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Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray HC-167

Posted on July 1, 2020 by KylieMawdsley


Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray: LRV, Undertones and a Little More

There’s NO shortage of light gray paint colours from any NUMBER of brands, but boy, can it be hard to find JUST THE RIGHT dark gray paint colour.

Why? Well, those sneaky undertones that are found in EVERY gray paint colour can be even more passive in some darker charcoal gray paint colours, which is why it’s even more important you do your research. Which is why TODAY, we’re taking an up-close and personal look at this bad boy – Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray.

Paint colour review, popular dark charcoal gray paint color, Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint consulting and diy decorating advice blogger

What type of paint colour is Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray? Is it warm or cool? Is it a TRUE NEUTRAL GRAY?

Believe it or not, Amherst Gray is actually a VERY SLIGHTLY warm gray, and while in some lights it can look quite neutral, it actually has a pretty sneaky undertone (which we’ll get into shortly).

Fireplace surround and builtin cabinets painted Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray, Revere Pewter walls, slate hearth. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

If you have south-facing light shining on your wall or exterior, Amherst Gray can lean that bit warmer, stepping further away from the neutral gray end of things. However, if you have north-facing or other flat light, you may see it fall back into its gray base quite nicely.

Read more: Exterior Paint Colours: Does Exposure REALLY Matter? HECK YES, IT DOES! 

What’s the LRV of Amherst Gray?

Amherst Gray has an LRV of 17.12 which puts it nicely in the medium-dark end of things. Whereas DARK colours can look black in some lights, Amherst generally holds its depth, unless you have an EXCEPTIONALLY dark room.

Gray painted kitchen cabinets, Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray. Quartz white countertops, limestone backsplash. Kylie M E-design and online color consulting

Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.

What are the undertones of Amherst Gray? Will it look blue, green or purple?

Amherst Gray has a slight green undertone. However, like MANY grays, with the right environment and exposure it can drop that, but RARELY does it grab blue or purple.

Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray and similar to Albscent. Kylie M Interiors E-design

What’s the best way to sample Amherst Gray?

Like with every paint colour, I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE. Samplize is a peel & stick paint sample that you can easily move around your room for over HALF THE COST of traditional sample pots – and they deliver right to your front door!

Learn all about Samplize HERE

If I’m painting my walls Amherst Gray, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?

If you’re painting your walls Amherst Gray, I would suggest the following white paint colours…

Read more: SHOULD I Paint My Wood Cabinets White? A QUESTIONNAIRE

Read more: The 4 Best White Paint Colours from Sherwin Williams

Is Amherst Gray a good colour for the exterior of my home? 

If you have the right stone, brick and/or roof, Amherst Gray could be an AWESOME choice for your exterior, but they HAVE to be able to humour that subtle green undertone! You can also check out the DARKER, but similar approach of Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal which is WICKED gorgeous.

Amherst Gray Benjamin Moore front door with brick on exterior. Kylie M INteriors color expert, Online Colour consultant and e-design

Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour

Is Amherst Gray a good paint colour for kitchen cabinets?

Amherst Gray is VERY popular for kitchen cabinets but is OFTEN misused. With its subtle green undertone, it’s important that it CONNECTS on some level with what’s happening in the countertop.

Before, the STRONG orange stain on the wood cabinets was overwhelming the space and clashed with the flooring…

Painted wood cabinets BEFORE edesign with green toned granite. (1)
After, everything looks more modern – including the older-style granite countertop!

Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray on painted island, green in granite countertop, Chantilly Lace white on main cabinets, Stainless steel. Kylie M Edesign

Old laminate kitchen cabinets painted with Benjamin Moore Cloud White, Amherst Gray. Dark fir stained wood floor and Forest Moss by Benjamin Moore paint color

(this is from about 12 years ago, so the photo quality isn’t super)

What Sherwin Williams paint colours are the same as or similar to Amherst Gray?

GOOD QUESTION! Every colour has its own particular nuances and there will be NO perfect match – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths, but you could check out similar colours like…

Exterior siding painted Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray with white trim and blue green front door. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

Shown above, Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray

And if you’re thinking of colour matching between brands (ie: getting BM to make an SW paint colour), you might want to read THIS first.

What type of paint colours look good with Amherst Gray?

Because Amherst Gray is MOST often used as an ‘accent’ colour, either on a feature wall, kitchen island/cabinets or bathroom vanity, it’s VERY FLEXIBLE as to its partners (just like me, just joking), such as…

Not sure if Amherst Gray is right for you? I’ve got more!


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Review, Sherwin Williams Roycroft Pewter, dark gray paint color for exterior, feature wall, painted cabinets. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online diy advice blogger

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Exterior, Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray, gray roof. Wood shutters minwax, brown brick, white trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

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Red toned wood flooring with BEnjamin Moore Chelsea Gray painted cabinets, Gray Owl and white subway tile. Kylie M Interiors E-design and E-decor

Read more: Full Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray

Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?

Check out my Online Paint Colour Consulting – I’d love to help!

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