It's time to look beyond blue and pale gray when you think about cool colors. A cool color palette can include green, deep gray, lavender, and aqua. Using cool colors in a palette keeps a room balanced when used with warm colors. Most often the warm color in a room will come from surfaces and wood furniture. Cool paint colors can soften an overly warm room that is filled with cabinetry or wood flooring.
The secret to choosing the right cool colors for your space is identifying the undertones of each color. A cool color isn't simply a color that's been muted with gray. Cool colors can have a blue or green cast, which makes it more challenging to use. Sampling paint colors is your secret weapon in choosing the right cool colors. Unlike warm colors, lighting (or lack of it,) can make a hugely negative impact on cool colors, so sampling in your space with available light is essential.
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If you're looking for a fun green paint color, consider Shagreen. This green is right on the cusp of warm and cool, with just enough softness to push it over to the cool side. The beautiful thing about Sherwin-Williams Shagreen is that it has an easy coolness, but retains a touch of yellow undertone that gives it a natural look.
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Don't forget deep and charcoal gray when you're choosing cool colors. Software by Sherwin-Williams is almost as dark as charcoal gray but keeps a bit of depth that makes it more usable in a variety of spaces.
Software would be stunning with a medium-tone blue or aqua, with an accent of creamy white, and dark brown. This color scheme in a room could be blue walls, a Software accent wall, a creamy white trim, and rich brown wood floors.
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No list of cool colors is complete without a beautiful sky blue. Open Air by Sherwin-Williams is a bit more complex than just a simple sky blue, with a hint of aqua. Aqua blues are perfect in a simple kitchen with white cabinets and dark countertops.
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Respite by Sherwin-Williams is a mid-tone blue that is traditional. This color would be comfortable in a living or family room, as it has a relaxed personality. Mid-tone wood flooring and trim would go well with Respite, especially in a casual space. Don't overlook a pretty blue like Respite for a front door, or for exterior furniture, for a Cape Cod style.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Warmer than mint green, Sherwin-Williams Topiary Tint has all the fun of the popular mint colors, with the brightness that can overwhelm a space. Topiary Tint in a guest room or dining nook is perfect for a garden-style retreat.
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Lavender belongs on any list of the best cool colors. Sherwin-Williams Breathtaking is rich enough to avoid looking too old-fashioned or sentimental. You can use a lavender-like Breathtaking as you would an aqua or mint green, in a black and white color scheme for a casual kitchen or bedroom.
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Many designers swear by Sherwin-Williams Filmy Green for the perfect green neutral. Sage green has faded in popularity and is being replaced by muted neutral green without the blue undertone that dated the sage greens of the past. Filmy Green is soothing and even a bit mysterious.