A Star is Born! Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2024 Blue Nova

2024 Color of the Year Blue Nova

Why Is Blue Nova Benjamin-Moore’s Color of the Year 2024?

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“Blue Nova 825 is an alluring mid-tone that balances depth and intrigue with classic appeal and reassurance,” said Andrea Magno, Color Marketing & Development Director at Benjamin Moore. “The Color Trends 2024 palette tells a story of duality – juxtaposing light against dark, warm and cool, showcasing complementary and contrasting color pairings. These contrasts invite us to break away from the ordinary to explore new places and collect color memories that shape the hues used in our homes.”

What Color is Blue Nova? Is It Blue or Purple?

Blue Nova is obviously quite blue, but it’s important to remember that everyone perceives color a little differently. For that reason, we like to look at something a little more objective – the spectral data. We use tools like colorimeters and spectrophotometers to accurately measure a color’s dominant wavelength (or hue angle), chroma, and other characteristics.

Blue Nova has a hue angle of 278.512°. This means Blue Nova is officially part of the Purple-Blue hue family. Frankly, it’s closer to Purple on the color wheel than it is to Blue! It’s also got a pretty high chroma value (21.331), which means that this color is super saturated with lots of vivid color. In other words, it’s not toned down with a whole lot of gray.

Benjamin Moore Blue Nova 825 color of the year 2024

What is Blue Nova’s LRV?

Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is a measure of how much light a paint reflects back into a room, with 100% being highly reflective and zero being not reflective at all. Blue Nova has an LRV of almost 17, which means it’s quite dark. While many paint colors in this range lose a lot of their intensity in a darker space, Blue Nova is not one of them. Its high chroma value (color saturation) keeps it popping and sparkling, even in the dark. 

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What Other Paint Colors Coordinate with Blue Nova?

Blue Nova 825 coordinating paint colors, color palette

How to Use the Benjamin Moore 2024 Color of the Year Blue Nova in Your Home

Trying to figure out how to incorporate this vibrant hue into your home? We have a few suggestions!

If you’re into maximalist design and plan to stay in your home for a while, go crazy! Cover the walls!

On the other hand, if you’re planning to sell in the near future or just prefer a more reserved approach to using such a bold color, consider using it to highlight architectural features. It looks beautiful on an accent wall, a bathroom vanity, a kitchen island, or a door. Blue Nova looks great with a variety of other materials, from light white oak or darker walnut. It also complements an assortment of metallic finishes like chrome, matte black, and even hardware in brushed or antique gold. 

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What Other Paint Colors Are Similar to Benjamin Moore Blue Nova?

If you like Blue Nova Benjamin Moore, be sure to only get it mixed in a Benjamin Moore paint product. I never, ever recommend color matching between brands. Differences in pigments, chemical composition, and paint viscosity between brands mean they will be different. You cannot color match between brands and expect to get identical results. Looking for something similar to Blue Nova and need to use another brand? Here are a few Blue Nova dupes that are a pretty close match based on their spectral data:

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Published by Vannessa Rhoades, Three Bears Home Staging

Vannessa Rhoades is the author of "Just Right! Easy DIY Home Staging" and the founder of the award-winning firm, Three Bears Home Staging®. She specializes in providing positive and empowering consultations to help homeowners sell more quickly and for more money. Vannessa has staged and consulted on hundreds of properties, both in person throughout the Houston metro area and virtually across the country.

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