Marine Blue Washes Ashore

As its name implies, marine blue is drawn from naval uniforms and ocean depths, plus it is a cornerstone of the classic coastal palette. Nevertheless this soulful, satisfying color — a hot colour with the barest undercurrent of green — looks even fresher away from the ocean.

Just like a well-cut blazer, marine blue is versatile, handsome and always in good taste, whether it takes the kind of Hollywood Regency elegance or eclectic chic. Have a look at the enormously different styles it adopts in the spaces below.

ZeroEnergy Design

A delightful marine-blue background adds richness and depth to this headboard. It complements the red-orange wall in the adjoining living room perfectly.

Glazed marine-blue backsplash tiles provide an otherwise neutral kitchen additional dimension. The white and natural wood surfaces retain the focus on that gorgeous stroke of color.

Katie Denham Interiors

Marine blue accents help to floor the bold reds in this bedroom. Though this home sits on the California coast, the appearance would be just as appropriate for a Chicago pied-à-terre or even a suburban ranch in Raleigh.

Studio William Hefner

This ranks up there with my all-time favourite photographs on . The blue velvet glows in the light bouncing off the walls along with the antiqued mirror, its own tones shifting between marine and navy and indigo for a quietly dramatic impact.

Jeff Sheats Designs

Though this bathroom would feel on point in a coastal home, swapping out the art would push it in a more conventional direction. The aluminum sink picks the hot undertones in the blue cabinet finish and represents a subtle spin on the classic pairing of blue and orange.

Lizette Marie Interior Design

Nuanced, striated blue tiles in a pattern of interlocking ovals provide this transitional bathroom a beautiful feeling of motion and flow.

Savvy Interiors

The time-honored blue and yellow color palette receives a sophisticated spin with a butter-hued sofa and extreme marine blue on the walls along with ottoman.

Belzberg Architects

Under a cloak of luminous blue tile this tub area shimmers just like the ocean.

Benjamin Moore Marine Blue 2059-10 Paint – $35.95

Rich and complex, this gloomy could be ideal for a research, a powder tub, a boudoir or a dining room. Add a coating of lacquer to give it a high-wattage gleam.

Sundance Catalog

Big Color-Tipped Cutting Board – $150

Dipped in a marine-blue wash, this cutting board extends from workhorse to function of art. It’s almost too pretty to mar with knife marks — I’d hang it on a kitchen wall rather.


Robert Abbey Triple Gourd Table Lamp, Marine Blue – $261.80

A classic lamp base profile gets an update in vibrant marine blue.

F. Schumacher & Co..

Santorini Print, Marine

Indoor-outdoor fabrics such as this one work beautifully in breakfast regions and dining rooms — they resist spilled food and sticky fingers. I could see this on bar stools or simple chairs in a kitchen with kelly-green cabinetry for a burst of preppy panache.

Modern Armchairs

Blue leather adds dignified charm for this midcentury modern–inspired armchair.


Royal Crown Derby Grenville Place Setting – $325

Mix in a few pieces of this delicate china pattern to elevate an assortment of basic porcelain.

The Lacquer Company

Handmade High-Gloss Lacquer Ice Bucket by Rita Konig, Blue Marine – $395

This showstopping ice bucket deserves a place front and centre on the pub buffet or cart.

Colors of Light

Ironwork Trellis Dhurrie Rug, Cobalt Blue and Ivory – $59

Where would not this versatile dhurrie function? Use it to anchor a living space, jazz up a hallway, freshen up a formal dining space or hot a guest suite.


Iron/Tones Smart Split Top-Mount or Undermount Sink – $1,295

Part of a limited-edition line of Jonathan Adler colours, this sink would draw the eye like a magnet in a pristine kitchen.

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