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!
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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.
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.
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
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.
Don’t Forget Your Supplies!
This little brush might look funny, but it’s my absolute ride or die!
Rollers like these hold the most paint and make the job faster. Get a metal roller cage for easy on and off.
DryDex is the fastest (and funnest!) way to make chips and dents disappear. (Make sure you get a small spackling tool that actually fits in the container, and a sanding sponge.)
This tool will save your back and limit time on a ladder.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Grecian Green is another color that is very similar to October Mist. It is a little bit greener and lighter.
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 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 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.
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 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.”