We started working on finding that just right color for our dining room a few weeks ago.
Right away, I bought samples of BM (Benjamin Moore) Marine Blue and BM Champion Cobalt. Though the CC was nice, it reminded me a bit of faded dark denim. Yet, I was in love with Marine Blue. It is a dark inky navy blue with the perfect amount of (subtle) green undertone. It’s an amazing color.
So, what’s the big problem? Well, when I went to our local Benjamin Moore store and bought two gallons of Marine Blue, it was a completely different color. In the gallon size, it was a dark teal. In fact, you can see a bit of it just to the left of the words “Marine Blue” – it’s the lighter color. Not even close.
I took it back to the store. They said sometimes gallon formulas are different from sample formulas. I realize that, but it’s usually by a hair. Not a completely different shade of blue. So they tried to color match the sample color that I loved.
After 2 days of working on it, I picked it up. It was exactly the same as the BM Champion Cobalt that you see above. They refused to work on it any more. I bought one of the two gallons to try, though it did not suit me.
So, then I went to my favorite color matchers at Sherwin Williams. They tried for a full day to match the sample of Marine Blue. And, in the end, they also ended up with a color similar to Champion Cobalt – which is too purple and too muted. It reminds me of faded denim. I really wanted that BM Marine Blue!
What a nightmare and LOTS of trips back and forth. It was way more work than choosing a color from a fan deck should be.
I looked in every fan deck I own (and that is a lot) for a color that matches BM Marine Blue. Nothing. It is one tough color to come by! It’s not too green, and not too purple. Most blues are clearly on one side of the other. And, it’s dark and inky.
So, in the end, I went with the next best color – SW Loyal Blue. It has a similar undertone – slightly green, but not too green and not purple like an indigo typically is. However, it’s not dark enough and not quite green enough. Who knew they couldn’t alter it to match the BM Marine Blue. Darn it.
It is the color that I also used on my entry dresser and on my family room ceiling. Though in the entry, I did mix it with some pearl craft paint to create a bit of a metallic sheen. Oh, and this is an updated photo of the entry, by the way. I’ll be updating the tour section soon.
Here is Loyal Blue on the ceiling of my family room. This is also an updated shot. This room is very difficult to photograph since the only light is backlight – it makes everything in front of it dark.
Here is the SW Loyal Blue in a couple of other rooms so you can see the color better.
So, learn from my saga – you can’t have Marine Blue colors in the gallon size aren’t always even close to samples. This is the first time it has been this far off, though, so I don’t think it happens often. However, BM said it’s not terribly unusual for it to be this far off. SW said that is why they do quart size samples – so it translates better to gallons.
What I also learned is that BM’s no VOC Natura line is awesome. It is truly odorless. With my bad allergies, that helps so much! So, if you are looking for a no VOC, no odor paint, try the Natura line from Benjamin Moore.
Have you ever had an experience like this with paint where you find the perfect color and in the end, it’s no attainable?