Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee
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Swiss Coffee OC-45 by Benjamin Moore
Swiss Coffee is milky smooth, soft, and sophisticated. In my latest colour review video of this beautiful neutral by Benjamin Moore, I share:
- Colour comparisons in order to easily see the different colour tones
- Best white paint colours for the trim and ceilings
- Beautiful colour combinations to inspire you for your decorating project
After you watch the video, if you would like all this information conveniently laid out for you in one place and have even more paint colour combinations to use with Swiss Coffee, take a look at my new Perfect Colour Guide. A must-have for any colour enthusiast or design professional.
As a Certified True Colour Expert and an award-winning interior design professional, I’ve worked with many homeowners on various residential design projects. I also want to give you the confidence to make educated decisions about your own paint choices. Let’s do this!
Swiss Coffee Colour Review Video
Undertone: Warm Greige
A versatile off-white, Swiss Coffee may look more white or more greige in colour depending on the lighting and what other decorative elements you pair with it in your interior decorating project.
Looking at the colour comparisons below will help give you a better idea of where Swiss Coffee fits in between two similar shades of creamy whites.
White Dove OC-17 & White Down CC-50
Best Whites To Pair With Swiss Coffee
Simply White OC-117 By Benjamin Moore
Chantilly Lace OC-65 By Benjamin Moore
Snowfall White OC-118 By Benjamin Moore
By the way, did you ever see my stunning Toronto bathroom design that is painted Snowfall White? See the entire project here.
Scroll to the end for professional photos of my all-white bathroom design, plus you’ll see Charlotte, my client’s beautiful white cat. She fitted in purr-fectly with the colour scheme. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)
I have around 10 white paint colours that are my best whites for trim and ceilings. You don’t need all of the thousands of whites available to you to get the right one and you definitely don’t need to mix two different whites or use only a certain percentage of paint colour to get the right one for you.
I can assure you that the best colour for your project already exists, you just need to know 5 Steps on how to choose the right paint colour the first time.
Fabulous Colour Combinations
Swiss Coffee with Thunder, Coventry Gray & Kendall Charcoal
Thunder AF-685 By Benjamin Moore
Coventry Gray HC-169 By Benjamin Moore
Kendall Charcoal HC-166 By Benjamin Moore
PSST!! Head to this follow-up post for 3 inspiring and very different colour and design palettes with Swiss Coffee that includes fabrics, wallpapers, hardwood, and more.
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The colour combinations shown above, plus more fabulous paints to choose from, are included in my Perfect Colour Palette of Swiss Coffee.
Swiss Coffee is now part of my Benjamin Moore Whites & Neutrals Collection showcasing all 10 of my Benjamin Moore white and neutral Perfect Colour Palettes.
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Melinda| 9 January 2021
I used Swiss Coffee in a dark bedroom. All four walls. Would not recommend it in a dark room. It’s not objectionable, just very . . . Blah. However I would consider it for whole-house not-exactly-white walls.
Claire Jefford| 9 January 2021
Hey Melinda. Thank you for sharing your experience with Swiss Coffee! It is important to note that a light paint colour will never bring a dark room to life. Only lighting in a space can do that. If there is no natural lighting, adding portlights, sconces and lamps is the only way to brighten a room.
Meredith| 9 January 2021
I chose Swiss Coffee for my front hallway, stairwell & upstairs hallway and it’s fabulous! I live in a Tudor with very little natural
light and needed a warmer white that wouldn’t be too stark as there is a ton of wood. I spent hours looking at whites and settled happily on this color. My adjoining living room is Revere Pewter and dining room is Georgian Green & it all goes together nicely. I am considering it to paint my kitchen cabinets as well!
Claire Jefford| 16 July 2021
Hi Meredith. Thanks for sharing your experience with Swiss Coffee! I can’t wait to use it for a project in the near future…I hope!
Dana| 10 January 2021
Hi Claire, We used Swiss Coffee on all the walls and Snowfall White on the doors, trim and ceilings of an east facing condo last year and they look fabulous together! The wood floors were stained from an orange tone to a medium brown. The existing brown and off white marble entry floors came to life beautifully with the coordinating colours of Swiss Coffee and Snowfall White. I love and recommend this pairing of colours for a warm, light space!
Claire Jefford| 16 July 2021
This is great to hear Dana, thank you for sharing your experience with this colour combination!
Sharon| 4 September 2021
Ceilings and trim throughout our home are Swiss Coffee. Looks great with the old Ralph Lauren stone grey, wheat gold and the deep red master bath.
Claire Jefford| 8 September 2021
Sounds lovely Sharon!
Michelle Lindsey| 15 September 2021
We have decided to use Swiss coffee for upper cabinets, but we cannot decide on a color for the lower cabinets. We wanted something to offset our white. countertops. Somebody please put me out of my misery! LOL
Claire Jefford| 16 September 2021
I would only choose a different colour for the base cabinets if your not looking for a white, but rather an actual colour. Otherwise, just use Swiss Coffee.
Michelle| 18 September 2021
Thank you! Would I you ever suggest using a mushroom -ish shade under Swiss Coffee?
Claire Jefford| 14 October 2021
Absolutely! There are a couple of these more neutral paint colours listed in my colour guide if you are interested to see the entire palette we created as inspiration for Swiss Coffee. –> https://clairejefford.com/product-category/essential-colour-guides/
Stephanie K| 21 September 2021
Hi there! Very close to picking Swiss Coffee for the dining room that opens into the kitchen. I think it will look nice with our dark cherry cabinets. However, I’m unsure about it matching our cool toned dining set. The dining room table is again a dark cherry wood, but the dining chairs are a cool grey that picks up blue tones in our house. Same with our kitchen barstools. I know Swiss Coffee can look good with certain blues, but do you think it will go with a light cool blue/grey?
Claire Jefford| 14 October 2021
Hi Stephanie! In the blog post you may have seen that we paired Swiss Coffee with Moonshine in our palette, which is a cooler gray. Buy a tester pot, paint a large board 12×12 or bigger, and then put it up against your stools and chairs to see how it looks.
Ellie| 18 October 2021
Hi! My whole bathroom has a lot of white and soft gray (marble look) porcelain tile. I’m trying to warm it up and adding some wood elements and a soft vintage rug. I have a large window in the bathroom and can’t decide between Swiss Coffee or Swiss coffee at 75%. I’m trying to warm it up a bit without making it class or turn yellow. Thoughts?
Claire Jefford| 5 December 2021
Hi Ellie. That’s tough because those marble tones that you are describing, are more on the ‘cool’ side and Swiss Coffee may look dirty next to the tile. You’ll need to test a large paint board in their first to be sure. Here is a link to more paint advice, three downloads I created to help you choose the right paint color the first time –> https://clairejefford.com/ccd-freebies/
Jessie A| 26 October 2021
Hi Claire! I’ve selected Swiss Coffee for my living room but really want a charcoal accent wall. Is this a suitable match? I’m hesitant because my current decor scheme consists of soft grays, ivory and accents of burnt and muted orange.
Claire Jefford| 5 December 2021
You need to make sure that other decorative elements relate to Kendall Charcoal and have that colour repeated elsewhere in the space in order to make this work. It could be beautiful, just be purposeful in supporting your selection with other accessories.
Kathleen| 3 June 2022
We are doing a new build. I picked out Swiss coffee 100% for our upper cabinets. F&B railings for our lower cabinets. I am torn about what to paint the trim & wall color of this North facing kitchen/living room with huge windows. I am actually thinking of just brightening Swiss Coffee by 50%.
Claire Jefford| 8 June 2022
I would just do Swiss Coffee without changing the value of the paint colour itself. It will look slightly different anyway, because where you are painting (walls/trim) is a different application than cabinets.
Donna Bear| 18 April 2023
My kitchen walls are Montgomery White, my trim is Swiss Coffee, my granite countertops are warm greys, and a white is close to Swiss Coffee. I want to paint my kitchen cabinets Chantilly Lace and my husband wants to do them Swiss Coffee to match the trim. Who is picking the best color for the kitchen cabinets or are both of us completely wrong? We do not get much natural light in the kitchen.
Claire Jefford| 19 April 2023
Hi Donna. Based on what you are saying, I would match the cabinetry to the trim colour if you know that Swiss Coffee works with your countertops. Chantilly Lace is brighter than Swiss Coffee. In this instance, your husband may be right 😉