Benjamin Moore Calm: The Quick and Dirty on LRV, Undertones and a Little More
Have you been looking for a CALM and collected off-white paint color with JUST the right subtle undertones? You’ve come to the right place, as today, we’re taking a deep dive into Benjamin Moore Calm.
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 Benjamin Moore Calm?
Calm is an off-white paint color that is a soft, warm gray, which means it’s a gray with a bit of brown in it to warm it up. And while it might LOOK gray…it’s not and it has a considerably noticeable undertone which will chat about shortly.
What’s the LRV of Calm?
Calm has an LRV of almost 78, which means it’s planted quite nicely in the off-white range, without getting too close to the white range.
Not sure what LRV is? It could save you paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of Calm?
Right here is why I don’t recommend Calm as much as I do other neutral paint colors – it has a noticeable purple undertone. So, while it’s base is a soft warm gray one, once its up on your walls, don’t be surprised to see a gorgeous purple rising up. In a north-facing room or afternoon eastern light, it can lean a touch grayer, which can be pretty for a bathroom or bedroom. In south-facing or western afternoon sunshine, it can lean that bit warmer and can sometimes flash a touch purple-pink.
Read more: North, East, South, West – Which Paint Color is the Best?
What’s the best way to sample Calm?
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.
Which white paint colors work with Calm (for trim)?
I lean towards the soft white look of BM Oxford White or the clean approach of SW High Reflective White for a bit more contrast.
Why isn’t Calm as popular?
Calm is a beautiful, subtle, calming approach, but it DOES have that decent purple undertone. The type that is soft and subtle in one room and then JUMPS OUT in another. And while this can happen with many of the popular warm gray paint colors, I find Calm’s undertone to be a touch more obvious.
However, that doesn’t mean Calm 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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Not sure if Calm is right for you? Want a bit more gray, more beige, less undertone? I’ve got more!
BENJAMIN MOORE COLLINGWOOD
Read more: Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Collingwood
BENJAMIN MOORE CLASSIC GRAY
Read more: Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Classic Gray
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Not sure which paint color is best for YOUR home?
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I painted my whole first floor Calm by Benjamin Moore and it’s perfect paired with darker brown hardwoods. I loved Eider White in my bedroom but was afraid to go all out, so I took your recommendation for Calm. So happy with how versatile it is! Feels crisp, clean yet warm when decorated.
Thank you for this, Natalie! Comments like yours help others make their own choice :).