Sherwin Williams Repose Gray – Undertones and More!
Are you looking for the perfect gray paint colour? Are you nervous about those sneaky green, blue and purple 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?
Repose Gray is a gray paint colour (I’m not just good-looking you know). However, it’s not a TRUE gray as it has a weeee wink of a brown, making it a WARM gray.
What are the undertones of Repose Gray?
Repose Gray might LOOK darned gray, but it leans slightly purple, as shown in this next photo…
When I mention purple, people often get nervous with visions of Barney dancing through their heads. However, hints of undertone like this can simply be what softens a colour and stops it from looking flat and boring – particularly in darker or north-facing rooms.
And that’s not ALL Repose Gray has tucked up its sleeve – it can also flash a wink green. So, because Repose Gray can be a bit unpredictable, I highly recommend ordering the Samplize version to see how it settles for you in YOUR room.
Repose Gray has a gray base with a subtle brown undertone.
- 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 purple undertones, you’ll want to tread carefully with this colour. That being said, I’ve had DOZENS of E-design clients who didn’t like purple undertones – who loved Repose Gray
- While it favours a vague purple undertone, it CAN flash green and more rarely, blue (put it with cream coloured trim and you’ll see what I mean). Remember, ALL grays have the potential to flash any of the 3 cool undertones
What is the LRV of Repose Gray?
Repose Gray has an LRV of 60. What does this mean to you? Well, it means diddly-squat if you don’t know what LRV means! LRV refers to the amount of light a colour either absorbs or reflects back into a room and generally tells you how light or dark a colour is. On a scale of 0-100, colours below 50 are darker colours that tend to absorb more light than they reflect. Colours above 50 reflect more light and are lighter colours. The higher the number, the more light a colour will reflect, however, colours don’t REALLY start doing any heavy lifting until the 65+ range.
With an LRV of 60, Repose Gray won’t look like a heavy colour in an average 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 this article out 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
- It has east-facing afternoon light or west-facing morning light
- 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!
Repose Gray can also look a touch heavy in a darker/low-light room as it doesn’t have enough ‘colour’ in it to overpower darker areas or corners. The room below is JUST on the brink of not being light enough to fully support the colour/depth of Repose Gray. That being said, it’s still a beautiful soft colour.
In the end, if you find that Repose Gray goes a wink too cool for you, check out SW Agreeable Gray, a gorgeously warmer alternative…
On the other hand, if Repose Gray seems too warm, you might like BM 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 – its LRV of 60 is in its happy place!
Repose Gray in a BRIGHT room
Because Repose Gray has an LRV of 60, it will still wash-out in an ULTRA-bright room, although it will hold itself better than an off-white.
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 in the near future 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 location
- At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing 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
Which white paint colour is best with Repose Gray?
Read more: The 8 Best White Paint Colours
The next step…
Dorian Gray and Mindful Gray are like darker versions of Repose Gray and are almost as popular. So, if you’re finding Repose Gray a bit too light for your tastes, check them out! Keep in mind though, they have their own particular nuances!
Looking at this next photo, you’ll see Repose Gray in the foreground with Dorian Gray in the background…
This next photo is a beautiful shot of Dorian Gray in action…
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Written in August 2015, updated in 2019
KYLIE M INTERIORS E-DESIGN, E-DECOR AND ONLINE PAINT COLOUR CONSULTING SPECIALIZING IN DIY HOME DECORATING IDEAS AND BENJAMIN MOORE AND SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT COLOURS