Edgecomb Gray (Baby Fawn): The BEST taupe or greige paint colour!
BTW, if you’ve been wondering why Edgecomb Gray and Baby Fawn are SO SIMILAR, it’s because they’re the same colour.
What type of paint colour is Edgecomb Gray (Baby Fawn)? Is it gray or greige? Warm or cool?
Edgecomb Gray is a WARM paint colour tucked tightly between both the gray and the beige world, making it a subtle taupe paint colour (could be referred to as greige). Edgecomb Gray is perfect for a soft, warm, organic look that’s VERY versatile when it comes to partnering up with other colours.
If you have north-facing light, you can expect Edgecomb Gray to lean a wink more into its gray base. In south-facing or warm afternoon western sunshine, it will lean a touch warmer, even looking slightly beige.
What’s the LRV of Edgecomb Gray?
The LRV of Edgecomb Gray is 63. This means it isn’t a typical light and fresh colour but is certainly lighter than some of the other popular greige and taupe paint colours. This LRV of 63 means it won’t look too heavy in a darker room, but without decent natural or artificial light it could look a bit dingy.
While the trim in the above photo is really just a wink 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!
When starting from scratch, I lean into 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 its undertones?
Edgecomb Gray is one of THE MOST NEUTRAL taupe paint colours with minimal undertones. Many greiges will pick up a green undertone, whereas taupes tend to favour purple or pink. Edgecomb Gray favours a very (very) mild pink undertone.
The less committed a colour is to an undertone, the more likely it is to grab another. For this reason, you might see Edgecomb Gray grab a wink of green here and there, but it’s definitely NOT as common.
BTW, thank you to my E-Design clients who send in their after photos!
Edgecomb Gray has a soft foundation that adds a subtle warmth to rooms with northern exposure. And while it can look a bit beige in some rooms, it always holds a gray base. If you’re finding it looking beige, grab a paper chip sample of Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan it could help you see how lovely and balanced Edgecomb Gray really is!
If you’re finding the undertone too strong, this could be due to a few reasons…
- Your light bulbs.
- Your exposure, especially afternoon western sunshine.
- You have a lot of green nearby. Green and red (the origin of pink) are opposite so they enhance each other. This means that if you have subtle undertones of both, they could look that much stronger in comparison to each other.
- You have cream nearby (ie: trim) or are sampling over an existing yellow-based colour. Again, colours will ENHANCE each other and any yellow could make Edgecomb Gray look SURPRISINGLY pink in comparison. Oh, that undertone is there (you CAN’T avoid undertones), it just shouldn’t be that obvious.
Is Edgecomb Gray the lighter version of Revere Pewter?
Nope, 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 (and are so darn cute, wink wink). We’re not related.
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In Different Lighting…
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 look with white trim.
If you have a SUPER bright room or wall, you can expect Edgecomb Gray to wash-out A LOT but the colour/contrast will come back once that direct light softens.
On the other hand, if your space has reduced lighting, you’ll see Edgecomb Gray lean that bit darker. It can also look a bit warmer in doing so.
In the more focused shot of the above staircase (below), look at the shift from the lower front of the staircase to the back wall – PERFECT EXAMPLE of taupe to beige and that bit more depth!
Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
- At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
- If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
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Edgecomb Gray and Benjamin Moore White Dove take this transitional/traditional style entryway and staircase to the next level…
Notice how well it complements the taupe carpet and wood flooring, setting a neutral stage for the rest of the home to play off of.
Edgecomb Gray Lightened…
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 in a VERY 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).
What’s the best white trim colour for Edgecomb Gray?
When it comes to Edgecomb Gray, I’m partial to two whites – Benjamin Moore White Dove and Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. White Dove is a slightly softer approach, whereas Chantilly Lace offers a clean contrast. If you have a bright room, the increased contrast with Chantilly Lace could help you see the colour on the walls a bit more when it’s at its most washed-out.
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Originally written in May 2017, updated in 2021