Color Palette: The Best Blue-Green Paint Colors

That wall color in the Room of the Week really gives the room a calm feeling, and even though it is a color it still acts very much like a neutral.  There’s something about a soft blue-green color that is almost universally loved.  I’ve used this wall color in my own home and in clients homes always with great success.

Rather than show you tons of options, here are two blue-green colors I’ve used for myself and clients with successful results all of the time.  Sherwin Williams Sea Salt & Benjamin Moore’s Quiet Moments are both that perfect blue-green-gray color.  Sea Salt can read a little more green while Quiet Moments is definitely a little more blue and gray.  Either way, if you’re looking for a calm, ethereal color, both will do the trick!

Here are some pretty examples to help sell you on the colors (not that you need it!).

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And, for a few pictures of sea salt in action in my own home, I used it in my dining room here and my daughter’s room here.

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Color Palette: Picking A Wall Color to Highlight Your Artwork

One of my favorite parts of the Room of the Week is the juxtaposition of the yellow matted photos against the dark moody wall.  Imagine if the wall was white instead, the yellow wouldn’t seem nearly as bright or bold.

I mentioned earlier that I visited the National Gallery of Art this past weekend.   I am always inspired by the amazing pieces of art inside and I am also  inspired by the wall colors chosen by the museum to highlight the art.  In the East building that houses the more modern pieces of art the wall colors are almost consistently white, but in the West building the wall colors are dark and moody and varied in color. And the wall colors always enhance the art perfectly.

I can’t find any great images of the galleries at the National Gallery of Art, but I did find some great photos of the galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

And, here are a few photos I quickly snapped with my phone of a few pieces of art in the National Gallery of Art.  Keep in mind that the colors are even darker in person.

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I think the wall color in our own homes can have the same effect on the art if we choose it with the art in mind.  I thought it would be fun to try out a few pieces of art  against different wall colors.  I picked the wall color based on the colors in the painting. I’m using Farrow & Ball colors, since they are currently used in many art museums.

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Artist 1 //  Artist 2 //  Artist 3 //  Artist 4 //  Artist 5 //  Artist 6

Which tones are your favorite?  Do they change with each painting?

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