Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist: If you are looking for a neutral gray paint color for your home, you can’t go wrong with BM OC-27. It is one of my favorite warm gray paint colors and it looks good in any room! Below, you will find a comprehensive color analysis including information on its LRV (light reflectance value), colors that go with BM Balboa Mist, and a paint color comparison with other warm light grays and greige paint colors!
BENJAMIN MOORE BALBOA MIST
BALBOA MIST UNDERTONES
The easiest way to see what the undertones are of a paint color is to examine its similar shades on a paint deck. On a paint chip, you can look at the most concentrated (or most saturated) paint colors. This helps you visualize what the undertones in a paint color are. With OC-27, you can see the slightly brown with a lot of gray undertones. It has a smidge of green in it too.
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What is Balboa Mist’s LRV?
BM Balboa Mist OC-27 has a light reflectance value (LRV) of 67.37. It is very similar to Pale Oak (LRV of 69.89). Darker paint colors will have lower LRVs and lighter paint colors will have higher LRVs. For reference, most white paint colors have LRVs between 80-95. So, Balboa Mist is a solid light gray.
BALBOA MIST COMPARED
BALBOA MIST VS. CLASSIC GRAY
Balboa Mist and Classic Gray are very similar paint colors. For the first several years of owning our house, we only used these two paint colors in the majority of our rooms and had great success. See my complete review of Benjamin Moore Classic Gray here here.
In a slightly sunnier room, BM OC-27 looks pretty much the same as Classic Gray. We originally had painted our hallway Classic Gray and our living room Balboa Mist.
I like using Balboa Mist in rooms that I want a little more drama in–our formal living room and our dining room (which is not a playroom). Classic Gray, on the other hand, is a great light gray color which I like to think is a go-anywhere and blend in with the surroundings.
LRVs compared: BM is slightly darker (and has a lower LRV) than Classic Gray.
- Classic Gray: 74.78
- Balboa Mist: 67.37
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Here you can see Benjain Moore OC-27 in our playroom (dining room turned playroom) in late afternoon Southern light. It is a still considered a warm light gray paint color even though it does have blue in it. It pairs really well with Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, which we used for the wainscoting and all the trim in the house.
And here you can see it in our formal living room which receives even more light–it faces South and West. Whereas Classic Gray may have been washed out by the amount of light pouring in, Balboa Mist is able (because of its slightly higher concentration of color) to hold its ground.
PALE OAK VS. BALBOA MIST
The other color we considered instead of Benjamin Moore’s Balboa Mist OC-27, was Pale Oak. You can see here how similar it is to Balboa Mist. It is another one of those beautiful light gray paint colors (see all my favorites in this post here on the best gray paint colors for your home!)
Compared to Balboa Mist, Pale Oak is slightly less concentrated and while it’s hard to see (even in the graphic below comparing Pale Oak vs. Balboa Mist paint swatches), Pale Oak read slightly more brownish to me. It is a little warmer of a light gray color with a little less blue.
LRVs compared: Both paint colors are very similar with their brightness–only two points apart on their light reflectance values.
- Pale Oak LRV: 69.89
- Balboa Mist LRV: 67.37
If you are trying to decide Pale Oak vs. OC-27 then my best advice is to buy a sample of both paint colors, grab a cheap white Dollar Store poster board, cut the board into strips, and paint two coats of each moving the boards up onto different walls so you can see how it looks! It’s the best way to see what the paint colors will really look like on your walls without painting samples everywhere (plus you don’t have to contend with trying to cover up the paint underneath!)
You can also always purchase a Samplize paint sample! They run about $5 and save you the hassle of painting (and cost about what a test size paint can does!)
BALBOA MIST VS. REPOSE GRAY
While they might seem like similar light gray colors when you put them head to head you can see how much greener and bluer SW Repose Gray is than Balboa Mist OC-27. They are two very different paint colors. I prefer Benjamin Moore OC-27 because it reads warmer. With the majority of the year here in Wisconsin being color and dreary, I want a slightly “warmer” light gray for my home.
LRVs (light reflectance values) compared:
- Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray: 58
- Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist: 67.37
BALBOA MIST VS. AGREEABLE GRAY
Sherwin-Williams’ Agreeable Gray is one of their most popular paint colors. It is a lovely gray, and you can see how it looks in the paint chip below. But, by comparing it to Balboa Mist OC-27, you can see its warmer undertones. Benjamin Moore’s OC-27 has slightly greener undertones; whereas, Agreeable Gray has a lot of brown and purple in it. I think Agreeable Gray is a darker paint color but is warmer in tone (this is reflected in the LRVs below as well!)
- Balboa Mist: 67.37
- Agreeable Gray: 60
BALBOA MIST VS. EDGECOMB GRAY
Two of Benjamin Moore’s most popular paint colors, Edgecomb Gray and Balboa Mist OC-27 are versatile paint colors that look good in any room (and I use them all the time in my custom color schemes!) While they are of similar brightness (you can see that with their similar light reflectance values listed below), Edgecomb Gray has more of a brownish undertone. It reads more “taupe” than Balboa Mist, which by comparison seems more greenish.
- Balboa Mist LRV: 67.37
- Edgecomb Gray LRV: 63.88
Also read: Edgecomb Gray: The Perfect Greige?
BALBOA MIST VS. REVERE PEWTER
Revere Pewter is one of my favorite warm gray paint colors. It is similar to Balboa Mist, but quite a bit darker and warmer (as evidenced by its LRVs compared below.) Revere Pewter is very similar to Edgecomb Gray above and has a lot of taupe in it, and much more brown than Balboa Mist. Both are lovely colors but have distinctly different looks.
- Revere Pewter: 55.51
- Edgecomb Gray: 67.37
BALBOA MIST OC-27 COLOR SCHEME
Wondering how to use OC-27 in your house? We’ve used Balboa Mist OC-27 in two of our rooms (our playroom and our living room) as shown above. But you can use it anywhere you like! It looks lovely in hallways, in kitchens, and even bedrooms. Below, I’ve created a custom color palette. Most of these paint colors are ones we have used in our own home.
Top row: Benjamin Moore Classic Gray/ White Dove/ Hale Navy
Middle row: Simply White/ Boothbay Gray/ Romantic Pink
Bottom row: Cloud White/ Van Courtland Blue/ Pale Oak
COLORS THAT GO WITH BALBOA MIST:
- Benjamin Moore Classic Gray
- Benjamin Moore White Dove
- Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
- Benjamin Moore Simply White
- Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray
- Benjamin Moore Romantic Pink
- Benjamin Moore Cloud White
- Benjamin Moore Van Courtland Blue (see all the best blue-gray paint colors here)
- Benjamin Moore Pale Oak
TOOLS TO PAINT A ROOM FAST
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These tools have literally saved me DAYS of painting and cut my time painting by 66%! I only wish I knew about them and made the under $10 purchase before!
- Abrasive Hand Pad
- Use this instead of sandpaper. Using sandpaper will rub off too much of the varnish and the stain on your oak wood trim will permeate your newly painted white paint. We use these abrasive pads everywhere instead of sandpaper.
- Paint Pad–– save yourself HOURS by buying this under $10 painting tool!
- Paint Trim Guard
- You are going to want this if you have wall-to-wall carpeting or hardwood floors that you want to protect. I use it along with Painter’s Tape to ensure that I don’t have drips on my floor.
YOU WILL LOVE:
- SEE ALL THE BEST GRAY PAINT COLORS for your home in this post!
- SEE HOW BENJAMIN MOORE CLASSIC GRAY compares
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