The Best Blue, Green, Gray Paint Colours (blends)
(Partner post to The Best Benjamin Moore Gray Paint Colours)
When it comes to the best paint colours, you’ll be hard-pressed to find brands better than Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore. Their ability to tap into both the trendy end of things as well as the traditional means that they are my ‘go-to brands’ when I’m doing Consulting.
And as for trends, there’s no other colour blend that is more popular than green/blue. Call it turquoise, call it teal, call it robins egg, call it whatever the heck you want – I call it awesome.
Points to Ponder
- Paint Colours that are a mix of blue, green and gray suit South and West facing rooms as they can balance out the effect of the warm light coming in the window
- The darker your room is (or North Facing), the more ‘colourful’ you’ll want your colour to be as you’ll need it to shine through the shadows
- Colours with a bit more green than blue will feel a bit warmer than colours that are more blue
- The more gray there is in your paint colour, the more subtle the undertones will be
- Intense, bright sunlight can slightly wash out a paint colour, so don’t be afraid to take it up a notch! But just remember, when the night comes, the colour can appear more rich and saturated than in the day
- Even gray/green blends can pick up a subtle blue undertone depending on the type of green it is (warm or cool) and the type of natural and artificial lighting you have
Enough of that now, let’s get onto the good stuff!
Via Benign Objects
Sea Salt is definitely in the Top 3 when it comes to green paint colours. Now Sea Salt is actually a green/gray blend, HOWEVER, it has been know to pick up a slightly hint of blue, which is why I wanted to include it as one of my FAVES! The green and gray mix together to provide a colourful, but calm blend that is perfect for a relaxing spa style bathroom or family friendly space!
The LRV of Sea Salt is 64, so while it is a light colour, it doesn’t reflect as much light into the room as you’d think.
Via Studio McGee
Palladian Blue is a mix of blue, green and gray with a slight emphasis on blue. The green in Palladian Blue is what stops it from becoming cold feeling, but it’s not strong enough to make it look overly green. The gray in it is subtle enough to just calm things down without dulling them. It is more colourful than most of the earth-toned green/blues.
Wythe Blue is the darker version of Palladian and I’d be crazy(er) to not mention it as one of the best. It has all of the undertones of Palladian Blue just a wee bit darker.
The LRV of Palladian Blue is 60, so again, certainly not absorbing light and adding just a small amount to the room.
This is undoubtedly one of my favourite colours in the World! Gray Cashmere is a mix of green, blue and gray with a bit more gray than not. It certainly won’t ‘look gray’ – it will just look like a very subtle, soft mix of blue, green and gray – leaning more to the gray/green than the blue. Gray Cashmere is somewhat comparable to Sea Salt, just with more gray in it.
Gray Cashmere has an LRV of 65 – the highest on this page
Rainwashed is a blue, green, gray that is just a lovely mix of blue, green and gray. You’ll find it a bit wee bit more grayish/green than Palladian. And while it isn’t as colourful as Palladian, it does have more chutzpah than many of the others.
(This paint colour was chosen for my clients room via my Online Color Consulting Services)
The LRV of Rainwashed is 60.
I’m throwing this one in just for sharts n’ giggles because I LOVE it. Now today’s popular blue/green/gray combos tend to be more subtle and soft, however there is something to be said for taking it deeper (that’s what she said) and embracing a rich teal colour like Caribbean Teal. Caribbean Teal is such a great blend of blue, green and gray, just on a way heavier note.
With an LRV of 20, Caribbean Teal will definitely not add an reflective value/light to the room but it WILL add some serious personality!
Gray Owl you say? I thought Gray Owl was gray? Yes, Gray Owl is gray – undeniably gray. However, it is a sneaky gray as it has some very soft and subtle undertones. It’s what you see when you have yellow oak cabinets and you think to yourself, ‘I’m going to paint my walls gray to try to neutralize things’ and you use Gray Owl and your walls aren’t…that…gray. Yes, it is that subtle and in fact, sometimes the undertone only pops up when it’s faced with a complementary colour. But when I have clients who are looking for a straight-up gray I often suggest this one, however I’m sure to mention the subtle hints of colour (cool green that can sometimes flash a bit blueish) that may pop up in this bad boy.
Gray Owl has an LRV of 65, the same as Gray Cashmere.
Source – 320 Sycamore
Another subtle one, but NOT as subtle as Gray Owl. In fact, place Silver Strand next to Gray Owl and you’ll see how gray Gray Owl really is! Silver Strand is a lovely mix of blue, gray and just the weeee tiniest drop of green. The green will not show up, however it’s enough to stop this blue/gray from becoming cold and unwelcoming.
- The top photo shows you how Silver Strand looks with marble
- The bottom photo shows you how it can look with warm toned woods
The LRV of Silver Strand is 59 – one of the lowest on this page regardless of it’s light look.
Want to know more about LRV? Read this…The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Paint Colour Using LRV
Source Lily Mae Design (lovely traditional style)
Tranquility is part of the Benjamin Moore Affinity Collection. This again (sounding like a broken record now) is a mix of green, blue and gray. It is like Sherwin Williams Rainwashed with a big dose of gray in it so that it isn’t quite as colourful. And really, it does a fabulous job of flexing between blue and green without committing 100% to either.
Tranquility sits at 59, so not absorbing light, but not adding a whole ton of reflective value either.
So there you have it – just a few of the BEST blue/green paint colours!
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