Benjamin Moore Collingwood – not your everyday warm gray!
If you’ve been perusing Pinterest lately, you may have noticed that the shift is starting – from cool to warm, gray to greige and taupe. Sure, it’s a sloooow shift, but in my Colour Consulting adventures, I’m getting more and more requests for the warmer end of things.
BUT… some grays are more likely to straddle worlds as they aren’t as committed to a traditionally cool gray look. And in this department, the winner-winner chicken dinner HAS to be Benjamin Moore Collingwood.
WHAT TYPE OF COLOUR IS COLLINGWOOD? IS IT GRAY OR BEIGE?
Collingwood is a gray paint colour. And while it’s certainly warmer than a traditional shade of gray, it’s NOT warm enough to step into the taupe or greige end of things and is DEFINITELY not beige or anywhere near it.
IS COLLINGWOOD A WARM GRAY OR COOL GRAY PAINT COLOUR?
Collingwood is a WARM gray paint colour with a gorgeous softness that suits a wide range of interior and exterior finishes.
What is a warm gray? Traditionally, gray is a cool colour with either blue, green or violet 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).
WHAT ARE COLLINGWOOD’S UNDERTONES – WILL IT LOOK PURPLE?
Collingwood has a soft, slightly violet (purple) undertone. Will your walls be violet? Well, if you have a north-facing room and a hate-on for violet, it might make you twitch – just a bit. But generally speaking, the violet is more about the softness of the colour. This undertone is also 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 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 state…
WHAT’S THE LRV OF COLLINGWOOD?
The LRV of Collingwood is 62 (61.52) – 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, you get SLAPPED with a wet noodle and better get your reading glasses on…
62 is a great LRV because it’s a depth the ‘average room’ can handle. With Collingwood having this LRV, if your room gets adequate lighting (natural or otherwise), it will hold its own. If you have an OVERLY bright room, any paint colour with this LRV (or higher) will wash out, as will Collingwood.
On the other hand, if you have a slightly darker room, Collingwood has a noticeable depth without looking too dark (although that would be open to perception). 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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COLLINGWOOD IN A NORTH-FACING ROOM
North-facing light is a cool gray light that can pick up a weee 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 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 light greige or taupe 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.
These next two rooms showcase Collingwood in what is likely, south-facing light…
If you have a south-facing room and LOVE a more traditional gray, you might not find Collingwood cool enough. If so, check out a more traditional cool gray 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 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.
WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM COLOUR FOR COLLINGWOOD?
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COLLINGWOOD & BALBOA MIST?
In the battle of Collingwood vs Balboa Mist, the MAIN difference is in depth. Both colours are in the LIGHT range. However, Collingwood is a bit darker (LRV of 62), whereas Balboa Mist is a bit lighter (LRV of 65.5).
You might also notice a bit more warmth in Balboa Mist, but it still sits as a great partner in a palette with Collingwood (i.e. in adjoining rooms). As for undertones, while both Balboa and Collingwood share a violet undertone, Balboa is more likely to lean a touch violet-pink.
WHAT COLOURS GO WITH COLLINGWOOD?
Collingwood is a darn versatile shade of gray and enjoys colour partners such as…
- darker and lighter grays with blue-green undertones
- a wide range of white paint colours, including bright whites and warm whites
- muted earth-toned blue-grays and green-grays
WHAT DARK COLOURS GO WITH COLLINGWOOD?
If you want to paint a feature wall, some cabinets or even your front door, Collingwood has some BEAUTIFUL dark friends you can check out…
- darker grays with similar undertones
- dark blue-gray blends, including blue-violets and blue-greens
- popular navy blue paint colours, including Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
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This post was originally published in 2017 but was updated and revamped in 2022