DIY Advice: Dos & Don’ts of using Blue

If you would like to add blue to your home’s colour palette, you have hundreds of shades to choose from. Blue is a versatile color and is almost considered a neutral because of its simplicity.

The DOS:

• Choose the right blue. Do this by recognizing that blue can be soft like blue-gray, or bright like primary blue, and even vivid like an electric blue.
• Decide ahead of time what your style is before choosing blue for your room. Thereafter you can find ideas using magazines for the type of blue you’ll want to sample.

• Learn the basics of cool and warm colours. Being able to recognize the color temperature of any colour you’re considering will help you pick the right color blue.

• Watch your undertones. Understanding how paint undertones work as wrong undertone can ruin a colour scheme instantly. Watch out for gray and green undertones with your blue paint colours, these are the most common undertone offenders.

• Have fun with blue! With so many beautiful blue colours in paint and décor, you can find the perfect one for your home.


• Don’t create your colour palette until you settle on your blue paint colour. Because of the big range of blue shades and undertones, your other colours can negatively impact your choice.

• Don’t forget that blue can be used in more than bedrooms or bathrooms. The right blue paint colour is beautiful in a kitchen with white cabinetry and tile. A deep blue or denim blue can make a family room feel comfortable and inviting, especially with crisp white trim and neutral furniture.

• Don’t be afraid to try other ways of adding blue to your home. Porches, doors, and even ceilings, can benefit from blue’s livable style. Sky blue is a natural choice for ceilings or porches. Try a richer blue for your door to get a traditional vibe.

• Don’t forget navy blue! Dark wall colour is fashionable now, and navy blue can look elegant without being too dark. Dining rooms look especially stunning in dark or navy blue with brushed silver or gold light fixtures. White accents and trim can keep your dining room from looking sombre with deep blue wall colour.