My Wall Paint Color

8.09.2013


I've received emails asking about the blue wall paint color I have all over the downstairs of our house.  It was custom blended five years ago, and the formula was on a paint can that I've just now located.  Well, my husband actually located it for me.  Finally. The photo above is our den. The color is on the ceiling, the backs of the bookcases, and through the doorway into the breakfast room.

Here it is in the dining room at a different time of day.  I really enjoy how the color changes depending on the light.  Sometimes I see lots of gray, and sometimes I see a hint of green.

Same room, same time of day, but not as close to the window.

In the kitchen,

and, in the breakfast room.  


Here's the formula.  I don't even want to know how many poster boards I went through arriving at this color.  I started with a designer, but we weren't on the same page.  She told me I couldn't have blue walls because it would look too juvenile.  I was determined to have blue walls, so I started working. I started with colors in my Benjamin Moore fan deck. Each attempt was one poster board and one quart of paint.  Yikes.  After getting nowhere I decided to wing it and try a custom color.  Eight to ten poster boards later, I found this, and was so happy.  If you're looking for a pale silvery blue, I recommend it.  I think all the gray makes it work a lot like a neutral.  I haven't found a color yet that I don't like with it.




Happy Weekend!  


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23 comments :

Sadie + Stella said...


Can I just tell you...I LOVE your living room. Beyond.

Monograms Mud said...

Thanks for sharing...this might be just the color I've been looking for.

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I love the color. My bedroom, while not custom, is one of those wonderful changeable blues.

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

It's perfect and so soothing. Have a great weekend Jennifer!
xo nancy

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I would have thought that blue would look too juvenile, also. It does in my friend Grace's home....sorry Grace who doesn't read blogs :). I love this color and may attempt it in my next home.

Suburban Charm said...

I love blue and think it's one of the hardest paint colors to choose. I love the one you had custom made...I painted my entry hall, stairway, and upstairs hall blue and probably went through the same number of pints before I got something I could use. I saw paint colors in other homes that I LOVED and when I tried it on my walls, it looked TOTALLY different because of the different lighting.

You have such a BEAUTIFUL home!!!

The enchanted home said...

A perfect blue if you ask me...your whole house looks amazing! Have a great weekend!

Vel Criste said...

We're lucky you followed your instincts Jennifer. your home is beautiful even more because of that wall color you chose!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

what an interesting color! it looks different on all these photos. You have to come and see my living room...its blue...stronger than yours...and I love it...and it doesn't look juvenile at all....and everyone who comes in loves it too. I'm at where Lily Bart is on the Mediterrenean....so good....thinking of you

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

You nailed that blue...some times it takes a little trial and error, but you really figured it out. Phooey to that decorator who told you it wouldn't work - it is lovely!

Have a great weekend! xoxo

LM said...

I love the wall color in your home. I have a similiar color (Sherwin Williams Lauren's Surprise) in my home office. Of course, Vivid Hue Home/Heather G. helped me with the vision! We were just saying that I NEED one of your prints in that room!!

Lisa Mende said...

I love that color!! You are kind to share!! Blue makes me happy and peaceful at the same time

Kathysue said...

Jennifer I had to do the same thing as you for my bedroom color. It is very hard to achieve a blue that is pale, clear and sophisticated at the same time. I worked with my tinter all one ay to get my formula. It has so little pigment added to the gallon, every time I have it mixed the tinter thinks it is for a quart. I would say all of your hard work was worth it, because your home is so lovely and so YOU!!
xo Kathysue

Danylle McLain said...

I love this color. Our family room has blue walls and it is the most cheery room in the house. It's in the basement so I thought a nice bright blue would brighten it. "Can't have blue walls?" Madness :)

Lilly said...

I really love this! I have to print a closet this weekend and this seems like the perfect complement to my light green in the bedroom.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

You showed that designer! :) I think it looks beautiful - I love chameleon colors like that.

Barclay @ Gracious Home said...

I love the blue too! It was good that you didn't listen to the designer and went with your gut! I think all of the rooms are happy and cheerful! Happy weekend!

home before dark said...

I'm glad you had persistence to find the color that made you happy. I went through about 12 colors for the ceiling for my new kitchen/library/dining room. I wanted the perfect green that in the daytime melded with the trees outside and at night was sexy and cozy. I had big colors swatches on the ceiling and one day the electrician's apprentice walked in, looked up at the patchwork of green colors and said, "Dude, you're going camo." Sigh.......

Kimberly Lemmon said...

Worth all the trouble. Looks wonderful! Have a fab weekend, Jennifer!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

I did the same thing for the blue walls in my bedroom. Love the white plates on the wall.

Karen Albert said...

Jennifer I love this color. You are right about the way it changes during the time of day!

Do you mind if I ask where you purchased the Bamboo Chandelier?

xoxo
Karena
Designer Series: Barry Dixon

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Love the color...it is so pretty...thanks

Improvement List said...

I also have blue gray walls in most of my house. It is such a calming color, and does provide a nice background to the pops of color I add with accessories. Love that you made your own color. I will have to be brave and try that next time I have to paint a room.

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