Moody Monday: Transitional Blues and Grays

Layering transitional blues and grays in a home.


It’s time for another Moody Monday!

Today I wanted to feature some gorgeous examples of layered transitional blues and grays and show you why this color combination is the perfect color palette for creating a neutral foundation in a space. I’m excited to be teaming up with Bassett Furniture for today’s Moody Monday and I’ll also be showing you what to look for in furniture wood tone colors that can help neutralize a space.

Wall color is Benjamin Moore Stunning

Benjamin Moore Stunning via Sway Studio


Some of you guys who have been following along with me over the years know that I talk a lot about how to choose transitional paint colors.  Not only are these the safer colors to use, but these neutral hues pretty much guarantee that almost any color, wood tone and finish will work in the space.

Wall color is Benjamin Moore Hale Navy.

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy via City Homes

It’s funny, people don’t normally think of blues as being neutral or transitional but yes, certain shades can be grounding neutrals that will work with almost any color as long as they have a mix of warm/cool undertones. These shades of blue can have the same neutral impact as grays.

Layering transitional blues and grays.

via Bassett Furniture

If you look below, these two blues have a mix of warm/cool undertones and are are great examples of the shades of blues that can be transitional neutrals. 

Transitional blue paint colors.

If you’re not sure where to look for a good transitional blue, an easy trick is to look at a color fan deck and choose a blue that is about to transition into either the purple or the green colors. Those blues on the edges of color transition are where you’ll find those great transitional blues.

When you see these grounding blues together in today’s design mood board, you can see how these two shades of blue are neutral. All of the product source links are directly below the board.

Layering transitional blues and grays in a space.


I love this mood board and transitional furnishings because you can do so much with it slipping in fun bright colors seasonally (lime greens, yellows, magentas, etc..).

Layering transitional blues.

via Bassett Furniture

By the way, I am obsessed right now with this beautiful sofa (above) from Bassett! I love the lines and the fabric is just beautiful. I have been looking for new neutral sofa with classic design and as I have narrowed down my choices and I keep going back to Bassett because their furniture is just so well made and they have a huge fabric color selection.

Speaking of color, look at this beautiful splash of magenta in this transitional blue and gray space. Again, having a good foundation to have the flexibility to switch out colors is so fun!

Transitional Blues and Grays are a Beautiful Foundation.


Orange you say?? Yep, even orange can look amazing in a transitional blue and gray space just by switching out a couple pillows and accessories! 

Transitional blue and cream living room.

via Bassett Furniture

Furniture pieces in neutral wood tones that are not too warm can also be a big help in layering a transitional space. How amazing is this shelving piece?!


Bassett Shelving Unit

Peninsula Divider via Bassett Furniture

 Notice on this console table below how the wood tone is not too yellow, red or warm. This neutral wood tone will work beautifully in any color scheme.

Artisinal Console Table from Bassett

via Bassett Furniture

Upholstered furniture pieces are really popular right now and I’m obsessed with this linen nailhead chest. Another great neutral furniture piece that would work with any design style and color palette.

Bassett Bachelor's Chest

Presidido Linen Bachelor’s Chest via Bassett Furniture



Transitional living room. Bassett Furniture.

via Bassett Furniture

Art is another great way to ground a space and if you’re loving today’s design mood board of blues and grays, there are so many beautiful art options out there in this color palette right now to help pull this color scheme together!

Beautiful blue and white art from Bassett Furniture.

via Bassett Furniture

There are so many creative possibilities for switching out bold colors when you have a well grounded foundation of transitional colors. I actually use these shades of blues in my own home because blue as a neutral is more exciting than a foundation of basic grays and whites. I also keep many of my accessories neutral, which allows me more color flexibility to throw in pops of virtually any color because next month, I’ll have a new favorite color that I want to incorporate.

Layered kitchen bookshelf.

I hope I made my case today for this beautiful and flexible transitional blue and gray color palette.  You can find even more room inspiration and layering ideas by looking through Bassett Furniture’s website. I love that they not only show their furniture pieces but they also show ways to layer and how a piece looks in a space. Be sure to check Bassett Furniture out on Instagram here because their feed is loaded with great room ideas!

Thanks for stopping by today and if you have missed any of my past Moody Mondays, you can look through them all here.

*This post was sponsored by Bassett Furniture. All opinions are mine.




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18 Responses to Moody Monday: Transitional Blues and Grays

  1. This is going to be AMAZING especially because you have such a fantastic eye for design! I can’t wait to see it come together!!

  2. I can’t wait to see! I am in love with that last couch and wow, the blue looks perfect!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thanks Jessica! I’m obsessed with all their sofas and that Peninsula Shelving Unit is off the charts gorgeous! I want it for my kitchen for serving pieces. πŸ™‚

  3. Sarah says:

    I absolutely love your mood board! You know it was made just for me and my preferred color-scheme and furniture preferences! πŸ™‚

    • Cyndy says:

      Ahh, yes girl! This one is for sure right up your alley! πŸ˜‰ We both can’t get enough of that blue and gray! So versatile. πŸ˜‰

  4. Teresa says:

    I am looking to doing some updating to my house. I feel like I’m stuck in the tuscan home look and want to update. I was looking at your blog and was wondering if you still like repose gray as a neutral all over color. Or am I too late for the “gray trend”. . .. I love the neutral colors and blues of this palette you showed today. My house has the darker reddish wood cabinets and is painted a yellow all over right now. Is it possible to show pictures?

    • Cyndy says:

      Oh no! You’re certainly not late on the gray trend and Repose Gray is a fantastic color to use when transitioning a home from warmer tones to cooler. Repose is right smack in the middle, which is why I recommend it so much.

      Today’s design board and palette would be a fantastic direction for you because the yellow could be your accent color as you slowly transition to grays/Repose. This is the color palette I used in my own home when I began transitioning from yellows and warmer tones. My wood floors are reddish as well and this palette was perfect way for me to start as everything blended. Good luck and keep me posted! πŸ™‚

  5. pmm says:

    Our painters use only Sherwin-Williams paint. What colors there would be comparable?

    • Cyndy says:

      Sherwin-Williams color matches all Benjamin Moore colors. I do it all the time and there is really no difference. Just tell them the name of the BM color and they have the formula for every color in their database. Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  6. Karla says:

    Great blog and excellent timing! I just ordered the Lauren sofa the weekend before last! The fabric I chose is called Ivory but in reality it has threads of grey, beige and small flecks of off white. I’m hoping it’s neutral enough to go many directions. I’ll be repainting my room, which is in sw lemongrass, once I get my sofa delivered. Not sure of my color choice but I just painted my kitchen SW Creamy which I absolutely love and is visible from my living room.

  7. Roberta says:

    I have dark brown leather sofas. I love blue and grey. Can you suggest some colours I can paint my walls and colour for layering with acessaries.

  8. Connie Dowell says:

    I am working on basement bedroom with a brick fireplace that reaches across the wall. Then 1 navy blue wall with the 2 main windows. Behind the head board is a split 1/2 wall with Navy blue n other half white. Across the room is white. I really appreciate the look so far. Although it needs curtains. I am having trouble finding a good idea for curtains. The room also recommend curtains in the room to be darkening curtains.

  9. Gina Rowan says:

    So would stunning blue work in a North Facing room? Do you have the LRV of that color? Very pretty in pics but can’t tell how much bright lighting was used.

  10. Carey Smith says:

    Can’t wait for the next post with more fabulous coastal ideas!!

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