We're in the midst of our British Isles issue, and when we think of that part of the world, we picture miles of coastline and cool, ocean-inspired blues. Here are several of our favorites (plus a few recommendations from members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory):
Above: Sea Salt Blue from Valspar is very similar to Farrow & Ball's Skylight, shown second to last (Sea Salt Blue is slightly greener).
Above: Valspar's Royal Gray is dark and gray enough to be serious, but blue enough to please color lovers. (It also has a beautiful chalky finish that photos can't convey.)
Above: Benjamin Moore's Blue Nose lives in the same cool, dark vein as Valspar's Royal Gray, but is bluer and lighter.
Above: Farrow & Ball Skylight is the pick of Portland, OR-based designer Carole Magness of Magness Interiors, who considers it the most beautiful and flexible blue she knows, and recommends it on an accent wall, ceiling, or trim.
Choosing paint colors can be daunting; browse the designer-vetted colors in our Palette & Paints series, which includes Happiness-Inducing Colors; Moody Paints Picks; Metallic Wall Paints; and the 10 Best Pink Paints and Celadon Greens. Go to Gardenista, for advice on Exterior Paints.