While we love a bold exterior paint color, sometimes a home calls for something classic. That’s when we turn to shades like Benjamin Moore’s Cape May Cobblestone. It’s a warm greige hue that’s timeless and exudes an enviable understated elegance. In this paint color review, we discuss the hue’s technical specs, offer paint color pairing ideas, and more.
Picking a paint color for your home’s exterior is easier said than done. There are countless options available, and a wide variety of factors — setting, lighting, the material being painted — can affect how a certain color looks on a home. No need to worry, though. Our expert team of virtual designers is here to help you make the best decision and find a color palette you love.
Benjamin Moore’s Cape May Cobblestone: The Specs
While Benjamin Moore calls Cape May Cobblestone a ‘gray,’ we think of it as more of a ‘greige’ (gray-meets-beige) paint color. This is because of its warmth and because it has some clear brown tones to it.
Cape May Cobblestone has an LRV of 40.14, which is considered medium and means the shade will reflect an average amount of light and is safe to use inside or outside. (Not familiar with LRV? We explain what it is and why it’s important to consider when selecting a paint color for your home here.)
This shade is a true neutral, but it does have slight warm undertones that come to life in full sun. Sometimes it can read slightly green or blue, but overall, the undertones are very subtle.
Recommended Applications for Cape May Cobblestone
One of the reasons we love this gorgeous gray/greige is because it’s endlessly versatile. It works well on a wide variety of home styles, from traditional to modern and everything in between. Our designers use this hue as a main exterior paint color, as well as an accent and on trim like in the design above. It works on all sorts of cladding — brick, stucco, etc. — and pairs nicely with dark shutters and wood elements.
Cape May Cobblestone Paint Color Pairings
Cape May Cobblestone is a shade that plays well with others. Our designers often use it as a field color paired with a lighter hue on the trim and accents. For example, in the design above, Sherwin Williams’ Pure White is used on the trim, columns, and railing.
Our designers also use this hue to create contrast against darker shades, as seen above. In this rendering, it’s used on the home’s brick with Benjamin Moore’s Iron Mountain on the siding and Sherwin Williams’ Tricorn Black on the garage doors.
Pros & Cons of Benjamin Moore’s Cape May Cobblestone
- It looks lovely on a wide variety of home styles
- It’s a timeless classic
- It works well with plenty of other paint colors
- It won’t deliver for clients looking for something bold and dramatic
- It appears darker in areas of low sun
We always recommend sampling and testing paint colors before committing. Factors such as natural lighting, undertones, and your property’s fixed elements will have a significant impact on how a color will appear on your exterior. Our friends at Samplize offer extra-large 9 x 14.75 inch peel-and-stick paint samples of the colors we love for exteriors. Order your ‘Real Paint, No Mess’ samples from Samplize here.
Cape May Cobblestone Alternatives
Considering Cape May Cobblestone for your home’s exterior but not convinced it’s the one? Check out these alternatives.
Sherwin Williams’ Dorian Gray
Dorian Gray by Sherwin Williams has almost the same LRV as Cape May Cobblestone and can be used in many of the same applications. This shade — one of our top exterior house colors of 2022 — has a subtle purple undertone, but can also read a bit brown or pick up some green.
Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray
With an LRV of 35.65, Rockport Gray by Benjamin Moore is slightly darker than Cape May Cobblestone. Both are warm neutrals, but Rockport Gray leans more strongly into greige territory.
Benjamin Moore’s Gray Huskie
Gray Huskie by Benjamin Moore is a warm hue with mild blue undertones. With an LRV of 45.51, it’s just slightly lighter than Cape May Cobblestone. It’s a versatile shade that exudes effortless sophistication.
The Bottom Line on Benjamin Moore’s Cape May Cobblestone
If you’re looking for a tried-and-true, timeless hue for your home’s exterior, Benjamin Moore’s Cape May Cobblestone is a solid choice. We love its versatility, elegance, and warmth.
Could your home’s exterior use an update? Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint, modern fixtures, new siding, or all the above, our expert designers can help you visualize your desired changes. Get started today.
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