All About: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter – Undertones and More!
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As you can imagine, the majority of questions I’m asked revolve around paint colour and the same colours come up time and time again. So I’ve decided to start a new ‘Colour Review’ series. This series will focus on one colour at a time, with the goal of giving you some deeper insights into some of today’s top colours (and my tortured colour obsessed soul).
So, it only seems natural that I start with THE most popular gray paint colour…
Revere Pewter is undoubtedly the hottest gray on the market. It surfaced a few years ago and has only risen in popularity. Why? Well let’s take a closer look at this uber-fab gray…
The LRV of Revere Pewter
Revere Pewter sits nicely in between light and medium, leaning a bit more to the light side. Personally, it feels a bit darker than expected once it’s applied as while it’s LRV isn’t low – it also isn’t particularly high, sitting at 55.77 (meaning it won’t really reflect nor absorb much light).
Revere Pewter Undertones
Video at the end of blog post
While it won’t look yellow or beige on your walls, it is significantly warmer than more traditional gray paint colours. Some clients of mine have found it a bit too ‘muddy’ and not fresh enough when they are looking for a fresh and clean palette.
It is also a very sneaky gray (like most grays). This is because it loves to shift depending on the exposure, artificial lighting, your furnishings and many other factors. Most often, Revere Pewter will pick up a slight green, almost muddy undertone in comparison to it’s more cool toned cousins.
And a few times I have even seen Revere Pewter pick up an almost blue tone, reminiscent of Stonington Gray. Each time, it was when the room had multiple exposures and was paired with cream trim/cabinets. Seem impossible? Well believe it sister. Like I said, greens are sneaky so you’ll want to do up some good samples and move them around your room before you make a full-time commitment to a colour.
Now this info might make you feel a bit uncertain about our good friend R.P., so I’m going to break it down in percentages here for you. In my experience with Revere Pewter (which is pretty extensive via my local work and E-Design), this next photo is a great example of what I’ve seen…
- 10% of the time – it can pick up a blue or almost taupe undertone (bottom right)
- 60% of the time – it comes across as a slightly muddy, soft, slightly green-tinged gray (top and middle left)
- 30% of the time – it just looks pretty darned gray (top right)
Now of course all of that is open to interpretation as I can be pretty anal with colour and not everybody is. There are likely people out there who don’t see a darn thing and think that gray is gray, but the above undertones are something to be aware of.
This photo shows Revere Pewter with a bit of it’s muddy green undertone showing. And I’m not saying muddy like it’s a bad thing, muddy is good if you’re looking for an earth toned relaxing feel, but if you prefer a more ‘fresh’ feeling then muddy ain’t for you my friend!
If you are looking for a clean and fresh gray, don’t choose Revere Pewter
The Best Rooms for Revere Pewter
The great thing about Revere Pewter is that it looks great in ALMOST every room. Because its LRV is so moderate it adjusts itself to a room whether it’s north or south. It also works really well in bright rooms, however in a dark room it can feel a bit flat and murky and will either need to be lightened or you’ll want to look at another gray paint colour.
This next photo is a north facing room with a reasonable amount of natural light (and a lot of trees outside the window).
This photo shows Revere Pewter in a north facing room with a porch overhang, so the natural light is quite diluted. Notice that the trim in this room is a cream colour, bringing out some interesting undertones!
Revere Pewter doesn’t work as well in hallways. Now its not that you can’t put it in the hallways, I find it’s just not bright enough as generally speaking, hallways tend to be dark and therefore don’t usually suit this depth of colour. If you like the idea of RP in your hallway, consider lightening it by 50%.
Revere Pewter: The Mood
Revere Pewter isn’t a fresh and crisp gray and doesn’t necessarily give a spa feeling like a lot of grays can. This is because of its warm undertone. I’ve heard it called murky, muddy and ‘clay-like’ – not very spa-inspired words if you ask me.
Now keep in mind, one persons ‘feelings’ toward a colour can be different from another but in general, if I were to find some keywords to describe Revere Pewter it would be these:
- Calming and Relaxing
- Versatile, Flexible, Accommodating
- More of a saturated beach feeling, rather than a ‘fresh beach’ feeling
Revere Pewter was chosen for this living room via my Online Color Consulting Services.
For a comparable gray, check out Revere Pewter vs Collonade Gray – The Great Battle of the Grays!
You have to be careful of ‘other grays’. If you place Revere Pewter with other more crisp, clean/cool grays, they may accent the softer nature of Revere Pewter, which can be pretty as shown above, but personally I prefer a bit more of a cleaner visual connection.
The Best Whites with Revere Pewter
- Cloud White – Because Cloud White has some yellow in it, it may bring out the green undertone in Revere Pewter, but it is a nice low-contrast look if you don’t mind the green undertones being accented.
- Simply White – Fresh and bright without being stark
- White Dove – Soft and subtle with Revere Pewter, the undertones quite enjoy each others company!
Check those whites out in this blog post: The 3 Best Whites Paint Colours
Want to see this colour in action? Check out my video for more great tips! And ignore my face in this screenshot – not one of my more epic moments…
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