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!

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