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Top 10 Benjamin Moore Light Neutrals


In the past, we’ve listed our top 10 Benjamin Moore Whites, but what about those slightly off-white colours; the neutrals that aren’t too white or too dark! We’re going to delve into the neutrals to reveal some of the best light neutral colours for your home.

10 Light Neutral Colours (light to dark)

OC-95 Navajo White

Navajo White paint in our top 10 Benjamin Moore light neutrals list

OC-95-Navajo-White

To start, this is the warmest colour from our top 15 selection! It’s a creamy colour, consisting of yellow and pink undertones to give it warmth, yet the lack of any gray in it makes it a bright, crisp coloured neutral. This type of bright colour tends to work especially well in rooms lacking natural light because they themselves have a higher light-reflective value, which means the colour is not dulled, but reflects light off itself better. This colour has the most amount of yellow from our top-ten light neutrals, which would be emphasized in south facing areas with lots of light. That’s why it’s a perfect choice for darker spaces including north facing rooms to create a more cheerful impression.

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CC-50 White Down

White Down paint in our top 10 Benjamin Moore light neutrals list

CC-50 White Down

This creamy colour pairs well with the popular CC-40 Cloud White, as it’s the slightly darker version. It also has pink and yellow undertones, similar to the OC-95 Navajo White, with an added hint of gray, creating a softer neutral.  It doesn’t appear too bright, but offers a cushy, light, warm neutral.

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OC-26 Silver Satin

Silver Satin paint in our top 10 Benjamin Moore light neutrals list

OC-26 Silver Satin

This is one of the more popular choices for a colour that runs throughout the home. It’s as close to white as possible without being too white! It’s a slightly warmer gray tone, that doesn’t appear too cool, yet retains a silvery and iridescent quality.  It creates minimal contrast with white trims and gives off a subtle and translucent-like light neutral gray. Layering well with whites and light grays, this milky, neutral colour is versatile for many different types of spaces. 

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OC-23 Classic Gray

Classic Gray paint in our top 10 Benjamin Moore light neutrals list

OC-23 Classic Gray

Realistically this isn’t a ‘classic’ gray colour in the true sense, but it is a fantastic neutral gray. Different lighting tends to draw out different characteristics of this multi-tone pale colour.  The balance of a silver-gray with a warm back drop makes for a subtle, soft shade. While slightly creamier than the previously mentioned OC-26 Silver Satin, it’s just as light and pairs well with the ever-popular greige HC-172 Revere Pewter as well as other neutrals of beige undertones and gray undertones alike.

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CC-80 Gray Mist

Gray Mist paint in our top 10 Benjamin Moore light neutrals list

CC-80 Gray Mist

Similar to OC-23 Classic Gray, the CC-80 Gray Mist has a slightly stronger beige backdrop, with a misty overtone of gray. While it can pair well with some grays, it compliments greige or taupes that lean slightly more toward a beige tone.  What makes it a great option is that it’s not as yellow as other neutrals, and the dose of gray makes it a modern version of beige. 

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OC-27 Balboa Mist

Balboa Mist paint in our top 10 Benjamin Moore light neutrals list

OC-27 Balboa Mist

Balboa Mist is arguably one of the most popular colours. Whether for bedrooms, bathrooms, or a whole-house colour, it gives the HC-172 Revere Pewter a run for its money!   Unlike the HC-172 Revere Pewter which has a green undertone, the Balboa Mist (and entire colour strip series) has a slight red undertone to provide warmth. It’s a highly versatile neutral ‘greige’ that leans slightly more toward the grays and typically appears first and foremost as a gray.  It’s perfectly balanced mixture of warm beige and modern gray allows it to compliment both traditional browns (ie: dark wood tables & furniture) as well as current popular gray materials (ie: ash-gray flooring & gray tiles) 

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CC-110 Muslin

Muslin paint in our top 10 Benjamin Moore light neutrals list

CC-110 Muslin

Muslin can be considered as a perfect neutral beige! This intensely warm beige upholds a good depth of colour that establishes a light and comfortable hue! With a harmonized balance of yellow and pink undertones that isn’t too dark, this makes for a great warm backdrop ideal for north or east facing areas and pairs well with classic brown furniture. 

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OC-52 Gray Owl

Gray Owl paint in our top 10 Benjamin Moore light neutrals list

OC-52 Gray Owl

OC-52 Gray Owl is another tried and true neutral gray. It’s warmer than the cool-tone grays like HC-170 Stonington Gray, yet cooler than OC-27 Balboa Mist.  It has undertones of both blue and green, with a stronger green undertone. This colour can transform depending on the lighting. Under cooler lighting, like north or east facing areas, it may appear more noticeably green or blue, but in warmer lighting, like south or west facing spaces, it presents itself as a relatively neutral gray. While it carries a little more depth, its partner OC-51 Intense White is a lighter version with the same tones.

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2111-60 Barren Plain

Barren Plain paint in our top 10 Benjamin Moore light neutrals list

2111-60 Barren Plain

It was hard to decide between the two very similar brown-gray neutrals, 2111-60 Barren Plain and 2108-60 Abalone, so I’ve decided to mention both. They’re both comprised of violet/pink undertones, which is intensified under cool light (ie: daylight) and all but disappears under warm lighting, (ie: warm pot lights). These colours are rooted in a brown base colour that leaves the impression of a warm gray, but typically remaining light and neutral!

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2112-60 Cement Gray

Cement Gray paint in our top 10 Benjamin Moore light neutrals list

2112-60 Cement Gray

Last but certainly not least, this is a colour rapidly gaining momentum in 2017! The 2112-60 Cement Gray is a modern neutral gray. With its mix of blue and red undertones, it has a slightly purple undertone gray that appears not as cool as a blue-undertone gray and not as muddy as a warm red-undertone gray. This year we’re seeing many furniture and fabric pieces that have this undertone of gray, which makes it the perfect backdrop for many designs!

Many homeowners are going lighter, but they don’t want to commit to plain white walls. These top-ten Benjamin Moore light colours, whether for one room or the whole house, are perfect as those light neutral shades!

 

List of top 10 Benjamin Moore Light Neutrals by The Paint People

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