All About Benjamin Moore Collingwood – Not Your Everyday Gray!
If you’ve been paying any attention to Pinterest these days, you may have noticed that the shift is starting. The shift from cool to warm – the shift from gray to greige. Sure, it’s been sneaking up on us, 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 BM Collingwood.
Benjamin Moore Collingwood
Collingwood is a warm gray ALMOST greige. If it had a wee willy wink more beige in it, it’d be in greige territory, but since it doesn’t – it’s a warm gray.
What is a warm gray? Well, 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 kind of a meat n’ potatoes gal here).
So, now you have a warm gray. Well, just because you have a warm gray doesn’t mean you lost its cool undertone – and this bad boy decided to keep ONE undertone in particular…(moment of suspense, wait for it…)
The Undertones of Collingwood
Collingwood has a soft, feminine, slightly purple undertone. Will your walls be purple? Well, if you have a north facing room and a hate-on for purple then it might make you twitch – just a bit. However, generally speaking, the purple is more about the softness of the colour, and really, one of the few ways to get GRAY without blue or green. But keep in mind, that given the WRONG influence, ANY gray can pick up a subtle blue or green.
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 that this is a pretty rad number. If you haven’t read those posts then you get SLAPPED with a wet noodle and you 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. If it’s a slightly brighter room, it won’t wash out TOO much. If it’s a slightly darker room, it isn’t too weighted. In the words of the late great Goldilocks – it’s juuuuust right.
In the foyer below, with warm yellow toned flooring, just LOOK at how soft and subtle Collingwood is – MAD love (I bet it’s south facing).
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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Where does Collingwood do its BEST work?
Collingwood in a north facing room
North facing light is a cool light that is gray with a vague blue undertone. It can also just 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 purple 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.
If you have a north facing room and want a gray, but not a cold gray, you MIGHT need to go more into the greige range as Collingwood just 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 cooool down that warm yellow light coming in the windows, offering some neutral, but not COLD balance.
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 you decide if Collingwood can work for you…
East facing room
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
West facing room
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 it feels. If you’re SUPER jacked on it, then check it at the time of the day when you LEAST use the room and make sure it’s still liveable for you.
And do you want to see what a LIFESAVER Collingwood is? I was sent this GLORIOUS funk-da-fied kitchen via my E-design services. My client wanted to keep everything – except the wallpaper. We needed a versatile paint colour that could nod to the funk, but simplify the overall look.
And whadda ya know, Collingwood did JUST the trick!
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This post was originally published in 2017 but was updated and revamped.