Read all about Behr Silver Drop, plus see 20 real homes that use it!
Behr Silver Drop paint (#790C-2) is a pale gray with just a hint of beige to give it warmth. Its name captures so much beauty in just two simple words, like a glimmering drop of rain, or the sun peeking through bright clouds.
Don’t let the word “silver” lead you into thinking this gray has cool, blue undertones; Silver Drop Behr Paint is absolutely a light, warm gray.
A chameleon color, Silver Drop plays different roles in different spaces, depending on the lighting and color palette of its environment. In rooms with a lot of bright and natural light, it can read almost white, whereas other times, it looks like a true gray. It’s a great pick for neutral color palettes and can sometimes appear almost greige.
Considering a pale gray with a touch of warmth for your home? Read on to find out if Behr Silver Drop is the right paint for you!
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Behr Silver Drop Undertones
The undertones in Behr Silver Drop are so subtle, you might be inclined to say there are none!
On the Behr website, Sliver Drop is classified as a yellow-toned gray. This is what gives the shade its warmth, but you’ll notice when browsing the photos of the 21 homes using Silver Drop Behr paint below that it’s rarely obvious.
Yellow undertones tend to get a bad rap in the paint world, due to the dingy whites and overly-warm beiges that designers love to hate, but don’t let it scare you here. As Behr puts it: “The yellow family is, by far, the most forgiving and versatile as far as grays go. In warm lighting conditions, these grays can appear like tans or off whites.”
As mentioned earlier, Silver Drop is a color chameleon, and depending on its environment, can reveal any of the typical undertones found in cool grays: blue, purple, and green. However, of the three, it tends to favor green, which as you know has yellow in it!
Some may say that Silver Drop has some beige in it, making it at times look slightly greige. Since this color is so pale, its beige/greige characteristics are never overwhelming, and rather appear warm and creamy (in a good way).
In conclusion, while yellow tops the list of most prominent Behr Silver Drop undertones, you’ll never look at this paint shade and think “yellow.”
Rather, you’ll see a very soft, pale gray that can either lean towards a true gray or a slightly warm greige, depending on the lighting in its environment. It will never look too stark or icy, so it’s a great pick for those looking for a touch of warmth.
Which rooms work best with Behr Silver Drop paint?
Since Behr Silver Drop is a warmer gray, it works exceptionally well in North-facing rooms, which don’t get a lot of natural light and tend to feel chilly or cold when painted in cool gray shades. Silver Drop will add some warmth as well as a definite bright airiness. It’s also a wonderful choice for West-facing rooms.
You may want to proceed with caution when considering it for South-facing rooms, which get a lot of golden sunshine and may bring out more yellow undertones. On the other side of the coin, East-facing rooms get light with more of a blueish tinge, so grays that have more blue and green undertones tend to complement this environment.
Since bathrooms work best with cooler colors (think water, serene environments), you won’t see a lot of examples of Silver Drop in those spaces. However, it’s a lovely, relaxing interior color for living spaces, dining rooms, and bedrooms.
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LRV of Behr Silver Drop (Shade 790C-2)
Here are the “numerical” details, or the LRV:
BEHR SILVER DROP LRV = 70
Light Reflectance Value: Rated 0-100 with 0 being pure black, and 100 being pure white.
Lighter paint shades REFLECT more light from them and therefore have a HIGHER LRV, and vice versa for darker shades). Below, see Silver Drop (70) side by side with pure white (100):
Silver Drop Behr Paint Compared to Other Colors
Ah, the wonderful world of pale gray. Choosing a gray paint color is right up there with finding the perfect white paint for your home. In a sea of gray shades, it’s a daunting task, to say the least. That’s why it’s important to understand its undertones, color profile, and how it stacks up to similar grays.
Let’s take a look at Behr Silver Drop compared to other colors.
Behr Campfire Ash vs Silver Drop
When compared side by side with Behr Campfire Ash, Silver Drop appears to take on more green in its undertone profile. Campfire Ash is very much a yellow-toned gray. Only slightly darker than Silver Drop (LRV 70) with an LRV of 69, Campfire Ash is warmer, creamier, and more beige-leaning than Silver Drop.
Behr Irish Mist vs Silver Drop
Behr Irish Mist is essentially the lighter version of Sliver Drop, with an LRV of 78. It has the same amount of warmth and maybe a touch more creaminess to due its bright personality. Much like Campfire Ash, it seems to have more yellow in it than Silver Drop, making Silver Drop take on slightly greener undertones when placed side by side.
Behr Silver Drop vs Seagull Gray
I’m about to pull a fast one on you by taking a turn in the other direction. Like Campfire Ash, Behr Seagull Gray (LRV 69) is also just one point darker than Silver Drop, but it’s slightly cooler.
Remember when I said that Campfire Ash and Irish Mist have enough yellow undertones to make Silver Drop appear greener? Well, Seagull Gray looks greener than Silver Drop, with just a hint more blue. Overall, it’s a very neutral light gray that can probably lean either warm or cool, depending on its environment.
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Real Life Homes Using Behr Silver Drop
Alright, time to dig into the good part: all that eye candy! But first, a warning. Do NOT fall in love with one of these rooms, run out and buy 4 cans and start painting your space! Remember the cardinal rule of painting: sample before you swipe that paintbrush!!!
Kitchens Using Silver Drop
A quick note here: don’t forget to consider picking the right paint finish…it’s not only about getting the color right! We have an in-depth explanation of choosing sheens here.
For kitchens, eggshell or satin are popular finish choices for walls. For cabinets consider semi-gloss or high gloss for the most durable finish (and a gorgeous glow).
1. Works Well with White
Jenna of Lantern Land Designs wanted a soft, warm gray wall shade for her home, but was stumped when it came to finding one that complimented her glazed, cream-colored kitchen cabinets.
Silver Drop Behr Paint manages to play well with the tones in her kitchen and tempers the reddish hardwood flooring throughout her home.
2. Behr Silver Drop Kitchen Walls
This gorgeous kitchen found on Decorpad pairs its white cabinets, granite countertops and white brick-pattern subway tile backsplash with Silver Drop paint, resulting in an elegant look that’s soft but not too pale.
This kitchen with its farmhouse-chic design style and sea-green accents is so cute! Silver Drop is a great shade for shiplap and adds juuust the right amount of depth and contrast next to white cabinets, trim, and subway tile. It also makes the black finish of the lighting fixtures and warm wood shelving pop.
4. A Soft Neutral
This contemporary-meets-farmhouse kitchen from Decorpad features white glass-front cabinets, taupe countertops, and a unique chevron backsplash. Silver Drop works incredibly well as a softly warm neutral, as the overall space leans neither warm nor cool.
5. Kitchen Wall Color
What a creative way to cut the edge of tile backsplash! This country-chic kitchen favors an all-white look but requires a slight hint of contrast to highlight the angled backsplash edge. Behr Silver Drop once again comes in clutch as the perfect pale gray color.
Silver Drop Dining Rooms
The right sheen for typically low-traffic spaces like dining rooms? A flat sheen, or low-luster finish is fine. Eggshell or satin will give a bit more of a reflective finish, are both more dirt-resistant, and protectve against stains, grime, and sticky fingers. Learn more about picking paint finishes here.
6. Captures Coziness
When choosing a paint color for enclosed dining rooms, the trick is to capture an air of coziness without feeling claustrophobic. Silver Drop works perfectly as a warm gray, letting the natural light reflect throughout the room without a stark or blinding effect. The wall shade also looks great with sunny yellow decor accents, as seen in this space from 2 Seasons.
7. Neutral Dining Room Shade
Behr Silver Drop is perfect in spaces that favor neutral tones, such as Sarah’s dining room from Life on Virginia Street with its beige and tan furniture and blue decor accents. It complements both softly warm and softly cool shades in a subtle and unassuming way.
Bedrooms Using Silver Drop
In general for bedrooms, and low-traffic areas, flat paint is fine. If you like something with a bit of shine (and more ease of cleaning) opt for eggshell or satin.
8. Soothing Shade
This serene bedroom from Gold Coast Canvas has a subtly coastal feel and manages to capture the beauty of a cloudy sky at sea. While this space is filled with bright, natural light throughout the day, its pale gray and neutral tones keep it feeling incredibly soft.
9. Silver Drop Kids’ Bedroom
Behr Silver Drop is a great pick for kids’ rooms as it lends a neutral backdrop for changing tastes and styles. This little princess might love her feminine pink decor accents now but will have no problem switching up her decor as she grows older (source: Favorite Paint Colors).
10. Clean and Simple Shade
Virginia from LiveLoveDIY did an excellent job designing and styling this guest bedroom. The look is clean and relatively simple, yet warm and inviting.
The striped accent wall is such an interesting touch and looks great in counterpoint with the white chandelier and ornate framed mirrors. Silver Drop takes on a warm, almost greige role under this room’s soft lighting.
11. Calming Gray
How gorgeously creamy does Silver Drop look on this bedroom’s walls? It’s a great match for the white Victorian-style door casing and compliments the neutral-toned decor palette perfectly. What a wonderful space to drift off into dreamland!
12. Rustic Retreat
This shabby-chic bedroom seen on Home Bunch is chock-full of cool gray shades and reclaimed wood with a cool-gray wash, making its decor tricky to match, but Silver Drop looks like the prettiest color here. And it’s stepping up to the plate as a neutral backdrop that’s not too warm nor too cool.
13. Silver Drop in a Neutral Nursery
Everything ties together in this sweet nursery from Decorpad, like a neat little bow. Its shiplap lower walls accent the light gray upper walls painted Behr Silver Drop, creating a soft and complementary backdrop to the tan and blue decor.
14. Understated, but Lovely
This understated bedroom seen on Design Sponge has a subtly schoolhouse vibe in its home decor. I love the way the green chalkboard and navy bedspread looks against the backdrop of Behr Silver Drop.
Living Spaces Using Silver Drop
15. Outstanding in an Open Concept Living Space
What’s black and white and grey all over? This open concept thoughtfully color-coordinated farmhouse-inspired living space! Keeping everything in the same general color family of soft gray and black ties this large space together.
16. Light, but not White
Behr Silver Drop is a great paint shade if you want to keep a room feeling light and airy but not too cold/cool. The soft gray color lends just the right amount of warmth to this space from SO Home, and still shows good contrast with the baseboards, crown molding, and other trim details.
17. Just Enough Pigment
This lovely, light-filled living space from Becki Owens is bright and airy, yet calm and cozy at the same time. In this room, Silver Drop Behr paint has the same effect as a bright white, yet also has a toned-down softness to it. It works great in spaces that combine neutral tones with blue decor accents, like this one.
18. Lovely Living Room
Once again, Behr Silver Drop provides a warm and inviting backdrop, making it lovely for a family living space. It always plays well with white trim and allows this “Sea” color palette with fun accents to capture the eye (from The Nesting Game).
19. Contrasts White Trim Molding
The crown molding and trim around the fireplace and built-in entertainment center are absolutely the star of the show in this family room. Using Behr Silver Drop on the walls allows it to shine in a bright white paint, and yet together, the two colors set a neutral stage for a thoughtfully designed space from Studio McGee.
20. Excellent in an Entryway (and Hallways)
This gorgeous entryway from Lantern Lane Designs is lovely. It’s soft, bright and airy, but grounded by the rich warmth of the wood flooring and staircase banister. Behr Silver Drop is the perfect wall shade to complement the white trim and pale seafoam-color front door.
You can take home a pocket full of sunshine and fresh air now that you know all about Behr Silver Drop! I hope this post provided some info, inspiration, and perhaps has helped you decide if this bright and airy gray paint hue is right for your home. Don’t forget to try this color using paint swatches and a sample before you purchase a gallon (or more!). Better to sample than be sorry, I say!
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