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Palette & Paints: Greek-Inspired Cerulean and Aegean Blues

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified May 22, 2014 01:11 AM
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by Meredith Swinehart last modified May 21, 2014

We set out to find the perfect Grecian blue, and settled on a range of hues: the cerulean blue of the dome-capped buildings; the sun-faded, almost purple blues seen on doors and shutters, and, of course, the mesmerizing blue-greens of the sea. Here are paints that capture the spectrum: Photography by Meredith Swinehart .  Above: Top row, left to right: Ralph Lauren  Blue Reef; Benjamin Moore Paddington Blue ; Benjamin Moore Blue Dragon ; and Benjamin Moore Lucerne . Bottom row: Benjamin Moore Seaport Blue ; Farrow & Ball Pitch Blue ; Benjamin Moore Naples Blue ; and Farrow & Ball Stone Blue .  Above: Ralph Lauren Blue Reef lies on the dark end of RL's Mediterranean blues spectrum; see the rest in a  Gio Ponti-Inspired Color Palette from Eve Ashcraft .  Above: Benjamin Moore's  Paddington Blue  is the darkest, boldest Greek blue in our collection. (Note that it leans more purple than teal.) Above: Blue Dragon from Benjamin Moore is described as taking its inspiration from the Greek Isles. It's a warmer, lighter blue than Paddington.  Above: Benjamin Moore's Lucerne  is a dark teal blue, the color of the Aegean darkened by rocks. Above: Benjamin Moore's  Seaport Blue  is the truest cerulean blue of the bunch. (It's slightly more teal than Reef Blue.)  Above: Farrow & Ball's Pitch Blue  is the warmest color—the most purple—of those shown here. It looks ideal for a blue stucco wall. Above: Naples Blue from Benjamin Moore is the greenest of the blues shown here; it's reminiscent of the often-green waters of the Aegean. Above: A faded teal, Farrow & Ball's  Stone Blue  is the lightest color in our group (stone blue is an 18th century nickname for indigo). Find more paint color inspiration in our Palette & Paints posts, including  India-Inspired Paint Colors ; Jade and Celadon Green ; and the Best Pink Paints . On Gardenista, see Architects Pick the Best Exterior Green Paints and the Best Red Exterior House Paints . More Stories from Remodelista Design Sleuth: A Low-Maintenance Olive Branch Arrangement Going to the Greek: A DIY Dinner Party in San Francisco Remodeling 101: Lighting Your Home Office






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