It’s versatile, fresh and sophisticated. Blue-green can elevate a room to royal status or simply deliver a chic accent to the overall space—it’s all about how you use it. Local designers are smitten with the shade and offer the following tips and inspiration for making it part of your décor. 

Photo by Reagan Taylor

If you can’t choose between one blue-green shade or another, designer Kristin Rocke suggests using them all together. “I love combining shades of blue-green, especially on drapes and rugs.” Rocke layers this dining room with a custom Kyle Bunting rug and tie-dye-inspired Casamance drapes. The zinc metal table top and wood elements offer a warm contrast to the cool shades of blue.

Photo by Kent Miller

“We were going for bold, and I love the drama this color added to the space,” says designer Heather Russo, who used the rich shade of blue-green to visually separate the open living space from the home theater. She painted the theater walls with Benjamin Moore’s New Providence Navy and added coordinating barstools to complete the look.

Photo by Rebekah Westover

Designer Danielle Hickman places pops of deep teal in a bedroom to evoke a sense of nature-induced tranquility. “Think of traveling to Maui and gazing at the wide blue ocean; teal brings that same calm, serene feeling indoors,” she says. The blue-green pillows accentuate similar hues found in the art above, delivering a subtle brightness without overbearing the room’s calming ambiance.

Photo by Lindsay Salazar

A formal sitting room receives a dramatic, head-to-toe dressing of bottomless blue-green. Designer Cara Fox color-matched paint with the velvet sofa to give the room a chic, customized look and feel. Gold details and a framed original painting by Paige Anderson add to the room’s grandeur. “An accent like gold brightens the deep shade and brings a beautiful richness to it,” Fox explains.

Photo by Lindsay Salazar

To capture an “edgier feel,” interior designer Andrea West arranged blue-green cement tiles in a floor-to-ceiling fashion. The geometric design and striking color make an impactful duo while remaining timeless—an aspect West says is crucial when playing with bold hues. “When designing with blue-greens, select a shade that is more sophisticated and moody so that you will enjoy it for a longer period of time.”

Photo by Rebekah Westover

Stephanie Holdaway of Gatehouse No. 1 chooses a watery teal to make a bold statement in a Lehi home’s living room. With paneled walls drenched in Benjamin Moore’s Aegean Teal, the color-saturated space makes a lasting impression. To soften the deep-colored walls, Holdaway brings in layers of less vivid hues. “Pairing blue-greens with neutral tones of the same depth is the key to making this color stay rich and sophisticated,” she says.

Photo by Kerri Fukui

Instead of trying to brighten a dim basement office, the team at cityhomeCOLLECTIVE  embraced its inherent moodiness. “We purposely selected a very complex, richly saturated shade of blue-green that changes hues as the daylight transitions,” says designer Helena Morozoff. She paired Farrow & Ball’s Inchyra Blue with natural wood tones and neutral hues to enhance the impact of the rich color. “The most impactful design element is the paint color because it envelopes and unifies all other elements,” she says.


These inspiring blue-green shades are pulled from the spirited designs featured above.

You can find even more color inspiration here.

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Avrey Evans
Avrey is the Digital Editor for Utah Style and Design, and our affiliate magazine Utah Bride and Groom. She enjoys keeping a pulse on upcoming design trends, propagating green thumb inspiration and indulging her affinity for alliteration.