All About: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter – Undertones and More!
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As you can imagine, the majority of questions I’m asked revolve around paint colour and the same colours come up time and time again. So I’ve decided to start a new ‘Colour Review’ series. This series will focus on one colour at a time, with the goal of giving you some ‘deeper insights’ into some of today’s top colours (and my tortured colour obsessed soul).
So, it only seems natural that I start with THE most popular gray paint colour…
Revere Pewter is undoubtedly the hottest gray on the market. It surfaced a few years ago and has only risen in popularity.
Why? Well let’s take a closer look at this uber-fab gray…
Depth : Sits nicely in between light and medium. Personally, it feels a bit darker than expected once it’s applied as while its LRV isn’t low – it also isn’t particularly high, sitting at 55.77 (meaning it won’t really reflect nor absorb much light).
Are you bored yet? Probably, I know I am so let’s get to the fun stuff!
Revere Pewter Undertones
Video at the end of blog post
While it won’t look ‘yellow’ on your walls, it is significantly warmer than more traditional gray paint colours. Some clients of mine have found it a bit too ‘muddy’ and not ‘fresh enough’ when they are looking for a fresh and clean palette.
And while it doesn’t ‘have’ dominant green undertones, I’ve found that the undertone contains a drop of green which is sometimes more noticeable in rooms with cream/yellow toned trim.
This photo shows Revere Pewter with it’s muddy green undertones showing. And I’m not saying muddy like it’s a bad thing, muddy is good if you’re looking for an earth toned relaxing feel, but if you prefer a more ‘fresh’ feeling then muddy ain’t for you my friend!
If you are looking for a clean and fresh gray, don’t choose Revere Pewter
The Best Rooms for Revere Pewter
The great thing about Revere Pewter is that it looks great in ALMOST every room. Because its LRV is so moderate it adjusts itself to a room whether it’s north or south. It also works really well in bright rooms, however in a dark room it can feel a bit flat and murky and will either need to be lightened or you’ll want to look at another gray paint colour.
This photos shows Revere Pewter in a north facing room with a porch overhang, so the natural light is quite diluted.
- In North or East facing rooms, it can revert to its cool side (green undertone) as you’ll have a cooler light coming in the window.
- In South or West Facing rooms where the natural light is warmer, things do neutralize a bit more and it sits more in a gray/muddy zone.
Revere Pewter doesn’t work as well in hallways. Now its not that you can’t put it in the hallways, I find it’s just not bright enough as generally speaking, hallways tend to be dark and therefore don’t usually suit this depth of colour.
Also, Revere Pewter lightened by 1/2 can look AWESOME as shown below and could work very well in a hallway as well…
Via OHara Interiors
Revere Pewter: The Mood
Revere Pewter isn’t a fresh and crisp gray and doesn’t necessarily give a spa feeling like a lot of grays can. This is because of its warm undertone. I’ve heard it called murky, muddy and ‘clay-like’ – not very spa-inspired words if you ask me.
Now keep in mind, one persons ‘feelings’ toward a colour can be different from another but in general, if I were to find some keywords to describe Revere Pewter it would be these:
- Calming and Relaxing
- Versatile, Flexible, Accommodating
- More of a saturated beach feeling, rather than a ‘fresh beach’ feeling
Revere Pewter was chosen for this living room via my Online Color Consulting Services.
Wood tones that Revere Pewter looks great with…
Wood tones is one of the few paint colours that looks good with almost EVERY wood tone. While some wood tones might bring out the subtle green undertone, it still looks beautiful!
Via David Seidel
Fir: Revere Pewter looks soft, welcoming and inviting in this dining room with fir floors. A great way to pull of the mid century modern look.
Via The Turquoise Home (she’s so awesome)
Dark wood, espresso and maple: The flooring and console table really play to the gray side of Revere Pewter
Via Nest Design Studio (check their site for more FAB photos of this space)
Gray tones: Warm gray tones really appeal to the neutral nature of Revere Pewter and make for a low-contrast, cohesive look
But be careful with…
Orange, yellow and red oaks
Depending on your exposure, these wood tones ‘can’ enhance the slightly green undertone of Revere Pewter and almost turn it blue – especially in a North facing room. Now if you like that subtle green then you are good to go, but if you are looking for a ‘straight-up gray’ – you might want to look elsewhere.
Personally I LOOOOVE this photo above as it’s softer than a traditional gray with it’s subtle undertones.
For a comparable gray, check out Revere Pewter vs Collonade Gray – The Great Battle of the Grays!
You have to be careful of ‘other grays’. If you place Revere Pewter with other more crisp, clean/cool grays, they may accent the softer nature of Revere Pewter, which can be pretty as shown above, but personally I prefer a bit more of a cleaner visual connection (don’t get me wrong, I still drool over this lovely little bathroom).
The Best Whites with Revere Pewter
- Cloud White – Because Cloud White has some yellow in it, it may bring out the green undertone in Revere Pewter, but it is a nice low-contrast look if you don’t mind the green undertones being accented.
- Simply White – Fresh and bright without being stark
- White Dove – Soft and subtle with Revere Pewter, the undertones quite enjoy each others company!
Via Traditional Home
And of course Revere Pewter ALWAYS looks stunning with black!
Want to see this colour in action? Check out my video for more great tips! And ignore my face in this screenshot – not one of my more epic moments…
Thanks for visiting and Happy Decorating!
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