The 10 Best Blue Paint Colors from Sherwin Williams

Blue paint is a beautiful thing. It has the ability to make a room feel relaxing and expansive, or moody and dramatic.

There are many different shades of blue to choose from. The undertones in blue paint can include gray, purple, red and green (and more!).

Because the are all so gorgeous, it can be hard to choose the right blue paint color! Ranging from lightest to darkest, hopefully, this list of the best blue paint colors from Sherwin Williams will help narrow your search for the perfect shade.

Top Ten Blue Paint Colors from Sherwin Williams

Best Pale Blue Paint Color – Glimmer

Glimmer (SW 6476) is a very light blue paint color that will look almost white on your walls.

Glimmer is the lightest blue on this list, with a Light Reflectance Value (LRV) of 78. This means that it will make a room appear bright and cheery.

In a well lit room, Glimmer will appear more white. When paired with white accents, this shade will take on more blue tones.

This pastel blue is perfect for a nursery, bathroom, or could even be used as a main color for the home.

Best Teal Blue Paint Color – Waterfall

Waterfall (SW 6750) is a pretty pale blue with green undertones. It is a crisp, clean color that will make a room feel bright and cheery.

With an LRV of 71, it is one of the lightest blue paint colors on this list, though tends toward a bright color choice.

While a bit too vivid to be the main choice of paint color for a home, Waterfall would go well in a bathroom or living area, or even on a front door.

If you’re looking for a teal with a little more punch to it, Aqueduct (SW6758) is also a great choice.

Best Pale Blue Paint Color – Atmospheric

Atmospheric (SW6505) is a pale blue that is just a tiny bit bright. It is a light color, with an (LRV) of 67.

This color’s name gives a bit of insight into the shade of blue. Atmospheric is blue like the sky on a clear day.

Because it is a cool color, it will make your rooms feel larger, and will bring about a feeling of serenity.

Atmospheric would go well in a bedroom, living room or bathroom. Additionally, it is a good blue paint choice for a home with farmhouse or colonial style.

Best Baby Blue Paint Color – Icelandic

Icelandic (SW6526) is a pretty pale blue with just a touch of purple undertones. It is reminiscent of the classic baby blue shade that has adorned nurseries and infant boy clothing for decades.

As the name implies, Icelandic reminds you of the blue in an iceberg – pale and icy. As such, Icelandic is a cool color.

With an LRV of 67, it has the same depth and light reflectance value as Atmospheric, but is not as bright.

Icelandic is a great choice for a nursery, bathroom, or even a dining room with beautiful crisp white wainscoting.

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Best Coastal Blue Paint Color – Tradewind

Tradewind (SW 6218) is a gorgeous blue paint color with gray undertones and a touch of green in it. While Sherwin Williams actually classified Tradewind as a neutral, it is definitely blue.

It has an LRV of 61, making it slightly darker than the previous shades mentioned. It is still considered a light color though.

Due to its popularity in homes on the coast, Tradewind is featured on my list of Best Coastal Paint Colors.

Tradewind would go nicely with white or wood trim, and will invoke a sense of calmness.

Because it is technically a neutral, it is a great choice for almost any room in your home.

Best Green Blue Paint Color – Rainwashed

Rainwashed (SW 6211) is a beautiful blue paint color that has a lot of green undertones.

Rainwashed has an LRV of 59, so while it is a light color, it has slightly more depth than some of the blues on the list.

This shade of blue is reminiscent of a cool spring rain. It is light and fresh, with just a dash of moodiness.

Featured as an alternative on my whole house color scheme, Rainwashed is a beautiful choice for a bathroom, bedroom, or kitchen.

Best Periwinkle Blue Paint Color

Celestial (SW 6808) is a quintessential periwinkle shade, with strong blue and purple leanings.

With its purple undertones, this blue shade almost leans towards a warm color.

Having an LRV of 44, Celestial is given a rating of medium. This means that it will make a room feel a little bit darker than if a lighter shade were used on the walls.

Celestial is a good choice for a room that you want to have a bit of an impact.

Best Gray Blue Paint Color – Morning Fog

Morning Fog (SW 6255) is a blue paint color that leans heavily towards gray. At first glance, it will appear gray. However, when placed next to a true gray, Morning Fog will show its blue tones.

With an LRV of 42, Morning Fog has a medium rated light reflectance value. It will be much darker on the walls than the previously listed shades of blue.

Morning Fog is a bit of a versatile color, looking gray in a dimly lit room, or blue in a well lit room. In addition, pairing it with blue accents will make it take on a gray shade, while pairing it with gray accents will make it look blue.

This color is a particularly popular shade of blue/gray, and is listed as one of Sherwin Williams’ best selling paint colors.

Morning Fog will look best in a bedroom, living room, or entryway. As with many of the blues on this list, white trim will make this color stand out even more.

Best Victorian Blue Paint Color

Peacock Plume (SW 0020) is a gorgeous blue paint color that is suggestive of the shades used during the Victorian period.

This rich blue has an LRV of 27, making it a dark color for your walls. Despite having a low LRV, Peacock Plume has a bit of brightness to it.

With undertones of green, this color looks almost teal.

Peacock Plume is a good color for a room where you want the walls to make a statement.

Best Navy Blue Paint Color – Naval

Naval (SW 6244) is a dark blue paint color with just a hint of purple undertones. As the name implies, it is dark like a Navy uniform.

This dramatic color will make a bold statement on your walls. In a dimly lit room, Naval will make the space feel smaller. But in a well lit room, with lots of white trim, this striking color will feel confident and poised.

Naval has an LRV of 4, putting it firmly in the dark rating by Sherwin Williams, and by far the darkest color on this list.

It was named Sherwin Williams’ 2020 Color of the Year.

Naval would be a good choice for a library, office, or formal dining room.

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Final Thoughts on the Best Blue Paint Colors

Sherwin Williams has a lot of really gorgeous blue paint colors to choose from.

Hopefully this list narrowed down the options so you can choose a shade that is just perfect in your home!

If you want to paint your home on your own, check out this post on painting a room.

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The 10 Best Blue Paint Colors from Sherwin Williams

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  1. Hello! I’m trying to pick a blue-ish color for my oceanfront beach house. I was leaning towards SW’s Quench Blue 6785. We have white trim and brownish architectural shingles on the roof. There are two large decks on the back built with juniper wood. Any ideas for me? I don’t want to go too dark, or too light, or too dull. I thought something in a blue green color would be pretty as well, but I’m just unsure. I’ve painted the quench blue in a spot on the back, but again, still unsure!!

    1. Hi Amy! The nice thing about beach houses is you can go bright and it still looks amazing! Quench Blue is a good bright, but still light blue, but if you like something with a little more green in it, Meander Blue is also nice. Both are going to look a little more washed out in the bright sun than on the swatch. Enjoy your beach home!

  2. Thank you so much for this great article! I have SW glimmer in a room without any windows and it looks like a stunning pale green. And I’m in the process of using SW window pane for a bathroom and it is a light and lovely blue green. My question for you. We are thinking of painting the entire exterior body of our home SW waterfall with all the trim/shutters/doors being a crisp white. I was planning on tying in some accent colors like coral and yellow in my pottery outdoors pillows. Anyway, what are your thoughts of waterfall for an exterior color? I live in very sunny Florida in a hip neighborhood where I’m surrounded by pink, orange, and yellow houses. Thank you such much.

    1. Hi Mary Ann! I love the colors in your home! For the exterior, it sounds like Waterfall would work well for you. Living in a sunny, Florida neighborhood with lots of brightly colored homes makes it totally okay for you to just pick a color you love and go for it! Waterfall is a pretty bright blue, but I think it will work for your situation. It’ll go really well with crisp white trim and the accent colors you are looking at too. How fun!

  3. Hi Lauren,
    I am in the process of picking out a SW paint to do my living room, dining room and kitchen. I found your website extremely helpful in finding a light blue color. I live in FL, but like dark furniture so my furniture and bar are both walnut. However, we put a blue granite and blue backsplash in our bar, the granite is medium blue and the backsplash is many darker blues. Therefore, I want to avoid any light blues that would look more green than blue. We like Glimmer and Icelandic. Which would you recommend to bring out the blue in the bar. Also, we have cobalt blue in an area rug and want to do the tray ceilings in a contrasting blue, is there a cobalt blue that you would recommend to go with either the Glimmer or Icelandic? Thanks in advance for your help!!!!!!

    1. Hi Roxanne! Glimmer is a greenish blue, and Icelandic is a purplish blue. Without seeing the actual blue colors in your room, its hard to choose one that will go just right with it. But, I would recommend looking at Minor blue and Atmospheric. Truly, to get the best idea of which blue is right, you should pick up some samples. You can either get a paint sample from Sherwin Williams, or get a few Samplize squares. Because you’re trying to pair it with existing blues, it is really important to get the undertones right. For a contrasting blue, I would recommend getting the same blue as whatever you choose for the walls and darkening it by 50%. This will ensure the color is perfect!

  4. Hello- I am looking for a blue tone to use in a hallway that goes from 1st to 2nd floor. I don’t want tons of color, I would like a subtle color. Any recommendations?

    1. Hi Tori! Atmospheric is a nice blue that isn’t bright at all. If you want one with more gray in (which tends to make it more of a subtle color), check out Moonmist or Lullaby. Happy painting!

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