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The 5 Best Mushroom-Inspired Paint Colours: Benjamin and Sherwin

Posted on December 22, 2018 by KylieMawdsley


The Top 5 Mushroom Paint Colours: The Kissin’ Cousins of Greige 

Mushroom paint colours have been a hot topic lately as grays take a very slight backseat to softer neutrals such as greige, taupe and you guessed it – mushroom!

Really, there isn’t a HUGE difference between these colours, it’s more about me being anal. However, the subtle differences are tricky to explain, so you better get your drinkin’ thinkin’ cap on (or both if you like).

The best mushroom, taupe greige paint colours from Benjamin and Sherwin. Kylie M Interiors, Virtual colour consultant and E-design expert. Diy blog

If you’ve read my blog post titled: Greige & Taupe: What’s the Big Difference? you’ll know the basic in’s and out’s. Regardless, let’s do a quick recap:

What is a taupe paint colour? 

Generally speaking, taupes are brown-gray blends that can have a slight purple undertone and a pretty warmth (sometimes purple-pink as well). Usually, the brown takes precedence over the gray.

What is a greige paint colour?

Greiges are gray-brown blends that can have a subtle bit of taupe in them, but can also flash a bit green – there are very few greiges that DON’T have these undertones. Greiges can be well-balanced between gray and beige or lean slightly more gray.

What is the DIFFERENCE between taupe and greige?

  • Undertones. Taupe is more likely to grab a purple or purple-pink undertone, whereas greige varies between a purple or a green undertone
  • Temperature. Taupe is often a bit warmer, more brown-gray. Greige is often slightly cooler, more gray-brown.

So, where does mushroom fit in? Let’s take a peek…

What is a mushroom paint colour?

Mushroom is a brown or beige, with gray in it – meaning that the brown-beige is the dominant colour – the gray is there to step it down. Another way to put it is that mushroom paint colours are warmer than greige colours because they have more brown in them and less purple than taupe. The thing is, a lot of colours AREN’T mushroom, but given the right exposure and environment – they will look like one.

Benjamin Moore Pashmina

Mushroom paint colours are browns and beiges with some gray in them – the brown-beige remains the slightly dominant factor. If you add MORE gray, you’ll get greige 

Now, brown and beige paint colours often have a warmer, more golden look to them – we’re not talking about those ones. We’re talking about the muted, subdued ones, the ones that can’t quite commit to being ‘warm’, yet don’t look totally greige. However, mushroom-inspired paint colours are still slightly warmer looking than typical greige colours and have less undertone than most taupe colours.

This means that while mushroom-inspired paint colours are closer to taupe in their temperature, they usually grab less undertone than greige OR taupe and are often more ‘neutral’ looking.

Kitchen update, TCE 3001 quartz, Mushroom look Pashmina paint colour. Oak cabinets cathedral arched top painted Benjamin Moore White Dove. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour expert

The TRICKY thing about mushroom…

If you get the wrong mushroom, you’ll hallucinate that Ryan Reynolds is painting your home in teal socks and a g-string (hallucinate/fantasize, whatever). If you get the RIGHT one, you’ll end up with a paint colour that is the PERFECT soft neutral and a fabulous backdrop for MANY rooms.

However, the tricky thing is that MANY colours don’t START OUT as mushroom, so let’s take a look at that…

  • Some greige paint colours can look mushroom toned (warmer) in a south-facing room because the natural light will warm them up
  • Some beige paint colours can look more mushroom in a north-facing room as the cool light can gray them out
  • Mushroom really only look mushroom when it’s light-medium – medium toned. Any lighter and it’s more like a tan colour. Any darker and it can look brown.

Confusing, I know – but that’s why you’ve got me in your back pocket (and I do pinch…). Now let’s expand on those thoughts just a bit…

Mushroom paint colours in south-facing rooms

South-facing rooms have a warmer light coming in and mushroom paint colours generally do well in these spaces. Yes, they will warm up, but you’ll find that they generally still hold a ‘basic mushroom’ look, particularly if you choose a mushroom that has a wink more gray in it.

Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige, mushroom paint color, best greige taupe paint colour. South facing bedroom. Kylie M interiors Edesign, online virtual paint colour consulting

However, some greige paint colours can LOOK like a mushroom colour in a south-facing room (or west-facing in the afternoon). South-facing light is a warm light, so it will take that gray-beige blend and try to lean it more to the beige-brown side, making it look more like mushroom.

JUST REMEMBER, once the sun goes down in the evening, you won’t have that natural light to moderate things, so make sure you like your paint colour all day!

Read more:The Best Paint Colours for a South Facing Room

Mushroom paint colours in north-facing rooms

THIS can be a tough sell. Because north-facing light is a slightly gray-blue light, it will ADD gray to a mushroom paint colour – pulling it closer to greige. And this can be okay if you like greige, however, if you prefer the slightly warmer side of things, you might find that a mushroom paint colour in a north-facing room loses the warmth that you were hoping for.

Shown next, SW Anew Gray is likely in a north-facing room as you can see how it falls considerably more to the gray side of things. Again, this is okay if you like gray, but if you are wanting the subtle warmth that mushroom offers, you’ll want to avoid this type of colour in a room with northern exposure.

Sherwin Williams Anew Gray entryway, Greige, mushroom paint colour, white front door, chandelier and mirror. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, virtual online paint colour consulting. Client before photo

If you are struggling to find a mushroom that stays warm enough for you in a north-facing room, you may need to bump things up more to the subdued beige range, something like SW Barcelona Beige, as shown in this north-facing room, or Balanced Beige (which we’ll talk about below). But remember, it will go back to its regular warmth once the sun goes down.

Barcelona Beige, best beige almost mushroom paint colour, living room. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consultant

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

Mushroom Paint Colours in East and West Facing Rooms

East and west-facing rooms are a bit trickier as the light changes SO much throughout the day. Generally speaking, I probably wouldn’t enjoy a mushroom in an east-facing room as it wouldn’t warm up enough and look like it should. A west-facing room, on the other hand, might be flat looking in the morning but will warm up and come to life a bit more in the afternoon.

Best greige, Benjamin Moore Pashmina in bedroom. Kylie M Interiors edesign, online paint colour advice

Read more: East and West Facing Rooms 

Now, I bet you’re ready to see some beautiful mushroom-inspired paint colours, so let’s get this party started! And let me say that many parties have started with mushrooms and ended up with a whole bunch of people talking to dogs and running naked down the street (story of my life and I don’t do mushrooms), so let’s keep it PG here people.

The 5 Best Mushroom and Taupe Paint Colours

1. SW Balanced Beige 7037

Balanced Beige is a beautiful example of a mushroom paint colour. However, as we talked about earlier, if you put a mushroom colour in a south-facing (warm) room, it could look a bit too brown-warm. However, put it in a north or east-facing room and BAM, you might have your perfect mushroom paint colour!

Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige, almost mushroom paint colour, south facing room. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online virtual paint color consultant. Best beige, greige paint colours

Just LOOK at the fungi-inspired colour of these walls – the EPITOME of mushroom, I’m bustin’ out the garlic butter and pepper!

Kylie M Interiors E-design. Best paint colour dark wood trim, Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige, mushroom paint colour, Natural Tan, dark wood trim, floor, doors. Online paint color expert

If we move up to Accessible Beige, Balanced Beige’s lighter version, it’s too light to give a mushroom look, regardless of your exposure.

Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige in a country farmhouse style guest bedroom with wood trim and neutral bed linens. Kylie M E-design and ONline Color consulting

2. Benjamin Moore Pashmina

Pashmina is gorgeous. It’s a soft, medium-toned neutral that WILL lean a bit more gray in a north-facing room, but in a south-facing room can look like the PERFECT mushroom paint colour!

Benjamin Moore Pashmina, best mushroom greige paint colour. vaulted ceiling, wood furniture. KYlie M E-design

While Pashmina CAN pick up a very (very) vague green undertone, it’s a great mediator between the beige and gray world.

Benjamin Moore Pashmina in eating area, dining room. TCE Quartz 3001, trees, green outside the window. Kylie M INteriors edesign

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3. SW Loggia 7506

Loggia is along similar lines to Balanced Beige, losing the typical ‘golden beige’ look and coming up more muted and neutral – ESPECIALLY in a north or east-facing room!

And I rely 100% on photos from my E-Design clients, so while I don’t always have JUST the photo I need, I do the best I can with what I have while still getting you the info you need! 

4. BM Plymouth Rock 1543

Oooo, this is a close one. Plymouth Rock has a weeee willy wink of taupe in it, but also borders on mushroom.

Benjamin Moore Plymouth Rock, best mushroom paint colour. Kylie M E-design, living room, navy blue accents

5. Sherwin Williams Anew Gray SW 7030

Anew Gray is a light-medium greige that IS a greige and is a stretch when it comes to mushroom. However, in a south-facing room or a west-facing room in the afternoon, it does lean that bit warmer and starts nodding towards a mushroom-inspired look! I also love the slightly darker, Mega Greige.

Popular gray or greige paint colour, Sherwin Williams Anew Gray, stacked stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling, oak floors, round chandelier. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, client photo

Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…

  • Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
  • If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

Are there a few other close contenders…

Here are a few popular ones to consider that aren’t quite mushroom, but are great to consider…

BM Rockport Gray

Rockport Gray is a greige that leans into gray and can pick up both purple or green undertones.

Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray is one of the best gray, greige paint colours for a south facing room

SW Amazing Gray

This is one of my fave greiges. Amazing Gray leans slightly into gray and can pick up a very soft, subtle, green undertone.

SW Keystone Gray

If you have a well-lit room, Keystone Gray will act more mushroom, if not, it will darken up and look browner.

Keystone Gray Sherwin Williams, greige couch, red accents in living room. Kylie M Interiors E-design and Online Colour Consulting

BM Edgecomb Gray

CLOSE, but a bit too light to be a mushroom. I suppose you COULD call it a light mushroom if you really really wanted, but it’s more like a soft greige. Edgecomb Gray is one of my top greige paint colours.

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray in dining room dark wood furniture. Kylie M INteriors edesign client photo

Read more: Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray


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Chat soon,

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  1. Hi Kylie,
    I love your posts! In fact you helped me decide on Ballet White for some of the rooms in my home. Thank you : )
    I have Ben Moore Stone Hearth in my open kitchen/dining/living rooms with east, south and north windows. I’m just curious how you would describe stone hearth? I think it is probably a taupe but not 100% sure. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  2. We just chose anew gray for the kitchen, dining and great room and morning room of our upcoming home due to the cabinets being a taupeish gray or grayish taupe…gray in the name but definitely warm gray with taupe undertones. They might even be closer to mushroom than I thought. There are no north windows but there are west windows and a morning room by the kitchen with south and west windows.. I’m worried now it will lean too brown. I have revere pewter at my current home and I am all about the warm grays with green undertones. Do you think we were right to choose based on the cabinets in the open concept area, or could I get away with collonade gray and soft gray with taupe undertone cabinets. This builder uses sw only and i got collonade gray from your article that compares it to bm revere pewter. Am I going too earthy?

  3. Hi Kylie
    Your knowledge of color is amazing, so insightful! I have been mulling over the greens such as grey mirage, pashima, floristine plaster where I started and now I have discovered mountain air!, this is for a southwest large room with a pine ceiling. I love the gray tones but feel a hue of green is becoming in this room facing the river and greenery outdoors! looking for a timeless hue in this space! What are the undertones and LRV in mountain air?, would this be considered a cooler green in this space? Is this color still popular and considered timeless? Decisions, decisions??? I love your blog!!!
    Thanks, Carole B

  4. Hi Kylie,

    Your blogs have been so helpful for me for these last few weeks as I’m having my entire house repainted in a few weeks. I would like the dominant color to be a medium greige. After going back & forth and reading several of your blogs on grays and undertones, I believe we have decided on SW Requisite Gray for much of the main living areas. We thought we wanted Repose initially but it was too white and we also tried Dorian but that was too gray. I wanted to add a little more color to my master bedroom, however, and trying to decide between purple undertones or blue/green undertones. I found SW Silvermist which is a contender but I’m having trouble finding an option for the purple undertones. Would you be able to suggest a few? I’ve already looked at BM Elephant Gray & Sidewalk Gray but they look too gray and not purple enough. I dont want anything too dark. The room faces south and gets decent natural light.

    Thanks so much for all the info in your blogs!

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      Hi Crystal, I love Requisite Gray, but will admit I’ve had more success with Anew Gray as it is a bit more flexible (if you’re so inclined…) Have you tried Proper Gray or Essential Gray for the bedroom?

  5. Kylie,
    Love your site. It has been so helpful and answers the questions I’ve had through the years of why something works or not and for explaining the theory behind the colors and their undertones.
    I’m a baby boomer and getting ready to do some remodeling. I have to admit, I don’t want to stick with the old yellow color pallets, but the new colors feel lifeless and uninviting to me though I like the clean look. I have artwork I’ve collected through the years–some have a gold frame and the art in it looks best with a gold frame. Please suggest a paint color so I can display some of my art work and treasures through the years. I have 8 foot ceilings and my house sits northeast to southwest.
    First project is my facing southwest. I’ve picked a tile for my shower that is a warmer gray with cream. Now I need some color suggestions to go with it and how to blend it into the rest of my house. I’ve come up with Revere Pewter, but I’m not totally in love with it.
    Thank you so much.

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      Hi Laurie, thank you for your note! When it comes to personal questions like this, I really do need to refer to my E-design business! I try to give as much complimentary info as I can on my blog, and if that doesn’t help it might be time for a closer look, this way I can look at how much light you have, flooring, furnishings, etc…otherwise it’s a 100% educated guess…if that interests you, the link is here… https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
      Hope to hear from you!

  6. I am so excited about this post! I have been going round & round forever trying to figure out paint color with our crazy trim and having not a single room that gets a light of light. I want an updated fresher look, but with our trim & furnishings, grays just aren’t quite right. I LOVE Mega Greige, but felt it was too dark, so I tried Agreeable Gray (in a small room, in case it didn’t work) Yep, that was a fail. Not enough color & too pale. Mushroom is exactly what I need & I’m glad to hear it’s popular. I love the clean look of grays, but not enough warmth & life in them for me. Now I feel like I can really stop stressing & get painting – can’t wait to grab some Anew Gray & Mega Greige! Thank you so much!!

  7. Kylie,thanks for this post. I think mushroom is definitely the colour I’m looking for as I’m trying to tie together brown and grey in the furnishings and kitchen cabinets. Just wondering however what a colour like Balanced Beige looks like if there is both a south and east exposure in the same room., with the southern exposure being the largest of the two windows? Does it still look too brown or does it retain a good mushroom tone and a bit of warmth?
    Thanks so much.

    1. My living room faces southeast and I am having a hard time finding the right color for it. What color did you decide to go with?

  8. Hey,
    I have been reading your blogs they are great. Although, I am having a hard time with my living room color. I am wanting a warm mushroom/ beige/ Greige color that will tie in together well with relaxed kaki from Sherwin Williams . My entry way and dinning room is the tan color but I need a more grey color in the living room. I hate the blue tones and it’s a north facing room. I have requisite grey in the room now and it’s just too blue and doesn’t go well with the other rooms. Any suggestions?

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  9. Love your content! I am considering a mushroom color for my West facing kitchen which sits between our living room that is SW Accessible Beige (lightened by 25%) and our dining room which is SW Poolhouse Blue. We have medium cherry colored cabinetry and black (with a bit of grey and brown) granite countertops. The kicker of this room is that it runs up our stairway which gets light from the north east. I am curious if you think a mushroom might work in this case considering anew grey and mega greige?

  10. Have read a number of your blogs and have settled on Pashmina for kitchen walls but am having a hard time figuring out what to use for trim – as important a decision if not more so! Am currently considering BM Mascarpone, White Cloud, Cotton Balls, White Dove… trying to stay on the warm, cream side. Suggestions? Thank you!

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  11. Hi Kylie! I follow you IG and love you listening and reading up on your knowledge of color. So I am about to have my north facing kitchen cabinets painted Edgecomb Gray 50% darker. Do you think by darkening them it will put them more in the Mushroom category? Also, I read a few people complain that EG has pink undertones. Do you think by darkening it 50% this should combat this?
    Thanks! Elizabeth

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      Hi Elizabeth, thank you for following me, I love to hear that! So, I haven’t darkened EG by 50%, but I would venture that it WOULD get more mushroom looking, but keep in mind that the SHEEN on cabinets can lighten the look up again. And it’s totally a guess, but yes, I would think 50% would help this. I found that when I LIGHTENED EG by 50% in my own home a wink more pink came up,so I would ‘think’ that it could actually dissipate as it darkens – but again, i don’t KNOW for sure :).

  12. Hi Kylie,
    I love your website and have been spending hours reading every little thing about grays, beiges, greiges, mushrooms, etc. for my kitchen remodel. I ordered a ton of samples from samplize and I was so excited when they arrived 10 days later (they have delays from covid). I found the PERFECT color – SW Keystone Gray! It goes perfectly with my backsplash and countertops. But then the company painting my cabinets informed me they will only use Benjamin Moore colors and now I am beside myself! Do you have a couple recommendations for BM colors that are similar to SW Keystone Gray that are mushroomy and can lean brown in a well lit south-facing kitchen? My walls will be classic gray. Much thanks!

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      Oh man. Is there no other company you can talk to??? I mean, I don’t usually love colour matching, but the FIRST thing you could try is to have BM colour match Keystone Gray for you – see how it turns out. This could be closer than us trying to find a colour that’s similar, you know? BM Kingsport Gray is browner and won’t be great with Classic Gray. Waynesboro Taupe is closer, but still no screamin’ glory as Classic Gray does want your colour to lean that bit more gray vs brown. BM Briarwood? Nope.

      Sorry, that’s all I’ve got!

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