Benjamin Moore Natural Cream is a fabulous greige paint color that is warm, cozy and full of charm. It’s a soft, pretty neutral that might work in any space of your home!

Call it mushroom, call it greige, call it cream… whatever you want to name it, I call it beautiful!

It works perfectly with softer cream colors, as well as deeper mushroom and taupe colors. I think you’re going to love it – let’s take a deeper dive into this beautiful color!

A kitchen with cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore Natural Cream
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Benjamin Moore Natural Cream is a fabulous up and coming paint color that is taking the internet by storm! This is a beautiful shade that rests somewhere between cream and greige.

It’s light and bright, and yet gives you some contrast against warmer whites and bright white colors. It’s a rich, creamy color without a ton of yellow in the undertones!

Take a full tour of this color used in a real home, from kitchen cabinets, to board and batten and so more! Use the drop down Table of Contents menu to navigate this post and find all the information you’ll need to decide if this color is right for you.

Since I haven’t had a chance to use this gorgeous color yet, my friend Emma Courtney was kind enough to allow us to share her beautiful home. If you haven’t seen her house, you simply must check it out!

See the full before and after of her Benjamin Moore Natural Cream kitchen here! It’s such an incredible space and so inspiring! We love this color so much we’ve added it to our round up of favorite Mushroom Paint Colors.

A kitchen with cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore Natural Cream
Benjamin Moore Natural Cream kitchen via Emma Courtney. The walls and shiplap are painted in Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.

Benjamin Moore Natural Cream OC-14

This color is a warm, soft neutral. It’s somewhere between a warm white and a mushroom color. It is the perfect greige, with soft undertones that work with a variety of accent colors.

Looking for more paint inspiration? Don’t skip my complete guide to Warm WhitesGreige Paint ColorsRomantic Bedroom Colors and our favorite Neutral Paint Colors we’ve used over the years.

Learn all about this pretty warm greige paint color! Fun fact: it’s also known as Benjamin Moore Nature’s Essentials 1521.

A kitchen with cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore Natural Cream
Benjamin Moore Natural Cream kitchen via Emma Courtney.

Why You’ll Love This Color

  • Rich and Warm
  • Works in a Variety of Lighting
  • Perfect Neutral
  • Great Accent Color

Benjamin Moore Natural Cream LRV

What is LRV? Click through for a full guide – this is an important system to understand for paint choices!

LRV stands for Light Reflectance Value. This is a valuable measuring scale that shows us the amount of light a color reflects… or in other words, how bright a color is. On a scale of 0-100, 0 is deepest black and 100 is pure white.

Natural Cream has an LRV of 64.78. That’s a perfect LRV that interior designers tend to love… staying around a 60 will give you a warm, cozy mid-tone wall color. It’s also wonderful as an accent color in a variety of spaces!

Where to Use BM Natural Cream

A wallpapered bathroom with board and batten on the bottom of the walls, painted in Natural Cream Benjamin Moore.
Benjamin Moore Natural Cream powder room via Emma Courtney.

Natural Cream Benjamin Moore Cabinets

As you can see, this color works beautifully on kitchen cabinets. The warm tone of Natural Cream looks gorgeous when paired with quartz countertops and a subway tile backsplash.

The brass hardware with brass cabinet latches make such a warm, cozy look in this kitchen, too!

A marble countertop with paint swatches and small cans of open cream paint colors.
A kitchen with cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore Natural Cream
Benjamin Moore Natural Cream kitchen via Emma Courtney.


  • Gray
  • Yellow
  • Slight Green

Trim Colors to Pair With

Similar Colors


  • In a north facing room (or a room without much natural lighting) you will see more gray undertones.
  • Get 5-6 samples if that’s what it takes. Learn more about Paint Samples here!
  • Try the various colors you sample on two walls in the room, or exterior that face different directions.
  • Look at the paint at various times during the day to see how it reads in various lighting situations. Learn more about light bulbs here.
  • Test it with your trim color.
A kitchen with cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore Natural Cream
Benjamin Moore Natural Cream kitchen via Emma Courtney.

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  1. Hi Julie. I would like to use BM Natural Cream in my foyer and LR. Will that color pair well with BM Buttered Yam in my DR and BM Showtime in my kitchen? The spaces are all visible from each other.

    1. Hi Karen,
      Thanks so much for your question – unfortunately I cannot offer custom paint consultations at this time. My best advice is to buy some paint samples and test the colors you’re considering next to your ceiling paint, trim paint and cabinetry, and study it throughout the day in different lighting situations. Check out my guide to paint samples here!
      Good luck, and have a beautiful week!

  2. I want to use this BM natural cream color in my upper kitchen cabinets but wasn’t too sure if it will go well with the two other colors I have in mind to use on bottom cabinets; those are HC-85 FAIRVIEW TAUPE and/or HC100 GLOUCESTER SAGE. What do you think? I need your opinion. Thank you.

      1. Love the article and the color. I am in the process of choosing a bright color for my kitchen cabinet and I love the color I am wonder if it would match my house color SW Alabaster. Should I do this creamy or do Alabaster in my Kitchen

      1. Would revere pewter or natural cream be better on north facing cabinets in galley kitchen and doors throughout house with simply white walls and baseboard? Exterior doors are matte black with black trim so looking to soften the other accents. Have natural white oak flooring.

        1. Hi Martina,
          Those two options are quite different, as Revere Pewter has a lot more gray to it than Natural Cream. Personally, I’d do a paint sample to help you decide, as it sounds like both could be beautiful with what you’re working with thus far!
          Good luck,

  3. Paint colors can be so confusing as well as finishes. I’ve book marked this post of yours because it is so helpful with great tips suggestions. Thanks for making my next painting project a better experience than my last one.