Want to make your home a restorative sanctuary? Here are the best blue green paint colors to add beauty and tranquility to your space!
Color is having a moment, and I couldn’t be happier!
All I’m sayin’ is that it’s high time interior design shakes things up with some color!
Like I said, color is having a moment – and it’s about time it happened. While all these amazing colors DESERVE to enjoy a surge in popularity, the most widely used color blend is blue-green.
You may hear people use the word teal, turquoise, or even green-blue. No matter what the adjective you use, blue-green is awesome.
Today’s post is all about one of my absolute favorite color families – blue-green paint colors. I’ve rounded up only the best of the best options on the market. You’ll definitely find something you love on this list!
In case you haven’t seen them, I have an entire series of paint posts that cover everything you need to know about picking paint colors you’re sure to love. From choosing your new favorite shade in a color family to in-depth reviews of specific hues, I have what you need to confidently pick shades you’ll love.
Best Blue-Green Paint Colors FAQs
What is Sherwin Williams’s most popular blue-green paint color?
What colors pair well with blue-green paint?
Believe it or not, blue-green colors can be very versatile thanks to their color-shifting flexibility. They generally look incredible with warm (but not TOO warm) off-whites, neutral grays, beiges, and greiges. They can also work well with fun pops of color, such as pink, coral, yellow, red, and more.
What is the color psychology of blue-green?
Green brings out feelings of freshness, nature, healing, growth, and rejuvenation, while blue brings to mind tranquility, harmony, and wisdom! Blend these two colors and you get a powerhouse combo unlike any other.
Where can I use blue-green paint colors?
Blue-green may not be (quite) as versatile as your favorite greige, but you are almost unlimited in the places you can use it, including:
– Cabinets (kitchens and vanities)
– Front doors
– Interior doors
Coastal, Bohemian, Traditional, Eclectic, Transitional, and Contemporary-style homes will allow blue-green paint colors to shine to their full extent.
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Undertones in Blue-Green Paint Colors
What are undertones? What’s the overtone? As you may guess, the overtone is the overall paint color that you notice (yellow, red, etc.), while undertones are those subtle details that make one shade of let’s say..blue, distinct from another.
To give a real-life example, the hint of gray you see when looking at green paint is an undertone.
Due to the paint color blending process, every shade can have different possible undertones. Blue-green is a little different because it’s already a blend of two colors. Sure, each hue will tend to lean more towards blue or green, but the only undertone you’ll see could be an occasional touch of gray.
Large paint swatches (peel-and-stick swatches, to be exact) are a fail-proof way to vet paint colors and their undertones. No tears – only cheers!
Blue-Green Paint Colors Tips
- These cool shades balance out warm light in south-facing rooms.
- Muted shades will appear even more muted in north-facing rooms and spaces with low levels of natural light.
- Blue green hues (or green blue, if you prefer) can shift wildly between blue and green depending on lighting and nearby decor.
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Blue-Green Paint Lighting Considerations
Lighting exposure is one of the greatest influences on paint appearance. Here’s what you can expect:
- North-facing light – A north-facing room will have shadowy, cool lighting that makes all shades lean into their blue (or gray) tones.
- South-facing light – South-facing rooms have warm, yellow lighting all day long. Blue greens will lean green and also appear softer and lighter.
- West-facing light – These rooms are shadowy in the morning and have warm light exposure later in the day. Blue-green shades will look bluer (or grayer) in the morning and greener later in the afternoon.
- East-facing light – These rooms face the opposite lighting scenario. Pick your color based on how it looks at the time of day you plan to use the space!
More Colors To Consider
Although blue-green paint is captivating, it may not be QUITE right for your home. Check out these head-turning alternatives:
- Stonington Gray (Benjamin Moore) – a medium-toned gray with green undertones.
- Silver Strand (Sherwin Williams) – a light to mid-toned gray with blue-green undertones.
- Olympus White (Sherwin Williams) – a light off-white with gray and blue undertones.
- Lazy Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a medium-to-light gray with strong blue undertones.
- Wickham Gray (Benjamin Moore) – a light gray with blue-green undertones.
- Evergreen Fog (Sherwin Williams) – a rich medium-tone muted green.
- Oyster Bay (Sherwin Williams) – a lovely medium-toned gray-green with hints of blue.
- 13 TOP Teal Paint Colors – a great alternative if you want more of a pop.
- 15 Best Gray Green Paint Colors – these fresh tones are popular for a reason!
- 15 TOP Blue Colors – if you prefer your paint to lean in to blue hues.
- 13 Favorite Soothing Blue-Gray Paint Colors – surprisingly versatile color choices that offer a perfect balance between neutral color and shades with a bit more interest
- 11 Best Dark Green Paint Colors for tranquil spaces at home
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The 10 Top Blue-Green Paint Colors
Do you prefer light or dark hues? It doesn’t matter because this list has something for everyone!
Each shade includes a brief description and a real-life example of how it often appears. I have included links for any colors that already have published paint color reviews so you can easily learn more about them.
Palladian Blue (HC-144) is a popular shade that, contrary to its name, tends to lean more green than blue. Don’t be misled by this light shade (LRV 60.4), though, because it can shift A LOT toward light blue, depending on the lighting in the room.
In this image from Caitlin Creer, Palladian Blue looks a bit minty, but notice the shift towards blue in the more shadowy areas at the bottom of the walls.
Coming in much darker with an LRV of 25.13, Aegean Teal (2136-40) was chosen as Benjamin Moore’s 2021 Color of the Year. This mid-to-dark shade has bold saturation and a great balance of both blue and green.
Check out how soothing and sophisticated it is in this dining room from Julie Howard for Timber Trails Development Company.
Ah, one of my personal favorites. Sea Salt (SW 6204) is a designer’s go-to, thanks to its light LRV of 63. This light green has gray and blue undertones that make it ultra versatile and timeless.
It leans green on these beautiful kitchen cabinets from Vintage South Development, but it can go blue in cool-tinted lighting.
Quiet Moments (#1563) is a meditative light, muted blue-green paint color that inspires tranquility. With an LRV of 60.73, it offers a hint of color without being too bold, even in the darkest rooms.
Is it just me, or does this bedroom from @patinaandpearl seem to beckon you?
Rainwashed (SW 6211) is a fan-favorite blue-green from Sherwin Williams that’s not too dark nor too light. It just feels fresh and soothing. With an LRV of 59, it offers plenty of body while also keeping the space looking light and airy.
Although it looks just a bit minty in this example from Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss, it’s a shade with plenty of flex (and possibilities)!
Want a color with more saturation? Coming in just a little darker than Rainwashed, Beach Glass (LRV of 49) offers neutral and versatile sophistication thanks to gray undertones.
This muddy blue-green paint color will add just the right amount of personality to your walls (it’s also very popular as an exterior paint color…especially for porch ceilings). Check out this beautiful example on Instagram from @sarahlabrieinteriors!
7. Behr In The Moment
If you want to create a mindful vibe that promotes rejuvenation and tranquility (and a fun pop of color), check out Behr’s 2018 Color of the Year: In The Moment (T18-15).
This rich hue has an LRV of 30, so it provides a bold, yet calming color, as you can see from Making Manzanita.
8. Sherwin Williams Watery
Aptly named, Watery (SW 6478) is an ideal coastal shade that brings the joy of the beach right to your home. However, you aren’t limited to using this green-blue hue with coastal decor. It can be the perfect choice for all kinds of places and spaces…from a kitchen island to a small powder room, to a large, spa-like master bedroom.
It looks amazing on traditional, transitional, and modern farmhouse homes (like this one from Duchess of York), too. Don’t you agree that a blue green color like this can be a perfect color choice for a front door?
9. Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue
While it’s a great choice, and many people think of using Wythe Blue (HC-143) for exterior doors or shutters…this medium-toned chameleon color (LRV 48.11) can be a wonderful addition to interiors too!
Since it IS such a great option for doors though, we’ll show you a great example here at Melissa of @theinspiredroom‘s home where Wythe Blue proves itself a great paint color on her traditional door.
10. Benjamin Moore Dark Harbor
Moody and dramatic, Dark Harbor (CSP-720) is easily the darkest shade on this list of blue-green paint colors.
Don’t let that scare you off, though, because if its LRV of 7.72 is too dark to use on your walls as Erin Williamson Design did, consider using this dark blue green paint color as an accent wall color! And what a beautiful choice it was!
That wraps up our blue-green paint colors collection. I hope it provides the inspiration for you to add a soothing and refreshing touch of color to your home! Since blue-greens pair well with neutrals, they’re an easy way to dip your toes into some color without committing beyond your comfort zone.
Remember it’s always better to sample than be sorry!
As far as sampling goes, I highly recommend these mess-free, re-usable, re-positionable peel and stick paint samples ⤵
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