Benjamin Moore Shale 861

Official color page:Shale 861
Color code:861
Color name:Shale
Brand:Benjamin Moore

Experience the timeless elegance of Benjamin Moore's 861 Shale. This sophisticated gray paint color adds a touch of refinement to any space, creating a calming and versatile atmosphere. Pair Shale with soft neutrals like Benjamin Moore's 967 Sea Haze or 859 Granola for a cohesive look that exudes understated sophistication. Complement this shade with accents in muted blues like Benjamin Moore's HC-154 Hale Navy or subtle greens like 2141-50 November Rain to enhance the serene ambiance of your room. Elevate your interior design with the chic versatility of Shale.

What are Benjamin Moore Shale undertones?

Red is Benjamin Moore Shale 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 Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate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:

195, 189, 177

Is Benjamin Moore Shale 861 cool or warm?

warm colors
Color wheel
cool colors

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

861 Shale HSL code: 40, 13%, 73%

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 Grey 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 Shale:

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

Shale 861 vs Horizon Gray 2141-50

Are you torn between these two hues? Let's dive in and see which is the best fit for your home.

Benjamin Moore Shale 861 vs Benjamin Moore Horizon Gray 2141-50Open Shale 861
LRV: 50.47%
Light Medium color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 50.68%
Light Medium color
Temperature: warm

Shale 861 vs Paris Rain 1501

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

Benjamin Moore Shale 861 vs Benjamin Moore Paris Rain 1501Open Shale 861
LRV: 50.47%
Light Medium color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 52.69%
Light Medium color
Temperature: warm