Looking for the perfect light blue paint color for your home? Let’s talk about Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue and if it might be right for your home!
There are so many good light to mid-toned blues out there.
The blue-gray-green mix has been popular for a while, and for good reason. These paint colors present a soothing, relaxing vibe.
These blues can work as an accent color when paired with neutrals or can work as one of many colors for those with a bolder style.
There are a lot of things to consider, such as undertones and color depth, so let’s dive into the details of one of those pretty blue paint colors: Palladian Blue!
Palladian Blue, Benjamin Moore, HC-144
Palladian Blue is a calming, airy blue.
It appears blue-green or even aqua or teal in certain lighting, perfect for those with coastal, traditional, or modern decor styles.
Palladian Blue is in the blue family.
Light Reflectance Value
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.
With an LRV of 60, Palladian Blue is a light to mid blue. It’s not overly saturated but still provides some color.
It will look lighter in rooms with lots of natural light and a bit darker in rooms lacking natural light.
R: 195 G: 210 B: 200
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!
Palladian Blue is a light blue with green and slight gray undertones.
In south-facing rooms with more warm natural light, the green undertones may be more apparent. Palladian Blue may also look a bit lighter in these rooms.
In north-facing rooms, Palladian Blue may appear bluer, more muted, cooler, and a bit darker.
It’s very important to swatch colors on your wall to be sure they look good – day and night – in your actual space before committing.
Palladian Blue is a great choice for many spaces in the home, including:
- Living rooms
- Behr Azul Tequila
- Sherwin Williams Rainwashed
- Benjamin Moore Bali
- Benjamin Moore Turquoise Mist
- Benjamin Moore Swept Away
- Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue
- Sherwin Williams Waterscape
Palladian Blue pairs well with several other colors, including dark blues, grays, greens, browns, crisp whites, pinks, and terra cottas.
Light to mid-toned grays:
- Gray Owl
- Willow Creek
- Boothbay Gray
- Hale Navy
- Evening Dove
- Blue Note
- Wild Flower
- Pink Mix
Because Palladian Blue is a cool paint color, I prefer to pair it with a bright white trim color.
Palladian Blue color palette
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Here are some common frequently asked questions about Palladian Blue.
Does Palladian Blue look green?
Palladian Blue is a blue paint color with green undertones.
The green undertones will be more apparent in south-facing rooms with warm natural light, but Palladian Blue does not often look green.
That being said, it’s always best to swatch colors in your space before committing!
What color trim goes with Palladian Blue?
As a cool paint color, Palladian Blue looks great with crisp white trim colors, such as BM Simply White, SW Extra White, or Behr Ultra Pure White.
What is the difference between BM Palladian Blue and SW Sea Salt?
Palladian Blue is a blue paint color with green undertones, and Sea Salt is a green paint color with blue undertones.
That being said, they both can look very blue-green in certain lighting.
Palladian Blue has an LRV of 60, which makes it slightly darker than Sea Salt, which has an LRV of 63.
It’s always best to swatch colors in your space before committing, especially when debating between two similar paint colors.
What is the Sherwin Williams equivalent of BM Palladian Blue?
BM Palladian Blue is similar to SW Rainwashed.
Note that no two colors across brands are the exact same, though, so it’s always best to swatch colors in your individual space before committing.
What is the difference between BM Palladian Blue and Woodlawn Blue?
Palladian Blue and Woodlawn Blue are very similar colors.
They both have an LRV of 60, which means they’re the same brightness and will reflect the same level of light back into a room.
Palladian Blue has more of a green undertone, and Woodlawn Blue has more of a green-gray undertone, which makes it appear a bit more muted.
It’s always best to swatch colors in your space before committing.
What colors go with Palladian Blue?
Palladian Blue is neutral enough to pair well with several other colors, including dark blues, grays, greens, grays, browns, crisp whites, pinks, and terra cottas.
Specifically, Palladian Blue looks great with Gray Owl, Hale Navy, Persimmon, or Simply White.
Before you go…
So, you’ve found the perfect paint color, but here’s the thing – there’s another big decision you have to make: picking the right paint sheen. Seriously, the level of glossiness can totally change how your color looks on the walls and how long the paint lasts!
Check out our complete guide to understanding paint sheens.
Still not sure what paint color to choose?
My Paint Color Formula ebook walks you through the painless process of expertly testing paint swatches to ensure you have the perfect color for your home.
The best way to sample paint? Samplize!
Thanks for reading!
Meg Hemmelgarn is a freelance writer and home decor + DIY blogger who loves to talk about paint colors. She and her husband are currently renovating their third fixer upper. You can see their projects on her blog, Green With Decor.