Benjamin Moore Gray Owl

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Gray Owl OC-52 or 2137-60 by Benjamin Moore is a really beautiful gray that works in any lighting situation, but in its full strength it can have strong undertones. See it in real homes, including ours!


Benjamin Moore Gray Owl

If you’re looking for a soft grey paint color, Benjamin Moore Gray Owl may be exactly what you’re looking for. Let’s talk about it!

What Color is Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52?

Gray Owl OC-52 is a very neutral gray paint color that can work to help brighten spaces that don’t have a lot of natural light.

Gray Owl is also a popular paint color that many people lighten by 75 or 50%.

When you lighten a paint color, you remove the same percentage of each color from its mixture. Many people think you just add more white in the mix, but that’s not the case.

white bathroom with black and white patterned tile and turkish towels hanging on the wall with open wood shelves over the toilet and Benjamin Moore Gray Owl painted walls

Our guest bathroom is painted Benjamin Moore Gray Owl lightened by 50% and it’s perfect. You can still tell that it’s gray, but since this room doesn’t have natural light, it helps brighten up the space a bit.

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl swatch with arrow pointing to it

Gray Owl is actually in 2 of Benjamin Moore’s paint collections so you may see it as Gray Owl OC-52 or like you see on this sample swatch card, it’s 2137-60.

You definitely will want to see this on your walls in your specific space and if you don’t want to paint a sample on your wall, this would be the perfect time to try Samplize.

They offer giant peel and stick samples of paint swatches from Sherwin Williams, PPG, Ben Moore and Farrow and Ball that you can add to your wall so you can spend a little bit of money once instead of a lot of money on multiple samples.

What Undertones Does Benjamin Moore Gray Owl Have?

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl

Although Gray Owl is a neutral gray paint color, it does have some greenish blue undertones.

They’re very subtle, but I can see subtle green undertones on our guest bathroom walls, even though we have it lightened by 50%.

peacock teal vanity with Benjamin Moore Gray Owl walls and wood mirror

When we redid our primary bathroom in the most budget friendly way, we painted it Benjamin Moore Gray Owl too.

Our teal vanity brings out some of the green, sometimes blue undertones which is what makes this a cool paint color but it’s still not so overbearing that it doesn’t read gray.

If the paint were at its full strength, it would be darker on our walls and probably show more of its undertones, especially in this bathroom.

Gray Owl LRV

The LRV, or Light Reflectance Value, of a paint color is on a sliding scale of 1 to 100.

The closer a color is to 0, the closer it is to black which means it won’t reflect light well or at all.

The close a color is to 100, the closer it is to white which means it will reflect light very well.

what is LRV? what is light reflective value graphic

I made this (super non professional) graphic to hopefully help you understand if you’re more of a visual learner.

Gray Owl has an LRV of 64.51, which means it’s going to show up lighter on your walls even in darker rooms with not a lot of natural light, which makes it perfect for rooms without windows like hallways, bathrooms, or even closets.

Gray Owl Coordinating Colors

Benjamin Moore always provides its picks for coordinating colors with their paint colors.

While those are typically great choices, I always like to take a look at the paint deck fan and choose some other options I would (or have) paired it with.

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl coordinating colors

Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron front doors with white home and black pendant light
Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron exterior door via Elm Drive Designs

Because of its versatility, Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron is an incredible option for pairing with Gray Owl.

Wrought Iron can work with warm or cool tones, and adds a level of depth and elegance to a space, even in an exterior home combination.

Looking specifically for a gray for your bedroom? See our favorite calming gray paint colors for your bedroom!

Benjamin Moore White Dove

Benjamin Moore White Dove paint sample

At the top of this paint strip is one of Benjamin Moore’s most popular creamy paint color – White Dove.

It’s a softer warm white that can pair well with Gray Owl, even though it’s cool. Having White Dove as trim color and using Gray Owl as a wall color could be a really nice option.

Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray

Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray grid wall behind black crib with rattan chair
Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray nursery via Design Loves Detail

Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray has quickly become one of my absolute favorite paint colors. It’s a stunning, calming blue and would pair very nicely with Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, especially if you lightened it 50-75%.

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl in Real Spaces

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Benjamin Moore Gray Owl entryway with console table and 4 white frames
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl entryway via Fabulously Vintage
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl painted walls with white window bench and white and blue pillows
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl hallway walls via Home Bunch

Dining Room

Benjamin Moore gray owl painted dining room with acrylic dining chairs
Benjamin Moore Gray dining room via You’re So Martha

Kitchen (Walls)

Living Room

benjamin Moore Gray Owl painted behind open wood shelves next to brick fireplace
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl living room via The Creativity Exchange


Benjamin Moore Gray Owl bedroom with leather ottoman at the food of the bed
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl Bedroom via DIY Playbook
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl bedroom with 9 frame grid gallery wall
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl bedroom (lightened to 50%) via Home Bunch


Benjamin Moore Gray Owl nursery with gray and white stripe feature wall behind crib in nursery
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl nursery via Delightfully Noted Blog

Office/Flex Room

Home Exterior

Trim Color Choices for Gray Owl

Gray Owl can have either a crisp white or creamy white, depending on the look you’re going for. You just need to be careful with your creamy white trims that it doesn’t clash with the blue green undertones that Gray Owl has. Here are my top 2 picks for Gray Owl trim colors:

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

This color is a clean, bright white that would work great on doors and window trim.

White Dove would be a great option for trim if you’re looking for a more traditional look or feel.

Benjamin Moore Simply White

BM Simply White is a more crisp white, but doesn’t make your trim feel too cold or sterile.

It’s a great choice for a more modern feel.

Gray Owl Equivalents In Other Popular Brands

Sherwin Williams Equivalent to Gray Owl

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl Sherwin Williams equivalent

Color matching paint colors, especially when you cross brands are never going to be exact. Each brand has its own special nuanced formulas for creating colors.

Side by side, here’s a look at BM Gray Owl versus its Sherwin Williams equivalent, Silverpointe.


Although it’s the same LRV, Silverpointe is a good comparison, but because its RGB values are different, if you lighten it, it may look different than Gray Owl.

Behr Equivalent to Gray Owl

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl Behr equivalent

The closest Behr equivalent to Gray Owl is Whitewash Oak, but I can definitely see more differences in this color compared to Gray Owl. Here’s a quick look at a glance:


Behr Sculptor Clay is the darkest out of all 3 comparison colors and it also has a bit more obvious undertones than the Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams option.

Final Thoughts

Gray Owl is excellent choice for an overall paint color or could even be great for cabinets or trim. You’ll just want to beware of its tricky little undertones.

If you’re wanting to try color but are scared of a bolder choice like Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog or Behr Black Bamboo, Gray Owl could be the perfect jumping off point.

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