12 Designer Favorites: The Best Blue Paint Colors

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We love designing with color and selecting hues that match our client’s personality. Whether you’re using color on the ceiling or as an accent wall, color adds an extra visual dimension to the room. The key to using color is balance. Mixing bold hues with neutrals and lighter tones ensures that the space is well-balanced and easy on your eye. One of our favorite colors to incorporate into our designs is blue. So, what are the best blue paint colors?


Why Choose a Blue Paint Color?

Whether you are looking to go bold, timeless, or sophisticated, there are plenty of blue paint colors to select from. The color blue gives a sense of relaxation and peace. Studies show it can lower our heart rates and blood pressure. People associate blue with the sky and sea which usually encourage positive feelings. Whether you decide to add blue to your ceiling, use it on the walls, it adds depth and character to the room’s story. Brining color into your space allows you to add personality and fun into your design.

Our team is excited to share the best blue paint colors to use in your home. We love using blue in kid spaces, studies, and powder rooms. In addition, using blue paint as an accent in more formal areas is a great way to add visual interest. Below are our designer-approved best blue paint colors!


12 Best Blue Paint Colors


Best blue paint color Benjamin Moore Little Falls in Rive University.

Benjamin Moore’s Little Falls in the study of our Rice University Project.

1. Benjamin Moore Little Falls 1621

A balanced mix of gray and blue create this hazy, mid-tone shade. This is one of our favorite blue paint colors because is works with traditional or modern styles. It is extremely versatile. BM Little Falls is playful enough to use in mudrooms and sophisticated enough to use in an adult’s study.


Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy on the kitchen island in Colonial Drive project.

Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy on the kitchen island in Colonial Drive project.

2. Benjamin Moore Hale Navy HC-154

This classic navy is the perfect mix of maritime and modern. Inspired by America’s historic landmarks, BM Navy Hale is a part of Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection. Hale Navy sits well in any light and does not read gray or dull as some blues can. If you’re looking for a dark navy blue paint, this is for you!


Benjamin Moore Van Courtland is one of the best blue paint colors.

Benjamin Moore Van Courtland was selected for the front door at our Hedwig Village renovation.

3. Benjamin Moore Van Courtland Blue HC-145

An elegant Old World blue, Benjamin Moore Van Courtland is on the top of our favorites list. This timeless shade effortlessly spans a range of style and sensibilities. Our team selected this blue paint color for the front door of our Hedwig Village renovation. We used the same color on the shutters and accents throughout the home.

4. Farrow & Ball Borrowed Light

According to Farrow & Ball, Borrowed Light “evokes the color of summer skies. It is a wonderfully pale blue named after the delicate light that cascaded through small windows and fan lights.” This light color and others similar can be seen on the outdoor porch ceilings in the South, including in South Carolina, Texas, and Georgia. What started as a Gullah Geechee tradition to keep spirits of the dead out of your home, has turned into a beautiful way to add color to the exterior of your home. Plus, it’s thought to keep wasps from nesting on your porch!


Sherwin-Williams Inkwell is one of the best blue paint colors.

Sherwin-Williams Inkwell in the entrance of our Willowick project.

5. Sherwin-Williams Inkwell SW 6992

Even though this paint is closer to a black hue, we had to include Inkwell! One of Laura’s favorites, Inkwell does have a hint of blue. Sure to bring drama to any space, we love using Inkwell in small spaces such as powder rooms or home bars. We love a room with a lot of contrast and this dark, inky shade pairs well with brighter whites and ivories.

6. Sherwin-Williams Dark Night SW 6237

Selecting deep, bold hues for kitchen cabinetry creates an unexpectedly cozy and dramatic space that serves as the heart of every home. Sherwin-Williams Dark Night is one of our favorites. These impactful blues allow for a lovely contrast when paired with lighter natural or quartz countertops.


Sherwin-Williams Wall Street is one of our favorite blue paint colors.

Our team selected Sherwin-Williams Wall Street for the study in our Colonial Drive Project.

7. Sherwin-Williams Wall Street SW 7665

Wall Street is a handsome, neutral blue paint color with a glimpse of navy and steel. Depending on your light, it can read like a gray-blue. Wall Street compliments a modern design perfectly.


8. Sherwin-Williams Take Five SW 6513

This periwinkle blue is a soft blend of blue and violet. With a touch of feminism, Take Five is calming and tranquil. Since it absorbs a moderate amount of light, you can paint full rooms this blue paint color. We love this for girl’s bedrooms and bathrooms.


9. Sherwin-Williams Rainwashed SW 6211

Rainwashed is a part of Sherwin-Williams Recharge Collection. This palette works in tandem with supporting accents to evoke a feeling of renewed energy. This soft blue-green is perfect for a nursery or guest bedroom.


Sherwin-Williams Sea Serpent is one of our favorite blue paint colors.

We selected SW Sea Serpent for the cabinets in our Rice Residence bar.

10. Sherwin-Williams Sea Serpent SW 7615

If you’re looking to create a sophisticated statement, Sherwin-Williams Sea Serpent is your hue. This dark hue had a small amount of gray that adds character and is statement worthy. We selected this gorgeous color for the cabinets in our Rice Residence bar.


11. Sherwin-Williams Baby Blue Eyes SW 9070

In the purple family, Baby Blue Eyes reads blue in many lights. This playful hue is perfect for kid’s bedrooms or laundry rooms.


Home office designed by Laura U Design Collective.

We selected SW Web Grey for the University Place Study.

12. Sherwin-Williams Web Gray SW 7075

This paint color has cool tones with hints of gray. If you use this paint in a room with lots of natural light, it will look on the lighter side. When used in dark spaces, it looks deeper and gives off a moody appeal. We selected to use it in the University Place Study to create a handsome home office.