When it comes to decorating, I think a lot of us are looking to create at least one space in our homes that provides a calm and relaxing feel. It’s easy to lean towards neutrals as they often feel like the safe bet, but few colors can beat the tranquility of muted and watery blues and greys. Think anywhere from misty, rainy-day greys to the light blue-greens of sea foam washed ashore — the one thing these soft tones have in common is that in their simplicity, they are absolutely stunning.
These tones are so great not only because they bring in that clean and fresh feeling of water and the sky, but because they work so well both as dominant and accent colors. Even when used on large surfaces, these tones never feel overwhelming because they are, in fact, so natural. To help you become equally inspired, we’ve gathered some examples of the many ways these subtle blues and greys can be used to create colorful spaces that feel serene and sophisticated at the same time. Click through to see how you can incorporate watery blues and greys in your own home! —Sofia
Images above and below: Anna Potter’s Sheffield, England home is a wealth of soft blues, greens and greys.
Image above: Tara and Percy of Jersey Ice Cream Co. used their signature plaster technique on the walls of this beautiful breakfast nook. The two-tone walls feature a textured, watery blue at the bottom and a lighter grey on top — a perfect combination that makes this space feel calm, inspiring and sophisticated.
Image above: The bathroom in this 18th century Connecticut home is the ideal sanctuary for relaxation. The tub, painted in a soothing dusty sea foam tone, makes the perfect focal point.
Image above: Stylist Emily Henderson recently renovated her new kitchen and chose this gorgeous smoky blue-green for the kitchen island. The color is calm and serene yet completely defines this beautiful space! Image by Tessa Neustadt/ Emily Henderson Studio.
Image above: Rebecca Atwood’s Marbled Stripe pattern in Lagoon sums up everything we love about the ocean and its colors. Whether used as wallpaper or fabric, it’s the perfect pattern to both excite and calm a space at the same time. This is also one of the five Rebecca Atwood pattern downloads we shared recently — you can find it here.
Image above: Leaving the walls neutral and focusing on interior trims is another great way of creating cohesive and refined spaces. In this Brooklyn brownstone, a soft grey with blue undertones was used on baseboards and frames for a beautiful flow from one room to the next.
Image above: Various blues and greys make up the color story in this German countryside home. The library’s back wall, painted in “Oval Room Blue” by Farrow & Ball, is an anchor point that both accentuates and balances the muted tones of the vintage wallpaper.
Image above: In the same German home, doors in the upstairs hallway received a colorful update, while the walls were painted in an understated light grey.
Image above: The original dresser in this South England home was painted in a deep blue-grey. The rich color makes a stunning statement, yet feels effortless and classic.
Image above: Testing out paint colors above the mantelpiece created a unique and stunning installation in this Australian home.
Image above: In this 200-year-old home, the nursery’s blue-grey door and light blue walls create an inspiring backdrop for play and games.