Benjamin Moore Pale Oak: Why Our Designers Love This Shade

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WORDS BY Gillian Grefe

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Published on September 29, 2020

If there’s one color family we love year-round and for every painting need, it’s greige—the perfectly balanced neutral combining grey and beige that adds a touch of color and warmth to any space. In particular, we swoon over Benjamin Moore Pale Oak; its smooth and creamy pigment and warm undertones make it a top contender for our favorite all-time neutrals.

This shade, described by Benjamin Moore as “reminiscent of the majestic white oak,” certainly lives up to the hype. From bedroom to master bath to home office, Benjamin Moore Pale Oak can be used to create a warm sophistication and quiet elegance, balancing out deep bold and crisp white accents alike.

Havenly Heather Goerzen loves Benjamin Moore Pale Oak for its warm undertones, and adds it to a list of “hues [that] would work well throughout a home, particularly in sleeping, living, and cooking areas.” She favors this example of a cozy, modern bedroom that utilizes Pale Oak as a base for a warm, neutral palette. Note the cohesiveness of this space, with its mingling of clean-lined, dark wood accents right alongside soft, light whites, grays, and beiges.

We also love this color spotlight of Benjamin Moore Pale Oak, celebrating how the shade is an ideal neutral for spaces that get a lot of natural light. White its versatility makes it worthwhile for any room no matter the lighting situation, a bathroom, kitchen, or dining area that has great natural light will make Pale Oak appear slightly more off-white than gray or beige.

Our suggestion for those looking to redo an entire room and incorporating Benjamin Moore Pale Oak is to opt for styles that lend themselves more to the elegance and subtlety of the shade. Modern, minimal, Scandanavian, bohemian, and transitional design styles offer the best palettes, furniture, accents, and textures to truly complement Benjamin Moore Pale Oak. Whether you’re outfitting a space with dark-colored, exposed trusses and rich wood furniture pieces or a light-filled space with bright white trim, this neutral can surely do the trick. And if you need other top-rated neutrals, check out our 10 favorite shades.


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Words by Erica Buehler