Benjamin Moore Pashmina: Perfect Color Paint Color Review
Benjamin Moore Pashmina paint color is a very pretty deep greige paint color that is growing in popularity. It is deeper than a lot of the other neutral greige paint color reviews I’ve done in the past, so it might not be for everyone. In this post we will discuss the LRV, what color it is, and where it’s best used.
Is Benjamin Moore Pashmina Warm or Cool?
Since Pashmina is a greige paint color, meaning it’s a combination of beige and grey, it does have a slightly warmer hint as the beige implies. But, the beauty of greige paint colors is that it’s not too warm because it’s combined with a little grey to tone it down.
As with all paint color reviews, how warm or cool a paint color looks varies greatly on the amount of light in the room. Even window placement or the direction of the windows, whether you have north-facing light or south-facing light can make a big difference in how a paint color reads and how warm or cool it looks.
In general, north-facing windows usually make colors lean a little more on the cool sad. Where south-facing windows bring out more of the warmth in paint colors.
What is LRV of Pashmina?
LRV (light reflective value) is a number out of 100 that tells you how saturated a color is. Pashmina has an LRV of 43.62 which makes it slightly lighter than a middle of the road color.
The lower the number, the darker the color. A black paint color like Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron or Sherwin Williams Iron Ore both have an LRV of 6 so they are very dark and saturated.
You can see then how an LRV of 43 ranks on the scale and how it’s overall a “light” paint color. But it is on the heavy side of “light” paint colors since it’s so close to that middle range where they get much darker.
In a room without much natural light, Pashmina will look like a medium-toned paint color with plenty of depth. A room with plenty of light, it will brighten up and Pashmina won’t feel as dark or heavy.
Each paint color is created using a combination of other colors. There are always undertones in a paint color, some are more visible and apparent than others.
Overall, Pashmina doesn’t have any harsh or really strong undertones to watch out for. It’s pretty neutral and doesn’t pull overly purple like some greiges can. I’ve noticed in some instances, Pashmina does have a slight green undertone. It’s not always there in every room, but it can come out.
Complimentary colors bring out undertones and make opposites stronger. So if you pair Pashmina with purpley or pink colors, the green undertone may come out stronger. This is not necessarily a bad thing as long as you like the green undertones. There is a reason they call them complimentary paint colors – they pair nicely together and bring out each other. Totally a personal preference and not a right or wrong answer, just depends if you prefer the green undertone or not!
Related: 6 Best White Paint Colors for Doors and Trim
If you are also painting your trim and you’re wondering what the best white paint colors are for baseboards, check out this blog post where I share my top 6 paint colors that I use 9/10 times.
Chances are one of those 6 paint colors will be the perfect match for your home.
Benjamin Moore Pashmina on Exteriors
Maybe you’re due to update the exterior paint color of your home and you think Pashmina just might be the perfect color.
It’s certainly a beautiful option because it has enough depth for a full body color that it wouldn’t look totally washed out. One thing to note for all exterior paint colors is they look a couple shades lighter because of the amount of light.
For Pashmina, it will also look more on the beige side on an exterior so it will have a nice warmth to it and less grey.
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What Color Goes Well with Benjamin Moore Pashmina?
Pashmina is a versatile color because of its neutral undertones for the most part, and works well with beiges, grays, and many colors in between. I’ve seen it used with blues and grays and even reds and it looks beautiful!
While I’m a sucker for neutral rooms myself and love light on light color palettes, I think Pashmina looks best when paired with brighter or bolder colors. Pairing it with a similar neutral color in a lighter shade can feel a little boring and expected.
Make sure to grab paint samples and test your potential colors with each other before buying a whole can! Paint can be tricky and you want to compare swatches and ensure they work with your furniture and hard finishes as well.
The Best Paint Tools for a Professional Finish
We have painted the entire interior of two houses that we’ve owned, so over the years I’ve figured out the best paint tools that not only give a more professional finish, but will save you HOURS. Having the right tools makes all the difference and you will be so glad you have them! I know I wouldn’t do a paint project without them.
Paint Brushes – My #1 must have and the best paint brush on the market. They hold plenty of paint, get you best edge when trimming, and will save you so much frustration because they are just easier to work with. Do not go cheap on paint brushes! Worth the $19 on Amazon.
Painter’s Tape – Saves so much time and gives you a nice clean line.
Drop Cloths – Keep your areas clean. It’s better to have plenty so you aren’t constantly moving them as you paint.
Wire Brush for Cleaning – This wire brush is ESSENTIAL to clean your brush after each use. You know how bristles get dried paint stuck on and it’s impossible to get it off? This brush will do just that!
Sanding Block – Great for roughing up a surface and sanding smooth before painting so your paint adheres or sanding between coats. I like the blocks better than sand paper because they are easier to use and hang on to.