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Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Network Gray SW 7073

Posted on July 28, 2018 by KylieMawdsley

 

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!

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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!

Sherwin Williams Network Gray with black armoire and cherry toned red laminate flooring in living room with white trim. Kylie M Interiors E-design and Online consulting - edecor

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.

Read more: Gray Paint Colours – The 3 Undertones You HAVE to Consider

Sherwin Williams Network Gray with white wainscoting or lower walls and ladder shelf. Kylie M Interiors E-design and online colour consulting

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 green side over the purple side, that can change based on your exposure, lighting, mood that day and interior products.

Read more: North, East, South, West: Which Paint Colour is the Best?

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.

Read more: The Ultimate Guideline to LRV – Don’t Choose a Colour Without It! 

Sherwin Williams Network Gray with dark wood armoire and red tone wood flooring. White trim. Transitional style. Kylie M Interiors E-design and online colour consulting

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.

Sherwin Williams Network Gray in living room with white trim, beige couch. Kylie M INteriors E-design and online color consulting

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.

Sherwin Williams Network Gray in living room, white wainscoting, fireplace and mantle. Red toned wood flooring. Kylie M Interiors E-design and online colour consulting and blog

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…

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

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!).

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray

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? 

Check out my Online Colour Consulting and E-Design Packages, I’d love to help!

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Chat soon,

Kylie M Interiors Edecor and Edesign

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Originally written in 2017, awesome updated 2019



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  1. Good Morning Kylie!
    I am a tile/stone/granite designer in Denver, Colorado.
    I’m writing to give you a big hats off for the amazing break down you gave on the Network Gray color.
    I get the Gray discussion quite often as the public is trying to match their cabinet color with their counter top stone/quartz.
    I am not a big SW fan only because as a former model home merchandiser, our company had a contract with SW and we had no choice but to use them. I felt the SW colors were too boring….but I’m coming around slowly to appreciate them.
    Your pictures plus your in depth description of the nature of grays was laid out SO well. GREAT JOB!
    I am a fan of the Benjamin Moore colors as I feel they are more complex. I went on a city loft tour years ago and the wall colors were gorgeous, all BM paints. I saw designers with thier fan decks trying to figure out what was used. Gorgeous mushroom colors.
    I am going to start reading your column on a regular basis.
    You rock, have an awesome day!
    Carmen Morgan
    Crossville Studios/Denver Design Team

    1. Wow Carmen, what a great note to get – thank you! And yes, you know I was a BIIIIG BM gal for years and then SW came to town so I started to entertain them. I find that BM does REALLY well with the slightly more ‘colourful’ range whereas when I’m looking for grays/greiges I go more often to SW. I think they’ve both upped their game a lot in the last few years and I never have to go outside of these 2 brands to get what I want!

      And thank you for the comments, I totally appreciate the feedback, especially from someone in the industry!
      ~Kylie

  2. It’s funny, while everyone is obsessed with the great light grays of SW, such Repose Gray and Agreeable Gray–and I am no exception as I love and have used both in rentals and my home–pottery barn seems to agree with you here…they feature grays on this strip and I love them in the catalog! Of course, their lighting is tricky so I haven’t been bold enough to try them. Thanks again for an excellent color review, now I will take a closer look! I would love to try this one. I also like seeing your risk taking and suggesting something off the trodden path. (I admit…would live to see some of the darker colors on the strip with agreeable gray and repose gray. These colors look enticing too!)

    Why is it that I could read your color reviews all day long? Lol

  3. Hi Kylie! I always love your in- depth analysis of a paint color–even if it isn’t a color that I am particularly considering at the moment. However, what really caught my eye in this article is the simple, but elegant and unique wainscot trim detail used in the living room featured in the photos above! Did you come up with that detail of adding the small trim about 5 or 6″ beneath the chair rail? I’ve never seen anything like that done before, but I love it! Is it one of your client’s home (or yours?) I love how it adds interest and beefs up” the wainscot trim without being too formal or “fake” looking!
    I actually have been trying to figure out what to do with the wainscot area in my own dining room, and I think this will be a great solution! Currently we just have chair rail trim in there, and the wall below it is just plain drywall; I’ve been wanting to “beef it up” somehow, and then paint the wainscot all white like shown above. I’ve thought about adding the typical rectangles made out of panel moulding (or base cap trim), but it seems a bit too formal for our house, now that we opened up the dining room to the kitchen (and maybe a bit fake, as it is simulating “real” wainscot paneling, after all– though it has become so ubiquitous–at least around here in Maryland with all our faux colonial style homes— that perhaps it isn’t even thought of as fake anymore?)
    I’ve even thought about adding beadboard or shiplap, but I think those options would seem a bit too “informal” and not in keeping with the colonial style of the home anyway (and my husband would really be upset if I made him take off the chair rail, which we’d probably have to do to do those options right, LOL.) So the wainscot trim detailing above seems like the perfect solution (and an easy and inexpensive one, at that!) If you did design that detail, would you mind sharing more about it, i.e, how far below the chair rail, and what kind of trim did you use and anything else? Thanks so much. I love your posts!

  4. Hi Kylie
    Thanks for the great advise, have been scouring Pinterest and the internet for 6 weeks trying to decide on a colour for my open plan living, dining and kitchen , in fact my entire house. Boy!! I had no idea how complex this entire process is. Family and I live in South Africa, Durban and we do not have BM and SW boohoo(that is the sound of sadness)
    So happy that I have come across your post – now I feel armed and dangerous ( amazing how a little info can make you feel empowered) Big thumbs up to you 🙂

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      Hi Mercia – what on earth do you do without a BM or SW? I would go crazy!!! I’m sure you have other great brands though. I hope the info helped you out! So when you look at your local brands, you want a nice light/medium gray with a stormy blue undertone. And a blue that doesn’t have ANY green in it!

      ~Kylie

  5. Hi, I’m getting alittle confused with all the grey-blue/grey-green etc. Can you please tell me if the Network Grey would be good color in my entry way to match my living room that will have SW7071 (grey screen). I have a nice grey couch that I am looking to make the grey pop. Any recommendations would be great! Thanks!

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      Hi Megan, I hear ya, it can be confusing! You are definitely good to go with Network Gray and Gray Screen, no problem!

  6. Hi Kylie, the SW Network Gray looks similar to BM gullwing grey to me. Have I got that right. You suggested gullwing grey for me and I love it. Just wanted to know if they are similar because I also love the network gray!

  7. HI Kylie:

    I’m repainting my house and am not loving the Stonington Gray just painted in my master yesterday. Bummer! This weekend I will be in SW looking to replace, at extra cost (so a time constraint for me!) My bedroom has taupe carpet, a beige headboard and dark gray lamps. I had hoped to have a gray that would feel warm and cozy, but stonington gray looks washed out and too light. Of course I’m in shock somewhat as I’ve had Ralph Lauren up until now, which are much more distinctive. I’m wondering and hoping you can let me know if you think the network gray will give me a deeper/richer feel to the bedroom…I like a bit darker and cozier. Thanks s much, I which I had found your site before I started this project!

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      Hi Susan, yes Network Gray definitely would as it does have more body to it as well as a bit more undertone! Generally speaking, the darker cool colours get, the better chance they have of feeling cozy! Grays with a blue-green undertone vs a blue-purple can often look a wink softer as well, but that can be personal perception too ;).

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