Farrow & Ball Hague Blue Color Review (2023)

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

Hague Blue No. 30 is a truly iconic color. A rich, dark teal with plenty of green undertones, this interior paint looks like different colors in different light at different times of the day. You truly cannot copy it (so don’t start looking for Hague Blue alternatives or dupes!).

This paint color has so many layers of depth. It’s almost iridescent. It requires a room with a lot of light (natural or artificial). But while it’s certainly a statement color, it’s also so versatile. You’ll be hard-pressed to run out of Hague Blue room ideas.

I’ve used this paint in my own home (read more about my Hague Blue fireplace further down in this review) and have been lucky enough to work with clients to create Hague Blue bedrooms, kitchen cabinets, and more.

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What is the LRV of Hague Blue?

The LRV of Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball is estimated at 7 (via google), which makes it a very dark, deep color. The scale goes from 1 (pure black) to 100 (pure white) and indicates how dark or light a color is.

Because the LRV (that’s light reflective value) is so low, it’s important to use Hague Blue in a room with a lot of light. Otherwise, it may come off as too oppressive.

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Is Hague Blue warm or cool?

While we often think of blues as being cool colors, Hague Blue is really a warm hue. It looks beautiful with other warm colors, like off-white trims, gold accents, and wood furniture.

What are the undertones of Hague Blue?

Hague Blue, like many of Farrow & Ball’s blue and teal colors, has strong green undertones. These undertones are part of what makes this such a warm color.

So does Hague Blue look green? Not really, but it depends on which color you compare it to. The green undertones help make this paint a truly rich teal color. And they also play a major role in the changes this color goes through in various light conditions and at different times of the day.


When should I use Hague Blue?

There are so many applications for a deep teal color like Hague Blue. As long as you have plenty of windows or plenty of light, you can easily create beautiful Hague Blue bedrooms, Hague Blue bathrooms, and even Hague Blue kitchen cabinets. I love the idea of a library or reading nook painted in this color!

Can I use Hague Blue as an interior trim color?

You absolutely could! I love the idea of using Hague Blue as its own trim and ceiling color and wrapping an entire room in this rich color. You would want to make sure you’re only using this kind of application in a room with lots of windows. The deep color could feel too overpowering in a very small or dark space.

Can I use Hague Blue for cabinets?

Hague Blue kitchen cabinets are one of my favorite ways to use this gorgeous color. The warm, green undertones help make your kitchen feel extra cozy and inviting. The deep teal color offers the perfect balance between modern kitchen cabinets that make a statement and a more classic navy kitchen cabinet.

I often stand in my own home and wonder if I should add Hague blue kitchen cabinets or at least a Hague Blue kitchen island!

Is Hague Blue exterior paint?

We primarily use Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue No. 30 as interior paint. That doesn’t mean you couldn’t use it on the exterior of your home, but it may definitely be cost-prohibitive to do so.Since we live and work primarily in the United States, and Farrow & Ball exterior paints are only available in 1-gallon quantities, it’s also impractical for exteriors.

If you’re dying for a little Hague Blue on the outside of your home, painting a Hague Blue front door could be the perfect solution. This color would look beautiful in direct sunlight or under the cover of a front porch. And its deep, almost velvety color would change significantly throughout the day.

If you’re going to use this paint on your front door, just make sure to opt for Hague Blue Exterior Full Gloss (one of Farrow & Ball’s eight paint sheen options).

Is Hague Blue good for a north-facing room?

Yes, it is! Hague Blue can really be used in any room that gets a lot of light. However, I especially love to recommend it for north- or east-facing rooms, because they receive cooler natural daylight. The green undertones of Hague Blue paint can help bring a wonderful warmth to this kind of space.

Is Hague Blue a good bedroom color?

Absolutely. A Hague Blue bedroom is a beautiful thing. One way to use Hague Blue in a bedroom is to wrap the whole room with the color. In this client’s bedroom, we painted the walls and the ceilings with Hague Blue with a Modern Emulsion. The trim was painted with Benjamin Moore White Dove.

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For this type of placement, it’s essential to have as much natural or artificial light as possible (we’ve said that a few times now in this Hague Blue color review – because it is that important!). This bedroom has lots of windows with a beautiful blue. The Hague Blue wall color frames the view as if it were a painting, and all of the natural light shows off all the complexity of this paint color.

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The warmth of this color also works beautifully with the gorgeous wood beam down the center of the room. While this room does use white trim, you could also use Hague Blue as the trim color in a room like this without it feeling overdone.

(Video) Farrow and Ball Hague Blue

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How else can I use Hague Blue?

Another practical and super-handy way to use a dark color like Hague Blue is as a way to minimize a TV over a mantle. When my husband came home with an 85” TV one day I didn’t know what to do with it. But I definitely wasn’t excited about having it as the focal point above my fireplace!

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That’s where Hague Blue came in. We painted a Hague Blue fireplace bump-out with a Modern Emulsion (that’s like a matte or eggshell sheen) and the TV practically disappears – especially at night. And while the TV may not be completely hidden, I do get to look at Hague Blue all day long when I’m in the kitchen, so it’s a real win-win.

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When should I avoid Hague Blue?

There are so many versatile applications for this deep teal paint color. I would love a Hague Blue home office or Hague Blue bathroom. Even a laundry room could be elevated with this color – if there’s enough light.

A lack of light is really the only time you should avoid Hague Blue. If a room doesn’t have enough windows or enough artificial light, Hague Blue could end up feeling too dark and overwhelming. For example, a Hague Blue library would be beautiful, but if all you have is one small reading light in the corner, then a color this dark would likely feel too overbearing.

What color goes well with Farrow and Ball Hague Blue?

Because of its depth and warmth, Hague Blue walls look beautiful when paired with warmer neutrals like cream, beige, and gold.

A Hague Blue accent wall would work really well in a living room or bedroom with a neutral beige primary color. Hague Blue lower cabinets are gorgeous when paired with off-white or cream-colored upper cabinets.

Does Hague Blue go with gray?

It depends on which gray paint you’re using. A particularly cool gray is not the best complement for the warmth of Hague Blue. But a warm, greige paint could look beautiful paired with this deep teal. Using Hague Blue and Ammonite together, for example, would make for a cozy and inviting combination.

Does Hague Blue go with white?

Hague Blue pairs well with off-whites and clean white paint colors as shown below with Sherwin-Williams Extra White, a crisp white.

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

Off-whites such as Farrow & Ball Wimborne White look great with Hague Blue. My favorite Benjamin Moore off-whites for this wall color are White Dove and Cloud White. Farrow & Ball All White and Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace are also good options if you prefer a crisper white.

(Video) Farrow & Ball Hague Blue No. 30

My preference is to use the same paint for the trim and ceiling.

Some creamier white colors can look yellow in contrast with Hague Blue, so keep this in mind when choosing your trim and ceiling colors (or, better yet, contact your friendly neighborhood paint color consultant to help you choose the paint that’s right for your home).

What is the easiest way to sample Hague Blue?

You should always sample and test your paint colors – no matter how sure you are that you’ve chosen the right shade. The easiest way to sample Hague Blue (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.

Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE.

Hague Blue Alternatives and Similar Colors

While I personally feel like there’s no true Hague Blue alternative (the depth is one-of-a-kind!), there are a variety of similar colors you could choose for your painting project.

Gentleman’s Gray vs. Hague Blue

Gentleman’s Gray is darker, bluer, and more colorful. Hague Blue is lighter and has more green so that it leans to teal. It is much more muted than Gentleman’s Gray by Benjamin Moore.

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Stiffkey Blue vs. Hague Blue

Your room will look very blue when you paint it with Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue. This color is lighter than Hague Blue, which is much greener. Hague Blue is also more muted than Stiffkey, which makes it a bit more versatile in more spaces.

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Hale Navy vs. Hague Blue

These two colors are completely different! Benjamin Moore Hale Navy is a dark blue color compared with the teal Hague Blue. Hale Navy needs even more light than Hague Blue to come to life in a room. They are both beautiful and may look the same on a small swatch, but once they go up on a wall they will look completely different.

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Inchyra Blue vs. Hague Blue

The lighter color is Inchyra Blue by Farrow & Ball, which is also much greener than Hague Blue. Hague is darker, richer, and bluer. Both are teal colors, but Inchyra is greener. This is especially important to be aware of if you’re using this color in a room with large windows and lots of trees outside – because that green will become even more prominent.

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Railings vs. Hague Blue

If you are looking for a soft black, then Farrow & Ball’s Railings is for you. Once the color goes up on the walls, it’s not even close to Hague Blue, which is teal, lighter, and more colorful.

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Dark Night vs. Hague Blue

Hague blue is much lighter than Dark Night. Dark night can read like a black unless you are outside. Hague Blue is softer and bluer. While Hague Blue can sometimes look almost black (especially at night or in low light), it has much more depth of color than Dark Night by Sherwin-Williams.


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What is the Hague Blue equivalent from Benjamin Moore or Sherwin-Williams?

If you’re looking for a Hague Blue alternative, you’re not alone. Farrow & Ball paints can cost significantly more than Benjamin Moore or Sherwin-Williams. But you can also typically use less paint because the paint coverage is so much better. So if the price is the driving factor behind your hunt for a Hague Blue dupe, then rest assured: going with the real thing will be well worth it.

The closest Benjamin Moore match to Hague Blue is Gentleman’s Gray.

Never, ever attempt a Hague Blue color match from a different brand. Don’t do this for any paint color, actually. Results are poor and there are no standards for paint sheens. What Farrow & Ball calls their “Modern Emulsion,” for example, is called eggshell or matte in other brands.

The Verdict

Farrow & Ball Hague Blue is a beautiful deep, rich teal paint color with warm, green undertones. It is most commonly used as an interior wall color and sometimes as a cabinet color. It can be used in rooms with a lot of light (natural or otherwise) and can be used in both modern interiors and more classic or even vintage homes.

No matter what, don’t forget to test your paint colors. Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE.

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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What colour compliments Farrow and Ball Hague Blue? ›

Hague Blue is a deep navy colour with hints of green. It is a dark colour with a beautiful richness due to its green undertones. It can be used to create dramatic schemes and pairs beautifully with warmer neutrals like cream, beige and gold to create a warm and inviting scheme.

What are the undertones of Hague Blue? ›

A deep dark blue

The green undertones of this timeless, deep and dramatic blue means it sits as happily outside as it does in small dark rooms.

What color is closest to Hague Blue? ›

Best Paint Matches: Benjamin Moore Gentleman's Gray is probably the closest Hague Blue alternative.

What is the Benjamin Moore equivalent to Hague Blue? ›

Walls are Benjamin Moore Hale Navy, inspired by Farrow and Ball's Hague Blue.

What shade is lighter than Hague Blue? ›

The BIG difference is that New Providence Navy (LRV 11) is a bit LIGHTER than Hague Blue (LRV 7). Between the two colors, I lean into Hague Blue for its saturation, especially if it's for kitchen cabinets or front doors.

Does Hague Blue look green? ›

Does Hague Blue Look Green. While Hague Blue might have green undertones, it rarely looks green. In rooms with limited natural light, Hague Blue looks deeper and more saturated, In rooms with amble natural light, Hague Blue might show some of it's green undertones but just barely.

What fabric goes with Hague Blue? ›

Blues look good with natural colours such as unbleached linen.

What grey goes best with Hague Blue? ›

However, Joa warns, if you prefer to have a contrast between your walls and woodwork, it's best to avoid a bright white with rich colours like Hague Blue. 'Instead, use a soft grey like Ammonite which will provide a softer more considered look.

Does elephants breath go with Hague Blue? ›

Hague Blue and Elephant's Breath work well here with the dark wood flooring and lighter woodwork... Thanks for sharing Ciara!

Can Sherwin Williams match Farrow and Ball colors? ›

Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore dealers offer color matching where they will match the exact Farrow & Ball color. Because all paint brands have different paint formulas, it will not be a 1:1 match, but it will be very close! The cost for a gallon of BM or SW paint is closer to $70.

What is the difference between Hague Blue and Hale Navy? ›

Hale Navy is a slightly darker shade of blue than Hague Blue. The Hale Navy RGB color values are 67 red, 75 green, 86 blue, or in other words, while Hague blue is 62 red; 78 green, 86 blue, which means Hague Blue is also a bit more green than Hale Navy.

What is Farrow and Ball most popular colour? ›

Farrow & Ball Hague Blue might be the most popular paint color shared on Instagram, but it had some pretty close competition when it comes to rich blue shades. It was another hugely popular color of Farrow & Ball paint is Stiffkey Blue that narrowly missed out on the top spot with its impressive 23,872 hashtags.

What's the difference between Hague Blue and Stiffkey Blue? ›

Hague Blue vs Stiffkey Blue. The main difference between the two is that Hague Blue has some green undertones, which makes it more like a dark teal color. While Stiffkey blue is more of a true blue. Both colors are dark blue.

Is Wythe blue more green or blue? ›

Is Wythe Blue more green or blue? This calm blue is really a blue-green color that varies with the lighting and its surroundings. It makes a great wall color as well as an accent.

What colors does Joanna Gaines use? ›

All of Joanna's favorite color combos have one aspect in common: They include white. In her four favorite color combinations, she pairs white with cream, bold blue, gray, and light blue or green. The white and cream color combo offers a bit more versatility.

What is the most calming shade of blue? ›

According to a study, the secret to a calming room is navy blue—and there's science to prove it. The University of Sussex and British papermaker G.F. Smith did research that found navy blue is a calming color—in fact, the most relaxing color in the world.

What is the most popular colour shade? ›

1. PARIS GREY, ZOFFANY. Paris Grey by Zoffany (opens in new tab) was the most 'Instagrammed' paint colour of 2020, with over 23,971 photos uploaded. A soft creamy-grey colour, Paris Grey is inspired by the elegant chateaux of the French capital.

Does Hague Blue go with slipper satin? ›

Slipper Satin modern emulsion works with colours like School House White and Dimity, but don't feel restricted to this part of the colour spectrum. Hague Blue is also a great matching option for those looking to add a classic finishing touch that will work in any ambient light.

Which shade of green is most appealing? ›

The perfect rich hue of green is sage green. It is soft yet bold and can even pass as a neutral when it is placed in a neutral toned room. The beauty of this shade is that with different decor it appears a different color. For example, in a room with blue hues, it will take a blue tone.

What is the bluest shade of green? ›

Cyan, also called aqua, is the blue-green color that is between blue and green on a modern RGB color wheel.

Do all blues go together in decorating? ›

Can you mix blues in decorating? Blues are perfect for mixing when decorating – and you can achieve this easily with a sumptuous layering of texture and pattern, each featuring a different shade of blue with similar, complementary tones. In fact, this is the key to a serene blue-and-white bedroom or living room scheme.

What is the color code for Hague Blue? ›

The hexadecimal color code #2c3437 is a dark shade of cyan. In the RGB color model #2c3437 is comprised of 17.25% red, 20.39% green and 21.57% blue.

What colour is Southern Comfort? ›

A soothing shade of bisque with a touch of powdery pink undertone.

What color gray does Joanna Gaines use? ›

Sherwin Williams – Silver Strand

This gorgeous muted gray/green is Joanna's go to color for interior walls in many of the homes she's filmed on Fixer Upper. It is a lovely neutral when paired with white trim and her signature hardwood floors.

What color compliments grey the most? ›

'Cool greys are best paired with cooler colour schemes, such as blue, green, and light purple, while warm greys better complement reds, oranges, and yellows. For fans of the monochrome look, incorporate different shades of grey, alongside white and black, to create depth and visual interest.

Why is Elephants Breath so popular? ›

'Taking a middling grey and adding a touch of warmth and intensity from pink or violet, Elephant's Breath has a lovely contemporary feel which will create a spacious area where it is used,' Lee comments. 'It has an interesting balance of being both uplifting and calming.

What is the most popular Farrow and Ball green? ›

Pigeon. Pigeon is a mid blue grey with green undertones, making it Farrow and Ball's most popular green. Pigeon is loved by many in kitchens and those looking for heritage inspiration within their interiors.

What is the dupe of Elephants Breath? ›

Dulux Bleached Lichen 2

Farrow & Ball's warm grey Elephant's Breath is a super on-trend option. Luckily, Dulux have an impressive colour match in their comfortingly earthy Bleached Lichen 2.

Do painters like Farrow and Ball? ›

Seriously though, it's a badly kept secret that most decorators/painters despise Farrow & Ball. Mention it to your tradesperson and watch the little light of despair come on in their eyes.

Is there a cheaper version of Farrow and Ball? ›

Due to it being a light neutral, this color is another very versatile option. For a little more cost-effective match we recommend Kestrel White SW 7516. It has the same slightly warm gray tones and would be the perfect color to use in an open floorplan, living room, guest bedroom, and more.

Why do people like Farrow and Ball? ›

The Unique Look. Responding extraordinarily to all types of light, our highly pigmented paint and handcrafted wallpaper deliver a unique depth of colour and quality of finish which brings walls to life. The rich blend of pigments within our absorbing colours create an inimitable vibrancy in every room of the home.

Why is hale navy so popular? ›

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy, number HC-154, is one of Benjamin Moore's most popular paint colors for good reason! It is a rich, true navy blue paint color and can essentially be used as a neutral in your home because it pairs well with so many other paint colors.

Is Hale navy too gray? ›

Hale Navy is a deep, dark blue with predominately gray undertones. However, it does have the slightest hint of green to it, as well. The gray in Hale Navy helps to tone down the blue, while the hint of green keeps this gorgeous navy from ever leaning purple.

What color trim goes best with Hale navy? ›

Trim Colors to Pair With HC-154

If your walls are Benjamin Moore Hale Navy, you really can't go wrong with painting trim white. Of course, there are so many whites to choose from! Hale Navy is amazing because it will look beautiful with cool whites or warm, creamy whites.

What is the most popular Farrow and Ball blue colour? ›

The most popular of all Farrow & Ball colours right now seems to be Hague Blue. Everyone seems to be painting walls, floor and kitchen cupboards in this strong deep dark blue. It has a slight green undertone which lends itself to rooms that don't get much natural light, and it also works well in smaller rooms too.

What is the most popular color for selling a house? ›

According to experts, blue is generally the best color for resale. Though it depends on room and shade, painting in neutral shades of blue often adds value to rooms like the kitchen and bathroom.

What is the most timeless colour? ›

White. White is, of course, always a good paint choice, because it feels elegant, fresh and clean. Plus, Gibbons says, “black and white are the most timeless colors you'll find anywhere and the most timeless color combination.”

Can Sherwin Williams match Farrow and Ball paint colors? ›

Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore dealers offer color matching where they will match the exact Farrow & Ball color. Because all paint brands have different paint formulas, it will not be a 1:1 match, but it will be very close! The cost for a gallon of BM or SW paint is closer to $70.

What is the most popular Farrow and Ball grey? ›

Which is the most popular Farrow & Ball color – and why? It's Skimming Stone – a pale grey that's just off-white.


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