Blue Accessories for Any Style

A blue palette has a calming influence on any space, whether your home is a contemporary loft or a cottage near a lake.  Depending on the colors you pair it with, and the shades and patterns you choose, blue works beautifully in any style home.  From baby blue to navy blue, there’s sure to be a hue that’s right for you.

 

Blue in a Contemporary Room

 

Here, blue is paired with warm, natural textures and neutral colors, but it also looks great with black and white.  To keep the look clean and contemporary, choose bold pops of the same blue–such as this jewel-toned turquoise–and relegate the use of color to solids rather than patterns.  Here are some examples of blue accessories that would work in a contemporary room:

 

  • A large, sculptural vase in a glossy peacock-blue
  • A set of sapphire pillows on a white couch
  • Abstract wall art featuring electric blue swaths of color

Whereas solid blues make the difference in a contemporary room, this space relies on a variety of blue patterns for a formal look that feels fresh.  This mix of pattern–found on the striped chair, Greek key rug, Suzani pillows, and floral curtains–look cohesive because they share a palette of just two main colors: sky blue and royal blue.  Even though the feel of this room is on the traditional side, these particular blues keep the look light and airy and the pattern play keeps it from looking stuffy. 

 

Another way to achieve a formal look is to layer a deep, moody blue such as indigo with warm metallics like copper or gold.  This glamorous pairing feels like the inside of a velvet-lined jewelry box and is an elegant choice for a formal dining room or even a master bedroom.

Blue accessories for formal spaces might include:

  • An ottoman upholstered in steel blue velvet
  • Dramatic floor-to-ceiling curtain panels in a royal blue floral
  • A pair of large Ming-style vases flanking your fireplace mantel