The Top 8 Blue-Green-Gray Paint Colours (blends)
When it comes to the most popular shades of blue-green-gray paint colours, you’ll be hard-pressed to find brands better than Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore. Their ability to tap into the trendy end of things as well as the traditional means they are my ‘go-to brands’ when I’m doing my Online Paint Colour Consulting.
And as far as trends go, there’s no other colour blend more popular than blue-green. Call it turquoise, teal, robins egg, call it whatever the heck you want – I call it awesome.
These are just general blobs, not specific colours
Points to Ponder on Blue-Green Blends
- Cool paint colours such as blue, green and gray often suit south-facing rooms as they can balance out the warm light coming in the window.
- The darker your room is (or north-facing), the more colourful 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 colours so don’t be afraid to add some depth if you have a well-lit room! Just remember, when night comes, some colours can appear more rich and saturated than in the daytime.
- 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 the type of natural and artificial lighting you have.
- Many BLUE-GRAY blends can pick up a subtle green hue, depending on the type of blue you’re dealing with.
- Blue-green colours tend to look warmer than colours that are blue-purple (although both are traditionally cool colours). 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 when it comes to green paint colours. That’s right, Sea Salt is actually a green-gray blend, HOWEVER, it’s been known to lean blue, which is why I had to include it as one of my FAVES! The green and gray (and blue) mix together to provide a subtly colourful, calm blend that’s 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 SUCH A POPULAR PAINT COLOUR?
Sea Salt is definitely one of the top choices when it comes to shades of green-blue-gray. HOWEVER, it’s unpredictable and you HAVE to get the SAMPLIZE sheet 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 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)
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, simple and soft shade is perfect for MANY styles of home. This is a subtle colour with its blue-green blend and soft gray backdrop.
Silver Marlin has an LRV of 57 so it’s a light-medium tone.
IS SILVER MARLIN A POPULAR CHOICE?
While Silver Marlin doesn’t get as much attention as some of the others in this list, it is definitely one of the BEST light-medium depth shades.
- Silver Marlin can easily look ‘more blue’ or ‘more green’ depending on your exposure, lighting, and interior finishings, making it quite the chameleon!
- If you like a nod toward colour, without a 100% commitment, this could work well for you!
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 colours, 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 COLOUR?
While many are inclined towards a GRAYER look with this type of colour (ie. Benjamin Moore Gray Owl), for those who want a whisper of colour, it’s an awesome choice.
- Gray Cashmere is a popular bedroom and bathroom paint colour that has a relaxing vibe.
- While Gray Cashmere has noticeable colours, the overall approach is very subtle and soft.
4. BENJAMIN MOORE MOUNT SAINT ANNE 1565
Mount Saint Anne is a gorgeous blue with a decent gray backdrop and a touch of green undertone to soften ‘er up, although you’d hardly know it to look at it.
Mount Saint Anne has an LRV of 42, so she’s solidly in the medium tones.
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 which favours 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 colour.
WHY IS RAINWASHED A POPULAR PAINT COLOUR?
- 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 softens it up
- It’s SUPER popular for both beachy and modern farmhouse style homes!
Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Quietude (a bit darker)
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6. 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 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’s slightly darker, the colour of it rises up nicely, especially when hit with a dash of natural light!
WHY IS GIBRALTAR CLIFFS A POPULAR BLUE-GREEN PAINT COLOUR?
- It’s great for a whole room if you have enough light
- It’s gorgeous as a feature wall with gray or soft cream or off-white walls
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1 DAY, depending on location
- they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
- if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE
7. SHERWIN WILLIAMS EARL GRAY SW-7660
Earl Gray is actually a GRAY, but it has a very solid blue-green undertone in it.
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 colour with an LRV of 32.
IS EARL GRAY A POPULAR PAINT COLOUR
- While Earl Gray definitely 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 & WEDGEWOOD GRAY
Woodlawn Blue and Wedgewood Gray are two of the best blue paint colours. SO many of today’s most popular blues have a lot of green in them – not these two. These are almost true blues and only have a small amount of green in them, which stops them from looking icy cold and helps them hold up a bit better in a north-facing room (which could look TOO cold with a real true-blue on the walls).
WHY ARE WOODLAWN BLUE & WEDGEWOOD GRAY POPULAR?
- 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. BOTH of these colours bring some nice contrast against white OR wood trim.
- Both of these colours are CALMING and great for balancing out the visual warmth of a south-facing room or west-facing room in the afternoon.
Okay, maybe there’s a few more than eight – clearly, things have evolved.
9. 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!
WHY IS COMFORT GRAY SUCH A POPULAR PAINT COLOUR?
- Comfort Gray has an LRV of 54. Not sure what LRV is? Read here. This LRV means Comfort Gray has a bit 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!
10. SHERWIN WILLIAMS SILVER STRAND SW-7057
Silver Strand is a gorgeous blend of blue, green and gray – although it USUALLY favours 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 some 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 favour the blue, softened quite a bit by the gray, with the green playing a smaller part.
11. SHERWIN WILLIAMS LATTICE SW-7654
Lattice is a light blend of gray, blue and green – just a whisper of colour for those not ready to fully commit!
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 favour the blue over the green OR the green over the blue, giving it TONS of flexibility
BTW, Lattice is QUITE similar to Sherwin Williams Front Porch if you’re looking for a colour to compare it with. Sometimes it’s that subtle tweak of undertones that does the trick!
12. SHERWIN WILLIAMS SILVERMIST SW-7621
While I don’t have many photos of Silvermist yet, it’s a STUNNER that I get asked about ALL the time in my Online Paint Colour 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 (colour)…
Silvermist is muted enough to be calm, thanks to its gray backdrop, but has enough colour to add interest and personality to your walls.
IS SILVERMIST A POPULAR BLUE-GREEN BLEND?
With its LRV of 47, Silvermist has a bit more meat on its bones than many of the others. And while it has its place in many homes, due to its PLACEMENT in the fan deck, I actually 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.
- It’s hit and miss as to whether Silvermist caters to its blue side or its green one!
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 towards both 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 moof!
So there you have it – just a few of the BEST blue-green paint colours!
Not sure which is best for you and your home?
Check out my Online / E-Design Colour Consultations!
ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2019, UPDATED FOR YOU IN MID 2021