Skip to main content

Upgrade your blue room with these dazzling complementary shades

Feeling blue from your blue-hued room? Then it’s probably time to mix it up a bit with some new shades that will go great with your exact shade of blue, whether that’s through contrast or similarity.

Having a blue room doesn’t mean you’re sad, but it can get a little depressing staring at the same bland color every day. Blue rooms are good for calm, peace, and tranquility, but it’s good to lighten up your blue room with some different colors. If you’re searching for ideas on how to make your blue room pop, we’ve found the most dazzling complementary shades for you to try.

Image used with permission by copyright holder


Pinks always look rockin’ with blue, but you have to get the shades just right so that both colors can shine and don’t make each other look muddled or garish. If you’re working with dark shades like royal, denim, or midnight blue, mauve pink is the trendy choice for you. This light, dusty color complements darker blues in a fun yet subtle way. You can get wall art, pillows, or lampshades to introduce the hue to the room.

Recommended Videos

Burnt orange

There’s a reason why so many sports teams’ colors are blue and orange—they’re actual complementary colors. We suggest a burnt orange to complement your medium-to-light blues. First off, burnt orange is very in style right now. Second, it will add an unexpected accent to the room in a way that’s new and refreshing. Try it out with burnt orange curtains, throw rugs, or even a painted accent wall.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

Bright yellow

If you’re really looking for an exciting pop in your blue room, go with a bright yellow. It cannot be overstated how well yellow pairs with blue. This is especially true if you have a dark or medium shade of blue; yellow swoops in to elevate that blue color with a bit of contrast. Our suggestion: be bold with your bright yellow additions. Get a statement piece, such as a funky yellow lighting fixture, a large piece of wall art that prominently features yellow, or a yellow couch or chair.


This purple-y shade of pink is perfect to pair with lighter blues. It’s equally as bold as yellow and will add some spunk to your space. Think sheer or beaded fuchsia curtains, a fuchsia throw rug, or fuchsia-framed mirrors or wall art. Plus, a fun do-it-yourself project would be to use stencils to paint a fuchsia design on your light blue walls.

Seafoam green

Another color that’s trending right now and that will complement your lighter-toned baby blues is seafoam green. If you’re decorating a baby’s nursery or simply don’t want anything too flashy in your blue room, then seafoam green is the way to go. This light, cutesy color keeps the tranquil, Zen vibes alive while also adding a bit of variety. Try adding seafoam green containers, handles and knobs, throw rugs, and even furniture to your blue room. While pairing it with light blue is recommended, a brighter shade of seafoam green can work well with darker blues too.


Here’s another color to pair with medium-to-light blue shades. If you’re going for a sophisticated and possibly romantic style in your room, maroon is your best bet. Some maroon accents can include throw blankets, pillows, valance curtains or other window treatments, or furniture, such as a coat rack or side table.

Tan/beige/brown (think neutrals!)

Earth tones always look nice with blues. You will want to properly contrast your earth tone to correctly match the shade of blue in your room. Tans can go with medium blues, light beiges with dark blue, and dark browns with light blue. Got it? This is an easy one because you can always find furniture in this color, or you can paint your existing furniture in one of these colors. You may also want to choose two, such as a brown and a beige, and get a multi-tone effect going in the room. This can be done with curtains, lampshades, wall art, and other kinds of home decor. We even suggest playing around with gold hues to match this style.

Having a blue room doesn’t mean you have to feel blue. In fact, introducing an additional color will keep you feeling balanced—the blue will keep you calm and grounded, while an additional color can bring more thrill and pleasure.

When decorating your blue room with an additional color, don’t forget to consider the shade of blue, and also consider using one of our awesome suggested colors to complement your blues. Whether you choose a bold and bright color or a more subtle shade, the room will feel less static and more free-flowing when it breaks away from its blue-only phase.

Editors' Recommendations

21 rules for arranging living room furniture, according to the experts
With these rules, the layout for your living room will look amazing
Living room furniture

Figuring out how to design a living room or how to arrange furniture in your oft-used space can be a daunting task -- especially if you don’t have a lot of experience with interior design. However, setting up your living space on your own is totally doable, especially with these tips from some of the top interior designers in the country. This is what you need to know about the layout of your living room.
Start with a clean slate

When considering how to arrange living room furniture, the best way is to remove everything from the room and start fresh, which is what Michelle Harrison-McAllister, one of San Diego’s premier interior designers and owner of Michelle Harrison Design, told us.
Build your room around your lifestyle

Read more
Above-bed decor: These cool ideas will transform your bedroom
We have some fun and timeless ideas to help you gain inspiration to decorate this space
A restful bedroom

Finding the right decor to place above the bed can be difficult. At worst, you leave the space empty, which doesn’t suit all design styles, making the awkward space above the bed feel forgotten. At best, you add a piece that doesn’t suit your design style or fit the needs of the space.

If you’re struggling to find the perfect above-bed decor, we have some cool ideas that will inspire you to give your room the facelift it deserves.
Use artwork

Read more
An expert’s guide to refreshing your dated midcentury modern living room
Here are the best tips to give your space a fresh look
Living room with midcentury modern wallpaper

A midcentury modern living room has remained a popular design choice for many long after it first appeared. The slim, clean lines and symmetry bring order to any room, and the color palette is neutral and inviting. The classic look never goes out of style; however, if you are looking to breathe new life into it, there are a few things you can do to keep it updated but true to the original timelessness of the design.

We asked the experts how to keep things feeling fresh in a midcentury modern home while still holding true to the shapes, colors, textures, and lines that make the style unique. Anna Franklin, interior designer and founder of Stone House Collective, gave us some easy and fun ideas to keep it feeling fresh.
How to keep a midcentury modern living room feeling less orchestrated

Read more