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Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray HC-167: Paint Color Review

Posted on October 1, 2022 by KylieMawdsley
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Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray: a POPULAR dark gray paint color

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


Well, those sneaky undertones that are found in EVERY gray paint color can be even more passive in some darker charcoal gray paint colors. This is why it’s even more important to take an up-close and personal look at this bad boy…

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


  • TYPE OF COLOR: warm gray
  • LRV: 18.8
  • UNDERTONES: subtle green
  • BEST WHITE: Benjamin Moore White Dove
  • LIGHTER VERSION: Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray
  • POPULARITY: moderate
  • SIMILAR TO: Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray

Now, let’s dive into some fun and helpful details…

What type of paint color is Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray? Is it warm or cool?

Amherst Gray is a slightly WARM, charcoal gray paint color. And while in some lights, it can look quite neutral, it has a 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.

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What’s the LRV of Amherst Gray?

Amherst Gray has an LRV of 18.8. This LRV parks Amherst Gray nicely in the medium-dark end of things. Whereas SUPER DARK colors can look black in some dark rooms, with this more moderately dark LRV, Amherst generally holds its look 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

On the other hand, in a room that gets a lot of natural light, Amherst Gray will look lighter (as will any color) while still making a great impact on your space.

Not sure what LRV is? THREE SLAPS WITH A WET NOODLE! Read all about it HERE.

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

Amherst Gray has a slight green undertone. However, like MANY grays, with the right environment and exposure, it can drop that green almost entirely.

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 color, 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

What white paint color goes with Amherst Gray?

If you’re painting your walls Amherst Gray, I suggest the following white paint colors for trims, cabinets, doors and ceilings…

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What’s the lighter version of Amherst Gray

If you’re worried that Amherst Gray is a touch too dark, check out Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray: Paint Color Review. While Chelsea Gray has similar tendencies to Amherst Gray with its undertones, its higher LRV lifts it visually.

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray and Chelsea Gray small bathroom, modern. Kylie M Interiors E-design, colour expert

Chelsea Gray door, Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray walls

Is Amherst Gray a good color 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

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Is Amherst Gray a good paint color for kitchen cabinets?

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

Before, the STRONG orange stain on the wood cabinets overwhelmed 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

Which paint colors are the same as or similar to Amherst Gray?

GOOD QUESTION! While there are some similar colors, EVERY single one has its nuances and personality. However, for a similar approach, compare Amherst Gray with…

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 color matching between brands, read THIS first.

What paint colors look good with Amherst Gray?

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

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Not sure which paint color is best for YOUR home?

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

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