When it comes to choosing a wall color, we tend to play it safe by sticking to neutrals. However, when we are tempted to go bold with a hue, we often find ourselves drawn to blue. Calming, sophisticated, and surprisingly versatile, as the above space by Austin, Texas-based Annie Downing Interiors proves, a rich blue hue can provide the perfect backdrop for an eclectic assortment of colors, textures, and materials, while also creating interest in and of itself.

A jewel-toned blue takes a powder room to the next level in a project by Washington, D.C.-based designer Zoƫ Feldman, photographed by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

Above, Greensboro, North Carolina-based Vivid Interiors makes the case for using a teal-toned blue in a dining space, echoing the lovely wall color with a luxe fabric on the chairs.

We took an immediate shine to this beautiful blue corner by Washington, D.C.-based Alison Giese Interiors, who accomplishes a chic moment via thoughtful composition and a high-gloss sheen.

Greenville, South Carolina-based Caroline Brackett Design demonstrates why a blue-and-white color palette paired with plenty of neutrals and a playful mix of patterns will never go out of style.

Beginning with a beautiful blue base on the walls, Northwest Arkansas-based Harper Howey Interiors builds a beautifully bold living space by carrying the hue through the window treatments, rug, and upholstery.

Eclectic Home in New Orleans creates a bright and inviting space through the use of blue from top to bottom, further enlivened through colorful abstract art and an eye-catching light fixture.