Benjamin Moore Steel Blue

Benjamin Moore Steel Blue 823 paint color review

Let’s dive into a full Steel Blue paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful 823. Find out if this gorgeous cold blue paint color would look great on your living room walls or trims, kitchen cabinet, bedroom accent wall, bathroom or house exterior.

Official color page:Steel Blue 823
Color code:823
Color name:Steel Blue
Brand:Benjamin Moore

Steel Blue for bedroom

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  • Benjamin Moore Steel Blue bedroom
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We’ve hand-picked a beautiful collection of photos of this amazing Beige shade used in real bedrooms. Take a look and imagine how this wonderful cool Mid-tone paint color could transform your own bedroom space.

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LRV of Steel Blue

Steel Blue 823 has an LRV of 35.27% and refers to Medium colors that reflect a lot of light

Color paint LRV values

Light Reflectance Value measures the amount of visible and usable light that reflects from a painted surface.
Simply put, the higher LRV of paint color, the brighter room you will get.
Scale goes from 0% (absolute black, absorbing all light) to 100% (pure white, reflecting 100% of all light).

Act like a pro: Choosing paint with LRV of 35.27% be attentive to your bulbs light Brightness.Light Brightness – measured in lumens. The lower LRV of paint you have, the higher lumen level you need. Every square feet of room needs at least 40 lumens. That means for a 200 square feet living room you’ll need 8000 lumens of light. To achieve that brightness, you would require a total of 8 bulbs, 1000lm each.

What are Benjamin Moore Steel Blue undertones?

Blue is Benjamin Moore Steel 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 Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate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:

135, 158, 191

Is Benjamin Moore Steel Blue 823 cool or warm?

warm colors
Color wheel
cool colors

With a hue of 215° this Blue refers cool paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

823 Steel Blue HSL code: 215, 30%, 64%

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 Blue 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 Benjamin Moore Steel 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

Steel Blue 823 vs Colonial Blue 1677

Struggling to choose the best color for your? We'll break down the differences so you can pick the perfect shade for your walls.

Benjamin Moore Steel Blue 823 vs Benjamin Moore Colonial Blue 1677Benjamin Moore Steel Blue 823
LRV: 35.27%
Medium color
Temperature: cold
LRV: 35.18%
Medium color
Temperature: cold

Steel Blue 823 vs San Francisco Bay 802

Are you torn between these two hues? Let's dive in and see which is the best fit for your home.

Benjamin Moore Steel Blue 823 vs Benjamin Moore San Francisco Bay 802Benjamin Moore Steel Blue 823
LRV: 35.27%
Medium color
Temperature: cold
LRV: 37.76%
Medium color
Temperature: cold

Color codes

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HEX#879EBFcopy color code
RGB Decimal135, 158, 191copy color code
RGB Percent52.94%, 61.96%, 74.90%copy color code
HSVHue: 215° Saturation: 29.32% Value: 74.9%copy color code
HSLhsl(215, 30, 64)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 29.32 Magenta: 17.28 Yellow: 0.0 Key: 25.1copy color code
YIQY: 154.885 I: -24.31 Q: 5.404copy color code
XYZX: 31.619 Y: 33.365 Z: 54.05copy color code
CIE LabL:64.455 a:-0.34 b:-19.643copy color code
CIE LuvL:64.455 u:-13.123 v:-29.999copy color code
Decimal8887999copy color code
Hunter lab57.762, -3.373, -15.046copy color code
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