How to Choose The Best Blue Paint Color

    Blue paint is a popular interior paint color because it brings about calm peaceful vibes from colors inspired by the sky and sea, but choosing a blue paint color can be tough because there’s so many options. This guide will help you pick the best blue paint color for your home!

    Top Blue Paint Colors For Interiors & Exteriors

    Blue paint has a really broad range of colors, so I’ve categorized the list into three groups:

    1. Navy Blue Paint Colors
    2. Blue-Green Paint Colors
    3. Blue-Gray Paint Colors

    Each category has five of my favorite paint colors (in no specific order) with photos of the paint color in real houses. This will give you a good idea of how each color looks in different spaces.

    OK, let’s get into the nitty gritty details about what makes each shade of blue paint unique.

    Navy blue is my category for the darkest, and truest blue paint colors. If you’re sold on blue and you want to stick with the classics, this is the category to get started with.

    Newburyport Blue by Benjamin Moore (HC-155)

    Newburyport Blue – LRV: 8.28 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Benjamin Moore- Newburyport Blue (HC-155)

    Newburyport Blue is an interesting and unique dark navy blue paint color. Its pleasant dark blend of cobalt blue and pewter blue make the shade strong and beautiful.

    If you’re looking for a boldly blue paint color, this might just be the color for you! The bedroom wall in the image below is painted with Newburyport Blue by Benjamin Moore.

    Wall color: Newburyport Blue by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Gentleman’s Gray by Benjamin Moore (2062-20)

    Gentleman’s Gray – LRV: 5.37 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Benjamin Moore – Gentleman’s Gray (2062-20)

    Gentleman’s Gray is a dark navy blue that is slightly cool. This paint color looks mostly blue with a hint of pewter and some turquoise undertones.

    It’s a charming color, and would look good in a variety of rooms. Here’s how Benjamin Moore describes the color:

    Formal and masculine, this blackened blue leans toward classic navy, suggesting beautifully tailored suits and traditional pea coats.

    Benjamin Moore – Gentleman’s Gray

    The kitchen cabinets in the image below are painted with Gentleman’s Gray by Benjamin Moore.

    Cabinet color: Gentleman’s Gray by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore (HC-154)

    Hale Navy – LRV: 6.3 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Benjamin Moore – Hale Navy (HC-154)

    Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy is a really popular color. Popularity doesn’t always mean the color will work well in your home, but it’s certainly a good sign!

    This color is a pleasant blend of dark navy blue with charcoal black. If you’re stuck trying to choose between black or blue, this is a great in-between color.

    Hale Navy is slightly cool, and has a chroma of only 1.51, which makes it exceptionally neutral (for a blue paint color).

    Here is how Benjamin Moore describes the color:

    A timeless classic, this deeply saturated shade of navy blue evokes rich maritime traditions and storied exploits at sea.

    Benjamin Moore – Hale Navy

    I like the look of the Hale Navy colored walls in the bedroom below.

    Wall color: Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Old Navy by Benjamin Moore (2063-10)

    Old Navy – LRV: 3.11 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Benjamin Moore – Old Navy (2063-10)

    This dark blue paint color sticks very closely to classical dark navy blue, or peacoat blue. With a LRV of only 3.11, this is the darkest color included in this blue paint color guide.

    Old Navy by Benjamin Moore is somewhat of an under-rated color. Although it isn’t quite as popular as some of the other blues, I still believe it could be a top paint color choice in the right room!

    In the image below, Fun Cycled takes and old dresser and gives it new life with Old Navy by Benjamin Moore.

    Dresser color: Old Navy by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Naval by Sherwin-Williams (SW 6244)

    Naval – LRV: 4 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Sherwin-Williams – Naval (SW 6244)

    Sherwin-Williams’ Naval is another beautiful dark navy blue. The paint color is highly saturated, and it’s one of the darkest blues included in this list.

    In 2020, Naval received the high honor of being named the Sherwin-Williams paint color of the year. The Naval blue wall in the little boy’s room below is stunning!

    Wall color: Naval by Sherwin-Williams (source)

    Best Blue-Green Paint Colors

    Blue-Green is the category for blue paint colors that have a greenish hue. This broad category includes paint colors that have teal, turquoise, cyan, azure, munsell, or cerulean undertones.

    I always recommend sampling paint colors in your home before making a final decision. Testing paint samples is important, but it’s extra important with sneaky colors like blue-greens.

    This color category is very susceptible to color shift in different lighting conditions. It may look one way on a screen, or in a store, but sometimes it can end up looking quite a bit different on the walls in your home.

    If you don’t want to mess with painting real splotches on your walls, I recommend using peel-and-stick paint color samples from Samplize.

    sticking a Samplize paint sample on a wall

    OK, lets dive into all the best blue-green paint colors. Here are my top picks!

    Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore (1563)

    Quiet Moments – LRV: 61.87 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Benjamin Moore – Quite Moments (1563)

    Benjamin Moore’s Quiet Moments is a good choice if you’re looking for a blueish green color in your home, and you want to keep things light and airy.

    Quiet Moments is quite complex paint color with sage, cyan, turquoise, and hints of gray. This paint color comes across as the most green of all the colors in this category.

    Here’s how Benjamin Moore describes the paint color:

    A gentle mix of blue, green and gray results in a color that exudes tranquility and inspires quiet meditation.

    Benjamin Moore – Quiet Moments

    The bathroom walls in the image below are painted with Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore.

    Wall color: Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Smoke by Benjamin Moore (2122-40)

    Smoke – LRV: 56.49 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Benjamin Moore – Smoke (2122-40)

    Smoke by Benjamin Moore is a cool soft baby blue that walks the line somewhere between blue-green and blue-gray. It’s a stylish color that can add complexity and interest to a color palette.

    With Smoke, it’s extra important to use a paint sample in your home because its appearance can vary depending on the lighting conditions – it could end up looking more gray, or green.

    Here’s how Smoke is described on Benjamin Moore’s website:

    A subtle, sophisticated grey that infuses a space with a sense of comfort and contemporary style.

    Benjamin Moore – Smoke

    Smoke colored walls look right at home in the nursery below.

    Wall color: Smoke by Benjamin Moore (source)

    The impressive laundry room pictured below features cabinets painted with Smoke by Benjamin Moore.

    Cabinet color: Smoke by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Smoky Blue by Sherwin-Williams (SW 7604)

    Smoke – LRV: 15 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Sherwin-Williams – Smoky Blue (SW 7604)

    This wonderful Sherwin-Williams blue-green paint color is closest to cerulean in color theory (it’s a color produced by mixing equal parts of blue and teal).

    Smokey Blue is one of the darkest in the blue-green category with a LRV of only 15. It’s a bold paint color that is loud and proud about being unmistakably teal (or bluish teal).

    This paint color is fun & stylish, and looks like it was meant to be on the wainscoting in the bathroom below.

    Wainscoting color: Smoky Blue by Sherwin-Williams (source)

    Waterloo by Sherwin-Williams (SW 9141)

    Waterloo – LRV: 13 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Sherwin-Williams – Waterloo (SW 9141)

    Waterloo by Sherwin-Williams is extremely similar to the previous color (Smokey Blue). The main difference is that Waterloo is slightly darker with an LRV of 13.

    This bold bluish teal paint color could be a perfect statement color in a color palette for an eclectic interior design.

    The walls in the bedroom below are painted with Waterloo by Sherwin-Williams.

    Wall color: Waterloo by Sherwin-Williams (source)

    Best Blue-Gray Paint Colors

    Inside of the blue paint color family, blue-gray is my personal favorite category. Adding gray into the mix makes the colors more neutral, and generally more appealing to a broader audience.

    In other words, when it comes to paint colors & design, if you’re more into subtle, and less into extravagant, then blue-gray is probably the category for you.

    Cloudy Sky by Benjamin Moore (2122-30)

    Cloudy Sky – LRV: 32.34 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Benjamin Moore – Cloudy Sky (2122-30)

    Cloudy Sky by Benjamin Moore is a dark blue-gray paint color that’s well suited for any room in the house. If you can make this color work with the rest of your design color palette, it’s an excellent choice!

    I love Cloudy Sky as a cabinet color – the cabinets in the laundry room below are painted with Benjamin Moore Cloudy Sky.

    Cabinet Color: Cloudy Sky by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Winter Lake by Benjamin Moore (2129-50)

    Winter Lake – LRV: 41.12 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Benjamin Moore – Winter Lake (2129-50)

    This blue-gray is a beautifully soft & elegant baby blue. With a LRV of 41.12, Winter Lake falls near the middle of the pack in terms of brightness, but it is a slightly brighter than average.

    I love Benjamin Moore’s paint color descriptions, and this one for Winter Lake is very fitting:

    A soothing shade for any room, this distinctive mid-tone gray has the earthy richness of blue slate.

    Benjamin Moore – Winter Lake

    In the images below, the walls are painted with Winter Lake by Benjamin Moore.

    Wall color: Winter Lake by Benjamin Moore (source)
    Wall color: Winter Lake by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Van Courtland Blue by Bejamin Moore (HC-145)

    Also known as: Water’s Edge (1635), James River Gray (AC-23)

    Van Courtland Blue – LRV: 30.42 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Benjamin Moore – Van Courtland Blue (HC-145)

    Benjamin Moore went a little overboard on the naming scheme for this color – it actually has three different names, but all three are 100% identical:

    • Van Courtland Blue (HC-135)
    • Water’s Edge (1635)
    • James River Gray (AC-23)

    Despite the naming confusion, I like the color! It seems like a perfect blend of blue and gray, but it actually has a tendency to look a little more blue (especially in a room with lots of Northern light).

    This is one of the darker blue-gray colors with a LRV of 30.42. Van Courtland Blue is a strong contender in this category (unless you want a color that is more gray than blue).

    Here’s how Benjamin Moore describes the color:

    A decorative Old World blue that works equally well in more contemporary spaces, this timeless shade effortlessly spans a range of styles and sensibilities.

    Benjamin Moore – Van Courtland Blue

    Van Courtland Blue looks bright and beautiful in the office space below that is lit up with plenty of natural light.

    Wall color: Van Courtland Blue by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Santorini Blue by Benjamin Moore (1634)

    Also known as: Nantucket Fog (AC-22)

    Santorini Blue – LRV: 45.02 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Benjamin Moore – Santorini Blue (1634)

    Santorini Blue by Benjamin Moore (also known as Nantucket Fog AC-22) is another cool blue-gray paint color that’s a little more blue than gray. I love the bold and bright look.

    This paint color has a casual yet sophisticated vibe that makes it a really great blue-gray color. With a LRV of 45.02, this is the brightest color in the category.

    The bathroom below looks superb with Santorini Blue walls.

    Wall Color: Santorini Blue by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Aleutian by Sherwin-Williams (SW 6241)

    Aleutian – LRV: 39 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Sherwin-Williams – Aleutian (SW 6241)

    Sherwin-Williams’ Aleutian is a blue-gray paint color that attempts to capture the beauty of the Bearing Sea and the Aleutian Islands (Alaska’s chain of islands).

    It must have been cloudy when Sherwin-Williams was soaking in inspiration from the Aleutian Islands, because this color reminds me of overcast skies. While overcast is far from my favorite weather in real life, its actually pretty charming as a paint color!

    The bedroom below is painted with Aleutian by Sherwin-Williams.

    Wall Color: Aleutian by Sherwin-Williams (source)

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