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The 8 Best Blue and Green Blend Paint Colours: Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams

Posted on April 9, 2019 by KylieMawdsley

 

The Top 8 Blue, Green, Gray Paint Colours (blends)

When it comes to the best paint colours, you’d 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 Pain 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.

The best most popular blue green blend paint colours. Teal, turquoise but with gray. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams paint colour advice

These are just general blobs, not specific colours

Points to Ponder

  • Cool paint colours such as blue, green and gray with blue-green undertones 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 colour to be as you’ll need it to shine through the shadows
  • The grayer your paint colour is, the more subtle the undertones will be – but remember, there are ALWAYS undertones
  • 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 undertone, depending on the type of blue you’re dealing with (green-blue or purple-blue)
  • 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! 

Benjamin Moore Sea Reflections, blue green teal paint colour, master bedroom. Kylie M Interiors edesign, online paint color and decorating advice

Shown above, Benjamin Moore Sea Reflections

Enough of that, let’s get onto the good stuff!

1. Sherwin Williams Sea Salt SW 6204

Sea Salt is definitely in the Top 3 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.

Sherwin Williams Sea Salt in a bathroom with white countertop, vanity, farmhouse bulbs, wood framed mirror. Kylie M E-design, online color consultant

Colour review Sherwin Williams Sea Salt and undertones. Kylie M Interiors -edesign, online paint color consulting

A bit more about Sea Salt

  • Sea Salt is unpredictable. You have to paint a LARGE sample of this colour or get the SAMPLIZE sheet 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)

Read more: Colour Review – Sea Salt Undertones, Ideas and More…

Read more: The Ultimate Guide to LRV and Choosing Paint Colours

2. 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 subtle blend with its blue-green blend and soft gray backdrop.

Benjamin Moore Silver Marlin, blue, green paint colour. Butlers Pantry, wood floor. Kylie M Interiors E-design, online paint color expert blog

Benjamin Moore Silver Marlin, eating nook in farmhouse kitchen, blue green paint colour. Kylie M INteriors E-design online paint blog expert

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!

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 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.

Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere helps this small bathroom feel bigger and brighter. Best blue green paint colour. Kylie M E-design

Small bathroom shower, subway tile, hexagon and Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere paint colour. Kylie M E-design and Online Colour expert

Gray Cashmere has an LRV of 65 – the highest on this page!

Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere in kitchen eating nook with built in bench, cushions and round farmhouse style table. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour blog and consulting

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

Read more: All about LRV and How It Affects Paint Colours

4. Benjamin Moore Mount Saint Anne 1565

Oooo, she’s a pretty one! Mount Saint Anne is a gorgeous blue with a decent gray backdrop and a touch of green to soften ‘er up, although you’d hardly know it to look at it.

Benjamin Moore Mount Saint Anne bedroom, beach colour. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online virtual paint color consulting ecolour

Mount Saint Anne has an LRV of 42, so she’s solidly in the medium tones.

A bit more about Mount Saint Anne

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.

Sherwin Williams Rainwashed is a blue green gray blended paint colours. Shown in bedroom. Color consulting by Kylie M InteriorsThe LRV of Rainwashed is 60.

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 softens it up

The 3 best blue green paint colours for your room. Benjamin or Sherwin. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting and diy home decor ideas blogger.market

Click HERE or on the above image to see available packages! 

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.

Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray, Benjamin Moore Gibraltar Cliffs. Rustic Dining table. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting - Copy

Stairwell with gray carpet and Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray, lightened by 25%. Benjamin Moore Gibraltar Cliffs feature wall. Kylie M INteriors Edesign

Notice in the above photos how the colour can rise up or fall back, depending on the light it’s getting.

Best blue gray paint colour. Benjamin Moore Gibraltar Cliffs. Small bathroom in lake cabin. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online diy decorating and color advice reviews

Gibraltar Cliffs has an LRV of 30. So, while it’s 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 or off-white walls

Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

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 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing 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!

Living room vaulted ceiling, stone and shiplap fireplace with TV, off-white greige walls decor in grays, greens and blues. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour. DIY Decorating and Design ideas blogger

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.

A bit more about Earl Gray

  • Earl Gray has some nice depth and colour to it, while still looking pretty neutral
  • Darkening Earl Gray can enhance its undertones slightly

8. Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue HC 147 

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).

Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue, best blue paint colour. Guest bedroom. antique furniture. Kylie M Interiors E-decor, design and ONline Colour Consulting services

Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue, best blue paint colour. Antique distressed dresser and decor. Kylie M INteriors E-decor and ONline Design, Colour expert

A bit more about Woodlawn and Wedgewood

  • 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
  • Woodlawn is the lighter version of Wedgewood. They both have just the right depth to look gorgeous in almost any room

Okay, maybe there’s a few more than 8…

9. Sherwin Williams Moody Blue SW 6221

Moody Blue is a lovely rich, medium-toned blue-green blend with a subtle gray backbone to calm it down.

Sherwin Williams Moody Blue, Kylie M E-design, online virtual paint colour consultant

herwin Williams Moody Blue, best blue paint colour. Kylie M Edesign, online paint color consulting. Bedroom, tray ceiling, wood furniture, beige carpet

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

10. 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!

Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray in farmhouse style dining room. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, client before photo

A bit more about Comfort Gray

  • Comfort Gray has an LRV of 54. Not sure what LRV is? Read here
  • Comfort Gray is a beautiful choice for a south-facing room to balance out those warm sunbeams!

11. Sherwin Williams Silver Strand SW 7057

Silver Strand is a gorgeous blend of blue, green and gray – although it USUALLY favours blue the most!

Sherwin Williams Silver Strand in a north east facing bedroom. Wood floor and furniture. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant and advice blog

Sherwin Williams Silver Strand gray paint color review. Kylie M INteriors E-design

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Silver Strand

A bit more about Silver Strand

  • Silver Strand has an LRV of 59, so it’s a light depth, but has a bit more body than some others
  • 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

12. 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!

Corner fireplace ideas. Sherwin Williams Lattice and Natural Choice trim. Kylie M Interiors edesign, online paint color advice

A bit more about Lattice…

  • Lattice has an LRV of 61, so it’s a great light depth
  • Lattice can just as easily favour the blue over the green OR the green over the blue, so sample it carefully if you’re fussy!

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!

The best blue green paint colours for your room. Benjamin or Sherwin. Online paint color expert Kylie M Interiors Edesign. Diy decorating and ideas blogger.market

 

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Kylie M Interiors Edecor and Edesign

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Comments

  1. I’m considering painting a couple of the walls in my living room what I would call a peacock sort of blue so this post is timely for me. That Caribbean blue might work.

      1. I so love Sea Salt! Sadly it turned out light blue in the area I wanted it. Thank goodness I tried the sample out first. Back to the drawing board.

        1. I know, it is such a sneaky bugger isn’t i! So it’s probably more about your exposure/lighting than it is about the colour – and short of removing your window there’s not much you can do about that! If you want a more green colour check out BM Hollingsworth which is quite pretty, but it’s definitely more green…
          ~Kylie

  2. These are all really pretty! And yours tips about the light your room gets were really helpful. That variable always seems to mess me up. And I love the extra you threw in at the end—now I’m racking my brain for what/where I can paint it. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Brooke! Yes, I get excited about colours and just have to get painting sometimes, which is why our home has lost sq footage with the coats of paint on the walls 😉

      ~Kylie

    1. Hi Susan, I’m sorry to hear you found it too gray. And you are right, while it is a blue/green colour (that leans toward the green side) it does have gray in it which can be exposed in rooms with Northern Exposure which already have a cool gray/blue light coming in. The colour might in it might be a bit more apparent in the evening when the sun has gone down.
      ~Kylie

  3. Hi! I’m looking for a color in the intensity or tranquility or silver strand that is clearly favoring light sage green w blue/grey (not yellow!) undertones. Any suggestions?

    Curious about the color behind the iron bed in your title picture.

    I’d really appreciate your feedback!

    1. Hi Jessie! Have you checked out Sherwin Williams Sea Salt – its a hugely popular colour and is a nice blend of blue/green without that murky yellow! It’s darker version Comfort Gray is similar to BM Tranquility with just a weeee smidge more ‘colour’ in it (less gray). BM also has a special line of paints called ‘Colour Stories Collection’ which they don’t have paint chips of. They have a colour called Picnic Basket CSP730 which is very very pretty. The Colour Stories colours are quite magical because they usually contain approx. 8 tints in them, meaning that they can change a lot throughout the day as they are quite varied – worth checking out!

      Hope that helps,
      ~Kylie

      1. Oh yes! Your response is good guidance on a starting place. I have literally repainted a room just after the paint dried because the color wasn’t quite right. (Even after using samples, etc). Thanks for the tips!

  4. I love all these colors! Just bought my first house and it NEEDS a paint job! With a North facing living room, I have to be careful!
    I also love! that you used “sharts n giggles” n “that’s what she said” a sentence apart… so good! <3

  5. Thanks to you, Miss Kylie, we have a beautiful new master bedroom and bath. Loved the information you provided and especially your encouragement to use color! And your choice of whites (the hardest color to choose) was perfect. We took your advice on tweaking colors by mixing 2 gals SW Comfort Gray with 1 gal Sea Salt for the bedroom then used straight Sea Salt in the bath. It turned out lovely….prettier than I thought possible. Thank you so much!

  6. I own a remodeling company and blue-green paint tones are very popular! Ironically my wife and I just painted our bedroom a color really close Sherwin Williams “Rainwash”. (I don’t remember the exact name). It made the space way more inviting! Great Article.

    1. Hi Bryan , thanks for commenting – feel free to send some photos along and if they are good enough I’d be happy to put 1 on my site with a link to your website as it’s a very nice one!
      I love getting feedback from peers, so thanks for the note!

      ~Kylie

      1. Sorry for the delayed response. I’m sure you understand, when you are a contractor your house is always the one that gets done last. We painted our bedroom a few months ago, but haven’t finished the furnishings yet. But you are welcome to look through our photos. If you want to use them for great articles like this one, no problem. Just shoot an email- so I can read it.

        We just “remodeled” our website. Let me know what you think!

  7. I love your descriptions and explanations – I know it is not especially popular but I am wondering if you have written about lavender and violet?

  8. I owe you all the gratitude in the world. I stumbled on your blog while searching Pinterest for the perfect gray for our large space that doesn’t get a ton of sunlight. I THOUGHT I was leaning toward comfort gray, but after reading your explanation, I gave gray owl a try and LOVE it! I get SO many compliments on the color and I always give you 100% credit! The way you explain how the colors work on walls with different light is so incredibly helpful for me. Thank you so much for helping make my home beautiful!!!
    I’m back on your sight tonight looking for a blue/green/gray for my bathroom, and know you’ve given me a couple of awesome options. Thank you!!!

  9. The granite I love is honed Jet Mist (looks like a gray soap stone)for the perimeter counters in my kitchen and a marble ish quartzite like Arabuscato Venato for the island. But I’m not sure what color paint to use for my kitchen since I have honey oak cabinets. Can you give me some suggestions?

  10. I love your advice and boat loads of helpful information about the ranges of flexibility within one color. One cannot go into a big box store and get this information. I’m from Omaha, Nebraska and have an apartment with only North-facing rooms. Thank you for all your tips. !

  11. I love the Caribbean teal!!! So tired of gray! I love rich colors with white trim. Changing all my dingy cream trim to white and what a difference it’s made! May buy a sample of that teal. Great post!

  12. Hi Kylie. I know it’s 2017 and not sure if you’ll get this but we had to redo walls after a flood in the basement. We have a forest green love seat & couch. I want to paint 1 feature wall that will calm the green of the furniture. I understand that one should choose a shade that compliments the green. I really like California Teal but wondering if there’s something less intense but still a warm blue/green?
    Thank you,
    MARIE

  13. Hello. Thanks for your all your helpful insights. I would appreciate your opinion about using Sea Salt in a cabin with a pine ceiling. The pine is natural so has a light yellow appearance with faint grains of rust orange/brown. The cabin is in Alaska and gets natural light due to windows. We don’t have power so there isn’t any other light source during the day- but our days are long in the summer (18 hours) so light isn’t an issue. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    Best,
    Erin

    1. Hi Erin, it sounds to me like Sea Salt could look beautiful for you! With less natural light the gray might come up a bit more than not, but it’s still got that gorgeous green/blue to hold it up.

  14. I just painted my Southwest facing bathroom ” Rainwashed” . I love it and cosider it to have a definite cheerful green tone. In fact, it is actually more green than I had originally envisioned. Beautiful with white cabinets and trim.

  15. Kylie,
    I am impressed with your blog and familiarity with colors. Perhaps you can help me solve a color mystery? I wanted to paint my house the same color as this house in the below link. (I have a similar style home with shingles and same roof – GAF Pewter Gray) I paid two color consultants who told me it was SW foggy day and SW St. Barts. I can assure you those are not the right colors. I was informed by another credible source that it is BM Philipsburg Gray. That was not the color either. After a last minute color change, I selected SW Juniper Blue for my house color, but unfortunately that is not the color either. At this point, I just want to know what the color is, since I have been studying these pictures for so long. What do you think?
    https://www.houzz.com/photos/4144082/Spring-Lake-Seaside-Colonial-Jersey-Shore-Home-traditional-entry-new-york

    1. Hmmmmm, you’ve intrigued me. Okay, so here’s what I know about paint colours on exteriors. a) they tend to look a good 1/2 tone lighter once they are applied 2 coats on the large scale and b) the undertones tend to come up more on the large scale compared to the smaller sample. So, I can assure you it is not Foggy Day or Philipsburg Gray, both are FAR too blue for that. ST Barts is better, but too colourful. Now I see that Juniper Blue is a stain colour and it strikes me as being a bit too blue. That being said, you ARE looking at an oil dipped stain effect on those shingles and you can see in a few of the photos it comes up lighter/varied a bit. A few of the photos look a bit more green, a few a bit more blue/gray, so it’s about finding a colour that is ‘similar’ knowing you simply won’t get a match without knowing the exact stain brand/dip.
      So, let’s see…in the photos, the best spot to see the ‘real’ colour is up near the ceiling line, where the natural light doesn’t hit it as much. If the exposure if this home faces a different way from YOUR home and where you’re looking at your tester, this can make a BIG difference. For example, the north facing side of a home may look slightly more grayed out while a south facing might have more ‘colour’ to it. Another challenge is I can BET you that this photo was edited. The floor looks MUCH too bright – this is easily done and most designers/photographers do it to clear photos up and tweak them. Anyway, I usually talk too much.
      So, I started at Underseas which is like a green with some blue/gray and it felt TOOOO green. So I tweaked things over to SW Moody Blue. Hmmmm, this is feeling good. When I compare this little sample here https://www.pinterest.com/pin/149392912614666061/ to the photo, I feel like they make a pretty good connection. I still think you might need a WINK more gray in it, but I think it’s on the right track. Then there’s Benjamin Moore Stonybrook which has the right green/blue/gray blend, but it might be just a stitch too gray.

      And if you are going absolutely crazy I’ll leave you with the thought that it COULD be a custom colour. On a small scale you can make a colour custom simply by darkening/lighting it by 25% – 50%. On a large scale, you can do things like ‘add more black/red/blue/white’ to get the tone you want. So, this could EASILY be what they’ve done and would explain why you can’t find it!

      Ahhhh! I did a bit more snooping in the comments and see that they said ‘colour is a custom order from BM paints’. See, you aren’t losing your mind!

      They also say that it’s Phillipsburg at one point which I can pretty much guarantee it isn’t. What you can do also is go into the Benjamin Moore stain guide and look at Hamilton Blue and Normandy. On the left it’s solid colour stain on the right is semi (which is what they did on the house based on several of the photos). Those 2 colours look similar to the photos. http://media.benjaminmoore.com/WebServices/prod/bm_stain/pdf/ArborcoatColorCard_chip_spread.pdf

      I hope that helps and you HAVE to let me know how it goes – hopefully these colours will atleast get you a bit closer!
      ~Kylie

  16. Hi, Kylie. I have to choose pain for my office at work, and can’t try colors. I just have to choose. Ack! It’s a window less office – 8 x12. There’s slatted florrescent lights, and I can’t hang overhead, so I’m thinking about removing outside bulbs and using floor and other lighting options from IKEA. The carpet is dark gray. I haven’t picked out furniture yet, but I’m thinking about white and grays with bold blue/green accents. My favorite colors are deep royal blue and edgy green. I don’t want that on my walls, but thinking about for my accents. Any thought on paint color. I was looking at Sea Salt, Reflection, Tradewind., and Silver Strand. It’s the sight unseen part that’s tough.

    1. Hi Jan! Unfortunately due to the amount of emails/questions I get in a day I’m unable to answer personal questions. I would have to refer you to my E-design, where I do have the Quick Consult option as well! I give as much info as I can for free on my site, but if that doesn’t work I recommend the e-design so I can get up close and personal with photos/questionnaire. If that interests you, here’s the link… https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/

  17. Hi Kylie,
    I’m looking at repainting my living room sea salt. It is east facing with only one large picture window, so not much natural light. Will sea salt work well in an east facing, low light room?

    Thanks,
    Marcie

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      Hi Marcie, well Sea Salt can work well anywhere, it just depends on what LOOK you are going for. Sea Salt is well known for going greenish in one room (which it’s foundation suggests it SHOULD) but then in another room it goes blue/gray! With a more shadowed space I would imagine that it might go a bit more green/blue in the morning and then more gray/blue in the afternoon when the sun is opposite.
      I hope that helps!

      ~Kylie

  18. What a helpful post! I found your site while trying to determine whether Rainwashed would look too pastel/beachy/candy for the first floor of our new home, which is a mixture of dark wood floors and ivory carpet. I’m trying to decide between Rainwashed, Copen Blue (which is a bit more blue and instense), and a match to Restoration Hardware’s Silver Sage, which is slightly more grey than Rainwashed. I love Rainwashed on a large test swatch, but for some reason when I do a google image search for it, the rooms mainly look pastel minty rather than the green/grey of my swatch! I’m not sure who to believe, the test swatch or Google image… any advice is appreciated!

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      Hi Abby! I just was at a clients home last nite who has Rainwashed in her office and it’s SO pretty! It doesn’t strike me as pastel minty at all, but sometimes it’s about ‘perception’. If you’re instincts have you worried though, it might be smart to look to a slightly more gray option…womens instincts are usually pretty good on these things 😉

      ~Kylie

  19. BM grey wisp cc 670 is a spectacular grey green blue colour. Have it in my mudroom and my laundry room. Cabinets in both rooms are BM balboa mist with oxford white cc 30 on all my trim. I absolutely love this blue gray green as it is fresh and bright but soft and changes depth of tint in different light levels. The “chip” does NOT do it justice, you have to put it on a wall to really appreciate it.

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  20. I am new to your site and am loving it. All this color talk is helping me understand why I choose my colors with a blue in them. What are your thoughts on painting the ceilings the same light gray color as the
    walls.

    THanks, Mary

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      Hi Mary! I have a few thoughts on that…

      1. If the ceiling is flat yes, if the ceiling is textured? no.
      2. If the room has reasonably good lighting from the exterior – yes. If it’s shaded? No
      3. If it’s a lighter gray, like atleast 65+LRV then yes, if not, then no.

      I hope that helps!

      ~Kylie

  21. Hi Kylie! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog! Lots of really helpful info!
    What are your thoughts on BM Palladian Blue? I noticed you mentioned it in the section on SW Rainwashed. …I happened upon Palladian Blue years ago and painted my mother’s dining room in it. It goes very well with antique decor. Now I’m thinking about painting my bedroom in it. I’m going for the look you display in the bedroom pictures under BM Woodlawn Blue and Wedgewood Gray – which are colors I’ve thought about too.
    Thanks for your help! =)

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      Hi Kristen! I do like Palladian Blue. It’s an interesting one, but I do find it’s best for south or west facing rooms as sometimes in north or east it can feel a touch too cold…but yes, it’s LOVELY with antiques – well done!

      ~Kylie

  22. I need to paint the exterior of my house . I would like a sagey gray green that doesn’t shift too much to blue or gray and won’t over power my low ranch style home. We have dark brown trim and a dark brown roof with white soffits and fascia. I’ve tried many shades and they all look too blue, gray , are too dark or muddy. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

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  23. Hello Kylie,
    I have been trying to find a gray paint that doesn’t turn purple. I have had three Sherwin Williams color consultants come out to my house. They have said my house is difficult because the colors change from one wall to another. I would like a light gray for my main area. (living, dining, kitchen and entry) I am trying to find something that looks good with my counter tops. The first two ladies said my counters had warm grays in it and the third lady said it looked cool. The first consultant came out and we just looked at swatches. The second lady recommended Worldly Gray and it turned out looking purple during the day and mauve at night. The latest lady recommended I try Useful because she says I need more green undertoned grays to help with the purple and blue that seems to come out on my walls. It looks green on the sample chip and I’m concerned it won’t look gray.
    My hubby has changed out all the light bulbs to natural light that is about 4,000 k and 60 watt equivalent. Is that okay? I have bought at least 25 different shades of gray. Colonnade looks blue/gray in my main living area but tan in my bathroom. I like the softness of Colonnade but I’m concerned it will look purple if I lighten it because Modern Gray looks purple to me. Repose and Agreeable are the only two Sherwin Williams paints that I went to Home Depot and had them make a little sample of. Do they look the same as having Sherwin Williams make them? Repose looks blue as blue can be. I would love for Repose to work because I have painted a bathroom and bedroom with Mindful. If I lighten Mindful will it go blue like Repose? I lightened Knitting Needles to 80% and it went blue.
    I NEED help. Picking a paint color has passed being fun. I am so stressed and overwhelmed. My painter would like to start on the new color in three days and I don’t know what to do.

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      Hi Christina! sounds like you’re spinning in gray circles. You’ve figured out the hard way that there is no perfect gray. Gray will have undertones of blue, purple or green. These undertones can be enhanced by exposure, interior light, etc…(and those are awfully cold temp bulbs you have in there). One of grays most NATURAL states, looks like a blue or purple undertone. To cut this back, you need to make a warm gray or greige – which can still create purple/green. So, it sounds to me that if you don’t want blue, green or purple, that gray is just a risky endeavour for you given your interior light, countertop, possible exposure. You also have to make sure that you’re sampling the right way, and not just painting samples right on the existing wall colour as this can GREATLY influence your perception of a colour. It needs to be on a poster board with white around it, to give a visual break between the existing colour. There won’t be a gray that does the same thing in the day and the same thing at nite – unfortunately that’s just not how paint works, so it’s about finding the one that generally works most of the time. This is best shown via Collonade looking lovely in one space and tan in another – this is gray and greige doing its thing!
      So, I want you to take a deep breath and a great big gulp of wine and look at SW Gossamer Veil, which I’ve found to be one of the the more neutral grays – it WILL STILL flash cool undertones, but perhaps less than the ones you’ve been looking at. You can also look at Edgecomb Gray which is a greige with an almost creamy backdrop. I know this is stressful, if those don’t work – check out my E-design and maybe I can make some sense of it for you. I think you’re at the point where you’re overthinking things (easy to do, I do it in my home ALLLLL the time)… https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
      ~Kylie

    2. Christina: I am sure since this is 2 years old you have solved your problem. But I will still share what I did with this dilemma. I chose 2 colors next to each other on the color strip. On walls that got intense sun I used the darker color. On walls that didn’t get much or any light, I used the lighter paint. My painter thought I was nuts until he was finished and then realized that day or night the colors of the walls looked uniform as if they had all been painted the same exact color. There was NO variation when the light hit the walls. The bad thing is I am now considering painting AGAIN a slightly different color. :>(((((

  24. Hi Kylie. Thank you so much for getting back to me. I meant to say that Worldly gets really taupey at night. I guess taupe and purple are the undertones I’m not liking. Do you still recommend the same colors mentioned above? I just want to find a gray color that will look good with my counters ( https://m.lowes.com/pd/Silestone-Alpina-White-Quartz-Kitchen-Countertop-Sample/999921066 ) and my carpet has brown and blue in it but it looks more brown/tan to me.

    What kind of light bulbs do you recommend?

    I am thinking of doing your online decorating. What questions do you ask? Will you explain more about this process?

    Thank you for your wisdom and time.

  25. Hi Kylie,

    I have a small 3 bedroom house with nicely lit rooms. I had the hallways repainted a few years back in a nice light green which doesnt stand out but definitely helps the house look happier and bigger. Now its time for the master bedroom/bath. I really want to find a good combo of a gray type color for the bedroom and a gray/blue/green type color for the master bath.

    Could you recommend an awesome duo please?

    I have been watching you videos and reading your blogs (fantastic by the way!) but the more I do the more colors I like…!
    Agreeable Gray, Repose, Gray Owl to name a few…
    Please help! I feel like im spending way too much time on this. I have white trims and i’d like colors that make rooms look well lit and bigger.

    Thank you!

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  26. Have you ever tried Half Moon Crest (Benjamin Moore)? It pictures I’ve seen, it looks like a really pretty gray that leans slightly blue or green, depending on the lighting.

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      Hi Rachel, I haven’t, but you’re right, it’s a soft gray with a blue/green undertone that is MORE likely to lean a bit more green than blue – just a bit!

      1. Thanks for the reply! I always enjoy reading your posts. I’ve learned so much about paint colors since I found your blog!

  27. Hi Kylie, we just painted our laundry room sea salt, and the main areas of the house canvas tan and neutral ground…I love it! Next up the master bedroom. It is an open floor plan to the master bath. Since I love sea salt, wondering how comfort grey will look. I read it goes well with dark wood tones, which we have. There is a decent amount of light, south facing. I am not drawn to greys. How do you think it will show in this scenario? Thank you!

  28. Hi, what is the difference between SW comfort grey and BM Tranquility? I want a blue green, leaning more toward blue. Thank you.

  29. I have a mudroom with a back door to the backyard. The back door is yellow. I wanted to paint the wall with the door Revere Pewter and then paint the other walls in the room a teal or turqoise color. What do you suggest?

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      LISA, I’m seriously JUST about to post a blog post about this colour – focused on our entryway, but you’ll get the gist. In a few weeks I’ll be putting out a colour review on it and the colour IS…SW Collonade Gray!

      ~Kylie

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  30. Hi Kylie, I have enjoyed reading your blog and appreciate all the great information regarding paint colors. We have a summer home on the water. The majority of the house is painted Woodlawn Blue which I LOVE. I am considering repainting the master bedroom Wedgewood Gray. This room gets a great deal of natural light and is on the second level.
    On the first floor, we have a bathroom that I would like to repaint. It has no windows. The cabinets are an off white to cream antiqued color. The granite countertop has some gray in it. I am considering gray cashmere, silver marlin or gray owl. Just wondering what you might think of my paint choices or even recommend something else for the bathroom or bedroom.
    Thank you for your help.
    Linda

  31. Hello Kylie, I’m painting my kitchen cabinets in BM Collingwood and wanted to add a touch of grey blue to the island. what color do you suggest. I would like a spark of color, bright, not too dark as I have no windows in the kitchen :/ I appreciate your suggestions.

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      Hi Yvette! It’s hard to toss one off the top of my head without seeing your countertop/flooring/backsplash as there are different types of gray-blue (ones that flash slightly purple and ones that can flash slightly green) and if you choose the wrong one, it would totally clash! Straight up, there is BM Gibraltar Cliffs which leans slightly, but I can’t tell you it will suit your products 🙂 If you’d like to do an Edesign, I have a package for cabinets and can look at photos and suggest ones that make sense!
      ~Kylie

  32. I have SW moody blue on my north facing bedroom and love it however stumped on what color type would go in the adjoining south facing master bathroom….Thinking SWChina doll or lighter color on moody blue strip?

  33. I have SW Creamy on all the trim throughout my house. In my bedroom I have SW Topsail, but the Creamy paint does not look right. Is it ok to have a lighter color trim in one room?

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      Hi Betty! That doesn’t surprise me as Creamy is quite yellow and more in the off-white range, whereas Sea Salt will prefer something cleaner. I see NO problem doing a room with a different trim colour, especially since its a secondary room (being a bedroom). Take a look at SW Pure White 🙂

  34. This is all so helpful!! I did a sample of Mount Saint Anne in my son’s bedroom (southeastern facing) and it looks beautiful, but I’m concerned that it’s a bit dark for a child’s room. Would you have the paint store lighten it up a bit with some white, or do you think that could change the character of the color? Thank you!

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      Hi Meredith! Yes, it does have a bit more body to it, but if the room has some decent natural light coming in, it could be quite sharp with white trim! They could lighten it by say, 25% for you, which is a subtle shift, but sometimes just enough to do the trick. The undertones can shift slightly at 25%, but not drastically :).

  35. Hi,
    I’m having my whole house painted in a week and a half . The master bedroom at the front of the house faces north and is brightly lit with windows 8’ wide by 7’ tall. It’s now painted BM Palladium Blue which I think is too intense a colour but my husband loves it as it is. I think the problem is that when the door is open, as it usually is, you can see the bedroom from the kitchen, great room, dining room and entry hall because this is an open concept house. I’m tempted to go a paler blue green colour like BM Sea Foam or even switch to BM Soft Chamois which is what I’m doing for the rest of the house. In our last home Palladium Blue looked amazing in a south facing bright room but the room was separate from the rest of the house. I need help! Thanks,
    Heather

  36. Thank you for giving so much good information regarding the undertones of these paints and the colors they favor! We just bought a 100 year old home with craftsman details. I’m trying to figure out lighter tones that will work with the beautiful medium stained woodwork in the house. Though I prefer white trim, I can’t bring myself to paint over the wood in this home! I would love to see a blog about best colors that work with wood trim, since the darker trim obviously brings a darker feel to the room. I’m looking for lighter walls with some color. This did help a lot to see the colors in a room also. Thank you.

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  37. Hi kylie I just love your style. I hope you read my comment and reply. I have the color wheat bread from behr, and agreable gray sw throught my first floor. Both colors are very similar. Now I am trying to choose a paint color for my family room which is located in the middle of the house, partially open to my living room, kitchen, and hallway leading to the master bedroom. I tried a lot of paint samples, but I can’t decide. I want a color that is complimenting the other paint colors I have in the house, yet different to give a twist. I am thinking of a green toned paint, but scared to clash with my furniture. I didn’t buy my furniture yet, so I am not sure what are the cokors, but definitely something neutral. what do you think? Any suggestions for a color that goes with any colors in the furniture?? I appreciate your help! It is much needed 🙂

  38. Hello, I love BM Crystalline but it looks too dark for the room. Can you explain how to ask the store to lighten it up without changing the color?

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      Hi Kathy! You would ask the paint store to lighten it by 25% for you. However, lightening a colour WILL change it’s LRV and can also shift the undertones, that’s the nature of lightening it!

  39. Small north facing bedroom looks sad with light colors, even warm creams. Thinking a more saturated color could bring life. Next to sea salt (SW) and white wainscoting bathroom (LOVE it). Am I about to make a huge error? Peg

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      You know, it’s BEAUTIFUL, it’s just tough. I like to see Colours of the Year that have a bit more mass appeal. If it can be used on a feature wall, island, front door, kitchen cabinets – that kind of thing, well, I’m ALL in. I just think Aegean Teal is a bit limiting, which means less people can use it!

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