We’ve reached that cold, dark, monotonous part of winter – the time of year when all we really want to do is cozy up indoors with a cup of hot coffee and a good book. Since we’re already spending so much time at home (and since we have at least another two months of dreary weather to go), why not give your most-loved living spaces a refresh?
You don’t need to commit to a large-scale renovation or remodeling project. Sometimes, all it takes is clearing out a room, giving it a fresh coat of paint, and rearranging your furniture and décor. And we have the perfect color to get your inspiration flowing: Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere 2138-60, a multitasking neutral with just enough blue-green saturation to give any room a much-needed lift.
Gray Cashmere 2138-60 made it onto the 2021 Benjamin Moore Color Trends list, and for good reason. It’s a popular shade that offers plenty of versatility – from large spaces to small, modern to traditional, it’s a great neutral backdrop against which your home’s other architectural features can truly shine. And it feels inviting all year round: The color lends warmth during the winter months, when cold, harsh light is all we have to work with. In the summer, it becomes brighter and more vibrant, drawing on the flourishing greens and blues in nature.
Here’s everything you need to know about Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere 2138-60, including where to use it, how to balance it, and which other shades to pair it with.
Our experts describe Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere 2138-60 as a misty green-gray. However, depending on the amount of natural light and the nature of the space in which it’s featured, it may also take on blue tones, becoming a muted mint-sage-cyan hybrid.
Despite the blue-green undertones, Gray Cashmere 2138-60 doesn’t feel harsh or draw any warmth out of a space. Even when paired with white, the color is still friendly and approachable – making it an ideal compromise for those seeking a fresh aesthetic without compromising on comfort. It leans more gray than blue or green, hanging onto its “neutral” classification without crossing over into “drab” territory.
If you’re evaluating a few different shades in the neutral gray-green family, keep in mind that Gray Cashmere 2138-60 looks vastly different depending on the setting in which it’s used. Also, remember that the shade will look much brighter on a computer or phone screen than it will on your walls. We always recommend picking up a few samples (between 3 to 5) and using them to cover a fairly sizable section of the wall you intend to repaint. Then, wait for the shades to dry and come back to evaluate them in late afternoon, evening, at night, and in the morning.
Why is it so important to evaluate paint colors at different times of day? It’s because natural light changes in warmth and tone throughout the day: In the morning, sunlight tends to be cooler and brighter, and in the evening, warmer and more sultry. And when indoor lighting is all you have to illuminate the space, such as at night, the type of lightbulbs you use will completely change the way your paint colors look in relation to the rest of the space.
One reason we love Gray Cashmere 2138-60 so much is that these light-based variations only seem to improve the impact of the color: At night, it’s warm, calming, and cozy; in the morning, it’s cheerful, refreshing, and energizing.
By now, you might be sold on the color – but you have no idea where in your home to use it. We’re here to help with that!
Of course, every home is unique, but we find that Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere 2138-60 works especially well in bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. It’s a great choice for spaces where you want to keep the basic design elements conservative enough that you can easily change up decor later on (i.e. a guest bedroom where you eventually plan to purchase new furniture and bedding), but where you also want a bit more color and personality than what you can get from a traditional beige or light gray.
Gray Cashmere 2138-60 looks fabulous when juxtaposed against white features, such as a bright white backsplash in your kitchen or white subway tile in a shower. In homes with dark hardwood floors (i.e. mahogany) or walnut furniture, the shade’s warmer undertones stand out and lend the space a high-end feel. You can create this same effect by using the color in a kitchen with butcher block counters, or even in a bedroom with rustic wood elements like a sliding barn door or shiplap feature wall.
The smaller the space and the less natural light, the warmer and grayer Gray Cashmere 2138-60 will seem. On the other hand, in a large, sun-filled sitting room or open kitchen, it comes off cooler, almost like a retro mint-meets-off-white. Keep these subtleties in mind when you’re deciding where to repaint and always take the color for a test drive before getting started.
Planning a more extensive DIY repainting project? If you’re looking to redo your entire kitchen and need a shade for both your walls and your cabinets, or you’re thinking about adding an accent wall to your bedroom or living room, here are a few other Benjamin Moore shades that work beautifully with Gray Cashmere 2138-60:
Stop by your local JC Licht store to browse the full line of Benjamin Moore paint colors, including the 2021 Color Trends collection featuring color of the month Gray Cashmere 2138-60. Our color consultants are happy to help you narrow down your options and find the perfect shade for your space. We’ll send you home with all the supplies, samples, and know-how to complete your project with ease.