The Top 10 Beautiful Gray-Blue Blend Paint Colours
Blue-green blends have had a good run. And while they’re certainly still running (Forrest Gump style), I’ve been getting a LOT more requests for blue-GRAYS in the last few months.
So, why is gray-blue all of a sudden one of the popular kids? Well, I think that psychologically, a lot of us are looking for calm. We’re pining for colours that bring our heart-rates down and help us relax in our homes…which we’re spending an AWFUL lot of time in these days, and gray-blue seems to be that magical blend that hits a certain happy place (not THAT one, you dirty bird). Personally, my happy blend is a mixture of white wine, red wine, and Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn, but each to their own.
The thing to remember with blue-gray is that it’s rarely just blue-gray. Just like gray will have undertones, blue also loves to flex its colourful muscle (which I wrote MORE about HERE if you’re curious) as it can lean blue-purple or blue-green. So, even when the blue in your gray is an UNDERTONE it can also have an undertone of its own tucked inside it’s deep lil’ pockets.
Shown here, Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray, a gray with a SUPER PASSIVE blue (blue-green) undertones
AND REMEMBER, when it comes to choosing a gray-blue, don’t just choose the one that YOU like, you also need to consider the ones that best suits the products, exposure, and finishings in your room, even if they fall a bit outside of your personal comfort zone.
BLUE-GRAY WITH A GREEN UNDERTONE
A blue-gray with green is STILL a cold colour, as blue and green are traditional cool colours, however, green can soften the look of blue, not necessarily making it WARMER, but it can look a bit more inviting compared to a colder blue blend.
- Add a reasonable amount of green to your blue and you’ll get colours like aqua, robins egg, and teal
- Add even MORE green and you’ll get sage green, which is a COOL green (literally and figuratively)
- These types of gray-blues are often referred to as ‘beachy or coastal’ colours. They also fall right into the ‘spa-vibe’ end of things
BLUE-GRAY WITH A PURPLE UNDERTONE
A blue-gray with purple tends to look a bit cold, which makes sense as purple is most often viewed as a cool colour. So, when you add purple to blue (technically you’re adding red, but I’m pretty meat n’ potatoes around here), you’re going to shift your blue, making it look a bit cooler.
Shown here, Sherwin Williams Jubilee
- Add ENOUGH purple and you’ll get periwinkle
- Add even MORE purple and you’ll get a purple with a blue undertone (or a cool-toned purple)
- A gray-blue with purple is often seen as more romantic and slightly more traditional than the coastal vibe found in gray-blue-greens
And while these are ALL COLD COLOURS, you can definitely adjust the type of blue you see by choosing which way it leans!
Now, in my experience doing Online Paint Colour Consulting, the requests for a blue-gray with a GREEN undertone GREATLY OUTWEIGH the blue-purple end of things. Why? Well, I think that generally, blue with a green undertone is a bit easier to coordinate products and furnishings with, having a bit more flexibility compared to blue-purple undertones. I’ve also found that with the blue-purple, the purple seems to take over really quick, whereas the green can seem much more passive when tucked inside of a blue undertone.
So, now that we’ve got THAT out of the way, let’s check some of these bad-boys out! I’m going to be focusing a BIT more on the light-medium to medium depth range, as I’ve covered a lot of the light range in some of my other gray paint colour blog posts.
1. Benjamin Moore Gibraltar Cliffs 1587
Hands-down, my FAAAVE blue-gray blend. Gibraltar Cliffs is a gorgeous, stormy blend of blue and gray with a minor green backdrop. This is one that’s REALLY open to interpretation as I’ve had people say it’s GRAY and others clearly see the blue. So, it will be up to you as to how it sits in your eyes!
See more of this HERE
A bit more about Gibraltar Cliffs…
- Gibraltar Cliffs has an LRV of 30.63, so while it’s got some depth to it, it’s not a terribly heavy colour. Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – Read HERE
- If you love the idea of blue, but aren’t quite ready to commit to it full-time on your walls, Gibraltar could be the answer
If you like Gibraltar Cliffs, you might also like…
- Sherwin Williams African Gray, which calms things down CONSIDERABLY and removes almost all of the green
- Benjamin Moore Stonybrook, which we’re going to hit next…
2. Benjamin Moore Stonybrook 1566
Stonybrook is definitely a colour ninja. Not that it can go purple, it’s definitely a blue-green blend, but that the green can take over OR it can settle back down, leaving more blue on the table (or on the wall, really…)
Oh sure, you might see a bit more of the gray-blue here…
But in this next photo, you’ll see the green sneaking its way up…
Any colour can change its tune (or tone) based on the exposure of the room, which goes back to one of my most POPULAR blog posts – North, East, South, West: Which Paint Colours is the Best? So, you may want to brush up on your exposures before finalizing your paint colour choice.
A bit more about Stonybrook…
- With an LRV of 28.23, Stonybrook is pretty skookum and sits in the solid medium-toned end of things
- Stonybrook is like a darker Mount Saint Anne, which we’re going to touch on shortly. However, as this colour darkens the green does start to rise up more, ALMOST crossing the line between gray-blue with a soft green to be a relatively balanced gray-blue-green blend
If you like Stonybrook, but want to swing things a bit less green, take a look at…
- Benjamin Moore Shaker Gray. Mmmm, I’ll shake it any day for some Shaker Gray
- Benjamin Moore Gibraltar Cliffs, which we talked about earlier. I’d shake it for Gibraltar Cliffs too, but the cliff is pretty high and I don’t want to fall off (once this booty gets a goin’, there’s no stopping it – wink wink)
3. Sherwin Williams Network Gray SW 7073
Network Gray is a really great ‘on the border’ gray. It does have a blue undertone and while this undertone can lean JUST slightly into green, it can also flex the other way, especially if you have some north-facing light.
A bit more about Network Gray
- Network Gray has an LRV of 37, so it’s lighter than Gibraltar, more of a standard medium-depth colour
- Network Gray really is a gray with undertones, the colour isn’t obvious enough to take over unless you’re sensitive to colour
If you like Network Gray, you might also like…
- Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray, which is a wink lighter, grayer and bluer
- Benjamin Moore Marina Gray, just a bit softer
- Jubilee, which we’ll look at next!
4. Sherwin Williams Jubilee
Jubilee is one of the best blue-gray-purples as the blue still shows up enough to the party without the purple going too dominant.
A bit more about Jubilee
- Jubilee has an LRV of 45, so just a nice moderate medium-toned paint. If you still haven’t read up on LRV – TWO SLAPS WITH A WET NOODLE (here’s the link)
- Jubilee has quite a lot of colour in it. Some people would still say it’s gray, while others would say it’s quite clearly a colour
If you like Jubilee, you might also like…
- Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray. Uncertain Gray is a bit grayer and slides back to being a blue with a very minor green in it, although in the right light it’s a bit of a swinger and could switch partners, leaning a touch purple
- Sherwin Williams Let it Rain
- Benjamin Moore Gray Timber Wolf, which is lighter and softer, but again, watch as it can swing more into purple
- You’ll also want to compare Jubilee to this NEXT gray-blue blend – STARDEW!
5. Sherwin Williams Stardew
Stardew is flat-out gorgeous. It’s more blue than it is gray and while it’s pretty flexible, it could nod just a wee wink into green…barely.
On a side note, did you know that the photos on my blog are 100% powered by my Online Colour Consulting clients? Thank you all for sending them in! This is also why I might not ALWAYS have photos of just the colour I want to tell you about, but will add them as they come in.
6. Sherwin Williams Tinsmith
Tinsmith is one of the more muted and lighter ones on this page. It’s a light-medium super STORMY gray with a soft blue undertone, it’s definitely a ‘gray’ with blue in it, whereas some on this page will look more blue than gray. And just like Network Gray, you’ll find it to be a BIT of a ninja re: the purple/green factor.
Look how much it changes with lights on!
A bit more about Tinsmith
- Sherwin Williams Tinsmith has an LRV of 57, so it’s a light depth paint colour, but it’s a HEAVY light, not a fresh bright one
- Tinsmith has slightly more noticeable undertones than what you’d see in a traditional gray paint colour
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Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
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- If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
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If you like Tinsmith, you might also like…
- Sherwin Williams Silverplate. Still a light-medium gray, but a bit more stormy with less undertone
- Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray, read its awesome colour review HERE
7. Benjamin Moore Mount Saint Anne
Mount Saint Anne is one of the good ole
boys girls. Anne is a soft, medium-toned blue with a good shot of gray in it and a passive green.
A bit more about Mount Saint Anne…
- MSA has an LRV of 42.28, so she’d a medium weight colour
If you have a room with north-facing light and are finding the gray-blues a wee bit nippy, try choosing one with a BIT more colour to it, like Mount Saint Anne, as the colour can help offset the gray light coming in the windows a bit.
If you like Mount Saint Anne, you might also like…
- Benjamin Moore Beach Glass, the lighter, softer and juuuust slightly greener version
- Benjamin Moore Adagio, a softer look with a bit more gray and very little green
8. Benjamin Moore Colorado Gray 2136-50
Colorado Gray is the most COLOURFUL gray-blue on the page, making it more of a dominant BLUE-gray. And it does lean into green, not drastically, but enough to be slightly noticeable.
A bit more about Colorado Gray
- Colorado Gray has an LRV of 44.4, making it a nice moderate, soft medium-toned colour
- Colorado IS A BLUE PAINT COLOUR, no foolin’ around with this one thinking it will look gray
If you like Colorado Gray, you might also like…
- Benjamin Moore Soft Chinchilla, which is a bit lighter and softer, with a bit less green for sure
- Sherwin Williams Rain or Interesting Aqua – definitely good comparables
9. Benjamin Moore Trout Gray 2124-20
I LOVE TROUT GRAY, and I’m just DYING for a client to use it!
A bit more about Trout Gray
- With an LRV of 14.73, oooo, she’s a darker one, but give her some light and she’ll rise up nicely
If you like Trout Gray, you might also like…
- Benjamin Moore Gray Shower – a bit more blue and a touch lighter too
- Sherwin Williams Web Gray. Similar idea, but darker with a wee willy wink o’ green hiding in it
And now for the DARKEST of the blue-grays…
10. Benjamin Moore Gray 2121-10
All I can say is that someone was NOT drinking their happy juice when they named this one. Seriously, ‘Gray’? What this means is that whenever you want to find this colour you need the code to actually find it ((2121-10), otherwise the paint store employee will say ‘which GRAY do you want?’ and you’ll be like ‘umm, Gray?’ and they’ll be like ‘yes, but WHICH gray, we have dozens!’
But anyway, that’s my coffee and Bailey’s infused rant for the day (you don’t think I write this stuff sober do you)?
Benjamin Moore Gray is baaaaad-ass. What does that mean? It’s dark. It’s moodier than your teenager at the time of the month and its chock full of amazing undertones.
Gray IS gray, but it has a decent blue-purple undertone. If you have a dark room, you might not get to see the full glory of this colour. But give her a bit of light and oooo, she’s a glooorious thing (said with an Irish accent for effect).
The reason Gray looks a bit lighter on the above fireplace surround is because of the SHEEN of the paint (likely satin or pearl). When it comes to a dark colour like this on a WALL, I’m more inclined to do a lovely velvety matte finish…
Check out this cool bachelor’s pad I helped with where Gray 2121-10 was the PERFECT colour for a killer feature wall…
I also used Gray in one of our last homes as a hallway accent. See how the colour falls back with reduced natural light?
Not sure which GRAY-BLUE is right for YOU?
Check out my Online Paint Colour Consulting, I’d love to help!
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