Blue is a versatile color and a fan-favorite when it comes to interior design. Not only does it suit a wide variety of color combinations, but it's also one of the most soothing colors in the color wheel. It's also found throughout nature, from the sky to the ocean, giving it all kinds of positive associations.
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For this reason, it's no surprise if you're drawn to the idea of outfitting your entire living room in shades of blue. Just keep in mind that it's possible to overuse the color. This becomes particularly tricky to avoid if you like darker shades, such as navy and royal blues. Fear not, though! If you want to make a navy and dark blue living room work for you, there are ways. And we're here to help you out.
1. The Power of White
One of the most useful tools in your arsenal is going to be the color white. With its value-neutral effect on a room, it can take a too-dark aesthetic and turn it pleasing to the eye. Consider the living room above, for example. The navy blue couch and dark blue walls might have been overwhelming if not for the wall art and throw pillows to help break things up.
2. Strategic Lighting
If you're a fan of somber, of course, you're welcome to lean into the depth of both navy and dark blue. Take the living room above as inspiration! While the lightly colored decorative pillows do some of the work providing contrast, the dramatic lighting is actually what keeps the room from getting too dull. A dramatic spotlight helps you lean into the somber themes of the room while also providing a touch of necessary brightness.
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3. Mixing Bold Colors
Another great way to provide balance to a dark blue room is to shock the eye with a bold accent color. Here, the pink throw pillows do an excellent job of catching the eye and cheering up the room. If pink isn't your style, consider shades like lime green or even a burnt orange to do a similar trick.
4. Cheery Greenery
A tried and true method for brightening up a room? Add some plants! You'll be surprised at what a dash of life can do to awaken the potential of a space and help it feel more welcoming. If you want help picking the right plant for your living room, you can check out our guide "10 Best Tall Plans for the Living Room."
5. Mid-Century Modern Chic
If you're looking for fresh ways to add levity to a dark blue and navy living room, consider the mid-century modern aesthetic. The exposed, thin legs often associated with the style create a lot of space between the furniture and the floor, opening up the room to an airy feel.
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6. Electric Blue
Shaking things up with an additional shade of blue is so bold a choice, it actually works. Take this living room, for example. The attention-grabbing electric blue table and accent pillows pop against the more somber navy backdrop.
7. All That Glitters IS Gold
If you're looking for elegance that never goes out of style, look no further than the blue and gold color combination. Golden accents might shimmer on their own, but when they're set against a dark blue palette, they tend to gleam even brighter.
8. Two-Tone Sectional
One way to intrigue the eye in a mostly-blue living room is to use alternating shades in an unusual way. Take a look at this sofa for the ultimate example. Adding a lighter shade of blue as one of the base cushions emphasizes the blue aesthetic while also surprising the eye.
9. The Beauty of Minimalism
A simple solution to avoiding overwhelming the eye with too much blue is to simply not have a lot of furniture in your living room. Embracing minimalism keeps a space open and inviting. All you need is a comfy couch and a light source, and you've got yourself a lovely spot to read after a long day at work.
10. Striking Textures
A tried and true way to add depth and visual intrigue to your interior design is through texture. Consider the leather couch in this living room. Not only does it draw the eye for the way the caramel color pops against the dark blue and navy, it grabs your attention with its sleek leather material.
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11. Bottling a Storm
Another way to lean into the aesthetic of dark blue on navy as opposed to looking for contrast is to pair the shades with grey. This has the magical effect of making it seem like you've stepped right into a storm. Add natural wood floors or accent pieces to this look to create a rustic living room.
12. Making the Most of Accent Pillows
All you really need to create visual intrigue in your dark blue and navy living room is a well-placed accent pillow. Look no further than this living room. The rich clay-colored pillow stands out against the blue couch and keeps the space from getting too gloomy.
13. Going Glam
Sometimes less isn't more, as evidenced by this living room. Adding as much blue decor as you want to a single room can work in your favor if you lean into the glitz and glam. Consider the button accents on the chairs, the ruffled texture of the side tables, and the abundance of elegant glassware adorning each tabletop. All these things add to the glamorous aesthetic and end up working together rather than feeling disparate.
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14. Embracing Nature
Since blue is found throughout nature, it makes the perfect backdrop for a rustic living room. Notice the way the dark blue walls of this space help make the natural wood table pop.
15. Dark Wood Dream
You may think that adding more darkness to your already-dark living room would be unhelpful. However, dark wood pairs quite nicely with dark blues like navy. Take this living room, for example. The unique quality of the coffee table adds enough levity for the eye, so you can relax and appreciate how dark wood and dark blue complement each other.
16. Heightened Accents
Of course, one accent piece with a striking color is all you need to break up a room's monotony. However, using two creates a visual cohesion that pleases. Just look at the way the coffee table and the accent pillow work together in this room to brighten up the otherwise somber blues.
17. Silver Lining
Metallics tend to pair well with shades of blue, and silver is no exception. Given the way it provides contrast in a similar fashion to white, it's no wonder why silver and blue make such an iconic color combo.
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18. The Might of Mirrors
Mirrors are the best friend of any interior decorator. They have the ability to open up a room and create the illusion of more space. Therefore, a big, floor-length mirror is the perfect remedy for a dark blue and navy living room that feels too cramped.
19. Popping Patterns
One great way to incorporate a little fun into a blue-on-blue living room is with a fun pattern. Consider the area rug in this picture. The checkered pattern draws the eye and adds a bit of contrasting color to the palette.
20. Picture Perfect
Want a way to add more color to your dark blue living room while also creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere? Try adding a picture collage to the wall! The photos will draw your eye, and the memories will make you smile.
21. Art Connoisseur
Speaking of sprucing up your walls, you can opt to add an eye-catching piece of art instead of personal photographs and achieve a similar result. Just look at this living room. The yellow color complements the shades of blue and gives an air of sophistication to the whole room.
22. Book Nook
Books are a great way to make a living room feel homier. Since the spines are different colors, they also happen to introduce some contrast into a blue living room.
23. Letting In Light
Natural light is the best way to brighten up a space. If you have large picture windows or otherwise prominent windows in your living room, take advantage of them by make them a centerpiece in your room design.
24. Florals for the Win
Another natural way to cheer up a room is with flowers and flowery accents. The potted plant in this living room may sit off to the side, but it takes center stage when it comes to where your eye is drawn.
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25. Creative Lines
As much as the eye is pleased by symmetry, there's no denying that it's drawn to a lack thereof. Consider the way the sofa table isn't centered behind the sofa and how that emphasizes both the sofa's place in the room, as well as the artwork.
26. Add an Area Rug
A great way to keep the eye from being overwhelmed is by adding an area rug to a room. It draws attention to one section of the space at a time. Have it utilize the color scheme, as in the living room pictured above, for bonus points.
27. The Scene-Stealing Accent Chair
Want to go for a bold look? Add an accent chair with a unique color to your dark blue living room. Obviously, this space features a yellow chair, but oranges, pinks, and lime greens all make excellent choices, as well.
Still looking for inspiration? We've got you covered! Since the sofa is the centerpiece of any living room, it's vital that you pick the right one for your space. Check out our "15 Awesome Navy Sofa Living Room Ideas" to get started.