Comparing 2 of the Most Popular Gray Paint Colors: Undertones and More!
For those of you who’ve dabbled in paint colours, I’m sure you’ve heard of Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter, THE go-to gray paint colour.
Well, I’m here to turn the colour world on its purdy lil’ butt and introduce my new UBER fave gray paint colour…
And I will preface this all by saying that I still have maaad love for Revere Pewter – but it’s more like my dirty mistress now as Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray is my new MAIN SQUEEZE!
To a lot of people, they’d look at the 2 colours side-by-side and say, ‘hey you crazy Ginger, these 2 are basically the same colour’.
The keyword here is ‘basically’. They are basically the same colour for the following reasons:
- They both are similar depths – sitting in between light and medium
- They are also neutral grays with a very slight greige feeling to them
- They are both warmer looking than many of their cooler cousins like Gray Owl and Stonington Gray
- They have very similar LRV’s – Collonade is 55, Revere Pewter is 52
BUT (Kardashian sized…) the one thing that always bugged me about Revere Pewter was its tendency to pick up a slightly greenish tint in certain rooms; this unpredictability always made me hesitate before recommending it (you know, for like a millisecond). And again, it IS an awesome colour – but not as awesome as Collonade Gray.
Exploring Collonade Gray and its Undertones
Collonade Gray will ‘look like gray’ – it just won’t look like a typical cold and icy gray. With its soft greige undertone, it will neutralize a space without changing the visual temperature of it.
Collonade Gray has a slightly greige base to it. Now I’m not going to lie and say that that sneaky bugger green tone won’t pop up…it might, but it will be SOOO fractional, you probably wouldn’t know it was there unless I convinced you OR if you have a great bank of green trees/grass outside of your window. In fact, it almost has a bit of a soft taupe feel to it compared to many greige blends which can fall a bit flat.
On the rare occasion, I’ve had it come up slightly blue toned. This will be more about exposure than the ‘colour’ itself. These rooms are often shadowed, north facing rooms with daylight bulbs in the fixtures (and it’s not very often).
This photo really shows Collonade Gray and how it will act in a room with moderate lighting. Remember, when people take photos of rooms, they often add a TON of light so that things look light, fresh and clear – personally, I think this photo is the best representation of Collonade and how it should look in an ‘average’ room.
Exploring Revere Pewter and its Undertones
Will Revere Pewter look like a gray? Well yes…kind of. I find that more often than not, the greige undertones of Revere Pewter tends to pop through, as does the subtle green. Now when that green comes, it certainly won’t punch you in the face, as it’s quite passive…but it’s there.
This colour (above photo) was picked for my client via my Online Consulting Services – looks darned pretty!
The above photo shows Revere Pewter at its coolest. This is a north facing room.
BTW – Do not expect it to look this cool toned for you, this is the exception – not the norm. Of the dozens upon DOZENS of times I’ve used Revere Pewter in my e-design, only 3 times has it come up more cool/blue toned. It’s like the perfect storm of exposure/trim colour/lighting/etc…that can cause this and there’s really no fixing it short of picking a different colour.
Ahhh, there it is – our green undertone. This photo is a great example of Revere Pewter at its greenest (left side of the photo) and it’s bluest (right side of photo). So notice that even when the undertones come to the surface, it is STILL a beautiful colour.
So what do you think? Does Collonade Gray give Revere Pewter a run for its money? I think so!
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