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 colours. I’ll 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 the greige warmth hiding in it.
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 purple undertone.
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What does Balboa Mist look like in a north-facing or south-facing light?
While I don’t have many photos for south-facing, I’ve got great ones for north-facing. You might find that in some south-facing light it can cast JUST slightly purple-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 purple 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
- I also like Benjamin Moore Oxford White for a slightly softer approach
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 to off-white, but not strong enough to hold up to decent natural light.
What Sherwin Williams paint colours are the same as or similar to Balboa Mist?
Every paint colour has its own subtle nuances and there will be NO perfect match – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths, but for a similar approach, you could check out…
And I’ve got more! If Balboa Mist isn’t strikin’ your fancy, check out these other wicked paint colours…
BENJAMIN MOORE CLASSIC GRAY
BENJAMIN MOORE PALE OAK
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