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Benjamin Moore Classic Gray Color Palette

If you’re looking for a timeless interior color scheme, this Benjamin Moore Classic Gray color palette could be the perfect fit. Explore all the beautiful paint colors in this Colorado home.

This Colorado home was one of my favorite projects I’ve ever worked on. The homeowners are a really nice family that purchased this home, which had great bones but needed renovation. 

When they came to The Color Concierge, their goal was a classic, timeless home in which they could raise their beautiful family. We were lucky enough to create a whole-house color palette (how-to post) for the interior and exterior of the home. The palette we ended up with is soft, muted, neutral, and elegant. Even the saturated blue colors are muted. The palette is a great backdrop for the homeowner’s beautiful art and calm, peaceful aesthetic.

We designed the palette with Benjamin Moore Classic Gray (OC-23) as the foundation of the main living area. We kept the rest of the palette mostly monochromatic with some subtle pops of color. Keep reading to learn more about this BM Classic Gray color scheme and how to design a whole-house palette for your home.

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How to Design a Whole-House Palette

Our design guidelines for whole-house color schemes are detailed in the post How to Create a Whole House Color Palette (With Real-Life Examples), and Why A Whole-House Color Scheme Matters.  

But before I share our clients’ Benjamin Moore Classic Gray color palette, I wanted to briefly review our method.

1. Pick your foundation color for the common areas. A foundation color is typically a light neutral, such as a white, gray, beige or greige. In this case, we used BM Classic Gray, BM Edgecomb Gray, and BM White Dove, which are all warm neutral paint colors.

I like to start with the lightest wall color at the entry, and then use darker neutrals as you go deeper into the home, with splashes of color interspersed as accents.

2. Select a white paint color for the trim and ceiling. Every good color palette needs great white paint for trim and ceilings. This should be used throughout the home on all the trim, window frames, and doors. In this home, we used BM Oxford White as our trim color throughout the home.

3. Pick paint colors for the secondary living spaces. Next, we move to the dining rooms, offices, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Blues, greens, and neutral paint colors with colorful undertones are perfect for this kind of space.

4. Select accent colors last. If you’re planning for accent walls, make sure to consider the other paint colors in your palette and the colors in your furniture, decor and hard finishes.

5. Pay attention to undertones. When designing a color palette, choose paint colors that have similar undertones. For example, since Classic Gray has warm, green undertones, I picked other neutrals with green undertones to complete the palette I’m sharing today. I kept all of the other colors in the palette warm too, including warm blues with green undertones and warm whites.

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray Interior Color Palette

The home featured in today’s post is a wonderful example of a timeless whole-house color palette. This home has so many beautiful rooms and living spaces, so we wanted to build a color palette that would highlight the unique architectural details and make the space feel warm and inviting.

We kept the palette simple and mostly monochromatic, which gives the homeowners flexibility with their furniture, decor, and hard finishes for years to come.

BM Classic Gray Living Room

The living room is connected to both the entryway and the dining room of this home, so it’s one of the first spaces you see when you enter the house.

We chose BM Classic Gray (color review) because it felt light and bright in the space but still provided plenty of warmth.

BM Classic Gray is very versatile and shifts depending on the natural light. It has subtle green undertones and can flash purple in cooler light. Sometimes it can read so warm that it’s almost beige, and other times it can read a light warm gray. Classic Gray has an LRV of 76, and is fairly light, so In a room flooded with light like this one, it looks like a creamy white that doesn’t shift into yellow.

In any light, it’s a wonderful neutral foundation for pops of color in your decor and finishes. I love the way the Classic Gray walls look with this bright and colorful area rug!

Photo by M. Marceny

We continued the BM Classic Gray walls in the family room, pairing them with a brick fireplace painted with Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray. The fireplace and brick arch – both painted with Edgecomb Gray – are a lovely transition into the home’s kitchen, which features warm white kitchen cabinets and Edgecomb Gray walls.

Photo by M. Marceny

Sample Benjamin Moore Classic Gray.

BM Edgecomb Gray Kitchen

The kitchen is truly the heart of any home, so we always spend a lot of our time planning the colors for this room. This client’s kitchen renovation had just been completed and featured a Chamonix Quartzite countertop, which we paired with Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray (color review) walls.

Edgecomb Gray has an LR of 63, and is a darker version of Classic Gray, perfect for this tonal and neutral palette.

A color swatch of Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray from Samplize.
BM Edgecomb Gray; Photo courtesy of

The veins of the quartzite matched BM Edgecomb Gray exactly, so that was the perfect choice for the walls in this space! Quartzite is a wonderful countertop material because it’s even stronger than granite. You can see the beautiful veining in the image below, and the tinge of red warmth in the cabinets. We used the veins in the quartzite as a reference to select the Edgecomb Gray.

Photo courtesy of M. Marceny

This kitchen is mostly cabinets, but you can see the Edgecomb Gray on the walls that lead into the dining room and on the walls above the stone flanking the hood.

Photo by M. Marceny
Photo by M. Marceny

The warmth of the Edgecomb Gray walls looks beautiful with the warm white cabinets and the warm gray veining of the Quartzite counters.

Photo by M. Marceny

Sample Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray.

Benjamin Moore Oxford White Trim

When designing whole-house color palettes we often pick a white trim and ceiling paint that is the same color as the cabinets. Instead, we picked Oxford White for the whole-house trim color, which is a clean white that leans into warmth.  

A swatch of Benjamin Moore Oxford White from
BM Oxford White; Photo courtesy of

The white cabinets were a gorgeous off-white with really warm tones that wouldn’t have looked right as trim in this type of home. Oxford White, though not the same, was still close enough to harmonize nicely. You can always pair a clean white with an off-white. Oxford White has an LRV of 87, and is very bright. It is the same as Benjamin Moore White Heron.

Photo by M. Marceny

Sample Benjamin Moore Oxford White.

BM Britannia Blue Dining Room

The dining room, painted with BM Britannia Blue (color review), is one of our favorite rooms in the house, and even though it’s formal, the family uses it frequently. Britannia Blue has an LRV of 18 and is a mid-toned blue-gray. I love it because it looks so silky when you paint it on the walls.

A color swatch of BM Britannia Blue from
BM Britannia Blue; Photo courtesy of

We wanted to treat this room like an accent (blog post) but also ensure it tied in well with the Classic Gray color palette, especially because the room is visible from the living room and the kitchen.

Photo by M. Marceny

The walls above the wainscoting were painted Benjamin Moore Britannia Blue, with traditional trim white for the wainscoting (we used Oxford White here). You can learn more about Britannia Blue in our color review.

Photo by M. Marceny

Sample Benjamin Moore Britannia Blue.

Benjamin Moore White Dove Entryway and Hallway

This home’s entry is a beautiful welcoming area. We decided to paint the walls lighter than Classic Gray and went with BM White Dove (color review). 

A color swatch of BM White Dove paint from
BM White Dove; Photo courtesy of

White Dove is a slightly creamy, yet muted white paint that works well in rooms with lots of light like the entryway, but also looks pretty in dimmer areas, like this home’s upstairs hallway. White Dove has an LRV of 83, similar to SW Alabaster.

Photo by M. Marceny

The homeowner chose a traditional, classic and timeless staircase that would look current today or in 20 years. Trim and ceiling are painted with Oxford White.  

Photo by M. Marceny

Sample Benjamin Moore White Dove.

Benjamin Moore Mount Saint Anne Primary Bedroom

Bedrooms are a great place to play with color within a whole-house palette. For these clients, we painted the cathedral ceilings and walls of the primary bedroom with Benjamin Moore Mount Saint Anne.

A Benjamin Moore Mount Saint Anne color swatch from
BM Mount Saint Anne; Photo courtesy of

Mount Saint Anne is a gorgeous blue-gray paint color that has a touch of green added in, offering warmth that is perfect for a cozy, calming bedroom. It looks lighter in this room than you might expect because of all the windows that face south and west.

Photo by M. Marceny

The trim and fireplace mantle are painted with BM Oxford White.

Photo by M. Marceny

I love the way this color looks in this room’s cozy nook. It’s a great area for peace and tranquility for our homeowner.

Photo by M. Marceny

Sample Benjamin Moore Mount Saint Anne.

Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan Kids Bedrooms

We painted the kids’ rooms Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan (color review), a warm, friendly neutral that is a great foundation for a variety of decor styles. This color is very similar to Edgecomb Gray. It has a similar LRV. but when you compare the two colors, Manchester Tan is warmer and more beige than Edgecomb Gray.

A swatch of BM Manchester Tan paint from
BM Manchester Tan; Photo courtesy of

Manchester Tan walls can grow with their kids, remaining classic even as their interests and decor preferences change.

Photo by M. Marceny

Sample Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan.

Exterior Color Palette for the BM Classic Gray Home

We also picked the exterior paint colors for this home. While we knew we weren’t going to use a BM Classic Gray color palette for the exterior, we still wanted colors that would coordinate with the look inside the home.

We resisted using a very bright white because of the Colorado sunshine. Instead, we painted the house a very light greige called SW City Loft. City Loft is a balanced greige on the warm side. It has an LRV of 70, which makes it light-reflecting. 

Photo by M. Marceny

The exterior palette was completed with Sherwin-Williams Fawn Brindle, a darker greige than City Loft that was the perfect color for the window trim.

We used Sherwin-Williams Black Fox for the garage doors, fascia, gutters, downspouts and crown molding between the soffits and the body of the house.

Together, the three hues create a simple and truly timeless exterior color palette that transforms this house into a Modern French Chateau. Read our full breakdown of this painted brick exterior palette.

Explore all the colors in this Benjamin Moore Classic Gray Color Palette

  1. Benjamin Moore Classic Gray (OC-23) (sample)
  2. Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray (HC-173) (sample)
  3. Benjamin Moore Oxford White (CC-30) (sample)
  4. Benjamin Moore Britannia Blue (1623) (sample)
  5. Benjamin Moore White Dove (OC-17) (sample)
  6. Benjamin Moore Mount Saint Anne (1565) (sample)
  7. Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan (HC-81) (sample)

Don’t Forget to Sample Your Paint Colors

Our favorite way to test paints is to purchase Peel-and-Stick paint samples from companies like Samplize. Their colors are consistent; they use real paint in an eggshell sheen, and there is no mess. 

Compare them to your trim, carpet, and even your art.

Visit the Samplize website to get samples of a broad range of paint colors and more whole-home color palette ideas and inspiration.

Get 10% off your Samplize order today with our discount code CC10 at checkout. Order today and get samples tomorrow!

Creating your own palette is a simple way to change your home’s whole look and feel – whether you’re doing extensive renovations or not.

Remember, if you want to build your own whole house palette, it’s important to follow these steps:

  • Pick your foundation color for the common areas
  • Pick a white trim color (and stick to it)
  • Select paint colors for secondary living spaces (bedrooms, bathrooms, dining areas, etc.)
  • Pick a few accent colors to use throughout your home

Remember: NEVER, EVER use paint matches from a different brand than the one specified. Results are poor and there are no standards for the sheens.  Even though your painter may truly believe it can be done, don’t do it. See results from paint matching here.

No matter what, always test your paint colors. It’s a standard best practice.  Whenever I test my paint colors, they are perfect, and when I don’t test them, they turn out wrong. Learn how to test your paint colors here.

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