The Best Blue, Green, Gray Paint Colours (blends)
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 my online colour consulting.
And as for trends, there’s no other colour blend that is more popular than green/blue. Call it turquoise, teal, robins egg, call it whatever the heck you want – I call it awesome.
Points to Ponder
- Cool paint colours such as blue, green and gray (with blue/green undertones) suit south 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 bluer
- The grayer 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
- If you aren’t sure which type of blue you like, check out this blog post re: How to Choose the Best Blue for You!
Enough of that now, let’s get onto the good stuff!
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt SW 6204
Green-gray with blue undertones
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 known to pick up a slight 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.
A bit more about Sea Salt
- Sea Salt is unpredictable. You have to do a LARGE sample of this colour to see how it might act in your room
- If you don’t like blue, this is a risky colour. If you don’t like green, this is ALSO a risky colour!
- While Sea Salt is great for ‘a’ room, it’s not as nice for a whole home (too much of a good thing)
Benjamin Moore Silver Marlin 2139-50
I LOOOVE Silver Marlin. It’s flexible, simple and soft look is perfect for MANY styles. This is a more subtle colour with its gray base and subtle stormy blue/green undertones.
Silver Marlin has an LRV of 57 so it’s a light/medium tone.
A bit more about Silver Marlin
- Silver Marlin can easily look ‘more blue’ or ‘more green’ depending on your exposure, lighting, and interior finishings
- If you like a nod toward colour, without a 100% commitment, this could work well for you!
Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere 2138-60
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 blue-gray than the green-gray.
Gray Cashmere has an LRV of 65 – the highest on this page!
A bit more about Gray Cashmere
- Gray Cashmere is somewhat comparable to Sea Salt, just with more gray-blue in it
- Gray Cashmere is a popular bedroom and bathroom paint colour
Benjamin Moore Mount Saint Anne 1565
Oooo, she’s a pretty gal. Mount Saint Anne is gorgeous blue with a decent gray backdrop and a touch of green to soften ‘er up.
Mount Saint Anne has and LRV of 42, so she’s solidly in the medium tones.
A bit more about Mount Saint Anne
- MSA is a popular colour for a coastal look
- MSA can be a touch cool for a north facing room but is a great way to balance out the warm sunshine in a south facing room
Sherwin Williams Rainwashed SW 6211
Rainwashed is a blue, green, gray tends to lean MORE blue than green.
A bit more about Rainwashed
- Rainwashed has a decent amount of colour in it, so it will add life to a room, without being too punchy
- Rainwashed has a fresh, but soothing look as the gray in it softens it up
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Benjamin Moore Gibraltar Cliffs 1587
Hot DAMN, I love this colour! Gibraltar Cliffs is a gorgeous choice for a soft, slightly West Coast vibe! It’s a soft blend of blue and gray with a minor green coming through to soften it up.
Notice in the above photos how the colour can rise up or fall back, depending on the light it’s getting.
Gibraltar Cliffs has an LRV of 30. So, while it is slightly darker, the colour of it rises up SO nicely, especially when hit with a dash of natural light!
A bit more about Gibraltar Cliffs
- It’s great for a whole room if you have enough light
- It’s gorgeous as a feature wall with gray or soft cream walls
Sherwin Williams Quietude SW 6212
Quietude is a beautiful blue/green with a passive gray backdrop. With an LRV of 48, it’s a reasonable depth for a moderately well-lit room.
A bit more about Quietude
- Quietude has some nice depth and colour to it, while still being an earth-tone with its gray base
- While Quietude is underneath Rainwashed in the fan deck, you can expect its blue/green blend to be a bit more balanced!
Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue HC 147
Woodlawn Blue and Wedgewood Gray are 2 of the best blue paint colours. SO many of today’s most popular blues have a lot of green in them. Not these 2. These are almost true blues and only have a small amount of green in them. This stops them from looking icy cold and helps them hold up a bit better in a north facing room.
A bit more about Woodlawn and Wedgewood
- Woodlawn is the lighter version of Wedgewood and they both have just the right depth to look gorgeous in almost any room.
- Woodlawn has an LRV of 61, so it’s light, but not SUPER bright. Wedgewood has an LRV of 50, so it’s closer to the medium end of things.
Sherwin Williams Moody Blue SW 6221
Moody Blue is a lovely rich, medium to medium/dark toned blue/green blend with a subtle gray backbone to calm it down.
See the before and after if this room here: E-Design: A Teal Inspired Bedroom Makeover
A bit more about Moody Blue
- Moody Blue has an LRV of 27, so it’s on the darker side, but it’s not a heavy, dense look in a room with reasonable light
- Moody Blue is a green/blue blend, but it does like to lean slightly more blue than green
Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray SW 6205
Comfort Gray is more or less the light-medium version of Sea Salt. And just like Sea Salt, it’s a bit of a ninja, looking more blue-green in some rooms and looking more green-blue in others!
A bit more about Comfort Gray
- Comfort Gray has an LRV of 54. Not sure what LRV even is? Read here
- Comfort Gray is a beautiful choice for a south-facing room to balance out those warm sunbeams!
Sherwin Williams Silver Strand SW 7057
Silver Strand is a gorgeous blend of blue, green and gray – although it USUALLY favours the blue the most!
A bit more about Silver Strand
- Silver Strand has an LRV of 59, so it’s a light depth, but has a bit more depth than some
- While Silver Strand is a blend, it is MUCH more likely to favour blue, mixed decently by gray without being taken over by it (and a more passive green)
So there you have it – just a few of the BEST blue/green paint colours!
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