It’s blessedly mild, clear, and dry after some typically humid, muggy days here in Boston. It’s a reminder that the summer is waning, and soon, the weather will turn crisp.
I just returned from a lovely walk down and then back up Beacon hill. When the weather is like it is today, it’s fun.
So, while it’s still warm and, in some places, downright scorching, I thought it would be a good time to refresh the best medium shades of blue paint.
Today, I’m including a couple of the darker blues, more for balance, and one shade of light blue.
The rest of these blues are medium to medium dark.
Most run to the warmer side of blue. Blue colors that lean to the warm side are called cerulean, teal, turquoise, and aqua. But, you probably already know that.
A misconception that some make, including me sometimes, is regarding indigo.
Indigo is a blue that leans towards purple, not green.
And, it’s not that I don’t like indigo. I do if it has enough gray in it. But, I still prefer the warmer blues.
And, I love a beautiful cobalt blue, but usually in small doses
This post has a cool trick that shows how our eyes can play games with us using the color blue.
But, here’s something very important to know about blue paint colors.
Blue is a color that can go fugitive.
That’s something I learned in design school. What that means is that the color that goes up on the wall could turn into something else. And, that’s especially true if the sun is hitting it. The once gorgeous blue paint color could go muddy, greenish, or reddish.
Does this always happen with blue paint colors?
It won’t happen if your windows have a good UV protective coating. If your windows don’t have UV protection and it’s a south or west-facing room, you can look into having a pro apply a UV-blocking film to the windows. Once it’s on, you won’t notice it at all. It will also help with your utility bill.
Some of the blue paint colors you’re about to see are quite saturated. And, we’ll discuss how to work with those colors. I love these colors because a saturated blue can create an awesome furniture and art backdrop.
Most, but not all, of these shades of blue, are in the Laurel Home Paint and Palette Collection.
I will put an asterisk* by the name if the Benjamin Moore color is in the LHome Paint and Palette Collection.
*DOLPHINS COVE 722
I don’t know the source of this image, so if somebody does, please let me know, and I’ll add credit.
A faithful and lovely reader who goes by “Pinkie Crabtree” on social media painted a room this color and adores it. So, a year ago, I made a graphic from the images she posted.
*TRANQUIL BLUE 2051-50
Tranquil blue is the quintessential turquoise blue. Please note that in the images, the color looks close to the actual color. But in some cases, I don’t know what the color is.
This color is actually Farrow and Ball’s Blue Ground. But, Blue Ground is very close to Benjamin Moore’s Tranquil Blue. For a conversion chart matching Farrow and Ball to Benjamin Moore, click here.
You can now get Farrow and Ball paints online.
If you want samples, you can get the test pots from F & B via the link above. However, I recommend getting the reusable paint samples from Samplize.
Unfortunately, Benjamin Moore doesn’t sell their paint colors online. However, you can also get BM samples through Samplize. And, Sherwin-Williams, too!
Those colors! What an exquisite vignette.
*WILMINGTON SPRUCE – 754
This is one of the most saturated colors in the Laurel Home Collection. However, as you can see from the above image, it’s a very cool color. I don’t know if this color is Wilmington Spruce, but it looks like it. And, that’s all that matters to me.
*JAMESTOWN BLUE HC-148
Before I go on, I know some of you feel passionate about this, and I respect that 100%.
However, I would prefer if a few of you damp down on some of the indignant responses I’ve received over the years stating how much better Farrow and Ball paint is…
No one is arguing with you. F&B is wonderful paint and is formulated differently from Benjamin Moore. Can the average person tell the difference? Probably not. Maybe side-by-side, but even then, I’m not sure. If you see a difference, that is fantastic.
I’ve used Benjamin Moore paints my entire career. They make a fabulous product. But, of course, if you can afford F&B and want to use it, by all means, do so.
I’m using these twin images (of the same paint color) because sometimes I can’t get a decent image for a Benjamin Moore paint color.
But, the images Farrow and Ball supplies are usually of better quality.
COOL BLUE – 2058-40
Of course, this is from Ben Pentreath’s gorgeous dining room. For another image of it that I took– click here.
I believe his color is Farrow and Ball St. Giles Blue, which they just put in their archive collection to make room for a new shade of blue. When they archive a paint color, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad color.
It’s just that their business model calls for a collection of only 132 paint colors. And, they always introduce six or more colors every year. That means they archive some of the colors every year.
What? Are you trying to kill me? ;] I hope to have it done this fall. Right now, I am working on getting everything ordered and shipped that will be needed for my place.
*BUCKLAND BLUE HC-151
18th Century Selfie – haha – Self-portrait with Lace Jabot (ca 1751)-Maurice Quentin_de_La_Tour
Handsome devil. And, I think he knows it! I read that he worked mostly in pastels. Very talented!
BAINBRIDGE BLUE – 740
The rest of the house is wonderful, too!
*CHAMPION COBALT 2061-20
Kelli Delaney sitting area – Looks like Benjamin Moore Champion Cobalt.
*GENTLEMAN’S GRAY 2062-20
Farrow and Ball – Stiffkey Blue – Benjamin Moore Gentlemans Gray
Please pin to Pinterest for reference.
The Benjamin Moore Paint Colors in the Graphic Above:
1. Wilmington Spruce – 754
2. Dolphins Cove – 722
3. Jamestown Blue – hc-148
4. Buckland Blue hc-151
5. Cool Blue – 2058-40
6. Tranquil Blue – 2051-50
7. Gentleman’s Gray – 2062-20
8. Bainbridge Blue – 749
9. Champion Cobalt -2061-20
I hope you enjoyed these nine beautiful Benjamin Moore blue paint colors!
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