Greiges are a blend of gray and beiges – some are a little cool and some are a little warm.
They’re big-time chameleons depending on lighting and other factors, which is why they’re not very easy to deal with!
And especially in the case of Benjamin Moore Pashmina, one of their most popular bold and deep greiges.
You see – the challenges are endless but so are the rewards!
And that’s why we’re here to discuss this greige paint color that would otherwise be intimidating if you’re planning to use it in your home.
BM Pashmina is a very warm greige paint color that leans towards the BM beige category.
That said, since it has a tinge of gray in it, I’ve actually included it in my complete BM greige paint guide.
However, it doesn’t look beige at all!
Yes, it can be slightly tricky since it also reflects a tinge of green in various atmospheric conditions.
But don’t worry – this color review will help you learn everything you need to know about the Pashmina paint color.
It’s dark and bold but at the same time, can feel organic and natural when paired with the best complementary colors.
So, are you excited to see what this color has to offer?
Well, let’s begin with the various important color details and specifications.
Benjamin Moore Pashmina AF-100 Details and Specifications
Color theory and specifications are quite distinctive from color to color and category to category.
After all, there is something that differentiates this particular warm greige from the other beiges, tans, and warm grays, right?
So, when choosing a paint color – you must understand the underlying theories and facts that are related to each one of them.
And that will truly help you understand what that specific color is composed of.
Let’s take a look at the Light Reflectance Values or the LRVs that determine how light or dark the paint color is.
Here, in this case, the LRV of Benjamin Moore Pashmina is 44.2.
And that means it falls on the medium end of the scale – and somehow falls on the darker side.
(Remember, the greater the value, the lighter the paint – on a scale of 0-100)
One GREAT way to test a paint color to see what it’ll do in your own home, is to order a sample from Samplize. You can pick one up for Pashmina!
Secondly, other important associated terms are the RGB and the HEX Values.
Red = 188
Green = 178
Blue = 162
HEX Value = #BCB2A2
Since we have discussed the technical and scientific information, let’s get started with the practical aspects of this greige Benjamin Moore paint.
How Does This Color Feel in a Space?
This sophisticated neutral has a blend of gray and beige that can easily enlighten any room.
As mentioned, this color is bound to feel extra warm and cozy, comfortable and calm when used in a space.
At the same time, since this color isn’t too light – it can definitely add depth, drama, and character to any space.
Yes, making it feel bolder and heavier.
So, if you’re dealing with an awkwardly-sized, larger living or bedroom – painting all the walls in this color can help create a sense of cohesiveness.
Undoubtedly, this color will make your space feel warm, cozy, weighted down, and also smaller, confined, and restricted at the same time.
Since it has a medium reflectivity with warm undertones – it is bound to pull your walls closer for a warmer experience.
How Does Light Affect the Color?
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Light has the potential to alter the undertones and appearances of this paint color.
In the north-facing room, you might observe this color aligning more towards the gray base.
On the other hand, in the south and west-facing rooms, this color has a clear indication of a warm beige!
With Pashmina, I highly recommend allowing ample natural light to enter the room – else, this color is bound to appear dark and dingy.
In a smaller room, this color will definitely weigh down the space!
Similarly, in a room filled with ample natural light, allow this color to flaunt an airier and lighter experience.
Even though it’s a great color to be used in colder regions – you still must beware of its use in south-facing rooms as it can be quite overwhelming, sometimes.
Other than that, you always have the opportunity to play with artificial lighting! (I recommend a neutral saturation tone here).
Remember to use white light for task focal activities!
Like I said, the best way to see this color in action before you paint is to buy some paint samples you can easily stick on your wall. It’ll definitely give you some clarity if you’re unsure!
What are the Best Coordinating Colors?
It is important that you pair Benjamin Moore Pashmina with likewise cool-toned hues to have a cohesive and well-balanced feel!
And that is why you have to be careful when choosing complementary color schemes!
So, analyze this color scheme and the whole idea of pairing colors!
You can best pair this greige hue with true whites (in the case of trims etc), blues, greens, creamy whites, sky blues, and ample lighter grays.
You can also incorporate any of the metallic tints as accents here – like brushed nickel, satin gold, or antique chrome!
Furthermore, you can either choose from a monochromatic or a contrasting color palette – depending upon the interior design style and your preference.
So, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a monochromatic palette!
- AF-110 Coriander Seed
- AF-115 Lodge
- AF-120 Tamarind
On the other hand, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a contrasting color palette!
- HC-152 Whipple Blue
- OC-17 White Dove – see my full review!
- CC-790 Polar Sky
For your ceilings, trims, and moldings – you can use BM Chantilly Lace as it is a true white paint and will further protrude the original adjacent hue.
BM Pashmina Vs Similar Colors
Looking for similar colors can be equally challenging!
There might be a slight alteration in the undertones or the reflectivity.
Well, in either of the cases, let me tell you – it’s difficult to find something exactly the same.
So, here are the two colors closely related to Pashmina: CSP-225 Gallery Buff and SW 7037 Balanced Beige.
Let’s see how they differ.
Pashmina Vs Gallery Buff
BM Gallery Buff is comparatively brighter than the former paint color.
With an LRV of 46.22 – this color is lighter and feels airier, organic, and natural.
However, note that the undertones are similar and they’re bound to look quite alike.
Buy some wall samples of each of these colors to easily compare them right in your home.
Pashmina Vs Balanced Beige
SW Balanced Beige is a lighter and brighter option (now you see how dark BM Pashmina is).
This neutral color has an LRV of 46 – thus feels lighter and airier any day! However, not too light as well.
You can best pair this color with dark blues, sage greens, and creamy whites.
See how these colors compare real time with stick-on wall samples from Samplize.
Where to Use Pashmina?
BM Pashmina is a sophisticated greige paint color that can be used in any corner of your home.
Whether it’s the walls of the living room and family room or kitchen cabinets, exterior wall, and furniture frames – this color is bound to add a beautiful and organic statement.
Especially for interior design styles like Japandi, modern farmhouse, contemporary, and traditional – this color will play a fruitful statement.
Let’s see where and how to incorporate it in your home.
Pashmina in Living and Dining Rooms
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BM Pashmina can be considered for the walls of your living room, family room, and dining room.
Consider painting all the walls in this color and further pairing it with creamy whites on the ceiling, trims, and moldings.
Remember to incorporate walnut woods to create a statement of style and luxe, in amalgamation with ample linen on the upholstery of your furniture.
To create a striking interest, add shades of blue or green to the throw pillows and artwork.
Lastly, don’t forget to embrace the beauty of brass and nickel fixtures.
Using in Bedrooms
Say no to this color in smaller bedrooms.
But if you have ample size and natural light penetrating, this color is a great option.
Whether on the accent wall or all the other walls, this color will exhibit a warm and cozy atmosphere indoors.
You must add wood to the nightstands, bed frames, and other furniture pieces.
Also, don’t hold back from styling a couple of macrame strings on the walls and bed.
Pashmina in Kitchens
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This shade of greige will never go out of style and trend.
It will always exhibit a timeless appeal in your space.
You can consider painting the cabinets in this color with a clean white paint on the backdrop walls.
For the backsplash, choose beige-toned marble or tiles.
Lastly, let the matte black or satin brass hardware finish add a statement of luxe and elegance.
Using on Exteriors
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Whether you have a Ranch-style, Mid-Century Modern, Traditional, Contemporary, or Modern style, this greige paint will never disappoint you!
You can either add whites and darker grays or even a tinge of wooden-themed textures as an accent or go vice versa for the trims, moldings, and door and window frames.
In the case of columns on the patio and porch – you can use natural stone wainscotting to add a detailed character to this facade!
How to Best Sample This Color?
When it comes to colors like Pashmina, which can show in many different ways, you should definitely order a peel-and-stick sample from Samplize.
These folks came up with a genius way to sample real pain without having to go to the store, pick up a can, then paint it on.
For not much money you get a good sized square to put up anywhere in your house where you want to “try” on a paint color along with any possible coordinating hues you like. Love this!
So, how do you want to use this color in your next home improvement project?
Given all of the above – are you excited about painting your home in Pashmina?