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Is Benjamin Moore Ballet White OC-9 The Perfect Neutral Paint Color?

Could Benjamin Moore Ballet White OC-9 be the perfect neutral paint color? Keep reading to find out what I think of this soft creamy beige shade.


First, let me start by saying that I don't think there is a paint color that will be universally perfect in every home. There are just too many variables! From lighting, to flooring, architectural elements and personal preference, each home will dictate it's own color scheme. HOWEVER, Benjamin Moore Ballet White comes pretty close to being an all-round perfect shade.


With an LRV (Light Reflective Value) just shy of 72, it has just enough color not to feel washed out but is still be considered an off white. It has creamy undertones but won't feel yellow and a hint of gray.


Benjamin Moore Ballet White OC-9
Benjamin Moore Ballet White OC-9


In south facing rooms or rooms with a lot natural light, Ballet White will appear more of a cream but that hint of gray will keep it from looking too yellow. In north facing rooms, you will notice more of the gray but the creaminess helps Ballet White from feeling gloomy or dingy. Often the challenge with "greige" paint colors is that they can flash slightly blush but Ballet White manages to stay warm without pink undertones.



Think neutral = boring? Remember that a neutral wall paint color like Ballet White is the perfect background for fabrics, furniture and accessories. Balance with cool tones of moody greens, teals and blues for pops of color in rugs, furniture, or window treatments. Pair with mid-tone and dark woods like maple, walnut, or mahogany.


I love how in this space by Lindsay Mills, both the walls and doors are painted in Ballet White for a visually calming home office.

Because Ballet White is so versatile, you can have a lot of fun with colors in adjacent spaces like this moody blue living room from Clean Design Partners.

For woodwork, trim and doors pair Ballet White with other soft whites like Benjamin Moore White Dove or Steam. If you're looking for more contrast, Simply White (slightly creamy) or Chantilly Lace (crisp bright white) are also good alternatives.


Can Ballet White be used on cabinets? Absolutely! If you're looking for that modern farmhouse/cottage feel, it can be a beautiful tone to try in the kitchen for a warm and inviting space.

Kitchen Cabinets In Benjamin Moore Ballet White
Kitchen Cabinets In Benjamin Moore Ballet White

Want to see if Ballet White will work in your space? The best way to find the right color for you home is to try a sample before making a commitment. Remember that lighting has a huge effect on how we see color. You can purchase a tester pot and paint the wall or order a peel-and-stick sample from Samplize. They are made with two coats of real paint for accuracy and won't damage your walls.



Do you have a home painting project coming up? Pick up a digital copy of my Inside The Paint Can E-Guide. It has over 20 pages of tips and tricks right from the paint shop - all for less than a morning cup of coffee.





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