Behr Charcoal Blue N490-5

Let’s dive into a full Charcoal Blue paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful N490-5. Find out if this gorgeous cold grey paint color would look great on your living room walls or trims, kitchen cabinet, bedroom accent wall, bathroom or house exterior.

Color code:N490-5
Color name:Charcoal Blue

What are Behr Charcoal Blue undertones?

Blue is Behr Charcoal Blue undertone color, as you can clearly see on the color field below. To determine this undertone we’ve removed all the tints, tones, shades and get HUE (pure color). Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate


HEX value

HEX value:


RGB code:

111, 123, 132

Is Behr Charcoal Blue N490-5 cool or warm?

warm colors
Color wheel
cool colors

With a hue of 206° this Grey refers cool paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

N490-5 Charcoal Blue HSL code: 206, 9%, 48%

Hue - degree on a color wheel from 0 to 360. 0 is red, 120 is green, and 240 is blue.
Saturation is a percentage value. 0% is a shade of grey, and 100% is the full color.
Lightness is also a percentage value. 0% is black, and 100% is white.

  • Cool Grey shades make a room feel sleek, fresh and modern
  • Cooler hues have a calm and relaxation effect
  • Cool Blue undertones make small spaces feel more open and expansive
  • Cool paint hue are ideal for bedroom or bathroom. Be careful with deep blues and greens in bathroom, which will reflect on your skin.

Act like a pro: Mixing warm and cool shades is a must have to get harmonius interior. Add accents that contrast with the primary color to create visual balance. If your walls are a warm color, don’t forget to add accent in cold colors (furniture, art, décor). A good practice is too use a complementary color scheme.

Coordinating colors.
Colors that go with Behr Charcoal Blue:

Monochromatic color scheme

Monochromatic color scheme

This scheme consists of different shades, tints, and tones of a single color. It's the perfect hue combination, but with no accent decor it's pretty boring.

Lighter shades

Darker shades

Complementary color scheme

Complementary color scheme

This color scheme is a combination of two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. The high contrast between these colors creates a vibrant and dynamic visual effect.

Color comparison

Charcoal Blue N490-5 vs Encore MQ5-11

Behr Charcoal Blue N490-5 vs Behr Encore MQ5-11Open Charcoal Blue N490-5
LRV: 19.1%
Medium Dark color
Temperature: cold
LRV: 17.31%
Medium Dark color
Temperature: cold

Charcoal Blue N490-5 vs Liquid Mercury N510-5

Behr Charcoal Blue N490-5 vs Behr Liquid Mercury N510-5Open Charcoal Blue N490-5
LRV: 19.1%
Medium Dark color
Temperature: cold
LRV: 19.35%
Medium Dark color
Temperature: cold