The 18 Best Blue Paint Colors Our Interior Designers Have Bookmarked

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Published on September 13, 2023

There’s just something about a good blue paint. While it’s not technically a neutral hue, blue can look classic in a space, bringing depth to walls and offering a refreshing touch of color. In its many variations, the best blue paint colors often come across as a calming, serene hue—but finding the right shade for your space can be a fairly intimidating process.

Not to worry: Havenly’s team of expert designers have combed through enough paint swatches through the years that they’ve found the perfect blues that they come to again and again. Whether you’re looking for a perfectly classic navy to suit a more historic-leaning space, or you want something light and beachy for instant coastal vibes, there truly is a blue paint color perfect match for everyone.

Paint trends come and go, but with the right blue, your space can look and feel perfectly timeless for years and years to come. From daring cobalt blue to subtle blue-gray to impactful teal, these blue paint colors are worth your consideration. Here, Havenly designer Kasee Smith shares her styling tips for these blue hues.

The Best Navy Blue Paint Colors

Best Blue Paint Colors | Best Navy Paint Colors

If you’re looking for a darker hue that reads fairly neutral, navy blue is a great muted option—especially in instances when black might look too harsh. It’s great for smaller pops of color, like on a kitchen island or as a lower cabinet color, but it can also create a calm atmosphere as a bedroom wall color. Play up the luxe feel of this classic color with brass accents, like with your light fixtures or your kitchen hardware. Our favorite navy blue paint colors? Easily Goodnight Moon by Clare Paint, Benjamin Moore Deep Royal, and Benjamin Moore Midnight Navy. They are timeless, saturated, and beautifully moody.

Best Blue Paint Colors

Clare Goodnight Moon // Benjamin Moore Deep Royal // Benjamin Moore Midnight Navy

The Best Gray-Blue Paint Colors

Best Blue Paint Colors | Best Blue Gray Paint Colors

If you don’t want to commit to a true blue, consider a blue-gray as a neutral-skewing cool-toned option. It’s a muted shade, so it can create a soothing vibe in any bedroom, library, or even an office. If you want to keep things cool, play your blue-gray walls up with soft greens and grays, or bring in some wood textures if you want to balance it out with some warmth.  Sherwin Williams Distance, Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue, and Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue are tried-and-true options when looking for a soft, soothing blue-gray paint color.

Best Blue Paint Colors

Sherwin Williams Distance // Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue // Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue 

The Best Violet Blue Paint Colors

Best Blue Paint Colors | Best Violet Blue Paint Colors

There’s something so unexpected about a violet-blue that makes it the perfect choice for a living or dining room—the dark color brings a subtle energy to a space. If you don’t want to go all-out, this hue also looks great as a pop of color on a ceiling or as an accent wall. Style your space with a more muted, neutral-driven color palette to balance the more dramatic hue—or if you’re more of a maximalist, have fun with layered patterns. If you’re leaning into the violet-blue hue, look no further than Benjamin Moore Starry Night Blue, Benjamin Moore Blue, and Benjamin Moore Basic Blue.

Best Blue Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore Starry Night Blue // Benjamin Moore Blue // Benjamin Moore Basic Blue

The Best French Blue Paint Colors

Best Blue Paint Colors | Best French Blue Paint Colors

Want a classic feel but don’t quite dig navy? French blue might be for you. This muted blue shade is a timeless option that beautifully complements traditional and coastal styles—but it works equally well in more modern spaces! Consider using it above a chair rail in the dining room for a sophisticated feel or in a bathroom with white tiling for a fresh look. We always have Benjamin Moore Spellbound, Clare Paint Blue’d Up, and Benjamin Moore Mozart Blue on standby for a Provençal moment.

Best Blue Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore Spellbound // Clare Paint Blue’d Up // Benjamin Moore Mozart Blue

The Best Blue-Green Paint Colors

Best Blue Paint Colors | Best Blue Green Paint Colors

Slightly deeper and moodier than French blue, these blue-green paint colors make a bold statement. They’re a great accent to spaces with predominantly black and white color palettes or those with lots of dark wood furniture. Consider using it to make an entryway or a library look sumptuous and cozy—and if you want to take things to the next level, add a wallpapered ceiling for a stunning impact. We always find ourselves coming back to  Benjamin Moore Twilight, Sherwin Williams Loyal Blue, and Clare Paint Hyperlink when looking for a moody teal pop.

Best Blue Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore Twilight // Sherwin Williams Loyal Blue // Clare Paint Hyperlink

The Best Light Blue Paint Colors

Best Blue Paint Colors | Best Light Blue Paint Colors

Perfectly light sky blues have an instantly calming effect, which make them a fresh choice for a bedroom, nursery, or bathroom. If you want a classic, serene feel, we recommend pairing graceful blues with plenty of simple white accents. If you want some more contrast, bring in some navy accents with your upholstery and textiles. Opting for a light blue paint in a high gloss finish can also make for a luxurious bathroom (think Charlotte’s apartment in And Just Like That, the Sex and the City sequel). When it comes to light blue hues, our designers frequently turn to their tried-and-true favorites: Benjamin Moore Soft Chinchilla, Behr Permafrost, or Farrow & Ball Hazy.

Best Blue Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore Soft Chinchilla // Behr Permafrost // Farrow & Ball Hazy

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Words by Rebecca Deczynski