With the current grey trend, the easiest cheat is to go with a grey blue. By adding that touch of grey, you will attain a more sophisticated look.
Gray Wisp by Benjamin Moore is a balance grey blue (with a touch of green) that I’ve used successfully many times. At first, it may look dull or you may see too much gray, but once applied on the wall, it definitely looks blue. DEFINITELY! Sometimes it’s hard to imagine, but large scale, even the slightest undertones come out and Gray Wisp has a strong blue undertone, with a touch of green.
Here’s an example of a space I used this color in, just in case you still can’t imagine it.
Here’s another good example of a nice grey blue that works really well in the space:
If you love colour and are comfortable with lots of it on your walls and want to go bright, that’s fine too. Just make sure your walls are not the brightest colour in the room. This rule actually applies to most colours. If you have bright blue walls next to taupes and beiges, the bright, clean colour can make everything else in the room look dull and dirty. The idea is for your wall colour to make everything in the room look it’s best, not steal all of the attention.
I learned this lesson the hard way in my first apartment when I painted my living room bright yellow. I absolutely loved the color but it make my warm grey couch look dirty and I couldn’t find any other colour bright enough to pull it all together for my accessories. I had to stick to white because it was the only colour that was able to compete with my yellow walls.
Here’s a great example of how the bright blue wall make the counter look dirty and the cabinets look dull: