Hi Remodelaholics! It’s Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange back with this month’s paint color post. If you happened to miss my post last month, I highlighted great whole home paint colors and shared some tips for choosing the perfect color here.
For today’s paint color post, I wanted to highlight a fantastic versatile neutral called Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore.
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Pale Oak | Benjamin Moore
I wanted to spotlight Pale Oak because the color is quickly becoming a very popular neutral that is very versatile. Pale Oak is a light warmer greige (gray/beige) that leans just a tad warmer than traditional greiges. In spaces with a lot of natural light (like this space below), Pale Oak will look more of a warm off white.
In spaces with little natural light, Pale Oak takes on a beautiful warm light greige color.
Pale Oak has just the right amount of warmth in the undertone that it keeps the gray in the color from being to cold and sterile.
While Pale Oak is a very versatile color, Pale Oak is one of those colors that can dramatically change depending on lighting. If you’re looking for a beautiful off white with a hint of gray and you have a lot of natural light, Pale Oak is ideal in this situation.
HOW TO TEST A PAINT COLOR
When you’ve chosen the perfect color (or several) — be sure to test it out before splurging for the gallon of paint!
- Get a sample tester or, even easier, a peel and stick paint sample swatch!
- Use an online paint color visualizer or paint color mobile app to test the paint color using a photo of your room.
- Follow our paint expert’s tips here for choosing and testing a paint color.
However, if you have a space with very little natural light and want to choose a greige that will not be to cold, Pale Oak is stunning and has just the right amount of warmth.
While I love Pale Oak in all of these different light situation, I personally think Pale Oak looks its absolute best in spaces that have just a small amount of natural light. I especially love it when the gray in the undertone stands out more but the warmth keeps it from being to sterile.
Pale Oak is a gorgeous color and one to put on your radar. It’s always very important to paint a poster board with a sample of a color before buy but it is especially important to test if you are looking at Pale Oak. Be sure to pin this to save it for later!
Thanks for stopping by today and if you are looking for more versatile colors, I shared my 15 favorite all-star colors on my blog here. I also share tons of color inspiration and workable color palettes as well and you can find all of those here.
More beautiful paint color picks from Cyndy:
dramatic but balanced charcoal gray |Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore
warm neutral white | Intense White by Benjamin Moore
versatile semi-neutral color | Aegean Teal by Benjamin Moore
Plus don’t miss this beautiful palette of neutral paint colors!
Cyndy is a color expert who has transitioned from the fashion world to the design world by helping others choose just the right paint colors for their homes. Cyndy takes the guesswork out of choosing paint colors and has been sharing her tips and paint color palettes with her readers for more than four years on her blog The Creativity Exchange.
Cyndy lives in East Texas and is an artist working with designers to create commissioned paintings that enhance the color and design of a space.