Benjamin Moore Desolate OC-101 paint color review

Let’s dive into a full Desolate paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful OC-101. Find out if this gorgeous warm yellow paint color would look great on your living room walls or trims, kitchen cabinet, bedroom accent wall, bathroom or house exterior.

Official color page:Desolate OC-101
Color code:OC-101
Color name:Desolate
Brand:Benjamin Moore

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What are Benjamin Moore Desolate undertones?

Red is Benjamin Moore Desolate undertone color, as you can clearly see on the color field below. To determine this undertone we’ve removed all the tints, tones, shades and get HUE (pure color). Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate


HEX value

HEX value:


RGB code:

246, 234, 210

Is Benjamin Moore Desolate OC-101 cool or warm?

warm colors
Color wheel
cool colors

With a hue of 40° this Yellow refers warm paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

OC-101 Desolate HSL code: 40, 67%, 89%

Hue - degree on a color wheel from 0 to 360. 0 is red, 120 is green, and 240 is blue.
Saturation is a percentage value. 0% is a shade of grey, and 100% is the full color.
Lightness is also a percentage value. 0% is black, and 100% is white.

  • Warm Yellow will make even large rooms feel cozy and intimate
  • Warm Beige undertones tend to make you feel happy, energized and playful
  • Warm paint colors are ideal for kitchens, living rooms or bathrooms
  • Warmer hues make larger spaces feel more inviting

Act like a pro: Mixing warm and cool shades is a must have to get harmonius interior. Add accents that contrast with the primary color to create visual balance. If your walls are a warm color, don’t forget to add accent in cold colors (furniture, art, décor). A good practice is too use a complementary color scheme.

Coordinating colors.
Colors that go with Benjamin Moore Desolate:

Monochromatic color scheme

Monochromatic color scheme

This scheme consists of different shades, tints, and tones of a single color. It's the perfect hue combination, but with no accent decor it's pretty boring.

Lighter shades

Darker shades

Complementary color scheme

Complementary color scheme

This color scheme is a combination of two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. The high contrast between these colors creates a vibrant and dynamic visual effect.

Color comparison

Desolate OC-101 vs Country White 898

What is the difference between these two paint colors. Let’s compare to see which might be right for you.

Benjamin Moore Desolate OC-101 vs Benjamin Moore Country White 898Open Desolate OC-101
LRV: 80.53%
Off-White color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 80.21%
Off-White color
Temperature: warm

Desolate OC-101 vs Woodmont Cream 204

Trying to decide between these two shades? Our comparison highlights the similarities and differences between these two paint colors.

Benjamin Moore Desolate OC-101 vs Benjamin Moore Woodmont Cream 204Open Desolate OC-101
LRV: 80.53%
Off-White color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 80.46%
Off-White color
Temperature: warm

LRV of Desolate

Desolate OC-101 has an LRV of 80.53% and refers to Off-White colors that reflect a lot of light

Color paint LRV values

Light Reflectance Value measures the amount of visible and usable light that reflects from a painted surface.
Simply put, the higher LRV of paint color, the brighter room you will get.
Scale goes from 0% (absolute black, absorbing all light) to 100% (pure white, reflecting 100% of all light).

Act like a pro: Choosing paint with LRV of 80.53% be attentive to your bulbs light Brightness.Light Brightness – measured in lumens. The lower LRV of paint you have, the higher lumen level you need. Every square feet of room needs at least 40 lumens. That means for a 200 square feet living room you’ll need 8000 lumens of light. To achieve that brightness, you would require a total of 8 bulbs, 1000lm each.

Color codes

We have collected almost every possible color code you could ever need. To copy the code, just click the icon to the right of it.

HEX#F6EAD2copy color code
RGB Decimal246, 234, 210copy color code
RGB Percent96.47%, 91.76%, 82.35%copy color code
HSVHue: 40° Saturation: 14.63% Value: 96.47%copy color code
HSLhsl(40, 67, 89)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 0.0 Magenta: 4.88 Yellow: 14.63 Key: 3.53copy color code
YIQY: 234.852 I: 14.863 Q: -4.93copy color code
XYZX: 79.06 Y: 83.093 Z: 72.829copy color code
CIE LabL:93.055 a:0.164 b:13.117copy color code
CIE LuvL:93.055 u:8.452 v:19.394copy color code
Decimal16181970copy color code
Hunter lab91.155, -4.707, 16.439copy color code