Color Crush – Champion Cobalt

May 11, 2016

You know that feeling when you find a color that you KNOW you need to use because it is just so beautiful?  I get that feeling sometimes and I just found a color I would love to use in my home. That color is Ben Moore Champion Cobalt 2061-20:

champion c

Surprised it is a blue? haha I can’t help it!

I am working with an online client to find a kitchen color and for the first time,  I suggested he buy an area rug  BEFORE we picked wall colors.  This is the kitchen before:

kitchen before

A beautiful kitchen with many cabinets and hard surfaces. The first thing I thought was that the room could use a little softness to break up all the hard surfaces. Fabric is the best way to bring  an easy going,  less rigid look into a room such as an area rug, window treatments or table runner. I could not see the window treatments so I asked if he would consider replacing the area rug under the table for something more colorful:

rug before



Isn’t it beautiful? I love this rug. I am thinking of getting it for my new office it is so pretty. I choose this rug not only for the color vibrancy, but notice the gray in the rug  which will work well with the surrounding rooms in Ben Moore Sandy Hook Gray:

sandy hook gray foyer

One trick I use to help narrow down colors is to print out the photo and look at my color decks:

champion cobalt

No it is not exact science, but it lets you narrow down quite a few colors until you find the right color shade family. Look how well the Bermuda Blue 2061-30 works with the rug. Kind of bright for the walls but look at the color underneath, Champion Cobalt 2061-20. Same undertones, just a bit darker. The Cobalt is keeping with the rest of the medium color palette in the home.

Another reason I choose this area rug was the tan in the pattern to bring in the cabinets.

robert cabinets

There is not a lot of wall space for the paint color, just enough to bring in some color. Here are a couple examples of  Champion Cobalt:

champ. cobalt






So pretty and so vibrant! Don’t you think this will make a great kitchen color? He is sampling now and hopefully will send after photos to share.

I hope you are having a good week. The sun is finally out here in NE and today was 70 degrees.  Summer is coming!


  1. I love this blue Kelly! I recently used Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball in a powder room, and I was wondering what bue was the equivalent of it in the Bejamin Moore collection. I think this is the one!

  2. I’m a blue person too Kelly. And this is a great color. With the light cabinets should work well. Look forward to seeing the end results. Oh, ps, hope he gets a bigger rug too. The one he has is too small – IMO.

  3. It’s so beautiful Kelly and so is the rug. Can’t wait to see the end result. I think I’ll use that color in our main bathroom. Thanks so much for all the wonderful ideas.

  4. My husband wanted to try Bermuda Blue, which is right above the Cobalt on the color card. So we bought a sample and it was electric! I ended up painting one wall of my walk in closet with it because I ran out of my other paint. It makes me smile when I walk in there. But the Cobalt looks like a much better choice.

  5. I love vibrant neutral colors, if that makes sense. We bought a townhouse and I am trying to narrow down the colors that I want to go with and I just can’t bring myself to paint beige, white or tan…but I know they have to come into play. This blue is fantastic!! Love, love love

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