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Blue wall art ideas to spark your imagination and more

Coming up with blue wall decoration ideas can be intimidating at first. Racking your brain for artwork for blue walls might cause you a headache. What goes with blue, you ask?
A minor part in this plays the subject of the painting or the image motif. The same goes for painting or photograph. That's down to personal preferences. What you like, others might not like, and vice versa. The colour of the artwork is what matters.
Hanging any picture on a blue wall without any thought behind it won't work in most cases. Now imagine you bought an image you liked. It depicts a forest in spring. The colours are bright green, screaming for attention. You're fond of them. That was one of the reasons you bought the artwork in the first place, right? The buy makes you happy, and you're eager to hang the picture on the wall. You put nails in the wall and hang it up. After that, you step back to look at it, and... you freak out. You forgot to match the colour of the artwork with the wall colour. Bright green and blue don't work. That's like chalk and cheese. Horrible!
So, before purchasing any art, think about what colour goes with blue. That's crucial. If the wall is white, any artwork is possible. On a wall with a colour other than white, not!

Many like blue

Speaking of white, white goes with anything because it's a neutral colour. You can't mix colours to create white. That's impossible!
Blue and white are thus a great combo. Think about blue jeans and a white tee-shirt, worn and liked by many since the 1950s.

The blue and white mix looks great

Blue wall art ideas

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Blue wall kitchen ideas

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But what if you prefer warmth?

Winter offers lots of inspiration and beautiful sceneries. Who can resist snow-covered landscapes? Artwork depicting a snowy countryside landscape looks gorgeous on a blue wall. But what if ice and snow are too cold for you? And you want something warmer?
Winter art might not be as accepted in colder countries. The reason being is due to the lower temperatures outside. In warmer countries, though, winter art could add a touch of mystery to the wall.
But if nature doesn't wear white, where can you find white otherwise? Besides the clouds in the sky. Some say only winter offers the colour white. Nature itself is all about browns, greens, reds and yellows. That is only partly true, though, because you can find it.
The bark of the birch tree, for example, is white. It stands out among the colourful surroundings and is striking and mysterious.

Birches add an aura of heightened interest to your blue wall

Birches add an aura of heightened interest to your blue wall

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Wall art for the blue wall in your office

Wall art for the blue wall in your office

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There is more than white

White is not the only colour that goes well with blue. Another good combo is blue and yellow or gold, which you can also find on flags. Four countries in the world feature this colour combination. These are Kazakhstan in Asia and partly Europe, and Palau in the western Pacific. Ukraine and Sweden are the other two countries situated in Europe.
In Kazakhstan's flag, the light blue background represents the sky. A bit to the right of the centre is a golden globe, and below it is an eagle. The sphere symbolizes the sun. The flag of Palau is like the flag of Kazakhstan. It also has a light blue background and a yellow globe. But they have another meaning. The blue depicts the Ocean's waters, and the yellow sphere stands for the moon.
Ukraine's flag has no symbol on it. It has two horizontal bands of blue and yellow of the same size. The blue depicts the sky over the vast country. Below grows grain in enormous wheatfields, which stand for the colour yellow.
You might assume that the colours of Sweden's flag also represent something you can see. But that is not correct. The deep blue background stands for justice, loyalty and truth. And the generosity of the people is being expressed with the golden cross.
It is no surprise that there are no country flags with only blue and green. Although they are nature colours and would be appropriate for a country flag. Blue could represent the sky or water, and green the forest or jungle. Blue and green alone don't make a good pair.

You can't go wrong with gold

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Gold is not the only thing that shines

Are there other colours that go well with blue besides white and gold? Yes, there are. Blue and purple look great. And black too, that is a neutral colour like white. Or the mix of white and black, grey or silver.
A bit jarring is blue and orange, even though they are complementary colours and should match. It depends on the shade and comes down to personal preferences. The same goes for blue and red.

Spice up your blue wall with purple

Spice up your blue wall with purple

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Blue on blue

And what about blue art on a blue wall? Does that work? Yes and no. It depends. If the picture is only blue, it won't stand out against a background of the same colour. It disappears and gets invisible.
But if the blue image has a splash of colour, it adds that certain something. This colourful splash could be anything. The moon, rising at the blue hour, or sparkling stars at night.
So yes, blue on blue can work.

Something colourful in blue art on a blue wall will catch your eye and won't let you go

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Painters, not painters, and the many blues through history

Blue is not only a favourite of yours. It's of course also popular among those who paint their walls that colour too. The same goes for painters, who have a fascination with blue.
Blue is one of the colours that came late. Other than earthy colours like blacks, browns, ochres, and reds. Those were common in the Old Stone Age and found in cave paintings.
A blueish coloured stone known as lapis lazuli started its triumph in Afghanistan. That was 7000 years before the Common Era. The Badakhshan province mined the semiprecious stone. From there, it got exported to all parts of the ancient world.
The Egyptians were fond of lapis lazuli. But due to high trade costs, they began to make their own blue pigment, known as Egyptian blue. That happened around 2500 years before the Common Era.
Egyptian blue is most likely the first synthetic pigment. Getting the hue right was complex, though. When new blues emerged, Egyptian blue's complex production method got lost.
The most sought after blue in the Renaissance was ultramarine due to its brilliance. An expensive pigment. The price was so high because it contained lapis lazuli in powder form. Artist Johannes Vermeer was well known to have used ultramarine in spades. That was most likely only possible because of his wealthy patron.
Some painters cut costs by using a less expensive blue such as azurite. Pigments made of azurite could cause problems, though. With time, this blue tended to turn dark and green.
In the coming years, more blues got discovered. Prussian blue had its first appearance in 1709. Almost a hundred years later, in 1807, followed cobalt blue. Then came French ultramarine in 1828 and cerulean blue in 1860. Newer blues are phthalo blue from 1935 and YInMn blue from 2009.
Cobalt blue was a favourite among painters like Vincent van Gogh and Auguste Renoir. And Pablo Picasso had a close friendship with Prussian blue during his Blue Period.

Finding artwork for blue walls shouldn't be so hard anymore

Whatever hue of blue your wall has or will have. You now have an idea of how to find appropriate artwork for this wall colour. Could I spark your imagination and give you some blue wall room ideas?
What do you think goes well with blue? Have you already painted your wall blue, or are you planning to do that? Let me know in the comments below.
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