You already know that color can affect mood, and if the end goal is to create a relaxing space, blue is an excellent choice for furnishings. Color Psychology explains that blue can be calming and stimulate creativity, but it is also linked to trust and dependability, intelligence and confidence. The range of options within the realm of blue runs from pale hues that feel serene and airy, to deeper shades like navy that work like a neutral. And, if you need a punch of color, there’s nothing like a piece in a bold blue to add pop. It’s also important to keep in mind that different undertones in blue can push the shade toward aqua or green too. Here are two dozen pieces of blue furniture than can transform a room.
Just like classic navy blue blazer works for every occasion, navy blue chairs like these from Abbyson are appropriate for any room, The combination of brass metal frame and deep navy velvet upholstery are sophisticated but far from stuffy. The angular design is finished off with button tufting on the cushions that adds a classic detail to these marvelous chairs. Remember — navy blue can work as a neutral color in many spaces.
The grayish-blue upholstery on this long, curved sofa makes it also work as a neutral piece in a living room. Designed by Luca Nichetto for Bernhardt, the angles chrome legs add a decidedly modern element to the sofa. This shade of blue is very serene and easy to mix with other neutrals or bright pieces, including very bold elements.
Blue colors can range from pale hues to very bold options. This setting by Jonathan Adler includes both: The chevron striped rug is done in cream and pale blue while the sofa is a deep, rich, saturated teal blue. The two extremes work well together, especially when accented by brightly colored cushions and accessories that are paler renditions of the same colors.
The Ginger and Jagger brand is inspired by nature and this moody sofa is the color of an ominous sky before a storm. With a muted tone, this grayish-blue velvet sofa has a more rounded silhouette than the previous one, giving it an entirely different feeling. Still modern, the curves and design detail at the front of the arms elevate it from ordinary to very special.
Far more modern and sparer is this blue sofa that leans toward a deep marine blue. The solid, clean-lined upholstery is accented by the padded gray dividers. This is definitely a moody color and the style is fit for a minimalist space that needs a little drama. The sofa, designed by Lane Semana, sits on an angular chrome base.
Bright cobalt is another rich-looking option for an interior decor scheme. This bedroom features a partially upholstered headboard and bench, both done in the same velvety textile. The patterned rug picks up on the same color while echoing the neutrals found in the wood sections of the headboard, Bold or pastel., blue is an excellent choice for the bedroom because of its tendency to help relax the mind.
In this home office, the pair of blue-topped tables are an excellent substitute for a standard coffee table. Again, the overall decor scheme is rendered in neutral colors with an undertone of dusty pink, which is picked up by the pillows on the sofa. The medium t0ne of the gray-blue — and the retro-modern shape and style of the tables — are a very fitting accent for the contemporary space.
Of course, there are some people who subscribe to the “Go big or go home” mantra and this chair is not only big but also bold. Stained in a bright lapis color, the chair has a base reminiscent of an Adirondack chair, yet the oversized back gives it a decidedly modern flair. Altogether, this is a statement chair that will grab attention in any room.
Blue is also a great choice for outdoor furniture because it echoes the color of sea and sky, amplifying the feeling of serenity. This woven chair by designer Cheick Diallo of Mali features a modern silhouette based on classic lines. The pattern adds interest and lends the piece a touch of exotic flair.
Swapping out the cushions of a chair or lounge is another way to add blue to an outdoor living space. This rattan chair from Palecek is a great example because the cushions are covered in a casual ikat-style textile that conveys a casual style more emphatically than the typical solid outdoor fabric does. Blue cushions in a print can also pair easily with other colors and prints as well.
Rustic furniture is super nice when rendered in blue because the color is typically more muted and the weathering more apparent. This credenza from Classic Home has an antique feel, especially with the ring hardware. The rough appearance adds a brown element, which helps the piece blend with the surrounding neutrals. It’s a good pop of color that is not too shiny or glitzy, with more of a homespun appeal.
At the opposite end of the spectrum from rustic, these velvet chairs from Cyan Design have a contemporary flair that conveys comfort and elegance. The curved design, accented with the metal frame that encircles the upholstered body, makes the chairs visually interesting from the back as well as the front. As part of an overall decor scheme that features blue, or as an accent grouping, this style of chair makes a luxurious statement.
Similar in color but more classic in style, this club chair — also from Cyan Design — has interior tufting that is reminiscent of a Chesterfield sofa. The classic cushioning is paired with an angular profile that features high arms that run level with the back. The deep muted blue tone is lighter than a classic navy but would coordinate well with many color schemes. It is ideal for a library or a living room, and a perfect chair for sinking in by the fire to catch up on reading.
Upholstered in a light blue that trends toward the gray spectrum, this chair from Dovetail Furniture has a sleeker look. The smooth upholstery and rounded profile give it a more formal appearance too. The suede fabric has a rich look and is ideal for an elegant living room or a master bedroom done in an airy, pale color palette.
Of course, for living spaces that see lots of use, the darker colors are a lower-maintenance choice. This grouping features solid wood frames painted black, paired with removable upholstery sections that are covered in a durable navy textile. These furnishings have a modern style with a Scandinavian decor feeling, meaning they could work well in any modern or contemporary style room.
Velvet and nailheads might be more associated with traditional style furniture or a more formal vibe, but this set from JLF shows how it can be used in a more casual setting. What looks like a traditional sofa style is actually a more contemporary take thanks to the space between the side arms and the back. The addition of storage ottomans that can double as a coffee table or side tables also makes this a more casual arrangement.
Combing shades of blue in one interior decor scheme can create a moody space that is still welcoming and serene. This setting from Jalan features blue armchairs and a darker blue credenza. Together, they form a set that has a generally traditional feeling, but the addition of global style accessories changes the vibe of the room.
Blue chairs can work in rooms that run the gamut from super casual to very formal. Moreover, the shape can often be similar, while the level of formality comes from the choice of upholstery textile. This chair from JLF features a rather tweedy style of fabric, which makes it less formal and ideal for a family room or other casual space. If it were to be upholstered in the same color but in a velvet or silk textile, it would be most appropriate for an elegant living room.
While chairs and sofas might be the most common types of blue furniture, there are other options, like this coffee table from LH Imports. An inlaid design features on the top of the round table as well as on the deep sides. It not only adds a pop of blue but also a bit of pattern to the room. This type of table would be great for livening up a neutral space.
Unlike the more neutral dark and navy tones of blue, light and bright shades can really enliven a space and be a bold statement. These vintage chairs from Finch Hudson are upholstered in a light sky blue that really makes the black frame detail pop. They would be the centerpiece of any living room because of the lively shade of blue.
Not a sky blue but certainly brighter than navy, this deeply tufted sofa from M2L has a very modern design. The tufts — which look like rows of little pillows — are covered in a rich, medium-toned blue velvet. The blue is still vibrant and makes the unexpected design of the upholstery really stand out. The combinations just begs you to plop down on it.
This particular shade of blue is very versatile. Almost like a bright denim color, the blue of this upholstery pairs well with the natural wood frames of these chairs. Whether used in a home office setting or in a living room, these comfortable chairs by Perrouin have a natural feeling, made more prominent because of the happy blue color.
Branching into the brighter, more teal blue colors, means a piece of furniture will definitely be a statement. This chair by Studio Sunny Kim has two elements that make it a statement chair: The vibrant color and the unusual winged design. Put together, the two make for a chair that won’t ever escape notice!
Bright and bold doesn’t only work with modern designs. More classic styles, rendered in bright blues, like this settee from Art Max, are also statement pieces. Actually two corner sections put together, the pieces feature a bright blue turquoise upholstery that is deeply tufted in a chesterfield style. The classic finish is combined with nailhead detailing and lucite legs for a truly different and statement-making design.