5. Perfect for a bedroom, midnight blue mimics the night sky and pairs well with candlelight to create a soothing, sensual cocoon of color. Adding some metallic elements for the light to glint off of will catapult you starry-eyed into dreamland.
6. Don’t be afraid to double down on your blues. This bedroom’s walls verge on teal, an unexpected but endearing complement to the more indigo hues on the bed.
Leonardo da Vinci’s early study of optics taught us that the eye gravitates toward what is lightest, so if you want to draw forth your white bedding, darken your walls with this crowd-pleasing hue.
7. Though we tend to dream in pastel tones when it comes to designing nurseries, it can be refreshing to see parents raising their children among less age-specific palettes, opting instead for sophisticated rooms that they, themselves, might like to inhabit too. After all, new parents will be spending plenty of time in the nursery.
8. When designing a bathroom, it’s worth considering when you really intend to enjoy the space. Some like a bright, light-filled room to spur them into their morning routine, while others cherish their evening bath. Though we’re inundated with images of sunlit bathrooms in soothing spa blues and whites, which are perfect for a peaceful morning ritual, darker cave-like colors make a better backdrop for evening relaxation.
9. The blues of the ocean and the night sky take on an ethereal quality because our eyes have fewer cone cells specializing in blue, which means we don’t perceive blue’s edges as clearly as we do other colors. What this means from a design perspective is that diminishing edges altogether by wrapping a room entirely in blue will impart an almost mystical quality to a space, as we see in this alluring bathroom.
10. Here we see a rich, almost masculine space whose midnight blue feature wall provides a colorful frame for the fireplace. Bucking the trend toward expanding small rooms with light and bright paint, this especially dark accent keeps the nearly black floors feeling relevant and appropriate rather than heavy and out-of-place.
11. Even more than walls, the ceiling may well be the most perfect application for midnight blue. The name itself invites us to tilt our heads skyward for stargazing, and a ceiling painted in the color of a blackened sky can’t help but evoke the boundlessness of space.
12. Good luck finding a color that midnight blue won’t play nicely with. Here we see it tying together charcoal gray with vanilla and multiple wood tones, a palette that can be tricky to unify. The coolness of the blue backdrop joins forces with the gray bookshelves to balance out the many other warm tones in the space, and the large painting above the desk is all the more vibrant for it.
Source: Houzz.com, 5/25/2016