Benjamin Moore Calm: The Quick and Dirty on LRV, Undertones and a Little More
I love doing colour reviews, but can’t cover EVERY colour out there with wild and glorious photos of it to boot. Which is why I’ve created a ‘Quick and Dirty’ series, where I’ll cover the BASICS of paint colours that aren’t talked about as much in the Design world – colours like Benjamin Moore Calm.
And because these colours aren’t AS popular as the others and also because I rely 100% on photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients, you won’t find a ton of beautiful images, but you WILL find the information you’ve been looking for.
What type of paint colour is Calm?
Calm is an off-white paint colour 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.
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 colours – 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.
What’s the best way to sample Calm?
Like with every paint colour, 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 colour.
Which white paint colours work with Calm (for trim)?
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 colours, 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!
Not sure if Calm is right for you? Want a bit more gray, more beige, less undertone? I’ve got more!
BENJAMIN MOORE COLLINGWOOD
BENJAMIN MOORE CLASSIC GRAY
Read more: The 5 Best Off-White Paint Colours
Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?
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