The Best Cool, Blue and Green Paint Colours
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Many homeowners get the chills when they think about painting their home in Cool Colours. And while there are many cool colours that will give you a ‘cool and crisp’ feeling – particularly lighter versions of cool colours, many cool colours actually feel warm and inviting because of their depth and undertone.
Where do Cool Colours work the best?
South Facing rooms – where the sun beats in relentlessly. Cool colours can help to balance out the ‘visual’ temperature of the space.
Rooms with a lot of wood – you may find that a cool colour will actually ‘accent’ your wood pieces, whereas a warm colour may be more likely to blend in with your wood tones.
As for the best colours, I have yet to find a brand that can beat Benjamin Moore with regards to colour depth and clarity. Whether I’m looking for the best neutrals – or more colourful choices, I rarely have to venture into another brand to find the right colour for my clients’ homes.
*To view these colours in real-life, visit your local Benjamin Moore store as the computer often distorts the beauty of the colours you will see.
Benjamin Moore Green Paint Colours
(Including some greens with a touch of blue/gray undertone)
Carolina Gull, Sandy Hook Gray, Brookside Moss, Florentine Plaster, Gray Horse
Benjamin Moore Gray Horse 2140-50
Gray Horse is basically a mix of green and gray. It also has a weeeee bit of blue mixed in there, which is what stops this colour from looking blatantly ‘green’ toned. Some greens are warmer than others (if they have more yellow in them) but this green sits just slightly to the cooler side due to the blue – without going remotely teal based. In some rooms the green will be more obvious and in others, this colour will look more gray than not.
Source Jillian Harris (mad love)
In this photo, Gray Horse looks slightly lighter than you can expected. If you look to the far left of the cabinets, that is closer to the actual depth that you can expect.
Benjamin Moore Camouflage 2143-40
Camouflage and Gray Horse are very comparable to each other in depth, but you can clearly see the shift from cool to warm. Camouflage is just as green as Gray Horse, but instead of a green with a blue undertone, this green has a subtle yellow undertone which makes it look significantly warmer. However, it still has a good dose of gray in it which stops it from looking ‘fresh and colourful’ as it sits comfortably in the earth toned range.
Benjamin Moore Carolina Gull 2138-40
Seriously, I have mad love for Carolina Gull. Whether it’s a bathroom, kitchen, living room or stairwell – this colour never fails to impress! Women love this colour as it’s almost like a modern version of teal (which is a popular accent). Men love this colour because they tend to love green, blue and gray – and this colour is a fantastic blend of those 3. Predominantly green, with a dominant gray, then a submissive blue undertone. I…LOVE…THIS…COLOUR!
Benjamin Moore Sandy Hook Gray HC 108
Yep, it says gray. And this colour IS predominantly gray, however in my experience with it I’ve found it has this oh-so-subtle green undertone with hints of beige which with the right decor, gives off a slight beachy vibe (paired with cream, darker robins egg blue, chocolate brown, tan). Sandy Hook Gray is a GORGEOUS colour for bedrooms as it’s restful and relaxing and beautiful with woods such fir and cedar.
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Benjamin Moore Florentine Plaster CC 520
Ahhhh, Florentine Plaster. While this is technically a green, I’ll start out by saying that it’s a gray/greige with a green undertone. Soft and subtle this sweet fellow is. Just enough body to have a personality, but not remotely in the mid-tone range.
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Benjamin Moore Brookside Moss 2145-30
If you’re looking for a nice straight-up green that isn’t too powerful (but still oh-so-obviously green) then you will love Brookside Moss. Not any blue undertone and just a smidge (like itty bitty) into the yellow undertones makes this green warm without being remotely putrid (a lovely word, I know).
Benjamin Moore Blue Paint Colours
(including blues with a bit of green/gray undertones)
Woodlawn Blue, Wedgewood Gray, Heather Gray, Gray Cashmere, Palladian Blue
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 todays most popular blues have a lot of green in them. Not these 2. These 2 are almost true blues – without looking icy cold as there’s a lovely gray in there and it really is more of a warm feeling blue (almost green) vs a cool feeling blue (a bit purple feeling). Woodlawn is the lighter version of Wedgewood and they both have just the right depth to look gorgeous in almost any room.
Via Sweetie and Joy
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Benjamin Moore Heather Gray 2139-40
Again, another sneaky colour. Heather Gray is similar to Carolina Gull in that it has a combination of gray, green and blue. However, the proportions of it are switched up. It is dominantly gray, with a decent blue undertone and a submissive green undertone. This means that it’s not ‘quite’ as cold feeling as a strictly blue/gray combo as the green helps to soften it.
Via Fowler Interiors
And here I am saying that Heather Gray falls under the blue spectrum. Well, for me it does. This photo here shows the flexibility of it. It won’t appear overly green, gray or blue, but will actually shift undertones depending on the quality of natural light coming into the room.
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Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere 2138-60
Gray Cashmere is a lovely soft blue/green with a subtle gray undertone. This means it doesn’t go right into the ‘gray’ zone – but rather the gray just takes the edge off of the intensity of the blue/green – leaving it ‘juuust right’.
And while it is definitely a very ‘cool’ colour – it’s not icy – making it the perfect colour for a spa-inspired space.
Source – House of Turquoise
Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue
Oh Palladian Blue, how do I love you…This colour is lovely and fresh and often makes people think of robins egg blue. And yes, it is like robins egg blue in that it’s a mix of blue and green, but it also has a nice gray bit that just softens it so it isn’t overly colourful.
Via Caitlin Creer
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