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Benjamin Moore Moonshine: a complete color review

Looking for the perfect dark off-white paint color for your home? Let’s talk about Benjamin Moore Moonshine and if it might be right for your home!

If you’re looking for a calming neutral paint color without going too dark or too light and bright, a dark off-white or mid-toned gray may be the pick for you!

Moonshine is one of those paint colors that crosses the line between off-white and gray. It pairs well with many decor styles and finishes. Let’s dive into the details!

Benjamin Moore Moonshine Paint Color Guide

Moonshine, Benjamin Moore, 2140-60

Moonshine is a dark off-white paint color, so dark that it often appears as a gray due to its gray-blue undertones. Moonshine is a soft, muted color that pairs well with many styles and colors.

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Color Family

Moonshine is in the white 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 67, Moonshine often appears as a gray despite being a dark off-white.

RGB Colors

R: 215 G: 214 B: 206

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!

Hex Code


Benjamin Moore Moonshine
BM Moonshine


Moonshine has blue-gray undertones, which often cause this off-white paint color to appear gray. In some instances, Moonshine may even have a slight blue-green undertone.

Moonshine will look slightly warmer and more neutral in south-facing rooms with lots of natural light.

Moonshine will look darker and cooler in north-facing rooms that lack natural light. Its cool blue-gray undertones will be more apparent in north-facing rooms.

It’s very important to swatch colors on your wall to make sure they look good – day and night – in your actual space before committing.

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Best uses

Consider using Moonshine for:

  • Living rooms
  • Bedrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Home exterior
  • Interior doors
  • Cabinets
  • Furniture

Similar Colors

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Coordinating Colors

Moonshine pairs well with many dark or mid-toned cool colors, such as greens, blues, and grays. It also pairs well with crisp whites or light pinks.

Dark greens:

  • Caldwell Green
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Jack Pine
  • Rainy Afternoon
  • Cushing Green

Dark cool blues:

  • Providence Blue
  • Thousand Oceans
  • Britannia Blue
  • Stillwater
  • Alfresco

Crisp whites:

Trim Colors

As a cool paint color, Moonshine pairs best with bright whites for trim.

Bright white trim colors:

Moonshine color palette

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Benjamin Moore Moonshine Palette

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Here are some common frequently asked questions about Moonshine.

Is BM Moonshine warm or cool?

BM Moonshine is a cool paint color. It’s an off-white featuring blue-gray undertones, which means it often appears as a gray.

What SW colors are similar to BM Moonshine?

SW Big Chill or SW First Star are similar to BM Moonshine. It’s always best to swatch colors before committing.

What are the undertones of BM Moonshine?

Moonshine is an off-white paint color with blue-gray undertones, which often cause it to appear as a gray paint color.

What is the difference: BM Moonshine vs. BM Gray Owl?

Moonshine is slightly lighter than Gray Owl, with an LRV of 67 versus 65.

Moonshine is a bit cooler, due to its blue-gray undertones, whereas Gray Owl features subtle blue and green undertones, causing it to look a bit warmer in rooms with lots of natural light.

It’s always best to swatch colors before committing.

Does BM Moonshine work for the exterior of a house?

BM Moonshine can look a bit washed out in all of that natural light, so it may not be the best choice for a home’s exterior.

You may be better off going with a lighter off-white or a darker gray instead of BM Moonshine, which straddles the line between the two.

What is the difference: BM Moonshine vs. BM Revere Pewter?

BM Moonshine is lighter, brighter, and cooler than Revere Pewter, with an LRV of 67 versus 55.

Moonshine is an off-white that often appears gray due to its cool undertones, and Revere Pewter is a greige with warm undertones.

It’s always best to swatch colors before committing.

Before you go…

So, you’ve found the perfect paint color, but here’s the thing – there’s another big decision you have to make: picking the right paint sheen. Seriously, the level of glossiness can totally change how your color looks on the walls and how long the paint lasts!

Check out our complete guide to understanding paint sheens.

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