Strong Blue-Gray Paint Colors: How to Evoke a Moody Vibe

Moody, atmospheric, complex colors are having a moment, and I think I understand why. Since the pandemic, as more people grow increasingly attached to their homes, they are thinking more deeply about design. They are becoming more intentional about paint color selection because they have gained a greater appreciation for how design affects well-being. Strong Blue-Gray Paint Colors: How to Evoke a Moody Vibe is a great start if you’re seeking a cool, and at times dramatic feel.

Strong Blue-Gray Paint Colors: How to Evoke a Moody Vibe

Don’t you love those strong grey-blue tones that are hard to describe and pin down? How gorgeous is this kitchen by Park and Oak?

Kitchen cabinets painted Farrow & Ball Pigeon - Park and Oak. #graykitchens #farrowandballpigeon
Park and OakFarrow & Ball Pigeon

It was this kitchen designed by them that got me thinking about that gorgeous Pigeon color by Farrow & Ball. However, I was shocked when I visited Farrow & Ball and viewed the swatch of Pigeon which looks very brown.

Such a great reminder to sample and not judge from a tiny square on Google.

Here are the six colors we’ll explore in this post:

But before we even jump into these gorgeous paint colors, take a peek at an amazing designer’s own home (Liz Caan!) who has strong blue-gray painted kitchen cabinets. You are going to feel so inspired!

Okay. Now let’s look at those greyish bluish contenders!

Farrow & Ball Blue Gray No. 91

Before we look more closely at Pigeon, take a gander at Blue Gray.

Blue Gray (Farrow & Ball) paint color in a stairway. #farrowandballbluegray
Farrow & Ball Blue Gray

I have seen a lot of talented designers reach for this hue. Remember this front door from Loi of Tone on Tone?

Farrow and Ball Blue Gray 91 perfectly complements the tones in the slate. Come discover 9 Timeless Grey-Blue Paint Color Ideas For Quiet, Sophisticated Greys for Walls, Furniture and Trim! #paintcolors #bluegrey #farrowandballbluegray
Loi Thai of Tone on Tone – Farrow & Ball Blue Gray

How fabulous does it look with the stone and surrounding nature!?! It is always good to see how the color looks in other parts of the world in different light.

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This looks like a building structure in London:

Farrow & Ball Blue Gray paint color on a garage exterior. #bluegray #paintcolors #farrowandballbluegray
Farrow & Ball Blue Gray

Obviously, yellow sunlight is going to affect the color which can read more green with ample light.

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Farrow & Ball Pigeon No. 25

Designer at Brown Interiors Amber Brown Matlack is a fan of Pigeon and told Southern Living “It works with so many different other colors—it can be used all over without being too overpowering, or it can be used as an accent.”

The designer recommends this color be paired with warm white paint colors and warm color palettes. Here’s how Pigeon looks in a dimmer setting:

Farrow & Ball Pigeon paint color on bedroom walls - Lda Architects. #farrowandballpigeon #graypaintcolors
Lda Architects – Farrow & Ball Pigeon

And notice how Pigeon contrasts when paired with bright off white:

Pigeon (Farrow & Ball) paint color on wainscot in a luxurious beach house (Glennon Doyle & Abby Wambach's) designed by Kate Lester and featured in Architectural Digest. #farrowandballpigeon #pigeongray #graypaintcolors
Photography: Douglas Friedman for AD; styling: Amy Chin; interior design: Kate Lester

Have you been following the design journey to a new house playing out on Chris Loves Julia? I love so much of what that innovative team does, and I have learned so much from them!

Pigeon (Farrow & Ball) paint in living room - Chris Loves Julia. #livingrooms #graypaintcolors #farrowandballpigeon
Chris Loves Julia – Pigeon (Farrow & Ball)

For example, Pigeon can look beyond sophisticated and moody in the best ways in a living room!

Laundry room painted Farrow & Ball Pigeon - Park and Oak. #farrowandballpigeon
Park and OakFarrow & Ball Pigeon

A laundry or mud room can be a smart place to try a new paint color…just look at what the possibilities are above!?!

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Farrow & Ball Pigeon paint color on walls. #farrowandball #graypaintcolors
Farrow & Ball

Choosing a color for kitchen cabinetry is a daunting task so it certainly helps when designers share the paint color names.

Here we see Pigeon paired with dark countertops – a design element that seems to be having a moment.

Kitchen cabinets painted Farrow & Ball Pigeon - Park and Oak. #graykitchens #farrowandballpigeon
Park & OakFarrow & Ball Pigeon…in case you love a moody grey-blue color for the kitchen.
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Clare Paint – Set in Stone

This strong and moody blue-gray caught my eye when I spotted it here on closet doors:

Closet doors painted Clare Set in Stone paint color - MStarrDesign. #claresetinstone #bluegraypaintcolors
Mstarrdesign – Clare Set in Stone

Isn’t that a brilliant use for it when you love the color but aren’t sure about painting ALL the trim?

I also love how it looks on applied trim:

By the way, if you have never ordered paint from CLARE – you’re in for a pleasant surprise. I love their colors, customer service, and the ease of delivery to my doorstep!

Clare’s Set in Stone is gorgeous with natural linen tones as you can see here:

Clare paint - Set in Stone. #claresetinstone
Wall painted Clare Set in Stone
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How to Select the Right Color for Your Space

I created this infographic, and I hope you will all pin it! A lot of folks are not sure how to begin their search for the proper color, and this has worked best for me:

How to choose perfect paint colors every single time - Hello Lovely Studio. #paintcolors #thebestpaintcolors
PIN me!

It is always tempting to open a sample pot and go straight to the wall with the paint. However, you’ll be able to gather much more helpful info if you follow the instructions above and paint on cardboard. This way, you can move the sample around at different hours of the day to notice changes.

It’s also possible to buy paint sample stickers which is a brilliant move from vendors.

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Behr French Colony

If you like French blues that lean toward grey, you may like French Colony by Behr. Here it is on a Mediterranean style exterior:

Blue Mediterranean style house exterior painted BEHR French Colony. #behrfrenchcolony #bluegraypaintcolors
BEHR French Colony

And you can get a sense of what it would feel like in a bath from this:

Blue gray bathroom painted Behr French Colony. #bluegraypaintcolors #frenchcolony
BEHR French Colony

The grey-blue color appears different of course with different exposure:

Blue Colonial style house exterior painted BEHR French Colony. #behrfrenchcolony #bluegraypaintcolors
BEHR French Colony

Are you a fan of deeper tones closer to slate blue/gray?

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Behr Blue Dusk

Blue Dusk can look so sophisticated on a house exterior, yes?

Behr Blue Dusk paint color on house exterior. #behrbluedusk
BEHR Blue Dusk

Notice the relationship this color has with the green grass and white trim. It has such a classic yet moody vibe different from a true navy.

Behr Blue Dusk paint color in a lobby.
BEHR Blue Dusk

Blue Dusk seems to read more teal in this lobby above and cool grey on the modern home below:

Behr Blue Dusk paint color on house exterior. #behrbluedusk
BEHR Blue Dusk
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Valspar Academy Gray

Finally, here’s a strong blue gray paint color that you cannot quite pin down as blue or gray or green or teal. I love those types of colors!

Academy Gray (Valspar) painted dining room. #valsparacademygray #bluegraypaint
Academy Gray

I hope these paint colors have given you food for thought if you are looking for a house for your interior or exterior.

Blue gray house exterior painted Academy Gray (Valspar). #valsparacademygray
Valspar Academy Gray – in case you need ideas for strong blue-gray paint colors.

If these tones are too strong, you may want to peek at these light grey options for a Zen feel.

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If you agree with this attitude – go see my post featuring work of Summer Thornton HERE.

I know there are folks who are still hesitant about shopping online for paint, but sometimes I wonder if their experiences in paint stores have been rosier than mine. The lighting is often pretty awful in those places so looking at little pieces of cardstock with colors gets confusing.

Thank goodness sample pots of paint are so reasonable and convenient!

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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Round Farmhouse Table
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Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
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French Stripe Basket Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
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Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
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Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
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Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
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Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
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Belgian Style Lamp
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