All About: Sherwin Williams Repose Gray – Undertones and More!
Are you looking for the perfect gray paint color? 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 colors have a subtle pink or purple undertone – Repose Gray has a weee bit 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 color 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 a 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 color 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 colors because of it’s taupe undertones
- Repose Gray is not cool toned like Gray Owl and isn’t warm feeling like Revere Pewter, it sits in the middle
- A Benjamin Moore paint color that is comparable to Repose Gray is Collingwood Gray. Collingwood feels just a smidge warmer and beige in comparison
- Dorian Gray is a beautiful subtle accent to Repose Gray as they are on the same color chip
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 color 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. Colors that are above 50 tend to be brighter colors 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 color. And while it won’t add a TON of reflective/light value to the room, it’s still a light and bright-er feeling color.
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 it’s overall appearance a bit. Repose Gray can get a wee bit heavier feeling in this type of 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.
Repose Gray in bright and light rooms
Because Repose Gray has an LRV of 60, it doesn’t become toooo 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 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!
So there you have it!
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