Scout Decor: The Best Blues

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Blue is the world’s favorite color …including The BoyScout’s. And it just so happens to be the most-versatile, having the ability to appear akin to a misty gray or a lagoon blue-green or anything in between. Either way, it’s stunning and perfect to accent a room. Check out these dope shades:

OLD GLORY, BENJAMIN MOORE

elle-decor-scout-life-best-blues-02“This classic cobalt has a softness that makes it the perfect accent in almost any space. I’ve used it in high gloss for a contrast front door and on a dining room ceiling in tandem with graphic black and white wallpaper. Both applications are unexpected, warm and add a hint of Americana to the space.” —Emilie Munroe

GENTLEMAN’S GRAY, BENJAMIN MOORE

elle-decor-scout-life-best-blues-03“This is a rich dark blue with a lot of gray in it. This color has great depth and is gorgeous in a room from floor to ceiling.” —Lindsey Coral Harper

INCHYRA BLUE, FARROW & BALL

elle-decor-scout-life-best-blues-04“This color is so heavy, with rich blue green pigments, it feels like a cashmere blanket, at first cool to the touch but enveloping and slowly warming. We are using it next in a matte finish in a formal Bermuda dining room, knowing that most meals will be outdoors except in winter months. The mood will be deeper but we’ll want a reference to that ocean surrounding the island.” —Celerie Kemble

LULWORTH BLUE, FARROW & BALL

elle-decor-scout-life-best-blues-05“I adore this color. It’s a pale blue that works in any type of room; it’s clean, crisp and invigorating.” —Liana Reid

DRAWING ROOM BLUE, FARROW & BALL

elle-decor-scout-life-best-blues-06“This is the perfect navy. It allows for accents such as oranges, greens, yellows and tans for a beautiful, enveloping cocoon. It is thought that dark colors make a space seem smaller, but with this the opposite is true: They make the walls recess. It’s a more dramatic alternative to gray.” —Grant K. Gibson

NEWBURYPORT BLUE, BENJAMIN MOORE

elle-decor-scout-life-best-blues-07“Blues can dominate and overpower a room, but not Newburyport Blue. It is subtle yet strong enough to anchor a room or even the exterior of a house. I love the results I have achieved in intimate cozy room walls where contrasting art and drapes stand out elegantly.” —Moises Esquenazi

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND, BENJAMIN MOORE

elle-decor-scout-life-best-blues-08“It’s a deep enough blue to be elegant, but not too dark that it makes the room feel enclosed. Blue can be tricky. If you pick the wrong color it can feel like it belongs in a kids’ room. But New York State of Mind is a blue for grownup spaces. It’s chic, understated and happy.”Lauren Behfarin 

CLUB NAVY, RALPH LAUREN

elle-decor-scout-life-best-blues-09“It’s the perfect dark rich blue that reads neither too warm nor too cool. It also looks chic lacquered on a credenza or hanging lantern. I have returned to it many times for both traditional and contemporary projects.” —Amanda Reynal

NAVY LACQUER, FINE PAINTS OF EUROPE

elle-decor-scout-life-best-blues-10“There is nothing chicer than a lacquered room. I love this rich blue, and the way it plays against other colors. I also love how it sets off against a white trim and ceiling.” —Alex Papachristidis 

IRON BLUE, RALPH LAUREN

elle-decor-scout-life-best-blues-11“I love how dark, romantic and warm this color is. Most people are scared a blue hue will make the room look cold, but this one has enough yellow in it to be dark without being gloomy.” —Orlando Soria, creative director of Homepolish

~ELLE Decor

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