Benjamin Moore Natural Cream is a gorgeous creamy paint color that is really gaining in popularity! It is a modern take of off-white with touches of gray that gives you a feel of warmth without being too warm. Stick around and I will explain everything.
What do I mean “gives you a feel of warmth without being too warm”? Well a paint color can feel warm for many reasons, typically it’s the undertones.
What is really special about Natural Cream is it has all the warm undertones with a touch of something special that keeps it from being too in your face warm.
Don’t worry, I will explain everything. Feel free to click in the table of contents to jump around the post wherever you like.
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Benjamin Moore Natural Cream Undertones
Natural Cream has several undertones which makes it a very complex color. It has yellow, green, and gray.
We have talked about gray before in undertones, it keeps the color from being too strong. It becomes more muted. And this is that something special which keeps Natural Cream from being too warm.
The yellow and green makes it creamy but the green keeps it from being too yellow. Like I said, it’s very complex.
The LRV of Benjamin Moore Natural Cream
LRV stands for Light Reflective Value. It is a scale from 0-100 measuring the amount of light a paint color reflects.
Natural Cream sits at 64.78 which makes it in the light color range bordering on off-white.
How to know if a paint color is right for you?
The best way to judge if a color is good for you then you will want to put a swatch on the wall and look at it over a few days. Look at it in different lights and decide if you really like it.
You can do this by getting a sample from the paint store and using a brush to put it up on the walls, but then you are left with a can that you can’t do anything with. Those samples are used with poor-quality paint and aren’t meant for use on your walls permanently.
I recommend going with Samplize. They are a company that will send you a 12X12 peel-and-stick swatch of a paint color that you can stick to the wall. When you are done just peel it off and throw it away.
It’s easy and much less messy!
Benjamin Moore Natural Cream
What is the best White to pair with Natural Cream?
Since Natural Cream is a light color I would go with a very light white, as close to true white as you can get. Highly Reflective White and Extra White are great choices.
If you want something a little softer you can go with a creamy white paint color that is just lighter than natural cream. Here are some great options:
You always have the option of painting the trim the same color as the walls which makes for a very cohesive look.
What are some coordinating colors to Natural Cream?
Darker taupes and greiges look amazing with Natural Cream. Because Natural Cream is a light greige/off-white these colors coordinate perfectly.
It also coordinates really well with blues and blue-grays. If you are looking for another color go with a shade of red.
I would stay away from greens due to the green undertones, it might bring them out and that might be too much green.
Where to Use Natural Cream?
Natural Cream is a great color and can be used really anywhere in your home. Here are some places I recommend:
- Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets
- Beadboard or Board and Batten – any type of wainscotting
- Trim and Doors
Natural Cream in Real Homes
Natural Cream on Cabinets
Off-white/light greige paint colors look amazing on cabinetry in both bathrooms and kitchens. Here you will see how nice it looks paired with the white walls and gold hardawre/fixtures.
Natural Cream on Walls
A light paint color on the walls that is warm-toned is like wrapping you in a hug. Here you will see Natural Cream on the walls and trim. It looks amazing with the gray stone fireplace.
Natural Cream on Wainscotting
Having a painted wainscotting paired with wallpaper is a very popular look. Here you will see Natural Cream on the wainscotting. It really softens the cold whites and hard fixtures found in bathrooms.
Natural Cream vs Creamy White
These two colors are compared most often so let’s talk about their differences.
From the name you would think they are very similar, and you wouldn’t be wrong. But there are some very noticeable differences.
First the LRV. Natural Cream is 64.78 and Creamy White is 70.95. This means Creamy White is a brighter and lighter paint color.
Now let’s look at their undertones. Natural Cream has gray, yellow and green while Creamy White has much more beige in it. The gray in Natural Cream really keeps this color from being too creamy and beige.
Here is a side by side of the two colors so you can see the differences.
Other off-white/greige paint colors you might like:
- Sherwin Williams Snowbound
- Sherwin Williams Eider White
- Aesthetic White by Sherwin Williams
- Benjamin Moore Linen White
- Sherwin Williams White Duck
- Sherwin Williams Green Villa
- Benjamin Moore Cloud White
- Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist
- Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore