Edgecomb Gray or should we call it Edgecomb Greige?
With Revere Pewter ruling the roost for the past few years, there has been one gray that has been lying under the radar, waiting for it’s day in the sun – Edgecomb Gray.
Edgecomb Gray – What colour is it?
That is a good question. Edgecomb Gray skirts both the gray and the beige world, tucking itself quite comfortably into the greige range. In some lights it leans slightly more to the beige side, while in others it leans a touch more gray. Overall, Edgecomb Gray is a relatively light paint colour, without being too washed-out. Great for a fresh, but slightly soft, warm and organic look.
The Undertones of Edgecomb Gray
Now a lot of greige paint colours pick up a slight taupe/purple/green undertone (SW Repose Gray / Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter / Sherwin Willliams Collonade Gray) which can be beautiful, but when I have clients looking for a softer, warmer greige, Edgecomb takes a different approach.
Clockwise from the top left: Warm gray and lighter / Warm gray and light / Beige toned / Greige toned with a creamy softness
Edgecomb Gray has an almost creamy feeling to it and doesn’t have the sneaky undertones that many other greige paint colours have. This creaminess adds warmth and softness, particularly in rooms with northern exposure or shadowed corners. And it adds this warm cream touch while still holding itself as a pretty solid greige – looking slightly more gray in some lights and more beige in others. Just keep in mind that subtle creaminess (slight yellow look) can show up in the odd spot – but it’s nothing obnoxious or OVERLY noticeable.
The LRV of Edgecomb Gray
The LRV of Edgecomb Gray is 63. So it isn’t a typically ‘light’ colour, but it certainly is a light-er colour that won’t feel too weighted in a darker room. Comparing it to Revere Pewter which has an LRV of 55, you’ll see that EG has a more of a fresh and bright look.
Not sure what LRV is? Read here.. LRV and Why it Matters A LOT
In a well-lit space…
In a well-lit space you can expect Edgecomb Gray to look lighter and brighter as the natural light bounces off of it. This will create a low-contrast and soft look.
In a slightly darker/shadowed area…
In an area with more shadows, Edgecomb Gray has a bit more body to it and tends to look slightly more beige than it does gray, while still being an overall ‘greige’ paint colour.
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