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Behr NYPD: a complete color review

Looking for the perfect navy blue paint color? Let’s talk about Behr NYPD and if it might be the perfect paint color for your home!

I love a deep, moody paint color. For a deep color to not be too bright or overwhelming, I love a color with lots of muted gray undertones.

So, I went on an obsessive kick to find the perfect navy-charcoal paint color for our fireplace makeover.

And, I found it with Behr NYPD. This deep blue has a ton of gray to it – giving it a subdued finish. We have used it on our living room fireplace wall, our mudroom built ins, and plan to use it on our kitchen cabinets when we re-do the space.

It’s fair to say that I am obsessed with this color and its versatility. Let’s chat more about it!

Behr NYPD N480-6

behr nypd paint color guide

Color Family

NYPD is in the blue or navy blue color family.

Light Reflectance Value

15

Light Reflective Value is the measurement of how much light a color bounces around. This is on a scale of 0 to 100 with 0 being pure black and 100 being pure white.

At 15, this is a VERY dark color. However, it reads as a bit lighter than you might think, especially in brightly lit rooms.

In dark rooms, it reads as very dark.

pantry painted behr nypd

RGB Colors

R: 95 G: 110 B: 119

RGB describes the amount of each color – red, green, and blue – present in a color. This is on a scale of 0 to 255 for each color. This is basically the color mix to make the color!

Hex Code

#55656F

Undertones

This blue has very heavy gray undertones. That’s what gives it the muted look and keeps it from looking overwhelmingly blue.

It also has a little bit of green undertones and can read slightly teal, especially in southern light or with yellowed artificial lighting.

fireplace painted behr nypd

Best uses

I love this color for:

  • Accent wall
  • Furniture
  • Built ins
  • Dramatic dark cozy bedroom

Similar Colors

  • Behr Undersea
  • Behr City Rain
  • Benjamin Moore Andes Summit
  • Benjamin Moore Blue Spruce
  • Sherwin Williams Slate Tile
  • Valspar Smoky Pitch
mudroom painted behr nypd

Coordinating Colors

Pair this color with crisp whites, gray-greens, light blues, or yellow for a bold look.

Gray-green colors:

Light blues:

  • Behr French Colony
  • Behr Dayflower

Yellows:

  • Behr Cellini Gold
  • Behr Mustard Grain

Trim Colors

Because of the blue tones in this color, I prefer to pair it with a crisp, bright white trim color.

Bright white trim colors:

  • Benjamin Moore Simply White
  • Sherwin Williams Extra White
  • Behr Ultra Pure White

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