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Behr Norwegian Blue N470-5 – The All-In-One Timeless Blue

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Defining to be utmost soothing and calm, tranquil and pure – Behr Norwegian Blue is a paint you’ll never regret.

Yes! Just like other Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore blue paints, this one is the next in line to truly amaze you!

So, what is it that makes this particular blue stand out from the bunch of other blues?

Well, firstly, it’s cool, dark, and absolutely crisp!

The deep blue hue undertones will perfectly pair with your creams, whites, mustards, grays, and lighter blues.

It tends to add a modern and contemporary vibe – and at the same time, exhibit a coastal vibe.

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And you would be glad to know that this color has tremendous roles to play!

Not only does it help splash a sense of interest but also creates an illusion of a smaller and confined space.

And do you know what? This paint color is quite versatile and timeless!

With a slight tinge of gray in blue – it can be classified as gray-blues!

So, don’t hold back from using this paint on the mudrooms, kitchens, as well as bedrooms! 

And trust me, you will never even get bored.

This color will truly add a sense of visual interest that will transform your space into total bliss!

So, let’s read further to know what this color has to offer!

Behr Norwegian Blue N470-5 Details and Specifications

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This cool blue paint color has stories and 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 LRV’s 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 Norwegian Blue is 24.

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! 

(Remember, lesser the value, darker the paint – on a scale of 1-100)

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

Red = 120

Green = 136

Blue = 142

HEX Value = #78888e

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

How Does This Color Feel in a Space?


Behr Norwegian Blue is bound to make your space cozy, calm, peaceful, modern, and quite exotic as well!

Even though blues are quite common to have at home – but this particular tone has a certain charm that makes you want to gaze at it all day long!

And since it’s a great source of calm and peace, you can absolutely incorporate this paint in the bedrooms, casual living areas, home offices, and kitchens!

Secondly, due to low reflectivity, you can use this color to create an illusion of a smaller space as it tends to pull the walls together! 

Yes – it’s a great trick for unevenly larger spaces to offer them a sense of cohesiveness and coziness!

How Does Light Affect the Color?


Light whether natural or artificial plays with paint on your walls.

Yes – you can observe it for yourself! Look around and see the difference in how a color behaves when exposed to direct natural light or otherwise!

Similarly, in this case, Behr Norwegian Blue feels warmer and welcoming in the south-facing rooms!

On the other hand, in the north-facing rooms, this color feels equally cool and crisp!

However, it’s important that you analyze the function of your room when switching paint swatches.

For instance, if you plan to use your dining space usually in the mornings – this color will feel warm, else in the evenings, it can feel otherwise!

Yes, that’s how thoughtful you have to be when choosing the paint color for your space.

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?

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Norwegian Blue is absolutely versatile!

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

From yellows to grays, whites (creamy or cool colors), and lighter blues – this color is also one of the easiest 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.

  • N470-3 Half Sea Fog
  • N470-6 Whale Gray
  • N470-7 Submarine Gray

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

  • PR-W10 Swirling Water
  • S490-3 Reef Blue
  • P310-5 Solar Energy

behr norwegian blue 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.

If you want to more of a “blueish off-white” color, then take a look at Behr Reflecting Pool. This would be a great coordinating color.

Behr Norwegian Blue Vs Similar Colors

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 740F-4 Dark Storm Cloud and 2131-40 Smokestack Gray.

Norwegian Blue Vs Dark Storm Cloud

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Quite a few similarities, both these hues share tremendous characteristics! 

From the undertones to the overall feel – you can truly use this color in your home as an alternative.

With an LRV of 27, this paint feels equally reflective – and you can best pair it with yellows, lighter blues, grays, and blue gray paint colors!

Norwegian Blue Vs Smokestack Gray

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Another notable gray-blue paint, Benjamin Moore Smokestack Gray is another pretty hue that you must have an eye on!

With an LRV of 21.57 – this color feels quite dark and deep.

One color you might consider if want a little more “pop” but also a not too strong in either direction is Behr Blueprint – check out my review here.

Where to Use Norwegian Blue?


Behr Norwegian Blue is so versatile that you can absolutely use it anywhere in your home!

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

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

So, whether you have a transitional style, modern, contemporary, farmhouse, and coastal  – this color is quite good to go!

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

Norwegian Blue in Living and Dining Rooms

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Absolutely yes!

This color is also a great fit for contemporary wall paneling and woodwork in your living rooms.

And the best color to pair with is crisp or creamy whites on your trims and panelings etc!

You can choose to paint the accent wall in this color and further add tinges of mustard and gray through your decorative accents!

Add gray or white sheer and room darkening curtains. And if you have hardwood floors, it’s quite good to go!

Using in Bedrooms

Let this color play a dominant role in your bedrooms!

You can choose to paint the headboard wall in this color and further add whites on the adjacent walls to help protrude this color.

I highly recommend adding textures of rattan and wicker on your wall decor and furniture.

Further, if you want to add a splash of color – make use of your rugs and curtains!

Norwegian Blue in Kitchens


Blue kitchens are bliss, wouldn’t you agree?

There are a number of times that I have recommended this particular tone in kitchens, especially with white cabinets and drawers.

Yes, they make a flawless and profound appearance.

Thus, paint your kitchen cabinets in this color and let the backdrop wall be in whites!

Further, you can add brass or chrome finished pull handles and white backsplash tiles!

Using on Exteriors


Whether you have a Craftsman, Ranch-style, Mid-Century Modern, Contemporary, or Modern style, this blue paint will never disappoint you!

For exteriors, you can'[t beat the one-coat color guarantee that comes with this paint. This includes durability and fading issues that are always a concern, especially outside.

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.

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 Behr blue gray paint color in your home? 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 Norwegian Blue? 

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

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