Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Blue Paint Colors I've Used and Loved

One of the most frequently asked questions that I hear are color questions and wondering what paint color would look good in a specific room. So I thought I'd do a post on a few of my favorite blue paint colors and break them down as to why they work.

First, a few tips to keep in mind when selecting color...

- There needs to be a WHY - why am I selecting this color? A paint color should be a portion of the color palette that you're using in the space and should mingle with the rest of the elements in the space.

- Color needs context. Before I select a paint color for myself or a client, I look at the existing room (floors, furniture, trim, lighting). From there I can make a determination as to what color might be a good fit for this space.

- Test, test, test, test, test. Always always test your color in large portions (preferably on a separate board that you can move around the room), but if you can't do that make sure that your walls are primed first before testing. If you test your paint color over an existing paint color you're going to get a false read. Testing is also important so you can see how the light affects the color throughout the day. The color is going to look very different in the morning than it does in the evening.

And now on to the good stuff...

Sherwin Williams Rainstorm
My Habitat project is the boldest I've gone with blue, and it worked for the space. My room was in the back of the house and for the hours of the open house I knew that the sun would start to be coming around and would be perfect for this color (I had to cross my fingers that we wouldn't get rain because I needed that natural light to make the most of this color).

My color palette for this project was rich jeweled tone colors inspired by a painting that I had found. I knew that this blue would be perfect paired with the crisp white trim throughout. I cannot imagine this room any other way :) (**Note that I could not change the flooring in this room at all, so that carpet would not have been my choice.)

Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue 
This is one of my favorite paint colors to date. We used this color in our first house when we repainted our kitchen. And yes there was a second time because the color was all wrong the first time. BM Wythe Blue was oh so right....ahhh...I miss this kitchen so much.
This paint color was beautiful in our kitchen. See how nice it looks against our cabinets and floors. It looks crisp and clean. It's a really great blue-green that pairs well with warm colors.  

Benjamin Moore Glass Slipper 
I'm noticing now that all of my light blue paint colors all have some green in them. This is the lightest blue that I've used but I love that it has the slightest bit of green in it.

It's a sweet color and looks great with the soft pale pinks and whites that I've used in my daughter's room. I would not use this color in a main living area. It doesn't have enough warmth to it for my taste, but I could see it working well in a bathroom or sunroom. 

Sherwin Williams Quiet Moments
Another blue-green with more green to it than Wythe, but also pairs so nicely with warm accents and crisp white trim. I recommended this color during a color consultation appointment last year. My client had beautiful furniture, but the dated wall application needed an update.

You can see the difference in this before and after below. By updating the trim and wall color, my client's piano, existing furnishings and floors all look so nice together.

And there you have it...a few of my favorite blues. Do you have any favorite blue paint colors that you love? Do share!

If you have any questions please feel free to comment or e-mail me at hollygruszka@gmail.com.

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  1. This post is right up my alley as I can't seem to stray from the blues. My living room faces north and has few windows. I've been thinking about BM Opalesence and Wythe Blue to play off my kitchen which is SW Loyal Blue (one of my favorites dark blues) You have me thinking about Quiet Moments now. It's amazing how paint can transform a space. I really love the Habitat room. So lovely.

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