4 Beautiful Light Gray Paint Colours with Undertones
I’m sure you know by now that I’m a loyal gal when it comes to paint – I’ve been in long-term relationships with Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams for years (Ben and Sherm in private). HOWEVER, when Lowes came to town a few months ago, I was super intrigued by Valspar and it’s range of colours. I ordered a fan deck and one week later, Val and I are officially engaged.
Now I’m still learning a lot about these colours (really, the learning never ends), but I wanted to share my 4 FAVE light grays with you as I introduce this line of paints to my blog for the first time!
Valspar Notre Dame 5006 1B
This is probably my fave gray in the Valspar range. Notre Dame is the perfect depth – not too light, not too dark and has very little noticeable undertone, it’s just a soft, gentle, slightly cool gray that has just a weee willy wink of a cool green undertone. Not cold and icy, just cool toned.
Just look at how clean this gray looks, it’s beautiful with the white shiplap and teal accessories.
Katy from A Shade of Teal worked MAGIC with this shade of gray on her walls. If you want to see more photos of this room, check out her blog post here – TONS of great photos showing the full range of this colour!
Now Katy’s room has some nice natural light going on, so there’s a fresh, bright look to this colour. If you have a dark room, you can expect this colour to carry a bit more visual weight.
Notre Dame is comparable to: Benjamin Moore Silver Song
Valspar Gravity 4005-1B
Gravity is a nice cool gray with a subtle cool purple undertone and is undoubtedly the most ‘fresh’ of the bunch. Warm purple can lean toward the pinkish side, cool purples can lean toward the blueish side – this is a cool one. Compare this bad boy to Notre Dame and you will see that undertone pop. Now that’s not to say you will have ‘purple’ walls, you won’t, but like most grays you will have some noticeable undertones.
The above photo is a GREAT example of those purple undertones coming into their full glory – I imagine this is a north facing room, with some cool blue tinted light coming in.
This shows Gravity at it’s most ‘neutral’. You can see the depth of it in the top left corner and the more typical, fresh lightness of it in the middle.
Gravity is comparable to: Sherwin Williams Gray Screen (Gravity is just slightly more purple).
Valspar Tempered Gray 4004-1A
Tempered Gray is a cool gray with a subtle stoney look to it (not stoned…stoney) which gives it a slightly more earth toned look compared to the fresh, clean look of Gravity.
Tempered Gray is soft and subtle and great for the farmhouse look as shown in Taryn’s bathroom.
You can see the full potential of Tempered Gray in this beautiful nursery that Heather created for her son – lucky lil’ guy!
Tempered Gray is comparable to: Benjamin Moore Light Pewter, but it’s slightly more gray.
Valspar Filtered Shade 4003-1B
This one I love (but really, are there any I don’t? I’m a bit of a colour whore). Filtered Shade is a beautiful light gray with a slightly warm feel to it (without looking remotely greige). Of the 4 it’s the most ‘pretty’ with a slightly feminine and UBER subtle purple/brown undertone.
These gals NEVER fail to impress me and this Master Bedroom is no exception! Look at how fresh Tempered Shade looks with good natural lighting and the blue headboard – MAD love!
Filtered Shade is comparable to: Benjamin Moore Silver Chain
And I would appreciate if you would keep my love affair with Valspar a secret. Ben and Sherm can be sensitive about these things, so I’m keeping it hush-hush for now. Just joking – they don’t actually know I exist (like most of my pretend boyfriends growing up) and I don’t get anything for pushin’ their brands – I just love them!
Want to see some comparable grays? Check out some more of my fave gray paint colours…
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