Blue Gray Paint Colors are so popular and for good reason! They can act like a neutral and let your decor stand out but they also add a touch of color to a space to give it some personality.
Another reason blue gray paint colors are so popular is that they work in any design style. It doesn’t matter if you have a modern look to your home or decorate with modern farmhouse style, blue gray paint colors will be perfect in your space.
I have gravitated towards the grays with blue in them a lot over the last several years. The home we moved into looks so much better with blue colors rather than the greige colors. Warm gray paint colors just look muddy here.
Because of this I feel like I have done the work and can give you a good list of amazing colors that will work in your home.
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What is a Blue Gray Paint Color?
This wording can get very confusing when you start mixing different colors together! I hear ya! So what does blue gray mean?
Blue paint colors have a very cool feel to them. You see the range from baby blue to dark navy. When they have gray undertones the blue is more muted rather than bright.
When they have a lot of blue undertones you can really see it come through. These are the colors that are considered blue gray.
Blue Gray vs Gray Blue – What’s the difference?
You might think these word combinations are interchangeable but they aren’t. The first word in these color combos is always the more dominant of the two colors.
Blue gray colors are more blue with lots of gray. They can also have other undertones but these are the most prominent colors.
Gray blue colors are more gray with lots of blue. They can also have other undertones.
How to know which color is right for you.
I highly suggest getting a paint sample and putting it on the walls. Look at it over the course of several days so you can decide which one looks best in all the different lights.
You can get a sample from the paint store but I really like Samplize. They will send you a 12X12 peel and stick sample that you can put on the wall and when you are done just toss it. No leftover paint can, no mess, just easy.
Where to use blue gray paint colors.
The easy answer here is anywhere. They can be very neutral and make a great backdrop for almost any decor.
Some darker blue grays should only be used in small doses due to their low LRV value. But here are my favorite places to use blue grays:
- Bathrooms are great for light to mid tone blue grays
- Bedrooms are perfect due to the calm feeling blue grays give
- Cabinetry is a popular choice
- The exterior of a home is a great place.
- Kitchen islands are a very popular place for blue grays.
Best Blue Gray Paint Colors From Sherwin Williams
Its popularity no doubt is due to its neutral color, yes it pulls more blue-gray but this color is one of the most neutral grays out there. That’s why people love it so because it works in just about any room with any kind of light.
Online is a more mid-toned color, not too light not too dark.
As you can see from this picture it pairs nicely with the bolder colors and blends well with subtle materials like marble. This would be a great color for a coastal theme because of its ability to work so well with other colors.
This color is so dramatic I just love it. If you have a room with tons of natural light then this color with lots of white accents would be stunning!
If you are looking for a dark room, such as a theater room, but don’t want to go charcoal or black then this is the way to go. I love the steely blue nature of this color, perfect for an accent wall on a headboard wall in a bedroom!
Morning fog is a beautiful silvery-blue and has an LRV of 42. It reflects a ton of light but is a great accent color to the whites in the room.
As you can see Reflection is a very light color and true to its name, reflects a ton of light. The LRV for Reflection is 66 so if you have a dark room and want to brighten it, Reflection is a perfect choice.
It’s almost white but when paired with white trim you can definitely see the walls have color.
Steely Gray is the perfect name for this color. Its pull towards blue is apparent in this dark color.
This is my favorite of the darker colors mentioned here. It’s not too dark to overwhelm a room. You could use this on all the walls or just as an accent wall.
Krypton looks really well with warm wood tones! It’s mostly blue with a touch of gray and when paired with white it looks amazing.
This is one of Sherwin Williams darker gray colors. It has an LRV of 23 so it doesn’t reflect much light at all. This is a great color for accent walls, cabinets, or furniture makeovers.
Distance can vary its look in different lights. It’s a dark blue gray but when used in a room with tons of natural light really brightens up.
Granite Peak is a lot like Distance but it has more gray in it. Both are very dark colors and are best used on focal walls, furniture, and cabinetry.
Daphne is a little more blue than gray but the gray in it mutes the blue and makes it not your everyday baby blue.
Misty is a light blue color with a slate gray undertone. It has an LRV of 64.
This color is cool but pairs really well with warm colors as well as different wood tones.
Rock Candy is a very light color with an LRV of 75.
Sherwin Williams considered this color a bright white with cool blue undertones. It also has a touch of gray. If you are looking for something close to white with a touch of color this is a great option.
Upward is the color of the year 2024 for Sherwin Williams! It is a gorgeous blue with just a touch of gray.
This color evokes a sense of calm which we can all use in our busy lives.
Jubilee is a mid-toned color that is more. of a slate blue gray.
It is elegant and cool and perfect for a bedroom or bathroom.
Evening Shadow straddles the line between light and mid-toned. It’s a gorgeous neutral color with hints of blue and gray.
This color is more of an off-white with blueish undertones. It’s very light and will brighten a dark room.
Icicle is considered a pastel with blue and purple undertones and a touch of gray.
North Star is about 50% blue and 50% gray. Which makes one wonder if you should call is blue gray or gray blue.
This color is perfect for bedrooms and bathrooms because it is so calming.
This color gives a nod towards the color of denim. It’s cool and soothing.
Bracing Blue has the perfect amount of gray to keep the blue muted and it pairs really well with other colors in the room.
Best Blue Gray Paint Colors From Benjamin Moore
Here is what Benjamin Moore has to say about Comet:
Like the comet itself, this somewhat icy, dusty shade of gray takes its color cue from deep within the magnificent Solar System. Touches of blue and violet add to its striking depth.
Comet has an LRV of 35 so it’s not as light of a color as one would think when just looking at the paint swatch.
Bachelor Blue is part of the Classic Collection which completely makes sense when you look at the color. It pairs really well with classic paint colors such as reds, yellows, and greens.
Stillwater is a lot like Bachelor Blue and has many of the same traits. However, this color has an LRV of 17.55 which makes it darker.
If you are looking for a color that will stand out then this is the one! Stillwater will definitely steal the show in any room.
I really like Water’s Edge. It’s the perfect mid-toned blue color that is muted by that addition of gray. This color is considered a neutral because it pairs really well with just about any color.
Water’s Edge has a lot of blue with a touch of green and all pulled together and muted by the gray in it.
Quite a bit darker than Water’s Edge is Mineral Alloy. It’s also a neutral but on the darker side, still being firmly in the mid-toned range.
Mineral Alloy is one of those colors that pairs really well with just about any wood tone.
Van Courtland Blue
In a well-lit room, this color can pull much more blue than gray. If that’s what you want then great! But if you are looking for more gray with hints of blue make sure you use this in a room with more artificial light than natural.
Benjamin Moore says the addition of gray to Manor Blue gives it an elegance and sophistication.
Silvery Gray is a light blue with a touch of silver, which makes it a little different than other colors listed here.
It also sits right between being a light and mid-toned paint color.
Slate Blue is more of a blue green color with gray undertones. The gray keeps the color from pulling too gray or too green.
It’s also sits more on the darker side of the mid-toned range.
Amsterdam is a darker color with an LRV just under 30. Benjamin Moore says it has an old world elegance that blends with modern industry.
Van Deusen Blue
Van Deusen Blue has an LRV just under 12 which makes it a very dark color.
This color fits very easily in both traditional and modern rooms.
Cloudy Sky is just in the dark range. It’s a blue green color with strong gray undertones. You can almost consider it a gray with blue green undertones.
Providence Blue is a cool toned blue with slate gray undertones. It’s definitely on the dark side with an LRV just under 20.
Smoke is a mid-toned blue with both gray and green undertones. This color gives the illusion of the ocean. It’s absolutely stunning!
Gibraltar Cliffs is a gorgeous mid-toned almost dark paint color with gray and green undertones.
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Blue Gray Paint Colors FAQ’s
Do gray and blue go together?
If you made it down this far in the post then you have seen firsthand how blue and gray can go together. The truth is gray goes with just about every color!
Consider the color taupe, it’s a combination of beige and gray leaning heavily on the beige side. And there is greige color. This color is similar to taupe but leans more heavily on the gray side.
What goes well with blue gray paint?
Blue gray paint colors on the walls go really well with just about any other color. The one thing I would encourage you to stay away from going gray on gray. For example, blue gray paint with gray carpeting and gray furniture is way too much gray.
Adding a little beige will go a long way. However, adding white will really make your blue gray paint colors pop! I highly recommend adding a crisp white with your blue gray colors.
What accent colors go well with blue gray walls?
Like I mentioned white is an amazing color to pair with blue gray walls. Other jewel-toned colors look really well too. Green colors look really well with blue gray, and happen to be extremely trendy right now!
If you are looking for more neutrals to go with your wall color try creamy whites, navy’s, and blacks.
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- The Best Blue Gray Paint Colors from Benjamin Moore