Color Crush: Benjamin Moore Collingwood

January 31, 2018

I think Ben Moore’s Collingwood OC- 28 is a great neutral color that is often overlooked for the more popular colors such as Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Collingwood OC-28

Did you know that Collingwood is one of the most ‘true’ grays, (non-undertoned gray), in the Benjamin Moore color palette collection? It does have a slight undertone of purple, but in all of my years specifying this paint color for clients, I have never heard anyone ever complain of actually seeing purple in their room:



Unlike Revere and Edgecomb, (which are grays with green undertones with some beige mixed in), Collingwood does not change from gray to greige depending on the light in a room. It stays a true soft gray in all lighting.

collingwood living room


collingwood bedroom


Collingwood is one of the only grays you can use on your walls that will not read blue or green. Seriously!(Most grays have either  blue or green undertones and they are very obvious about  showing them off). This color is part of Ben Moore’s off-white colors with an LRV of 62 which means the color will be soft and light, (the higher the Light Reflective Value number, the lighter and brighter a color will be). I LOVE this kitchen where the cabinets are painted with Collingwood in a semi-gloss finish:

collingwood kitchen


Beautiful! Another reason I am loving Collingwood is because of how well it works with white trim as well as with stained wood:

collingwood stairs




collingwood kitchen walls


collingwood dining room


And if you were wondering if Collingwood OC-28 is the same color as Collingwood 859? Yes, it is! I hope you will consider looking at Benjamin Moore’s Collingwood OC-28 next time you are searching for the perfect neutral for your home.

Thanks everyone!!  Kelly


  1. Thanks, Kelly. Collingwood is a strong contender for my living room walls. I’ve always loved it since I saw it in a friend’s kitchen. This post has tipped the scales in that choice. The pictures ars beautiful.

  2. Wowsy! My heart is beating wildly. I have always admired color that has light in it. This color will work wonderfully with our woodtones. Kelly, any thoughts about white vs. creme ceiling and accessories with this color? I know light source plays a big part in everything.

    • I think it is so pretty too Teena. For the ceiling, I would rather see an off white such as White Dove than a bright white with Collingwood. Balboa Mist OC-27 would be my ideal color if possible which is a shade lighter than Collingwood. Colors for accessories? Pretty open in colors! Blues, greens, reds, not yellow, and black to name a few. With stained trim, I like to see darker accessories, such as navies, and lighter colors for white trim such as light blues or greens. Not written in stone- you have to experiment which YOU like best! Hope this helps!

  3. Hello Kelly I’m loving your blog. I’ve chosen Collinwood for my walls and Simply White for the trim. My fire mantel is ceiling to floor wood trim and would love to pick another gray color to spotlight the focal point. What color would you suggest? A darker gray or a lighter gray?
    Thank you, Felice M.

    • Hi Felice,
      To decide which shade of gray, which would blend better with the stone? The light or darker color? Then ask yourself if you would rather have the trim blend in or stand out with a darker color? Hope this helps!

  4. Hi Kelly, I think I’m choosing Collingwood for the living room, kitchen, and hallway (they all flow together) The hallway has a chair rail (stained wood). What would you suggest as a darker color for the bottom of the chair rail if collingwood is the color above the rail?? Thanks!!

    • Hi Stephanie, I see two options for you- is it possible to take down chair rail? Unless you love it or it ties in with your architecture, removing it might update your hallway into a clean space. If the chair rail must stay, take a look at
      Ben Moore Escarpment cc-518 for a darker bottom color. Hope this helps you!

  5. Hi! I’ve decided to use collingwood gray for our open concept living/dining/kitchen. What do you recommend for the ceiling color? My painter suggested a very light gray but he hasn’t actually seen the paint sample.

    • Hi Katie,
      I would not use a gray for the ceiling. With the undertones going on, (in the different grays and collingwood), I would just select a nice off-white such as Ben Moore White Dove to keep it clean. Hope this helps!

  6. Glad I stumbled on to your blog! I am afraid of painting my walls a color that looks like builder’s beige. Do you think Collingwood tips that way? I would like to change my yellow/cream walls to something greyish, but am worried about the builder’s beige or being too dreary. I like in the PNW. We already get dreary a lot! My family room is painted SW Sea Salt. Does collingwood go with that? I already have the sample!

    • Hi Kim,
      When you are talking about builders beige- do you mean like Manchester Tan? Or Grant Beige? They are both great neutrals and are not boring like the builders’s white I call it. Collingwood is a much warmer beige. I checked color with SW Sea Salt- looks good with the Collingwood. Also looks great with Man Tan and Grant Beige. Hope this helps! Try painting sample on poster board so you can move around day and night to be sure you love!

  7. Hi Kelly,
    I just found your blog and found it helpful. l brought home a sample of BM Colllingwood OC -28 today and painted it on white poster board as the consultant recommended. We are getting ready to paint our hallway leading upstairs and are first in the process of painting out our wainscotting to white after redoing the staircase and upstairs hallway to oak flooring. The hallway is typically dark going upstairs and down the hallway. At the top of the stairs our first bedroom is painted in Silver Lining that was lightened. I think that is why the consultant recommended Collingwood I find the sample dark for the lighting…. what are your thoughts? Recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Our open downstairs is painted in rich cream. Thanks!

    • Hi Heather,
      I am not sure why they suggested Collingwood. I myself do not like to suggest darker colors in the hallway with not enough light. But that is without seeing any photos of your home. If you would like, you can send me a couple photos including the areas you are speaking about and I will take a look. [email protected].

  8. Hi! I have loved every photo of collingwood and the sample board I painted is exactly like the photos I have seen. I was convinced I finally found the color to use it in my upstairs hallway, staircase, downstairs hallway/living room. The painter painted the upstairs hallway in collingwood and it is totally different than my sample board and all photos! It is 100% tan, showing no gray. I am now afraid to carry it downstairs and into the areas planned. Any ideas why it would go tan and any suggestions on whether I take the chance on it again or try a different warm gray in the areas downstairs?

    • Hi Kristen,
      I always hesitate to use Collingwood in a darker hallway because the color leans more on the beige side. In a open, sun-lit rooms, you will see more of that light warm gray instead of the tan. First, I would make sure your painter got the right paint color. It happens! I would paint with two coats on a large posterboard that you can move all around and look at day and night. That is how you will see the true color of the paint in your home. Hope this helps!

  9. I am having such a hard time picking a color. I love this review but I’m scared the make the leap. I have a raised ranch with white walls. I love the warm grey/Greige colors but I can’t commit. The living room dining room and kitchen are all tied together as well as the entry way. Would this be a good color for all of those areas?

    • Hi Tessa,

      Hard for me to say how it will look with your kitchen cabinets, counters, floors etc. Collingwood is a very soft warm gray. If you think of trying Collingwood, paint a large posterboard and live with a few days, day and night to see how it looks in your home. An extra project but well worth the time and money. If you would like to work together online with a color consultation, please email me at [email protected]. Thanks for writing!

    • Hi Monica, The Collingwood does get darker in less lit areas. To make sure it works with your brick fireplace, I would get a sample and paint a poster board and look at day and night to see how you like together. Hope this helps you.

  10. I am thinking of painting my kitchen/family room in Collingwood. I have brighter white cabinets and a dark stained island. I have a brick fireplace that is going to have a wood mantle and shiplap going up the wall behind the fireplace. The mantle and shiplap will be painted Chantilly Lace along with the trim. I want to paint the brick fireplace a medium to dark gray. Any suggestions for a color that will work well with what I am planning? The lighting in the room is southern exposure (lots of greenery outside)…nice and bright. Thanks.

    • Hi Sue,

      Are you able to send me a photo? Hard for me to select a color when you have many different items in the space. The first color I think of when a medium to dark gray would be Ben Moore Chelsea Gray, or a little darker would be Kendall Charcoal. Hope this helps!

  11. Hi Kelly –
    I have recently had my living room/dining room/hallway in my townhouse painted in the SW color Clay Bisque. I was SUPER disappointed to come back home to see the pink and purple undertones to it. We have variability of the light in the house, but I keep coming back to Revere Pewter vs Collingwood. Which would you recommend to keep that more “greige” color with the variability of a lot of light in some rooms and then darker hallways?

    Thanks so much & love this blog!

    • Hi Kristen,
      That is too bad about your first paint job. You must have been so upset! Husband too I bet.
      For the look of griege consistently, I would use Revere Pewter. Hard to explain what a beautiful color it is in well lit areas and darker areas also. In the darker areas, the Revere will look darker, but a griege darker. Good luck!

  12. hello, had a consultant suggest SW agreeable gray for my split level home. with the west walls/hallway too, in network gray. love the blue undertone in network gray (it compliments the oak cabinets) but I think it will be too dark for the hallway that does not have much natural light. my house is all oak trim and I’m really having difficulty trying to decide what color to paint. I like Collingwood from BM but what would you recommend as a coordinating color to brighten up a small dark hallway? Thank you

    • Hi Maurern, If you really like the SW Network Gray but feel it will be too dark, about about a lighter version such as SW Gray Screen SW 7071? It also will work well with Agreeable Gray.

  13. Just painted our north facing kitchen in Collingwood. Looks beautiful. My livingroom is directly across from the kitchen but more north facing and darker overall. What BM colour would you suggest for the Livingroom? The kitchen has always had more natural light so the Collingwood seems to work in there. Also I am looking for a colour for hallways that have no natural light. Thank you.

    • Hi Sue,

      Hard for me to guess colors without seeing the interior of your home. If you would like to work together on an online color consultation. send me an email and we can talk details.

  14. Just painted ensuite Collingwood gray, do like it but would prefer different color for bedroom.
    Wood floor medium oak and bedroom furniture light
    Any suggestions.


    • Hi Melinda,

      I would need to see photos of your home to get you the best possible color. I do online color consultations and it is easy! You send a few photos of your room you would like help with, with a brief description of what you would like to achieve in room. I charge $45.00 per color to make sure you get the best color choice for your home. Let me know if you are interested in working together. Thank you for writing!

  15. You may have answered this question before, but does SW offfer an equivalent paint color to BM Collingwood? My upstairs and main floor are painted in Collingwood, however, my contractor gets a discount on SW paint. Thanks for all your advice!

  16. Hi,
    I have been debating a lot between Collingwood and Edgecomb gray. My room currently has Wild Mushroom and I have beige furniture with cabinets that have a orange undertone. The room is open concept and does have a lot of natural light. Is the trend going towards the taupes which I see in the Edgecomb Gray. It seems a lot lighter than the Collingwood too. Any advice would be appreciated!

    • Hi Anita,

      It is almost impossible to now which color would work well in your space without my seeing photos of your home. If you would like to work together, please email me and send me a few photos along with a brief description of what you are looking for and I will write back and explain the simple process of finding the best color for you. Thanks for writing.
      [email protected]

  17. Hi.. thank you for sharing all the great info! What do you think about collingwood (125%) on walls and classic grey on trim. All light filled rooms that are common areas like hallway, foyer and mudroom.

    • Hi Julie,

      The only concern I have is that when I put Collingwood and Classic Gray together, the green undertone of the classic gray really stands out against the taupe of Collingwood. Maybe a more neutral color such as White Dove will work together better?

  18. I have been reading your advice for awhile. Love Collingwood but wondering how it would look with 1986 oak cabinets in kitchen. Not ready to paint cabinets yet, just want to tone down the orange tone of old cabinets.
    Thank you

    • Hi JoAnn,

      It is not my favorite combination, gray and oak. If you would like to try it, paint a large posterboard in Collingwood and see how it looks with your cabinets. Good luck with your project!

  19. I just moved and am struggling to find a light gray for my living room/dining room with north exposure and not a ton of light. The difficulty is that I have beige couches that seem to be showing a lot of pink undertone in this room, especially agains the grays. Any color suggestions? I’ve painted up samples of BM Nimbus, Gray Owl, Stonington, Horizon, and Bunny Gray and none seem “right”. Most of them are looking really blue in the room and making the furniture seem extra pink. Ick.

    • Hi Lanay,
      Did you take a look at Balboa Mist OC-27? A bit lighter than Collingwood- a true gray. Really nice neutral. Check and see how it works with your sofa. A little lighter choice would be Silver Satin OC_26. Hope this helps!

  20. Hi Kelly,

    I have chair rail that runs around my formal dining and formal living rooms. I think I’d like to paint the top portion Pale Oak (Benjamin Moore) and was thinking Collingwood for the lower portion because I want something a little darker. Do you think those two colors will pair together ok? Or other suggestions?

    It looks so pretty in the pictures above.
    Thank you,

    • Hi Kelly,
      I compared the two colors together and I am not sure they make the best pairing. How about the Pale Oak on the bottom with Dove Wing OC-18 or White Dove OC-17 on the top? Collingwood is beautiful but I would not use the two together. There will not be enough contrast between the two colors and it will look like you tried to match and it did not work. Hope this helps in your decision!

  21. Hi Kelly,
    We are painting the interior of our home to sell and our real estate agent recommended Collingwood. I love it! Problem is, the painter only uses Sherwin Williams paints. Can you tell me if there is a SW equivalent?

    Thanks so much!

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