Candice Olson’s Five “Go To” Benjamin Moore Colors

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Ever wonder what paint colors a top interior designer like Candice Olson uses time and again?   Recently, she divulged some of her favorite Benjamin Moore go-to colors which include nimbus gray 2131-50, gray mirage 2142-50, pale oak OC-20, niveous OC-36, and cloud white OC-130.

Revealing that colors inspired by nature are her natural choice, Candice describes her passion for each color.

benjamin moore nimbus gray

Nimbus gray 2131-50 is a cool gray blue that captures the look of a perfect stormy sky and can look either serene or dramatic.



Benjamin Moore Gray Mirage 2142-50

The Candice Olson absolute, can’t lose color is gray mirage 2142-50, a misty gray green is a great foundation for any space.



Benjamin Moore Pale Oak OC 20

Pale oak OC-20 is a beautiful beige hue, that she pairs with natural stone like lime stones.  A very light neutral with a slight blush undertone that brings beautiful warmth to any space.



Benjamin Moore Niveous and Cloud White

Niveous OC-36 is a gorgeous cream and warm neutral which she pairs with cloud white OC-130 on ceilings and trim for a quiet, classic tonal look.


Interested in what else Candice has to say about color and design?  Check out Candice Olson topics such as How To Choose Paint Color for a Ceiling or How to Transform a Room from OK to A-Mazing on the Benjamin Moore YouTube channel.

Will you be adding Candice’s favorite Benjamin Moore colors to your “Go To” color collection?

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33 thoughts on “Candice Olson’s Five “Go To” Benjamin Moore Colors

  1. I have an open floor plan with vaulted ceilings. My Kitchen is white cabinets with black granite. The backsplash is a black/gray/white glass and marble tiny squares. My Kitchen walls are painted Lead gray. I love the nimbus gray and want to paint the majority of my house that color. Is there a shade of red that works for an accent in the dining room or should I stay away from red? Does Gray mirage or pale oak go better with the nimbus gray?

    Thanks! Candice is my favorite!

  2. Painting whole house except kitchen BM pale oak. What ceiling & trim paint would you suggest with this? The kitchen is BM brushed aluminum & the ceiling paint & trim would have to go in there too. Thanks so much!

  3. I have the same question. What trim color and ceiling color wood go well with pale oak? Would you do the ceiling the same color as the trim or something else? Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Kristin,

      Candace Olson likes to pair OC-20 pale oak with OC-17 white dove or OC-36 niveous. But to give you some options, you could also try OC-25 cloud cover or OC-45 swiss coffee for both the trim and ceiling. Let me know how it goes! – Michelle

    • We are moved in after 1 1/2 years of building. Our entire house is Pale Oak with White Dove trim. It is exquisite. A quiet back drop to our furniture and rugs. Very sophisticated and elegant. The only room we did different was the Master. There we used Revere Pewter with Vanilla Milkshake trim. It’s sensational. Our Master Bath is Carrera Marble and the taupey/greys that run through it are accentuated with Revere Pewter. We did all ceilings in the same trim color but in a flat finish. Thank you so much for giving me the support and confidence to make the choices I did. Our house is an elegant retreat thanks in large part to Color Chats.

  4. I was wondering if you could offer any great combinations to go with gray mirage that are neutral? I am loving gray mirage and want to use it throughout the house but not the entire house so need some suggestions on others that go well with it.

    • Hi Brandy, Gray mirage (2142-50) is a soft green gray that look great in any room! Mix warm neutrals such as ballet white (OC-9) and weimeraner (AF-155) with gray mirage for a sophisticated look or pair it with lancaster whitewash (HC-174) and storm cloud gray (2140-40) for a monochromatic look. If you want a fresh pop, how about bronzed beige (2151-50) & fairview taupe (HC-85) or van courtland blue (HC-145) & deep in thought (AF-30)? Any of these would create a beautiful room! Good luck! – Michelle

  5. Greetings, I love Candice’s go to colors! I am stuck between wanting to move toward a more gray pallete for the home we just purchased which is very warm but dated yellowish pallete. This home was a stairway in the center and then all the two story foyer, hallway kitchen living room all open up to each other around the stairway-once we paint one room-it will create an avalanche effect! Our kitchen has white cabinets and white subway tile and I am continually drawn to light gray airy shades-if I start there can you recommend a light gray in addition to other colors that I can use in the other rooms so I am not solid gray? I am also noticing that white walls seem to be in a lot of homes-is that a current trend?

    • Hi Mindy, Great news! Soft, airy grays can be paired with just about any colors! For a warm gray, how about edgecomb gray (HC-173)? This can be paired with blanched almond (1060) and weekend getaway (473) to create a light, cozy feel. If you’re looking for a cool gray, take a look at stonington gray (HC-170). Golden straw (2152-50) and wedgewood gray (HC-146) will work well with this gray to create a cool, breezy color flow throughout your house. – Michelle

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  7. I am looking for a color for a room off the kitchen and just before the bedroom. It is a dark green at present. I would like a grey color but cannot decide on which grey. The room is facing south east with dark wood trim around window and door. The floor is light hardware. Can you give me a few colors choices to work with. thank you.

    • Hi Jean, Keep in mind the colors are sensitive to other colors around it. Consider your kitchen and bedroom colors and try to choose a gray that would create a smoother color flow throughout. That being said, here’s our recommendations for our favorite grays.
      For a warm gray, consider revere pewter (HC-172) or pashmina (AF-100). The warm undertone of these grays often ties in nicely with natural wood trim. For a cooler color flow, consider cement gray (2112-60) or coventry gray (HC-169). Good luck! – Michelle

  8. I am looking for a paint color to go with Benjamin Moore Edgecomb gray. I painted my hall edgecomb gray now needing a color for my living room

  9. I absolutely love your work Candace. I love BM pale oak with our white dove that I’m currently painting in the bedrooms of our new home. For the master which is a large space I choose tranquility with one focal wall that the bed is on in lodge. All with white dove trim. Crossing my fingers that it will be ok. Question is the master bath is all darker slate tiles, java vanity with blue eyes granite. Should I use the pale oak or bring the tranquility into the master bath? Your help would be greatly appreciated.

  10. My entire house is trimmed with honey oak wood and floors…I really want to update it with some new paint colors but an not up to painting all the very nice trim.

    What are some nice colors that you would recommend for a master bedroom?


  11. We purchased an old craftsman home and it has huge ten inch wide dark oak molding through out the main floor. My husband wants to keep the dark trim while I would love to paint it out. If we keep the dark trim what colours can we paint the walls? I love the grey family but am worried about one that would pair with the orangie tones of the trim. HELP!!! Any advice would be great. What about a grey green tone?

  12. I just purchased a condo in Florida across from the gulf. Currently have beige tile floors and an awful pinky beige walls with dirty white molding and ceilings. Want to redo-possibly blue and clear white. Any suggestions for color scheme and selections?

  13. I love your recommendation for edgecomb gray, which I have in my upstairs bedrooms. I also like Revere Pewter, which I would like to do for my open floorplan downstairs. Is there a gray you could recommend for the central hallway and stairs that would bridge both of these colors nicely? Thanks in advance.

  14. would any of these neutral colors go well with Coastal Fog and Wythe Blue?? I need a color for my living room which sits in between these two colors and looking for a more neutral/beige color…would love to know what Candice would recommend!!

  15. Hi,
    I am painting my kitchen “storm” (Benjamin Moore) have white cabinets, dark handscraped oak floors and tourqay cambria for countertops. Kitchen and dining room is one big open area…trying to decide to keep the color throughout or?? any recommendations?

  16. Need suggestions: building a new home, going with medium- dk stain for kitchen cabinets but in main bathroom I’m wanting to paint or stain cabinets a creamy white or like an antique wash color! Is there a stain to do this or would it have to be a pain color? Either way, what color you suggest! Thanks! Trim will b Navajo white and walls a med dark greenish- blue!

  17. I would like to paint my kitchen/dining area one color since it is one big open room. My kitchen cabinets are white and we have white and black countertops. The dining area is occupied with ash-colored furniture and has a chair rail. My hallway is painted skinny latte and it empties into the kitchen. Any suggestions??

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