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10 Ways to Use Blue Paint Colors – Blue Color of the Year 2014

By: Decorated Life Team |

Benjamin Moore paint colors has chosen blue Breath of Fresh Air as Color of the Year 2014 from their color palette. Blue is such a favorite paint color because this light, versatile blue is a fresh color that can go it alone, or blend in with popular paint color schemes of gray paint colors and white monochromatic walls.

pale blue paint colors with sage and white

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Use sky blue accent soft furnishings like this soft 100% made in the US cotton knit jacquard, to introduce blue into your color scheme. Try cushions, breakfast trays, and lamp shades to get the ball rolling.
light blue wool throw

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Choosing Your Blue Paint

While I have not used Benjamin Moore paints, or paid to write about them, I love the 2014 selection of blue paint colors and hope you get some value at how to use this fresh, sky blue. 

Blue can be a difficult color because there are so many great blue shades; each with a striking personality that can change the mood of your room instantly. Your choice will depend on your blue paint color undertone; is it cooler or warmer? This can help you decide which one is right for you. Read more about color under tones here.

If your blue paint color seems too bright, tone it down using wall accessories, drapes or curtains, rugs and wall art. Try adding more white or beige to soften the color to your liking. 

Always wait until the paint has completely dried and all accessories and furniture are in place. You may not need to repaint, but tweak or balance what is already there.

Color of the Year 2014

Source: Benjamin Moore Blue Color Palette

This pale blue even works with purple paint colors such as Radiant Orchid (Pantone Color of the Year 2014), lilacs and lavenders.

Breathe of Fresh Air

Source: Benjamin Moore

Radiant Orchid is Pantone Color of the Year in 2014. It’s a strong, active color that most people find difficult to blend in with their existing decor in large amounts, since its such a radical departure from all the more muted soft whites or grays of late.

On the other hand, Benjamin Moore paint color choice, Breathe of Fresh Air, is a simpler color choice to introduce without changing your entire color scheme.

This uplifting sky blue is calming and peaceful, perfect paint colors for living rooms, relaxing kitchens and bedrooms for a good night’s sleep where many struggle with paint colors for bedrooms.

pale blue bed with black and taupe accents

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Using Light Blue Paint Colors

There are many different shades of pale blue paint. ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ is only one. Blue gray colors can look sad over time. But this a refreshing choice to add to your bathroom, kitchen, living room color schemes or bedroom decorating ideas. You can use or buy any similar blue shade of paint with similar decorating results.

Paint color combinations could include white, red, pink, sea green, gray, sage, yellow, chocolate and taupe. But more on that, with some examples, below.

If your current paint colors are monochromatic, using shades of light blue as an accent color will give life to these neutral paint colors.

kitchen paint colors

Source: BHG – kitchen decorating ideas

Adding pieces of blue furniture or soft furnishings, trim or a a pop of blue color on the walls or floors, using your favorite blue will introduce it without needing a total color scheme makeover. Most of the time, you can paint one or two rooms in sky blue without disrupting the color flow with your existing paint color combinations.

benjamin moore color trends

Source: Benjamin Moore color trends

The 2014 blue Breathe of Fresh Air has a touch of red and green undertones, that gives it a lavender cast and a touch of warmth. It works perfectly as a wall paint back drop for larger, grander objects. The darker your furniture, the more contrast the blue will offer against it. Warmer honey wood colors also work well, adding warmth and balance.

sky blue with dark furniture contrast

Source: Postcards from the Ridge

Blue paint color that is more neutral, than primary, will give you greater decorating scope.  Blues with undertones of gray or beige,  remain relaxed and comfortable, allowing them to live happily together. Consider this if you when you next buy your paints.

Are these Blue Paint Color Ideas Right for You?

To test your paint color ideas, paint large boards from sample pots and move the board from room to room to see what they look like at night as well as during the day.  Paint colors always look different at different times.

This will help you decide whether you want a lot or a little blue color of the year for 2014 and worth the trouble since you will live with it for quite a while.

Benjamin Moore Paint Colors Combinations

There are many shades of blue. This light sky blue wall paint, together with lots of white creates fresh, relaxing rooms. Here are color scheme suggestions to use a sky blue or Breathe of Fresh Air. You will find its a flexible and peaceful color to add to your decorating theme:

1. Light Blue, White and Gray

Light blue is an easy addition if you have a gray and white color scheme to begin with. This color combination creates a balanced color scheme. The pops of blue give a clean, fresh look.

Using blue with gray and white

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2. Light Blue and Indigo

Using these two shades of blue paints will create a very relaxed and elegant open sea look. Scattering white, beige or gray through out can blend or create contrast. Strong indigo is used as an accent against pastel paint colors.

Blue and Indigo color theme

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3. Light Blue, Peach Pink and Honey

Warm peach pink and honey accents create a romantic, cheeky look against this mostly white background. Pale blue adds balance and contrast.

peachy pink, white and pale blue

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4. Light Blue, White and Honey Wood Furniture

The addition of more honey colored wood furniture gives warmth to this cooler colored decor. Black trim accents add strong contrast to the softly toned room.

honey wood with blue, black and white accents

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5. Light Blue, White and Black Furniture Kitchen Paint Ideas

Pale blue walls break up the strong contrast of black kitchen cabinets with white appliances. The addition of lighter wood boxes adds some warmth and breaks up this elegant and timeless look.

Black cabinets with blue wall color

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 6. Light Blue, White and Red 

This is a simple but very striking color combination.The red contrast is vibrant without over powering the room.

blue, red, black and white

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 7. Light Blue, Gray and Yellow Color Schemes

This color combination is brightened with small amounts of accent yellow. It’s contemporary but still classic.

blue and gray with black and white accent

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 8. Light Blue – Accents

Add throws, cushions or blue and white classic styles or simply paint small amounts of sea green or pale aqua on the back of some shelves or side table.

blue painted bookcase backing

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Faux croc leather tray

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Coordinate accessories such as blue glass canisters with touches of pink or orange, colorful rugs or wall decor like the 36 inch rustic, hand painted clock above for a larger accessory.

brightly colored rug

9. Blue Colors for Bathrooms

Light sky blue is a clean bathroom paint color, easily used with white accents.

blue bathroom by simon watson

Source: Martha Stewart by Simon Watson

sky blue accents

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Never ignore the effect of warm wood against white and pale blues.

10. Blue Wall Paint Colors for Kitchens

Pale blue kitchen paint colors are very popular. Blue is a perfect backdrop to white kitchen cabinets and gray appliances. It helps keep your natural light levels in tact and offers a cooling and relaxing space to an often hot workplace. More forgiving than plain white, its bright tone is perfect for working areas.

sky blue kitchen walls

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While this article has mostly been talking about plain colors, using patterns of different size and scale helps different colors and shades live side by side harmoniously like pale blue and sage.

blue walls with pale blue check pattern chairs

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Blue paint is easy to buy, the quality and cost is entirely up to you and your budget. I have not been paid to write about Benjamin Moore paints, but I do love their soft blue color selection this year and hope you do too.