Edgecomb Gray (Baby Fawn): The BEST taupe or greige paint color!
By the way, if you’ve been asking yourself whether Edgecomb Gray and Baby Fawn are the same color – they are.
Is Edgecomb Gray (Baby Fawn) warm or cool? Gray, beige or greige?
Edgecomb Gray is a WARM neutral paint color tucked sitting smack-dab in the middle of gray and beige. This makes Edgecomb Gray a greige or taupe paint color (depending on your perception). Edgecomb Gray is perfect for a soft, warm, organic look that’s VERY versatile when it comes to partnering up with other colors.
If you have north-facing light, you can expect Edgecomb Gray to lean a wink more into its gray base. It will lean a touch warmer in south-facing or warm afternoon western sunshine, even looking slightly beige.
What’s the LRV of Edgecomb Gray?
Is Edgecomb too dark for a dark hallway or room? It can be. Because Edgecomb Gray is neutral, without enough light to support it, it can look a touch dingy in dark rooms, hallways, and basements. On the other hand, with an LRV of 63, Edgecomb Gray holds up well to considerably bright rooms without washing out like some colors in the higher LRV ranges can.
While the trim in the above photo is just a wink too creamy for Edgecomb Gray, my clients weren’t wanting to paint their trim. Sometimes you have to work with what you’ve got, and luckily, we squeezed Edgecomb Gray in! HOWEVER, in most cases, Edgecomb Gray is too muted and soft for cream cabinets – they will clash with each other (read more here about how to partner paint colors with cream cabinets and trim).
Not sure what LRV is? Read here…The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Paint Color: LRV
What are Edgecomb Gray’s undertones?
Most greiges pick up a green undertone, whereas taupes favor violet-pink. However, Edgecomb Gray is one of THE MOST NEUTRAL greige/taupe paint colors with minimal undertones. This means it can shift how it looks depending on its surroundings and the perception of who’s looking at it.
Will Edgecomb Gray look green or pink?
While many experts say Edgecomb Gray has a green undertone, as explained above, it’s just as likely to pick up a wink o’ pink. BUT DON’T BE SCARED! Again, Edgecomb Gray has the LEAST undertone of its kind and is a great color to consider for your walls, cabinets or exterior.
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Will Edgecomb Gray look gray or beige?
Whether Edgecomb will look gray or beige depends on the room and your perception. Edgecomb Gray sits in the MIDDLE of gray and beige, which means it can shift its allegiance depending on its environment. For example, Edgecomb Gray can look a bit grayer in a north-facing room without losing its warmth – meaning it won’t act like a traditional gray (at all).
On the other hand, put Edgecomb Gray in a south-facing room, which will lean into its beige base without looking like a traditional beige. This is one of the many reasons Edgecomb Gray is a flexible paint color for many rooms; because it IS so non-committal.
If you’re worried about Edgecomb Gray looking too beige or warm, grab a sample of Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan, as it could help you see lovely and balanced Edgecomb Gray is!
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If you’re sampling Edgecomb Gray and are seeing a strong undertone, this could be due to a few reasons…
- Your light bulbs.
- Your exposure, especially afternoon western sunshine.
- You have a lot of green nearby. Green and red (the origin of pink) are opposite, so they enhance each other. And while Edgecomb Gray doesn’t cater to much pink, put it next to something super green, and it could SEEM like it does.
- You have cream nearby (i.e. your existing paint color) or white trim that’s warmer than average. Colors will ENHANCE each other, and any yellow could make Edgecomb Gray look SURPRISINGLY pink in comparison.
Is Edgecomb Gray the lighter version of Revere Pewter?
Nope, they’re different colors. Just because colors sit above or below each other on a color strip doesn’t mean they’re directly related. They can be SIMILAR but can easily have different undertones. It’s like when people see my redheaded friend and me walking together; they assume we’re related because we look similar and are walking close to each other (and are so darn cute, wink wink). Long story short, we’re not related, and neither is Edgecomb Gray and Revere Pewter.
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What’s the lighter version of Edgecomb Gray?
There is no technical ‘lighter version’ of Edgecomb Gray. While Benjamin Moore’s Winds Breath is equally as non-committal regarding undertones, it can look creamier than Edgecomb Gray. Your best shot at a lighter version of Edgecomb Gray is to ask your paint store technician to make a sample pot 25-50% lighter. The undertones CAN shift when lightening a color (especially at 50%), but at least you’re working with similar bones.
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Edgecomb Gray In Different Lighting…
In a well-lit space, you can expect Edgecomb Gray to look lighter and brighter as the natural light bounces off (as any color will when it’s given light). This will create a low-contrast look with white trim. However, in a room with AVERAGE lighting (below), Edgecomb settles at its very best…
If you have a SUPER bright room or wall, you can expect Edgecomb Gray to wash out A LOT, but the color/contrast will come back once that direct light softens.
On the other hand, if you have a dark or low-light space, you’ll see Edgecomb Gray lean that bit darker. It can also look a bit warmer in doing so.
In this next photo, look at how Edgecomb Gray looks on the lower parts of the staircase vs the higher parts…
Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out shortly to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel-and-stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a few reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1 BUSINESS DAY, depending on the location
- they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
- if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
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Edgecomb Gray and Benjamin Moore White Dove take this transitional/traditional style entryway and staircase to the next level…
Notice how well it complements the taupe carpet and wood flooring, setting a neutral stage for the rest of the home to play off of.
Edgecomb Gray Lightened…
In my MAD quest for the perfect paint color for my home, I decided to play around with Edgecomb Gray and lightened it by 75%. This is NOT for the faint of heart! While lightening a color by 25% is a subtle shift, 50% results in a VERY noticeable change, and 75%, well, it’s a whole different ball game. MOST people find Edgecomb at 50% a bit easier to manage…
See the before and after photos HERE
The pure MAGIC of this color is that the undertones shift throughout the day, and I’ve yet to see a version of it that I don’t love, day or night!
At 75% lighter, Edgecomb Gray is definitely in the off-white range, as shown below. In the upper hallway, it’s easier to see the contrast with the trim (and all of the love notes I have on my daughter’s doors).
Let’s also look at Edgecomb Gray, lightened by 25% in my client’s hallway…
Is Edgecomb Gray still popular?
When it comes to popularity, Edgecomb Gray is definitely near the top of the list for a variety of surfaces…
EDGECOMB GRAY ON KITCHEN CABINETS
Edgecomb Gray could be a good choice for cabinets if it suits the backsplash and countertop it’s partnered with. The tricky thing is that Edgecomb Gray often looks a bit LIGHTER and WARMER than expected on cabinets. Sample carefully!
EDGECOMB GRAY ON WALLS
Edgecomb Gray is a HUGELY popular choice for walls, something I don’t see changing any time soon. With warmer trends, you can expect more colors like Edgecomb Gray to show up at the party.
Is Edgecomb Gray a popular exterior paint color?
Edgecomb Gray can be a beautiful exterior paint color if it suits the stone/brick/roof it’s paired with. However, just as with cabinets, expect it to look LIGHTER and WARMER than expected – even a touch creamy at times!
What’s the best white trim color for Edgecomb Gray?
Regarding Edgecomb Gray, I’m partial to two Benjamin Moore whites – Benjamin Moore White Dove and Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. White Dove is a slightly softer approach, whereas Chantilly Lace offers a clean contrast. If you have a bright room, the increased contrast with Chantilly Lace could help you see the color on the walls more when it’s most washed-out.
Before, this entryway looked heavy and drab with its gold-inspired walls…
After, Edgecomb Gray (with Sherwin Williams Pure White trim) adds a fresher, brighter face to this beautiful home…
What paint colors are similar to Edgecomb Gray?
I have a lot of clients who LOVE Edgecomb Gray but want it in Sherwin William’s paint – no such luck, Chuck. Every paint color has nuances based on the foundation it’s built with – different paint companies use different foundations. This doesn’t mean you can’t get the same color, but you can’t even get a perfect color match.
HOWEVER, some colors pick up what Edgecomb Gray is throwing down regarding INTENTIONS (being a flexible, warm neutral), just with a little twist.
Sherwin Williams Egret White
WHAT PAINT COLORS GO WITH EDGECOMB GRAY?
If you want colors that look good with Edgecomb, check out these ideas…
- grays that are slightly darker with a blue, green or blue-green undertone
- considerably darker grays with a green undertone
- subtle and muted warm off-white paint colors
- mid-toned blue-green-gray blends
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