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Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist OC-27

Posted on February 20, 2022 by KylieMawdsley

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist: One of the TOP Warm Gray Paint Colours

In an effort to cover EVERY beautiful paint colour in the world with my colour reviews, there are those that fall between the cracks. Why? Well, I rely 99.9% on photos from my E-Design clients for my paint reviews and sometimes I just don’t have enough (or quality) images to do a FULL review.

THANKFULLY, Balboa Mist isn’t one of those. While I wish I had a FEW more photos, I certainly have enough to give you a great low-down on this awesome paint colour. I’ll also answer your questions re: LRV, undertones AND more – so let’s do this!

Best warm gray paint colour review, Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant and edesign, edecor blogger

What type of paint colour is Balboa Mist? Is it warm or cool?

Balboa Mist is a warm gray paint colour, bordering on greige. If you have north-facing light, Balboa Mist can lean that bit grayer. However, with south-facing or warm afternoon western light, Balboa Mist can lean more into its greige warmth.

What’s the LRV of Balboa Mist?

Balboa Mist has an LRV of 67, so it’s FIRMLY planted in the light range. It’s not bordering on off-white but it definitely doesn’t come even CLOSE to the light-medium range. And while it’s a shade (literally) off my MAGICAL LRV number, it still gives a great contrast with white trim.

Best gray paint colour, Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist and Escarpment in bedroom and bathroom. Dark wood flooring. Glam style. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting

Balboa Mist in the bathroom

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist, masculine condo in a style that suits a male or men. Open Layout with warm gray sofa. Kylie M Interiors Online Paint Colour advice and decor blog

What are the undertones of Balboa Mist?

Every gray has undertones, there’s no avoiding them, and Balboa Mist DEFINITELY favours a violet undertone.


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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 the location
  • they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
  • if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

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What does Balboa Mist look like in a north-facing or south-facing light?

You might find that in some south-facing light, Balboa Mist can cast JUST slightly violet-pink as it warms up with those southern rays. In a north-facing room or western morning or eastern afternoon light, you may find Balboa Mist leans back into that simple violet undertone with a beautiful passive warmth underneath.

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist, marble accent tile in bathroom. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and Design, EDesign, and Online Color Consulting

You can see a bit more of that subtle warmth tucked inside of Balboa Mist in this next photo…

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist, entryway and stairs, dark wood flooring and railing. White trim. Best warm gray taupe paint colour. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting

And again, that warmth is in this next photo as well…

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist in bathroom with beige tile and gray and white vanity. Kylie M INteriors E-design and online colour consulting services

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What’s the best white paint colour for trim with Balboa Mist?

When it comes to partnering Balboa Mist up with a white colour for trims, ceilings and doors, I lean towards…

  • Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace for a simple clean contrast
  • Benjamin Moore White Dove provides a softer contrast with Balboa Mist
  • I also love Sherwin Williams Pure White (even more than White Dove)

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Would Balboa Mist be a good paint colour for the exterior of my home?

Balboa Mist is lovely, but there are several other colours doing a similar thing…but better. I think it’s just a bit too passive – not committing close to off-white, but not strong enough to hold up to decent natural light.

Which paint colours are the same as or similar to Balboa Mist?

When trying to find the best paint colour for your space, it’s important to COMPARE COMPARE COMPARE. Let’s do a few comparisons of Balboa Mist to other popular warm gray paint colours.


Balboa Mist and Classic Gray have similar intentions as both are warm grays that CAN look quite taupe. HOWEVER, the big difference is in LRV, as Balboa Mist sits 67 to Classic Gray’s 74. This means that Balboa Mist offers more contrast with white trim and will stand up to bright light a bit better. You might also find that Balboa Mist’s undertones can show up to the party a wink more.

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Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Classic Gray 


I do LOVE Egret White and am often suggesting it to my E-Design clients alongside Balboa Mist. And while they’re very similar, Egret White is about 25% lighter than Balboa Mist and often comes across a BIT more muted, with less obvious undertones.

Transitional style primary bedroom with Sherwin Williams Egret White paint color on walls. Warm grey, taupe greige. ceiling fan. Kylie M Interiors Edeign

Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Egret White


Oooo, these two are kissin’ cousins! If it weren’t for the difference in depth, you’d almost think they were the same colour. This is why they’re AWESOME colours to compare with each other as while they’re BOTH warm grays with a violet undertone, you might prefer the DEPTH of one over the other.

Benjamin Moore Collingwood warm gray paint colour in dining room with Pure White wainscoting, beige tile floor and transitional style home decor.

Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Collingwood


You don’t have to look far to find colours that go with Balboa Mist, such as some of the following…

And I’ve got more! If Balboa Mist isn’t strikin’ your fancy, check out these other wicked paint colours…


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Check out my Online Colour Consulting – I’d love to help!

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  1. Is there a light greige or grey that you think has undertones firmly in the pinks rather than the purples? I mean subtle undertones, not really a pink colour. Thanks!

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      Nooooope, not my fave combo. I think the purple undertone of Balboa could enhance Accessible’s VERY MINOR tendency to flash a bit green and they could feel off together 🙂

      1. Do you have any suggestions for a nice soft color (with a lighter LRV to try and brighten the area) that would compliment Accessible Beige and help tone down the green undertone?

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      Hi Laurie (is this my Instagram Laurie??)! On a larger scale, you should see a pretty darned good shift. Both are warm grays that are TRYING to be greige. Balboa Mist though has a very soft, gentle warm purple undertone whereas Gossamer Veil VERY EASILY leans into green :).

  2. Greetings. What color is on the walls of the bedroom with the teal chair and balboa mist in the bathroom? So pretty! Thanks, Dana

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      Hi Dana! That’s Collingwood as the lighter colour and BM Escarpment as the slightly darker feature gray colour 🙂

  3. Hi Kylie,
    Your website is incredible; I have learned so much from you over the last few days (and spent way too much time here!) I really want grey walls but based on what I learned from you- I need pink undertones and not blue or green due to existing floor, kitchen etc. I thought balboa mist was a good fit but it may be too light for my South/east facing room with a ton of natural light. Is there a gray with lower LRV and pink/purple undertones that you would recommend? Thank you so much!

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      Ooooo, do check out BM Collingwood, which you could even darken by 25% if you want a bit MORE depth. It is TOTALLY the same vibe as Balboa :).

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      Hi Jill, it can depend on the stain that’s on the mahogany, but as long as it has a subtle reddish to it, yes, it could be pretty!

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    2. How about white dove? I placed my sampilize with it and it looked pretty good. I’m trying to keep the trims consistent throughout my home and I’m using mostly white dove, so thought I would try it with balboa mist in our media room. Thanks!

  4. I LOVE your website. I spend hours here lately! We are painting our master bedroom Balboa Mist. It’s a south and west facing room with small windows and not a ton of natural light. I’m also repainting our bedroom furniture. Is there a gray color you would recommend for the furniture?

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  5. Your website is so helpful and so addicting!! I painted my kitchen balboa mist, thanks to your help. 🙂 it’s the perfect light, crisp color and I love the lavender undertones that come out in the evening. I’m trying to decide on a slightly darker version for an adjoining room and much darker but same family color for a living room. Any suggestions?

  6. Thanks so much for all the helpful information!!! Trying to decide between collingwood and balboa mist. I have a ton of natural light and artificial light. Which do u think?

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      Oooo, that’s a TOUGH one. With a ton of light, I’d naturally lean into Collingwood with its bit more depth. I mean, both will washout in a lot of light, but Balboa will MORE. 🙂

  7. Thank you for suggesting Balboa Mist as a wall color to tone down orange-y oak cabinets. I repainted my kitchen and this color complements the oak, without accentuating it. It’s neutral and beautiful!

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  8. I used balboa mist in my sunny kitchen with natural cherry cabinets and trim and it basically looks white. No depth to it at all. I have prominent grey/blue veining quartzite with warm taupe background, charcoal backsplash and cherry shaker cabinets. Any suggestions to replace balboa mist with a color with more bite?

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  9. Do you know the stain color of the floor in the entry/Stair picture? My cabinets will be finished in Balboa Mist in a VERY light South West Kitchen. I have Red oak floors I’m staining and while the bleached nordic floor is so in now I’m afraid of the red oak pulling pink or red. Any suggestions for stain colors? I’m leaning to either Special Walnut or provincial.

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  10. If using Balboa mist on walls, would BM Graphite be a good contrast for an accent wall. This would be in a open kitchen/dining area with Honey Oak cabinets and trim.

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