Vibrant blues such as Coastal Surf make terrific background colors. They immediately draw the eye in, and whatever is set in front of them really stands out. Greens and blues tend to come together well, forming a soothing palette. This is because they are both cool colors and are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. You can use more intense shades of each color and still get a calming vibe. Just be sure to use them in smaller chunks to keep them from taking over the space.
If you do opt to go big with this deep blue hue, try limiting it to rooms that are used only in passing or for small amounts of time, such as a butler’s pantry or a powder room. Floor-to-ceiling intense color can be tough to pull off in a living room or kitchen, where we spend many of our waking hours, but in a space you don’t spend much time in, it’s a fun, unusual and very dramatic choice.
There used to be a rule against using blue in dining rooms and kitchens, because it was thought to be an appetite-suppressing color, but I say if you love blue, go for it. This small accent wall adds a nice dash of color in an otherwise light, white space. It’s another example of how this shade of blue works well as a backdrop for artwork and furnishings.
If you have a fully glazed front door, you simply must take the opportunity to go with a bold color for the door frame. It’s such a small amount of color that you can get away with a supersaturated blue or any other vibrant hue you love.