Expensive A.I. Robots/Santa, Are you able to please create a constructing the place we color-loving people can stroll by means of and expertise each single paint colour (in each pure gentle and darkish) earlier than we decide to it on our partitions? Now that I’ve designed a good quantity of homes and painted many a room I really feel excessive confidence in sure colours, at the same time as my worry of attempting new ones and getting them mistaken runs deep (and at occasions retains me from taking some colour dangers). Wouldn’t it simply be magical if Sherwin-Williams had a bodily room for each single colour??? So I may stroll in, seize Brian’s arm, and say “Ooh I really like how this feels!! That is good for our household room” as an alternative of portray the room, say, a number of occasions? As a result of whereas the quantity of sunshine, path of the solar, location on the planet, and your onerous finishes after all can change the tone of the paint colour, for essentially the most half, the worry of getting it mistaken lies in whether or not the colour itself is one that you simply like sufficient to be surrounded by whereas having fun with the room. And at occasions that’s simply so onerous to foretell from a ten×12 pattern. Belief me.
So immediately I believed I’d begin rounding up my favourite blue paint colours that I’ve personally skilled, and would ABSOLUTELY use once more. This all stemmed from me serving to design my brother’s river home the place we painted 7 completely different colours – all SO GOOD, and it makes me wish to invite the entire world over so you possibly can expertise the colour versus simply it on-line (which y’all, it’s simply onerous to belief). I’m going to leak the colours we selected on the finish (with out images, but) as a result of they’re all so freaking good. However first, let’s begin with what we do have good reference images of:
Dew Drop by Sherwin-Williams
Soothing, gentle, and ethereal, with some inexperienced in it – this tremendous gentle blue is so dreamy, particularly in plenty of pure gentle. I believe in a darkish room it won’t learn as a “colour” per se, however right here towards the white and wooden it’s so good. My pal painted her teenage son’s room this colour and he LOVES it. It’s not child nor does it really feel pastel, simply gentle if that makes any sense.
Now for this no-natural-light laundry room, we selected one thing extra saturated (than our well-lit room) which was the appropriate name as a result of it wanted to have extra pigment to essentially present up (I’ve needed to be taught this lesson a bunch of occasions!). Sleepy Blue is certainly extra on the pastel facet, thus being so completely happy and vivid. Much less grayed out refined and extra clear/recent and completely happy. I believe this colour could be superior in a well-lit room as effectively, however try it out as a result of it would learn extra pastel and daring child blue or it simply is likely to be a vivid completely happy sunny blue.
We used Clare Paint’s Good Denims in our basement rest room (a pandemic finances improve we did proper earlier than we offered the home). Whereas bolder than most of my denim, this colour felt saturated and calming. It is likely to be even higher in a room meant to be darker and comfy like a den or a media room.
Debonair by Sherwin-Williams
I LOVE this colour and have it in my bed room, clearly. Now the one factor I’ll warn you about is I believe it’s higher in a room with much less pure gentle in order that the moodiness is embraced. it has plenty of undertones in it that play in a different way all through the day and it’s so cozy at evening or when it’s cloudy. Now, generally when the sunshine hits it the pigment pops in a method that’s jarring, which is why I believe that is finest for a room with much less direct pure gentle – a room that’s meant to really feel cozier (eating, workplace, den, household room). I’ll use it once more, however not in a room that has 4 home windows and 4 skylights (and if I may snap my fingers I’d change it proper now to Eventide – a colour we utilized in my bro’s home that’s INCREDIBLE and has the precise quantity of blue pigment I would like whereas remaining gentle and nonetheless impartial).
Such a fantastic blue – I wished it a number of locations after I painted this room. Whereas the development appears to be greener blues proper now this grayed-out blue is tremendous timeless, not daring, and has a perspective with out being dangerous in any respect (IMHO). Additionally finest for rooms with much less pure gentle (y’all, if you’d like my #3 design rule it’s maintain gentle rooms gentle and darkish rooms darkish).
Waterloo by Sherwin-Williams
The basement of the Portland Undertaking, in Waterloo, positive is a cheerful but muted blue. Admittedly, it appears like Slate Tile however lighter and maybe a tiny bit much less inexperienced? It’s a good one and I believe nice for mid to low-light rooms (this basement appears vivid within the images nevertheless it opened to an enormous coated patio so it’s def much less vivid on a traditional day.
Right here it’s in one other room, with out pure gentle (besides coming from the kitchen). Fairly completely happy and nice 🙂
Clearly, I’ve bought a sort…this darker moody blue is SO GOOD. I’ve nearly used it so many occasions and it’s all the time one of many prime contenders, and now seeing it right here I keep in mind why. What a beautiful darkish but nonetheless completely happy shade of a moody blue.
So darkish and funky and undoubtedly finest for a room that has some however not an excessive amount of pure gentle. It may go nearly black, in a extremely great way.
Our on-line world by Sherwin-Williams
One other nice “nearly black” darkish blue that was so good for this room. It had plenty of pure gentle since you may see the pigment. I’ve discovered that generally in a room that has nearly no pure gentle, a brilliant darkish paint colour is difficult to your eye to learn and simply appears “darkish” (see Nonetheless Water commentary beneath) so if you wish to see that it’s a brilliant darkish blue it wants some gentle to select up the colour.
Hague Blue is considered one of my all-time favorites that I haven’t used shortly! It has the slightest tint of inexperienced in it, making it a brilliant darkish indigo? I painted the outside of The Fig Home this colour as effectively. Farrow & Ball is all the time a splurge (and colour matching may be tough as a result of their pigmentation course of is extraordinarily refined and nuanced), however in case you have the finances for sure particular rooms I really like this colour.
For these prepared to go extra daring, Stiffkey Blue is unbelievable. It’s not “BRIGHT BLUE” nevertheless it positive has plenty of strong pigment that makes it pop no matter being in a well-lit room or a darker area. It reads as blue it doesn’t matter what. Gosh, I like it a lot and hadn’t thought of it for some time, nevertheless it’s for positive considered one of my favorites ever for rooms like this that may deal with plenty of colour (Ginny executed it completely, after all).
I used Stiffkey Blue in our outdated main rest room in LA which by the best way I hadn’t seen shortly and I like it SOOOOO MUCH. I’ve a bunch of that leftover wallpaper that I’m kinda impressed to place in our little tiny hallway heading into our bed room now. It’s simply so good! Anyway, so is Stiffkey Blue. A strong alternative my mates and nice for small rooms like this, particularly if solely on the underside (it may have labored all the best way up but in addition might need felt just a little overwhelming for a small rest room.
Arlyn completely executed this tremendous darkish blue-gray-green. I really like how its colour drenched on the ceiling and she or he added all of the artwork with white borders to interrupt it up and add a lot life.
Now this colour, Nonetheless Water by Sherwin-Williams, has plenty of inexperienced in it nevertheless it nonetheless falls extra within the blue class for me. This colour is so unbelievably good in right here as a result of it’s meant to be a darkish room so it nonetheless actually reads as this darkish blue/inexperienced/teal. If it have been in a room with a ton of pure gentle it will have most likely learn extraordinarily daring and TEAL (when we’ve the overhead lights on it’s a bit an excessive amount of for me), however within the cozy lamplight, it’s good. So sure, simply be sure that in case you have a extremely vivid room you just like the boldness of the pigment. Right here, it’s so good (THANK GOD).
Now I didn’t select this colour (the architect William Hunter, did) and it’s simply so good. Actually muted and leaning in the direction of charcoal, this French Beret blue does have plenty of grey in it, serving to it learn muted, refined, and splendidly moody. We LOVED it in individual a lot and it was nice for this darker area (the doorways result in a coated patio) and made this smallish bed room really feel larger (kudos for doing the closets and curtains in the identical colour, William).
In case you are into this we’re going to do different colours as effectively, and I can’t WAIT to point out you what we utilized in Ken’s home. Spoiler – Rain Cloud (a darkish blue that’s sooooo fairly, daring but muted if that’s even attainable??), Eventide – the right gentle blue/grey that doesn’t learn as “BLUE” or unhappy grey (I would like it in our bed room!) and some greens I’ll share subsequent time 🙂
Oh and right here is a superb graphic Gretchen made so you possibly can simply pin all of those for straightforward entry!
Opening Picture Credit: Picture by Kaitlin Inexperienced | From: Household Room Reveal – By Far The Coziest Room In The Home And Right here’s Why