Van Deusen Blue – is it the hue for you?
When choosing the best shade of blue for your walls, cabinets, or exterior, you’ve likely come across colors like Hale Navy, Newburyport Blue, and Cyberspace. But there’s one blue that doesn’t get NEARLY enough recognition, and that’s Van Deusen Blue. This is why we’re looking closely at this color to see if it’s what you and your home have been searching for…
BEFORE WE GET STARTED…
To show you RELATEABLE & REAL homes, I ONLY use photos from my Online Color Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality photos I need or the RIGHT photos, but I DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!
IS VAN DEUSEN BLUE A WARM OR COOL PAINT COLOR?
Van Deusen Blue is definitely a cool blue paint color. However, while light, cool paint colors can feel a bit icy, because of Van Deusen’s lower LRV, it can look cozy in the right space!
South or west-facing rooms, in particular, could love Van Deusen’s color and depth as it will add balance to these types of spaces (ones that get warm natural light).
WHAT’S VAN DEUSEN BLUE’S LRV?
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint-lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
WHAT UNDERTONES DOES VAN DEUSEN BLUE HAVE?
Van Deusen Blue’s undertones are some of the most FLEXIBLE because they don’t cater hard to green or violet. However, for it to work in your home, your finishes need to support this, as many finishes NEED a more definitive blue-violet or blue-green.
When looking for your home’s best blue, it’s about figuring out whether your home caters to a blue-violet, a blue-green or needs something that can flex either way. How do you figure this out? Look at your surrounding finishes. If your finishes contain blue, what TYPE of blue is it? If you have a lot of gray, which undertone does your gray cater to? These are just a few ways to figure out which blue is best.
SAMPLING VAN DEUSEN BLUE WITH PEEL & STICK
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 the 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
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WHAT WHITE TRIM COLORS GO WITH VAN DEUSEN BLUE?
Because of its lower LRV and degree of color, Van Deusen Blue humors a bunch of beautiful white paint colors, such as:
IS VAN DEUSEN BLUE A GOOD COLOR FOR THE EXTERIOR OF A HOME?
Van Deusen could be gorgeous for the exterior of your home. Because it’s not a DARK navy blue, it can look a touch more coastal and offers a wicked pretty contrast with white trim.
IS VAN DEUSEN BLUE A GOOD COLOR FOR KITCHEN CABINETS?
I would definitely paint my cabinets Van Deusen Blue, as long as it’s the right blue for the countertop/backsplash. Van Deusen Blue is also a gorgeous color for a kitchen island or bathroom vanity.
Some people find blues like Hale Navy and Cheating Heart too dark – they want navy blue without the visual WEIGHT. And while Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue can be a good happy medium, sometimes Van Deusen hits the spot!
WHAT OTHER COLORS ARE SIMILAR TO VAN DEUSEN BLUE?
Several colors compare to Van Deusen Blue. And while no color is a perfect match, you can easily shift a bit darker/bluer/grayer with the following shades…
WHICH PAINT COLORS GO WITH VAN DEUSEN BLUE?
Where do I even START? Van Deusen Blue is relatively easy to please when coordinating paint colors…
- stormy cool shades of gray like Sherwin Williams Big Chill
- subtle warm grays with violet undertones
- many popular shades of cream
- almost any shade of white
- shades of green with similar degrees of gray in them
Not sure which paint color is best for YOUR home?
Check out my Online Paint Color Consulting – I’d love to help!