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Behr Dragonfly PPU12-3 – The Calming Turquoise Blue

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Mimicking the waters of the ocean, the seemingly broad turquoise blue family can be quite a specific color choice to choose from.

You don’t have to pick the generic turquoise blue you commonly think of!

Well, there is something that makes the color we highlight here absolutely unique and mind-blowing.

So, why is this turquoise blue paint color so famous? And why has it bestowed the title of ‘Color of the Month’?

Well, here is a little detail about this particular calm and subtle turquoise paint!

Behr Dragonfly is a beautiful blue-green turquoise paint that feels soft, soothing, and quite calm. 


Yes, it’s a great fit for Coastal, Caribbean, Modern Farmhouse, transitional, and Eclectic interior design styles. 

Plus, this color looks quite flawless on the exteriors as well. (Don’t believe it?)

Well, try a fresh coat of paint and you’d know.

So, are you excited to learn more about this serene turquoise blue paint?

In this color review, I will elaborate on the various do’s and don’ts, how, where, and when to best incorporate this paint color in your home.

And don’t forget to have a look at the following color details and specifications to make informed decisions.

So, let’s get started!

Behr Dragonfly PPU12-3 Details and Specifications

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This turquoise blue paint has lots and lots of stories to share.

And you would be surprised to know that this paint is linked with various technical specifications and details that set it apart from the rest of the blues on the list!

So what are they?

Well, I would like to ask you – what do you first observe when you look at a paint color?

I am sure it’s the aesthetics and the feel of this color!

But more than that, it’s important to know what this color is composed of and the associated details that help define the true hue of this paint.

So, first and foremost, let me introduce you to the concept of Light Reflectance Values or the LRVs that determine how light or dark the paint color is.

You can easily find that value on the Behr website.

Here, in this case, the LRV of Behr Dragonfly is 26.

And that means it falls on the medium to the darker end of the scale – and that’s why it makes a great focal statement and accent! 

(Remember, the lesser the value, the darker the paint – on a scale of 0-100)

Secondly, other important associated terms are the RGB and the HEX Values. 

Red = 114

Green = 144

Blue = 141

HEX Value = #73908F

Since we have discussed the technical and scientific information, let’s get started with the practical aspects of this turquoise blue Behr paint. 

How Does This Color Feel in a Space?


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Behr Dragonfly is bound to make your space feel calm, soothing, subtle, serene, closer to nature, and simultaneously, energetic and quirky.

This bright and stark blue paint color has a blend of hidden green that makes it even more interesting.

Yes, and since this color has a low reflectivity value, it can tend to make your room feel smaller and confined.

But not too small because it’s readily a cool-toned paint color.

This color will always infuse energy and positivity into your room. Don’t believe it?

Well, check out the inspirations and you’d know!

How Does Light Affect the Color?


Light has some role to play here!

Not too much like the whites or grays though.

However, when choosing the best turquoise blue paint for your space, ensure that the room receives ample natural light – else, it wouldn’t look too pretty.

And yes, this color is bound to look slightly different in different lighting conditions.

For instance, in the north-facing rooms, expect the paint to look slightly cool and crisp!

Whereas in the south-facing rooms, it can appear a little greenish! So, always ensure to examine the swatch in various lighting conditions to know the true hue!

Other than that, elements like existing flooring, cabinets, and window views have a role to play!

Further, you can even play with artificial lighting in the form of warm white and cool white light saturation!

What are the Best Coordinating Colors?

behr dragonfly coordinated palette

Behr Dragonfly is quite charming and eclectic.

There are a couple of colors that pair beautifully with this soothing turquoise blue!

From yellows to light grays, whites (creamy or cool), and beiges – this color can be quite fun to pair with!

However, you have the option to choose from either a monochromatic or contrasting color palette!

Monochromes are mainly hues from the same family – lighter to darker. 

A contrasting palette involves choosing various contrasts to add depth and interest to the space.

You can also incorporate any of the metallic tints as accents here – like nickel, gold, or chrome!

So, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a monochromatic palette!

  • S440-1 Sunken Pool
  • PPU13-15 Clear Pond
  • PPU13-10 Ocean Boulevard

behr multi dragonfly chips

On the other hand, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a contrasting color palette!

behr dragonfly coordinations

For your ceilings, trims, and moldings – you can use Behr Ultra Pure White as it is a true white paint and will further protrude the original adjacent hue.

For door and window frames, the same white tone helps or you can even choose an interesting hue for an eclectic touch!

Behr Dragonfly Vs Similar Colors

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Looking for similar alternatives? Well, it’s quite normal to have an eye on other similar paint colors that behave likewise!

Although some might differ in the undertones and some reflectivity!

But when you see through a bigger picture, the differences wouldn’t be much of an issue!

So, the two colors closely related are 2136-40 Aegean Teal and 2131-40 Smokestack Gray!

Dragonfly Vs Aegean Teal

dragonfly vs aegean teal

Benjamin Moore Aegean Teal (reviewed here), is a beautiful blue-green paint color that’s known for bringing a calm and soothing vibe.

It pairs well with shades of beiges, wooden textures, off-whites, lemon yellows, and ample indoor plants.

With an LRV of 25.13 – this blue-green blend also has a tint of gray to subtle down the color.

Dragonfly Vs Moody Blue

dragonfly vs moody blue

Sherwin Williams Moody Blue (reviewed here) is another calming blue-green paint that can make a phenomenal statement in any home.

Although the latter paint has a major hint of blue and a very little green to it.

With an LRV of 27, this turquoise blue is slightly deeper and darker.

Where to Use Dragonfly?


Behr Dragonfly is a beautiful blue-green paint color that can be used in any corner of your home.

The beautiful appearance makes a great statement in your kitchens, living rooms, dining spaces, bedrooms, exteriors, and formal living space!

Further, this color can also be used on the exterior as well as interior door and window frames!

Let’s see where and how to incorporate it into your home!

Dragonfly in Living and Dining Rooms


Behr Dragonfly can be used on the focal wall of your living and dining!

Unless you have a taste for it – don’t incorporate the color on all the walls of these common spaces.

Yes, as I said – it’s too specific.

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Furthermore, if you prefer, try to complement this color with creamy whites on the trims and ceiling and ample light grays or beige for the furniture fabric.

Don’t forget to style this color with wooden textures as it will undeniably feel more organic and natural.

To add a visual interest, add yellows on the throw pillows and blankets.

Using in Bedrooms


In the bedrooms, choose this color on the accent wall.

Try to pair this color with satin brass lighting fixtures for a statement of luxe and richness.

On the other hand, for a touch of nature – choose wooden textures like pine or oak.

Also, ensure that there’s ample natural light penetrating to make this paint color feel further light and airy.

Styling with rattan and macrame isn’t a bad option either!

Dragonfly in Kitchens

Absolutely yes!

If you like the feeling of blue kitchens, consider this paint color for the cabinets. And since it also has a tinge of green, it further makes it more appealing!

You can consider choosing a satin brass finish for the knobs, pull handles, and lighting fixtures.

To further style your kitchen, add floating shelves to make your space stand out!

Using on Exteriors


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Whether you have a Coastal, transitional, or Caribbean style, this blue paint will never disappoint you!

You can either add whites and grays or even a tinge of wooden-themed textures as an accent or go vice versa for the trims, moldings, and door and window frames.

For the entryway door, definitely choose a bold yellow paint color to make it stand out!

In the case of columns on the patio and porch – you can use natural stone wainscotting to add an authentic detailed character to this facade!

So, how do you want to use this color in your homes? Interiors or Exteriors? Bedrooms or Living rooms? Or doors or walls?

Now that you have all the secrets – are you excited about painting your home in Dragonfly? 

Should there be any questions or thoughts, let us know in the comments below!

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