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Benjamin Moore Nimbus 1465: Paint Color Review

Posted on November 4, 2020 by KylieMawdsley

Benjamin Moore Nimbus: LRV, Undertones and a Little More

Sandwiched in between popular cool grays and trendy warm grays sits this lovely little color called Nimbus. And while this color doesn’t get the recognition it should, I’m here to get it out in the open where it belongs!

Benjamin Moore Nimbus, popular warm grey paint colour. Review by Kylie M Interiors Edesign, virtual consultant

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 pics I need, but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!

What type of paint color is Nimbus? Is it a warm or cool gray?

While it can be hard to tell just eyeballin’ it, Nimbus is a SLIGHTLY warm gray paint color. If you have north-facing light it will look more like a cool gray and its undertones (coming shortly) could be a bit more exposed. However, if you have south-facing or warm afternoon western light, it will lean a bit more into its warmth without going ANYWHERE near taupe.

Read more: North, East, South, West – Which Paint Color is the Best?

What’s its LRV?

Nimbus has an LRV of 60, putting it in the light depths. A paint color with this LRV will wash out a bit in intense light, but also won’t be so heavy that it weighs a room down. However, if you have a DARK room, it could look a bit flat (learn more HERE).

Comparing Sherwin Williams Big Chill, Silverplate and BEnjamin Moore Nimbus gray paint colours.

Sherwin Williams Big Chill / Sherwin Williams Silverplate / Benjamin Moore Nimbus

Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.

Is Nimbus a TRUE gray or does it have undertones?

Because there IS no useable TRUE gray, you can fully expect Nimbus to have undertones – violet ones to be exact! However, while the undertones are a bit noticeable, they aren’t remotely overwhelming.

Before, Benjamin Moore Horizon had the wrong undertones for this bathroom tile…

Bathroom BEFORE in Benjamin Moore Horizon (2)

After, Nimbus hits JUST the spot!

Benjamin Moore Nimbus with tile and bathtub in greige, taupe and warm gray tones. Kylie M Interiors online paint color consulting and advice blogger

What’s the best way to sample a paint color – sample pots?

Like with every paint color, I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE. Samplize is a peel & stick paint sample that you can easily move around your room for over HALF THE COST of traditional sample pots – and they deliver right to your front door!

Learn all about Samplize HERE

What’s the best white paint color for my trim if I’m using Nimbus on my walls?

Nimbus is only a BIT fussy when it comes to white paint colors. If you’re starting from scratch, check out…

Benjamin Moore Nimbus in bathroom, warm gray, greige taupe tiles. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy advice blogger

Read more: Benjamin Moore’s Best White Paint Colors

Is it a good exterior color? 

Nimbus CAN work on an exterior but expect that violet undertone to be slightly noticeable. This means your stone, brick and/or roof will need to SUIT this type of gray paint color.

Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Color

Does Sherwin Williams have a paint color that’s the same as Nimbus?

Wellll – no. Every color has its own nuances and there will be NO perfect match. You WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths, but you could check out…

Oh, by the way, if you’re thinking of color matching between brands, you might want to read THIS first.

What type of paint colors look good with Nimbus?

Nimbus is a bit finicky with colors that are warmer than it, but there are many other colors you can explore, such as…

Not sure if Nimbus is YOUR color? I’ve got more!


Benjamin Moore Simply White cabinets , Collingwood gray walls, oak flooring, Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Read more: Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Collingwood


Romantic rustic master bedroom and ensuite bathroom. Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and Wickham Gray. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, edecor and online paint colour expert blog

Read more: Benjamin Moore’s Best Gray Paint Colors


Living room, gray stone fireplace, round wheel chandelier, white built in bookcases, Stonington Gray paint colour. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color expert

Read more: Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray

Not sure which paint color is best for YOUR home?

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


Chat soon,

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