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Benjamin Moore October Mist: All About the Hottest New Neutral for 2022

    October Mist is coming at the perfect time for all of us insatiable home decorators. I personally still love a good gray, but I am also loving this move into subtle green-hued neutrals.

    I think this is a great way to start fresh in 2022!

    Large color swatch of Benjamin Moore's Color of the year for 2022 October mist

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    What Color is October Mist by Benjamin Moore?

    October Mist is Benjamin Moore’s “Color of the Year for 2022.” This subtle sage color is a versatile shade for your whole home, not just for accents here and there!

    This is what Benjamin Moore says about their new color CC-550 (October Mist):

    This gently shaded sage quietly anchors a space, while encouraging individual expression through colour.

    Allow me to read into that description a little. “Quietly anchors a space” implies to me that this is meant to be a darker neutral. That’s not a description that would be used for light and bright colors.

    “Encouraging individual expression through color” tells me that this is intended to be a color that plays well with many other bolder colors. That holds true, as you will see in a moment! October Mist does work really well with a lot of other shades.

    The color October Mist on a bathroom wall above a white counter and sink. A wood mirror hangs on the wall.

    October Mist LRV

    The LRV of October Mist is 46.33

    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.

    It surprised me that October Mist is that dark, to be honest. Any color with an LRV under 50 will absorb more light than it reflects. I was expecting it to be in the 50 – 60 range.

    What Are the Undertones of Benjamin Moore October Mist?

    October Mist is a green color with yellow undertones. The RGB is 71.76% red, 72.55% green and 65.1% blue. This is a very balanced color.

    Is October Mist Warm or Cool?

    In my opinion October Mist is a true neutral. I have seen pictures of it against pure white accessories and I think it looks cool toned. Then I see it playing off of cream and yellow and I think it looks warm.

    On the color wheel it is ever so slightly into the warm tones.

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    Is October Mist Green or Beige?

    October Mist is green, but it can easily translate as beige depending on the lighting and other factors. If you really hate beige, you may want a cooler shade of green.

    Colors That Go With Benjamin Moore October Mist

    October mist color Palette of 6 colors that go well with the sagey green. Top 3 are Healing Aloe, Hale Navy, and Chantilly Lace. Second row is cavern clay,  white dove, venetian portico.

    Putting this palette together was the best part of this whole article!

    I kept this palette crisp by using bright whites and non-traditional neutrals. If you like yellows, creams, and very warm neutrals, that could work well with October Mist too.

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    October Mist With Healing Aloe

    I decided to try October Mist with Healing Aloe, first of all because I love Healing Aloe, but secondly because they are very similar colors.

    Two paint spots, one for healing aloe- a pale sage color, and October Mist - a darker sage color

    I think that they look great together! If you wanted to go monochromatic with your house, pairing these two would be a great option.

    October Mist With Hale Navy

    I actually tried October Mist with Hale Navy on a whim. People always swear that Hale Navy goes with everything, which is an easy claim to make when we’re talking about whites, grays, and beige, but what about a green neutral?

    Side by side circles of color: October Mist - a sage green, and Hale Navy a dark Grey-Blue

    It’s official: Hale Navy goes with everything!

    I love how it looks with October Mist, which is great news if your house is full of Hale Navy but you want to update your neutrals.

    (If you’re trying to choose a navy, you might also like the subtle charcoal navy-ness of Sherwin Williams Cyberspace.)

    October Mist With Chantilly Lace

    Chantilly Lace is another treasured favorite from Benjamin Moore. Not just for me, for a whole lot of people!

    I remember when I chose Chantilly Lace for my own house that it was very neutral, but technically a green shade of white. That made me think that it would work great with October Mist, and I think it does.

    Side by side circles of color: October Mist - a sage green, and Chantilly Lace a pale almost white color

    If you want to try the color of the year with a true white, try October Mist with Chantilly Lace.

    October Mist With Cavern Clay

    Across the colour wheel from sage greens are the warm clay tones of red and orange. I happen to love a good terracotta, but it’s hard to get right.

    October mist on the wall in a living room behind a rattan table with two matching chairs and neutral colored rug and accessories

    Sherwin Williams Cavern Clay is a rich, warm, earthy color without being too bright. Maybe because it’s a natural color, Cavern Clay could be obnoxious but it reads very neutral.

    Among Benjamin Moore’s other colors of the year was Wild Flower, which is another earthy red color. I feel like Wild Flower is just a little too pink, so that’s why I went with Cavern Clay.

    Side by side circles of color: October Mist - a sage green, and Cavern Clay, a rich terracotta color

    I love the sage green of October Mist paired with Cavern Clay, it’s bold, but it’s just… *chef’s kiss*.

    October Mist With Venetian Portico

    This is the only other color of the year by Benjamin Moore that I decided to include in my October Mist palette is Venetian Portico.

    Side by side circles of color: October Mist - a sage green, and Venetian Portico a light clay color.

    I am really digging this color! I will probably be trying to slide it in all over the place. It’s funny that I said I don’t like tan or beige, and yet Venetian Portico could easily be viewed that way.

    To me the color is a rich blush color, just slightly more neutral, which is why I would dare to put it on my walls.

    Hear me out, October Mist with Venetian Portico and Hale Navy. That sounds like a winning combo to me!

    Side by side circles of color: October Mist - a sage green, Venetian Portico - a light clay color, and Hale Navy - a very dark gray-blue.
    Side by side circles of color: October Mist - a sage green, Cavern Clay - a rich terracotta color, and Hale navy - a dark gray blue.

    October Mist With White Dove

    Another forever favorite from Benjamin Moore, across the Pinterest-o-sphere and beyond: White Dove.

    I chose White Dove because I wanted another white option for October Mist. I still find the color a bit dark for me personally, so I think I would want to add white here and there.

    Side by side circles of color: October Mist - a sage green, and white dove, a warm off-white

    White Dove is a pink/red white, and that’s why I thought it would pair great with the greenish-gray across the color wheel.

    I would be hard pressed to choose between Chantilly Lace and White Dove. I think both would look incredible with October Mist or any other sage green color.

    If you are more interested in a creamy white, take a look at Sherwin Williams White Flour, or SW Whitetail.

    Now let’s compare October Mist to some other popular sage colors!

    There are a LOT of great greens, so while I have several in this article, I cover even more in my Ultra Sophisticated Gray-Green Paint Colors post.

    October Mist vs. Sea Salt

    Let’s check out October Mist against some other popular colors!

    First up is Sherwin Williams Sea Salt:

    Color swatches of Benjamin moore October Mist vs Sherwin Williams sea salt. Two sage greens, sea salt is slightly lighter and cooler toned than october mist

    A quick side-by-side shows that Sherwin Williams Sea Salt is lighter and cooler-toned than October Mist.

    As far as sage colors go, I would say that Sea Salt is more of a true sage color, as it leans into blue a bit more than October Mist.

    Sea Salt is more of a grey-green, where October Mist is neutral-green bordering on tan or beige.

    Read my whole post about Sherwin Williams Sea Salt

    October Mist Vs. Benjamin Moore Sea Salt

    I was today years old when I discovered that Benjamin Moore also makes a color named “Sea Salt.”

    I thought it would be fun to compare this to October mist too.

    Benjamin Moore October mist vs benjamin moore sea salt. Sea Salt is a neutral tan color.

    Clearly the Benjamin Moore version of Sea Salt isn’t in the sage family at all. It’s actually a pretty nice neutral!

    I really wonder why it’s named Sea Salt though, because a neutral beige is not what I think of when I hear the term, whether Sherwin Williams Sea Salt existed or not.

    October Mist vs. Revere Pewter

    If you have spent any time painting or renovating in the last few years, you’ve heard of Revere Pewter. Maybe you’ve even tried it on your walls.

    Let’s compare Benjamin Moore’s color of the year against possibly the neutral color of the decade:

    Benjamin Moore Neutrals comparison of October Mist, a neutral sage green above a color swatch of Revere Pewter, a warm gray.

    Against Revere Pewter, October Mist looks significantly more green than it does against some other colors. Revere Pewter is decidedly more brown toned, and looks warm in comparison.

    These two colors actually go well with each other (in my opinion), so if you are considering repainting your existing Revere Pewter, you could do that without needing to repaint your whole house.

    October Mist is a more updated color, since green neutrals are getting hot this year, but it’s hard to imagine it aging as well as Revere Pewter has.

    October Mist vs. Evergreen Fog

    It’s the battle of the “Color of the Year” from Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore.

    I don’t know if this has happened before, but I was surprised to see how similar the colors are that they each chose:

    Swatches of benjamin moore color of the year for 2022 vs sherwin williams color of the year. Both are sage greens. Benjamin Moore's October mist is a lighter more green shade vs sherwin williams darker and more gray.

    That’s right, Sherwin Williams also chose a gray-green sage color to represent 2022. I feel like Evergreen Fog is Sea Salt’s sophisticated big sister. It’s darker and richer than Sea Salt, but still more cool-toned than October Mist.

    For me personally, the big difference is that I would not paint my whole house in Evergreen Fog. It is just that little bit too dark. I would use it in areas with good natural light, in small rooms, or on an accent wall, but in the dark days of winter I think Evergreen Fog would be too much.

    If we’re talking about tone, I might prefer Evergreen Fog ever so slightly over October Mist, because I do like cool tones. If you LOVE evergreen fog, you could always ask them to mix it at 2/3 strength to make it a bit lighter.

    October Mist vs. Camouflage

    October Mist and Camouflage aren’t especially similar, but if you are looking for a neutral that isn’t gray, either of these might work for you.

    Two color swatches. October Mist vs camouflage, where October mist is a sage green and camouflage is more of a khaki-tan color.

    Camouflage is definitely warm where October Mist is pretty neutral. They are about the same level of lightness.

    October Mist next to Camouflage truly reminds me of camouflage. Both are shades that you could find in Khaki.

    October Mist vs. Saybrook Sage

    Another Benjamin Moore vs. Benjamin Moore battle is October Mist against Saybrook Sage.

    This one might surprise you!

    Sage Greens from Benjamin Moore - October Mist vs Saybrook sage. Almost identical colors but Saybrook is slightly greener.

    I took a quick look and Saybrook Sage is a Benjamin Moore Color from their Historical Collection, which was inspired by America’s Historical Landmarks. What does that mean? This color has been out since 1976!

    Saybrook Sage is so similar to October Mist that if you like one it may be hard to choose between them. Saybrook sage is more green where October Mist is slightly more yellow.

    If Saybrook Sage is your lawn turning brown in the fall, October Mist is one day later.

    October Mist vs. Oyster Bay

    Our last color vs color battle for now is October Mist vs. Oyster Bay by Sherwin Williams.

    A comparison of two paint drops. One is October mist and the other is Oyster bay by Sherwin Williams. Oyster bay is slightly more of a blue sage color vs October mist.

    Oyster Bay is definitely more gray than October Mist. Besides that, it is probably the closest Sherwin Williams color that we’ve compared.

    I really like Oyster Bay. The grayness does make it seem a bit darker than October Mist perhaps, but it is very similar.

    Either of these would be a good sage color for your home.

    Comparing Gray Green Colors

    Here is a chart of all the gray-green sage colors that we have compared, plus one more!

    6 Shades of sage colors or green-grays. Top 3 spots are October mist, Healing Aloe, Sea Salt, Saybrook Sage, Oyster Bay, and Evergreen Fog

    Healing Aloe is a much lighter color than all of the other ones that we have looked at, but I wanted to include it because it is such a great color!

    If you are considering October Mist, but are worried it is too dark for your whole home, Healing Aloe would be a great choice. Side by side you can see that they read very similar in tone. Healing Aloe is ever so slightly more green, in addition to being lighter and a little less saturated.

    Hex code chart for October Mist - shows the color on a yellow-green color chart
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    Hex code chart for Healing Aloe - shows the color on a yellow-green color chart

    Similar Colors to October Mist

    Looking for a color like October Mist, but haven’t quite found the perfect one yet?

    Fear not! I have collected similar colors that we haven’t talked about yet!

    A paint spot of October Mist above six smaller dots of similar shaded neutral grey, green, and browns.

    Grecian Green

    Grecian Green is another color that is very similar to October Mist. It is a little bit greener and lighter.

    Winterwood

    Winterwood is part of Benjamin Moore’s Classic Colors collection, and I can see why. Winterwood is the definition of neutral. It’s not exactly gray or beige. It is in the yellow color family on the hex chart, so it’s a warmer neutral.

    Mountain Air

    Mountain Air is another chameleon color. Here it looks quite tan against the greens and grays, but paired with warmer tones it definitely looks neutral. Mountain Air is very similar to Revere Pewter.

    If you are looking for something warmer than gray, but not green, Mountain Air could be for you!

    Dry Sage

    Dry Sage is darker and more saturated in the yellow-greens than other colors that we have looked at. If you are looking for a warmer green neutral, Dry Sage might be the one.

    A living room wall in October Haze behind a retro modern couch beside a trailing plant on a stool and a pink picture on the wall.
    October Mist

    Fieldstone

    Ah Fieldstone. Maybe because I’m getting older I’ve gotten set in my ways, but it’s so hard to pry grays out of my hands!

    Fieldstone is slightly darker than my all time favorite gray: Morning Rain. Other than that it’s very similar, therefore I can’t be objective, and we must move on.

    Sea Haze

    Sea Haze would be perfect if you like October Mist but aren’t sure if it’s a little too green and a hair too warm.

    Sea Haze still reads “sage” very much, but without even a hint of olive or khaki. Not going to lie, I’m selling myself on Sea Haze.

    October Mist Final Moody Musings

    I hope you found this article helpful! October Mist is a versatile not-too-dark sage green that you could use in your whole home.

    It is warmer than a blue-gray sage color and works well in modern farmhouse color schemes with creamy whites.

    Fear not, if you haven’t found your perfect paint! Here are some more posts to help you find “the one.”

    Graphic of 9 paint dots over a background of a dark green room with a green velvet chair, plants, and a rose gold coffee table. Paint colors from top left to bottom right are: October mist, avocado whip, carolina gull, palace green, oak moss, peale green, ocean tropic, vintage vogue, roycroft bottle green.
    Graphic of 9 green circles reads "Dark Green Paint Colors" From top left to bottom right colors are: vogue green, vine leaf, vintage vogue, tarrytown green, black evergreen, ripe olive, cascades, greenblack, and salamander. Background photo is a dark green bedroom with an iron bed frame and terracotta colored bedding.
    A collection of gray green paint colors as will be discussed in article