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 hate purple with a hard passion then MAYBE you can squeak it out. 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.
Collingwood paired with Escarpment
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 glasses on…
In the south facing 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.
Where does Collingwood do its BEST work?
North facing rooms
Collingwood does well in a north facing room as that cool gray light really brings Collingwood back and leans more into its gray side, without losing the pretty softness.
In the above photo, look on the highest part of the wall, just above the closet. This really shows Collingwood in its normal glory.
You can see Collingwood partnered up with Escarpment in this beautiful master bedroom (see more of that home here, it’s pretty bad-ass!)
South facing rooms
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.
So what do you think? Could Collingwood be the colour you’ve been looking for?
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