20 Watery Blue Paint Colors You'll Love

Greige doesn't hold a candle to these picks.

janet gridley blue library

They're evocative and moody, they get along well with other hues and they're perfect for bringing the outdoors inside. It's no wonder blues are our favorite color family. Get the best of the bunch for your home with these designer favorites.

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Erica George Dines
Light Blues

A little goes a long way when when it comes to this beloved hue, like the subtle shade Shon Parker added to an Atlanta bedroom's ceiling. 

Make it yours: Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue HC-147

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pratt & lambert accolade smoke ring
Smoke Ring

"This icy blue has a cool crispness that's refreshing. I'd add fabrics in different tones of the same shade, like navy and slate, to create a layered, monochromatic look. Or you could bring in contrasting colors, like brown and red. The warmth and coziness of all the textures and tones make the room easy to be in." — Robert Stilin

Make it yours: Pratt & Lambert Smoke Ring 26-1

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farrow & ball dead flat borrowed light 235
Borrowed Light

"There's a kind of clarity in the air after a rain, and this color has the same feeling. It suddenly makes the ceiling of a room seem taller, and the space somehow becomes larger. It totally changes the room's energy and makes you feel like you can finally take a big, deep breath!" — Katie Maine

Make it yours: Farrow & Ball Borrowed Light 235

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benjamin moore blue veil
Blue Veil

"This has the coolness of a long, tall drink of water on a hot day. I use it frequently for ceilings because it's subtle. It catches your eye but doesn't yell. Or, if you want to dazzle, do it in high gloss on the walls, and the space will be electrified!" — James Howard

Make it yours: Benjamin Moore Blue Veil 875

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farrow & ball modern emulsion light blue 22
Light Blue

"When you think of the color of a lake, you have to think about trees and shadows and clouds. It's muddled, like this gray-blue. It's not a clear jewel tone, like the ocean. The ocean, with its breaking waves, is all about energy. Lake water is more soothing. It laps at the shore. This gray-blue kind of washes over a room, and you don't see the clutter." — Susan Ferrier

Make it yours: Farrow & Ball Light Blue 22

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benjamin moore early frost
Early Frost

"Some people would call this pale gray, but it actually has blue and purple in it. To me, it's the color of the fog out here in Seattle. I used it in a living room with massive windows overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and at certain times of the day, you couldn't tell the difference between the sea and the sky and the walls. They were all the same color." — Brian Paquette

Make it yours: Benjamin Moore Early Frost CSP-590

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Nancy Nolan
Medium Blues

Whether it's a soothing sky or vibrant turquoise, these blues hit the sweet spot between subtle backdrop and intense color. Designer Tobi Fairley found that middle ground with this cerulean kitchen

Make it yours: Sherwin-Williams Tidewater SW 6477

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benjamin moore jet stream
Jet Stream

"I used this in the study of a Manhattan apartment with panoramic views out to the Hudson River. It blurred the edges of the walls and seemed as if the sky was lulled inside to wrap the room in one fell swoop. And the blue of the sky was reflected in the river. Spike it with shades of green, inspired by the treetops and lots of white." — Raji Radhakrishnan

Make it yours: Benjamin Moore Jet Stream 814

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dunn-edwards drenched rain
Drenched Rain

"This is a romantic and charming blue with soft undertones of gray. For me, it embodies Paris in the rain — the silvery reflections on the streets, the misty sky, the coat-grabbing wind. It's a very soothing color, so I see it in either a bedroom or a breakfast room. Pair it with yellows and oranges to make the blue look even richer." — Ryan Saghian

Make it yours: Dunn-Edwards Drenched Rain DE5883

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benjamin moore antiguan sky
Antiguan Sky

"Aqua is a calming color, which balances a fiery red-head like myself and makes for a pretty room. Actually, most people look good in aqua, and when you look good, you feel more confident. I often like to use a range of one color, so I might add a darker teal or Prussian blue. Red or pink would punch it up and give it more pizzazz." — Lindsey Coral Harper

Make it yours: Benjamin Moore Antiguan Sky 2040-60

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valspar signature turquoise tint
Turquoise Tint

"On vacation in the Caribbean islands, I was walking along a street and stopped to sit on a ledge so I could look down at the water, which was exactly this color. And suddenly, just three feet away, all these tropical fish were swimming by in the most amazing purples, yellows and greens. We humans can make many beautiful things, but nothing is more beautiful than what's already here in nature." — Erinn Valencich

Make it yours: Valspar Turquoise Tint 5006-10B

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valspar celestial blue 5003-9c
Celestial Blue

"I like real colors, as opposed to those that are just a hint of something. I love clarity, and this is a clear blue. Anything you put against it — a black bamboo bed, a bright abstract painting — will pop. And the light in the room takes on a wonderful atmospheric quality. You feel good in it." — Harry Heissmann

Make it yours: Valspar Celestial Blue 5003-9C

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sherwin-williams major blue
Major Blue

"Certain shades of blue immediately take me away to a tropical island, and this is one of them. Even though it's a medium-bright tone, it's still calming, yet vibrant enough to make me feel happy as soon as I enter the room. Add accents of tangerine and lime green to enhance the tropical flavor." — Debbie Viola

Make it yours: Sherwin-Williams Major Blue 6795

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janet gridley
Maura McEvoy
Dark Blues

Let this library designed by Janet Gridley stand as proof: Bold blues can pay off. Saturated teals and navies will set your space apart.

Make it yours: Benjamin Moore Caribbean Azure 2059-20

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Searching Blue

"This painterly blue proves a color can be tranquil and exciting at the same time. You almost sink into the calmness, but it's still confident." — Mary Douglas Drysdale

Make it yours: Sherwin-Williams Searching Blue SW 6536

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farrow & ball pitch blue 220
Pitch Blue

"I'm a big blue-and-white freak. It says nautical, crisp and timeless to me. I painted my kitchen cabinets this great blue — almost a navy but with some periwinkle thrown in — and did white statuary marble on the countertops." — Dan Barsanti

Make it yours: Farrow & Ball Pitch Blue 220

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glidden premium caribbean sea
Caribbean Sea

"In Turkey, the sea is so clear and so bright — a true ocean blue, like this color. You see the same blue in the tiles in the Blue Mosque. It has endless depth, and that makes it very calming. I'm imagining it in a high-gloss finish in an entry or a library. After all, it's only paint. Take a risk and go for it!" — David Phoenix

Make it yours: Glidden Caribbean Sea GLB02

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benjamin moore santa monica blue
Santa Monica Blue

"This is the deep, almost Prussian blue of the ocean in the Bahamas at low tide, and when you combine it with coral-colored fabrics, it's amazing. It vibrates in a wonderful way. I've also used it in a bedroom with blue-and-white toile. If you're doing a home anywhere near the sea or you simply want to remember the sea, this is the color to go with." — Alessandra Branca

Make it yours: Benjamin Moore Santa Monica Blue 776

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benjamin moore polo blue
Polo Blue

"This former whaler's cottage in Sag Harbor, New York, has a subtle nautical theme, and the deep, dark blue in the dining room is meant to evoke the deep, dark Atlantic, which is only a few steps from the door. The paint finish is matte to absorb as much light as possible and let the objects arranged on it shine." — Tom Scheerer

Make it yours: Benjamin Moore Polo Blue 2062-10

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farrow & ball hague blue 30
Hague Blue

"In the full-gloss finish, it catches the light, which brings out the vibrancy of the color." — Elizabeth Dinkel 

Make it yours: Farrow & Ball Hague Blue 30

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