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Benjamin Moore Anchor Gray 2126-30: Paint Color Review

Posted on June 19, 2023 by KylieMawdsley
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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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?

Anchor Gray loves MANY white paint colors, including Benjamin Moore White Dove, Chantilly Lace, and Simply White.

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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).

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IS ANCHOR GRAY A GOOD BLUE FOR KITCHEN CABINETS?

While it could work on kitchen cabinets, islands, and bathroom vanities, most of my clients prefer DARKER blues like Benjamin Moore Hale Navy and Sherwin Williams Cyberspace.

Why?

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.

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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:

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NEED HELP?

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

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  1. I have one quick question, plus would love to share before/after of our exterior home paint (new color is cyberspace). I can’t seem to find a way to connect, and all your packages are sold out (must be a reason…do you provide free wine with a consultation?😉)

    The question I can’t find an answer for is regarding Revere Pewter. Can it be reduced by 1/2 (or maybe just 1/4?) without changing the versatility of it? We painted our whole (well most of it) 3ksf house in RP, loved it, then sold! Now we’re in a newer house with Repose Gray and Sea Salt and I want a bit warmer. Also considering your Edgecomb Gray recommendation.

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      You BET you can lighten Revere Pewter! I’ve lightened and darkened it (I have it 50% darker on our kitchen cabinets/bedroom doors) and looove it. Doing this is a GREAT way to tweak a colour to get just the look you want. As for the versatility, I would ‘guess’ that 25% lighter might be a touch more versatile, but at 50%, the undertones can shift more and its hard to say what it would do :).

      BTW, check out BM Rodeo which is kiiiiiind of like a 25% lighter Revere Pewter.

      As for Edgecomb Gray – LOVE THIS COLOUR.

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