The Top 13 Beautiful Shades of Blue-Green-Gray (blends)
You’ll be hard-pressed to find brands better than Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore regarding the most popular shades of blue-green-gray. Their ability to tap into the trendy end of things and the traditional means they are my ‘go-to brands’ when I’m doing my Online Paint Color Consulting.
And as far as trends go, no other color blend is more popular than blue-green. Call it turquoise, teal, robin’s egg, whatever the heck you want – I call it awesome.
These are just general blobs, not specific colors
BLUE-GREEN BLEND FUN FACTS
- Cool paint colors such as blue, green, and gray often suit south-facing rooms as they can balance out the warm light coming into the window.
- The darker your room is (or north-facing), the more colorful you’ll want your particular blend to be, as you’ll need it to shine through the shadows.
- The grayer your shade of colour is, the more subtle the undertones will be.
- Intense, bright sunlight can slightly wash out paint colors, so don’t be afraid to add some depth if you have a well-lit room! Remember, some colors can appear richer and more saturated when night comes than in the daytime.
- Blue-green blends are often seen as calming colors, great for bedrooms, bathrooms, and office spaces – especially counseling.
- Many GREEN-GRAY blends can pick up a subtle blue undertone depending on the type of green you’re dealing with (green-blue or green-yellow) and your natural and artificial lighting.
- Many BLUE-GRAY blends can pick up a subtle green hue, depending on the type of blue you’re dealing with.
- Blue-green colors look warmer than blue-purple ones (although both are traditionally cool). Not sure which type of blue is your fave? Check this out…How to Choose the Best Blue for You!
Shown above, Benjamin Moore Sea Reflections
1. SHERWIN WILLIAMS SEA SALT SW-6204
Sea Salt is definitely in the TOP THREE regarding green paint colors. That’s right; Sea Salt is actually a green-gray blend. HOWEVER, it’s been known to lean blue, so I had to include it as one of my FAVES! The green and gray (and blue) combine to provide a subtly colorful, calm blend perfect for a relaxing spa-style bathroom or family-friendly space!
The LRV of Sea Salt is 64, so while it’s a light colour, it won’t reflect as much light into a room as you’d think.
WHY IS SEA SALT A POPULAR PAINT COLOR?
Sea Salt is one of the top choices regarding shades of green-blue-gray. However, it’s unpredictable, and you HAVE to get the SAMPLIZE peel and stick to see how it might act in your room (rather than relying on a small paint chip).
- If you don’t like blue, this is a risky color. If you don’t like green, this is ALSO a risky color!
- While Sea Salt is great for a single room, it’s not as nice for a whole home (too much of a good thing).
Now, all of this makes it sound like not such a great choice. THINK AGAIN! It’s about knowing what to EXPECT with Sea Salt, and once you understand what it might do, it’s easier to wrap your walls in it.
2. BENJAMIN MOORE SILVER MARLIN 2139-50
I LOOOVE Silver Marlin. This flexible, calming shade is perfect for many home styles. This is a subtle color with its blue-green blend and soft gray backdrop. And while it might not get as much attention as shades like Rainwashed and Stratton Blue (coming up shortly), many of my clients prefer Silver Marlin’s more subtle approach to color.
Silver Marlin has an LRV of 57, so it’s a light-medium tone.
IS SILVER MARLIN A POPULAR PAINT COLOR?
While Silver Marlin doesn’t get as much attention as others in this list, it is one of the BEST light-medium depth shades.
- Silver Marlin can easily look ‘bluer’ or ‘greener’ depending on your exposure, lighting, and interior finishings, making it quite the chameleon!
- This could work well if you like a nod toward colour without a 100% commitment!
3. BENJAMIN MOORE GRAY CASHMERE 2138-60
Gray Cashmere is a LIGHT mix of green, blue, and gray, with a bit more gray than not. It certainly won’t look like a plain shade of gray, but the gray works to calm the blue-green blend down quite a bit. And while it’s a blend of those three colors, it more often leans blue-gray than green-gray.
Gray Cashmere has an LRV of 65 – the highest on this page!
IS GRAY CASHMERE A POPULAR BLUE-GREEN-GRAY PAINT COLOR?
While many are inclined towards a GRAYER look with this type of colour (Benjamin Moore Gray Owl), it’s an awesome choice for those who want a whisper of color.
- Gray Cashmere is a popular bedroom and bathroom paint color with a relaxing vibe.
- While Gray Cashmere has noticeable colors, the overall approach is subtle and soft.
4. BENJAMIN MOORE MOUNT SAINT ANNE 1565
Mount Saint Anne is a gorgeous blue-green with a decent gray backdrop calming it down. The overall blend is calming, while still colorful enough to be interesting! Mount Saint Anne has an LRV of 42, so she’s solidly in the medium tones.
However, like many of these shades, Mount Saint Anne is unpredictable and can look more blue or more green, depending on the space it’s in (as shown in these next two photos)…
The above examples show why it’s SO IMPORTANT to sample carefully, to see how these colors settle in your home with your unique lighting and finishes.
WHY IS MOUNT SAINT ANNE POPULAR?
- Mount Saint Anne is super popular for a calm coastal look.
- While it can be a touch cool for a north-facing room, it’s a great way to balance out the warm sunshine in a south-facing room.
5. SHERWIN WILLIAMS RAINWASHED SW-6211
Rainwashed is a blue-green-gray that favors blue more than green, with the gray falling back quite a bit.
The LRV of Rainwashed is 60, making it a light-depth blue-green paint color.
WHY IS RAINWASHED A POPULAR SHADE OF BLUE-GREEN?
- Rainwashed has a decent amount of color in it, so it will add life to a room without being too punchy.
- Rainwashed has a fresh but calming, soothing look as the gray softens it up.
- It’s SUPER popular for both beachy and modern farmhouse-style homes!
Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Quietude (a bit darker)
6. BENJAMIN MOORE GIBRALTAR CLIFFS 1587
Hot DAMN, I love this color! Gibraltar Cliffs is a gorgeous choice for a soft, slightly West Coast vibe! It blends blue and gray with a minor green coming through to soften it up.
Notice in the above photos how the color can rise or fall back depending on the light it’s getting.
Gibraltar Cliffs has an LRV of 30, so while it’s slightly darker, its color rises nicely, especially when hit with a dash of natural light!
WHY IS GIBRALTAR CLIFFS A POPULAR BLUE-GREEN PAINT COLOR?
- It’s great for a whole room if you have enough light
- It’s gorgeous as a feature wall with gray, soft cream, or off-white walls
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7. SHERWIN WILLIAMS EARL GREY 7660
Earl Grey is a GRAY with a reasonably noticeable, but not overpowering blue-green undertone. With its gray foundation, Earl Grey is a calm, coastal approach to gray.
BTW, did you know that I rely 100% on AFTER photos from my local and E-Design clients – Thank you for sending yours in!
Earl Gray on the shiplap fireplace – see the WHOLE room transformation HERE
Earl Gray is a medium-depth paint color with an LRV of 32. If you have a dark room, this LRV, combined with Earl Gray’s reduced undertones, could have it looking a bit flat and drab. Earl Gray does best in a room with adequate lighting to let it come to life!
IS EARL GRAY A POPULAR PAINT COLOR?
- While Earl Gray has its place, many people prefer the increased colour of Gibraltar Cliffs.
- Darkening Earl Gray can enhance its undertones slightly.
8. BENJAMIN MOORE WOODLAWN BLUE HC-147
Woodlawn Blue is a VERY popular blue hue. So many of today’s most popular blues have a lot of green in them – not this one. This is almost a true blue(with gray) and only has a small amount of green in it, which stops it from looking icy cold and helps it hold up a bit better in a north-facing room (which could look TOO cold with a real true blue on the walls).
WHY IS WOODLAWN BLUE POPULAR?
- Woodlawn has an LRV of 61, so it’s light but not SUPER bright.
- Woodlawn Blue is CALMING and great for balancing out the visual warmth of a south-facing room or a west-facing room in the afternoon.
- With its increased color (chroma), Woodlawn Blue is a good color for dark rooms.
And because there are SO MANY MORE gorgeous shades to explore, here are some more!
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9. SHERWIN WILLIAMS COMFORT GRAY 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 green-blue in others!
WHY IS COMFORT GRAY A POPULAR PAINT COLOUR?
- Comfort Gray has an LRV of 54. Not sure what LRV is? Read here. This LRV means Comfort Gray has more meat on its bones, offering more contrast with white trim.
- Comfort Gray is a beautiful choice for a south-facing room to balance out those warm sunbeams!
- Some blue-greens are super forward with their color. Comfort Gray offers its color on a platter, without making it the WHOLE MEAL.
While many of the colors in this next image aren’t on this list (as they’re too green or too gray), this should help you see how Comfort Gray compares to other popular shades…
10. SHERWIN WILLIAMS SILVER STRAND 7057
Silver Strand is a gorgeous blend of blue, green, and gray – although it USUALLY favors blue the most!
WHY IS SILVER STRAND A POPULAR PAINT COLOUR?
- Silver Strand has an LRV of 59, so it’s a light depth but has a bit more body than others. This works well if you have quite a bit of natural light.
- While Silver Strand is a blend, it’s MUCH more likely to favor the blue, softened quite a bit by the gray, with the green playing a smaller part.
- Silver Strand can be a great choice if you want a WINK of color, but aren’t ready to commit on a large scale.
11. SHERWIN WILLIAMS LATTICE 7654
Lattice is a light blend of gray, blue, and green – just a whisper of colour for those not ready to commit fully!
WHY IS LATTICE A POPULAR PAINT COLOUR?
- Lattice has an LRV of 61, so it’s a great light depth and ALMOST on my sweet spot!
- Lattice can just as easily favor the blue over the green OR the green over the blue, giving it TONS of flexibility.
- Overall, Lattice is one of the GRAYEST blends on this page.
BTW, Lattice is QUITE similar to Sherwin Williams Front Porch if you want a color to compare it. Sometimes, it’s that subtle tweak of undertones that does the trick!
12. SHERWIN WILLIAMS SILVERMIST 7621
Silvermist is one of THE most beautiful blue-green paint colors – I get asked about it ALL the time in my Online Paint Color Consulting! And while it looks a bit grayer and calmer in this next photo, in MANY rooms, you can expect it to have a bit more chroma (color)…
Silvermist is muted enough to be calm, thanks to its gray backdrop, but has enough color to add interest and personality to your walls.
IS SILVERMIST A POPULAR BLUE-GREEN BLEND?
With its LRV of 47, Silvermist has more meat on its bones than many others. And while it has its place in many homes due to its PLACEMENT in the fan deck, I think it gets missed a lot!
- Silvermist’s LRV of 47 puts it on the slightly darker side of the light-medium range, making it great for ONE room but not a whole home.
- Whether Silvermist caters to its blue side or its green one is hit-and-miss!
- If you love the idea of a soft blue-green on your front door, Silvermist is a good one to consider.
13. BENJAMIN MOORE BEACH GLASS 1564
I’ve DEFINITELY saved the best for last if you’re looking for a shade that caters to blue with a polite nod toward gray and green.
Beach Glass has been around for a long time for a good reason. Sitting right above Mount Saint Anne in the fan deck, Beach Glass has a similar approach, but its higher LRV leaves a softer impression on your walls.
Beach Glass has an LRV of 50, so it’s on the slightly darker side of the light-medium range but BLUER and lighter than Silvermist.
WHY IS BEACH GLASS SO POPULAR?
- Beach Glass is the type of depth that adds GREAT personality to your walls without overwhelming them with colour.
- I also think Beach Glass was well named, as even its name suggests a relaxing mood!
14. BENJAMIN MOORE STRATTON BLUE HC-142
Stratton Blue is a stunner if you want a color with a bit more meat on its bones, both in depth and color!
Stratton Blue has an LRV of 38, so while it’s hitting the medium depths, it’s not a heavyweight by any stretch.
WHY IS STRATTON BLUE SO POPULAR?
- It’s gorgeous on the inside or outside of a front door (or even an entire exterior!).
- Great feature wall color.
- Stratton Blue also works well for an ENTIRE room.
- With its commitment to color, Stratton Blue works well in dark rooms as its chroma helps it rise against shaded or dark areas.
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PEOPLE ALSO ASK…
WHAT IS SHERWIN WILLIAM’S MOST POPULAR BLUE-GREEN PAINT COLOR?
According to SAMPLIZE Peel & Stick, Sherwin Williams Sea Salt and Rainwashed are the two most popular shades of blue-green. Whether it’s their depth or their exact blend of green, blue, and gray, these two calming, spa-inspired colors often pop up on walls, but not so much on cabinets or exteriors.
Just remember to watch Sea Salt, particularly, as it’s known to swing WILDLY between blue and green – you’ll want to sample it and see where it lands in your home!
WHAT PAINT COLORS GO BEST WITH BLUE-GREEN BLENDS?
Blue-green blends can be pretty flexible, and enjoy being in a palette with cream paint colors and warm off-whites such as Benjamin Moore Ballet White and Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White. These warm-cool combinations can add energy to a space. Blue greens also enjoy some warm shades of gray and greige, including colors like Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray and Revere Pewter.
So there you have it – just a few of the BEST blue-green paint colors!
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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2019, UPDATED FOR YOU IN 2023