Tranquil Tones

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A color commonly associated with pristine ocean waters and moody skies, blue-gray has a calming yet still playful effect in any room in the home. The peaceful color is perfect for those looking to add a pop of something more interesting than black, white or gray—but nothing too outlandish.

1. Mars Gray by Debbie Robbins, 24”x30”, $400; For Your Convenience
2. Precedent Bellatrix chair, $1285; Beyond Blue Interiors
3. Stripe coasters set of 4, $19.95; Zest Cafe & Home Art
4. Seashell shaped dish, $16.95; Zest Cafe & Home Art
5. Matouk Eden Collection hazy blue full/queen, $475; Charlotte’s
6. Bamboo style frame, $12.95; Zest Cafe & Home Art
7. Geo chenille Jacquard pillow cover 20” x 20”, $45; West Elm
8. Book bundle, $18.95; The Shops at 1700 9. Barneyville Traditional Chesterfield Sofa, $799.99; Target
10. Crystalline vase, $35; The Shops at 1700

My favorite blue-gray paint color is Sherwin Williams Daphne SW9151. Blue-gray paints are calm and relaxing in a room and seem to be popular choices these days. It can be a neutral when paired with other colors and can be used in a traditional or contemporary home. 

— Julie Flournoy, For Your Convenience

Our favorite blue-gray is “Blue Fescue” from Benjamin Moore’s Century Collection. We love this French-inspired tone in a flat finish – it looks great on the walls of our design library!

— Robert MacNeill and Brittany Roux, Roux MacNeill Studio,

Benjamin Moore Santorini Blue is a soft blue with a gray undertone. It will give a beach-like vibe to your space, imparting a breezy, cozy feel!

— Tula Summerford, Design by Tula,

North Star is an easy-breezy color—easy to live with and the perfect neutral backdrop. Love it paired with creamy white and melon-hued accents for the more bold!

— Carole Marcotte, The Shops at 1700/Form & Function,

This dramatic hue can be found in many of our favorite projects. It’s a gorgeous color for cabinetry and built-in bookcases, as well as powder rooms and dining room walls.

— Vicky Serany, Southern Studio,

I love this stately blue-gray for adding contrast to otherwise neutral spaces, such as in a coffered ceiling or on a powder room ceiling paired with wallpaper or a light wall color. Exceptionally gorgeous in a gloss finish, it is wonderful for interior doors or for changing up an all-white kitchen by painting the island. 

— Sally Williams, Colorful Concepts Interior Design,

Passive SW7064 by Sherwin Williams is a fantastic soft and neutral blue-gray hue to use in spaces with lots of natural light. It creates such a soft tone for a space and really sets a fabulous foundation to build a great color story upon for an entire home…heck, it was what I used most in my own home because it makes leather and dark-wood antiques look so freakin’ good!!

— Antoine A. Pontón, Principal-AP Designs, LLC,

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