Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter – One of the BEST warm gray paint colours!
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As you can imagine, most of the 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 paint colours (and my tortured, colour obsessed soul).
So, it only seems natural to 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 type of paint colour is Revere Pewter? Is it warm or cool?
Revere Pewter is a GORGEOUS, warm gray. It’s really close to the light-medium range with regard to depth, but in the right light, can act as a light depth paint colour. However, it has some tricky undertones and special nuances that you need to be aware of.
Revere Pewter on main cabinets, darkened
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 doesn’t have a typical light depth. Personally, I find that it often seems a bit darker than expected once it’s applied as while its LRV isn’t low – it isn’t particularly high either, sitting at 55.77 (meaning it won’t really reflect nor absorb much light).
Not sure what LRV is? It’s VERY important, that’s what it is (read about it HERE).
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’re looking for a fresh clean gray palette.
It’s also a very sneaky gray (like most) and loves to shift itself depending on the exposure of the room, artificial lighting, your furnishings and many other factors. So, while Revere Pewter does FAVOUR a mild green undertone most of the time, 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
About those sneaky undertones, a few times I’ve seen Revere Pewter pick up a wink o’ blue, reminiscent of BM Stonington Gray. Each time the blue popped up, it was when a room had multiple exposures and cream trim/cabinets (look at the cream trim in the above living room). Seem impossible? Well, believe it, sister. 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 Revere Pewter. So, I’m going to break it down into percentages for you. In my experience with Revere Pewter (which is pretty darned 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’s 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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What rooms does it look best in?
The great thing about Revere Pewter is that it looks awesome in MANY different types of rooms. Sure, it can lean a bit grayer in a north-facing room or slightly warmer in a south-facing room, but 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. If you’re painting a dark room, you may want to read this blog post instead.
Here’s a photo of Revere Pewter in a warmer south-facing room – it’s in its glory!
Revere Pewter doesn’t work as well in hallways
Generally speaking, hallways tend to be dark and don’t always 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. Or maybe you just need to check out these other paint colours.
You can also check out Benjamin Moore Rodeo, which has a slightly higher LRV, but even that might not be enough.
Revere Pewter is also a great choice for cabinets
This is my own kitchen below and I darkened Revere Pewter by approx 50%, just to get more body out of it. Sheen affects how paint looks, so I wanted a wink more depth to accommodate for the satin finish.
See the before and after photos HERE
Is Revere Pewter a good colour for the exterior?
I love Revere Pewter for the exterior, knowing it’s going to look LIGHTER and usually warmer than expected.
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My Colour Consulting 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 three suggestions to choose from, including BM Graystone, and it turned out GORGEOUS!
The overall 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…
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What are the best white paint colours for my trim with Revere Pewter?
Revere Pewter is pretty flexible and can accommodate quite a few different whites, as long as they aren’t OVERLY yellow. Benjamin Moore Cloud White can look gorgeous and is a great choice and can slightly enhance the green undertone in Revere Pewter. And my fave, Benjamin Moore White Dove – the perfect soft warm white!
See those whites and MORE here: Benjamin Moore’s 8 Best White Paint Colours
(Wickham Gray in the bathroom, Revere Pewter in the bedroom, Cloud White on the trim)
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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Originally written in 2015, awesomely updated in 2019