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Benjamin Moore Seapearl Color Review

Learn all about Benjamin Moore Seapearl (OC-19) in this paint color review.

As color consultants and color geeks, we continue to see warm white paint colors as a popular trend for interior and exterior paint. With so many warm whites having yellow undertones, it can be hard to find the right creamy color that won’t look yellow on your walls.

That’s where Benjamin Moore Seapearl comes in. BM Seapearl is a very light warm greige paint color that borders on cream. When clients want a creamy look that won’t skew to yellow, this is the color we often recommend.

It’s beautiful for interior and exterior applications and is a fantastic whole-house paint color. It’s an excellent option for people who don’t like gray but also want something with a bit more pigment than a traditional white paint color.

Keep reading to learn more about Benjamin Moore Seapearl and how you can use this greige paint color in your own home.

A swatch of BM Seapearl paint

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What is the LRV of  Benjamin Moore Seapearl?

The LRV of BM Seapearl is 76.43. It’s not quite a cream but still soft and light on the wall. It has enough pigment to look warm and inviting even in rooms with cool or low light and is great for clients who want to go lighter without picking a white color.

LRV is short for Light Reflectance Value, which measures how light (LRV=100) or dark (LRV=0) a color is.

What are the Benjamin Moore Seapearl undertones?

Seapearl’s undertones are a very subtle green. This makes this color so unique – it looks like creamy off-white paint on the wall but doesn’t have noticeable yellow undertones.

Is BM Seapearl warm or cool?

Thanks to its green undertones, Seapearl is a warm paint color. It works well in rooms with cool light, but it also looks lovely in rooms with warm light and won’t skew yellow in place.

When Should I Use BM Seapearl?

Benjamin Moore Seapearl is a lovely, versatile paint color that can be used as an interior and exterior paint color. It works well in various spaces and can even be used as a whole-house paint color for interiors.

Can I use Seapearl as an interior trim color?

I wouldn’t recommend using Seapearl as an interior trim color for a wall painted with a different color. It’s a bit too dark and too creamy for that. 

Should I try Benjamin Moore Seapearl kitchen cabinets?

Seapearl cabinets would be really beautiful! If you love the look of traditional white kitchen cabinets but want something that won’t look too stark or cold, BM Seapearl is a fantastic choice. This color would also look nice as an upper cabinet color in a tuxedo cabinet color scheme.

Is Seapearl good for North-facing rooms?

Absolutely! Seapearl is one of our go-to light neutrals for interiors, especially in cool North-facing rooms, because of its warmth. I often pick Seapearl if we want a warmer version of Benjamin Moore Classic Gray.

Is Seapearl a good bedroom color?

Seapearl is one of my favorite calming bedroom paint colors. If you’re looking for a neutral, go-with-anything foundational color for your bedroom, Benjamin Moore Seapearl is a fantastic choice.

A nursery is painted with Benjamin Moore Seapearl paint
Photo by Color Concierge client

This client painted their child’s nursery with BM Seapearl to create a lovely, gender-neutral look in this space. It looks warm and soft even in the more shadowy parts of the room.

A nursery is painted with Benjamin Moore Seapearl paint.
Photo by Color Concierge client

Is BM Seapearl a good whole house color for interiors?

Seapearl is a fantastic choice for a whole-house paint color. It’s warm enough to look beautiful in rooms with cooler light but can also work in warmer spaces without skewing yellow. 

It’s versatile enough for kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and even open-concept spaces.

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Project Spotlight: Benjamin Moore Seapearl Exterior Transformation

Benjamin Moore Seapearl is also a wonderful exterior paint color. It works well as a white exterior paint color because it looks crisp without looking harsh in the bright sunlight. 

Paint colors look 4-5x brighter outside than indoors, so picking a light greige paint color is one of the best ways to get a white exterior palette without it looking too stark. BM Seapearl exterior paint looks especially lovely with brick because of its warmth.

BM Seapearl exterior paint completely transformed this client’s home in the upper mid-west.

A client's home features BM Seapearl siding and red brick
Photo by Color Concierge client

The home looks significantly brighter and more modern than the original color palette, which featured beige shingles and olive green trim.

A before photo of a client's home with beige shingles and red brick
Before photo by Color Concierge client

Originally, our client asked us to consider painting the brick, although they didn’t really want to because of the higher project cost. We gave our client color scheme options with and without the brick. We often look at Pinterest for inspiration about current paint trends and lately, we’ve seen the question, “Which colors go best with brick?” skyrocket. 

This means that homeowners want to keep their brick more frequently – and we’re seeing that trend among our color consulting clients, too!

It sometimes makes sense to paint your brick – for example, if you hate natural brick, it’s stained, shows signs of age, or if you have brick and stone that don’t match each other. 

In this case, the clients decided to stick with the natural brick, and Benjamin Moore Seapearl exterior paint was the perfect complement! Seapearl looks crisp without looking harsh and pairs well with brick because of its warmth.

The clients replaced the architectural shingles with siding, which we painted with BM Seapearl. We chose Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore, a soft black paint color, for the fascia, shutters, front door, and garage door.

A home features BM Seapearl siding with red brick.
Photo by Color Concierge client

We usually paint the soffits the same color as the fascia, but in this case, we kept them white because the eaves are fairly wide in some places, and I thought it would look too heavy to paint them with Iron Ore.

A home features a BM Seapearl exterior with red brick.
Photo by Color Concierge client

This house looks so classic, timeless, and crisp!

Which Colors Look Best with Benjamin Moore Seapearl?

Does BM Seapearl go with green?

Yes, Seapearl pairs well with green paint colors, furniture, and decor. Because it has warm, green undertones, using it alongside a green color pulls out its warmth. I love incorporating houseplants into a room painted with BM Seapearl or using a dark gray-green accent wall within an open-concept floor plan.

Does BM Seapearl go with black?

While Benjamin Moore Seapearl is not actually a white paint color, it is light enough to be used to create a version of a classic black-and-white color palette. For example, in our client’s exterior project, Seapearl pairs well with SW Iron Ore, a soft black paint color with warm undertones.

A home features BM Seapearl siding, red brick and SW Iron Ore black trim.
Photo by Color Concierge client

Does BM Seapearl go with gray?

Yes, you can use Seapearl paint alongside gray paint colors or decor. Opt for gray hues that also have green undertones to complement Seapearl best.

What are the Best Interior Trim and Ceiling Colors For BM Seapearl? 

My preferred trim color for Benjamin Moore Seapearl is BM Chantilly Lace. It’s a crisp, clean white paint color that works well in just about any light.

Seapearl would also look with SW Extra White, which is one of the most common white trim paint colors in the United States. You can also use BM Snowfall White, BM Simply White or BM White Dove as warm white trim colors, but BM Swiss Coffee might be too creamy.

What is the easiest way to sample BM Seapearl?

You should always sample and test your paint colors, but it’s especially important with a paint like Seapearl that can be used in many different spaces.

The easiest way to sample BM Seapearl (and any paint color) is via SAMPLIZE. Their peel-and-stick paint samples are easy to use and true to color.

There is no mess, and the cost is less expensive than purchasing a sample and a white poster board. Since you don’t need to dispose of the paint, it’s also environmentally friendly!

With Samplize you can easily see how different shades look on your unique wall.

Benjamin Moore Seapearl Color Comparisons

BM Seapearl vs. BM Dove Wing

I often get asked if Benjamin Moore Dove Wing is the same color as Seapearl, and they are not, although they are very close. Dove Wing is slightly lighter and a skosh warmer. If you think that Seapearl looks too cool on the wall, then try Dove Wing.

BM Seapearl vs BM Swiss Coffee

Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee can work in similar spaces as BM Seapearl but is a bit lighter and brighter than Seapearl, with an LRV of 81.91. Swiss Coffee’s undertones are also a subtle green, just like Seapearl.

BM Seapearl vs BM Swiss Coffee

BM Seapearl vs BM Classic Gray

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray is another good alternative for BM Seapearl. Classic Gray. Classic Gray is slightly darker than Seapearl, with an LRV of 73.67. While Classic Gray does have green undertones like Seapearl, it also includes flashes of violet, so looks cooler in place.

BM Seapearl vs BM Classic Gray

BM Seapearl vs SW Pearly White

Sherwin-Williams Pearly White is another good alternative for Seapearl, and also has “Pearl” in the name. With an LRV of 77, it offers a similar amount of pigment as Seapearl. It has soft green undertones and looks warmer than Seapearl in place. Seapearl is crisper and cleaner than Pearly White. I consider Pearly White the closest Sherwin replacement for Seapearl.

BM Seapearl vs SW Pearly White

BM Seapearl vs SW Mortar

Sherwin-Williams Mortar is a lovely, light neutral paint color that is slightly darker than Seapearl, with an LRV of 74. It is also more muted than Seapearl, with similar green undertones.

BM Seapearl vs SW Mortar

BM Seapearl vs SW Zurich White

Sherwin-Williams Zurich White is very similar to Seapearl, with an LRV of 76. Zurich White has more taupe undertones that make it look warmer and sometimes fleshier.

BM Seapearl vs SW Zurich White

BM Seapearl vs. SW Nuance

As with some of the other options, Nuance is close to Seapearl. Nuance is slightly darker, warmer, and more muted. Seapearl is crisper and cleaner.

What is the closest Sherwin-Williams paint color to Seapearl?

Several existing Sherwin-Williams options will get you close. As you may have read in other posts, we don’t recommend that you match paint colors. If you try to match Seapearl to Sherwin-Williams, there’s a good chance the match may look green. Instead, it’s best to use the closest Sherwin alternative, SW Pearly White. Make sure that you still test Pearly White.

Key Learning Points

Benjamin Moore Seapearl is a warm, versatile paint color that can work in both interior and exterior applications. 

  • BM Seapearl has soft green undertones that give the color warmth without skewing yellow.
  • Seapearl works well in spaces with cool light, such as north-facing rooms. The green undertones can help warm up a room with cool light.
  • Seapearl looks like a crisp white paint color in exterior applications yet has enough warmth to pair well with brick.
  • If you try to paint match Seapearl to another brand, such as Sherwin-Williams or Behr, the results can look greener than expected.
  • SW Pearly White is an excellent alternative to BM Seapearl if you need an equivalent in the Sherwin-Williams universe, but test first.

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 genuinely 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 try they turn out wrong. Learn how to test your paint colors here.

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  1. This color was recommended north/south windows. For gray/green/black interior colors.
    Would it be to dark then for west/east windows. With interior colors of dark red and cherrywood cabinets?

    1. Seapearl and White Dove look great together, but there are many undertones to gray marble, so I would just make sure to test your paint colors carefully.

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