Read all about Silver Satin by Benjamin Moore, plus see 23 real homes that use it!
Today we’re going to talk about Silver Satin by Benjamin Moore, (OC-26). I’m excited to dive into this one, because the name may not be immediately obvious as to what color it actually is.
Silver Satin Benjamin Moore a soft, grayish off-white, and is part of Benjamin Moore’s Off-White Color Collection. It plays the role of a white or neutral shade while having some warm grayness to it.
Because of this, it’s great for wall shades and lends a perfectly subtle amount of contrast against white trims. In some lighting, it can give off a beautiful, silvery iridescence.
Here’s a preview of this paint shade as seen in various rooms and spaces…
What color is Silver Satin Benjamin Moore (shade OC-26)?
Silver Satin Benjamin Moore is a grayish off-white that leans warm but has slight purple undertones. It is decidedly an off-white, neutral shade, but it has enough translucent gray to it to make it its own unique color.
Is Silver Satin Benjamin Moore warm or cool?
Silver Satin Benjamin Moore is a warm, gray off-white with some purple undertones to it. Because of this, it has a slight silvery iridescence in some lighting. Silver Satin paint will appear warmer in south-facing rooms, and its grayness will show up in north-facing rooms.
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LRV of BM Silver Satin Paint
First, here’s the “numerical” details, or the LRV:
SILVER SATIN LRV = 76.35
LRV = 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 Satin (76.35) side by side with pure white (100):
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BM Silver Satin Paint Compared to Other Colors
The LRV range of off-white shades is generally between 73-82. Silver Satin Benjamin Moore sits right in the middle of this range at 76.35. Can you believe there are 152 off-white colors in the BM Off-White collection?
Here’s what Ben Moore has to say about it: “Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, the Off-White collection offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces.”
Because there are so many off-white shades to sift through, it’s helpful to compare Silver Satin against a few other similar shades from Benjamin Moore to fully understand how it might work in your space.
Classic Gray vs Silver Satin
Classic Gray is by Benjamin Moore also considered an off-white. All of the characteristics that Silver Satin has seem to be slightly more exaggerated with Classic Gray. With an LRV of 74.78, it’s slightly darker than Silver Satin.
It’s also slightly warmer and appears to have more complex undertones. While it does have a little bit of the purple that Silver Satin has, it can also sneak in some warm pink and cool blue undertones depending on the lighting.
To the naked eye, Classic Gray appears to be a warm gray, almost greige, but it still sits within the range that classifies it as an off-white.
Silver Satin vs Gray Owl
Since Gray Owl has an LRV of 65.77, we’re now venturing out of off-white territory and into gray. Gray Owl, also by Benjamin Moore, sits right in the middle of warm and cool but is decidedly cooler than Silver Satin with some green undertones to it.
Since Silver Satin has the slightest hint of gray and contrasts subtly with white, if you’re looking for a little bit more of that same body and interest, Gray Owl delivers.
Pale Oak vs Silver Satin
Let’s swing over into the world of beige with Benjamin Moore Pale Oak. It’s noticeably warmer than Silver Satin, and with an LRV of 69.89, no longer in the off-white range. It’s a warm and creamy beige with some gray undertones and is sometimes considered a greige. In some lighting, you can almost pick out a hint of green undertones.
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23 Real Life Homes Using BM Silver Satin
Let’s take a look at how Silver Satin looks in some real homes! Remember, this is just to give you an idea of if you might like the color.
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Living Spaces Using Silver Satin Benjamin Moore
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.
1. Silver Satin – A Super Sitting Room Shade
This sitting room shared at Spectrum Paint features a palette of gray and beige decor, showing that Silver Satin plays well with both of these shades. It also adds a nice touch of contrast against the white trim.
2. Simple, Sophisticated Paint Palette
Here’s a simpler palette, shared at The Paint People, that’s clean and sophisticated. Silver Satin looks creamy and lovely against the white trim, doors, and fireplace, and allows black accents to pop.
3. Light and Airy Living Room Paint Color
This photo from The Home Colorsite shows a similar concept as the one from The Paint People, but this room obviously has a lot more going on decor-wise. There are white trim and black accents to contrast with Silver Satin paint.
It also surprisingly works quite well with a beige sectional couch.
4. Hint of Color
Silver Satin Benjamin Moore offers a tiny hint of color and feels light and airy room featured at The DIY Playbook. It’s the perfect neutral backdrop that complements virtually any decor style and lets your favorite decor pieces stand out.
5. Lovely Living Room Paint Choice
In this space shared at Bob Vila, Silver Satin paint is transformed by the light throughout the day. The designer, Julia Mack describes the shade as sophisticated and flexible and explains that the walls look white during the day but morph into taupe as daylight subsides.
Kitchens Using Silver Satin Benjamin Moore
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).
6. Silver Satin Kitchen Cabinets
This kitchen from Decorpad proves that Silver Stain is the way to go if you’re looking for a little more depth and interest than just “white on white.”
The shade looks lovely on the kitchen cabinets and contrasts the white countertops and subway tile backsplash just ever so slightly.
7. Silver Satin as a Cabinetry Color
Here’s another stunning example, this one from Pure Wow, of Silver Satin paint on kitchen cabinets. It’s neutral enough to lay back and let the dramatic, marbled center island and gold hood range be the stars of the show.
I love this modern update on farmhouse-chic decor from Saw Nail and Paint! A fresh, clean color palette with silver accents keep this kitchen looking light and bright. The only wall surface in this space is the small sliver above the cabinets, and Silver Satin is the right color for the job.
9. Off-White Cabinet Color
A fresh coat of Silver Satin paint was all that was needed to brighten up the cabinets in this kitchen by 2 Cabinet Girls. Check out the before and after photos!
10. Keeping it Light and Bright
I never would have guessed that the cabinets in this kitchen found on Decorpad were off-white. This space looks so light and bright! I love the pairing of the light blue kitchen island and Silver Satin kitchen cabinets.
Bathrooms Using Silver Satin Benjamin Moore
Don’t forget the finish! For bathrooms the perfect sheen is either an eggshell or satin. Why? We’ll tell you in this post about paint sheen.
11. Beautiful Bathroom Color
This bathroom from Studio Envie is absolutely beautiful! The combination of Silver Satin walls and Chantilly Lace trim plays perfectly with the light gray pattern of the mosaic floor tile.
The way the light streams in illuminates everything so softly, creating an absolutely serene spa vibe.
12. Silver Satin Shiplap
This stunner of a bathroom from Remodelista is all about subtle touches. The clawfoot tub, hardwood floors, and wood slat walls and ceiling lend a historical feel to the space.
Silver Satin was a great choice for a soft, neutral canvas for the textured tiled walk-in shower and contrasts the dark wood flooring.
Love the shiplap? We’ve got more shiplap ideas here.
13. Soft, Neutral Backdrop
I love when homes have a subtly coastal feel without going overboard on the theme. In coastal decor, seafoam green or light turquoise touches are a must, like on this bathroom vanity found at Home Bunch.
Silver Satin makes for a softer, neutral backdrop as opposed to pure white.
14. Looking Light Gray
Benjamin Moore Silver Satin definitely looks gray in this cool-toned bathroom shared by Jen Libutti Home. It complements the stoneware tiled look of the lower wall and contrasts with the white bathtub and vanity cabinets.
Bedrooms Using Silver Satin Benjamin Moore
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.
15. Dreamy Off-White Bedroom Option
This might be my favorite look for BM Silver Satin: a soft, dreamy, creamy off-white, paired with white trim and white and off-white furniture. The black picture frames and gold bedside sconces serve as accent pieces that pop, in this lovely bedroom from The DIY Playbook.
16. Silver Satin Bedroom
Here’s a rare chance to see Silver Satin as a wall color paired with a darker gray or greige trim. Benjamin Moore shows that Silver Satin is such a chameleon color that it works perfectly!
This shade works especially well for smaller bedrooms because it brings an airiness that makes tight spaces feel bigger.
17. Parisian Pretty
This lovely bedroom from Finding Beauty Mom feels like a Parisian flat. Silver Satin complements the high ceilings, making the space feel open and airy without the starkness of pure white. It contrasts with the white trim and works with the pale decor palette.
Dining Rooms Using Silver Satin Benjamin Moore
18. Bringer of Brightness
Again, Benjamin Moore shows that Silver Satin wins at bringing a bright airiness to a space without being white-white. And again, it adds just the right amount of contrast to the white trim. It complements virtually any neutral color palette containing beige, off-white, and wood shades.
It’s lovely how this dining room feels so fresh and open, even with stately, vintage pieces like the chandelier, fireplace, and decor touches.
19. Fresh Look with Silver Satin
Here’s a great representation of how OC-26 Silver Satin paint works in a space with vaulted ceilings.
In this post from Style at Home, designer Tara Fingold points out that it “adds a certain freshness to walls without being too white or too grey.” Agree one hundred percent, Tara!
More Spaces Using Silver Satin Benjamin Moore
20. Happy Sight in Hallways
It’s helpful to note that in spaces like hallways without much direct natural light, Silver Satin tends to read more towards off-white with beige tendencies as opposed to a bright off-white. That’s very evident in this photo.
The shade really helps to break up the high wainscoting that surrounds this lovely staircase shared by Prime Coat Painting on Pinterest, and provides just enough contrast to make the moldings pop without being visually jarring.
21. Silver Satin Color Inspiration
This lovely, lovely entryway shared on Home Bunch plays with colors in such a beautiful way. Silver Satin paint on the walls adds a nice contrast to the white trim, complements the wood accents, and is neutral enough to let the colorful accents pop.
Note that above the staircase, there’s almost a greenish undertone peeking through in the paint shade.
22. Outstanding in an Open-Concept Living Space
What to do to update a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace but avoid going the all-white look throughout a vaulted ceiling living space? You paint the fireplace white and use Benjamin Moore Silver Satin paint on the walls, of course!
I love the depth and dimension of the shade in this wonderful 1960s ranch-style home from 5280. It has a clean and modern look without feeling stark.
23. Lovely Laundry Room
We all dream about this much storage in the laundry room, right? With practically every inch of wall space taken up by cabinet and closet doors, Silver Satin is a perfect, off-white color choice that pairs perfectly with the gray countertops, backsplash and floors in this space from Claire Jefford.
Whether you’ve always known that off-white is the way to go for your home, or have been convinced for the first time, Benjamin Moore Silver Satin is a great choice.
Did you enjoy seeing real-life homes using Silver Satin paint? Which room in your house would you use BM Silver Satin?
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