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Quick Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Muslin OC-12

Posted on November 21, 2019 by KylieMawdsley


Benjamin Moore Muslin: LRV, Undertones and a Little More

If you’ve been looking for a GORGEOUS beige paint colour, you’re in the right place, as today, we’re taking an UP CLOSE and personal look at none other than, Benjamin Moore Muslin.

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I love to show RELATEABLE & REAL homes, so ONLY use photos from my Online Colour 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 colour is Muslin? Is it beige, tan, cream or taupe?

Muslin is most definitely a beige paint colour, but it isn’t as traditionally golden as many of the beige paint colours from the early 2000s.

Is Muslin a warm or cool paint colour?

Muslin is a WARM BEIGE paint colour.Blob sample similiar to Benjamin Moore Muslin, warm beige paint colour

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What’s the LRV of Muslin?

Muslin has an LRV of almost 67. This number means it’s in the ‘light’ range – not quite at off-white, but on the slightly lighter end of things for sure (learn more HERE).

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

What are the undertones of Muslin? Will it look yellow, orange or pink?

Well, it can depend on what you partner it with as your PERCEPTION of a colour can easily shift based on what you’re comparing it to. Generally speaking, Muslin favours a very gentle, subtle orange undertone with a MINOR NOD towards pink, which is why it’s so flexible.

Stone, rock fireplace, orange oak wood floor, vaulted ceiling, shiplap, Benjamin Moore Muslin paint color. Kylie m Interiors E-design

Notice the shift in how it looks from the left side of the fireplace to the right! 

So, if you put Muslin alongside a carpet with a STRONG pink undertone, Muslin could look considerably more orange just in comparison. On the other hand, partner it up with CREAM, which is a yellow-base colour and it will look MUCH more orange-pink in comparison.

What’s the best way to sample Muslin?

Like with every paint colour, 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!

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Learn all about SAMPLIZE HERE

If I’m painting my walls Muslin, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?

If I’m looking for a white paint colour to partner up with Muslin, I do like Benjamin Moore White Dove, although you could go as warm as Cloud White.

Read more: SHOULD I Paint My Wood Cabinets White? A QUESTIONNAIRE

Read more: The 4 Best White Paint Colours from Sherwin Williams

Is Muslin a good colour for the exterior of my home? 

A colour like Muslin could look a bit washed-out and non-committal on the LARGE-scale, but could be an EXCELLENT choice if you want a soft, but ‘not white’ trim colour, as Muslin accommodates many of the popular stones and even some bricks.

Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour

Is Muslin a popular paint colour right now?

Ermmm, no. Generally speaking, trends are more in the gray and greige end of things these days. Even in the beige world, Muslin isn’t popular, as many of my Online Colour Consulting clients lean more into ‘tan-inspired’ colours vs beige. THAT BEING SAID, I think it SHOULD be more popular as it’s crazy versatile!

What type of paint colours look good with Muslin?

Like every paint colour, Muslin has some limitations, but it IS reasonably flexible…

  • Muslin LOOOVES earth-tones and ‘colours’ with an earthy base colour (ie: BM Revere Pewter)
  • Muslin if finicky when it comes to cream, as MANY creams have too much yellow in them for the more orange-pink base of Muslin
  • Muslin loves to be complemented with green or a green undertone

Not sure if Muslin is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!


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Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?

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

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  1. This post was November 2019. Benjamin Moore 2021 top colors listed muslin. Of course you are always ahead of the times ! Love your style !

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