4 Ways to Use Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist

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WORDS BY Erica Buehler

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Published on September 8, 2020

When it comes to classic neutrals, Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist ranks high on our designers’ A-list. After all, it was one of 2019’s most on-trend paint colors and one of our favorite earthy neutrals. We prefer the phrasing that Balboa Mist is “inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile,” as Benjamin Moore puts it, with particular features that “suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces.” Here are some of the best uses for this ever-popular shade.

As with most tastefully versatile neutrals, Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist is one of our favorite shades for playing up crisp white trims and accents. Be it extravagant crown molding and half-wall paneling or minimalistic doorway and window trim, this shade is perfect for making those bright whites pop while offering some subtle color to simultaneously downplay. We call that a perfect balance.

Looking for the perfect neutral that will add some color but also draw the eye to your spectacular wood floors? Our designers suggest Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist as your saving grace for bringing out the rich woods in your home, whether as flooring, paneling, or cabinetry. Much like the effect of highlighting bright, white accents, the warm undertones of Balboa Mist often play on similar aspects of wood features, creating a cohesive space with just the right amount of drama and subtlety. Use it to play up refurbished, dark wood kitchen cabinets or to really lift up some mahogany flooring, like this.

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist is a great neutral for opposing a bold accent wall. This Rustic Living Room example uses Benjamin Moore Backwoods and Benjamin Moore Hunter Green to offset the similar warm, green tones of Balboa Mist to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere.  The industrial theme of the furniture in this design—rich woods and earthy metals—really bring the whole room together for a perfect rustic look.

And while Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist is great for making smaller spaces appear larger, we love that it’s an ideal shade for rooms already getting a ton of natural light. For grand, airy spaces—parlors, entertaining areas, or dining rooms—Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist adds subtle, earthy color to your typical off-white neutral. Plus, it makes a great base tone for complementing with plants, textured fabrics, and wood-and-metal-focused furniture pieces for a bright, organic aesthetic.

Words by Erica Buehler