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, call it teal, call it 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 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!
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 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.
A few similar to Sea Salt
- Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere – This has a bit more gray/blue compared to Sea Salt
- Sherwin Williams Conservative Gray – This is more green with only a cool undertone that only nods at blue
Sherwin Williams Magnetic Gray SW 7058
I LOOOVE Magnetic Gray. Now this is a more subtle colour with it’s gray base and subtle stormy blue/green undertones.
Magnetic Gray has an LRV of 46, so it’s considered a medium tone. It will do well in a reasonably well-lit room, but if you have a lot of shadows you might find it a bit too flat/heavy.
A few colours similar to Magnetic Gray
- Benjamin Moore Gray Horse – A bit more gray/green with a minor blue undertone
- Sherwin Williams Oyster Bay – Similar idea, less gray
Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere 2138-60
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 blue/gray than the green/gray. Gray Cashmere is somewhat comparable to Sea Salt, just with more gray/blue in it.
Gray Cashmere has an LRV of 65 – the highest on this page!
A few colours similar to Gray Cashmere
- Sherwin Williams Silver Strand – Very similar, but Silver Strand has more gray
- Benjamin Moore Moonshine – More of a gray with a slightly cool green undertone
Sherwin Williams Rainwashed SW 6211
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.The LRV of Rainwashed is 60.
A few colours similar to Rainwashed
- Sherwin Williams Tradewind – Basically a nice slightly grayed-out blue with only a wink of green in it
- Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue – Just a weee wink more green
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.
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52
Gray/green that GOES blue a lot of the time.
Gray Owl you say? I thought Gray Owl was gray? Yes it is – 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 nice cool toned gray I often suggest this one, however I’m sure to mention the subtle hints of colour that may pop up in this bad boy. It can range from blue, to green, to blue/green.
Gray Owl has an LRV of 65, the same as Gray Cashmere.
Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue HC 147 and Wedgewood Gray HC 146
Woodlawn Blue and Wedgewood Gray are 2 of the best blue paint colours. So many of todays most popular blues have a lot of green in them. Not these 2. These 2 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.
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.
Benjamin Moore Night Mist 1569
Night Mist a beautiful green base colour, but with a decent gray/blue mixed in. This is a more soft and subtle approach to things compared to Woodlawn/Wedgwood.
Night Mist has an LRV of 63, so while it is light-er, it’s not terribly washed-out.
A few similar to Night Mist
- Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments – QM just leans a bit more to the blue side
- Sherwin Williams Silver Strand – More blue/gray toned with the green mixed in
So there you have it – just a few of the BEST blue/green paint colours!
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