1. A healthy dose of white is needed to bring those dark blues alive. Infuse white not only as blocks of it like in large furniture pieces, walls, bookcases, but in pattern as well. see how lovely these blue and white pillows are in the picture below?
3. A variety of shades of blues and blue-greens. Blues, like greens, go well together. If you are decorating with blue-greens, stick with the variety of blue-greens like teals and turquoise as well as green blues. If you like the purplish blues, stay with blue-purples, navy blue and purple blues.
4. Blues come alive with a tiny bit of yellow, orange or pink (their complementary colors), depending on the predominant blue (blue-purple complements yellow, teals or blue-greens complement orange or pink) The reason blues come alive around these complementary colors is because they simply enhance each other. These colors appear more vibrant next to their complementary colors. I will not get into the biological explanation of this phenomena, but there is one...
5. Provide sufficient lighting - blue rooms can feel somewhat cold, so provide enough warm lighting to avoid that. If the walls are painted with a dark shade of blue, you will need even more lighting to avoid feeling "blue" in that space. This is true with any dark colored interior simply because the darker the walls are the less light they reflect back. A good lighting plan uses layers of light - up lights (wall sconces, table and floor lamps), down lights (ceiling lights, recessed) and surrounding lights (table lamps, wall, floor lamps and indirect lighting fixtures).
6. Wood looks amazing with shades of blue, so bring some wood in (flooring, furniture pieces).
Do you have any ideas or thoughts of how to create a beautiful lively blue room? I would love to hear them.