Benjamin Moore Affinity Gray, Greige, Undertones and More!
The Affinity line by Benjamin Moore is a collection of paint colours that aren’t often explored by the average homeowner. Why? Well, they are usually overwhelmed with the 1000’s of colours to choose from in the regular line – why look for more? Unless they are a glutton for punishment – like me (wink wink).
However, Affinity makes it easy! By honing in on some of today’s TOP neutral paint colours, they have provided Designers and homeowners with a handful of exquisite colours to choose from – without the insanity.
So for those who can’t find satisfaction (reminds me of a song) in the standard line of colours or are just looking to simplify the process, let’s take a close look at these 5 fabulous neutral paint colours…
Metropolitan is a gray that hovers between the light and mid toned range, so that even in a dark room it retains a bit of freshness (not a lot, but a bit). Being a cool gray, Metropolitan could’ve felt icy, with its cool blue, almost purple looking undertone, however the depth of it and smooth feeling makes it feel fresh, yet intimate.
More about Metropolitan
- Metropolitan is smack dab between Revere Pewter and Coventry Gray. Revere is considerably warmer and almost has a greige/green undertone in comparison to the neutral tones of Metropolitan whereas Coventry is more of a stormy blue
- Metropolitan ‘might’ be a touch cool for an extreme north facing room (as are a lot of grays)
- With an LRV of 50.5 Metropolitan sits right in the middle of light/dark, so it will handle itself well in a reasonably well-lit room, but might be a touch heavy in a dark room
Benjamin Moore Storm AF 700I love the depth of Storm as it sits right in the mid toned range without even hinting at a darker current. While it would be a touch heavy for a dark room, as long as your room gets moderate natural light it would hold itself well. Storm is sneaky with its undertones as on first glance it looks like a pretty straight-up gray – however once applied, you’ll notice a kind of storm cloud purple undertone (hence the name) so be wary if that’s not the look you’re going for!
More about Storm
- If you put it with opposite colours (ie: yellow/orange) you will bring out the purple undertones even more (as opposites attract). You might want to avoid Storm if you have anything in those warm tones including oak and fabrics.
- Storm can look amazing with cherry toned wood, walnut and espresso
- Storm has an LRV of 34.78 so it’s definitely on the medium/dark end of things
When compared to Metropolitan, you’ll see how much warmer and ‘greige’ Thunder appears. Now it’s not that this colour has any yellow or orange (warm tones) popping through, it’s that it almost has a dusky – barely brown/greige undertone which takes the edge off of it (it can feel just a wee touch purple, but not NEARLY as much colour as Metropolitan). If you are looking for a slightly more crisp and fresh gray you may prefer Metropolitan, but if you love grays that are on the soft, feathery side of things then Thunder might be the colour for you!
More about Thunder
- It’s loud and comes after lighting (hehe) anyways…
- Thunder is VERY close to Revere Pewter in it’s softness and tone. You’ll find Thunder a tad bit cooler toned than Revere Pewter with just a touch of purple undertone
- Thunder has an LRV of 48, Thunder is approx. in the middle of light/dark and suits a reasonably well-lit room (or brighter)
Read more: Colour Review of Revere Pewter
I find Pashmina to be the only ‘greige-ish’ of the bunch! Overall, this colour will more likely lean to the brown/beige side, but not by much. It’s a rich and full-bodied colour that will morph to be what you want based on your accessories (which means it’s SUPER flexible)
More about Pashmina
- Looks great with chocolate brown OR charcoal gray, not as good with lighter beige or lighter gray unless it has the same blend (greige)
- Not as great in a darker, north facing room – feels a touch heavy.
- Pashmina has an LRV of 29.98 so it’s got some good weight to it!
Read more: All About LRV and Choosing Paint Colour
Benjamin Moore Kangaroo AF 145
Kangaroo is one of the darker ‘beige’ paint colours available (without becoming ‘brown’). Kangaroo is neutral, with a soft and subtle warm undertone.
More about Kangaroo
- The warmth of it can help to balance off a north facing room
- While it is a warm colour, it’s not OVERLY yellow, orange or red toned
- Kangaroo has an LRV of 43.25 so it’s not too dark, not too light – it’s juuuust right!
Benjamin Moore Weimaraner AF 155
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Look how light Weimaraner looks on an exterior – exteriors can be tricky!
While Weimaraner is in the beige section in reality it’s more of a brown than a beige as it sits strongly in the mid-toned range. This brown almost has a grayish feel and you’ll also see a subtle taupe (purple/pink) undertone.
More about Weimaraner
- Green will bring out the ‘Barney’ in this colour so be careful if you want a more ‘neutral’ approach.
- Weimaraner looks great with White Down
- With an LRV of 29.98, Weimaraner is not for the faint of heart as it does have some depth to it
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