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Edgecomb Gray vs Pale Oak: Let’s compare!

Looking for the perfect soft neutral paint color? Let’s compare Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray vs Pale Oak to see which might be right for your home!

Neutral paint colors are super popular because they are inoffensive and easy to decorate with.

Within neutral colors, warm neutrals are especially appealing as they make your room feel cozy and inviting.

Two of the most popular colors in this category are Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray and Pale Oak.

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Edgecomb Gray vs Pale Oak

These are both soft, neutral paint colors that are ultra popular!

edgecomb gray vs pale oak

What is similar about Edgecomb Gray vs Pale Oak?

At a glance, these light beige colors are nearly identical! They are both light, bright, neutral colors with warm undertones.

What is different about Edgecomb Gray vs Pale Oak?

When placed next to each other, you can see a few differences.

Pale Oak has a slightly higher LRV than Edgecomb Gray, meaning that Pale Oak is lighter than Edgecomb Gray – though not significantly.

Edgecomb GrayPale Oak
RBGR: 218 G: 209 B: 196R:222 G:216 B:205
UndertonesThis is a beige with gray undertones. It has a lot of warmth to it but doesn’t really feel yellow. Pale Oak has warm, yellow undertones.


Both of these colors have warm, yellow undertones. However, Edgecomb Gray has a bit more yellow – and more vibrancy to it.

Pale Oak is more muted and subdued and almost looks blue toned next to edgecomb gray. Pale Oak has been said to go a little lavender in cool, north facing light.

Additionally, Edgecomb Gray has more Gray to it, while Pale Oak is definitely creamier and more beige.

How do I decide between these two colors?

If your room gets bright natural light, Pale Oak could look washed out and almost white.

If your room is darker, Edgecomb Gray could look even darker on your walls.

So, I say Edgecomb Gray for a bright room and Pale Oak for a darker room!

Or, if you want a very light and airy room, definitely stick with Pale Oak.

Think about how much color depth you want and what natural light your room really gets!

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