Benjamin Moore Putnam Ivory


Benjamin Moore Putnam Ivory is another wall paint color I’m happy to talk about here today.

I just love this classic color and I think you will too!


Benjamin Moore Putnam Ivory on hallway walls with natural light


Benjamin Moore Putnam Ivory


Last week’s post on painted wood floors, featured a photo with Putnam Ivory on the walls.

Since then I received a few inquiries about this particular wall color.

So,I figured a full post on this would be a great idea!

Putnam Ivory is a warm, tan neutral color.

In the interior design world this is considered to be a beige paint color.

As you can see from our former hallway above– this color looks great in natural light.

We paired it with Benjamin Moore’s White Dove on the trim, and went with a wallpapered grasscloth ceiling.

I think this color would be perfect with a white painted ceiling too.

You can read more about which ceiling Benjamin Moore paint colors we chose here.

wallpapered ceiling with putnam ivory by Benjamin Moore on the walls


Putnam Ivory HC-39 is part of Benjamin Moore’s Historical Color collection.


Our former home was a colonial, so the time honored Historical Collection colors made a lot of sense for this house design wise.

If you’re looking for a warm, neutral beige wall color, this Benjamin Moore paint could be the one.


Benjamin Moore Putnam Ivory on walls in artificial light


Putnam Ivory in Natural vs Artificial Light


As you can see from my photos, this color looks different in natural light and artificial light.

With samples on the walls, and after careful consideration, we decided we loved how it looked in both type of lights.

We also considered both Benjamin Moore’s Shaker Beige and Manchester Tan.

And, I almost forgot – we also tried out Sherwin William’s Kilim Beige for this space.

We obviously chose Putnam Ivory because it looks just a bit warmer and it made the whole space look inviting without any significant difference in the day to night lighting.

I also liked how it complimented the dark wood floors in this space.

I think it’s a great neutral paint which will work in so many different rooms.

Family rooms and living rooms are two spaces which I know look great in this color.


I’ve been asked if this has a green undertone?

Honestly? I don’t know.

I don’t bother with this type of analysis because I’m not a “color expert” in this sense.

So, I just literally go with my gut and what I think looks good.

Truthfully, most of the time, when people talk about undertones, I think it has more to do with colors of things in the actual room, itself.


painted and numbered staircase





Ultimately you need to love the paint colors you choose for your walls.

Which is why I can’t recommend trying it out as a sample in your home first.

Because, as you can see from my photos above – even the surrounding light from one room to another can differ, and this will alter the look of any paint color.

Live with a few samples for a few days before making your final decision.

Always be sure to test the color in natural and artificial light too!

Also, another great way to test out a paint color (while I haven’t personally tried this)  is to get large self sticking paint samples.

Doesn’t this sound so clever?

No messy paint cans to deal with before you commit! Win/win!

If you’re at all curious, you can find them here and try it out as a sample in your home first!


Benjamin Moore paint sampleBenjamin Moore Putnam Ivory HC-39



Hopefully, you found this post helpful.

If you do end up using Benjamin Moore Putnam Ivory in your home, let me know!

Even better, send me a photo – I’d love to see it.

By the way, you can always see more of our home right here.


Any other questions, please shoot me an email or leave it in the comments below.

I’ll be more than happy to answer them.

Which reminds me… I’ve already answered a popular inquiry on the best white paint colors to use for trim and baseboards, (just in case your wondering:)

This post on how to pick the best ceiling paint for each room in your house is very popular!

I also wrote several similar paint color reviews, you can always use the search bar to see more.

Two other popular favorites which come to mind are Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan and  Benjamin Moore Calm.



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Putnam Ivory paint card to pin



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  1. The most beautiful , soothing,absolutely gorgeous color I have ever seen !

    Published on 10.16.20 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      🙂 thanks!

      Published on 10.17.20 · Reply