One of the Best Gray-Blue Paint Colours: SW Network Gray!
If you’re familiar with gray paint colours, you’ll be WELL aware of the fact that they love to pick up wild and wonderful undertones – and Sherwin Williams Network Gray is no exception.
And while I’ve spent a lot of time reviewing some of the more popular grays like Gray Owl, Revere Pewter and Repose Gray, there’s something to be the said for a gray that’s a bit more unique and NOT as popular – although after this blog post it just might start popping up in our Pinterest feeds!
What type of paint colour is Network Gray, what are its undertones?
Network Gray is gray paint colour with a ‘decent’ blue undertone. This means it won’t have the stormy blue subtlety of SW Big Chill nor the muddy hint of green in BM Revere Pewter. In fact, Network Gray could ALMOST be called Network Blue in comparison to more traditional gray paint colours!
Now, you might look at that wee little colour chip and think to yourself, ‘time to put down the wine Kylie – that’s gray’, and you’d be right on both accounts. But, it’s a gray with blue in it- trust the crazy Ginger (and remember, we steal souls on a regular basis).
And there are two things that blue just LOVES to do, and that is a) lean to the green side or b) lean to the purple side. When blue leans to the green side (even when it’s subtle, like a gray with a blue undertone) it softens it and can take a bit of the icy edge away. Add ENOUGH green and you get teal or a nice blue-green blend.
When blue leans to the purple side it can feel a bit cooler and even slightly romantic, giving it a bit of a periwinkle look.
So, what type of blue does Network Gray have in it? Well, you know what? The undertone of Network Gray usually shows up pretty darned blue. And while it can lean a weeee willy wink to the purple side over the green side, that can change based on your exposure, lighting and interior products.
What’s the LRV of Network Gray?
Network Gray is a great way to get out of the safer, lighter range as it has more depth, body and visual interest – without going too heavy or dense. With an LRV of 37, Network Gray is a medium tone, but it’s cool look keeps it looking fresh and modern if you have adequate lighting.
Where does Network Gray work the best?
Network Gray just loooooves south-facing rooms. With their warm-toned exposure, south-facing rooms are the perfect foundation for Network Gray to add some cool balance.
See how Network Gray balances out the warm tones coming in the living room windows? The warm tones of the natural sunlight soften Network Gray a bit, while N.Gray takes the warm edge off of the sunlight.
Network Gray also works really well with wood tones as long as you want to enhance your wood tones. Do you have cherry or oak wood cabinets? Network Gray will bounce off those warm tones, creating a lower contrast palette with its depth, but a high contrast look because it’s a cool colour (opposites attract and create a dynamic palette).
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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
- 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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Where to AVOID colours like Network Gray
Like any paint colour, Network Gray will be at its BEST on walls with at least a reasonable amount of lighting. And while some colours can rise above the shadows, Network Gray is not one of them. If you have a dark room or shadowed hallway, you may want to look at another paint colour (although it can be gorgeous in a dark room if you have the right decor/interior lighting to visually support it!).
What’s the best white paint colour with Network Gray (for trim)?
Network Gray is pretty versatile. If you want to enhance that cool look, check out a warm white like BM Simply White or SW Alabaster. If you want to keep things a bit more crisp and clean, SW High Reflective White is a stunner.
Not sure if Network Gray could work for you?
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Originally written in 2017, awesome updated 2019