Dove Wing is a very light Benjamin Moore neutral that is lighter and brighter than heavy hitters like Balboa Mist or Revere Pewter, but not an actual white like Simply White or Swiss Coffee.
Dove Wing is really versatile, and can be used as a color or as a white.
Read on to see Dove Wing in a lot of real homes, check out some dupes, and compare it to other popular colors.
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What Color is Benjamin Moore Dove Wing (OC-18)
Dove Wing is a fairly neutral off-white paint color. It isn’t overly creamy like many off-whites tend to be, and it can even look greige in comparison.
LRV of Benjamin Moore Dove Wing
What’s an LRV anyway?
The LRV of a color indicates on a scale of 0 – 100 how much light a color reflects (or doesn’t reflect). True black has an LRV of 0 and pure white has an LRV of 100.
In the paint world, we are working in a range of about 3 – 93 because no paint color is purely black or completely white.
The LRV of Dove Wing is 77.52. That puts it outside of what we would consider “white” paint colors, but kind of in the middle range of off-whites.
You could actually use Dove Wing as a white paint color, but it will only look white if it’s the only white, and the lightest color that you use.
RGB of Dove Wing
The RGB of Benjamin Moore Dove Wing is approximately: R – 233, G – 230, B – 219.
What Are the Undertones of Dove Wing
The undertones of Dove Wing are a little difficult to pinpoint, but I would say that it generally has neutral beige undertones.
How Dove Wing looks depends a LOT on the trim and ceiling colors it is paired with.
Is Dove Wing Warm or Cool?
I go back and forth on whether Dove Wing is neutral or warm.
As I mentioned earlier, it is quite gray compared to warm creamy whites, so you could say that it is greige (and therefore neutral). However! As you will see in real homes, Dove Wing quite often looks a bit warm on the wall.
It’s definitely not cool, at any rate.
Dove Wing Color Strip
Benjamin Moore has not placed Dove Wing on a light to dark color strip, but rather grouped a few similar off-whites together:
The other colors on the Benjamin Moore OC-17 to OC-20 strip are:
- White Dove (OC-17)
- Seapearl (OC-19)
- Pale Oak (OC-20)
Lighter Version of Dove Wing
Benjamin Moore White Dove is a pretty good lighter alternative to Dove Wing, but I do think it reads a touch creamier.
You might like Sherwin Williams Greek Villa: a lighter beige-white that is neither super creamy or gray.
If you prefer a greige white, you may like Behr Diamonds Therapy.
Darker Version of Dove Wing
Pale Oak is the darkest color on the same strip as Dove Wing, and could be a good darker alternative for you.
I also really like Benjamin Moore Wind’s Breath. Here it is on trim with Dove Wing:
We will compare these two a bit more later on.
I will show you a whole bunch of off-white, white, and neutral comparisons below, so stay tuned to find your perfect color!
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing Color Palette
For this palette, I chose colors that are popular choices to pair with Dove Wing:
Coordinating Colors for Dove Wing
Benjamin Moore Hale Navy with Dove Wing
No surprise that Hale Navy makes an appearance here, because it really does look amazing with anything!
I love the dark blue against the softness of Dove Wing.
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and Dove Wing
Revere Pewter is probably Benjamin Moore’s most popular color of all time. It’s a whole home neutral that also works with pretty much anything.
While these two would definitely work well together, it’s not the most exciting combo in the world, so be thoughtful about how you plan to use it.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing and Pale Oak
Pale Oak as we saw earlier on the Dove Wing color strip, is a subtle contrasting neutral.
Pale Oak would work well when you want a wall color similar to Dove Wing, but one that doesn’t look as close to white.
Benjamin Moore Simply White with Dove Wing
I chose Simply White for this palette, because you can always use a true white somewhere in your home, and this one is a creamy white, while also being nice and bright.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing with Sherwin Williams Acacia Haze
Acacia Haze is one of my favorite sage green paint colors, and I just love the combination of a neutral like Dove Wing, with a navy blue, and a sage green.
If you want to stick with Benjamin Moore colors, Carolina Gull would also fit the bill.
Dove Wing’s Complementary Color
The official complementary color for Dove Wing, is a light lilac-blue. Benjamin Moore Whispering Wind 1416 is a very close match:
What Trim Colors Go With Benjamin Moore Dove Wing?
Dove Wing is neutral enough that a lot of trim colors will look great with it.
You could use Dove Wing with oak or dark wood trim. In that case it will probably look pretty white.
Of course most people will be looking for a second white option, and I’ve got you covered!
White Paint that Goes with Dove Wing
To create the most contrast and make Dove Wing look its darkest, you will want to use a bright white. Two bright white options are Simply White and Chantilly Lace (both by Benjamin Moore).
Simply White Trim with Dove Wing Walls
Simply White is a creamy white, but still bright. The brightness will create maximum contrast with Dove Wing, but the warmth will soften things slightly.
Chantilly Lace Trim with Dove Wing Walls
Chantilly Lace is a true white. It is technically a green based white, so it is super neutral. It’s a great choice for trim when you want a clean white.
Dove Wing with Super White Trim
As you can see, Super White is a cooler white with a touch of gray. It would be a bit softer against Dove Wing than Chantilly Lace, without being warm.
Cloud White Trim with Dove Wing
Cloud White is a much more yellow white than the other options here. It’s a very popular choice for trim, but I would be cautious using it with Dove Wing. It could potentially make your walls look a bit peach.
White Dove Trim with Dove Wing Walls
White Dove will provide a more subtle contrast against Dove Wing. It is a creamy darker white, but still not quite an off-white like Dove Wing.
Ready to choose the perfect white on white combination? Check out this post:
Can You Use Dove Wing as a White Paint Color for Trim and Doors?
It may not look it from the swatch, but Dove Wing is light enough to trick your eye into thinking it’s a soft white.
If you use Dove Wing as your only white, and use it on the ceiling, trim, and doors, it will look creamy white.
Here’s an example using Shoji White, which is actually darker than Dove Wing:
If you were to use a true white for trim, the walls would look beige. Dove Wing used as your only white will look very similar to this.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing Home Interior
Before we get into actual photos, you may be wondering how Dove Wing will look in a north facing room. North-facing rooms tend to have cooler lighting, and they will make Dove Wing lean a little more gray than beige.
Test it out to be sure, but if you find Dove Wing looks too gray in your space, consider Sherwin Williams Shoji White as an alternative. (I will compare both in just a minute.)
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing Living Room
First up, let’s head to the home of Bailey (@clarkansaslove) to see how she used Dove Wing in her open plan living room:
I think I read that her trim and cabinetry is Sherwin Williams Pure White, but I cannot for the life of me find it again.
If you are at all familiar with the show Modern Family, you will get major Phil and Claire vibes from this next angle:
Sans the broken step I’m sure!
Alas, our illusion is shattered from this angle:
I am almost seeing a green undertone in Dove Wing here, which is interesting.
(It isn’t something that I’ve seen before, so it could definitely be the camera.)
Moving on to the home of @my_decor_journal, we also see Dove Wing with white trim in a living room:
You can see that the trim here is a lower contrast choice: Valspar Snowed In.
Snowed In has an LRV of 80, so it is between a white and an off-white.
In this same room, the designer chose Benjamin Moore Twilight Zone for a striking accent wall.
You can see here that if it wasn’t for the lighter white of Snowed In, Dove Wing would actually look like a white against the black paint.
In this same home, the interior doors were also painted black:
Like this look?
You will love my post: 39 Spicy Black Interior Doors (How to DIY & Paint Colors to Use!)
In a third living room, this time by Iman Stewart (@imanstewartinc), we see Dove Wing on the walls, with Benjamin Moore Alabaster on the trim, ceiling, and fireplace:
Benjamin Moore’s Alabaster is lighter than the more popular Sherwin Williams Alabaster, so be careful not to confuse the two!
SW Alabaster would have about half of the contrast that this does.
This is the lightest white trim that I have shown, and therefore Dove Wing looks its darkest. It almost doesn’t look like the same color as some other photos!
I have Dove Wing living rooms in spades! Here is one final one, this time by Ivy Lane (@ivylaneshop):
Dove Wing looks light and bright in this living room!
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing Dining Room
Jen from Ivy Lane also used Dove Wing in her dining room, you can see it here behind her bright white kitchen:
This is another space with heaps of natural light.
Dove Wing looks beautiful and soft.
I’ll let you know if she gets back to me, but for the light and bright looks at Ivy Lane, I think she will have used a cool gray-white for her ceiling and trim color with an LRV around 80.
You can see that the contrast between the walls and trim is minimal. For a similar look, try Benjamin Moore Cloud Cover.
In this next dining room, Mary Anne (@magbug) also used Dove Wing on her walls and a second white for her trim and ceiling:
Mary Anne said that she used Just White by Solo for her trim, and after a couple of Google searches I found that Solo is a Sherwin Williams line of paint, so I think the color is SW Pure White.
Now for another dining room, but this time a totally different Dove Wing look!
In the Noble Home (@the.noble.home), we spy Dove Wing as the light wall color, with contrasting Benjamin Moore Wind’s Breath trim.
I love this look!
While Dove Wing has been used as the light paint in this color scheme, you could easily recreate the look using Dove Wing on the trim and a light white like Simply White on the walls.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing Mud Room
Still in the Noble Home, let’s sashay over to the chic-est of mud rooms, where Dove Wing graces the walls.
The dark gray green here is Sherwin Williams Link Gray.
Liking Link Gray? Check out more colors like it here: Ultra Sophisticated Gray Green Paint Colors
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing Office
Back we go to Ivy Lane briefly, to see Dove Wing in the home office.
Dove Wing looks lovely and soft with the natural tones in the rug and chair, but the great outdoors is still the focus in this room!
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing Kitchen Cabinets
Ready to question everything you know about Dove Wing?
Here it is on some kitchen cabinets by Contour Cabinets (@contourcabinets) :
Wait… Are we sure?
Here is a picture with the farmhouse sink, where you can pick up the color a little better:
The white on the ceilings and brick clearly must be an off-white, because Dove Wing looks white white in this kitchen.
To my medium trained eye, I think the ceiling white is a bit more red than Dove Wing. It could be very close to Shoji White, or possibly Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White.
Of course I always seem to come up with these questions when I’m already in the middle of writing the post, so I will update if I hear back about the actual color.
What surprised me the most about the use of Dove Wing, is that even though it is plenty light and very neutral, few people actually use it in their whole house!
Dove Wing isn’t just great in living spaces, it would be a calm backdrop for your bedrooms and bathrooms too.
In my opinion, less popular is always good! I’m a real hipster about wanting different paint colors from everybody else.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing Exterior
Dove Wing would be a great soft white to use on your exterior, particularly if you are painting brick.
Unfortunately I don’t have photos of Dove Wing on an exterior, but here is Shoji White, which is quite similar:
The shutters here are Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black, which is often proclaimed the “blackest black.”
This is how Dove Wing would look on siding:
Dove Wing will be just a tiny bit lighter and more neutral than these exteriors. Outside in bright natural light, it will read its absolute lightest and brightest.
If you want a creamy exterior color to consider, you might really like Sherwin Williams Oyster White:
Oyster White is a darker off white, but still really nice and neutral.
Dove Wing Compared to Other Popular Off-White Paint Colors
Okay, I will keep these comparisons brief so as not to let this post get out of hand!
Here is how Dove Wing compares to many other off white paint colors by both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams, some of which we have already touched on.
If you want to skip the color comparisons, click here.
Please note: Benjamin Moore recently adjusted all of their LRV numbers and they no longer equate to the LRV scale that Sherwin Williams uses.
(An LRV of 82 in Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams used to be the same.)
Use the LRV numbers between brands as a guideline only, and trust your eyes more.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White (SW 7035)
Aesthetic White is just a bit redder and darker than Dove Wing:
The LRV of Aesthetic White is 73.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Benjamin Moore Ballet White aka Muskoka Trail (OC-9)
Ballet White is pretty close to the same hue as Dove Wing, but it is less gray so it appears more yellow.
The LRV of Ballet White (also known as Muskoka Trail) is 73.54.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Balboa Mist (1549/OC-27)
Balboa Mist is one of Benjamin Moore’s most popular neutrals. It is darker than Dove Wing, with an LRV of 65.53.
Balboa Mist is also warmer, and more gray than Dove Wing.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Calm (2111-70 or OC-22)
Calm is almost all the way gray, and not as beige as Dove Wing. It looks a little lighter, but it’s actually a touch darker, with an LRV of 75.83.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs China White aka Seapearl (OC-141 or OC-19, 961, or PM-20)
China White/Seapearl is darker than Dove Wing, with an LRV of 76.43. It is also the tiniest bit more gray.
We already looked at Dove Wing vs Seapearl (aka China White) a little bit, because they are on the same strip, but here is a closeup:
Definitely a subtle difference!
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Classic Gray (1548 or OC-23)
No surprise due to the name, but Classic Gray is a little bit more gray than Dove Wing. It is also technically a little warmer (less yellow) but the extra gray covers for that.
The LRV of Benjamin Moore Classic Gray is 73.67, so it is darker than Dove Wing.
In real life, Classic Gray reads like a warm off-white that is quite similar to Dove Wing.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Cloud Cover (1548)
Cloud Cover is a tiny bit lighter, warmer, and more gray than Dove Wing.
The LRV of Cloud Cover is 80.28.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Cloud White (967)
Cloud White is quite a yellow white, and it is waaay more yellow than Dove Wing. It is also not gray at all, and lighter than Dove Wing, with an LRV of 85.05.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Edgecomb Gray aka Baby Fawn (HC-173)
Edgecomb Gray (also known as Baby Fawn) is darker than Dove Wing, and more beige.
The LRV of Edgecomb Gray is 63.09
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Glacier White (OC-37)
Glacier White is cooler and lighter than Dove Wing:
Glacier White has an LRV of 80.18.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Gray Mist (962 or OC-30)
There is actually a Gray Mist by both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore, but this is the Benjamin Moore version.
Gray Mist is warmer, darker, and less gray than Dove Wing, but all in very small amounts.
The LRV of Benjamin Moore Gray Mist is 72.83
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Sherwin Williams Greek Villa (SW 7551)
Greek Villa is warmer, lighter, and less gray than Dove Wing.
The LRV of Greek Villa is 84.
Greek Villa is a really versatile warm white. To see more, check out my post: Sherwin Williams Greek Villa Review (and Dupes!)
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Intense White aka Sheep’s Wool (857 or OC-51)
Benjamin Moore Intense White and Sheep’s Wool are the same color.
Sheep’s Wool is darker, and much more yellow than Dove Wing. Because it is also a lot more gray, it just looks gray in comparison.
The LRV of Intense White/Sheep’s Wool is 73.36.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Linen White (912 or OC-146 or PM-8)
Linen White is not gray at all, unlike Dove Wing. It looks almost like a creamy peach color.
The LRV of Linen White is 80.94, so it is lighter than Dove Wing.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Navajo White (947 or OC-95)
Navajo White is lighter, more saturated, and a little more red than Dove Wing.
The LRV of Navajo White is 78.26, so it is just a tiny bit lighter than Dove Wing.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Pale Oak aka Athena (OC-20)
Pale Oak is on the same color strip as Dove Wing. It is darker, a bit warmer, and more gray.
The LRV of Pale Oak (also known as Athena) is 69.89.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Sherwin Williams Pure White (SW 7005)
Pure White is quite a gray white, and just has a whiff of warmth. It is lighter than Dove Wing, more gray, and more to the yellow than red.
The LRV of SW Pure White is 84.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Revere Pewter (HC-172)
Revere Pewter is actually pretty similar to Dove Wing, just a lot darker. It is also a touch warmer.
The LRV of Revere Pewter is 55.51.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Sherwin Williams Shoji White (SW 7042)
I have been making the comparison between Shoji White and Dove Wing quite a bit in this post, because they remind me a lot of each other.
Shoji White is darker than Dove Wing, with an LRV of 74, and it is also more red.
The major difference between Shoji White and Dove Wing, is that Dove Wing could safely be considered a greige, and Shoji White is a creamy off-white thanks to that extra warmth.
You can read more about one of my favorite off-whites here! : Sherwin Williams Shoji White Review and Alternatives (It’s not greige!)
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Sherwin Williams Silver Strand (SW 7057)
Silver Strand is really gray! It is actually a green-based gray, so not like Dove Wing at all. The only reason I am showing the comparison is because these two are often considered at the same time.
The LRV of Silver Strand is 59.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Simply White (OC-117 or 2143-70)
Simply White is a really light and bright yellow-based white. It is lighter and more yellow than Dove Wing, and not gray at all.
The LRV of Simply White is waaaay up there at 91.7.
See more from this color: Simply White: A Benjamin Moore Classic (Plus Alternatives!)
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Soft Chamois (969 or OC-13)
Soft Chamois and Dove Wing are very similar colors.
Soft Chamois is a little bit lighter than Dove Wing (LRV 78.94), a touch more yellow, and the tiniest bit less gray.
Could you spot the difference on the wall? I’m not sure.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Swiss Coffee (OC-45)
This is the Benjamin Moore version of Swiss Coffee, not to be confused with the many other Swiss Coffee paint colors out there!
Swiss Coffee is less gray, lighter, and more yellow than Dove Wing.
The LRV of Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee is 81.91.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs White Dove (OC-17)
White Dove is on the same color strip as Dove Wing. It is lighter (LRV of 85.38) and a bit cooler.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs White Down (OC-131)
White Down is not gray like Dove Wing. Other than that, it is a similar hue and has a similar LRV (76.7).
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Benjamin Moore White Sand (964 or OC-10) aka Behr Sentimental Beige (YL-W13)
Benjamin Moore White Sand is actually the same hex code as Behr Sentimental Beige.
These colors are clearly a lot darker and more beige than Dove Wing.
The LRV of White Sand/Sentimental Beige is 66.95.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Wind’s Breath (OC-24 or 981)
We saw the difference between Dove Wing and Wind’s Breath earlier when they were used together in a glamorous dining room.
Wind’s Breath is like a darker version of Dove Wing, with an LRV of 69.59.
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing vs Sherwin Williams Alabaster (SW 7008)
Here we are comparing Dove Wing with the Sherwin Williams version of Alabaster, because it is more popular than the Benjamin Moore color of the same name.
Alabaster is lighter and creamier than Dove Wing. It really does not read gray at all.
The LRV of SW Alabaster is 82.
Dove Wing Dupes
I was able to find a solid dupe for Dove Wing from every major brand.
Let’s take a look:
Benjamin Moore Dove Wing Equivalent
The Sherwin Williams version of Dove Wing is their color Gray Mist.
Sherwin Williams Gray Mist (SW 9625)
Remember how we compared Dove Wing to Benjamin Moore’s color named Gray Mist?
Well this is the Sherwin Williams color of the same name, but it is actually a close match to Dove Wing.
You can see that Gray Mist is just a tiny bit darker than Dove Wing. It is also a little bit more gray.
Valspar (Lowe’s) Equivalent to Dove Wing
Want to buy a Dove Wing dupe at Lowe’s? Pick up a can of Valspar Quail Egg.
Valspar Quail Egg (7002-12)
Quail Egg is a great Valspar color match to Benjamin Moore Dove Wing.
Can you spot the difference?
According to the color codes, Quail Egg is a little warmer and less gray than Dove Wing, but the difference is pretty hard to suss out.
Dove Wing Behr Equivalent (Home Depot)
The Behr (Home Depot) version of Dove Wing, is Weathered White.
Behr Weathered White (HDC-NT-21)
Weathered White is the tiniest bit more saturated (less gray) than Dove Wing, but I really can’t see the difference.
Of all the dupes, this one is the closest!
Dove Wing Final Moody Musings
Wow! This post was a big one. I hope it gave you a great idea of how Dove Wing could look in your home. Let’s recap:
- Dove Wing is pretty greige, but most often still looks warm
- Painting a brick exterior? This color should definitely be in the running!
- If you use Dove Wing as your only white and lightest paint color, you can make it look like a cozy white (not beige or greige) in your space
Not the one? Or maybe you just want options! Never fear, I have you covered:
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