Looking for medium-light aqua blue that isn't shocking

eks6426January 6, 2010

I have this image of a medium-light aqua blue wall color in my head but I'm having trouble finding the right actual paint color.

I will have warm white cabinets, lighter granite with some carmel and grey tones and then walnut colored floors.

I want the walls to be the aqua but it needs to be a more subtle version...not like the bottom of a pool. I think it needs to have a decent amount of grey to tone it down. Can anyone make any paint color selections. I have the Benj. Moore and Sherwin Williams paint decks.


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Try SW Breezy. It is exactly what you describe.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 4:33PM
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I agree Breezy is lovely.
Breezy by Sherwin Williams (Martha Stewart)

Here are a few others that come to mind.

verditer blue Sherwin Williams

Aqua Chiffon by Olympic paints

Palladian Blue Ben Moore

Buxton Blue Ben Moore

Mystical Blue BM glazed with Faded Denim BM

Vintage Map by Martha Stewart paints

Comfort Gray Sherwin Williams
This has less aqua and more gray but in the right light
it has a touch of soft blue.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 7:41PM
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I don't have any photos, but have a couple color cards for BM "In Your Eyes" and "Glass Slipper". I've been wanting to go get samples to throw on the wall. I'll post pictures if I get that far :)

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 8:45PM
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If you're having trouble finding it in a fan deck, have you tried a fabric store, department store, stationery store? If you can find something that's just the right color you can either use it to find a chip the right color, or get a custom match.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 9:32PM
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BM Beach Glass- It might be a little too blue and does have a hint of green, but on the same card is a lighter shade that you might like- I can't remember the exact name but it is pretty!

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 9:44PM
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BM Woodlawn Blue. Scroll down to the bathroom picture in the link with our house pictures.

Here is a link that might be useful: bathroom with BM Woodlawn Blue

    Bookmark   January 6, 2010 at 9:47PM
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I love love love...Glass Slipper.
I am sorry I did not post this. On my monitor it is a more
baby blue with a hint of gray. Truly a gorgeous color.

Glass slipper BM

Glass slipper in this room from Decorpad

And here is Beach Glass BM

And I have Woodlawn Blue too. I think I love these colors
as much as everyone else. I have been searching for the
right blue for my kitchen. Torn between a gray soft green
called Silver Sage by BM and a soft blue like Glass slipper BM...

Wood lawn Blue BM

Another Woodlawn BM but with the light looks different

And here is another to really drive you nutty.
I can't help myself I love them all.
I wish I knew the color... it is from Luluinteriors blog
I believe it is Heavenly blue by BM

And here is the one I keep going back to. My own
kitchen is white cabs, dark ebony chocolate floors,
jet mist blk/gray swirly granite with lots of windows.
so while you are thinking about your color maybe
you can help me with mine. Thanks.~boxerpups

Silversage BM

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 9:21AM
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Oh, thank you everyone for the responses and pictures. Most of these colors are dancing around the one I have in my head. Breezy and Glass Slipper are close but I wanted something with a tad more green to it but not as much as Vintage Map or Silversage. Beach glass is really close.

I was looking through the fan deck last night at came up with BM Ocean Air 2123-40 or maybe the one above it Seafoam.

How do you think this one would compare to the lovely pictures above? I can't seem to get the BM color viewer to work for me.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 9:38AM
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I just remembered the other color in the same family as Beach Glass- Quiet moments.. It is a shade lighter but has a tint of grey in it as well!! So many choices- :)

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 9:54AM
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I love this color too! I am adding many of these to my paint file for consideration.

The ones I had already gleaned from here:
Milk Pail by ?, BM Silver Sage, Misted Green, Saybrook Sage, Tree Moss, Grecian Green, Wind Chime, Piedmont Gray, SW Quietude

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 9:55AM
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We used BM soft mint in our powder room

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 9:56AM
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Is this close? This photo was taken at night. If you want I can take another during the day.

It's EK Gustavian Grey.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 10:15AM
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I think Milk Pail is an old Martha Stewart color. I remember trying to find it once with no luck - maybe I'm wrong. And isn't silver sage a RH color Boxerpups?

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 11:02AM
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eks6426-so you want something a bit more green than glass slipper? I will try.
silver crest classic color #1583 or pale smoke #1584
ice cap classic color #1576 or actic gray #1577
healing aloe classic color #1562
grat owl color preview #2137-60
gray cashmere color preview #2138-60
silver marlin color preview #2139-50

some of these might be more gray than you like but I've noticed with blues it takes A LOT of gray to tone it down. I painted our downstairs family room glass slipper and I will be repainting it. It turned out so baby blue it looks like a nursery. Don't get me wrong, it is a pretty color but would be best in a nursery, a master bedroom that had more masculine elements to tone it down, a shabby chic bedroom, a bathroom and perhaps a kitchen. However, this is just my opinion but also a word of caution.

Hope this helps!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 11:09AM
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look at SW Sea Salt too

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 11:35AM
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My LR is painted with BM Buxton's Blue. Love it! My room used to be a Wedgwood blue (Miller paint, can't recall paint name), which was also gorgeous but definitely more of a cool, denim-y blue. In my LR with northern light, my walls look darker than the ones in the photo boxerpups posted but even with the northern light, it is a warm blue. I'll try to post a photo later.

That color at half strength is also very nice.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 11:58AM
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Take a look at the Mythic Paint website in aquas! They have lots of wonderful colors that sound like what you are describing plus the added benefit of minimal smell while the painting is being done and drying.

We have Surf's Up on two walls and it is a nice brighter aqua than you are wanting but it is a nice complement to a warm amber and to the off white in our ceiling.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 1:34PM
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This is Milk Pail at 33% the formula. It's by Sherwin Williams and is a discontinued color in the Martha Stewart collection . . . but they can still mix it.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 2:43PM
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What about SW Rainwashed? We have it in our upstairs suite on a couple of walls. As I recall, the paint chip looked a bit darker than the finished wall (which is odd because they usually come out darker on the wall than on the chip...). It is a mediumish blue/green with shades of gray. And, naturally, it could be mixed at a lighter percentage. Maybe I'll try and post a couple of photos tonight.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 3:25PM
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Yes, Silver Sage restoration hardware.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2010 at 7:35PM
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Well, I went to the BM store and got the larger paint paper samples. It is amazing how different they look compared to the little chips. I hung them in my kitchen. I love Beach Glass on the computer screen but in my kitchen it reads as a rather dark green grey. Glass Slipper is very pretty but definitely reads as baby blue. Too blue for the look I'm wanting.

I got it down to Ocean Air which is a little bluer than I wanted and In Your Eyes which is slightly greener than I wanted. I can't seem to find the perfect balance between green and blue. So, I am trying to decide if more blue or more green is the better way to go. I have a lot of turquoise/aqua dishes that will be displayed on open shelving. I know the wall color needs to be much more faded than the dishes so the dishes still pop.

Which color is going to look "warmer?" I know neither is considered a warm color but still blues and greens can have warm or cool undertones.

Cabinets are warm white that will yellow in time and flooring is a medium brown (50/50 blend of Provincial and Jacobean stain) Countertop is lighter granite.

Picture of items in the kitchen belong. Disregard the tile samples. This was my original flooring that had to come up. It will now be a wood floor similar in color to the blind sample hanging over the top of the cabinet door color sample.

So, would the slightly more blue Ocean Air look warmer or cooler than the slightly more green In Your Eyes?

    Bookmark   January 9, 2010 at 5:04PM
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Oh I am in love with all that you have picked out! Can't wait to see it come together...

    Bookmark   January 9, 2010 at 5:28PM
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I'm not following...was there a picture of the paint samples?

In theory, a purer blue will give you more pop. A greener one will meld more with the yellow tones in the stone and the wood. If you want a "warmer" color it needs to have a little red in it, which puts it toward the gray side.

I opened your thread just now because I just saw a color in a Pottery Barn catalog that made me think of you: BM Harbor Fog. I don't know if you've see that one, or if it's the kind of color you're looking for.

    Bookmark   January 9, 2010 at 5:30PM
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what is that granite????? it is gorgeous!

    Bookmark   January 10, 2010 at 2:33PM
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Yes, can you tell us the name of your granite??? It's really beautiful.

Another vote here for Restoration Hardware Silver Sage.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2010 at 3:31PM
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Hmm, I'm going to check out the BM Harbor Fog color. I like the Silver Sage but I do not have Restoration Hardware stores any place close to me.

The granite is called Golden Antique. It was a major saga to get granite because originally I was trying to coordinate with my tile floor. I wound up having to take out the tile floor due to cracks. But I still love the granite and it was amazingly budget friendly. I needed 1 plus a small piece of a 2nd slab so on the last granite trip I looked for really big slabs of granite so I would only need one. This baby's huge which helped cut my costs.

Here's all about the granite: http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/kitchbath/msg1018455232547.html

I have painted a board with the ocean air color and will try to get pics tomorrow.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2010 at 7:36PM
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We have BM Ocean Air in our bedroom and really love it because it is such a calming color and it looks great against the warm brown tones of our furniture. Ocean Air is definitely blue, but it reads as a soft grayish blue, particularly during the evening.

    Bookmark   January 10, 2010 at 9:08PM
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I have SW Silver Mist in my bedroom. But it may be too much color for your kitchen. But it is beautiful and definitely has more green than blue.

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to Silvermist SW color

    Bookmark   January 11, 2010 at 2:51PM
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Don't have a picture of it but I used BM Aura "Tranquility". It is blue, gray, green - depending. It is actually a little more blue than I wanted but it has some life to it and I was afraid to end up with something dull.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2010 at 3:55PM
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Restoration Hardware sells paint. Here's a link...if you look underneath the product info, they show all the colors in their green/aqua series. Maybe the Sea Green color?

One of my clients did a color match on a restoration hardware catalog that had the perfect aqua. It looked great!

    Bookmark   January 11, 2010 at 4:54PM
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I have REstoration Hardware's Silver Sage in my Laundry Room and I LOVE IT. Very soothing. Color but not too bold. WOuld work well in your space!

Also a soft grey blue would work well in your kitchen also.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2010 at 6:54PM
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We used Behr's Balmy Seas (490C-3) which is the perfect balance of blue and green. When I was painting the dining room I felt like I was in a pool! The slightly lighter colors on the card are Adriatic Mist(-2) and Ice Cube(-1).

Here is a link that might be useful: Balmy Seas wall color

    Bookmark   January 11, 2010 at 10:08PM
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oops forgot to post the link. Here it is. Notice the color series beneath the product info.

Here is a link that might be useful: Restoration Hardware Paint

    Bookmark   January 11, 2010 at 10:39PM
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I love the aqua in BM Clear Skies and Spring Mint is a bit greener.

I am painting my office BM Fresco which is another of those blueish-grayish colors.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2010 at 2:02AM
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Is Restoration Hardware's silversage the same as Benjamin Moore's silversage?

I do not have RH and don't have time to order samples then the actual paint because I need to paint this weekend.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2010 at 10:56AM
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Depending on how soft and green you want the color, I used SW Nonchalant White (at the very top of a SW card). Its a very very subtle green (maybe not as aqua as you want), but paired with a warm white trim, the color really comes out. I've obsessed with paint for 18 months now, and have found that going with a warm or cool trim can totally change how the color reads in the room. Good luck! :)

    Bookmark   January 19, 2010 at 3:39PM
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Shout out to Boxerpups! Your photo above showing BM Glass Slipper made me rethink the BM Ocean Air walls in our master bedroom. Although I loved the Ocean Air, I repainted it with Glass Slipper today and it looks amazing!!! I really love the color. Great recommendation!

    Bookmark   February 12, 2010 at 8:25PM
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