Benjamin Moore October Mist Review & Inspiration

What We Love About October Mist 1495

Benjamin Moore October Mist is an updated sage green that imbues both traditional and modern interiors with a warm elegance. This soft, medium shade of green is ideal for the living room, dining room or master bedroom. October Mist complements the cool gray tones in marble and granite countertops, so it's a sophisticated paint color choice for bathroom and kitchen cabinets. It’s dark enough to create a crisp contrast against white trim, and blends beautifully with rich, earthy tones.

Surprisingly, October Mist has a neutral look that complements wood kitchen cabinets and warm, rustic wood floors. October Mist was the Benjamin Moore Color of the Year for 2022. It’s part of Benjamin Moore's Classics color collection, a wide-ranging collection of classic yet contemporary hues that are the foundation of the Benjamin Moore color legacy.

Benjamin Moore October Mist Undertones

If you're moving away from gray paint and want some color in your home, October Mist might be the best green paint to try. Even though it's a warm green, it's softened by a hint of gray, which helps it function almost like a neutral paint color. It’s a medium shade that shifts as the light changes throughout the day; in low lighting it can appear much darker.

October Mist gray undertones vs. Guilford Green yellow undertones

With an LRV (light reflectance value) of 46.54, October Mist has a medium level of reflectance that appears darker or lighter in different lighting. This classic wall color retains its barely-warm demeanor even in bright natural light, where a warmer green like Benjamin Moore Guilford Green might appear too bright. Even in rooms with South-facing windows, you can rely on October Mist to appear a true sage color. In wintry climates or homes with North-facing rooms, October Mist retains some warmth, although subtle gray undertones may appear.

This low-key color is one of our favorite shades of green, with enough color to stand out against trim painted with white paint colors like Chantilly Lace or White Dove. It’s also extremely versatile and will complement off-white trim colors like Swiss Coffee or Linen White.

Where To Use October Mist 1495

Like any sage green, October Mist is so easy to live with that you can use it all over the home. As color trends move away from all-neutral interior design, it’s one of the best green paint colors for DIY lovers who want to try a little color.

October Mist Living Rooms

October Mist is the ideal living room paint color for highlighting traditional architecture. It's dark enough to provide crisp contrast, yet light enough to blend softly into the background. In this living room, classic white trim and modern rattan chairs stand out beautifully against the neutral look of October Mist:

Benjamin Moore October Mist living room

Gray, black and aqua create unique color combinations with October Mist for a more modern vibe:

Benjamin Moore October Mist Living Room

October Mist Bedrooms

Sage greens have been a popular choice in bedrooms for decades, and October Mist is no exception. The warm, muted green is calm and soothing; it's the perfect complement to cool nature tones like pale gray, greige, teal and lilac.

Bedroom in Benjamin Moore October Mist
Bedroom in Benjamin Moore October Mist, AURA Interior Eggshell

For a modern look, stay within color families to keep the color palette simple. This traditional bedroom's architecture has been updated with two shades of green carried across the walls and trim. The two-tone effect features Benjamin Moore paints; October Mist on the lower wall, and the paler green of Morning Dew above:

Benjamin Moore October Mist and Morning Dew in a bedroom.

October Mist on the lower wall creates the illusion of wainscoting. Carrying the color scheme across the fireplace minimizes the decorative details for a cleaner, more modern aesthetic:

Benjamin Moore October Mist and Morning Dew.

Pale neutrals aren't the only paint shades that work well alongside October Mist. This versatile color is the perfect background for earthy shades like ochre yellow, deep teal and brick red. Build a rich color scheme with October Mist, Venetian Portico and Hawthorne Yellow, all by Benjamin Moore. In this bedroom, yellow bedding and a brick-red wall take center stage:

Benjamin Moore October Mist bedroom with brick accent wall.

October Mist Kitchens & Dining Rooms

October Mist also complements the cool undertones of stainless steel and marble, making it one of the best paint colors for kitchens. In this modern kitchen, the designer used October Mist on the cabinets as well as the walls for a cohesive look:

Benjamin Moore October Mist on kitchen walls and cabinets.

In this dining area, an accent wall painted with October Mist adds warmth and color beside the white walls and table.

Benjamin Moore October Mist dining room accent wall

October Mist Home Offices

Because October Mist is a lighter medium green, it doesn't absorb natural light; this home office combines light and bright ceilings with a calming green accent wall.

Benjamin Moore October Mist home office accent.

October Mist also complements light wood tones and pale blues, so it's the perfect paint color when you want to bring elements of nature indoors.

Benjamin Moore October Mist home office

October Mist Exteriors

Like any sage green, October Mist makes a beautiful exterior paint color. Use it for siding or as an accent color. This coastal style bungalow gets its charm from Benjamin Moore Beach Glass on the siding accented by October Mist on the doors:

Benjamin Moore Beach Glass and October Mist exterior paint colors

What colors go best with October Mist?

October Mist is a soft sage color that's suitable for both traditional and modern color schemes. For a modern, natural look, pair it with Benjamin Moore Hale Navy and Gray Owl. Choose warm, rich shades like Aegean Teal, Hawthorne Yellow and Venetian Portico to create a well-traveled interior.

Benjamin Moore October Mist Color Palette

October Mist creates a sharp contrast against neutral or slightly cool white paint colors like Benjamin Moore White DoveDecorator’s White or Chantilly Lace. However, it’s a versatile shade whose neutral undertones work beautifully with warm whites like Swiss Coffee or Linen White.

Other Similar Benjamin Moore Colors

If you like the idea of a sage green but October Mist isn't quite right, Benjamin Moore has beautiful green paint options. The closest color is probably Saybrook Sage, which is slightly less gray than October Mist.


If October Mist has too much color, Morning Dew offers similar sage undertones but is much, much lighter. For a dark sage green color, check out Benjamin Moore Cushing Green.

Want to explore more shades of green? Benjamin Moore's impressive selection includes pale greens, cool greens and dramatic deep greens. Louisburg Green is a mid-tone, warm sage green with a sunny olive green tint. Guilford Green is part of their Historic Color Collection, but has a hint of yellow undertone that looks fresh and modern. Cedar Mountains has cooler blue undertones.

For a dark green that still leans towards sage, check out Peale Green. Whichever green you decide to try, be sure to test swatches from your Benjamin Moore paint store with your home’s lighting conditions. Explore even more shades of green by reading The Best Benjamin Moore Green Paint Colors.

Buy An October Mist Benjamin Moore Paint Sample


Complex green colors like October Mist are susceptible to shifts in undertone that could make them appear cooler or warmer, depending on the lighting conditions and time of day. We recommend testing a sample of October Mist and any other options you’re considering before deciding on your final choice.

You can order your Benjamin Moore paint samples, as well as a wide selection of Benjamin Moore paint products, right here at We offer convenient, fast shipping on all paint products anywhere in the U.S.

One of our designers’ favorite tips for an easy way to test paint swatches without making a mess on your walls, is to paint a large poster board using a Benjamin Moore paint color sample; then move it around the room to observe the color on different walls and in different lighting conditions. For more helpful tips on sampling paint, check out our blog post, How To Test Paint Samples The Interior Designer’s Way.