories, leaving the overall soft materials palate neutral with pieces of furniture like the sofa. We also like to incorporate warmth with different materiality such as woods and metals.” Elliot’s co-founder James White reveals, “It’s one of our favourite colours to use. It can be more formal in deep navy with contrasting lighter tones or used to create more atmosphere when pushed towards deep teal and paired with a timber floor as at Royalty Mews.”
Image Credit: Rajni Alex
Colour Scheme 5: Burnt Orange, Apple Green and Teal Blue Living Room
Boasting unique accent colours of apple green and burnt orange, this petrol blue living room is nothing if not colourful, nor is it shy in its design choices – the marbled wall covering combines eclectically with the folky rug pattern. The whole look is carefully balanced with a fresh ivory rug and matching occasional chairs.
“Whenever using dark colours – especially an intense blue – I always recommend playing with textures and finishes”, says Rajni Alex, “In this room, we selected a blue grasscloth wall covering which we enhanced with lacquered trims and millwork. Also, I always include at least one other accent colour which I repeat couple of times so that it balances out the darker hue. Like the burnt orange curtains and the apple green sofa in this space, they add some relief and vibrance to the space.”
Image Credit: B.Berry Interiors/Photography by Katie Charlotte
Colour Scheme 6: Sophisticated Blue Living Room
A Phillip Jeffries wall covering (“Braided Walls”) in a mature shade of petrol blue along with a fireplace and hand-carved convex mirror painted in a matching colour is used to add depth and suitable sophistication to this traditional fireplace area. Located in the salon of Charleston, South Carolina’s boutique hotel 86 Cannon and designed by B.Berry Interiors, the room strikes a liveable contrast between its deep blue tones and fresh white upholstery and drapery. “Blue has always been a favorite colour of mine; it is classic and moody at the same time,” the designer explains, “I love to use in a monochromic fashion for the drama. At 86 Cannon, I wanted to pay homage to the significance of this historic property (which dates back to the 1860s) by adding warm layers of blue throughout to create an ambience of updated Southern luxury.”
Image Credit: Taylor Howes
Colour Scheme 7: Dreamy Cream and Blue Living Room
Accenting a timeless neutral living room palette with blue living room accessories is a classic interior designer move and a fast way to get the look without making any permanent changes. A large blue canvas dominates the main wall of this sophisticated Taylor Howes space giving the effect of blue living room walls. The accent colour is transferred into the sofa cushions, rug and even the backs of some of the room’s upholstery to tie the look together. Perfectly accented with golden finishes, the living room speaks of timeless elegance.
Try accessorising with blue living room decor for an easily updated version of the look.
Colour Scheme 8: Modern Hamptonsesque Blue Living Room
Offering a directional spin on the classic beach interior, Greg Natale combines cobalt blue with crisp white in this airy open-plan living room dining room “to ensure a sophisticated seaside vibe”. The rich blue tones of the checked carpet (along with complimentary blue living room accessories in a Chinoiserie style) ground the white living room which is filled with woven wooden furniture for a bold Australian take on a time-proven Hamptons living room look.
Image Credit: Cindy Witmer/Photography by Kerry Kirk
Colour Scheme 9: Dramatic Blue Living Room/Bar
Wood panelling in “Hale Navy” by Benjamin Moore gives this living room-cum-home bar its characteristic drama. An antler painting by Jo Hyman Art evokes the same colour palette above a custom-made teal slipper chair with leopard velvet trim by Scalamandre and vintage twisted glass accent table. Nourison’s Wilton Essence Devon Court rug brings the colour onto the floor for an all-encompassing palette one can’t help but want to while away the afternoon (and evening) in.
Colour Scheme 10: Pale Blue Living Room
This light blue living room idea from last year’s Kips Bay Palm Beach makes us feel all sorts of longing for carefree beach days. The living room/study room was created by Mabley Handler for last year’s very first iteration of the iconic New York design house’s sister location. A sea foamy rug grounds the space whilst the graphic wallpaper motif is reminiscent of relaxed woven wicker furniture. Pale sand upholstery and a seemingly weightless coffee table keep the look feeling fresh.
Colour Scheme 11: Grey and Blue Living Room Idea
If blue’s too much of a colour and grey’s too bland for your taste, find a happy middle ground. Blue grey living room ideas are abundant and this shadowy Greg Natale design is a great example of the more intense end of the spectrum. The designer adds playfulness to the masculine palette in the form of light architectural prints and offset layered blue living room rugs in mismatched patterns.
Image Credit: Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Colour Scheme 12: Neutral and Blue Living Room
Casual but with a developed style, this Martyn Lawrence Bullard space combines a blue living room wallpaper with neutral and tan upholstery, natural woods and a well-travelled sensibility. Its aesthetic appears to be the result of layered styling over the years which adds to its personality.