30 Best Blue Paints According To Top Designers

Blue is a hue that leaves a lot of room for interpretation, but always makes an incredible impression.

mid century modern design
Richard Powers

Blue is the world's favorite color, and perhaps the most versatile. The color can appear akin to a misty gray or a lagoon blue-green and everything in between, but one thing remains consistent: it's stunning. And because it works equally well as both a statement color and an accent in a room, it's no wonder designers love it so much.

Read on for top designers' favorite shades.

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Caribbean Blue Water, Benjamin Moore
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Michael Stillwell/Benjamin Moore

"I love Benjamin Moore's 'Caribbean Blue Water' for its depth and intensity. I've used it both as a lacquer finish as well as dead flat, on walls and on a ceiling, and it never disappoints. Veering a bit towards teal, it looks good in bright sunlight as well as more dimly lit spaces and pairs well with other colors almost as though it were a neutral." —

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Hague Blue, Farrow & Ball
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Michael Stillwell/Farrow & Ball

"The actual color that comes through depends on the direction of light and other colors that it has been paired with in the space. I think that makes it such an interesting element to add to the room." —

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Gingham Blue 27-29, Pratt & Lambert
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Michael Stillwell/Pratt & Lambert

"This is a good one for walls or for accent ceilings inside. Blues go much deeper once they are applied to a ceiling, so a soft blue like this one really works indoors." —

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Flower Box, Benjamin Moore
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Michael Stillwell/Benjamin Moore

"'Flower Box' is a unisex slate blue with a hint of lavender that is soothing at bedtime and energizing in morning light. It’s also soft enough not to offend clients who have grown accustomed to neutral wall colors. I love it paired with cream upholstery, dark stained woods, and even bright accents like tangerine." —

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Avalon Teal, Benjamin Moore
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Michael Stillwell/Benjamin Moore

"Blue is one of my favorite colors to work with. Teal, in particular, really speaks to me. It embodies the power and tranquility of the San Francisco Bay. I really love Benjamin Moore's 'Avalon Teal CSP-645' — it is such a strong color and changes with the light, reminiscent of the sun setting over the water. You can't look at this color without feeling calm and serene." —

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Old Glory, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"This classic cobalt has a softness that makes it the perfect accent in almost any space. I've used it in high gloss for a contrast front door and on a dining room ceiling in tandem with graphic black and white wallpaper. Both applications are unexpected, warm and add a hint of Americana to the space." —

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Gentleman's Gray, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"This is a rich dark blue with a lot of gray in it. This color has great depth and is gorgeous in a room from floor to ceiling." —

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Brigand, C2
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Megan Tatem

"This is hands down my favorite blue paint. It's almost black in some lights, picking up shades of blue when light is introduced. Like a beetle's skin or the background in a Rembrandt painting: it's bold, mysterious and utterly sexy." —

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Fairview Blue, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"This is my all-time favorite. It's a bolder blue, but isn't too offensive because of its lighter tone. I love that a color can make a statement in a room without being too overwhelming. I even had my bedroom painted this shade, and it was wonderfully calming." —

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Pigeon, Farrow & Ball
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Megan Tatem

"Pigeon is a great not-too-dark, not-too-light blue-green shade of gray with the perfect amount of depth. I love to use it in a bedroom because it is a great backdrop for light creamy neutrals as well as rich moody tones. If you want to paint the outside of your house but can't, use this color on your front door for a subtle refresh." —

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Inchyra Blue, Farrow & Ball
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Megan Tatem

"This color is so heavy, with rich blue green pigments, it feels like a cashmere blanket, at first cool to the touch but enveloping and slowly warming. We are using it next in a matte finish in a formal Bermuda dining room, knowing that most meals will be outdoors except in winter months. The mood will be deeper but we'll want a reference to that ocean surrounding the island." —

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Lulworth Blue, Farrow & Ball
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Megan Tatem

"I adore this color. It's a pale blue that works in any type of room; it's clean, crisp and invigorating." —

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Drawing Room Blue, Farrow & Ball
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Megan Tatem

"This is the perfect navy. It allows for accents such as oranges, greens, yellows and tans for a beautiful, enveloping cocoon. It is thought that dark colors make a space seem smaller, but with this the opposite is true: They make the walls recess. It's a more dramatic alternative to gray." —

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Newburyport Blue, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"Blues can dominate and overpower a room, but not Newburyport Blue. It is subtle yet strong enough to anchor a room or even the exterior of a house. I love the results I have achieved in intimate cozy room walls where contrasting art and drapes stand out elegantly." —

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Tranquility, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"It has enough gray in it to muddy it up and give it depth, so even though it's a light blue, it feels moody and sophisticated. I love it in a master bedroom; it's a great background to layer in bold colors." —

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New York State Of Mind, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"It's a deep enough blue to be elegant, but not too dark that it makes the room feel enclosed. Blue can be tricky. If you pick the wrong color it can feel like it belongs in a kids' room. But New York State of Mind is a blue for grownup spaces. It's chic, understated and happy." —

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Bluebird, Paint & Paper Library
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Megan Tatem

"I love how bright this color is and how it can be made sophisticated with black and white, or it can be used as a building block color for children. It is also my new 'splash of' color. Where previously I have gone for yellow, increasingly I find myself wanting to add this blue as an accessory." —

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Club Navy, Ralph Lauren
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Megan Tatem

"It's the perfect dark rich blue that reads neither too warm nor too cool. It also looks chic lacquered on a credenza or hanging lantern. I have returned to it many times for both traditional and contemporary projects." —

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Stunning, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"The name says it all. It's stunning. It's deep, bold and oh-so cozy. I have used it on everything from walls in a traditional dining room to cabinetry in a modern kids' bathroom. It mixes well with crisp white, soft gray, silver, gold and even black. Using a deep blue as a base can give a space major visual impact." —

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Navy Lacquer, Fine Paints Of Europe
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Megan Tatem

"There is nothing chicer than . I love this rich blue, and the way it plays against other colors. I also love how it sets off against a white trim and ceiling." —

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Hague Blue, Farrow & Ball
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Megan Tatem

"It's like staring into the ocean from the deck of a yacht at dusk." —

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Iron Blue, Ralph Lauren
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Megan Tatem

"I love how dark, romantic and warm this color is. Most people are scared a blue hue will make the room look cold, but this one has enough yellow in it to be dark without being gloomy." —Orlando Soria, creative director of

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Slate Wall, Dunn Edwards
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Megan Tatem

"I love this deep, muted blue for bedrooms. It induces a calm and relaxing atmosphere, perfect for a wonderful night's sleep." — designer

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Distance, Sherwin-Williams
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Megan Tatem

"It's a beautiful marine blue with touches of gray and indigo. You could use it on a front door or in a cozy room like a library. The color works great on walls with white trim or in a room with a lot of white furniture." —

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Whispering Spring, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"This is my preferred choice for low ceilings and walls of rooms that need a hint of depth and dimension. It is atmospheric and expansive." —

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Gale Force, Sherwin-Williams
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Megan Tatem

"It has a moody richness that will add depth to any room. In a lacquered finish, it would be perfect in a coastal home." — designer

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Hale Navy, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"This is a rich neutral that works well in both traditional and modern spaces. Deep navy makes a strong statement without intimidating. Gray undertones maintain sophistication and prevent this color from feeling nautical." —

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Pavillion Blue, Farrow & Ball
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Megan Tatem

"It has a luminescent quality and shifts between a watery blue to a gray green-blue depending on what it is paired with and the natural light in the room. We have been using it on ceilings and as trim color to complement graphic wallpapers." —

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Cruising, Sherwin-Williams
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Megan Tatem

"The dark bluish/greenish hue reminds me of one of the various colors of the ocean that I experienced during my recent summer trip to the Cayman Islands. This calming hue would look fabulous as a wall color in a powder bathroom, dining room or study. This color is a bold, radiant and impactful hue of blue, which are all the qualities that I look for in a statement color." —

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Blue Veil, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"It's a blue with undertones of gray that has a very ethereal quality to it, lending itself easily as an overall 'neutral' that has depth and sophistication. I used it in a California beach house as the wall color of all the hallways and common areas over a bright white wainscot. It is such a subtle blue that changes throughout the day with the natural light, remaining calm and soothing but not at all boring." —

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