The Underrated Paint Color That Really Makes Any Room Pop

Whether done digitally or in person at a home improvement store, shopping for the perfect shade of paint can be an overwhelming experience. There are so many swatches of paint to choose from and after you've looked at a few hundred, they all seem to blend together, making the task of picking just one option all the more challenging.

Even if you've landed on a specific color, there's still the matter of choosing the right hue. Take the color blue, for instance. Different variations of this color can evoke completely different feelings, from cool and calming light shades to daring and dramatic darker tones. No matter what atmosphere you're hoping to create, there are a few common pitfalls you'll want to avoid when shopping for the right color to make the process easier.

"People are all too quick to throw a blue up on their walls without testing it in various areas throughout the space," explains Meredith Thayer, designer, and owner of Thayer Design Studio. Because the color offers so many different shades, she recommends putting it up on the wall in small sections before committing in order to see how the light affects the color, which can appear green or purple in certain spaces. "Allow them to sit for a few days so you can see how you also respond to the color," the designer advises. "Color can create such a feeling and set a mood —you want to be sure it's what you're going for," she continues.

Additionally, she warns that many people make the mistake of overdoing it with blue paint. "It's a color that is so popular I think people are eager to use it, but it doesn't necessarily work in every space," Thayer notes. However, if you take your time and are wary of how the color looks in your home's unique light, you'll be able to find the right shade.

If you're ready to get started on your next project, keep reading for the best interior designer-approved blue paint colors.