Benjamin Moore Smoky Ash

Benjamin Moore Smoky Ash 986 paint color review

Let’s dive into a full Smoky Ash paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful 986. Find out if this gorgeous warm beige paint color would look great on your living room walls or trims, kitchen cabinet, bedroom accent wall, bathroom or house exterior.

Official color page:Smoky Ash 986
Color code:986
Color name:Smoky Ash
Brand:Benjamin Moore

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LRV of Smoky Ash

Smoky Ash 986 has an LRV of 26.8% and refers to Medium 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 26.80% 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.

What are Benjamin Moore Smoky Ash undertones?

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 Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate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

153, 139, 117

Is Benjamin Moore Smoky Ash 986 cool or warm?

warm colors
Color wheel
cool colors

With a hue of 37° this Beige refers warm paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

986 Smoky Ash HSL code: 37, 15%, 53%

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 Beige 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 Smoky Ash:

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

Smoky Ash 986 vs Worn Leather Shoes CSP-135

Wondering how these two paint colors differ? Let us help you choose the perfect paint color for your home with our comparison.

Benjamin Moore Smoky Ash 986 vs Benjamin Moore Worn Leather Shoes CSP-135Benjamin Moore Smoky Ash 986
LRV: 26.8%
Medium color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 27.18%
Medium color
Temperature: warm

Smoky Ash 986 vs Tavern Gray CW-40

Can't decide between these gorgeous hues? We've got you covered with a comparison.

Benjamin Moore Smoky Ash 986 vs Benjamin Moore Tavern Gray CW-40Benjamin Moore Smoky Ash 986
LRV: 26.8%
Medium color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 26.6%
Medium color
Temperature: warm

Color codes

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HEX#998B75copy color code
RGB Decimal153, 139, 117copy color code
RGB Percent60.00%, 54.51%, 45.88%copy color code
HSVHue: 37° Saturation: 23.53% Value: 60.0%copy color code
HSLhsl(37, 15, 53)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 0.0 Magenta: 9.15 Yellow: 23.53 Key: 40.0copy color code
YIQY: 140.678 I: 15.412 Q: -3.885copy color code
XYZX: 25.58 Y: 26.523 Z: 20.597copy color code
CIE LabL:58.53 a:1.569 b:13.691copy color code
CIE LuvL:58.53 u:9.922 v:17.975copy color code
Decimal10062709copy color code
Hunter lab51.5, -1.464, 12.338copy color code
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