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Farrow & Ball’s 10 Best Blue Paint Colours

Posted on September 17, 2022 by KylieMawdsley

The 10 Most Popular Blues from Farrow & Ball

When it comes to finding the best blue paint colour for your walls, cabinets, doors or exterior, you’ll find no shortage of options. However, this doesn’t mean they’re all GOOD options.

And while I talk A LOT about Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams (let’s be honest, I talk a lot, regardless), today we’re taking an up close and personal look at Farrow & Ball.

Farrow & Ball is more of a boutique paint brand compared to the other big boys. This means that they’ve curated their colours to be the BEST options in each colour family – 132 colours in total. This makes life easier when it comes to picking your best colour, but it also makes it darn challenging to COMPARE colours within Farrow & Ball.

Comparing paint colours is an important step in choosing the best colour for your home

In a brand like Benjamin Moore, there are over 3500 colours to choose from. This makes comparison MUCH easier, and via my 100’s of blog posts (like this one), you can narrow these 3500+ options down to the best eight or so for COMPARISON. So, for the sake of helping you find your best blue hue (and I hope you do), I’ll let you know how these Farrow & Ball colours compare to some of the other blues on the market.

HOWEVER, to show you REAL homes with REAL budgets, this blog is run entirely on photos submitted by my E-design clients. And because I haven’t had any clients use these Farrow & Ball colours (yet), I don’t have any photos of them in action.

But don’t worry, I still have AWESOME info and insights on these gorgeous colours.

I’m also going to add in a few photos from other brands, simply because nobody wants to read 4000 words with no images – myself included.

Benjamin Moore Anchor Gray with Collonade Gray, best navy blue paint colour. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant and blog

Now before we get started, let’s have a quick chat about LRV.

FARROW & BALL’S LRV NUMBERS

Farrow & Ball doesn’t make their LRV numbers public – I’m not sure why, but I’m hoping to solve this (along with world hunger and homelessness). In other words, it’s really a first-world problem.

Why does LRV matter?

LRV is another HELPFUL TOOL  for picking paint colours; especially for those who aren’t as familiar with the wild world of colour. If you want to see this lil Ging’ get EXCITED, watch me start talking about LRV and how it can change your paint pickin’ GAME!

Anyway, I digress.

You will find a few mentions of Farrow & Ball’s LRVs online. However, without hearing from the brand itself, it’s hard to say what the right numbers are (I’ve sent a note, hopefully, I’ll hear back).

In the meantime, I’ve summarized the info I’ve found and combined this with a guess at what I think the LRV of each shade is. How do I do this? I’ve compared these blues to similar colours from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams; as I know their LRVs. Is this an exact science? HECK NO, but for choosing paint colours for your home, it will be more than enough.

Cool beans?

So, without further ado, let’s check out these blue-tiful colours from Farrow & Ball…

Farrow & Balls best, most popular blue paint colours. Kylie M reviews LRV, undertones

1. FARROW & BALL HAGUE BLUE No. 30

Hague Blue is a stunning dark blue. Not quite ‘colourful’ enough to be a navy, but still blue enough to be darn interesting!

Hague Blue Farrow & Ball, SAMPLIZE PEEL AND STICK WITH KYLIE M

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WHAT’S THE LRV OF HAGUE BLUE?

Based on the great Google, Hague Blue has an LRV of 7. In doing some comparisons, I agree that it’s pretty darn close. While this doesn’t make Hague Blue the DARKEST of blues, it’s definitely in the dark range (approx 0-10). If you’re unsure what LRV is, it’s a GAME CHANGER, and this is my second passive-aggressive nod to get you to READ THIS!

DOES HAGUE BLUE HAVE UNDERTONES?

Just because Hague Blue is a ‘colour’ doesn’t mean you’re free from undertones. Blue tends to favour either blue-green or blue-violet – Hague Blue favours blue-green.

WHICH BLUES ARE SIMILAR TO or MATCH HAGUE BLUE?

There will never be perfect colour matches between paint brands (no matter what your painter tells you). This is ESPECIALLY true when dealing with a boutique brand like Farrow & Ball. To get THE EXACT COLOUR you want, you need to go with the brand that makes it.

If you compare Hague Blue with Benjamin Moore Anchor Gray, you’ll see that Anchor Gray favours blue-violet.

Benjamin Moore Anchor Gray, White Dove trim, travertine stacked stone fireplace, tobacco brown leather chairs, gray carpet. Kylie M Interiors E-design, online paint color consulting. Best blue paint

Benjamin Moore Anchor Gray

And because comparison is SO IMPORTANT, let’s check out a few more options from my buddies Ben and Sherm…

FARROW & BALL HAGUE BLUE VS BENJAMIN MOORE NEW PROVIDENCE NAVY

When comparing these two shades of blue, you’ll see that BOTH have a green hue tucked in there along with their blue base. The BIG difference is that New Providence Navy (LRV 11) is a bit LIGHTER than Hague Blue (LRV 7).

Between the two colours, I lean into Hague Blue for its saturation, especially if it’s for kitchen cabinets or front doors.

FARROW & BALL HAGUE BLUE VS BENJAMIN MOORE HALE NAVY VS GENTLEMAN’S GRAY

While Hague Blue and Hale Navy aren’t REALLY comparable – they’re different types of blues, it’s via this comparison that you SEE the green in Hague Blue. I LOVE THE MAGIC OF COMPARISON! You’ll also see that when compared to Hale Navy (a very popular navy blue), Hague Blue is that BIT more colourful/intense.

NOW, make a sandwich out of Hague Blue using Hale Navy and Gentleman’s Gray. Notice that while Hague Blue is more colourful than Hale Navy, it isn’t as colourful as Gentleman’s Gray!

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Sherwin Williams Roycroft Pewter and Benjamin Moore Midnight Oil

WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM COLOUR FOR HAGUE BLUE?

Whether you’re painting your trim or cabinets, Hague Blue loves the subtle warmth of Farrow & Ball Wimborne White No. 239, as well as the simple approach of All White No. 2005.

The Best Blue Paint Colours for Cabinets, Walls, Doors & More

2. FARROW & BALL DRAWING ROOM BLUE No. 253

While some blues sit on the more passive side of things, intermingled with gray, green and violet, Drawing Room Blue is coming in HOT with the perfect balance of colour (hue), saturation (intensity) and depth (value). Sorry for nerding-out on you; I can’t help myself sometimes.

PEEL & STICK sample coming soon! For now, check it out HERE.

WHAT’S THE LRV OF DRAWING ROOM BLUE?

Drawing Room Blue’s LRV is around 10; give or take a few points. Again, this is based on comparing it to similar colours. Knowing that this colour sits somewhere in this range, lets you know that Drawing Room Blue sits on the LIGHT end of the dark range.

WHAT ARE DRAWING ROOM BLUE’S UNDERTONES?

While Drawing Room Blue comes off as being pretty true-blue, upon comparing it to other popular shades (which we’ll do shortly), you’ll see that it’s a REALLY well-balanced choice; not catering hard to blue-green or blue-violet.

The TWO Types of Blue Paint Colours & Where They Work Best!

WHICH BLUES ARE SIMILAR TO or MATCH DRAWING ROOM BLUE?

While Drawing Room Blue might be the PERFECT colour for your walls, cabinets or front door, it’s via comparison that we really see WHY a certain colour is the best choice!

FARROW & BALL DRAWING ROOM BLUE VS SHERWIN WILLIAMS INDIGO

If you’re thinking Drawing Room Blue might be a BIT too colourful for your needs, compare it to Sherwin Williams Indigo, which brings a bit more saturation to the party. If you dig a bit more into Indigo (not to be confused with Indigo Batik), you’ll see Sherwin Williams refer to it as a purple (insert question mark here). It’s not – it’s absoLUTELY blue.

FARROW & BALL DRAWING ROOM BLUE VS STIFFKEY BLUE

This next comparison is where you might think that Drawing Room Blue has a mild fetish for violet. STiffkey Blue, with its blue-green hue, showcases the shift into a more GENUINE approach to blue with Drawing Roon Blue – COMPARISON IS KEY! HOWEVER, to say it CATERS to violet would be a stretch of the imagination, and overall, this is a wonderfully balanced blue.

Just because a colour looks one way COMPARED to another colour, doesn’t mean it IS that way. Comparison is important, but it ain’t gospel.

Ermmm, pardon?

Let’s try that a different way. Comparison showcases the DIFFERENCE between colours but doesn’t PROVE anything definitively. For example, I have a lot of clients shifting from rich shades of beige into more modern, updated beiges. These new muted beiges look cooler COMPARED to the rich golden beiges of the early 2000s. HOWEVER, this doesn’t make these new beiges COOL; they’re just cool-er than the originals. Get what I mean, jellybean?

Sherwin Williams Kilim Beige, living room with darker red toned wood flooring, shiplap fireplace, beige sofa, cream trim.

WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM COLOUR FOR DRAWING ROOM BLUE?

Drawing Room Blue coordinates nicely with the clean and crisp look of All White No. 2005. However, it also responds well to the more muted approach of Farrow & Ball’s Wevet No. 273.

3. FARROW & BALL PITCH BLUE No. 220

Pitch Blue takes a LIGHTER approach compared to many of the previous colours in this blog post.

FArrow & Ball Pitch Blue, SAMPLIZE peel and stick with Kylie M

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WHAT’S THE LRV OF PITCH BLUE?

Based on comparison, the LRV of Pitch Blue is somewhere around 17 and not likely any higher or lower. This LRV lets you know that Pitch Blue has some depth and some definitive meat on its bones, but isn’t in the DARK range.

WHAT ARE PITCH BLUE’S UNDERTONES?

Pitch Blue is a GREAT example of a blue that leans into violet. Not so much that it’s BORDERLINE violet, but it gives a polite nod.

WHICH PAINT COLOURS ARE SIMILAR TO or MATCH PITCH BLUE?

If you’re looking for a CLOSE MATCH to Pitch Blue, I’ve got a gooder…

FARROW & BALL PITCH BLUE VS BENJAMIN MOORE BLUE NOVA

While I LOVE Blue Nova deeply and chose it for the bunk room at our lake home (photos are TBA), IF we had a Farrow & Ball close by, I likely would’ve shifted to Pitch Blue.

While these two colours are SO SIMILAR, upon comparison, Pitch Blue is just a weeee touch softer in its approach and has a tiny bit more violet in it.

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How to Choose the Best Blue for YOU

WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM COLOUR FOR PITCH BLUE?

If you’re looking for a dynamic play between warm and cool, try Farrow & Ball’s Pointing No. 2003 with Pitch Blue. Really, I could easily see Pitch Blue with ANY of Farrow & Ball’s whites, but in the words of the GREAT Matthew McConaughey, it’s All White All White All White for me.

4. FARROW & BALL BLUE GROUND No. 210

If you’re looking for a cheerful, but not overwhelming approach to blue, look no further than Blue Ground.

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WHAT’S THE LRV OF BLUE GROUND?

Blue Ground has an approximate LRV of 52. This LRV puts Blue Ground in the light-medium range. A paint colour with this depth can be pretty for a whole room or as a feature wall with a lighter colour (higher LRV).

WHAT ARE BLUE GROUND’S UNDERTONES?

There’s NO doubt about it, Blue Ground is definitely inspired by a glorious green hue.

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WHICH PAINT COLOURS ARE SIMILAR TO OR MATCH BLUE GROUND?

Again, while there’s no perfect match, I’ve got some great colours for you to compare with Blue Ground.

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FARROW & BALL BLUE GROUND VS SHERWIN WILLIAMS AQUAVERDE

If you’re unsure if Blue Ground is colourful enough for you, compare it to Aquaverde and see a nice shift from a blue-green that picks up gray and a blue-green that ALSO picks up gray, but less of it.

FARROW & BALL BLUE GROUND VS LULWORTH BLUE

If you want to see the blue-green of Blue Ground a bit more clearly, compare it to Farrow & Ball’s Lulworth Blue, which leans more into blue-violet (we’ll be talking about it shortly).

WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM COLOUR FOR BLUE GROUND?

Farrow & Ball’s Wimborne White No. 239 is one of my fave partners with Blue Ground as I love how Wimborne’s wink o’ warmth plays with Blue Grounds’ cool hues. HOWEVER, again, it’s alwight to go with All White No. 2005.

5. FARROW & BALL ST. GILES BLUE No. 280

St. Giles is LOVELY if you want more intensity in your blue hue. But while it’s lovely and bright, I’ve only had a handful of E-design clients ask for a blue with THIS kind of energy. OF COURSE, this doesn’t mean it isn’t the perfect shade of blue for you – don’t let the crazy Ginger sway you; keep on reading!

Farrow & Ball St. Giles Blue SAMPLIZE peel and stick, Kylie M

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WHAT’S THE LRV OF ST. GILES BLUE?

St. Giles Blue has an LRV somewhere around 34, give or take a few points. Again, being EXACT with this type of colour isn’t necessary for the average homeowner – heck, even I RARELY ‘need’ the LRV to be exact.

An LRV of 34 means a paint colour is a very solid medium depth. This depth is great for feature walls. And while you can paint an ENTIRE room this colour, with St. Giles Blue’s particular intensity, it could be a bit much (that’s my perception, anyway).

Thanks to its intensity, this colour is also nice for front doors or kitchen islands; especially if you’re looking for a fun POP without going into the primary end of things.

WHAT ARE ST. GILES BLUES UNDERTONES?

There’s no fooling around, this is one BLUE PAINT COLOUR. Sure, there’s a touch of gray in there, but not enough to slow it down. It’s like when Tim hits me with a tranquillizer dart but I keep stumbling around with toss cushions and paint swatches. YOU CAN’T SLOW ME DOWN, FOOL!

Anyway.

WHICH BLUES ARE SIMILAR OR MATCH ST. GILES BLUE?

There aren’t many REALLY close matches to St. Giles Blue, but let’s see what I can pull together for you…

FARROW & BALL ST. GILES BLUE VS SHERWIN WILLIAMS JACARANDA

Funny enough, Jacaranda has me feeling much better about St. Giles Blue! Why? Well, Jacaranda is that NEXT STEP more colourful when compared to St. Giles Blue. So if like me, you worry about SGB being a bit punchy, try this comparison, and you’ll feel better. If not, there’s always wine.

FARROW & BALL ST. GILES BLUE VS BENJAMIN MOORE POOLSIDE

When comparing St. Giles Blue and Poolside, you’ll see that Poolside is slightly darker (LRV 27) than St. Giles and just a TOUCH more muted.

WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM COLOUR FOR ST. GILES BLUE?

With St. Giles Blue having that next level of intensity, it makes sense to hit it with the clean contrast of All White No. 2005, although I kind of like it with Wevet No. 273 as well.

6. FARROW & BALL STIFFKEY BLUE No. 281

Stiffkey Blue might look like a more CLASSIC approach to navy blue, but this moody shade has a bit more in store for you.

Farrow and Ball STiffkey Blue, SAMPLIZE PEEL AND STICK WITH KYLIE M.

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WHAT’S THE LRV OF STIFFKEY BLUE?

The RUMOUR IS that a) Ryan Reynolds has a soft spot for Gingers who over-consume Starbucks, white wine and Cornuts, and, b) Stiffkey Blue has an LRV JUST over 10. So while this blue is in the darker END of things, it’s kissing the lighter tip of this range.

As soon as a blue like this hits the five range (LRV), you start worrying about it flashing a bit BLACK in certain situations (depending on its intensity/degree of gray in it). With an LRV around 10, it’s FAR more likely to hold its colour in dark corners and lower-light areas.

DOES STIFFKEY BLUE HAVE UNDERTONES?

As you read earlier, there are TWO types of blue paint colours – blue-violet and blue-green. Of course, there are those blues that really sit in the middle, but they can be EASILY influenced by their immediate surroundings and your room’s exposure. And let me tell you, Stiffkey Blue is DEFINITELY one of these blues! With no strong allegiance to violet or green, this blue is great if you’re looking for a more straightforward approach to this classic hue.

WHICH BLUES ARE SIMILAR TO or MATCH STIFFKEY BLUE?

Now that we have two darker Farrow & Ball blues to compare, it’s easier to see how one sits COMPARED to the other! This comparison is KEY to helping you choose the best blue.

There are a few differences between Stiffkey Blue and Hague Blue…

  • Hague Blue (LRV of 7) is DARKER than Stiffkey Blue (LRV 10)
  • it’s easier to see the GREEN in Hague Blue when compared to the more traditional blue look of Stiffkey Blue

How to Choose The Best Type of Blue For Your Home

FARROW & BALL STIFFKEY BLUE VS BENJAMIN MOORE NEWBURYPORT BLUE

If you’re looking for a good match to Stiffkey Blue, look no further than Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue. Sure, Stiffkey’s LRV of 10 is a bit lighter than Newburyport Blue (LRV 8), but for all intents and purposes, you’re looking at two VERY COMPARABLE BLUES!

And because it’s helpful to see pictures, and Stiffkey Blue and Newburyport Blue are so similar, let’s look at Newburyport in action…

Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue, navy blue with red brick feature wall in dark hallway. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consulting, virtual

THANK you to my clients for sending in their photos – you make my colourful world go round!

FARROW & BALL STIFFKEY BLUE VS BENJAMIN MOORE EVENING DOVE

To help you see the degree of COLOUR (chroma) in Stiffkey Blue, compare it to Benjamin Moore’s Evening Dove. While Evening Dove is DEFINITELY a blue, it looks slightly grayed-out compared to the saturation of Stiffkey Blue.

BTW, every time I say the word ‘Stiffkey’ in my head, my brain automatically changes it to Stiffler, as in Stiffler’s Mom – welcome to my brain.

WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM COLOUR FOR STIFFKEY BLUE?

When it comes to the calm collected look of Stiffkey Blue, I’m putting my money on either Wimborne White No. 239 or All White No. 2005.

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7. FARROW & BALL LULWORTH BLUE No. 89

Compared to MANY of the blues in this blog post, Lulworth Blue is a BIT more soothing with its soft gray backdrop. Let’s find out more about this beautiful blue to see if it will work for you…

Farrow & Ball Lulworth Blue, SAMPLIZE PEEL AND STICK with Kylie M.

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WHAT’S THE LRV OF LULWORTH BLUE?

Lulworth Blue has an LRV somewhere around 53, give or take one or two points. This LRV means that Lulworth is in the light-medium range, but on the lighter end of this scale – NOWHERE near the medium depths.

WHAT ARE LULWORTH BLUE’S UNDERTONES?

As mentioned earlier, when compared to Blue Ground, it’s easier to see Lulworth’s Blue beautiful blue-violet approach. And while Lulworth Blue CERTAINLY has gray in it, there’s still a lot of colour left on the table (or on the wall might be more the point).

WHICH PAINT COLOURS ARE SIMILAR TO OR MATCH LULWORTH BLUE?

Again, one of the BEST ways to choose a paint colour is to COMPARE it with others!

FARROW & BALL LULWORTH BLUE VS SHERWIN WILLIAMS HONEST BLUE

Lulworth Blue and Honest Blue are GREAT comparables, as while they have a similar tendency towards blue-violet, Honest Blue is lighter.

FARROW & BALL LULWORTH BLUE VS BENJAMIN MOORE SAPPHIRE ICE

It can be easy to think a colour will be TOO colourful when you’re judging it by a sample. HOWEVER, upon comparing it to other similar but BRIGHTER options, it can be easier to tell if it sits in the right spot for you. This is why comparing Lulworth Blue and Sapphire Ice is a GREAT idea as the intensity of Sapphire Ice will help you see the degree of gray in Lulworth Blue.

WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM COLOUR FOR LULWORTH BLUE?

Lulworth Blue looks fresh and clean with All White No. 2005, although the play between Wimborne White’s warmth and Lulworth’s cool blue hue is pretty gorgeous too.

8. FARROW & BALL’S COOK’S BLUE No. 237

Cook’s Blue doesn’t look like any blue I’VE ever cooked with. But then I don’t cook, soooo…

If you’re looking for a lighter approach to blue, but one that still has some good meat on its bones, look no further than Cook’s Blue.

Farrow & Ball Cooks Blue, best blue paint colours, SAMPLIZE PEEL AND STICK with Kylie M.

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WHAT’S THE LRV OF COOK’S BLUE?

With its LRV around the mid-20s (25 strikes me as a good place to land our plane), Cooks Blue is SOLIDLY in the medium depths. At this depth, Cook’s Blue could be a STUNNING island paint colour for those who love blue but don’t want navy. The same goes for front doors and feature walls; Cook’s Blue is wicked pretty.

WHAT ARE THE UNDERTONES OF COOK’S BLUE? IS IT A TRUE BLUE?

Cook’s Blue is pretty darn blue with no strong preference for blue-green or blue-violet.

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WHICH PAINT COLOURS ARE SIMILAR TO OR MATCH COOK’S BLUE?

With its particular degree of colour and depth (saturation), Cook’s Blue is a tough one to match (considering you’ll NEVER get a perfect match anyway – yes, I am like a broken record).

FARROW & BALLS COOK’S BLUE vs BENJAMIN MOORE BLUE DRAGON

While Cook’s Blue and Blue Dragon have VERY similar LRVs (Cooks Blue approx 25, Blue Dragon is 26.49), with Blue Dragon’s WEE wink towards violet, it’s easier to see how BALANCED Cook’s Blue is in comparison.

FARROW & BALLS COOK’S BLUE vs SHERWIN WILLIAMS BLUE CRUISE

If you want to convince yourself that Cook’s Blue is THE best blue for you, compare it to Blue Cruise. Blue Cruise, again, has a similar LRV, but compared to Cook’s Blue, it comes off just a TOUCH more blue-green.

WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM COLOUR FOR COOK’S BLUE?

Cook’s Blue has such a great level of saturation – not too much, not too little. To jack up its colour potential a bit, partner it with the warm yellow undertones of Wimborne White No. 239 or Pointing No. 2003; keeping in mind that the YELLOW hue in these whites will be enhanced by Cook’s Blue.

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9. FARROW & BALL PARMA GRAY No. 27

Of ALL of the beautiful blues on this page, Parma Grey has me breathing a deep sigh of contentment. Paint a room Parma Gray, throw Ryan Reynolds in it drinking a glass of white wine and eating Doritos, and I’m one HAPPY lil Ginger. Not that the other blues aren’t STUNNING, but for me personally, Parma Gray is pretty darn perfect. Let’s find out why.

FARROW AND BALL PARMA GRAY SAMPLIZE PEEL AND STICK SAMPLE WITH KYLIE M

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WHAT’S THE LRV OF PARMA GRAY?

Parma Gray’s LRV is somewhere around 52, give or take. Again, this is compared to similar colours as there are no ‘confirmed and official’ reports on F&B’s LRVs.

With its moderate LRV, Parma Gray could be GORGEOUS on an island with marble countertops. Parma Gray could also be great for an entire room, especially a south-facing one (balance out those warm rays).

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Benjamin Moore Steel Wool

WHAT ARE PARMA GRAY’S UNDERTONES?

While Parma Gray IS a blue – not a gray, it has a reasonably strong gray base calming it down. It’s this considerable gray base that has me sighing in contentment. I love that Parma Gray SHOWS that it’s blue, without visually knocking us upside the head with its intensity.

WHICH PAINT COLOURS ARE SIMILAR TO OR MATCH PARMA GRAY?

Both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams have some great options to compare with Parma Gray, but it’s Sherwin Williams that takes the cake…

FARROW & BALL PARMA GRAY VS SHERWIN WILLIAMS NIEBLA AZUL

Niebla Azul is ALSO a blue with gray in it. However, when comparing the two colours, notice how Parma Gray is just a bit…more…blue.

Sherwin Williams Niebla Azul with warm white trim. Beige carpet, Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy design ideas and advice. Consulting blog

Sherwin Williams Niebla Azul

FARROW & BALL PARMA GRAY VS SHERWIN WILLIAMS RAIN

If you’re worried that Parma Gray might be blue-green, take a gander at Sherwin Williams Rain. Sure, Parma Gray can politely nod at green, but compared to Rain (which isn’t even OVERLY committed to blue-green) you can see how subtle Parma really is.

WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM COLOUR FOR PARMA GRAY?

Because Parma Gray is a bit more muted than many of Farrow & Ball’s other blue hues, I would lean into Wimborne White No. 239 or All White No. 2005 for a cleaner contrast.

10. FARROW & BALL RAILINGS No. 31

While Railings might sit more appropriately in the BLACK section, you know I’m anything but appropriate (wink wink).

The reason we’re looking at Railings is that although it’s a SOFT BLACK at heart, it has blue undertones, making it an interesting choice for front doors, feature walls, cabinets and even trim and exteriors!

FARROW AND BALL RAILINGS, SAMPLIZE PEEL & STICK, KYLIE M

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WHAT’S THE LRV OF RAILINGS?

Ahhh, that IS the magical question, isn’t it?! There are mixed answers about what the LRV of Railings is. The most common answer is seven, but I’ll be surprised; seems a bit lower than that if you ask me (which you kind of are, btw).

WHAT ARE THE UNDERTONES OF RAILINGS?

Just because a colour is BLACK, doesn’t mean it’s boring! Railings has a lovely but SUBTLE blue undertone. And while I’ve put Railings with the blues for this reason, if you’re looking for something just a TOUCH softer (not quite so black), I’ve got a great one below for you.

WHICH BLACK-BLUES ARE SIMILAR TO or MATCH RAILINGS?

Again, there ARE no perfect matches between paint brands.

Want to know why?

Brands start out with different FOUNDATIONS with which their paints are mixed. If you don’t have the same foundation, it’s darn hard to get the same paint colour! It’s like making wine. You can make very comparable wines, but if they aren’t made from the SAME grapes and in the SAME terroir with the SAME process, they’ll taste different (but I won’t turn away either).

HOWEVER, there are a few to peruse…

FARROW & BALL RAILINGS VS BENJAMIN MOORE WROUGHT IRON

While there are shifts between these two dark colours, Railings and Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron are similar enough to compare. With an LRV JUST over 6, Wrought Iron is also a soft black with a blue hue, however, it’s less SATURATED or dense looking. This gives Wrought Iron a SOFTER look compared to Railings.

Brick exterior with gray roof. Red brick with orange. Gray trim and house colour with dark blue charcoal shutters - BM Wrought Iron. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consultiong, blog

Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron shutters

FARROW & BALL RAILINGS VS BENJAMIN MOORE CHEATING HEART

Again, comparing Railings with these soft black blues from Benjamin Moore shows us the SATURATION of Farrow & Ball’s version of a soft black. While Cheating Heart is a bit bluer than Wrought Iron, it’s still SUBTLER and SOFTER than Railings. The LRV of Cheating Heart is ALMOST 7, making it a bit lighter than Wrought Iron.

Cheating Heart is a great substitute for Railings if you want a touch more softness while still seeing a blue undertone.

Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart, dark blue black front door, Sea Pearl exterior painted brick with black light fixtures. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

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BTW, the BEST way to see what’s shakin’ in a colour like Railings is to compare it with BLACK. If you look at the above door (Cheating Heart), you can see its softness compared to the black of the hardware. Likewise, comparing Railings to Farrow & Ball’s Pitch Black No. 256 is an AWESOME way to see its true colours!

WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM COLOUR FOR RAILINGS?

The depth of Railings sets it up to humour a wide range of whites. However, while Farrow & Ball suggests Blackened as a partner, I personally lean into Wevet No. 273 for a slightly cleaner approach. I also like the softness of Wimborne White No. 239 if you want a warmer look.

Of course, Farrow & Ball has some beautiful, considerably LIGHTER blues, but for the sake of TMI, I’m saving those bad boys for another blog post.

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