Grey Blue Paint Colors: How to Create a Tranquil Slate Mood

Grey Blue Paint Colors: How to Create a Tranquil Slate Mood brings decorating and color inspiration as well as shopping resources for admirers of this moody mid-grey hue. You already know that after white, BLUE is my favorite! Whether used as a backdrop for walls or introduced as an accent, blue-grey colors often impart a tranquil, atmospheric, and calm mood. Today, we’ll consider the range of possibilities then imagine an interpretation for a bedroom. Think un-fussy, sophisticated and gentle but “less precious.” Cheerful coastal interiors have their place, but a chalkier, more Belgian-flavored grey blue will occupy the spotlight today.

Blue grey plaster walls and bright French blue dining chairs play off each other in a charming monochromatic interior with rustic stone floor. Featured in Shauna Varvel's PROVENCE STYLE. #interiordesign #frenchcountry #oldworldstyle
©Nicolas Matheus, Richard Goullet, Laurence Dougier (From PROVENCE STYLE (Vendome, 2021 – by Shauna Varvel)

The French have an intelligence about chalky blue-greys that surpasses all others! Did you see the inspiring post about this book Francophiles will love yet? Find it HERE.

PROVENCE STYLE by Shauna Varvel (Vendome, 2021) with Alexandra Black and Photography by Luke White. #provence #interiordesign #lemasdepoirers
PROVENCE STYLE (Vendome, 2021 – by Shauna Varvel with Alexandra Black and Photography by Luke White

Grey Blue Paint Colors: How to Create a Tranquil Slate Mood

Blue-greys can often lend classic style as this kitchen demonstrates.

I’m not certain the blue gray walls in the bath below are the painted the same hue as the kitchen cabinets (above) since lighting and exposure issues may be at work.

Aren’t the gold toned sconces lovely with this hue?

Modern farmhouse bathroom with gorgeous custom rustic wood vanity, rectangle fireclay farm vessel sink, wall mount faucet, shilap backsplash, and moody blue grey walls. Julie Howard for Timber Trains Homes (Western Springs, IL). Photo by Stoffer Photography Interiors #bathroomdesign #modernfarmhouse #bluegrey
Julie Howard/Timber Trails Homes; Photo: Stoffer Photography Interiors

When Ali Cayne’s kitchen was viral on the internet years ago, I recall Sherwin-Williams Gibraltar was often the suggestion for getting the look.

Amazing grey blue pained Shaker cabinets in a NY townhouse kitchen with open shelves, subway tile, brass hardware, and black Lacanche range. Ali Cayne of Haven Kitchen. #graykitchen #greyblue #kitchendesign #openshelves #lacanche #subwaytile #graycabinets #brasshardware
Ali Cayne (Harvest Kitchen) via McGee and Co

When You Like Your Gray Taupe-y

Gauntet Gray SW paint color swatch. #gauntletgray #paintcolors #graypaint
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Gibraltar
Gauntlet Gray Sherwin Williams paint color on a house exterior - (The Gray Cottage). #gauntletgray #graypaintcolors #paintcolors #sherwinwilliamsgauntletgray
This home belongs to The Gray Cottage

Blue Grey Paint Colors from Behr

Here’s a great place to start if you need suggestions to sample but aren’t sure how dramatic you plan to go.

Blue Grey paint color ideas from Behr Paints - on Hello Lovely Studio. #bluegrey #bluegray #paintcolors #graypaintcolors
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Farrow & Ball Manor House Gray No. 265

If the first image of the monochromatic Plain English kitchen dazzled you, here are a couple of paint colors you may fancy sampling: FARROW & BALL Manor House Gray No. 265 and BEHR Gotham Gray.

Farrow & Ball Manor House Gray paint color on kitchen cabinets - come find more ideas for grey blue on Hello Lovely! #farrowballmanorhousegray #manorhousegray #paintcolors
Farrow & Ball Manor House Gray paint color. #graypaintcolors #paintcolors #farrowandball
FARROW & BALL Manor House Gray No. 265 – buy a sample HERE

Did you know you can score sample pots of pricey Farrow & Ball paints? Yep. Click the image above to go to buying info. And psst. This alpaca blanket below! At the time of this posting, it is buy one, get one free using code THROWDOWN!

Gotham Gray (Behr paint color) is a gorgeous blue gray - DecorAdventures. #gothamgray #behrgothamgray #paintcolors
BEHR Gotham Gray paint color for a moody, atmospheric, serene grey wall color. #greypaint #paintcolors #graypaintcolors
BEHR Gotham Gray

While they may not be an exact match, both have that atmospheric moody and chalky flavor you may be after.

Grey-Blue-Green Paint Ideas

If you love blue grey colors with green undertones, here is a quartet of contenders to give a whirl.

Blue Green Gray paint colors from Behr to inspire your interior design ideas for walls. Whether you love teal, aqua, grey-blue or atmospheric moody greens, try these! #behrpaintcolors #bluegreen #bluegray #graygreen #paintcolors
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Grey Blue Paint Colors to Try - come find inspiration and names of paint to sample on Hello Lovely! #paintcolors #slateblue #slategreay #bluegrey #greyblue #graypaint
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Behr Charcoal Blue

If you like more blue in your blue grey paint color, here’s a possibility that is still in that sophisticated, chalky, Euro-inspired range.

Behr Charcoal Blue paint color in a home office - design: Painted Nonsense. #bahrcharcoalblue #charcoalbluepaint #paintcolors

The stunning bar area below has a smart monochromatic look, and those grilles enhance the look dramatically.

Gorgeous blue grey painted custom wet bar with subway tile and decorative inset grills in cabinet doors. Design: AGK Design Studio; Builder: @themeterco. #wetbar #bluegrey #customcabinetry #cabinetgrills
AGK Design Studio; Photo: Ryan Garvin; Grills: Van Dyke’s Kent Design decorative grilles.

Bonus Alternative: Atmospheric & Serene Light Grey Idea

This mud room takes my breath away, and while I am not certain of the color the designer chose for it, I have an intelligent guess…

Lovely serene light grey blue mud room with custom built ins, octagon window, shiplap, and Dutch door. Design by AGK Design Studio; Builder: The Meter Co. #mudroom #interiordesign #bluegreypaint #dutchdoor #octagonwindow
AGK Design Studio; Photo: Ryan Garvin

It seems reminiscent of Sherwin Williams Gray Screen – so do pin if you care to save it for future reference.

Light Grey Paint Color Idea

For a a lighter version which reads like a white, try BENJAMIN MOORE Classic Gray which I have used often.

Coastal style bunk room with built-ins and blue accents is a delightful design by Tom Scheerer, photo by Francesco Lagnese. Elle Decor.
Interior Design by Tom Scheerer – Photo by Francesco Lagnese – Source: Elle Decor

Silvery Blue if You Love a Cooler Look

Grey Blue Breezy Bedroom Ideas

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This bedroom caught my eye (photo below: Wayfair) and strikes me as one which would make sense in a variety of different home styles, from coastal to French Country to Rustic Modern Farmhouse.

Breezy bedroom design: get the look - Hello Lovely Studio. #bedroomdecor #bedroomdesign #interiordesign #bedrooms #bedroomfurniture

Get the look with these resources!

1. Bedroom Furniture: Dressers & Nightstands

2. Accessories for the Dresser

Ya know, sometimes it is about what is in the vase, and sometimes it’s the vase! If you have access like I do to fresh and free branches from outdoors, then rustic recycled glass receptacles are a perfect companion.

What’s on my own dresser? A vintage (and pleasingly tarnished) round silver tray holding Diptyque candles, heart-shaped tumbled stones from Israel, and old skeleton keys.

3. Lamps for the Bedroom

4. Curtain Ideas

5. Blue Grey Paint Color Suggestion

Radiant Silver Behr paint color on a traditional 2-story house exterior with white shutters. #radiantsilver #paintcolors #behrradiantsilver

6. Beds to Consider

Jake Upholstered Bed with Metal Legs
Jake Upholstered Bed, Pottery Barn
Toulouse Wood Bed
Toulouse Wood Bed, Pottery Barn

7. Lovely Bedding Ideas

8. Area Rugs

Experience the Color With a Smaller Gesture

If you’re not sure about living with an expanse of blue-gray, how about trying a color out on an object or a door?

Leather counter stools in a gorgeous white kitchen with interior windows - design by Brian Paquette in AT HOME (Gibbs Smith, 2021). #kitchendesign #counterstools #coastalstyle
See more of designer Brian Paquette’s work in THIS

Take a Tour On the Other Side of “Breezy”

Treat yourself to this amazing tour of Richard Shapiro’s home in LA – it is exquisite, and the art collection will have you swooning.

Find more bedroom inspiration and chambray blue finds RIGHT HERE.

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-michele

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8 Comments

  1. Mumbai
    May 5, 2020 / 10:00 am

    so many beautiful colors, hard to decide…prefer the Jungle green or Smoky Blue for kitchen.

    • Michele
      Author
      May 5, 2020 / 12:33 pm

      They feel so fresh and life giving to me, and I think they often get overlooked in kitchens where we traditionally tend to think about ‘appetizing’ hues more than colors we simply feel good being in. As kitchens have become living spaces, we need to stay open to the range of possibilities. Thanks for reading!

  2. Connie
    May 5, 2020 / 11:14 am

    I never felt I could do “blueish” colors well but now I’m being drawn more to them. Great inspiration photos and color suggestions!

    BTW…love the recycled bubble glass ideas. To get that similar look for free, yes free!, ask a bar or restaurant to save their empty Patron tequila bottles. They’re beautiful pale green bubbled glass, come in various sizes and have a fun large round cork which is quite decorative in its own right. They make wonderful displays alone, grouped together and especially for putting simple wild flower arrangements in. 🙂

    • Michele
      Author
      May 5, 2020 / 12:31 pm

      That is an awesome tip, Connie!!! I will look into those empty bottles – what a fun way to recycle! There’s just something magical about bubble glass or bubble anything for that matter. 🙂

  3. May 6, 2020 / 7:07 am

    Michele…
    You out did yourself…in love❤️ with this post; although I truly love them all!…..

    • Michele
      Author
      May 6, 2020 / 8:13 pm

      I’m so happy you enjoyed this one – I love hearing from you and am so grateful for your time. xox

  4. Amy
    May 24, 2022 / 8:00 am

    Richard Shapiro’s home/garden in LA😱😳🤗WOWZERS!! So amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing that; I watched it twice! Love his idea of throwing his morning coffee on the paths of the garden for more authentic patina. I think I may try that this morning on my back covered concrete porch with whatever’s left over in the coffee pot that we don’t finish…and see what happens! Sounds fun 🤩 Love ideas 💡 like that!!

    • Michele
      Author
      May 24, 2022 / 9:26 am

      I love those designer/artist secrets too! Not sure you recall Leanne Ford fixing up her guest cottage not long ago and using her old coffee to rub on the walls to age them! She is “lazy” in a similar way that I am, and I just think of it as being cleverly sensible. 🙂 Natural dyes are so intriguing to me, and if you have ever used avocado peels for pink dye – it’s pretty rewarding! 🙂

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