Sherwin Williams Repose Gray – Undertones & More!
Are you looking for the perfect gray paint colour? Feeling nervous about those sneaky green, blue and violet undertones? Well, don’t be (insert Superman song here), as I’m on a mission to demystify my fave shades of gray, and today, we’re chatting about Repose Gray.
What kind of paint colour is Repose Gray? Is it warm or cool?
Repose Gray is a gray paint colour (I’m not just good-looking you know). However, it’s not a TRUE neutral gray as it has a weeee wink of a brown in it, making it a WARM gray.
What are the undertones of Repose Gray?
While Repose Gray favours a soft violet undertone, there’s also a bit of green in there. And believe it or not, once in a while (given the right exposure/interior finishes) I’ve seen it flash a touch blue. While every gray has undertones, some grays flex a bit more and Repose Gray is DEFINITELY one of these grays. Because Repose Gray can be unpredictable, I highly recommend ordering the Samplize version to see how it settles in YOUR room.
When I mention violet undertones, my Online Colour Consulting clients often get nervous with visions of Barney dancing through their heads. However, hints of an undertone like this can simply be what softens a colour, stopping it from looking flat and boring – particularly in dark and gloomy rooms or north-facing rooms.
BTW, my blog runs 100% on wine, Doritos and my Online Colour Consulting client’s PHOTOS – thank you SO much for sending them in!
- Repose Gray is not a typical ‘fresh’ gray; it’s soft and warm, even though it can look cooler in some situations.
- If you don’t like violet undertones, you’ll want to tread carefully with this colour. That being said, I have DOZENS of E-design clients who don’t like violet undertones and who LOVE Repose Gray.
- If you were hoping for a COOLER approach, you may want to check out Sherwin Williams Light French Gray or On the Rocks instead.
What’s the LRV of Repose Gray?
Repose Gray has an LRV of 60. With an LRV of 60, Repose Gray won’t look like a heavy colour in a room with an adequate amount of light, but it also won’t bring a TON of reflective value to the table (or the wall, in this case) if you have a darker room.
If you want to learn more about LRV, check out this article: LRV – What Do The Numbers Mean?
Repose Gray in a room with low natural light or a cool exposure
A room might have low or cool-toned natural light for a few reasons:
- it’s north-facing
- there are a lot of trees outside blocking the sky
- it doesn’t have many windows (or any windows)
- there’s a large overhang outside the window (like a deck or large soffits)
And as you can see in this next photo, having another house close by can TOTALLY affect the quality of light coming in the window!
Any of the above reasons will contribute toward Repose Gray changing its overall appearance, flexing through the cool undertones and going from being a warm gray to a slightly cooler looking one. SAMPLE SAMPLE SAMPLE – make sure Repose Gray looks like you want it to in your space!
If you have a darker room, Repose Gray can look a touch heavy and drab. This is due to a few reasons…
1. Repose Gray doesn’t have a lot of chroma or ‘colour’ to it. Colour is often used to add interest and personality to a room with muted light.
2. Repose Gray has a slightly lower-than-average LRV (as discussed earlier). That low LRV combined with the low chroma can leave it pretty flat looking. You need to improve your interior lighting and choose the right light bulbs to bring it to life!
In the end, if Repose Gray goes a wink too cool for you, check out Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray, a gorgeously warmer alternative…
On the other hand, if Repose Gray seems too warm, you might like Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray…
Repose Gray in a room with average natural light
In a room with average natural light, Repose Gray holds itself well, sitting in the light zone, without being washed out. Repose Gray is undoubtedly at its personal best in spaces like these.
Repose Gray in a BRIGHT room
Because Repose Gray has an LRV of 60, it will still wash out a bit in an ULTRA-bright room, but will hold itself better than many of the lighter gray paint colours.
In this next photo, you can see a DRASTIC shift from the left side of the fireplace to the right. Notice how the depth and undertones change with the shift in natural light (the left side is bright northern light).
Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out shortly to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on the location
- they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
- If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE
What’s the best trim colour with Repose Gray walls?
When I’m looking at a trim colour to partner with Repose Gray, I’m checking out…
- Sherwin Williams Pure White with its wink of softness
- Sherwin Williams High Reflective White for a cleaner approach
- Repose Gray does NOT want to be partnered up with an overly warm white!
BTW, look at how much blue it grabs in this foyer! This isn’t common, but you still have to be careful!
Does Benjamin Moore have a colour that’s the same as or similar to Repose Gray?
Every colour has its own particular nuances and there will be NO perfect match – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths. This is even MORE the case with Repose Gray, as Benjamin Moore doesn’t have anything even CLOSE. However, these colours have similar intentions…
- Benjamin Moore Nimbus
- Benjamin Moore Cumulus Cloud (much warmer)
And if you’re thinking of colour matching between brands, you might want to read THIS first.
What paint colours look good with Repose Gray?
Repose Gray is reasonably flexible and you can check out colours like…
- some slightly warmer, lighter greige paint colours
- some lighter warm gray paint colour with a similar undertone profile
- gray-blue blends
- blue-green-gray blends
- Repose Gray doesn’t always like paint colours that are cooler and lighter than itself OR darker and warmer
Not sure if Repose Gray is the right colour for you? I’ve got more!
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Written in August 2015, updated in 2022