Benjamin Moore’s 2018 Best Selling Neutrals

June 2, 2018

Have you been desperately searching for a neutral paint color for your living room?  Bedroom maybe? Take a look at Ben Moore’s top selling neutral color list for ideas and inspiration. Some may surprise you, others not at all!

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This list changes every year and this is Ben Moore’s Best Selling Neutrals of 2018 listed in no particular order:

Revere Pewter HC- 172


This beautiful neutral color is very popular because of it’s warmth and adaptability. I wrote here recently how well it works with many other colors:

Revere Pewter bedroom




Edgecomb Gray HC- 173

ben moore edgecomb gray

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, which I highlighted here, is another of the most versatile neutral paint colors in the Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection. A bit lighter than Revere Pewter, this warm gray also works well with many other paint colors I suggested here, such as navy or black. Beautiful! Both Revere Pewter and Edgecomb are considered as muted or ‘ muddy’ grays rather than other clean and bright colors. When you have a lot of sunlight in the room, the gray is more prominent on the walls. In darker rooms and hallways, both colors show as more beige on the walls:

bm edgecomb gray


ben moore eddgecomb


Stonington Gray HC- 170

ben moore stonington gray

Stonington Gray will feel a bit more fresh and brighter looking than Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray.  Stonington Gray has blue undertones which can look very blue in a room. It’s clean look may be too cool for some. But if you look it up online, you can see it can be a chameleon color,  looking more gray in some rooms and more blue in others:

ben stonington gray


bm stonington gray


bm stonington grays


Gray Owl 2137-60

ben moore gray owl

A very light gray, and yes it is the same paint color as Gray Owl OC-52.  Considered lighter but similar to Stonington Gray. Gray Owl also has blue undertones but the green undertone is what most people see on their walls:

bm gray owl kitchen


ben moore gray owl laundry room


bm gray owl


If you are looking for a soft gray that has a tendency to show a light greenish tint, Gray Owl is for you.

Manchester Tan HC- 81

ben moore manchester tan

Manchester Tan has always been one of my favorite neutrals. Although there are green undertones, they are not very visible in this easy-going beige. It is a soft neutral that works well with both beige yellow undertones and sometimes even red undertones! Just a tad darker than than Manchester Tan, Ben Moore’s Grant Beige HC- 83 is one of my top five neutrals in the whole Benjamin Moore Color Collection. A couple examples of Manchester Tan:

ben moore man tan


bm manchester tan


Collingwood  859

ben moore collingwood

Did you know Ben Moore’s Collingwood 859 is also Collingwood OC-28? A huge favorite for many of my readers, I wrote here all about this soft, neutral gray. It reads as one of the ‘truest’ grays on the walls although it does have purple undertones, (which no one has ever complained about to me about seeing purple walls!) :

ben moore collingwood kitchen


bm collingwood


Balboa Mist OC-27/1549

ben moore balboa mist


If you are looking for a paint color a slight bit lighter than Collingwood, then Balboa Mist is for you. It also has a bit of purple undertone, which gives it warmth, but I have never heard anyone complain of seeing purple. A very warm neutral that reads ‘gray’ on the walls. A beautiful neutral:

ben moore balboa


bm balboa mist


Classic Gray OC-23/1548

ben moore classic gray

Classic Gray is in the same color family as Collinwood and Balboa Mist. Slight purple undertone, but reads ‘gray’ on the wall. It is part of the Benjamin Moore Off-White Color Collection with an LRV of 78.4 meaning it will be light and bright on your walls. Beautiful color!:

ben moore classicgray


bm classic gray


Silver Satin OC-26/856

ben moore silver satin

Silver Satin is a light, barely-there neutral that is another lighter version of the Collinwood/Balboa Mist/Classic Gray family. Part of Ben Moore’s Off-White Collection, Silver Satin great neutral to start with if you are nervous about color with an LRV 76.2, (you can read more about using LRV numbers when selecting a paint color here). A very light and fabulous gray!

bm silver satin


ben moore silver satins


And there is your updated, top selling Benjamin Moore Neutrals color list. All beautiful colors, all soft and versatile. Is your home painted in any of these colors? Are you surprised by any of these colors? Or not?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly xo


  1. Thanks Kelly! Was very helpful. In the process of changing out my BM Bennington Gray. I need something lighter, brighter and not so drab. Loved it at first but I see pink tones in it sometimes. Therefore I have a love/ hate thing happening right now. Any thoughts? Thanks again. I learn a lot from your blog. Robin

    • Hi Robin,

      Are you looking for a soft blue/green color or a beige neutral? After you narrow down that question for yourself, it narrows down the color search by quite a few. Thank for writing.

  2. Hi Kelly I am in the UK but love the look of Benjamin Moore paints. Looking for a linen type colour for a south west facing room. What would work. Would like a darker colour for the fire place wall and a recess then a lighter tone around the rest of the room.
    Living room leads to dining room so would like a colour that will co-ordinate- would like a stronger colour in there.

    Many thanks

  3. Hi Kelly, we are in dilemma, we have not much sunlight are doing lots of wood, Fir ceiling & doors, Hemlock floors Alder cabinets & Cherry in Master bath with Gray floors & white marble in shower. Thinking I need the perfect of warm & cool Light wall color that would compliment everything

  4. Hi Kelly, very helpful info here! Is there a particular family of colors/shades that you would recommend for a living room that has charcoal grey sofa & chairs? Thanks!

    • Hi Matthew,

      Gray is so neutral you can go with so many colors! Do you have a lot of sunlight? I love Revere Pewter. If you would like me to help find a paint color for you, I have an online color consulting service. Paint color selection for one room is only $45.00. If you are interested, email me at [email protected]. Thanks and hope this helps!

  5. My home is an open floor plan (north living room and south kitchen and dining room). Is there a neutral paint that will look clean and not murky in the living room? BM Stonington, balboa mist, gray owl, SW knitting needles, passive, reflection, are what I am considering. What are your thoughts/suggestions?

    • Hi Robynn,
      For a clean, not muddy look, I would sample Ben Moore Gray Owl. A clean and bright neutral with no beige or tan that gives you that muddy look. Good luck with your project!

  6. In the kitchen above that has the Gray Owl on the walls and cabinets (I assume), what is the color of the island? It looks like a dark blue/gray.

  7. I’m looking for a pretty yellow color for my beach condo. There’s a lot of sunlight. I don’t want a canary
    yellow and I don’t want a yellow that’s too light. There’s white wainscoting bead board on the bottom. I would like to paint the bedrooms the same color and bring in aqua colors in my accessories. The condo is only 1100 square feet. My thinking is that because it is small , I need to use the same color throughout. (?)

  8. Trying so hard to figure out what color to paint walls with terra cotta-like tile. What do you think goes with these floors?

  9. I am painting my bm Philadelphia cream painted kitchen/family room(so tired of yellow and golds.) my cabinets are cherry and countertop prairie from corian ( a Grayish green with specks of gold). My sofa is golds reds and some green (paisley). I’m struggling with a shade of gray with maybe green undertones? Thought BM moonshine or grey owl. Dining room will be solitude and living room revere pewter. Any suggestions?

    • We are leaning towards Balboa Mist in our formal dining room. Will it look fine with wood trim and light teak furniture?

      • Emily,
        The best way to find out if it is going to work, is to paint a poster board, with two coats, of Balboa Mist and compare with the trim and furniture. You can not tell for computer photos. Worth the time and cost before you pant your whole room. Hope this helps!

  10. Hi Kelly I am struggling with paint colours right now I have lots of large windows in my house I have been looking at the Benjamin moore grays I want a colour that does not change with the different times of day I currently have a seashore pebble on walls by Sico and Iam just done with it looking for a lighter shade my carpet is cake batter and neutral furniture any suggestions Thanks Linda

    • Hi Linda,

      I would love to help. I am not sure if you know, but I offer online color consulting services to help people select paint colors for their homes. You can read more on my service page here: You can fill out the questionnaire form if you would like, it helps me learn what you like best. Photos can be uploaded here to my email. After I receive form or an email from you, we will get started.

      Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks for writing!


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