Benjamin Moore Blue Nova is 2024’s Color: Is a Starry Blue in Your Future?

Benjamin Moore Blue Nova 825 is a violet blue or starry blue (though I see it as a porcelain or chinoiserie blue) paint chosen by Benjamin Moore as its 2024 Color of the Year. Psychologically speaking, this shade of blue (a purple-blue) is associated with a range of positive qualities. Think: mystery, dignity, femininity, devotion, royalty, creativity, independence, peace, whimsy, spirituality, harmony, stability, and balance. It is one thing to accent with a strong color like Blue Nova, but would you paint your walls this hue? We’ll explore interior design ideas where a medium blue plays a starring role.

Benjamin Moore 2024 Paint Colors of the Year. #2024paintcolors #bmbluenova

Benjamin Moore Blue Nova 825 & Starry Blue Interior Design

Lots of folks name blue as a favorite color and may even associate it with integrity and contentedness, but what makes some of those folks cover walls with the color?

Similar to BM Kensington Blue, Blue Heron, and Evening Dove, Benjamin Moore Blue Nova 825 is a violet blue described as an alluring mid-tone with depth, intrigue, and classic appeal. Blue Nova’s light reflectance value (LRV) is 16.98. Does it strike you as a cosmic sort of hue?

I see Blue Nova as more of a Swedish Blue or a Chinoiserie Blue like this…

or this…

or this:

and even this:

Is it a coastal shade?

Blue Nova is a hue that may bring to mind a bright navy blue…

Kirsten Mullen designed breakfast nook with  bright blue banquette and wishbone chairs in Frederic Magazine. #breakfastnook
Kristen Mullen – Frederic Magazine

or a medium denim blue…

or an inky not-quite indigo…

Beautiful classic modern entry designed by Kristen Mullen in Frederic Magazine.
Frederic Magazine – Design: Kristen Mullen

It’s not as bold as this shade used by Beata Heuman in this newly designed Paris boutique hotel:

Beata Heuman designed bedroom with deep blue walls in Hôtel de la Boëtie
 in Paris.
Hôtel de la Boëtie – design: Beata Heuman; photo: Simon Brown

But what’s your take? Is it More of a French Blue Toile kind of blue?

Toile de Jouy director chairs - Casa Cabana by Martina Mondadori. #frenchtoile ##frenchchairs #interiordesigni
What lovely Toile de Jouy Director Chairs! From CASA CABANA (Vendome, 2021) ©Guido Taroni

Interior Design Inspiration With Starry Blue

Does this blue shade cause you to think of starry nights and astronomical events or something more down to earth and natural like pretty blue flowers?

Bedroom with navy blue trim and floral wallpaper - Summer Thornton Design.
Summer Thornton Design – see more of her work in THIS

Because it’s interesting that depending on how it is used, you can evoke feelings of nighttime:

Aerin Lauder's blue living room decorated for Christmas holidays - Veranda magazine. #holidaydecorating #christmasdecor
Aerin Lauder in Veranda (photo: Aerin Lauder)

or coastal locations…

or the South of France!

Here’s a wallpaper with a medium blue similar to Blue Nova that feels classic:

Farrow & Ball Hornbeam Blue wallpaper swatch. #farrowandballwallpaper #bluewallpaper
Hornbeam BP 5007, Farrow & Ball

And isn’t it stunning in a mud room with gorgeous millwork?

Medium Blue Indoors and Out

If you are thinking about painting your front door blue, maybe a bold blue is on your radar.

Farrow & Ball Hague Blue on a front door - @allegondadsalem. #farrowandballhagueblue
@allegondadsalem – Farrow & Blue Hague Blue

Blue bunnies on a bedroom wall combined with a bold yellow velvet and red pendant feel magical.

But back to my original question…are you more inclined to accent with blue than start with it as a foundation on walls?

Because while I have loved living with a number of blue wallpapers, I haven’t been able to tolerate blue painted walls in my bedroom. (A color close to Blue Nova back in the mid-90s lasted two weeks in our little bungalow primary.)

I love how designers have been using color and wallpaper boldly in halls and landings just outside of living spaces…

And others are wrapping the ceiling in the same blue boldness as the walls!

Beautiful blue tree wallpaper in a coastal bedroom by Griffith Bly Interiors (Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg). #bluebedrooms
@griffithblyinteriors – photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Just in case you need some ideas:

Ideas for Accenting With Blue

I think my favorite use of blue (beyond porcelain accessories) is gingham and Buffalo checks.

Beautiful French country kitchen with blue accents including range, tree mural behind it, and gingham fabric on shades - via Style Secrets Magazine. #frenchcountrykitchen #bluekitchens
Style Secrets Magazine

There’s just something so classic and timeless about blue checks!

When you want to paint your pumpkin plaid or with buffalo checks for a whimsical look that works so well with farmhouse and country decor, see this inspiration from Kelly in the City. #pumpkins #DIY #plaid #buffalochecks #farmhousedecor
Photo/Design: Kelly in the City

Ever lived with navy or starry blue walls? Did you tire of them?

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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4 Comments

  1. pb
    October 15, 2023 / 4:56 am

    Violet blue walls? No thank you. The White Dove and Antique Pewter are appealing though.

    • Michele
      Author
      October 15, 2023 / 10:40 am

      Hard for me to live with as well in terms of walls or trim. But I wonder if I would tire of a blue accents in a mainly white beachy cottage? Someday!

  2. Pamela
    October 15, 2023 / 8:23 am

    YES!

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