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 the same paint colours 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 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 many years ago and keeps on RISING in popularity. Why? Well, let’s take a closer look at this uber-fab gray…
What is the LRV of Revere Pewter?
Revere Pewter is on the border of light and light-medium as it doesn’t have too much weight it, but it’s not a typically light depth. Personally, I usually find that it seems a bit darker than expected once it’s applied as while it’s LRV isn’t low – it isn’t particularly high either, sitting at 55.77 (meaning it won’t really reflect nor absorb much light).
What are the Undertones of Revere Pewter?
Video at the end of blog post
While it won’t look yellow or beige on your walls, it’s significantly warmer than more traditional gray paint colours. Some people find it a bit too ‘muddy’ and not fresh enough when they are looking for a fresh and clean gray palette.
It’s also a very sneaky gray (like most grays). This is because it loves to shift itself depending on the exposure, artificial lighting, your furnishings and many other factors. So, while Revere Pewter does FAVOUR a mild green undertone, and most often does, it can sneak into the other cool gray undertones with some encouragement.
You can see Revere Pewter looking slightly blue in the above living room
That’s right. A few times I’ve seen Revere Pewter pick up a wink o’ blue, reminiscent of BM Stonington Gray. Each time, it was when a room had multiple exposures and cream trim/cabinets. Seem impossible? Well, believe it, sister. As I said, grays are sneaky, so you’ll want to whip up some samples and move them around your room before you make a full-time commitment to a particular colour.
Read more: Gray Owl vs Stonington Gray – Colour Review
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Revere Pewter looks rich and gorgeous on these bathroom walls
Now, this info might have you feeling uncertain about our good friend R.P. So, I’m going to break it down into percentages here for you. In my experience with Revere Pewter (which is pretty extensive via my local work and E-Design), here’s what I’ve seen (approximately)…
- 5% of the time – subtle blue undertone
- 10% of the time – slightly purple or taupe undertone
- 85% of the time – slightly muddy, soft, slightly green-tinged gray or just a soft neutral gray
Of course, all of that is open to interpretation as I can be pretty anal with colour and not everybody is looking that hard. There are people out there who won’t see a damn thing and think that gray is gray. But still, the above undertones are something to be aware of.
The above photo shows Revere Pewter with some of its 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 approach then muddy ain’t for you my friend and you may want to find another gray!
If you are looking for a clean and fresh gray, don’t choose Revere Pewter
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The Best Rooms for Revere Pewter
The great thing about Revere Pewter is that it looks great in almost any room. Sure, it can lean that bit more gray in a north-facing room or slightly warmer in a south-facing room, it’s still a beautiful colour choice. However, if your room is dark, you might have a hard time getting it to come to life…
Revere Pewter really works best in rooms that are reasonably well lit. In a dark room (shown above, which is also north-facing) it can look flat and murky.
This next photo is a north-facing room with a reasonable amount of natural light (and a lot of trees outside the window)…
And another photo showing Revere Pewter with some warmer south-facing light…
Revere Pewter doesn’t work as well in hallways. Generally speaking, hallways tend to be dark and don’t usually suit this depth of colour. If you like the idea of RP in your hallway, consider lightening it by 50%, keeping in mind that lightening can shift undertones.
Revere Pewter is also a great choice for cabinets. This is my own kitchen below and I darkened Revere Pewter by 50%, just to get more body out of it. Sheen affects how paint looks, so I wanted that bit more depth to accommodate for the satin finish.
See the before and after photos HERE
Revere Pewter on the Exterior of Your Home
I love Revere Pewter for the exterior, knowing that it’s going to look LIGHTER than I expect and usually looks warmer too!
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My E-Design client had picked Revere Pewter for the exterior of her home and couldn’t decide on a great shutter or porch ceiling colour. I gave her 3 suggestions to choose from, including BM Graystone, and it turned out GORGEOUS!
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, but again, open to interpretation based on your personal tastes.
Keeping in mind that one person’s feelings toward a colour can be different from another, if I were to suggest 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
For a comparable gray, check out Revere Pewter vs Collonade Gray – The Great Battle of the Grays! (shown below)
For a cooler look, you might want to read about Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray (shown below)
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
- BM Oxford White. A relatively white look, with just a wink of softness to it
- 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
(Wickham Gray in the bathroom, Revere Pewter in the bedroom)
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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