Big Chill SW 7648 – Undertones, LRV and More!
While Pinterest has been paying homage to the warmer end of the gray world with colours like Sherwin Williams Repose Gray and Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, there has been one colour that has been laying back, patiently waiting for its time in the sun (or in the shade more appropriately) and its time has COME!
Sherwin Williams Big Chill. This soft, cool-toned gray is one of the top 5 paint colours that I refer to in my online colour consulting. With many of my clients looking for gray paint colours, it really is as close as we’re going to get to the ever-elusive ‘perfect gray’ (which doesn’t exist btw).
Why doesn’t the perfect gray exist? Because there is NO SUCH THING as a fail-proof neutral (BOOM – the bubble is officially burst). You know, that ONE COLOUR that works everywhere, every time? Nope – it’s ALLL a lie. There are so many things to take into consideration – exposure, flooring, countertops, light bulbs, personal tastes and how much wine you’ve been drinking. A colour that is PERFECT for one room can be terrible in another, just based on a change in the environment or personal perception.
Anyway, let’s get back to Big Bad Chilly.
The LRV of Big Chill
With an LRV of 62, Big Chill is considered a light colour. There are light colours that can totally wash-out when hit with natural light and light colours that lean to the heavier side. This one sits RIGHT in the middle.
It will hold itself well in a darker, more shadowed room (that has enough artificial light) as well as a reasonably well-lit room, only washing out a bit at the height of the day.
The Undertones of Big Chill
If you like cool, neutral grays, you’ll like the undertones of Big Chill. If you prefer warm grays – you need to get the heck outta Dodge and go to this blog post instead.
Why? Because Big Chill is coooool baby.
Big Chill has a very passive blue undertone. And while it can politely nod at the other gray undertones, it’s not as flexible as other gray paint colours. Some blue undertones are crisper and lean easily into the other gray undertones – not Big Chill. This beautiful gray paint colour usually favours a soft stormy look – not WARM, but not icy cold either.
See how lighting can play a BIG part in how a colour looks? The picture on the left, with the lights on, shows how Big Chill can flash a cool gray-blue. The photo on the right with lights off shows Big Chill at its natural best.
Big Chill in a north-facing room
While there are always other factors to consider, you can expect Big Chill to look a wink cooler in a north-facing room as the gray-blue light filtering in slightly enhances the cool tones of this colour.
Big Chill in a south-facing room
In a room with southern exposure, it may wash-out a smidge at the height of the day, but most of the time should act like a soft, cool, but generally neutral gray.
Click HERE or on the above image to see available packages
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
Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE
The Darker side of Big Chill
If you like the idea of Big Chill but want a bit more body, of course, you can darken it by 25-50% (which can shift the undertones), OR you can check out ANOTHER cool beauty – Silverplate SW 7649 (be still my beating heart…).
Silverplate has an LRV of 53, so it has some weight to it, while still offering that beautiful silvery gray look.
You can also jazz Big Chill up with the use of a feature wall. Check it out in this GORGEOUS bedroom. MAD LOVE!
Paint Colours that compare to Big Chill
Big Chill is pretty comparable to Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray. Big Chill is a bit lighter and ALSO a bit more ‘neutral’ looking, whereas Stonington has just a wink more stormy blue undertone. If you prefer the depth of Stonington Gray, you could darken Big Chill by approx. 25% and it would bring it closer to the same shade.
Big Chill is also in the running with Benjamin Moore Gray Owl as one of the TOP cool gray paint colours. Compare the two and see how Gray Owl picks up a touch of green (as well as blue) undertone in comparison to Big Chill. Big Chill MIGHT pick up a green – if you have grass, trees or Kermit outside your window which can reflect their green tones slightly onto the walls.
Read more: Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Gray Owl
There are SO many beautiful grays to choose from! Deciding which one is BEST for you and your home involves looking not just at your exposure and landscaping, but also at the hard and soft surfaces of your home such as flooring, countertops, linens and of COURSE – personal taste!
Need help picking YOUR perfect gray?
Check out my affordable Virtual Colour Consulting packages!