Benjamin Moore Pale Oak: the Quick & Dirty on LRV, Undertones & More
With a wide range of warm grays and taupe paint colors to choose from, it’s hard to narrow things down. Let me help. Via these color reviews, you’ll find today’s TOP paint colors; colors requested by my readers and clients time and time again – colors JUST like Benjamin Moore Pale Oak.
I love to show RELATEABLE & REAL homes, so ONLY use photos from my Online Color Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality pics I need (hence the ‘QUICK Review’), but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!
What type of paint color is Pale Oak? Is it warm or cool? Greige or beige?
Pale Oak is a taupe. This means that it’s a neutral paint color sitting in between gray and beige. However, while some taupes cater to gray or beige, Pale Oak hovers somewhere in the middle.
If you have a room with southern exposure or warm afternoon western sunshine, expect Pale Oak to lean into its warmth more than usual. However, in north-facing light or flatter eastern light, Pale Oak can settle nicely, SOMETIMES even winking at the warm gray end of things.
What’s the LRV of Pale Oak?
Pale Oak has an LRV of almost 70. So, while it’s in the ‘light range’, it has a bit more freshness than many other greige paint colors.
Not sure what LRV is? It could save you paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
With an LRV of 70, Pale Oak WILL wash out in a super bright room – as will any light paint color. To avoid this, you’ll want to look at colors with LRVs starting at approx. 55 or lower. If you have a dark room, Pale Oak can look a touch drab and dingy if you don’t supplement with interior lighting.
What are the undertones of Pale Oak? Will it look pink or violet?
THIS is where you have to be careful. A lot of people turn to Pale Oak expecting a soft warm gray. And it CAN look like that (especially in a north-facing room), however, it can also flash a violet-pink undertone (with either the violet OR the pink being more dominant).
While these undertones aren’t overpowering, they can be quite noticeable. Make sure you sample carefully and compare it to other similar colors before you start slappin’ paint on the walls.
What’s the best way to sample Pale Oak?
Like with every paint color, I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE. Make sure you place white paper around your sample so that your perception isn’t skewed by your existing wall color.
Learn all about Samplize HERE
Which white paint colors work with Pale Oak (for trim)?
When it comes to choosing the best trim or cabinet color to partner with Pale Oak, I almost always opt for SIMPLE and classic and avoid overly creamy whites…
Is Pale Oak super popular?
While Pale Oak has its followers, it’s not SUPER popular. WHY? It’s ALLLL in the undertones.
When I do my Online Color Consulting, there’s a questionnaire where I ask ‘are there any undertones you don’t like?‘ Hands-down, violet and pink (and green) are the LEAST desired undertones (pink is definitely in first place). If you LIKE violet-pink undertones, then you should be ready to roll (literally). However, if you don’t, you’ll want to tread carefully. I find a lot of people approach Pale Oak as though it’s a more simple neutral, but it’s anything but straightforward.
This doesn’t mean that Pale Oak won’t work for YOU and your room, but might make you think more about whether it really IS the right fit. And if it is…SEND PHOTOS!
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