How to Decorate a Blue Living Room

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How to Decorate a Blue Living Room
Incorporate as much or as little blue as you'd like into your blue living room. (Living room image by MAXFX from

Decorate your living room with your favourite shade of blue, or various shades of blue, and complementary colours. Use a basic style, idea or theme that works with the blue to create a room that you enjoy looking at and being in. Use blue as the main colour or focus in the room, or thread blue throughout the room as an accent to pull the rest of the decor together. Blue is a cool colour, and many shades of blue have a calming effect as well.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Furniture
  • Curtains
  • Rug
  • Wall decor
  • Accessories

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    Choose the colour palette, theme, style and formality that you want to showcase in your living room. If you have a piece of art, a sofa or a particular shade of blue you want to use, build the room around that. For example, create a nautical or beach-themed room if you want to use a large picture of the beach or a lighthouse. If you found wallpaper with a fabulous blue-on-blue floral pattern, build the room around that wallpaper.

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    Paint the walls to complement your furniture and decorating plan. For example, paint the walls navy blue with stark white trim for a contemporary, classic or nautical living room. Paint the walls in a light shade of blue for a chic, cool, classic, tropical or country cottage feel. If you want to include a bright shade of blue, such as azure or cobalt, try painting one wall in that colour as an accent wall and leave the other walls white or choose a calmer, more neutral hue.

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    Arrange your furniture in the room to draw focus where you want it. For example, if you have picture windows overlooking the ocean or a garden, position your sofas and chairs in a manner that promotes conversation and offers a view. Use furniture that fits in with your plan. Dark wood can warm up a blue room, coral colours can contrast with a bright blue for an island feel and white furniture can fit in with nearly any theme or style.

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    Use curtains, rugs, throws and accent pillows to pick up colours in the artwork, corresponding pieces or other accessories to tie the room together. If your walls are blue, choose curtains in a different colour, such as white, to contrast with the walls. If your walls are white and your furniture includes blue and white stripes, hang blue curtains. Solid rugs can balance a room with a lot of other patterns, or patterned rugs can add interest to a room with a lot of solid-colour features. Toss throws and pillows on the furniture if it fits in with your decorating style.

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    Accessorise the room with mirrors, pictures, artwork, candles, lamps, plants or other odds-and-ends. For example, a colonial room might have blue and white pottery and plates displayed in a cabinet. A contemporary room could include blue and white statues. A nautical-themed living room could include a picture of an anchor in a red frame.

Tips and warnings

  • Repeat common patterns, blue colour schemes or items throughout the room.
  • Avoid too many different colours or patterns or the room will seem too busy and overwhelming. Keeping it simple and repeating blue shades and patterns will allow your eyes to focus on the things you want to stand out so you can appreciate the entire room.

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