Looking for the perfect gray paint color for your home? Let’s talk about Benjamin Moore Gray Owl and if it might be right for your home!
Gray is a popular paint color for good reason. It’s neutral, crisp and easy to decorate with no matter what your style.
Choosing a gray paint color for your home can be tricky. Some are warm, some are cool. Some are light, some are dark. A lot depends on your natural lighting and other light sources in a room.
Let’s talk about Benjamin Moore Gray Owl and if it’s a good fit for your home!
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, OC-52 (2137-60)
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl is a light, cool gray. Although it may look slightly cooler or warmer depending on a room’s lighting, it’s a good neutral gray for almost anywhere in the home.
Gray Owl is in the gray color family.
Light Reflectance Value
Light Reflective Value is the measurement of how much light a color bounces around. This is on a scale of 0 to 100 with 0 being pure black and 100 being pure white.
With an LRV of 65, Gray Owl is a light gray. It appears as a light and bright color, especially in rooms with lots of natural light.
R: 212 G: 210 B: 203
RGB describes the amount of each color – red, green, and blue – present in a color. This is on a scale of 0 to 255 for each color. This is basically the color mix to make the color!
When the three values are similar to each other like this, this means the color is a neutral.
Gray Owl has subtle blue and green undertones, which make Gray Owl a cool paint color. In north-facing rooms, it will appear cooler.
However, in certain lighting, such as in rooms facing south or those with warm lighting, you may notice Gray Owl looks a bit warmer.
It’s very important to swatch colors on your wall to be sure they look good – day and night – in your actual space before committing.
First Star is light and neutral enough to work as a whole house paint color.
Consider using Gray Owl for:
- Living rooms
- Home exterior
- Interior doors
- Benjamin Moore Moonshine
- Benjamin Moore Vapor Trails
- Benjamin Moore Alaskan Husky
- Benjamin Moore Oystershell
- Behr Eon
- Sherwin Williams Silverpointe
Gray Owl is one of those neutral grays that pair well with several colors, including many shades of blues and greens.
It also pairs well with dark grays and neutral whites.
- Ocean City Blue
- Providence Blue
- Hale Navy
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- Taos Taupe
- Midsummer Night
- Night Horizon
- Desert Twilight
- White Heron
- Decorator’s White
- Simply White
Since Gray Owl is a neutral gray, I prefer to pair it with a crisp, bright white trim color.
Gray Owl color palette
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Gray Owl FAQs
Is Benjamin Moore Gray Owl warm or cool?
Gray Owl is a cool paint color with blue and green undertones. However, in certain lighting, such as south-facing rooms, it may appear warmer.
What is the difference between Benjamin Moore Gray Owl and Wickham Gray?
Wickham Gray is slightly lighter than Gray Owl. Gray Owl has subtle green and blue undertones; Wickham Gray has blue undertones.
What trim color goes with Gray Owl?
A cool neutral gray, Gray Owl pairs well with a bright white trim such as Benjamin Moore Simply White.
What colors compliment Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore?
Gray Owl pairs well with blues, greens, grays and whites, among other colors.
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