THIS SUBTLE GREEN HUE MIGHT BE PERFECT FOR YOU!
When picking the perfect shade of green, it’s about tuning into your surroundings to see which TYPE of green your home asks for – warm, cool, green-yellow, green-blue. This is why today we’re focusing on one of my faves, as October Mist could be perfect for those who want to add a bit of color without completely abandoning the ever-so-popular soft neutrals from previous years. Read on to find out!
BEFORE WE GET STARTED…
In order to show you RELATEABLE & REAL homes, I ONLY use photos from my Online Color Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality photos I need or the RIGHT photos, but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!
WHAT TYPE OF COLOR IS BENJAMIN MOORE OCTOBER MIST – GREEN OR GRAY?
While some colors are open to interpretation, October Mist is definitely a green paint color. Sure, it can look more gray compared to greens like Sherwin Williams Softened Green and Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage, but it’s most definitely a gorgeous green hue.
IS OCTOBER MIST A WARM OR COOL PAINT COLOR?
October Mist is a green paint color with a subtle warmth to it – emphasis on subtle. The way to determine if a green reads warm or cool is to see whether it leans more into green-yellow (warm) or green-blue (cool). And the BEST way to do this is to compare it to other greens that are similar in depth. This comparison can help you see the shift from green-yellow to green-blue. It can also help you see how much GRAY may or may not be in your particular shade of green!
LINKS TO THE ABOVE COLORS ARE LISTED AT THE END OF THIS BLOG POST
North–facing rooms usually prefer a WARM green (October Mist) over a cool green–blue to help balance the cool northern light. However, October Mist isn’t SO warm that it will really shift a space; you might need a warm shade to do the trick.
East-facing rooms have brighter light in the morning but can feel quite flat in the afternoon. So, just like north-facing rooms, they often prefer a warmer, cozier green or a more noticeable green undertone (AKA October Mist).
As for south-facing rooms or rooms with western afternoon sunshine, October Mist ISN’T so warm that it will tip the scales too far. Having a muted warmth means the October Mist can be a gorgeous choice for a warm south-facing space.
WHAT’S OCTOBER MIST’S LRV?
October Mist comes in with an LRV of 46.54, putting it in the light-medium range. Light-medium colors hold up a bit better in BRIGHT rooms. However, they WILL look lighter where the light hits but won’t wash out as much as whites, off-whites, and light-depth paint colors do.
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint-lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
WHAT UNDERTONES DOES OCTOBER MIST HAVE?
As you now know, October Mist is a warm green, but that’s not all it has up its green sleeves. October Mist has a solid dose of gray in it, calming that green hue right down. The added gray makes October Mist a bit less colorful (lower chroma) than many of its peers. In fact, October Mist has enough gray to confidently be referred to as a green-gray.
SAMPLING OCTOBER MIST WITH PEEL & STICK
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WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM COLOR TO GO WITH OCTOBER MIST?
While October Mist is QUITE flexible due to its depth and degree of colors, it does have a few faves. In fact, my FAVOURITE white trim color with October Mist is Benjamin Moore White Dove, but let’s check out a few more (note that they’re all WARM whites)…
But just because its faves are warm doesn’t mean it can’t handle a cleaner white like Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.
IS OCTOBER MIST A GOOD COLOR FOR THE EXTERIOR OF A HOME?
Light-medium depth paint colors are a GREAT range to start when looking at exterior colors. While you might end up going lighter or darker, this range is a good starting point.
Whether or not October Mist would work on your exterior would depend on your exterior finishes. We wouldn’t want its green-gray hue to get lost in the scenery. However, there are times a soft, slightly warm green works. If you aren’t sure, you can grab my EXTERIOR COLOR BUNDLE package for some guidance and color bundle suggestions.
IS OCTOBER MIST A GOOD COLOR FOR KITCHEN CABINETS?
The depth of October Mist can be great for some kitchen cabinets. However, kitchens have a LOT of surfaces to consider when choosing a color, such as a backsplash, countertop, walls, flooring, etc. The safer bet would be on an island (with white perimeter cabinets), but this will depend greatly on the surrounding finishes.
WHAT OTHER COLORS ARE SIMILAR TO OCTOBER MIST?
Every paint color has its personality and nuances – there will be NO perfect match. I find this to be even more the case with October Mist, as its closest green-gray partners do vary quite a bit in temperature and saturation.
These are also some of the colors mentioned in the earlier graphic.
- Sherwin Williams Escape Gray
- Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage
- Benjamin Moore Guilford Green
- Sherwin Williams Contented
- Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze
And if you’re thinking of colour matching between brands (i.e., getting Benjamin Moore to make a Sherwin Williams paint colour), you might want to read THIS first.
PEOPLE ALSO ASK…
While you might have a more personal question about October Mist, I like to cover at least the most COMMON questions related to paint colors, such as…
WHICH PAINT COLORS GO WITH OCTOBER MIST?
Because October Mist is a green-gray, and not a BRIGHT green, it’s pretty flexible when it comes to creating a palette.
- a wide variety of beige and tan paint colors
- shades of blue with similar degrees of gray in them
- MANY cream paint colors
- gray paint colors, especially those with a soft violet undertone
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OCTOBER MIST & MORNING DEW?
I’m surprised that this is even a question, but many of you are wondering about this exact thing! The difference is that not once, in my 7000+ consults, have I ever recommended Morning Dew at the same time as October Mist – they’re not even in the same ballpark.
- Morning Dew is on the high end of the light depth range, with an LRV of 69
- October Mist’s LRV of 46.54 puts it firmly in the light-medium range
Could these two colors look good together? Sure, but I don’t know if they should be vying for the same spot on your walls.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OCTOBER MIST & SHERWIN WILLIAMS EVERGREEN FOG?
Yes, now THIS is a question I can sink my colorful little teeth into (just joking, my teeth are most definitely white).
- Evergreen Fog has an LRV of 30, planting it in the MEDIUM depths. This means it has more body and depth than October Mist.
- Evergreen Fog comes off not just a bit darker than October Mist but also a bit cooler.
- October Mist looks a bit more ‘sage-inspired’ compared to Evergreen Fog (although this could be open to interpretation).
- You might find that October Mist comes off a ‘touch more green’ compared to Evergreen Fog, although both have similar degrees of gray in them.
IS OCTOBER MIST TOO DARK?
My first question would be, ‘too dark for what?’
- Too dark for a dark room? Yes, October Mist could look a bit drab. I would look at a lighter color or one with more color (chroma).
- Too dark for the average room with reasonable light? Nope, it could be great.
- How about kitchen cabinets? Not at all; it could be great as long as it suits your countertop and backsplash.
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