Silver Drop is a whisper of neutral gray beige for your walls. It can look cool and silver, or it can look like the subtle tone of beach sand.
Today we will look at this shade in real homes, dream over a color palette, and of course, find some dupes!
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What Color is Behr Silver Drop (790C-2)
Silver Drop is almost the perfect neutral wall color if you are a little non-committal. It can look silvery or beige, but it looks good with most other colors, and it will keep your guests and IG followers guessing!
LRV, RBG, and Hex of Behr Silver Drop
The LRV of Silver Drop is 70.
What does that mean?
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.
Off whites typically have an LRV between 72 and 82. At 70, Silver Drop is just barely darker than an off-white.
Hex Code: #DDDACF
The RGB of Silver Drop is: Red 221, Green 218, and Blue 207
What Are the Undertones of Silver Drop
Silver Drop is a very light shade of greige that can have silvery blue undertones. It’s an interesting one for sure, but if you like a shape-shifting soft gray, this one is for you!
Is Silver Drop Warm or Cool
Silver Drop can be either warm or cool in appearance.
Technically, Silver Drop is a warm color because it’s in the yellow color family. It is quite gray however, which makes it really neutral.
Like the darker version, Dolphin Fin, it has a maddening way of looking a little blue sometimes (aka cool). This is why I would not rely on Silver Drop being either warm or cool.
You can use it like a neutral, but I wouldn’t choose it if you HATE either beige or cool gray.
The Silver Drop Color Strip
Here is a look at where Silver Drop fits on the Behr color strip:
All of the colors on this strip are really nice neutrals:
- Irish Mist 790C-1
- Silver Drop 790C-2
- Dolphin Fin 790C-3
- Granite Boulder 790D-4
- Squirrel 790D-5
- Dusty Mountain 790D-6
- Black Bean 790D-7
Lighter Version of Silver Drop
Irish Mist is one shade lighter than Silver Drop on the same strip. Irish Mist has an LRV of 78, so it is a lighter off-white, but still not quite a white.
Darker Version of Silver Drop
The ever popular shade Dolphin Fin is one shade darker than Silver Bullet on the same color strip.
Oftentimes the shades up and down from each other won’t act the exact same, but I find that Silver Drop and Dolphin Fin do. Both can range in appearance from greige to gray with blue undertones.
Behr Silver Drop Color Palette
Let’s take a look at Silver Drop in a beach-chic color palette:
I decided to play up the warmer side of Silver Drop by pairing it with colors that are cool.
Coordinating Colors for Behr Silver Drop
Breezeway is the former Behr Color of the Year for 2022. As such it should continue to climb in popularity over the next few years.
Breezeway is a sea glass inspired shade that should keep Silver Drop looking warmer, but will also complement it when it looks cooler.
As you now know, Dolphin Fin is on the same color strip as Silver Drop. These colors work well together when you are painting your whole house and want a subtle shift in color.
Bakery Box is a bright cool white that will keep Silver Drop looking it’s warmest.
Midnight Blue is a deep navy that looks great with Silver Drop. This would be a great choice for a darker complementary color.
Complementary Color for Silver Drop
Grays can be tricky to find complementary colors for, because often they look different in real life than on paper. For Silver Drop the color directly across the wheel is a light gray blue.
Behr Moonlit Snow (MQ3-61)
Moonlit Snow is the closest I could get to the “official” complementary color for Silver Drop (based on the wheel), but you could really choose any gray blue.
Midnight Blue also works!
What Trim Colors Go With Behr Silver Drop?
Choosing the right trim color for Silver Drop is going to be very important for getting the look you want.
If you like Silver Drop when it looks warmer and more beige, you should choose a cool white like Bakery Box.
Warmer whites like Swiss Coffee and Sherwin Williams Alabaster are more likely to emphasize the blue undertones of Silver Drop. They are also darker whites, so you will get a lower contrast look.
For a compromise try a brighter warm white like Benjamin Moore Simply White, or the crisp neutral-ness of Behr Ultra Pure White.
Wood trim is much more likely to show off the blue undertones in Silver Drop. If you want a warm off-white for your walls while keeping the wood trim, try Sherwin Williams Shoji White instead.
Behr Silver Drop Home for Your Home’s Interior
First things first, if you have Silver Drop in a north facing room, it is more likely to look silver. To see all the faces of Silver Drop, just keep scrolling!
Behr Silver Drop in a Living Room
Let’s head to Bethany’s house (@wildflowers.and.dixie) for a really helpful look at Silver Drop:
In this first photo you can see Silver Drop looking like a warm gray in Bethany’s dining room turned sitting room.
This next photo is how you can expect Silver Drop to look most often.
Here’s one more as a nice neutral gray:
I love that last photo because you can see all the different looks in one spot if you really pay attention. Around the window on the right side of the photo looks the most beige. In the daylight on the other wall, you can see Silver Drop looks a little blue-ish under the decorative window.
Here are two more where Silver Drop looks subtley different, thanks to different curtains:
With the bright white curtains, Silver Drop looks ever so slightly warmer than it does with these beige drapes:
All in all, I would say that Silver Drop looks pretty predictable in Bethany’s house. She describes Silver Drop as her “FAVORITE shade of light gray, without any crazy undertones.”
Next we’re heading to a living room by Heather of Creekside Designs (@creekside.designs)
You can see that Silver Drop very much looks silvery gray in this photo, and not warm at all.
It also looks pretty silver in this front entrance by Jenna of Lantern Lane Designs (@lanternlanedesigns):
We love a before and after, so here’s a little peak at what Jenna was working with:
Now that’s a dark space!
Not to take credit away from Silver Drop, but I do think that the new door was the biggest hero in this makeover.
Here is one more Silver Drop design by Lantern Lane:
Finally in a little #shelfie moment, we have this room by Nikki (@nikki_carrygrace):
She used Behr Silver Drop on the walls and Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze inside the shelves.
Behr Silver Drop on Kitchen Cabinets
I was not able to find Silver Drop on cabinets, but I hate to leave you hanging, so I did my best to create a good example.
I’m no mathematician, but the only major difference between Silver Drop and Benjamin Moore Dove Wing, is that Silver Drop is approx 10% darker.
I darkened these Dove Wing cabinets by 10% so you can have a decent idea oh how Silver Drop will look:
Behr Silver Drop on an Exterior
Similar to the cabinet situation, I used the lighter and cooler Sherwin Williams Ethereal White to illustrate Silver Drop on an exterior.
I made this brick home just a little darker and warmer.
I didn’t edit the back of this one, so just picture it a touch darker. It’s already in the sun so it looks a bit warmer.
Silver Drop Compared to Other Gray and Greige Paint Colors
Gray, beige, and off-whites are a murky world indeed! Let’s see how Silver Drop compares to other gray paint colors you may be considering.
Click here to skip straight to the dupes!
Behr Silver Drop vs Behr Campfire Ash (N320-1)
Campfire Ash is just the tiniest bit warmer than Silver Drop. Think a little more beige and a tiny bit less silver, but still very much gray.
Behr Silver Drop vs Behr Chic Gray (PPU26-10)
Chic Gray is a little bit darker than Silver Drop. It’s also a littler warmer and more gray. It’s closer to what I would call a taupey gray.
Behr Silver Drop vs Behr Classic Silver (PPU18-11)
Classic Silver is darker, cooler, and more gray than Silver Drop.
Behr Silver Drop vs Behr Close Knit (T17-01)
Close Knit is a green based gray vs Silver Drop’s warm gray.
Behr Silver Drop vs Behr Dolphin Fin (790C-3)
As you know, Dolphin Fin is one shade darker than Silver Drop on the same color strip.
Behr Silver Drop vs Behr Mineral (UL170-15)
Mineral is a little bit warmer and darker than Silver Drop.
Behr Silver Drop vs Behr Seagull Gray (N360-1)
Seagull Gray is a tiny bit darker than Silver Drop, in addition to being cooler and more gray.
Behr Silver Drop vs Behr Silver Ash (GR-W11)
Silver Ash is just a tiny bit cooler than Silver Drop.
Behr Silver Drop vs Behr Silver Bullet (N250-2)
Silver Bullet is darker and much cooler than Silver Drop.
You can read my full review of Silver Bullet here, but the quick version is that Silver Bullet most often looks quite blue on the wall.
Behr Silver Drop vs Behr Silver City (MQ2-59)
Silver City is another green-based gray, so it is much cooler than Silver Drop. It is also darker.
Behr Silver Drop vs Behr Silver Feather (BWC-29)
Silver Feather is cooler than Silver Drop, and a little more gray. You can see that in comparison it looks very green.
Behr Silver Drop vs Behr Silver Polish (BL-W13)
Silver Polish is cooler, lighter, and a bit more gray than Silver Drop.
Behr Silver Drop vs Behr White Metal (N520-1)
White Metal is the lighter version of Silver Bullet. Compared to Silver Drop it is much more blue.
Behr Silver Drop vs Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray
Agreeable Gray is darker and warmer than Silver Drop. Agreeable Gray typically always looks greige and almost never looks cool.
Behr Silver Drop vs Sherwin Williams Repose Gray
Repose Gray is a very close match to Behr Dolphin Fin. It is darker than Silver Drop and is a more taupey gray.
Behr Silver Drop vs Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist
Silver Drop could almost be a dupe for Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist!
Balboa Mist is just a tiny bit warmer.
Behr Silver Drop vs Benjamin Moore Classic Gray
Benjamin Moore Classic Gray is a little bit lighter than Silver Drop, and a tiny bit warmer. Classic Gray looks closer to a creamy off-white more often than it looks gray.
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Dupes for Behr Silver Drop
Now that we’ve seen all of the colors that are not the same as Silver Drop, let’s take a look at some dupes from other brands!
Before we dive right in, I just wanted to say that the Pratt & Lambert shade Brevity, supposedly has the exact same hex value as Silver Drop. I’ve included it in the dupes, but there would be no point making a graphic since the color code is literally the exact same.
I don’t know what it is about Silver Drop, but we brought the fire with dupes today! Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and Valspar all have amazing alternatives to this Behr color.
Benjamin Moore Silver Drop Equivalent
The closest color match that Benjamin Moore offers for Silver Drop, is the color Light Pewter.
Benjamin Moore Light Pewter (1464)
Light Pewter is just a hair darker and grayer than Silver Drop. If you were to paint one on each wall, I don’t think anyone would know the difference. It would be hard to put your finger on it even if you did know!
Silver Drop Sherwin Williams Equivalent
Heading on over to Sherwin Williams, the closest color match that they carry is the fan favorite shade Drift of Mist.
I guess you could more accurately say that Silver Drop is a dupe for Drift of Mist.
Drift of Mist (SW 9166)
Drift of Mist is a tiny bit warmer than Silver Drop, but it makes up for that by also being slightly more gray. The result is another near perfect dupe!
Valspar (Lowe’s) Equivalent to Silver Drop
Prefer to pick your paint up at Lowe’s? The best Valspar dupe for Silver Drop is the color Slush.
Valspar Slush (8005-2A)
Slush is a color match for Silver Drop in pretty much the same way that Drift of Mist is. It is technically warmer, but the extra gray cools it down slightly. It’s pretty hard to spot the difference.
Let’s take another look at these colors all together:
Silver Drop Pros & Cons
That about sums it up for Silver Drop. Let’s quickly review pros and cons:
- Can be used as a neutral
- Generally pretty predictable in appearance, sitting somewhere between greige and silver, but not swinging wildly
- It has an unusual LRV value. Most neutrals are darker, and off-whites are a bit lighter. This color could be a perfect middle ground!
- Unexpected but thoughtful choice for exteriors or cabinets
- Not predictably cool or warm
- Can be tricky to choose the right white for trim
- Could be lighter than you expect, particularly on exteriors
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