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Aegean Teal – Benjamin Moore’s 2021 Color of the Year

Aegean Teal, by Benjamin Moore, is a gorgeous blue paint color that is both soft and deep.

This luxurious color has been chosen as Benjamin Moore’s 2021 Color of the Year. And for good reason: Aegean Teal is a paint color that inspires relaxation, reflection and balance.

Named for the Aegean Sea, Benjamin Moore’s Aegean Teal is a reminiscent of the deep blue green water that intrigues and soothes.

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Details of Benjamin Moore’s Aegean Teal

Aegean Teal Undertones

Aegean Teal is a blue paint color with green and gray undertones. Depending on the lighting throughout the day, it transitions from a more saturated yet soft blue to a more bold blue-green. It can even take on more of a gray tone in dim lighting.

Typically though, Aegean Teal is going to look more blue than anything else.

Because Aegean Teal is a blue-green paint color, it is decidedly a cool paint color.

Cool paint colors tend to evoke a feeling of calm, relaxation and reflection, and Aegean Teal is no exception.

Color Review of Aegean Teal

Aegean Teal LRV

Aegean Teal has an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 24. The scale of LRV goes from 0, which is a true black paint color, to 100, which is a true white paint color.

This puts Aegean Teal in the dark range of paint colors, and means that it will not reflect very much light back into the room. Instead, it will absorb the light.

One way to describe a color with a low LRV like this is to say that when the light comes in through the windows, it doesn’t light up the paint like it will on higher LRV colors. This is because on a paint color with a higher LRV, the sunlight bounces off the walls and reflects back into the room. With a lower LRV, such as 24, the paint color absorbs the light, instead of bouncing it back into the room.

Practically speaking, if you have a dark room, Aegean Teal is going to look very dark. It is not going to “help” the situation in any way. This doesn’t mean that it can’t be used in a dark room though. We’ll talk more about that in the “Where To Use Aegean Teal” section.

Aegean Teal Color Strip

Aegean Teal’s color code is 2136-40.

It is part of a color strip with 6 other paint shades. All of the shades are just lighter or darker versions of each other.

Aegean Teal Color Family

As you can see, the darkest member of Aegean Teal’s color family is a deep black paint color called Black Knight.

This is followed by Regent Green, which actually looks more like a dark navy with strong green undertones than a true green.

We start to see a shade more similar looking to Aegean Teal with the next color, Amazon Green. Again, this color shows up with more blue in it than green.

While Aegean Teal has a fairly low LRV, it is the mid-tone on this color strip.

On the lighter end, you can see Colorado Gray, a gray with blue-green undertones, and Harbor Haze.

Finally, Whispering Spring looks like a white paint color when nothing is around it. When compared to a pure white though, it is easy to see that this “white” is actually a very soft blue-green shade (with gray undertones).

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Coordinating Colors for Aegean Teal

Aegean Teal is a true color, so it can be difficult for many to pair it with other shades with confidence.

As a general idea, Aegean Teal will look gorgeous with most blacks, whites, creams, golds, and browns. It can also play very nicely with some greens, grays, yellows and purples.

Here are two specific coordinating color palettes for Aegean Teal. This will give you an idea of how you can pair this paint color with other shades.

Aegean Teal Color Scheme #1 – Muted Colors

First, Aegean Teal is paired with Salisbury Green and Sweet Spring. Salisbury Green is a soft green, while Sweet Spring is more of a gray-green with some beige undertones.

These coordinating colors show how Aegean Teal can be used in a muted, soft space.

Aegean Teal Coordinating Colors - Muted Look

Aegean Teal Color Palette #2 – Bolder Colors

This second color palette is a bit more dramatic.

Here, Aegean Teal is put with Tulsa Twilight and Winterwood. Winterwood is a gray with green undertones. Tulsa Twilight is a deep and rich purple with black undertones.

The colors work together to create a dramatic look that is very on trend right now.

Aegean Teal Color Palette - bold look

I also pair Aegean Teal with Gray Owl and a few other paint shades. You can see that palette here.

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Where to Use Aegean Teal

Aegean Teal is a perfect color for accent spaces. This can include accent walls, cabinets, furniture, and front doors.

Aegean Teal on cabinets

On a grander scale, Aegean Teal can also be used on entire rooms, but with some reservations.

Because Aegean Teal has such a low LRV, it is not going to work in every room. But, darker colors can be used in smaller or more dimly lit rooms to create a certain mood – whether that be luxurious, rich, bold or dramatic.

I like to use darker colors in smaller bedrooms or in dens, to give the room a distinctive, bold look.

Aegean Teal can also work on the walls of a living room, especially if the space has lots of natural light and other bright accents for the light to reflect off of.

Aegean Teal is a great color to pair with white cabinets to give a kitchen an intriguing and soothing appearance.

And last, I love that Aegean Teal works really well with both white and wood accents and trim. If you have wood trim, the dark, cool look of Aegean Teal with play off of the warm tones of the wood very nicely.

Final Thoughts on BM Aegean Teal

Aegean Teal was chosen as Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year because of the feeling it evokes – one of calm and balance.

It is a great paint color for accent spaces, such as a front door or cabinets, but can also be used as a whole-room color in the right space.

If you are wanting a rich teal color that inspires and looks gorgeous, Aegean Teal might be the right color for you.

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Karen Nolan

Monday 31st of May 2021

Aegean teal exterior? Chantilly lave trim?

Lauren

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

Hi Karen! This would be a gorgeous combo for the right home!

Sue

Monday 31st of May 2021

My dressing room is BM mascarpone paint and wanted to add a splash of color to the ceiling and vanity / need some ideas for paint volir

Lauren

Thursday 10th of June 2021

Hi Sue! So many options! Hamilton Blue, Sheer Romance, Central Park, Heather Field, Dash of Pepper, Shadow... there are tons!

Linda

Wednesday 24th of March 2021

Hi There, We are redoing a bedroom with an accent wall television and fireplace. My plan is to paint that wall in Aegean Teal and then all of the other walls a neutral grey or white. The opposite wall will have a very colourful piece of art that pulls teal and many other brighter colours (yellow, red, blue, dark grey). The floors are light maple and furniture is black. Are there any BM neutrals you might suggest?

Lauren

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Hi Linda! I'm so sorry for the late reply! Your question got buried and I just saw it! Aegean Teal will look great with most bright whites and cool whites. Some options might be Chantilly Lace, White Heron or Snow White. It also would look nice with a gray like Horizon or Gray Owl. My personal preference would be for one of the whites - they will really set Aegean Teal off nicely!