Light blue is a color that induces peace and serenity, making it a nice choice for home decor to help us feel calm and at ease. Light blue is synonymous with clear blue skies and shallow placid ocean waters, which are both linked to feelings of happiness and relaxation, which again make this shade a popular option in interior design because most people want to enjoy tranquility in their own homes.
Here we look at colors that go well with light blue for a range of color scheme options which include this soothing shade.
Peach is a pretty shade that is named after the interior flesh of the fruit of the same name. It is a color that includes orange, yellow, and pink hues, which makes it an ideal color to pair with light blue because all of these colors are complementary to blue. Light blue is a soft and subtle shade that can really be brought to life by the contrasting tones in peach.
As both light blue and peach are on the paler end of the color spectrum, they can be used in large amounts without creating the sense of feeling overwhelmed.
For a light blue room, use peach for accents such as white cushions with peach patterns printed on or a pale gray rug with peach stripes. Using a neutral shade to help break up the light blue and peach can be useful to create a more elegant look, but this isn’t always necessary with these two colors, and you could use them alone for a more saturated and playful look, for example in a child’s bedroom.
Lilac is a pale shade of purple, which has blue undertones running through it. It has links to femininity and florals, which means when used with light blue lilac can change the mood of a room and create a more dainty or pretty feel. If you feel your spare blue room lacks character or passion, then adding lilac accents can be a good way to alter this and create a more lively atmosphere.
Lilac and light blue have a lot of similarities. For instance, they both have blue hues, they are both cool colors, and they are both light shades. When using two colors like this which have a lot in common, the room can look flat. To prevent this, you should add a third color into the design scheme, which will help to add definition to the space. A dark color such as gray would work well to contrast the paler colors and introduce a moodier feel to a room or use cream for a more summery atmosphere in the room.
As lilac is a color named after the flower, it seems that floral prints go hand in hand with this shade. If this type of motif is appealing to you, opt for fabrics featuring lilac flowers or art prints of lilac bouquets. This can further help to define the feel of a room as bright and fresh.
White and light blue can be used to create a feeling of simple tranquility. This is a color scheme commonly used in bathrooms because it works well to make a room feel relaxing and clean. Although blue is not a neutral color, light blue can feel like a neutral when used alongside white because it doesn’t inject too much personality onto a space, which is also why it works well in bathrooms and common spaces because these are areas of the home that will be used by a number of people.
White and light blue can also be used together to achieve a beachy or coastal theme in a room. To do this, focus on nautical stripes as a motif, and use natural textures such as linen, cotton, and rope. A coastal-themed room should feel casual and relaxed, and fabrics really help to ensure the right mood is created by adding texture and layers to the room.
While white and light blue work together to make a space feel casual and clean, they can also make a room feel stark or cool, especially in a room that struggles to get a lot of bright natural daylight. In this instance, substitute white with cream, and your results will be a softer and more inviting room.
Cream and light blue can create the same sort of style in a space as white and light blue, but the warmer tones in cream help to subtly add comfort to a room which will make it feel more comfortable. Avoid cream shades that have too much yellow in them, as these can have a buttery look and will make light blue feel old-fashioned. Instead, choose off-white shades of cream with a touch of brown in them for a more modern take on this neutral color.
Dark shades of blue such as navy blue, can be used with light blue to create shade contrast rather than color contrast. Choose a neutral color or an accent color to use alongside these shades to avoid the room from feeling too blue.
Off-white or beige would be a suitable neutral in this color scheme or opt for a dusky pink as an accent shade. Navy blue will bring drama to a light blue room and should be used in small pops, such as navy blue planters or navy blue lamp shades.
Light blue is a color that is traditionally used to paint the nursery of a baby boy, and therefore can be associated with adolescence. To make a light blue room feel more mature, use gray accents because this will add a modern and sophisticated touch to the space.
Any cool shade of gray will work with light blue, so the color you choose will reflect the type of style you are trying to achieve. Dark charcoal gray with light blue will make for a more moody and elegant room, while pale dove gray with light blue will look fresh and breezy.
Light blue can be used to create a fresh and invigorating feel in a room when paired with zingy apple green. Use these colors on patterned fabrics for a contemporary style, and introduce a third neutral color such as beige or brown to avoid the intensity of apple green and light blue from feeling overstimulating.
Coral is a bold and vibrant shade that is a cross between red, orange, and pink. It compliments light blue nicely as it heavily features red and orange tones, which sit opposite blue on the color wheel.
These two shades work to make each other appear more lively, and as coral is an energizing shade, it can bring feelings of creativity and passion to light blue, which would otherwise be restful and relaxing. Coral and light blue help to balance each other out, with coral lifting light blue, while light blue brings a touch of calm to coral.
Tan is a shade that hovers halfway between brown and beige but can be considered as a variation of either color. It can have orange or yellow undertones, which make it work well with light blue as these are complementary colors to blue. As a warm neutral, tan can work to make a light blue room feel more cozy and comfortable, especially if soft textures are used. Consider a tan suede sofa or a tan-colored chunky knit throw over the end of a bed.
You can also incorporate tan into a color scheme by using tan-colored wooden furniture or flooring, which again will add warmth to the room as wood has the ability to link us to nature and ground our emotions.
To avoid a light blue room feeling too cool or masculine, add accents of pale pink to introduce a pretty aspect to a space. Pink does not need to be frilly or obvious to add femininity and instead can actually bring a sophisticated vibe to a room when used correctly. Use pale pink textures such as faux fur or velvet to enhance the elegance in a light blue room, and add hints of gold or rose gold to highlight the romance of the space.
One of the colors many people feel wary of using in decor is bright cherry red, but if added in small doses in a light blue room, it can have the effect of making the space feel inviting and dynamic. Cherry red contrasts light blue and brings a feeling of joy and warmth to a space, but be careful not to overdo it.
Choose red cushions in a light blue room along with a display of red flowers, or opt for cherry red accent chairs. Red and dark blue are commonly used together for an Americana design, but red with light blue looks equally striking without being linked to a patriotic theme. These colors can work well in both traditional or contemporary styles.
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