Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist

The Balboa Mist is Benjamin Moore’s premier paint color, but it’s not what makes a Benjamin Moore home stand out. It’s a paint color that goes well with everything and is available in a range of finishes. With a timeless look, a wide variety of looks and styles, and a pallet of different colors, the Balboa Mist allows buyers to make a unique, personal statement with just one paint color.


Balboa Mist and Classic Gray are very similar paint colors. For the first several years of owning our house, we only used these two paint colors in the majority of our rooms and had great success. See my complete review of Benjamin Moore Classic Gray here.

Here you can see Benjamin Moore OC-27 in our playroom (dining room turned playroom) in late afternoon Southern light. It is still considered a warm light gray paint color even though it does have blue in it. It pairs really well with Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, which we used for the wainscoting and all the trim in the house. (Source: www.diydecormom.com)


BM Balboa Mist OC-27 has a light reflectance value (LRV) of 67.37. It is very similar to Pale Oak (LRV= 69.89). Darker paint colors will have lower LRVs and lighter paint colors will have higher LRVs. For reference, most white paint colors have LRVs between 80-95. So, Balboa Mist is a solid light gray.

Balboa Mist OC-27 (also called Balboa Mist 1547) is considered a warm gray. Unlike other cool gray colors which have blue undertones, OC-27 has a slightly taupe undertone which reads warmer than others. It goes well with warmer white tones that have a bit of gray in them like BM Simply White, BM White Dove, and BM Cloud White. (Source: www.diydecormom.com)


Wondering how to use OC-27 in your house? We’ve used Balboa Mist OC-27 in two of our rooms (our playroom and our living room) as shown above. But you can use it anywhere you like! It looks lovely in hallways, in kitchens, and even bedrooms. Below, I’ve created a custom color palette. Most of these paint colors are ones we have used in our own home.

Your website is so helpful and so addicting!! I painted my kitchen balboa mist, thanks to your help. 🙂 it’s the perfect light, crisp color and I love the lavender undertones that come out in the evening. I’m trying to decide on a slightly darker version for an adjoining room and much darker but same family color for a living room. Any suggestions? (Source: www.kylieminteriors.ca)



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