The Best Benjamin Moore Earth Toned Paint Colours
(you know what a hippy I am…)
If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that I tend to be pretty focused when it comes to Paint Colours (and wine). My suggestions usually fall into categories such as ‘Warm Neutrals, Grays and Beiges’ as when it comes to you guys – I like to keep things straightforward and applicable to a variety of spaces.
However, there’s a whole whack o’ colours that I’ve been keeping in my back pocket so that when I though you were ready I could introduce them without scaring the bejeezus out of you!
While these colours have been chosen to represent Feature and Accent Walls – if you you’re wearing your big girl panties you could even paint a whole room!
And here they are…
(please click on colour names to view sample on the BM site)
I just couldn’t separate these two. Yes they are different from each other, but depending on the room and it’s exposure they can be surprisingly similar!
Via Fowler Interiors
Via The Grand Bohemian!
Heather Gray is the more blue of the 2. It is a gorgeous blend of blue, green and gray with an emphasis on the green and gray. Heather Gray sits a bit lighter than Carolina Gull and has a weeee bit more blue peeking through (without it becoming remotely dominant). Heather Gray is slightly more cool/gray feeling than Carolina Gull.
Carolina Gull is also a mix of green, blue and gray with an emphasis on the green, a green that almost has a forest green feel to it, rather than a blue green feel.
When I’m looking to update a home with forest green countertops/carpet I often look to Carolina Gull as an accent as it modernizes the ugliness of forest green (there, I said it). Just joking, forest green has it’s place – it’s just a very limited place.
Because of the type of green in it, Carolina Gull feels a bit more ‘colourful’ and slightly warmer feeling than Heather Gray.
Anyhoo, both of these colours are stunning and I hope you check them out!
- These colours accent wood/warm tones. If you want to accent your wood floor/cabinets/furniture, these colours really offset the warm tones of wood
- If you want to blend in your wood tones do NOT use these colours as they will only make your wood ‘pop’ (no pun intended…okay, maybe just a little)
- Gorgeous accent colours to forest backdrops or ocean views
- I don’t know that I would do an entire room in Heather Gray, I think it makes a better accent colour, but I WOULD do Carolina Gull!
I wasn’t always a purple fan. In fact I could easily say that it was my least fave colour (maybe because I’m a ginger). However, it was my Mom and a glorious bottle of Pinot Noir that steered me to embrace the glory of grape when it comes to wall colours as we revamped her dining room and living room.
We chose Smoked Oyster (darkened by 1/4) because it was the perfect blend of purple, gray and just a dollop of brown to warm it up. Purple itself would have been too powerful, however we still wanted to ‘wink’ towards it – okay we wanted to full-body twitch towards it and Smoked Oyster had just enough purple in it to satisfy us (are we ever satisfied though, really?)
Smoked Oyster shown above on the fireplace wall which wraps around into the dining room shown in previous photo.
- Smoked Oyster looks awesome with espresso or darker wood tones
- It does not look so awesome with red/yellow toned woods
- Smoked Oyster looks STUNNING with Carolina Gull (mentioned above)
Oh I wish I had more chances to use Dior Gray. This punchy and powerful purple is simply stunning. It is on the cool side of the purple range and has a solid gray to it which stops it from being grape-a-licious. For those who aren’t that tuned in to colour, you might find it a bit TOO gray, but if you ask me it’s a great way to say ‘purple’ without being punched in the face by it.
- Dior Gray pairs well with neutral grays (but not TOO blue)
- Dior Gray looks softer with Gray Mist
- Dior Gray is a tad too heavy for a North facing room
I can not even tell you the depth of my love for Caribbean Teal. I have a soft spot for teal, yet the idea of painting my walls aquamarine doesn’t really float my boat. That’s where this colour comes into play. It’s the perfect blend of blue, green and gray – making it an earth-toned blend of an old school classic.
Via Canadian Living (one of my fave mags)
- Caribbean Teal is great in a South facing room, yet rich and colourful enough for a North facing room.
- Caribbean Teal also makes a great ‘overall colour’ if you’re feeling brave!
Ooo, a flashback to neutral? Perhaps, but it’s a good one. Kingsport Gray is the perfect blend of brown and gray so that it doesn’t commit to either and maintains it’s neutral roots with lack of dominant undertone. Now I would say it sits on the cool-er side of things (nodding to the gray) rather than the warmer side of things (which would nod to the brown) and would hold itself well with neutrals such as greige’s and the cooler beige’s.
Via Karen Joy
- Kingsport Gray can look amazing in a bright room, but in a heavy, dark room it can look a little drab as it doesn’t really have any ‘vitality’ to it. Consider a brighter or warmer colour if it’s too heavy for you.
- Kingsport Gray looks great with a neutral like Manchester Tan or an even lighter neutral.
- Kingsport Gray makes just as much impact as an accent or feature wall as it does on all of the walls in a room.
Oh you know I just can’t stay away from the neutrals! And just because it’s neutral doesn’t mean it’s boring. Whitall Brown is dark and dramatic with a heavy dose of dark gray and brown. Some dark browns can look almost black at night, which isn’t usually a good thing, but Whittall Brown maintains a nice warmth and stays on an even keel even when the lights are low and George Clooney is whispering sweet nothings in your ear (one can dream – and yes he is old enough to be my father, but I’m okay with that)
Via Décor Pad
- Whitall Brown looks striking with warm off-whites/creams
- Whitall Brown leans more to the brown side than the gray side
Okay, back on track with a lovely burgundy based red. While burgundy is not my favourite colour, Garrison Red redeems itself with a solid brown base mixing in with those traditional red/purple tones. Hadley Red, the darker version of Garrison is a gorgeous colour for a front door and Garrison Red makes for a beautiful accent wall, particularly when it’s paired with warm neutrals.
Via Room Lust
- Garrison Red doesn’t look at all purple/red like many burgundy’s can.
- Garrison Red can look lovely with the right brick
- When used as a feature wall, Garrison Red looks best when paired with soft and subtle warm neutrals as it will get overwhelmed easily by too much colour
Well I hope you found a freakin’ fabulous feature wall colour colour for your home – Happy Painting and Decorating!
Check out my Online Consulting if you have questions about your home!
You might also enjoy these posts!
Kylie M Interiors Interior Decorating, Design, Home Staging and Affordable Online Consulting Services and E-Design. Based out of Nanaimo BC and serving Vancouver Island the whole darned World!
Here's some other ideas for you!