While darker, bolder paint colors are definitely having a moment in the trend spotlight, neutral paint colors will always have their place. One versatile neutral that we’re particularly loving right now is Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore.

Want to learn more about this popular Benjamin Moore paint color? We’re giving you the scoop and showing it in action with some of our favorite color schemes.

What color is Pale Oak?

Pale oak is a true “greige”—a perfect blend of warm gray and beige. Reminiscent of white oak, as a paint color it adds just a touch of color and warmth to space while remaining versatile and neutral.

What undertones does Pale Oak have?

Benjamin Moore Pale Oak has warm undertones which lean a bit yellow, giving it a really creamy finish. And since this soft paint color sits at the intersection of gray and beige, it can lean toward one or the other of the base colors, depending on its surroundings. Because of that, the furniture and decor in a room, as well as the natural and artificial lighting, will greatly impact how this color “reads” in a space. In some lighting, Pale Oak will have the slightest purple or pink undertone. But in a space with a ton of natural light, this paint color will actually read more off-white than gray or beige.

What We Love about Benjamin Moore Pale Oak

There’s a lot to love about this warm, versatile neutral. But here are a few of our favorite things about Benjamin Moore Pale Oak:

  • It creates a warm sophistication and quiet elegance in a space.
  • It can balance out deep and bold shades, while also making white look more crisp.
  • It’s a neutral shade—but it’s far from boring. (The perfect choice if you’re wanting a neutral but want to avoid white or gray.)
  • It goes really well with transitional, minimalist, traditional, and Scandinavian designs.

What colors does Pale Oak go well with?

Pale Oak goes with a variety of colors. We especially love the way it looks with deep blues and earthy greens (though it even looks lovely with a more minty, aqua green). With its warm gray undertones, it takes on a beautiful quality when paired with earth tones like brown, clay, and rust. (And, no matter your color palette, if you want to create contrast between your Pale Oak wall color and trim, paint your trim a true, crisp white.)

Want to see these color schemes in action? Keep reading to see our top 5 favorite color combinations to use with Benjamin Moore Pale Oak.

Serene bedroom in transitional coastal style with walls painted in pale qak by Benjamin Moore

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Blue and Pale Oak

Various shades of deep blue tones go really well with Benjamin Moore Pale Oak. When paired together, the visual contrast is very pleasing to the eye and creates an elegant, traditional look. If you want to try out this color scheme, incorporate varying shades of blue throughout a space (rather than sticking with just one). They’ll all play beautifully with the gray undertones of Pale Oak, complementing and contrasting all at once.

Pair Pale Oak Walls with the Adona Queen Bed by Scout Home

This handsome indigo-dyed upholstery bed will pop against Pale Oak walls. A shelter-style bed with almost a wingback shape, it adds a dramatic touch to a bedroom—with a hint of glam from the brass nailheads.

MCM meets boho living room with leather sofa and walls painted in pale oak by by Benjamin Moore

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Brown, Rust, and Pale Oak

Brown and rusty, burnt orange bring out the earthy qualities of Benjamin Moore Pale Oak, creating a lovely color palette. Brown tones and Pale Oak create a warm neutral base for a room design, while pops of rust help the Pale Oak to feel more modern. This mix of earthy neutrals gives rooms, like the one above, a sophisticated and serene sensibility.

Pair Pale Oak Walls with Thomas Framed Wall Art by Precita Home

Bring those rust tones into your space with some wall art, which will beautifully complement Pale Oak walls. Ready to hang and already framed, this pair of complementary art pieces is great for making a statement with minimal effort.

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Black, Light Neutrals, and Pale Oak

As is often the case with neutrals in general, Benjamin Moore Pale Oak goes well with other neutral colors. By varying the shades of neutrals in a space—from warm brown woods to greige bedding and flax upholstery—you can create subtle depth in a space. And pops of black offer some contrast against Pale Oak walls without bringing color into the space. Together, this mix of neutrals creates a very zen and cohesive space.

Pair Pale Oak Walls with the Hartley Nightstand by Scout Home

We love the high-contrast look of black furniture against Pale Oak walls. This iron nightstand is designed in a sleek and industrial-inspired style—while still offering some traditional details. It offers ample storage for either a bedside table or as a smaller stand-alone dresser.

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Earthy Green and Pale Oak

Benjamin Moore Pale Oak goes really well with greens—especially earthy greens. These green tones pop against this paint color, creating some beautiful but soothing contrast. The creamy undertones of Pale Oak softens shades of green and adds a sophisticated element to this cheerful color palette.


Pair Pale Oak Walls with the Rodrigo Pillow by Precita Home

We love the look of this green pillow against a white sofa and Pale Oak walls. This beautiful sage green pillow with simple striping adds a springy, fresh feel to a living room. And the cover is removable for easy cleaning, too!

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Warm Earth Tones and Pale Oak

Warm earth tones like gold, terracotta, dusty rose, and even burgundy pair beautifully with Benjamin Moore Pale Oak. They contrast with this neutral without creating too much starkness, since the Pale Oak adds a warmth to the space in a way that compliments this color scheme.

Pair Pale Oak Walls with the Korina Rug by Ceana Designs

This beautiful rug is full of earth and jewel tones, which offers incredible depth to a room painted with Pale Oak walls. Hand-lopped, it features a timeless medallion pattern that looks vintage but is made to last.

More Benjamin Moore Paint Inspiration

Looking to freshen up the paint in your home? Before you buy the paint and pull out the rollers, be sure to check out our designer-approved painting tips—plus the most popular living room paint colors and a guide to matching paint and wood floors. And if you like neutrals like Pale Oak, you may also like 5 of our other favorite neutral Benjamin Moore colors. Check them out, below!

Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee

Sophisticated and versatile, this is a true off-white that is warmer than cool.

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

A light gray with warm undertones, this is a calming and restorative paint color.

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

One of our go-to grays that’s both timeless and modern, this is a very soft neutral.

Benjamin Moore White Dove

An absolutely classic shade of white, this is a favorite choice for light and bright spaces.

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist

A true off-white that feels rustic and warm, this is a great neutral paint color to add coziness to a space.

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