The Most Recommended Blue Grey Paint Colors

A round up of the 9 best blue grey paint colors recommended by designers with ideas for the best rooms in the house to use them.

We just finished painting the playroom with the sweetest blue grey paint color and I can already envision this precious space coming together for the girls!

This is the final color of the Bless’er House Paint Color Collection with Romabio that we named Carolina Sky after our favorite place in the world famous for its soft blue.

Romabio Carolina Sky in playroom

We live right on the North Carolina / South Carolina border, so this color always reminds us of home. (It would work perfectly as a “haint blue” porch ceiling too.)

This blue grey paint is juuuuust vibrant enough without being overwhelming and creates a feeling of calm (which a playroom definitely needs sometimes amidst the toy chaos.)

Romabio Carolina Sky - blue grey paint color in playroom

Where to Use Blue Grey Paint Colors

Because blue grey colors are so soothing and relaxing, they’re a popular choice for bedrooms and bathrooms. Although they can work for many design aesthetics, they are especially well suited for coastal style interiors.

But they can work well in any space and for any style where you want a whisper of color.

the best blue grey paint colors recommended by designers

How to Find the Best Blue Grey Paint Color for Your Room

Blue grey paint colors are so challenging to get just right, and I highly recommend testing samples using this paint color selecting method as different lighting in every room can change how colors are perceived.

Decide before choosing your paint color whether you want a blue with gray undertones or a gray with blue undertones.

What might look gray on the paint color swatch can look bright baby boy nursery blue on the wall, so it’s important to paint a few samples on a white poster board and place in the room you plan to paint to look at the colors in different lighting throughout the day to decide which works best.

If you need a good place to start, here are 9 of the most recommended blue grey paint colors by designers that we love too.

1. Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray

Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray - blue grey paint for trim and doors
Source: Rachel Parcell

2. Benjamin Moore Silver Gray

Benjamin Moore Silver Gray - the perfect blue grey paint for walls
Source: Benjamin Moore

3. Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud

4. Sherwin Williams Skylight

Sherwin Williams Skylight
Source: Studio McGee

5. Benjamin Moore Water’s Edge

Benjamin Moore Water's Edge - blue grey paint good for kitchens and trim
Source: Natasha Levak

6. Sherwin Williams Krypton

Sherwin Williams Krypton - blue grey paint good for cabinets
Source: AGK Design Studio

7. Farrow & Ball Oval Room Blue

Farrow & Ball Oval Room Blue
Source: David Szymanski | Elizabeth Rees

8. Benjamin Moore Smoke

9. Sherwin Williams Slate Tile

Sherwin Williams Slate Tile - blue grey paint good for cabinets
Source: Bless’er House
What colors go well with blue gray?

Colors that work well with blue gray are clean whites, creams, earthy greens, greiges, mustard yellows, and warm browns. It’s best to incorporate blue gray with a few accents of warmer tones to prevent a room from feeling sterile and uninviting. Adding warm brown furniture or cream textiles alongside blue gray paint can help a space feel balanced.

What does blue gray mean in color psychology?

In color psychology, gray represents balance and blue represents serenity. It’s often associated with peace and stability, which is why it’s such a popular choice in rooms meant for rest and rejuvenation like bedrooms or bathrooms (even spas).

Do you have any other blue grey paint colors you would add to the list? Drop them in the comments to make this post a continued resource of tried and true blue greys.

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  1. Hi Lauren,
    My daughter wanted to paint her bottom kitchen cabinets in Farrow & Ball’s Oval Room Blue after seeing the color on your site. Unfortunately, Farrow and Ball is not available in our area. I have also read that it is very hard to computer match F & B because they use a lot of pigment and very seldom do you get a close match. Is this true? Have you had any luck matching F & B using other paint companies?
    Thanks so much,

    1. I have not tried to match any colors from other companies. I have used Sherwin Williams to make a color to match a shelf. and they worked magic!! It was identical. However. I looked up your original color of choice and IT iS BEAUTIFUL. I hope she finds the perfect color and paint for her kitchen.