From the radiant aquamarine tones of Caribbean waters to the deep indigo colors of the Pacific, coastal-inspired shades of blue are versatile, calming and elegant. Consider creating a luxurious, serene space with a pale blue shade or fashioning a sharp and cool sanctuary by pairing bright turquoise with crisp white. If you are afraid of going full-on blue, adding jolts of color using accessories will delicately infuse your home with an aquatic flair. For a sea-inspired abode, read on—the ocean blues are ready to enchant you.
Tranquil Palettes 1: Elad Gonen, original photo on Houzz
Strong blue accents and exquisite artwork join forces with the deep blue of the sky overhead to take center stage in this space—quite a feat considering the powerful design element and rustic charm created by the all-white sleek lines of the walls and furniture.
Tranquil Palettes 2: Tropical Living Room, original photo on Houzz
The unusual pairing of colors in this living room is a touch of genius. Pale turquoise shades pop when placed in an earthy environment. The artistic faux finish resembles the crystalline waters of an untrampled Caribbean coast; the same blue is repeated in the cushy sofa and chairs. The rustic columns flanking the entrance add to the natural feel. All in all, a gem.
Tranquil Palettes 3: Jerry Jacobs Design, Inc., original photo on Houzz
This bedroom is a study in how to use different intensities of the same color. Sky-blue stripes on the bed give this ocean-view room a nautical touch. Royal blue paint on the walls is strategically extended to the edges of the ceiling, setting off the super pale blue it surrounds and adding dimension to the space. Bright white throughout ties it all together. Every time you use color, incorporate a lighter shade of that color as well to balance out the color scheme.
If you are not a fan of using a lot of color, a simple but bold statement can be achieved by adding just one brightly colored accessory.
Pale blue hues can create very relaxing moods, especially when white acts as an anchor.
Tranquil Palettes 4: Sylvia Martin, original photo on Houzz
A bold piece of blue-hued art is used as a focal point in this space. The turquoise panels are reminiscent of ocean waters and bring a spirited twist to what would otherwise be a somewhat somber and serious vignette.
Tranquil Palettes 5: Divine Design+Build, original photo on Houzz
The beautiful shade of brown on the cabinets serves as the ideal foil for the aquamarine countertop. Other shades of blue are also used throughout the kitchen, in the backsplash, the pottery and even the cups. The color scheme jumps from bright blues to snappy oranges, giving the space a fun and versatile style.
Tranquil Palettes 6: Applegate Tran Interiors, original photo on Houzz
An oversize art piece sets the tone for this room, resulting in an area that’s modern, elegant and artistic. Indigo, white and brown mix together perfectly here, with each color perfectly balanced in relation to the others. Just a little dose of blue is enough to add an ocean appeal.