All About: 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 pink undertones? Well don’t be (insert Superman song here) as I’m on a mission to de-mystify my fave shades of gray, and today, we’re chatting about Repose Gray SW 7015.
Repose Gray is a gray paint color (I’m not just good-looking you know). However, it is not a TRUE gray as it has a weeee wink of a brown/taupe base. Now technically, taupe is a gray/brown blend, however, some taupe colours have a subtle pink or purple undertone – Repose Gray has a touch of purple in it.
Don’t be scared. When I mention pink or purple, people often get nervous as they are 2 of the least-liked paint colors. However, these little hints of undertone can simply be what softens a colour and can stop it from feeling flat, dull or cold – particularly in darker or north facing rooms.
That being said, I’ve had a few e-design clients who’ve found Repose Gray to pick up a bit of a blue or even a wink of green undertone. This usually happens in north facing spaces and rooms that have a lot of greenery outside the window and it IS something to keep in mind as Repose Gray can be a bit unpredictable sometimes (so make sure to paint up LARGE sample boards).
Repose Gray has a gray base with a subtle brown undertone.
Now because you’re probably beating your head against the wall trying to find the perfect gray, I’m going to assume you happen to have a sample of BM Gray Owl on hand (if not, you should run to the store and grab one) or read about it here. Gray Owl is one of Benjamin Moore’s top dogs and is a GREAT colour to show you how different 2 grays can be.
- Repose Gray is not a typical ‘fresh’ gray, you’ll see the softness of it compared to the more cool vibe of Gray Owl
- Repose Gray is a bit ‘softer’ feeling than many gray paint colours because of its taupe undertones
- If you don’t like super subtle purple undertones, you will want to tread carefully with this colour
- While it favours a vague purple undertone, it CAN flash blue or green
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 basically refers to the amount of light a colour either absorbs or reflects back into the room. On a scale of 1-100, colors that are below 50 tend to absorb light and are a bit heavier/darker feeling. Colours that are above 50 tend to be brighter colours that reflect light back into the space, adding a nice energy and vibrancy.
This means that with an LRV of 60, it won’t feel like a ‘weighted’ or heavy colour. And while it won’t add a TON of reflective/light value to the room, it’s still a light and brighter feeling colour.
If you want to learn (in layman’s terms) about LRV, check this article out LRV – What Do The Numbers Mean?
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 but not TOO washy. 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 room with low natural light or a cool feeling
Your 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
- You don’t have many windows (or any windows)
- You have a large overhang (like a deck or large soffits)
Any of the above reasons can contribute toward Repose Gray changing its overall appearance a bit. I’ve seen it lean slightly blue/gray and have EVEN seen a touch of green. This isn’t something to expect, but something to be aware of (which is why doing large samples on canvas/poster board is SO important!)
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. That being said, it’s still a beautiful soft colour.
Want a slightly warmer colour? Read this: Colour Review Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray
Repose Gray in bright and light rooms
Because Repose Gray has an LRV of 60, it doesn’t become too washed out in an ultra-bright room. And while ‘overall’ it will feel a bit lighter than you think it will, it still holds itself pretty well.
The next step…
Dorian Gray is kind of like a darker version of Repose Gray and is almost as popular. If you are finding Repose Gray a bit too light for your tastes then check it out! You might find its undertones a bit more predictable.
So there you have it!
If Repose Gray isn’t for you and you would like advice on finding THE PERFECT paint colour, check out my Affordable Online Consulting / E-Design Services!