Benjamin Moore Beach Glass

If you’re looking for a pretty coastal paint color, that brings a calming element to your space, Benjamin Moore Beach Glass is a great option. Its name is quite fitting as the color reminds you of the softened pieces of sea glass that you find on the beach. I love a coastal paint color and this one achieves what a modern coastal design enthusiast dreams of, a soothing mid-tone color that is transitional and can be used in a variety of lighting situations.

Beach Glass is at the top of the list of coastal color favorites. It’s a beautiful muddy green blue that can pull more blue or green depending on its lighting environment creating a very spa-like space. The gray undertones give the color a calming effect, making it the perfect addition to coastal paint palettes. Beach Glass works well with other neutral paint colors as well as modern coastal decor such as light to medium wood tones and woven textures like sisal and seagrass.

Benjamin Moore Beach Glass

A part of the Benjamin Moore Classics® Collection, Beach Glass belongs to the blue-green color family. According to the Benjamin Moore Paint, “a gray undertone brings versatility to this calming blue.” Its versatility is its biggest draw. Since it’s a mid-tone paint color with more neutral undertones, it really looks beautiful in many different spaces and lighting situations. It makes for a soothing bedroom color or the perfect backdrop for a bathroom retreat. It also works beautifully in other traditional or transitional spaces. Of course, its serenity is welcomed at beach houses as well!

Benjamin Moore Beach Glass is a lovely paint color, but remember to sample it before painting an entire room. Paint colors can appear different under different lighting conditions and in various rooms, so test it out to avoid any disappointment. To get the best idea of how this paint color will look in your space, take a look at it several times throughout the day. Then, once you’re satisfied, go for it! 

How Light or How Dark is Benjamin Moore Beach Glass

In terms of lightness and darkness, Beach Glass is neither dark nor light. It’s not a light paint color as it’s pretty pigmented but it’s not dark. 

What is the LRV?

The Light Reflective Value or LRV of Beach Glass is 50.3. 

Remember: LRV (also known know light reflectance value) is a good tool to use to determine how light (100 being white) or dark (0 being black) a paint color is. The operative word here is light. Light Reflective Value means how much light is reflected. The lighter the color the more light can be reflected. 

According to this scale, Beach Glass is right in the middle. It absorbs a fair amount of light but not enough to be considered a light paint color. It gives off a beautiful color and even in the most well-lit spaces, while not being one of the richer hues. You will achieve beautiful results with this formula.

What Undertones Does Beach Glass Have?

Undertones are always something to keep in mind when selecting a paint color. It’s important to note that undertones are subjective and they can vary depending on lighting conditions. That being said, Beach Glass has gray undertones because there is not a lot of warmth or coolness in the undertones the color holds true fairly well. The gray undertones provide that more muted, muddiness to the color (that I love). In brighter natural lighting it may pull slightly more blue while in darker lighting or artificial, yellow lighting it may look more green. 

Is Dark Night a Cool or Warm Paint Color?

Benjamin Moore Beach Glass is a pretty neutral paint color when it comes to tone. If I had to say one or the other, I’d tell you that it leans slightly cool but generally, you won’t see a lot of blue hues pulling through here. 

What Paint Sheen Should I Use for Paint Color?

I always recommend flat paint (especially in low-traffic areas) or an eggshell finish to avoid any extra shine on your walls. These two will give you the look of a matte finish. Especially with darker paint colors because the walls tend to appear shiny when you use a semi-gloss sheen with a darker paint color. These higher gloss finishes will also highlight any less-than-perfect surfaces on your walls. With Beach Glass, you are safe to use a satin or semigloss (there will be a slight shine).

Beach Glass in Real Spaces

Because it’s helpful to see paint colors in real spaces, let’s take a look at Benjamin Moore Beach Glass in real homes!

Beach Glass is the most perfect serene backdrop for this beautiful guestroom. It really pops when paired with bright whites like the shiplap in this space.

Ben Moore Beach Glass bedroom
via 2 Design Group

Take a look at another bedroom with Benjamin Moore Beach Glass and the mood is instantly different. The darker tone of the wood plus the artificial lighting have the color taking on a more gray hue. Still perfectly coastal if that’s your vibe.

Beach Glass is gorgeous as a cabinet color just take a look at this laundry room.

This bright and cheery foyer is painted Beach Glass. Here you can see that the color is more blue than green. I especially love the way this color looks with the wood floors and handrail.

Benjamin Moore Beach Glass blue-green paint color in dining space
via Dixie Delights

In this dining room, Beach Glass is sophisticated and elegant combined with the wainscotting.

What are some similar colors to Beach Glass? 

Now that we have a good idea of what Beach Glass looks like, let’s take a look at how it compares to other paint colors within the green-blue color family.

Benjamin Moore Beach Glass vs. Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

Benjamin Moore Beach Glass vs. SW Sea Salt

Sherwin Williams Sea Salt is probably the most popular paint color in the blue-green color family. It’s considered a chameleon color and can look blue-gray, blue-green, even green-gray in some environments. Sea Salt has an LRV of 63 so it’s a bit more saturated than Beach Glass. Both are beautiful paint colors that would look lovely on a coastal color palette.

Benjamin Moore Beach Glass vs. Sherwin Williams Rainwashed

Ben Moore Beach Glass vs. Sherwin Williams Rainwashed

Another popular blue-green paint color by Sherwin Williams is Rainwashed. This paint color is considered green according to Sherwin Williams. In spaces with an abundance of natural light it is much lighter and feels more mid blue-green while in spaces where there is a lack of natural light, the green hues really shine. For comparison, the LRV of Rainwashed is 59.

Benjamin Moore Beach Glass vs. Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue

Benjamin Moore Beach Glass v Palladian Blue

Palladian Blue is another blue-green paint color that is sometimes compared to Beach Glass an other popular blue-green colors. Despite its name, this color reads more green than blue. It’s another midtone color that can go either way. It’s best to try it out and check it throughout the day to see if it achieves the color you’re hoping for. This color pairs really well with neutrals but also corals, pinks, and oranges. The LRV of Palladian Blue is 61.

Benjamin Moore Beach Glass vs. Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments

Ben Moore Beach Glass vs. Ben Moore Quiet Moments

Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments is the paint color that is probably closest to Beach Glass. It’s also in the Benjamin Moore Classics® Collection. Quiet Moments has an LRV of 68 so it’s a bit lighter than Beach Glass but is still a nice blue-green-gray paint color. If you are looking to lighten up Beach Glass just a bit, Quiet Moments might be the perfect alternative.

Wrapping Up

Beach Glass is a versatile, beautiful paint color that can work in many different spaces. Its light reflective value and undertones make it perfect for both well-lit and darker rooms. And its ability to appear more blue or green depending on the lighting conditions makes it a great choice for those who want a little bit of both colors to bring the beach home.

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