Kylie M Interiors     Interior Decorating and Design Ideas Made Affordable     E-decor, E-design, Online Decorating and Colour Consulting services specializing in Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams Paint Colours, Originally written in November 2017, updated March 2019, Wow – even though I have NO NEED to know this (because I have you) I found this really helped me to understand why in the past I made some ‘not so great’ choices. Does that help AT ALL???? I like to understand things, so thank you very much for the information. Hi Kylie! Actually, it is in my genes as my mother and sister have the same issue. So if I am looking at lightening a color by 25%, does that increase the LRV by 25%? It also has a slight green undertone to it. I WAS WONDERING WHAT THE WALL COLOR IN THE BEDROOM OF YOUR FIRST PHOTO? Sep 2, 2019 - Harbor Gray AC-25 Hue Family | Harbor Gray AC-25 Value | Harbor Gray AC-25 Chroma | Harbor Gray AC-25 LRV | Harbor Gray AC-25 Colorography | Harbor Gray AC-25 Paint Blob | Peel and stick paint sample | #Colorography | #ColorographyLab. Keep the light reflective values of the paint colors in mind to help guide you. Wow, what a lovely note to get – thank you! However, when we painted a sample on the wall, the Anew Gray seems a little too dark for the amount of light in the house. With your help I’ve found choosing colors that I like as opposed to what’s trendy and the difference in how lighting affects the actual color has saved me a lot of repainting. Thanks for the insight you’ve provided in this article and any you might be able to provide for my particular color concern. I’m so glad you found it helpful Jill! Their colour matching isn’t perfect, but darned near close enough to get the idea! thanks, Hi Karen, thank you for your patience! Kendall Charcoal is a very popular Benjamin Moore paint colors. Now I’m going to be checking every paint chip and can for LRV’s. Do you have any advice on what colors can ai use. I love, love, love Sherwin Williams paints! Because of this, it’s recommended that light fixtures are in place before you paint, so that you can see how the paint color looks with your lighting. This particular gray color is part of the Green-Yellow (GY) hue family. Comments: Benjamin Moore Van Courtland Blue is a fantastic grayish blue, and is a pretty dark light blue in my opinion (as evidenced by it’s low LRV of 30.42 compared to 60 with other light blues.) Because the actual SCIENCE of it is that you’re not reaaaally seeing the paint colour that’s on the walls, you’re seeing the COLOUR OF THE LIGHT THAT’S REFLECTED OFF THE WALLS (but that’s getting a lil’ deep for this meat n’ potatoes blog post). Benjamin Moore / OC-146 / LRV: 82.9 Peel & Stick Sample: Click Here A decorator favorite, this light, creamy off-white is a never-fail neutral for walls, trim, doors and ceilings. The Best Blue Gray Paint Colors from Benjamin Moore The Best Light Blue Gray Paint Colors from Benjamin Moore. Everyone needs to read this. Didn’t even know there was a thing called LRV. One kitchen wall was a dark red, with all the dark cabinets and a dark brown and yellow floor that saw better days 20 years ago. And just so you know, you can save TONS of money and have way less paint waste by taking your paint chip samples to H.Depot and having them colour match it into their lovely little $3.99 sample pots. HOWEVER, if the walls were painted a colour with a HIGHER LRV, the colour would almost disappear in that spot as it would reflect more light and could potentially wash-out. With a low Chroma value of 0.31 and a slightly higher mid-tone its very close to a true neutral gray. I have made so many mistakes with wall paint over the years resulting in a lot of repainting. Your email address will not be published. Interesting! After choosing a white marble with grey streaks for the floor, I chose Behr’s Marquis Sea Ice in a semi-gloss for the walls.. An 18″ square of Periwinkle chalkboard paint for quick notes and Hills of Ireland (also Behr and semi-gloss), for the mouldings, which are a very small yet effective contrast. Love your blog. If I want to get H. Depot or Lowes to match BM Gray Owl, will the LRV remain the same?? The beauty of blue-gray paint colors is that you can use them in just about any space, just like neutral paint colors. Thanks! I was thinking I wanted a lime green in there but the above colors are almost neon! Swiss Coffee, OC-45 by Benjamin Moore, has a LRV of 83.93. I’d love some advice! Often, it’s better to add a bit more COLOUR to help counteract the shade vs going with, Paint colours with a higher LRV’s will have the potential to reflect A LOT of light (particularly the 70+ range). I have been painting various rooms in my house for so many years and while I knew about undertones and depth, this clearly explains why I had so many “oops” colors!! Revere Pewter HC-172. AND REMEMBER, the quality of light changes throughout the day, so sample carefully and look at it on all walls in a variety of lights, In a poorly lit room, medium-range LRV’s can look quite flat and drab, especially if they’re neutral, In a room with poor lighting, paint colours in the 50+ range will take ANY light they can and reflect it back into the space, but don’t expect any screamin’ glory. This is only because I receive dozens of questions from my readers everyday and just can’t answer them all AND keep up my business! Don’t select a white paint color you think you might like and paint it in isolation. Seems strange to me… 🙂. I just moved into a manufactured home and of course, it’s full of dark wood paneling. What is the technical difference between a neutral (with a color undertone) and a color with a (gray or whatever undertone)? 🙂 Like, dislike, keep it moving? Paint colours with a lower LRV will reflect SOME, but not tons of light. Again, if you don’t give them light, they’ll have nothing to reflect, Paint colours with a higher LRV can look brighter than they do on that wee little paint chip when exposed to an average amount of light. Pashmina AF-100 Hue Family. The more natural light a room has the cooler this Benjamin Moore gray will look. Benjamin Moore Simply White OC 117. With a bright LRV of 69.89, it’s the second brightest gray paint color included in this guide. Thank you for your understanding and thanks for visiting my site! You can see more of that room here…well hot damn, I just realized that while I’ve posted independent photos of this home, I didn’t do a blog post, wow! BRAVO, Kylie, BRAVO! LRV 65.77. Before I get into the nitty-gritty, let me tell you that it took me 9 hours, 3 bottles and 17 years of experience to research and write this article. Select a room to find a product for your project. Benjamin Moore Simply White has an LRV of 91.7–that is a very high LRV, which means it’s a fantastic color if you want to brighten up a space. While the LRV of Swiss Coffee is very close to White Dove’s LRV, the colors are vastly different when compared next to each other. ~Kylie M. Awesome post. Any thoughts you have just holler as it just makes me think harder! Ditto an airy entry and stairway. Today we’re going to talk about Silver Satin by Benjamin Moore, (OC-26). BTW, if you’re getting paint samples, I highly recommend THIS vs traditional sample pots. There are some yellow undertones present in Wish, giving off a more light beige tone in a room with ample light, and a darker beige tone in a north facing room. Thanks Kylie. I can’t wait to put my new-found knowledge to work…and drive myself even further into the insanity of finding THE PERFECT white for every room! NANCY, Hi Nancy! Here’s a quick recap everything we learned about Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17: White Dove is part of the Benjamin Moore Off-White Collection. The information on your site explains why I made those mistakes. Read more: Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Collingwood. I have tried dancing green, cucumber and aqueduct in my powder room and I don’t like any of them! The only way to really know how it will look is to paint a large enough sample in a room and observe how the color looks through the day and at night. I have a question though. LRV: 91.7 . It makes this so much clearer. Now, let’s get into the actual LRV ranges. This shift in sheen can make a colour look slightly lighter/darker :). I was wondering if you can recommend a paint color similar to Benjamin Moore soft chamois. The LRV ranges below are based on my experience and knowledge, not on actual scientific FACT. Benjamin Moore Classic Gray: The most common question I get asked is “what gray paint should I use in my home?”My quick answer is to use Benjamin Moore Classic Gray. Medium-toned paint colours tend to hold themselves a bit better in SUPER bright rooms as they don’t reflect as much light – they have a lower light reflectance value. Learn how your comment data is processed. And I know, magazines are so deceiving. The less light there is in your room, the less light there will be to reflect. Here’s Pashmina AF-100 by Benjamin Moore in context of its Hue Family neighborhood, 1 Y (Yellow), on The Color Strategist Color Wheel.The pink arrows point to where Pashmina AF-100 fits in among the other colors according to its Value 7.11 rounded to 7.12 and Chroma of 1.37 rounded to 1.25. 3. As an example of this, look from the far left of the photo to the middle-right and see how Collingwood changes its tune…and tone! While I’ve said that you can go as low as 55 in the light range, those would be DARKER looking light colours for sure – there is a range. If you want a dark colour to look lighter, you need to give it A LOT OF LIGHT. Source: Benjamin Moore. I was wondering what the colours are on the last picture you have posted on this page. Have you ever used Benjamin Moore’s Silver Chain? North facing room, big windows but shaded light by pine trees. Susan Choosing a light paint colour may be a better choice for a dark room if you want to brighten it, but it will not save the day – you need actual LIGHT for the paint colour to play off of and reflect. This ALSO means that in a room without much natural light OR adequate artificial lighting, it may look a bit heavy as the LRV isn’t strong enough to grab the minimal light that it’s offered. One of over 3,500 exclusive Benjamin Moore colors. It’s a light gray with a nice balance between cool and warm tones. This really helped us decide between a few colors that we were in between for some gray shades. For how important LRV is to the average paint buyer, I’m surprised some paint companies haven’t made it EASIER to find it. Here’s Ablalone 2108-60 by Benjamin Moore in context of its Hue Family neighborhood, 1 Y (Yellow), on The Color Strategist Color Wheel.The pink arrows point to where Ablalone 2108-60 fits in among the other colors according to its Value 7.81 … Source: Benjamin Moore. I’m actually writing a course right now and talk about this exact topic in it. While the LRV of Swiss Coffee is very close to White Dove’s LRV, the colors are vastly different when compared next to each other. It’s one of my favorite neutral light gray paint colors because it is such a universally flattering paint color for the walls in any room of your house. This range goes from the light range (heavy lights if they’re close to 55) right up to the WHITE end of things, but they all have the potential to reflect some decent or even OVERWHELMING amount of light back into your space. The LRV is 53. The 4 Best White Paint Colours: Sherwin Williams. Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore paint colour expert. It’s a three floor walk up with no windows. chips” while my husband laughs, “there all white!” No my fiend! With an LRV of 74.78, it will reflect a considerable amount of light, therefore, lightening and brightening a space. This is an extreme – a wall with almost no natural light on it. Paint many colors together to see how they work and pick up on their undertones. Fifty percent LRV is the common guideline for residential interiors. I was trying to check out the new paint companies Clare Paint and Backdrop. LRV, or Light Reflectance Value, refers to how light or dark a paint colour will look on a scale of 0 (black) to 100 (white). LRV… If you have average lighting (natural/artificial), it’s a good choice for most rooms. However, even at 62, it can still wash-out. The 12 Best Navy Blue Paint Colours for Cabinets, Islands, Front Doors and MORE! I would love to know if you have a suggestion for a very light gray for a basement room ? I love their colors, how they go on walls and trim, and how I can wipe the dirt off of them when my grandson gets his hands on them!! LRV = L ight R eflectance V alue: Rated 0-100 with 0 being pure black, and 100 being pure white. Clare Paint readily displays their LRV values whereas I had to message Backdrop’s customer service to attempt to get this information. Remember LRV runs on a scale of 0% to 100%, 50% would be a mid-value paint color. I love the color, perfect to lighten my house. The amount of light hitting the left side walls is putting Gray Owl’s LRV of 65.77 to work as the light is reflected back, making it look more like a bright off-white. Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray. Some lighting options may make White Dove look too yellow. I think I like the blend, but I’m not sure that going from 47 to 53.5 is really that much different. I never knew about LVR and this article has been both fascinating and very helpful. This tone goes well with violet/lilac tones, so it may be a great color to add as an accent wall. In a WELL-lit space, this colour can look soft, stunning, and a bit lighter and more colourful as the undertones come up. I am glad I came across this blog article as it’s proving very helpful in selecting a wall paint color for our whole house remodel. It works beautifully on a home’s exterior. When it comes to the most popular white paint colours, Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee has been around a looooong time – but, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the BEST.Sometimes it’s more about the familiarity of the name rather than the flexibility of the colour. Hi Lorri! I know my husband will thank you when I don’t have to spend money on 5 different sample paints that don’t look right! The 12 Best WHOLE HOME Gray and Greige Paint Colours, The 8 Best WHOLE HOME Warm Neutral Paint Colours. The paint … I feel well armed now. Unfortunately it has taken me about a dozen cans of paint, hours of labor and lets not mention the cost to figure out that not all paints, brushes, rollers etc are created equal. Wish is another one of Benjamin Moore’s favorite paint colors for 2020. Hi Kristin, good question! Below the mid-point of 50%, and you know the color will tend to be darker absorbing more light than it will reflect back into the room. There isn’t much SPACE on that little chip for light to hit, whereas walls have a much larger surface area. If so I’m wondering what your opinion is on that color. Read more: Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, Let’s take a look at an off-white like Benjamin Moore Classic Gray, a warm gray. Glug glug glug, I mean sip sip sip. Thank you Kylie! Tranquility Af 490 Benjamin Moore Benjamin moore light pewter 21 real homes that use it the benjamin moore revere pewter is it the right paint color for your white dove by benjamin moore in a real home paint color review horizon oc 53 benjamin moore. This explains why I’m not liking Accessible Beige (which I expected to love) in the rooms of my house with poor lighting. SKIP TO MAIN CONTENT. In a poorly lit room, light colours can fall flat and drab, and won’t come to life. The LRV factor will help make an informed choice and perhaps I can eliminate a test quart or two. North, East, South, West: Which Paint Colour is the Best? I realize this post is older but find it fascinating! August 17, 2019 colorpaints Leave a comment. Toggle navigation button. Titanium OC-49 Hue Family. Should I assume that the blend will produce a color with an LRV of about 53.5, or does the math not work quite like that? Ablalone 2108-60 Hue Family. As for the actual percentage, in my experience, 25% lifts it approx. The unusual undertone also makes this a great match for many blue and green colors, as well as other cool grays. So, even if you pick a LIGHT colour with a HIGH LRV, if you don’t give it light to reflect, it won’t rise to the occasion, which goes back to one of my fave sayings (I have about 80)…. Online decorating and e-design, e-decor consultations. So many choices! Hi Sarah, that is a GREAT questions. So if the LRV starts at 55, it might end up around 57/58. And what paint finish do you recommend for walls? All LRV of paint colors can be researched online. Hi Gillian, I’m so glad you found the info helpful, come back anytime! Good question! Look at paint colors together. Have you ever painted your walls only to find they looked lighter or darker than you thought they would? However I have a professional painter coming to do the foyer and I really want to get it right! Soothing, harmonious colors are on trend and Metropolitan fits this perfectly. Color Brochures. What’s the best Lrv for my rooms? I think this is in part because professional photographers have gotten really good at brightening up photos, which makes for a more beautiful photograph, but not necessarily for helping those of us trying to find the perfect color. My thought is to have the same tone through the house, but a little lighter. Silver Gray BM 2131-60; Smoke 2122-40; Iceberg 2122-50; Breath of Fresh Air 806; Nickel 2119-50; Slate Blue 1648; Beacon Gray 2128-60; Blue Lace 1625; The Best Dark Blue Gray Paint Colors from Benjamin Moore. The LRV of Wish is 59.7. I have agreeable gray in the main areas. Perfect Lillea, I’m glad you found it helpful! I’m now looking at colors with a LRV of 60+ , no longer testing paint swatches on the actual wall itself, and don’t feel totally clueless. It’s a warm gray that has a lot of depth and looks great with pops of color. 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