Edgecomb Gray or should we call it Edgecomb Greige?
With Revere Pewter ruling the roost for the past few years, there’s been one neutral lying under the radar, waiting for its day in the sun – Edgecomb Gray.
Edgecomb Gray – What colour is it?
Edgecomb Gray skirts both the gray and the beige world, tucking itself quite comfortably into the greige range. In some lights, it leans slightly more beige, while in others it leans a touch gray. Edgecomb is great for a fresh, but slightly soft, warm, organic look.
What is the LRV of Edgecomb Gray?
The LRV of Edgecomb Gray is 63, meaning it isn’t a typical light and fresh colour, but it’s certainly lighter than some of the other popular greiges. The LRV of 63 means it won’t look too weighted in a darker room, but without decent natural or artificial light to help it along, could look a bit dingy. Compare it to Revere Pewter which has an LRV of 55 and you’ll see that Edgecomb Gray has a lighter, more muted approach.
While the trim in the above photo is really 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 were able to squeeze Edgecomb Gray in! I would’ve preferred a soft white trim colour, as shown in this next photo…
Not sure what LRV is? Read here…The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Paint Colour: LRV
What are the undertones of Edgecomb Gray?
A lot of greige and warm gray paint colours pick up a slight taupe/purple/green undertone (SW Agreeable Gray/ Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter / Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray). But not everyone wants noticeable undertones, which is why I often turn to Edgecomb Gray.
BTW, thank you to my E-Design clients who send in their after photos!
Edgecomb Gray has an almost creamy looking backdrop and doesn’t have the sneaky undertones that many other greige paint colours have. This soft foundation adds a subtle warmth, particularly in rooms with northern exposure or shadowed corners. HOWEVER, it never looks ‘cream’. It always looks like greige as the creamy vibe is more about the softness and lack of obvious green or purple undertones.
Is Edgecomb Gray the lighter version of Revere Pewter?
No. There, that was easy! They’re different colours. Just because colours sit above or below each other on a colour strip, doesn’t mean they’re directly related to each other. They can be SIMILAR, but can easily have different undertones. It’s kind of like when people see my redheaded friend and I walking together, they naturally assume we’re related because we look similar – we’re not.
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Edgecomb Gray in a reasonably well-lit space…
If a room has GOOD, but not blindingly bright natural light, Edgecomb settles in the PERFECT place, giving contrast with white trim without darkening a room.
In a well-lit space, you can expect Edgecomb Gray to look lighter and brighter as the natural light bounces off of it (as any colour will). This will create a low-contrast with white trim.
If you have a SUPER bright room or wall, you can expect Edgecomb Gray to wash-out quite a bit but the colour/contrast will come back once that direct light softens.
Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
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- Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
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- If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
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Edgecomb Gray in a darker, low-light room
In a darker room, Edgecomb Gray will have more body to it and can look slightly more beige than it does gray, while still being an overall greige paint colour.
There’s that darned cream trim again – I can’t win ’em all!
What’s the best white trim colour for Edgecomb Gray?
I’m partial to two whites when it comes to Edgecomb – Benjamin Moore White Dove and Sherwin Williams Pure White. White Dove is a slightly softer approach, whereas Pure White offers a bit more contrast.
In my MAD quest for the perfect paint colour for my own home, I decided to play around with Edgecomb Gray and lightened it by 50%. This is NOT for the faint of heart! While lightening a colour by 25% is a subtle shift, 50% results is a more noticeable change…
See the before and after photos HERE
The pure MAGIC of this colour 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 50% lighter, Edgecomb Gray is definitely in the off-white range, as shown below. In the upper hallway, it’s a bit easier to see the contrast with the trim (and all of the love notes I have on my daughter’s doors).
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Originally written in May 2017, updated in 2019
KYLIE M INTERIORS E-DESIGN, E-DECOR, ONLINE PAINT COLOUR VIRTUAL EXPERT SPECIALIZING IN DIY HOME DECORATING AND DESIGN IDEAS AND BENJAMIN MOORE AND SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT COLOURS