Benjamin Moore Affinity Gray, Greige, Undertones and More!
Looking for a gorgeous neutral paint colour with a bit of body and personality? Benjamin Moore’s Affinity line makes it EASY to find that paint colour that will light up your life – and your walls! By honing in on some of today’s TOP neutral paint colours, they have provided designers and homeowners with a handful of exquisite colours to choose from that are a step beyond the safer, more standard neutral paint colours.
BTW – in an effort to be 100% authentic, I use photos from ONLY my E-design client’s homes and don’t always have JUST the image I need, but the info will still be helpful!
So, for those who can’t find satisfaction (reminds me of a song) in the standard line of colours, let’s dive in…
1. Benjamin Moore Metropolitan AF-690
Metropolitan is a light-medium depth gray with a stormy softness to it.
Being a cool gray, Metropolitan CAN look, with its cool blue undertone, however, the depth of it and smooth feeling makes it feel fresh, yet intimate.
More about Metropolitan
- While Metropolitan favours a very minor blue undertone, it can often flash slightly blue-green
- Metropolitan ‘might’ could look a wink cool for a north-facing room, but would balance out the warmth of a south-facing room nicely
- For a similar look, check out BM Coventry Gray
- With an LRV of 50.5 Metropolitan sits right in the middle of light/dark, so it will handle itself well in a reasonably well-lit room, but might be a touch heavy in a dark room
2. Benjamin Moore Pashmina AF-100
Pashmina is definitely the greige one of the bunch. And while it does slightly favour warmth, it can easily look quite well-balanced between gray and beige given the right environment.
Pashmina is a rich earth-toned greige that offers a neutral backdrop to a room – with a bit more body than today’s popular gray and greige paint colours.
More about Pashmina
- Looks great with chocolate brown OR charcoal gray, not as good with lighter beige or lighter gray unless it has the same blend (greige)
- Not as great in a darker, north-facing room, it can look a tad heavy
- Pashmina has an LRV of 43, so it’s got some meat on its bones
Read more: All About LRV and Choosing Paint Colour
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3. Benjamin Moore Thunder AF-685
Thunder is a sultry, stormy gray that sits in the medium-depths. And not only is it stormy, but it’s ALSO slightly warm.
Now, that doesn’t mean Thunder would be considered a greige, but it’s definitely a warm-toned gray. And like many warm-toned gray and greige paint colours, it can pick up a very slight purple undertone and sometimes even nod a wink green. If you are looking for a slightly crisper and fresher gray, you might prefer Metropolitan. But if you love grays that are on the soft, earthy side of things, then Thunder might be the colour for you!
More about Thunder
- It’s loud and comes after lighting (hehe) anyways…
- In comparison to Metropolitan, you’ll see how much warmer Thunder looks
- Thunder is similar to Revere Pewter in its general approach but has more depth than Revere Pewter and a slightly lower chance of flashing green
- Thunder has an LRV of 48
4. Benjamin Moore Kangaroo AF-145
While Pashmina might be the most GREIGE on this page, Kangaroo is definitely the most beige (without becoming ‘brown’).
Kangaroo is neutral, with a soft and subtle warm undertone without looking like a typical golden beige.
More about Kangaroo
- The warmth of it can help to balance the cool light of a north-facing room
- While it is a warm colour, it’s not OVERLY yellow, orange or red-toned
- Kangaroo has an LRV of 43.25 so it’s not too dark, not too light – it’s juuuust right!
Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
- At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
- If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
5. Benjamin Moore Storm AF-700
As its name alludes to, Storm is a medium-depth gray with a gorgeous, rich, stormy look to it.
While it would be a touch heavy for a dark room, as long as your room gets ‘average’ natural light it would hold itself well. Storm is sneaky with its undertones as on first glance it looks like a pretty straight-up gray – however once applied, you’ll notice a kind of storm cloud blue-purple undertone (hence the name) so be wary if that’s not the look you’re going for!
More about Storm
- If you put it with opposite colours (ie: yellow/orange) you will bring out the purple undertones even more (as opposites attract).
- Storm can look amazing with cherry toned wood, walnut and espresso
- Storm has an LRV of 34.78 so it’s definitely on the medium-dark side
Read more: The Best DARK Paint Colours for a DARK Room!
6. Benjamin Moore Weimaraner AF-155
Weimaraner is the PERFECT example of a taupe paint colour with it’s beautiful, rich undertones.
Look how light Weimaraner looks on an exterior – exteriors can be tricky!
Taupe is basically a brown/beige with a good shot of gray in it and a purple (often purple-pink) undertone tucked inside. And Weimaraner is NOT shy about its undertone!
More about Weimaraner
- Green will bring out the ‘Barney’ in this colour so be careful what you partner it with
- Weimaraner looks great with White Down
- With an LRV of 29.98, Weimaraner is not for the faint of heart as it does have some depth to it
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Originally written in 2017, updated in 2019