The Best Vintage Blue Paint Colors to Try in 2024

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The Best Vintage Blue Paint Colors to Try in 2024

It probably won’t surprise you that blue is the most common favorite color, not just in the West, but around the world. It’s said to evoke peace, calm, and security.  My favorite color is blue. My favorite paint color is blue. But for me, nothing beats a vintage blue paint color: a dusty blue, baby blue, gray blues, whatever you want to call it. I tend to call it vintage or antique blue.

I recently did a budget kitchen remodel for the Fall 2023 One Room Challenge. I was so pleased with the way it turned out, especially since I only spent $1200 on the whole thing. There’s a perfect view of the kitchen from my “blogging armchair” in the living room. Every time I looked over here, I noticed something amiss with the color palette. At first, I couldn’t put my finger on it.

It took me a while to realize that the green paint I’d chosen for the kitchen island didn’t quite work with the peach-hued travertine backsplash. The green I’d chosen was quite warm, and the kitchen cabinetry is stark white. This left no contrasting cool tones in the entire kitchen.

I found this super cool tool on the Canva website, that’s basically an interactive color wheel. You can input a hex for any color and it will show you the corresponding complementary color. To use this tool, I took a screenshot of my backsplash zoomed in and this light blue (see image) was the resulting complementary color.

Oooh I knew it! Always looking for an excuse to grab paint samples, I was out the door in no time. Here are some of the blue paints I’ve tested for this project, and in the past.

My new kitchen Island Paint : Benjamin Moore Van Courtland Blue

How to Find Your Perfect Shade of Blue.. Or Any Color Really

I’ve already mentioned the Canva tool, which you can try out here. You’ll also want to use or a similar tool, for the last step. Here are the steps I used to find actual paint colors to try:

1. In Canva, open a new design. It doesn’t matter which type.

2. Upload a photo of the space you want the perfect match for.

3. On the left bar click elements. Insert any – square, circle, whatever.

4. On the top tool, bar towards the left, there is a square that will say “color” when you hover. Click that.

5. Click the “+” sign. Then click the dropper icon. Hover over the color in the photo that you’re trying to contrast/complement. Here you can copy the hex code.

6. Open Canva Color Wheel tool and paste your hex code. Then select “complementary” or “monochromatic” (whichever you are trying). Then copy the hex code it generates on the right.

7. Open and paste the hex code (you must delete the hashtag first!)

You may need to scroll down the page a bit to see familiar paint brands but you should find a paint product that closely match your hex code!

Test Paint Samples!

Here are my personal tips for paint sampling. I always go to Lowes to buy paint samples since they have the tiny ones available (you’d be surprised, a lot of paint shops have a quart as their smallest). They’ll match any custom color from any paint brand in their system. At $4-$5 per sample, you can grab a bunch of different colors.

At home, I paint them onto paper and tape them to the wall so I can see the actual color (swatches can’t be trusted!) Then I can get a good idea of what it will look like at different times of day, in natural light, and artificial light. 

A Quick Note On LRV

In case you aren’t familiar, lRV refers to light reflectance value. LRVs range from 0-100 with 0 being the darkest and 100 being pure white. This will come in handy when researching paint colors. For example, you might find one you absolutely love, but find it a bit too dark or a bit too light than you’d prefer. When looking at other options, you can make sure the LRV is higher or lower 

Van Courtland Blue (Benjamin Moore) LRV 31

Van Courtalnd Blue Via Park & Oak

This is my personal favorite at the moment and my choice for the kitchen island. Described as an “Old World” blue by Benjamin Moore, Van Courtland is a medium-depth paint color with an ever-so-slight green undertone. In fact, depending on the time of day, you can’t see any green undertone at all on my kitchen island. It’s a blue-gray color, like many of the other blue colors on this list. Van Courtland’s concoction of beautiful tones and undertones make a great choice for a timeless blue!

Water’s Edge (Benjamin Moore) LRV 31

Okay, here’s the thing. I bought this paint sample and could NOT for the life of me tell the difference between this one and Van Courtland Blue. I dug into the LRV value (about the same) and the rgb values were… also the same? I’m convinced they are the same color, but both are Benjamin Moore paint colors. I can’t figure out why they’d create two of the same colors and call them different names. So, if anyone out there reading knows the answer or sees the difference, let me know! So, in a nutshell, I love this color as much as I love Van Courtland Blue, as it has all the same qualities.

Benjamin Moore Water’s edge via House Beautiful

Lakeside (Sherwin Williams) LRV 47

I’d describe Lakeside as a sky blue. It’s one of the darker shades on the list – a solid medium blue, with gray undertones. It’s also a cool blue – it lacks the green undertones I look for in a vintage blue so it wasn’t a contender for the island, but it’s a popular color and it can look vintage in certain settings. Check out how Lakeside can be used to look timeless in these images.

​French Colony (Behr) LRV 34

French Colony is a silvery-blue that has stood the test of time. Well, at least it has stayed pretty popular for the last 10 years. I used it back in 2016 in my first-ever kitchen renovation! I used it back in 2016 in my first-ever kitchen renovation! It’s a brighter blue shade, with less gray than the others on the list. In certain lighting, it can have a tiny hint of purple undertone, but that totally depends on what other colors are dominant throughout the room.

Gingham (Behr)

Gingham by Behr is actually one of their chalk paint line colors, but if you request a color match, it can be made into any type of paint, so I just had to add it to the list. Why? Well, it lovely; unique and just a happy color.

I first discovered it when I chose a chalk paint for nightstands in my previous bedroom. When mulling over blue paint choices for the kids’ bathroom, I couldn’t get it out of my head and I used it for the bathroom vanity. It’s obvious it was designed to look vintage, and has a perfect blend of gray with rich blue hues and a little bit of a blue-green shade.

Gingham by Behr in the kids bathroom makeover

Light Blue No 22 (Farrow & Ball) LRV 50

Very versatile paint color! I’ve never used this color myself, but it can be found all over Pinterest. Farrow & Ball, after all, is a very coveted product, with a limited color line. I’ve seen it look totally gray, totally green, totally blue, and every shade in between. No matter what, it always looks so antique and very English.

Light Blue No 22 Examples via Farrow & Ball

The above image gallery from Farrow & Ball’s website is a great example of how different the same paint color can look in different rooms, different lighting and, of course, cameras.

What’s Your Favorite Blue Paint Color?

I hope this helps you on your hunt for the perfect paint color, be it blue, or any other color you find difficult to complement your space. These free online tools can be a huge help. And remember, always buy a real paint sample before you go for it!