I”ve always loved the color blue. Nature gives us quite a few blues!
“Blue is the world’s favorite color, according to a new international research study of nearly 13,000 consumers in 17 countries…..” Without going into details of the survey, conducted by Cheskin, MSI-ITM, and CMCD/Visual Symbols Library, 42 percent of Americans chose blue as their favorite color, as did 47 percent of Germans and 44 percent of Brazilians.
How about some soothing new blues for our interior walls?!
Benjamin Moore”s colors of the year, for both 2012 and 2014 were (are!) blues. Farrow and Ball, on their web-site, notes that “Back to Nature” (whether from the landscape or the sea) is a theme for 2014; their choice of blue is darker than the Benjamin Moore choices.
Three of my favorite Benjamin Moore blues are Silver Marlin, Beach Glass and November Skies – the first two are more subtle and can go bluer or greener, depending on lighting. November Skies is a somewhat deeper blue-gray. Blues and greens are quite reactive to lighting and it”s always important to paint any color on a sample board (I use 15″ x 20″ sheets of foam core) and expose it to the light that will be in the room and view the sample board during the day and at night; under all lighting conditions.
I”m also fond of the Benjamin Moore color, Night Train, and used it on the walls in the living room design that Thom Glynn and I created, below. It”s a deep blue-green-gray. And to reiterate, how dark or light the color appears and how much blue or green our eyes pick up, will vary depending on how much light fills the room and the color temperature of that light (cooler to warmer).
Paint Names and Numbers
Benjamin Moore Choices: Breath of Fresh Air – 806; Wythe Blue – HC-143; Silver Marlin – 2139-50; Beach Glass – 1564; November Skies – 2128-50; Night Train – 1567
Farrow and Ball – Stiffkey – 281
(The color preference details were compiled from www.targetwire.com/targetwire/2004/11/25/tw38uk/tw38uk_uk.html and webcenters.netscape.compuserve.com/homerealestate/package.jsp?name=fte/popularcolor/popularcolor.)
Thanks for sharing this. I’m trying to repaint an accent wall that was a deep cobalt blue (mistake!) to complement the adjacent walls which are Bunny Gray-BM. Would you recommend November Skies or venturing into blues? Looking for something soft and pretty. Thanks!
It’s always difficult to recommend one paint color to work with others, when I don’t know the light conditions. November Skies is blue-gray and depending on lighting, can be darker, so it sounds like you might want something lighter. Harbor Haze (2136-60) may work well with Bunny Gray, depending on your lighting conditions. As always, you should paint samples on boards that are large enough (I use 15″ x 20 ” foam core boards) to get a sense of the color and how it looks under all your lighting conditions. Good luck!