Our Review of November Rain by Benjamin Moore

If a warm and welcoming neutral paint color speaks to your exterior design goals, November Rain by Benjamin Moore could be your perfect fit. It’s a subdued light gray with soft green undertones. It’s sophisticated, classy, and it works on any texture, making it a great paint color for exteriors. Read on to learn more about its technical specs, color pairing ideas, and more.

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light gray home with wood porch columns

Benjamin Moore’s November Rain: The Specs

November Rain by Benjamin Moore is a warm and welcoming pale gray with a hint of green and an LRV of 71.03. (Not sure what LRV means? We break down everything you need to know, including why it’s important to consider LRV when selecting a paint color for your home, here.) Its muted tone pairs beautifully with light or dark accent shades.

Depending on your home’s sun exposure, November Rain can read differently. If your exterior faces the sun, the paint color will embrace its warmth and the green undertones will shine. But if your home doesn’t get much sunlight, November Rain will appear as more of a straightforward gray. Color pairings also impact the shade’s appearance. Coupled with high contrast, dark colors, November Rain can almost look off-white, and with lighter tones, it reads darker.


A home rendering featuring Benjamin Moore's Wescott Navy

Recommended Applications for November Rain

November Rain’s neutral nature breeds versatility, and the shade works well as both an accent and as the main exterior paint color. Because of its softness, we tend to use November Rain on more traditional-leaning homes. 

For the design above, our designers used November Rain on the trim, providing quiet contrast to the siding, rendered in Benjamin Moore’s Westcott Navy.

traditional home with light gray siding and navy shutters

We used November Rain on both the siding and brick of this home. and its subtle tone translates well across both textures. The shutters are painted with Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy, which provides a just the right amount of contrast to the face of the home. We also love the depth that Sherwin Williams’ Analytical Gray brings on the columns, gutters, and soffit. 


traditional home with white siding and light gray shutters

November Rain Paint Color Pairings

If you want a light color palette, try pairing November Rain with a shade of white. For this design, we used Benjamin Moore’s Simply White — a bright, crisp white — for the siding and painted the shutters with November Rain. The wood front door and porch columns also add more dimension to the façade.

traditional home with light gray siding and navy shutters

Next, our designers used a timeless color combination for this traditional home: light gray and navy. The November Rain siding stands out against the shutters, which are painted with Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy. This design is similar to two homes above; however, this one shows November Rain on the trim, columns, soffits, and fascia in addition to the siding.


cottage with light gray brick and wood accents

Pros & Cons of November Rain

PROS:

  • It is a versatile, neutral hue
  • Its warmth makes it ideal for pairing with wood and other natural elements 
  • With soft green undertones, it’s a more dynamic light gray shade than some others out there

CONS:

  • Because of its undertones, November Rain can look different depending on color pairings and lighting
  • With an LRV of 71.03, this paint color is pretty light, so if you’re looking for a bolder exterior, this might not be the color for you
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.

November Rain Alternatives

November Rain by Benjamin Moore is a lovely neutral that can elevate any exterior, regardless of design style. Still, the hue might not be exactly suited to your home or desired design. Here are some similar alternatives to consider.

large off-white home with porch columns and balconies

Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee

Although November Rain might appear off-white at times, especially when paired with other light colors, it’s still a light gray. If you want a true off-white, Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee is a contender with just about the same LRV, coming in at 71.91.


modern home with light green stucco

Sherwin Williams’ Sea Salt 

If you want to lean more strongly into green for your exterior, Sherwin Williams’ Sea Salt is a muted green with slight blue undertones that still provides plenty of warmth and versatility.


light gray traditional home

Benjamin Moore’s Balboa Mist

Like November Rain, Benjamin Moore’s Balboa Mist is a pale gray that embraces warmth. The main difference is this shade doesn’t have the same green undertones.


traditional home with gray siding and light gray trim

The Bottom Line on Benjamin Moore’s November Rain

If a soft-yet-still-dynamic neutral hue is what you have in mind for your exterior, November Rain by Benjamin Moore might be the right paint color for your project. Whether you use it to paint the stucco, siding, or brick on your exterior or you implement it as an accent shade, this light gray is as versatile as it is stunning.

Choosing a paint color for your exterior is a big commitment. Not only is painting a huge undertaking, it’s also an expensive undertaking. Before moving forward and making a costly design decision, work with us to help you visualize what certain paint colors will look like on your home. We’ll help you pick the perfect paint color and visualize any other updates you have in mind, from shutters to decks. Get started on your exterior design project today.

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