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!
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.
Balboa Mist in the bathroom
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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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.
You can see a bit more of that subtle warmth tucked inside of Balboa Mist in this next photo…
And again, that warmth is in this next photo as well…
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)
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.
BENJAMIN MOORE BALBOA MIST vs CLASSIC GRAY
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.
BENJAMIN MOORE BALBOA MIST vs SHERWIN WILLIAMS EGRET WHITE
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.
BENJAMIN MOORE BALBOA MIST vs COLLINGWOOD
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.
WHICH PAINT COLOURS COORDINATE WITH BALBOA MIST?
You don’t have to look far to find colours that go with Balboa Mist, such as some of the following…
- gray paint colours with similar undertones that are lighter and darker than Balboa
- subtle off-white paint colours
- many gray-blue blends
- muted warm neutrals that are LIGHTER than Balboa Mist
- soft and subtle warm white paint colours
And I’ve got more! If Balboa Mist isn’t strikin’ your fancy, check out these other wicked paint colours…
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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2019, UPDATED FOR YOU IN 2022!