Best Light Blues

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My most – read posts have overwhelmingly been those concerning
blue paint colors ( in April / May, 2011) . Two years later seems like a good time to check in again and see where blues are headed today. Let’s begin with pale blue.
With all of the bold, crazy color out there, pale blue is softer and more neutral with applications in any number of settings. Pale blues make for wonderful neutrals…and the right ones also create soothing environments.
Two current favorites that appear to rise above the many :

Farrow and Ball‘s LIGHT BLUE 22 , and

Benjamin Moore‘s WOODLAWN BLUE HC – 147.

LIGHT BLUE is a colour we have used in all our houses. It is an exceptionally subtle colour, sometimes blue, sometimes grey, always interesting. It is also a very calm colour and makes an elegant background for prints and engravings. “
– Ros Byam Shaw,
author of Farrow and Ball Living with Colour
via Ryland Peters and Small

Farrow and Ball‘s LIGHT BLUE 22
( shown above and below )

“ If you wish for a slightly light blue room
this, rather than the more obviously – blue blues,
is the one to try.
– Farrow and Ball
LIGHT BLUE22 is one of designer Phoebe Howard’s
most requested paint colors. ‘ “
(This earns it a gold stamp in my book!)

Farrow and Ball‘s LIGHT BLUE22
( shown above and below )
“Try light blue on your walls. It works well for bedrooms, bathrooms, and especially work spaces,
because it’s a powerful yet gentle mediator, bringing calm to all that clutter. To me, the most diplomatic shade of all is Farrow and Ball 22,
which approximates the color of lake water. Neutrals don’t need to go away – they simply need to soothe and anchor a room.” – Susan Ferrier

Farrow and Ball‘s LIGHT BLUE22
( shown above and below ) “I’m always surprised when clients balk at color, and never surprised when they realize the difference it makes. In a transitional space like a stair hall, you have more freedom, so we tried a grayish – blue — soft, but with great depth. Once the client saw how it enriched the space, the deal was done.” Madeline Stuart

Farrow and Ball recommends
pairing LIGHT BLUE22 with
their “SHADED WHITE” 201 and “SLIPPER SATIN” 2004 or
with their HAGUE BLUE,” 30 and MOUSE’S BACK,” 40, amongst others.

Farrow and Ball‘s LIGHT BLUE22
( shown above and below )
( click here for a “LIGHT BLUE” paint story. )

Benjamin Moore’s ” WOODLAWN BLUE HC – 147

( shown below ) ” Wedgwood Gray and Woodlawn Blue have that robins egg vibe. I always hedge my bets toward grayed – down shades, because bright colors that look so happy in the paint store can look bizarre in real life. If you’re nervous, start by painting the back wall inside the cabinets. ”
– Clare Donohue

I am a huge fan of Benjamin Moore’s WOODLAWN BLUE HC-147.
( shown above and below ) It is one of those watery blues that can be used in so many settings. It would look great in a cottage setting or a more transitional space
– it is such a great versatile color. ” – Delorme Designs

There’s a vibrancy to this shade. It’s not shy. But it also has a kind of cloudiness, and those soothing gray undertones come out in the early morning and at dusk. ” – Michael Cox

( shown above and below ) WOODLAWN BLUE

 Benjamin Moore recommends pairing WOODLAWN BLUE with their “FALCON BROWN” 1238 and “LIGHTHOUSE LANDING” 1044 or with their “FRENCH BERET,” 1610 and “BUTTERFIELD,” 897

WOODLAWN BLUE( shown above and below ) ranks amongst

Benjamin Moore’s own TOP – TEN , TOP – SELLING BLUE
paint colors today.
( click here for a “WOODLAWN BLUE” paint story. )

Benjamin MooreALBEMARLE BLUE DC – 11
from designer Darryl Carter’s collection ( shown above and below )
According to Benjamin Moore, ” This very subdued blue evokes
a sense of an early morning walk on the beach. “
Benjamin Moore’s “LOOKOUT POINT1646
“[ LOOKOUT POINT is ] one of those elusive non – colors that reminds me of the time between morning dew and sunrise – a perfect marriage between khaki green and pale blue. Whatever room you put it in, it creates a calm, serene mood.” – Darryl CarterLOOKOUT POINT[ is a ] weightless pale blue with the slightest touch of soft, smooth gray . . . [ it ] captures the appearance of the sky on an overcast morning. ” – Benjamin Moore Paints Benjamin Moore recommends pairing LOOKOUT POINT with their “NAVAJO WHITE” PM – 29 and “MIDNIGHT BLUE” 1638 or with their
“CAPE BLUE,” 1642 and “PLUM ROYALE,” 2070-20Bossy Color Blog‘s Annie Elliott used “LOOKOUT POINT1646 for her own bedroom walls. Elliott describes it as “serene” and “lovely.”

“PALLADIAN BLUE” – Mitchell Gold Bob Williams’ Home, shown above
Benjamin Moore’s “PALLADIAN BLUE HC – 144
has been one of their top-selling colors for many years as well as interior designers’ most – talked – about colors over the past decade. It also ranks amongst
Benjamin Moore’s Facebook Fans’ Favorite Colors.
Benjamin Moore’s PALE SMOKE 1584
( shown above and below )
( click here for a “PALE SMOKE” paint story )
Farrow and Ball‘s ” SKYLIGHT 205

( shown above and below )
“ [ SKYLIGHT] is a calming and versatile color
and mixes with black lacquer wonderfully . . . a Venetian blue – gray.”
– Alessandra Branca

Shape Magazine counts Benjamin Moore’s LOOKOUT POINT1646

as a paint color which reduces stress,

in addition to Benjamin Moore‘s

All three colors are recommended to
above:CRYSTAL BLUE 2051 – 70
below:YARMOUTH BLUEHC – 150, and “WHITE SATIN 2067 – 70
YARMOUTH BLUE” HC – 150 is also one of
Benjamin Moore’s 10 Best – Selling Blues. “
H A P P Y P A I N T I N G ! 🙂




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