A Colour Review: One of the BEST Cream Paint Colours!
I’ve been having a love affair with Benjamin Moore Gentle Cream for a longtime. He was my faithful partner in our last home (which was a fixer upper) and our current home…which was not a fixer upper, but as you know I went buckwild anyway.
And while I recently transitioned much of our home from Gentle Cream to Sherwin Williams Creamy, I haven’t forgotten my faithful friend and am paying homage to him in this blog post!
In a world where gray and greige call the shots, I’m always pleased to see an Online Consultation client request ‘cream’. Cream is a classic, and while it may ebb and flow in popularity it never seems to completely go out of style.
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Now the tricky part is when my clients request ‘cream’, but specify that they ‘don’t like yellow’. Well, here’s the hard truth – cream is a yellow base colour. You cannot MAKE cream without yellow, they are as intrinsically tied together as myself and wine – you can’t find one without the other (and yes, that was a big word for me and I had to spell check it).
However, I’ve found that the key to cream is in HOW MUCH YELLOW there is – which is why Gentle Cream is SUCH a fabulous choice. In the words of the GREAT Goldilocks – it’s juuuust right.
The LRV of Gentle Cream
Gentle Cream has an LRV of 71. And while 71 is relatively light, it is what we’ll call a ‘heavy cream’ – the kind you put in your coffee when you’re on your period, bloated and needing something rich and yummy. It is not a wimpy cream, nor a passive cream. It is a cream that warms and softens a room at the same time. A cream that calls you in for a visit and maybe even a good time.
Read More: The Ultimate Guide to LRV and Paint Colour
Sure, when exposed to a good dose of natural light (as shown in this north facing room) it will lighten right up, however it’s natural tendency is to sit like it does down the hallway (on the left side of the photo).
If you like ‘light and fresh’ creams, this colour might not be for you. This is a dense, heavy cream – whereas typical creams are often seen as considerably more ‘light and fresh’. The Undertones of Gentle Cream
So, this is where we separate the cream lovers from the yellow haters. If you absolutely positively hate yellow, then you just might find Gentle Cream too yellow for you. Not by much, but by a little bit.
In order for a colour to be warm (like cream is) it needs to have yellow, orange or red in it. Gentle Cream appears to have a nice mix of yellow and orange undertones (leaning more yellow than orange) with an earthy-beige base, which is what stops it from being an intense, bright colour. I find that the orange/beige is what stops this colour from being obnoxiously yellow, it just balances it a bit.
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The above 2 photos show how Gentle Cream has a neutral, calming base that cuts back on the warm undertones so that they aren’t overly colourful.
Gentle Cream in North and South Facing Rooms
South facing light is a slightly warm, yellow light, which can enhance warm colours – EXCEPT at the height of the day, where the sun can actually wash things out – really, there’s a lot to think about. The moral of the story is that in a south facing room, Gentle Cream will come across even warmer/creamier, but nothing over the top.
The photo above shows a south facing room with Gentle Cream. See how the yellow rises up slightly, but still isn’t too annoying.
See how pretty Gentle Cream can be with cooler gray tones and natural woods? An awesome balance.
North facing light is a cool, slightly gray/blue light coming in which can help to tone Gentle Cream down slightly, while still leaving some of the original warmth.
See how Gentle Cream just looks a bit more soft and subtle in north facing light? It’s pretty cool (or infuriating, depending on who you ask) how colours can change on a wall-to-wall basis!
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Gentle Cream in a Dark Room or at Night
You know, GC does alright in a dark room. While it naturally deepens a bit, it usually reacts really well to interior lighting (because if you have a dark room, you probably have more lights on). Just remember, the warm undertones will come out more – not less.
A Few More Things About Gentle Cream…
- In the evening, like most colours, you will notice the warmth come UP in Gentle Cream. This is because most interior bulbs are slightly warmer (unless you have cold bulbs – which are sad and sterile looking btw)
- Navajo White is nice, lighter looking alternative to Gentle Cream, if you find GC a bit too dense/heavy, but like the ‘idea’ of it
- Gentle Cream loves wood tones such as oak and maple!
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