THE BEST WARM GRAY CABINET COLOUR: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
Have you been looking for the perfect gray paint colour for your cabinets and currently looking at 50 shades of them? Are you leaning towards the slightly WARMER end of things, without jumping on the cream or beige train? Well then, Revere Pewter might be just the colour you’ve been looking for!
But, it does have some pretty serious conditions as not ALL grays are created equal, and Revere Pewter is definitely a step outside of the standard gray box.
WHAT TYPE OF GRAY IS REVERE PEWTER?
Revere Pewter is a WARM gray, so this means it has a bit of ‘dirt’ or beige in it. Will it ever look BEIGE on your cabinets? Heck no, it’s not THAT warm.
WHAT ARE THE UNDERTONES OF REVERE PEWTER?
While it might look like a pretty true gray in some light, it actually has a green undertone and THIS is where it gets tricky. Many of the popular white quartz countertops cater to a violet undertone, not a green one. Now, some still partner Revere Pewter with these and enjoy the play of undertones, whereas others (myself included) are fussy about these partnerships.
This next photo shows how warm and green Revere Pewter (darkened) is in comparison to the more stormy cool look of Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray.
THE DEPTH OF REVERE PEWTER ON CABINETS – SHOULD YOU DARKEN IT?
Revere Pewter has an LRV of 55.77 which means it’s a light depth paint colour, but ooooo, it’s darn close to being a light-medium depth as it has a bit more meat on its bones.
Revere Pewter is regular strength in the above kitchen, countertop unknown
However, you might find that via the sheen of cabinet paint (recommended SATIN finish), the colour can appear a bit lighter than you expect, especially if you’ve seen Revere Pewter on walls (in a matte or eggshell finish). For this reason, I OFTEN suggest darkening Revere Pewter by 25% or 50% – heck, get samples made up of both. Painting kitchen cabinets is a MASSIVE PROJECT; it’s well worth taking your time with sampling!
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REGRETTING REVERE PEWTER IN MY OWN HOME
In my own kitchen, I chose Revere Pewter for the cabinets and had it darkened by approximately 25%, just to give it a BIT more depth. I partnered it with Cambria Brittanica Warm, which is STUNNING with Revere Pewter. I also painted our bedroom/bathroom doors Revere Pewter, to create a visual link and LOOOOOVE the look of them with white trim.
As you can see in this next photo, I changed the layout of the cabinets, giving us WAY more upper cabinet space!
But truth be told, I regret choosing Revere Pewter for my cabinets and doors. Why? Well, first of all, I regret MOST of my choices because I always ‘long for the colour I didn’t choose‘ – nature of the profession. But the actual REASON I regret Revere Pewter is because it limits the paint colour options for my WALLS – that’s right, my walls.
Revere Pewter is a light to light-medium depth warm gray with a green undertone. To get any kind of contrast with the walls, my walls need to be white or off-white with undertones that suit Revere Pewter (limiting). I LOVE to change things up at least yearly, and even though I desperately want to paint my walls a light or light-medium depth paint colour – I can’t, as Revere Pewter already takes up that position. If I paint the walls a light depth colour that’s NOT Revere Pewter, they’ll fight each other. Therefore, I’m stuck with white, off-white OR a colour that’s considerably darker (which I definitely don’t want for the entire open layout of my home).
In ALL of the above photos, the walls are Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray (lightened to provide contrast), but recently I’ve changed the walls to Benjamin Moore White Dove (due to lack of choice, although I still love the look).
SO, SHOULD YOU PAINT YOUR CABINETS REVERE PEWTER?
If you’re the type of person who chooses a colour and sticks with it very MANY moons, then don’t let the above sway you. If you’re someone who loves something regardless of whether it’s trendy, and will still love it when it’s NOT trendy, fill yer lil boots! And hey, if you’re happy with warm white/off-white walls OR a medium to medium-dark colour forever and ever amen – PAINT AWAY MY FRIEND! But if like me, you love to change things up once in a while, Revere Pewter WILL severely limit your future options.
This next photo shows my Revere Pewter cabinets with the newly painted Benjamin Moore White Dove walls (and trim).
Now, let’s round this all up with some bullet points…
PROS TO BENJAMIN MOORE REVERE PEWTER CABINETS
- warm grays are popular right now
- it gives a different look compared to the standard gray cabinets being installed by many builders
- it’s a unique colour
CONS TO BENJAMIN MOORE REVERE PEWTER CABINETS
- you’ll have a hard time finding coordinating countertops compared to cooler or stormier grays
- the depth of it will limit your wall colour choices
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