Benjamin Moore Collingwood – not your everyday warm gray!
If you’ve been perusing Pinterest lately, you may have noticed that the shift is starting – the shift from cool to warm, from gray to greige. Sure, it’s sloooow shift, but in my E-Design adventures, I’m getting more and more requests for greiges and warm grays. And right now, the winner winner chicken dinner HAS to be Benjamin Moore Collingwood.
What type of paint colour is Collingwood?
Collingwood is a warm gray that’s warmer than a traditional gray paint colour, but NOT warm enough to step into the taupe end of things.
What is a warm gray? Traditionally, gray is a cool colour with either blue, green or purple undertones. Once you add a bit of brown-beige to the mix, it becomes a warm gray (it’s actually way more technical than that, but I’m a meat n’ potatoes gal here).
Is Collingwood a pure gray? Does it have undertones?
Collingwood has a soft, feminine, slightly violet undertone. Will your walls be violet? Well, if you have a north-facing room and a hate-on for violet, then it might make you twitch – just a bit. But generally speaking, the violet is more about the softness of the colour, and really, it’s a GREAT way to get GRAY without blue or green. Just keep in mind, given the WRONG influence, almost ANY gray can pick up a subtle blue or green undertone.
In this kitchen (below), notice how the undertone of Collingwood rises up on the left-hand side. I LOVE it, but it’s unusual, as the undertone is USUALLY more passive (considerably). To get this actual look, you may need a colour with MORE undertone or even a colour that’s more of a violet hue.
This next photo shows Collingwood’s violet undertone in a more natural, expected state…
What’s the LRV of Collingwood?
The LRV of Collingwood is 62 – MY MAGIC NUMBER! If you’ve read my previous blog posts on LRV, you’ll know this is a pretty rad number. If you haven’t read those posts then you get SLAPPED with a wet noodle and better get your reading glasses on…
62 is a great LRV because it’s the depth that the ‘average room’ can handle. If your room gets adequate lighting (interior and exterior) this colour will hold its own. However, if it’s a SUPER bright room, any paint colour with this LRV (or higher) will wash out. If you have a slightly darker room, Collingwood has a depth that is noticeable, but not too heavy. In the words of the late great Goldilocks – it’s juuuuust right.
In this hallway with dark wood flooring, Collingwood looks classic and soft…
And while it might not be the perfect COLOUR for every room, its LRV sets it up for success.
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Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
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- 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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Collingwood in a north-facing room
North-facing light is a cool light that’s gray with a hint of blue. Just like cool light bulbs, northern light can slightly enhance other cool colours, so in a north-facing room, you can expect Collingwood to look less warm gray and more neutral gray, while still keeping a soft subtle violet undertone.
In the above photo, look at the highest part of the wall, just above the closet. This really shows Collingwood in its normal glory.
However, if you have a north-facing room and want a gray, but not a cold gray, you MIGHT need to go into the greige range as Collingwood might not be enough to hit your happy place.
Collingwood in a south-facing room
In a south-facing room, Collingwood is a nice, neutral way to cool down that warm yellow light coming in the windows, offering some neutral, but not COLD balance.
If you have a south-facing room and LOVE a more traditional gray, you might not find Collingwood cool enough. If so, check out more traditional cool grays like Gray Owl, Big Chill or Stonington Gray.
Collingwood in an east or west-facing room
Oooo, these rooms are buggers. While north and south-facing rooms have a bit more consistency throughout the day, east and west-facing rooms change quite drastically. Here are a few tips to help decide if Collingwood can work for you…
In the morning, Collingwood will look lovely and quite natural. In the afternoon, it can fall a bit flat and drab if you don’t have adequate interior lighting.
In the morning, Collingwood will look a touch flat and drab. However, in the afternoon it will shift into a GORGEOUS soft, warm gray.
The key is to figure out what time of day you spend the most time in your room and see how Collingwood feels in that light.
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This post was originally published in 2017 but was updated and revamped in 2021