Light blue, in its many variations, is one of the most classic decorating colors and appears in traditional motifs dating back thousands of years.

Today’s light blue goes by many names: baby blue, powder blue, angel blue. Whatever you call it, light blue is calming and easy on the eye. It’s the color of a spring sky and clear seas. It’s the soft sigh of the color wheel.

Although they vary greatly in hue and tone, traditional light blues are true blues without the obvious yellows and greens in turquoise and teal or the grays in slate.

On walls, they have a softening effect, which makes them a popular choice for bedrooms and bathrooms. Although it’s rare in modern design, light blue can be used as a neutral backdrop for eclectic, midcentury-inspired and modern designs. But it’s most often used in traditional and Colonial designs.

It pairs well with bright whites, beiges, golds and yellows.
Follow this slideshow for inspiration on how to incorporate light blue in your decor…