A Blue Bedroom Earns High Marks

As a Paint Color Consultant, I do lots of blue bedrooms – it’s true.  Occasionally it’s a greige, once in a while a green, possibly a grayed lavender, but by-and-large I help my clients choose just the right blue for their bedrooms.  I guess that’s because it’s peaceful, calming, soothing – when it’s just right.

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My favorite blues right now are those on the green side, which I believe to be particularly soothing.  This client wanted to retain her bedding, but freshen up her master bedroom. Here’s the room before:

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Bedroom Before 

 

We tested at least a dozen light to medium blues until we found just the right one.  The owner of this bedroom is a former teacher of one of my girls, so I wanted to make an A+ on this Color Consultation!

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Blue Bedroom After

 

The bedding and bed remained, lamps were switched around, and the loveseat was swapped for this updated club chair and ottoman.  I guess I scored a good mark, since she had me return recently to choose colors for the rest of her home.  Let’s take a poll:  what color are the walls in YOUR bedroom?

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Blue of course! Although we went with navy which is dark and moody. I really wanted something different but still blue. That bedroom looks beautiful in blue, great work as always! 🙂 I’m working with a client right now who requested a soothing bedroom and wants a blue color on the walls. What’s the most unusual bedroom color you’ve ever done for someone? Anything crazy?

Rebecca
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Rebecca

I am so glad I found your blog (through Pinterest, I believe)! I really love your style. My bedroom walls are still green … actually “acanthus green” by Benjamin Moore. Painted this color a few years ago. I know blue is more on-trend, but is this green still OK? (will be selling the house later this year) http://www.benjaminmoore.net/1962.html

Rebecca
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Rebecca

Oops — it’s “aganthus green” – not “acanthus” 🙂

jeannie casey
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jeannie casey

what color blue is on that wall? you picked a blue for my bedroom walls but i have not tested the color yet
and we decide to redo the whole bedroom.

Christine
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Growing up, my parents always had a light blue bedroom. So, I associate light blue bedrooms with my parents’ bedroom. As a parent, I’ve painted my son’s room blue, but am thinking of changing out his current ‘watery’ blue for a more gray/green/blue (Benjamin Moore’s ‘Gossamer Blue’).

Laura
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My bedroom is …. BLUE! I painted it blue when we got married 4 years ago and kept it the same when we moved last year. I just love the color. I have been looking at it recently to see if I wanted to change it, but no. Blue it will be! The color is matched to an old Porter Paint color called Palmetto Gray. It’s the perfect blue/green/gray! I had them cut out an old swatch from a book years ago and I have protected it with my life. I blogged about my bedroom here if you want to… Read more »

Julie
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Julie

One of my bedrooms is Quiet Moments blue by BM, it really is spa like. A very small simple bedroom really with a white coastal bed and a grey bachelor’s chest for a night stand. Everyone just loves this room.

Denise
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Denise

Sea Salt (blue/gray) by Sherwin Williams. LOVE it!

LibbyP
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LibbyP

I have Sea Salt in several rooms in my house and just love it! In the master bedroom (and in my 17 y.o. daughter’s bedroom) I have Watery, also by Sherwin Williams. I’m afraid I’m not near Nashville, and had to pick colors on my own – Sherwin Williams has a HGTV collection called Coastal Cool and I’ve used many of their colors in my house.

Love your blog, Kristie!

Suzanne Brown
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Suzanne Brown

I like how you stopped the blue at some molding and then went white above that. Do you have a wider angle pic that shows it better?

Mary
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Mary

On my tiny iPhone screen that sure looks similar to SW Rainwashed that I used in my bedroom. (Just finished painting yesterday). LOVE this range of blues! So calming.

Suzy
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I don’t have a blue bedroom, but after this post, I might!

One of my earliest memories was of my parents’ bedspread. It was this gauzy yellow, quilted thing; it was the late sixties, but, what I’d give to have that bedspread back.

And someone else mentioned the connection to her parents’ room. But I wonder if parents’ bedspreads aren’t the foundation of all our memories, since we almost seem to start our life their, as babies, prone on the bed, napping.

Brenda
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Brenda

I have a sort of olive green with one light brown wall, but Im tired of my bedspread so I would like to change the wall color….what color is this?

Kate
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Kate

Greige! Specifically, Sherwin Williams’ Perfect Greige. I love this supercomplex neutral because it changes colors throughout the day. We have dominant morning sun through west-facing French doors and secondary light from a small southern exposure window. In the morning, the walls near the French doors look almost lavender, during the day, they’re the exact same color as my local Neiman Marcus store and at night, they’re a deep beautiful gray. I sometimes think about painting them to achieve that hue during the day but my husband fears it will look like a cave at night – he is NOT into… Read more »

Ellen Casper
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Ellen Casper

What is the brand and color used? It’s beautiful!

Lauren
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Lauren

My bedroom has been painted Silver Sage by Restoration Hardware for several years and I still love the color. It changes with the light throughout the day…very soothing color! I always love the colors you choose. I used BM Stratton Blue in my dining room because you had used it in a clients living room and I fell in love! Can you share the color you used in this lovely bedroom? It’s perfect!!

Eileen
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Right now we have a cream colored bedroom but we’re considering Palladian blue. I’ve seen it in several bedrooms that I’ve liked, but it may be a bit too dark. Still deciding.

I do love the color in your bedroom–more of a gray-lavender.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

My bedroom is a very light gray,which my husband thinks is light blue! I believe it’s genesis white by BM.

Karen Albert
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Hi Kristie, That IS a beautiful shade of blue. What is the name of it? I would love to use a silvery gray/blue in my master bedroom!

PS I am having a Paris Book Giveaway!
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Karena
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Sue
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Sue

Benjamin Moore’s “Healing Aloe.” I love it so much in the bedroom that now the powder room, dining room and above the beadboard in the kitchen are the same. The kitchen is a semi-gloss that looks so much darker than the eggshell finish, but i like the difference. Sometimes it looks grey or green. Very soothing, bright, fresh and clean.

Julie Cottrell
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We have kept out master “confederate blue” for years. It’s a bedroom for sleeping. Still love it!

Calli
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I chose Paris Rain BM 1501. I just love this soothing grey/green that changes throughout the day.

This is my first time commenting tho’ a long time reader/stalker 🙂
Love all your color choices!

Francie
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Francie

As you know, my bedroom is red but hopefully not for too much longer. I’ve been torn between greige and blue and must say this pretty bedroom has me leaning toward blue!

Pamela
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Pamela

Kristie,

Please tell us the name of the gorgeous shade of blue!

Taryn
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Taryn

We have SW Comfort Gray, which is the shade deeper than Sea Salt. It is a complex blue; sometimes it looks gray, other times blue, and then it occasionally reads slightly green in the right conditions. It feels very organic, reminding me very much of the ocean on an overcast day. I love this color, and am glad to hear some other good ‘blue’ suggestions.

Jen
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That’s lovely—perfect colour. It makes her bedding pop, too.

And yes—our bedroom is blue, “November Skies”, IIRC. Our last bedroom was a soft but more turquoise-y blue, and we just painted our guestroom a soft, greyed blue! There’s something about it, isn’t there?

Kelly
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Just beautiful Kristie!! Great color choice- she must have loved it too have you do the rest of her home! Great job as always!

Pat
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Pat

Such a peaceful and soothing room. Our bedroom is also blue: Smoke by BM. I love a blue bedroom!

Melanie
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Melanie

My bedroom was a blue/grey and as much as I loved the colour something just wasn’t right. The room has beautiful architectural features like a large bay window with lots of trees outside and a stained glass window. Now it is a warm white and feels more serene.

Connie Nikiforoff Designs
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Right now our bedroom is a very soft green with yellow undertones. We both like it but when it’s time to repaint, I’m going to go with a green that has a little more blue undertones. We get tons of light in that room all day long but the best part is, the room feels like waking up in a garden because the green. At night the walls take on a hushed feeling of quiet. Green is a very pretty color to work with for bedrooms…especially if the client doesn’t like blue. It’s all in the undertones 🙂

Sabrina
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Sabrina

our bedroom has very litlle sunlight so we painted it white but we have navy blue trimmings on all the doors and on the fireplace. this makes for a bit of of a greek vibe and makes it really beautiful if decorated with antique porcelain in white and blue.

MK
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Beautiful, as always–I love your style. I would love to know what color you used in this bedroom. Thanks!!

Ruth Elder
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Ruth Elder

Funny you should ask…. we just painted our bedroom today…. charcoal grey. Lots of white floral Shabby Chic type bedding and a huge white four-poster bed and I wanted something masculine to offset it. With light colored walls it was too much frosting… not enough cake. If you know what I mean.

Heidi
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Heidi

I’ve been reading your articles for about six months, and I’ve learned so much! My bedroom wall color is the same as the “before” picture, but I’m hoping to go blue/gray soon. Thank you!

Janice
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Janice

A+, Kristie! You really are THE BEST! Thanks so much!

Michelle Mallett
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Michelle Mallett

What is this beautiful color?

Dena
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Dena

Love your bedroom! My bedroom is SW Amazing Gray which I am going to change. It looks drab against our honey wood trim. I am trying to find a nice blue like you painted to turn my daughter’s old room into a relaxing guest room. What color is your room please? I want to use some ocean pictures I took in Cancun One has anarondack chairs in it.

Chez
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Chez

Wow I love that after photo! The blue is so calming and soothing – reminds me of a beach on Antigua with that touch of green. I’m also noticing the trim color. It looks white but not overly stark. Does trim color need to be the same throughout the house? Our living room has cream trim based on the creamy marble fireplace. Our kitchen has bright white cabinets and white subway tile with carrera marble counters. The kitchen is open to the family room which has light/cool gray walls (BM Cascade White). Is it okay to use white trim in… Read more »

Nancy Keffeler
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Nancy Keffeler

I have 4 different blue/green samples and swatches on my bedroom all. I don’t love any of them. What is the blue paint color that you have in this after bedroom picture?

Sue Ponzillo
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Sue Ponzillo

I’m looking to paint my bedroom with a Colorado like this. It’s calming. Would you email me this shade name? And instead of white woodwork…would cream be ok? I have two bureaus that I did in a cream. Thanks…I’ll be doing the painting myself….any assistance is appreciated.

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Jenny
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Jenny

I’m not sure, like many of the readers, what that gorgeous colour of blue/green/grey is in the “Blue Bedroom After” bedroom picture. It’s gorgeous!

We just painted our bedroom something similar, but it didn’t quite work.

What is this beautiful colour in the “Blue Bedroom After” picture (name, paint company)?? Thanks!

Dayla
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Dayla

Any chance you’ll share the source of this beautiful color? I LOVE it!

Marilyn
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Marilyn

Can you share the name and paint company? Thanks!

Danni Mac
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Danni Mac

This is Benjamin Moore’s Annapolis Green I am sure

Amy
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Amy

Hi, Kristie! I’m looking for a special color after 14 years of white walls. Will you share the name of this color? I think this is “the one.” 🙂

Thanks!
Amy

Sandra
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Sandra

can you please tell me the color of blue you used in the above room?