Farrow & Ball Green Blue Paint Color Review

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Learn all about Green Blue by Farrow & Ball in this paint color review. 

I recently started a series of Farrow & Ball paint color reviews, and this week I want to talk about Farrow & Ball Green Blue, No. 84.

This color may be the most accurately named of all the Farrow & Ball paints. Green Blue is exactly what it sounds like: a very even mix of green and blue hues. Depending on the changing light throughout the day, it sometimes looks more blue and sometimes looks more green.

Because of the combination of warm green and cool blue, Green Blue is a versatile color that can pair well with both modern, fresh finishes and warmer, earthy finishes.

This beautiful, muted paint color is a great choice for bedrooms, bathrooms and even the front door.

A paint swatch of Farrow & Ball Green Blue paint
Farrow & Ball Green Blue No. 84

What is the LRV of Farrow & Ball Green Blue?

The LRV (that’s light reflective value) of Farrow & Ball Green Blue is approximately 49. Farrow & Ball doesn’t actually give LRVs for their paint colors, but I estimated the LRV with color comparisons and other information on the internet.

This color is soft and muted, but a bit more vibrant than some other Farrow & Ball greens we’ve reviewed (like Teresa’s Green and Cromarty).

Is Green Blue warm or cool?

It depends. Farrow & Ball Green Blue has both warm green tones and cool blue tones. The mix between the two is so even that this paint color can look warmer in some spaces and cooler in others, depending on the lighting and surrounding finishes and decor.

In a west-facing room with warm, afternoon sunlight, for example, the color will appear greener and warmer. In a north- or south-facing room with more indirect sunlight, the color will appear more blue and cooler.

Because the color can look so different throughout the day and in different lighting it may not work in every space. This is why testing your paint colors in natural light is so important!

Farrow & Ball Green Blue walls in a young boy's bedroom
Photo by M. Marceny

When should I use Farrow & Ball Green Blue?

The combination of warm green and cool blue in this Farrow & Ball paint color makes it a truly versatile color. This paint can work in all kinds of spaces with a wide variety of finishes, furniture and decor.

Can I use Green Blue for kitchen cabinets?

Absolutely! Colorful kitchen finishes continue to be a trend heading into 2023. Farrow & Ball Green Blue kitchen cabinets are a beautiful choice for homeowners who want to try colorful cabinets without going too bold.

The muted green-blue color would look really lovely on lower cabinets with white upper cabinets, or would work well as a kitchen island accent color in a white kitchen.

Can I use Green Blue for exteriors?

Farrow & Ball paints tend to be a bit cost-prohibitive to use on a full house exterior, but this color does look beautiful in direct sunlight! I love the idea of a Farrow & Ball Green Blue front door. This color would give your front door an evolving look throughout the day, appearing more blue in cool morning light and more green at sunset.

Is Green Blue good for a north-facing room?

Definitely! One of my favorite things about Green Blue is that it looks beautiful – although different – in just about any light.

Because north-facing rooms typically get the least amount of natural light during the day – and the light tends to be cool – Green Blue paint will look more blue and cooler during the day and warmer at night.

In an east- or west-facing room, the color will skew more green, appearing warmer thanks to the warm natural sunlight.

A boys' bedroom with white closet doors and Green Blue paint on the walls
Photo by M. Marceny

Is Farrow & Ball Green Blue a good bedroom color?

Yes, a Farrow & Ball Green Blue bedroom is a beautiful thing! In fact, it was a boys’ bedroom in a client’s historic cottage that first introduced me to this color.

This room featured warm wood floors and a warm wood ceiling. We wanted a paint color that would contrast with these warmer tones and work well with the colors in the rest of the house. Farrow & Ball Green Blue was the perfect solution.

Green adds warmth to the color, helping it easily coordinate with the warm tones throughout the room and the rest of the home.

A small bedroom painted with Green Blue by Farrow & Ball with a wood ceiling
Photo by M. Marceny

Is Green Blue a good bathroom color?

I love using green paint colors in bathrooms. Green hues are perfect for warming up the often stark colors and fixtures of modern bathrooms. In the case of Green Blue, the mix of warm green and cool blue tones makes it a particularly versatile bathroom paint color.

This color would pair well with modern white subway tiles but also look beautiful with warmer finishes – like the wood floors and wood ceiling in the Farrow & Ball Green Blue bedroom above.

Is Green Blue a good whole house color?

I would not recommend using Green Blue as a whole house color. While it is a fairly muted shade, it’s also definitely not a neutral, and it’s a bit too vibrant to use throughout the entire home.

Farrow & Ball Green Blue can be a beautiful addition to a whole house color palette, though. In my client’s home we created a whole house color palette with Farrow & Ball paints, and Green Blue played an important role in the overall look.

Much of the home features warm pink and taupe paint colors – like Setting Plaster on the kitchen walls and Dimity on the kitchen cabinets. Green Blue works well with these colors because the warmth of the green coordinates and the cooler blue tones contrast beautifully. 

You can see just how lovely the colors work together in the photo below, which shows a peak of Green Blue bedroom walls through the doorway of the Setting Plaster kitchen.

A view of a Farrow & Ball Green Blue bedroom from a kitchen painted with Setting Plaster by Farrow & Ball
Photo by M. Marceny

Which Colors Look Best with Farrow & Ball Green Blue?

Because Green Blue is a mix of green and blues hues, it coordinates well with so many other paint colors and finishes. It pairs beautifully with neutral paint colors like gray and beige, but can also work well with more colorful paints.

Does Green Blue go with gray?

It absolutely does! The cool blue tones in this paint color work really well with many gray colors. Benjamin Moore Smoke or Stonington Gray paint colors, for example, has strong blue undertones that would help pull out the blue in Green-Blue by Farrow & Ball.

Using a gray with green undertones would also work well with Green Blue and would help bring out its warm green tones. Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray is a beautiful, versatile gray with soft green undertones that would work really well with Green Blue paint.

Does Green Blue go with white?

One of the best things about Farrow & Ball Green Blue paint is that it can go with a broad range of white paints. I especially love pairing this color with warmer tones to bring out the beautiful greens in the paint. 

Farrow & Ball’s All White or Wimbourne White are both beautiful choices. Benjamin Moore’s Oxford White, Chantilly Lace, Cloud White or White Dove would also look really nice when paired with Green Blue paint.

Because this color has a lot of blue in it, it can also work with cooler white trim in your home. Sherwin-Williams Extra White is a good example of a cooler white that would work well with Green Blue by Farrow & Ball.

Does Green Blue go with Teresa’s Green?

I love the idea of pairing two greenish-blue colors together – especially two made by Farrow & Ball. Their paint colors are just so special and truly glow on the walls. 

Farrow & Ball recommends pairing Green Blue with Teresa’s Green paint, building a color palette with the two colors and adding Pale Powder – a very light gray-blue color – as a trim color.

Teresa’s Green is lighter than Green Blue with more subtle blue undertones, but the two colors look really lovely together. And because they both work with warm accents, they would look really beautiful together in a bathroom or bedroom.

What are the Best Trim and Ceiling Colors For Green Blue? 

I prefer to use a warmer white for trim and ceiling when working with Farrow & Ball Green Blue paint – especially if the other finishes in your room are warm (such as a wood floor or natural wood accents).

Some warmer white trim and ceiling colors include Sherwin-Williams Pure White, Sherwin-Williams Alabaster and Cloud White by Benjamin Moore.

If you have more modern finishes with cooler colors in your decor and furniture, a clean white like Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace will be a better trim color.

A bedroom painted with Green Blue paint from Farrow & Ball
Photo by M. Marceny

What is the easiest way to sample Green Blue?

You should always sample and test your paint colors, but it’s especially important with a color like Green Blue that can look so different from room to room depending on the time of day or the amount of natural light.

The easiest way to sample Green Blue by Farrow & Ball (and any paint color for that matter) is via SAMPLIZE. Their peel-and-stick paint samples are easy to use and true to color. With Samplize you can easily see how different shades look on your unique wall.

The Best Farrow & Ball Green Blue Equivalents

I always say that there are no true equivalents to Farrow & Ball paints. I don’t know how they do it but their paint colors have so much depth and richness on the wall. Still, if you’re looking for a Green Blue alternative there are some good options.

Farrow & Ball Green Blue vs Teresa’s Green by Farrow & Ball

As we’ve already mentioned earlier in this post, Green Blue and Teresa’s Green can work really well together. They are similar colors, but Teresa’s Green has stronger green tones than the even mix of green and blue in Farrow & Ball Green Blue. Teresa’s Green is also lighter than Green Blue.

Farrow & Ball Green Blue vs Teresa's Green paint swatches

Farrow & Ball Green Blue vs Catalina Blue by Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Catalina Blue is a very close Green Blue equivalent. With an LRV of 48, it is equally muted and a very similar mix of green and blue hues. Catalina Blue is a bit bluer than Green Blue and has more gray undertones.

Farrow & Ball Green Blue vs Catalina Blue by Benjamin Moore paint swatches

Farrow & Ball Green Blue vs Quietude by Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams Quietude is another very close Green Blue alternative. It has an LRV of 48 but is a bit more green than the solidly green-blue of the Farrow & Ball color.

Green Blue vs Quietude by Sherwin Williams paint swatch

Farrow & Ball Green Blue vs April Thicket by Valspar

April Thicket by Valspar is slightly darker and slightly greener than Green Blue by Farrow & Ball. It has an LRV of about 47 and is a bit warmer than Green Blue thanks to its strong green tones.

Green Blue vs April Thicket by Valspar

The Verdict

Farrow & Ball Green Blue paint is one of the most versatile paint colors out there. It is a truly equal mix of green and blue hues, making it easy to pair with warm and cool finishes throughout your home. It’s also a great addition to a whole home color palette.

While we love using this color for smaller spaces like bedrooms and bathrooms, a Farrow & Ball Green Blue living room or kitchen would also be beautiful.

No matter how you plan to use Green Blue paint, don’t forget to test your paint colors. Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE. And NEVER, EVER use paint matches from a different brand than the one specified.  The results are poor.  Even though your painter may truly believe it can be done, don’t do it. See results from paint matching Here.

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