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
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)
Sherwin Williams Magnetic Gray SW 7058
I LOOOVE Magnetic Gray. This is a more subtle colour with its 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 bit more about Magnetic Gray
- Magnetic Gray can easily look ‘more or less’ gray, depending on your lighting situation (interior/exterior) and decor. If you like ‘colour’, this might not have enough interest for you
- If you like a nod toward colour, without a 100% commitment, this could work well for you!
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 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
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
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 Gray Owl OC-52
Gray/green that GOES blue a lot of the time.
Gray Owl IS a light gray paint colour that LOOOVES to flex into either a slightly blue or slightly green undertone – it’s a bit of a chameleon!
Read more: Colour Review – Benjamin Moore Gray Owl
When I have E-design 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.
A bit more about Gray Owl
- Gray Owl has an LRV of 65, the same as Gray Cashmere
- While Gray Owl IS a gray paint colour, not a ‘colour’, its undertones might surprise you!
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 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
So there you have it – just a few of the BEST blue/green paint colours!
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