Benjamin Moore Anchor Gray: a more subdued approach to navy blue
There’s NO paint color more classic than navy blue. But not ALL navy blues are created equal, and sometimes, you need to do a little research before you slap your favorite blue hue on your walls.
This is why we’re taking an up-close-and-personal look at Benjamin Moore Anchor Gray, one of my fave blue-grays when I’m looking for something less typical.
WHAT TYPE OF COLOR IS BM ANCHOR GRAY?
As with ANY paint color, it’s all about perception. If you ask ME, Anchor Gray is a darker navy blue with a SOLID dose of gray (and I’m always right, sooooo). However, talk to my hubs, and he’ll say that it’s gray with some blue in it (insert marriage counseling session HERE).
Ahhhhh, the glory of paint colors.
If you have a north-facing room, Anchor Gray, because it has a bit more color than a typical gray, will have more personality (whereas some grays can fall flat). On the other hand, it’s not so blue that it’s punchy or overwhelming, regardless of your exposure.
This cool blue hue is always a nice balance to warm southern light or afternoon western exposure – adding a cool vibe and a dose of personality!
WHAT’S THE LRV OF ANCHOR GRAY?
Anchor Gray has an LRV of ALMOST 12. I’d get into the decimals of it, but I like to keep things a bit more meat n’ potatoes around here (no gravy).
Not sure what LRV is? It stands for Light Reflectance Value, and it could save your paint-lovin’ life. Read all about it HERE.
With an LRV of 12, Anchor Gray isn’t so dark that it will look BLACK in a dark room (unless you literally have no light). Its slightly higher LRV (compared to other navy blues) helps it hold up to low-light areas quite nicely while still holding on to its color.
WHAT ARE ANCHOR GRAY’S UNDERTONES?
It’s important to find out which TYPE of blue you’re dealing with. Anchor Gray is a solid-looking blue, but rather than tipping its hat towards green, like other popular shades, it leans a wink into violet.
Could it look PURPLE?
While colors are open to perception, you’ll be hard-pressed to find Anchor Gray looking purple; it really is a wicked blue-gray.
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WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM OR CABINET COLOR FOR ANCHOR GRAY?
IS ANCHOR GRAY A GOOD EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR?
Anchor Gray could be a beautiful exterior paint color for your siding or stucco, as long as you want to lean into BLUE, not gray (expect the blue to pop up that bit more).
IS ANCHOR GRAY A GOOD BLUE FOR KITCHEN CABINETS?
These shades of blue have more depth, which is generally more popular for cabinets as it grounds a space. These Hale Navy and Cyberspace look slightly less colorful than Anchor Gray while still fulfilling the goal of ‘dark blue.’ Not to say Anchor Gray won’t be great for YOUR home, but being that bit lighter, its intention is different.
Similar to Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
COLORS THAT ARE SIMILAR TO ANCHOR GRAY
Comparison is the KEY to choosing the best paint color for your home. Don’t be afraid to explore other colors to see how undertones, temperatures, and LRVs shift…
- Benjamin Moore Trout Gray is lighter and has less color/undertone than Anchor Gray, meaning it looks grayer.
- Benjamin Moore Charcoal Slate has a similar depth but has less color.
WHICH COLORS GO WITH ANCHOR GRAY?
MANY colors coordinate with Anchor Gray in a color palette. Whether you’re using navy blue on an accent wall and need lighter main walls or need a complementing color for an adjoining room, you won’t have a hard time finding a good partner, including:
- light grays with subtle violet, blue, or some green undertones
- a wide range of white paint colors, from cool to warm
- many soft and subtle off-white paint colors
- super muted shades of tan or beige
- darker shades of green with similar degrees of color in them
- light shades of taupe and some greiges
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