Color of the month: Optimum Blue

by Diana Olvera

Perfect weather is plentiful in July, showing off in the forms of deep blue skies, soft breezes and idyllic temperatures. It’s a month of beckoning beaches, pool decks and patio umbrellas, each calling us outdoors for every available moment. The soothing deep blue of Behr’s Optimum Blue M540-7 perfectly captures the essence of a clear July sky, which is why we’ve selected it as the Color of the Month.

Optimum Blue is an excellent choice for a chance of pace on a home’s exterior. This well-balanced shade offers just the right amount of cheerful intensity for house paint, especially when adorned with classic white trim. It also stands out well against stone and brick elements in gray and beige tones. 

Facade of the Home: Optimum blue M540-7

A bold, beautiful entryway is a welcoming entryway. Optimum blue, on the top half of the walls of a foyer or entry room, creates a stunning yet relaxing seaside vibe when paired with white on the bottom half of the walls. Wood floors and furniture add to the natural outdoorsy energy of the space. Sand-hued items such as a wicker basket and collectibles in tan and gold complete the seaside atmosphere.

Two-toned entry
Upper Wall: Optimum Blue M540-7

Optimum Blue is also an excellent accent color in a room with white walls. Paint a stylish chevron-themed design in blue to add a focal area to an otherwise blank space. Pair the artistic detailing with a deep blue armchair and several woven-fiber elements for a chic, refreshing look.

Blue Decorative Chair

Boost the bedroom’s ability to relax the mind by adding Optimum Blue to one or all of the walls. A focal area in blue, adorned with stamped white anchors, adds a nautical look between white and gray striped walls. The remaining walls, in white or gray, keep the theme subtle yet purposeful and inviting. 

Teen Room
Accent Wall: Optimum Blue M540-7

Optimum Blue coating all the walls adds a modern yet classic look to a bedroom using those same gray and white accents. It’s the perfect color to balance out a space that has a wall-sized window or sliding door that lets in lots of light.

Bedroom Walls: Optimum Blue M540-7

The aptly named Optimum Blue is an optimal color for a bathroom, too. Create a modern yet peaceful look by painting the walls in this hue, accompanied by cabinets in a soft gray. This look pairs well with wood floors and white and gray tiles or bricks.

Bathroom Accent Color: Optimum Blue M540-7

For an all-white bathroom, an Optimum Blue vanity adds a welcoming pop of color that gives the space a new sense of identity. 

Vanity: Optimum Blue M540-7

For more color and design inspiration visit our Color Studio on Behr.com.

Colorfully yours,


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