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Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray HC-168

Posted on January 23, 2020 by KylieMawdsley


Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray: LRV, Undertones and a WHOLE Lot More!

When it comes to gray and charcoal paint colours that have a bit more meat on their bones, it’s hard to beat the look of Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray, and today we’re going to find out why!

Paint colour review, best gray charcoal paint color Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray. Cabinets, walls, islands, exteriors. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting and diy advice

What type of paint colour is Chelsea Gray? Is it greige, gray or taupe?

Chelsea Gray is DEFINITELY a gray paint colour, however, once they hit this depth, they’re often referred to as ‘charcoal’.

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray hallway with white trim and Chelsea Gray painted door. Kylie M Interiors Colour Consultant online - Copy

Chelsea Gray on the door

Is Chelsea Gray a warm or cool paint colour?

While you wouldn’t know it unless you compared it to a COOL gray paint colour, Chelsea Gray is actually a slightly warm gray.

Read more: North, East, South, West – Which Paint Colour is the Best?

What’s the LRV of Chelsea Gray?

Chelsea Gray has an LRV of 22, which puts it in the HEAVY end of the medium-depth range (learn more HERE).

Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray in dining room with white wainscoting and red accents. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consulting expert. Client photo

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

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

Remember, EVERY gray has undertones and Chelsea Gray is no exception! Chelsea Gray favours a MILD green undertone, however, I have seen it flash slightly purple or blue on occasion, depending on the exposure of the room, trim colour and paint colours/finishes that it’s partnered with.

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

What’s the best way to sample Chelsea 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 Chelsea Gray, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?

Chelsea Gray is as flexible as a 10-year old gymnast when it comes to white paint colours. I personally love the soft look of Benjamin Moore White Dove and Sherwin Williams Pure White, although the cleaner approach of Sherwin Williams High Reflective White can also be nice.

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

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

Chelsea Gray can work very well on the exterior of a home, just note that it CAN look much warmer than expected, especially if you have south-facing exposure or afternoon western light – and don’t forget about that passive green undertone!

Chelsea Gray is shown on the trim in this next photo (the ‘after’ shot)…

Exterior before and after paint palette with Chelsea Gray trim and beige vinyl siding by Kylie M INteriors E-decor

Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour

Is Chelsea Gray a popular paint colour right now?

In this range of paint colours (charcoals, or grays with depth), I’ve found that Sherwin Williams Dovetail and Gauntlet Gray are a bit more popular right now as they have less undertone. There’s also Sherwin Williams Cityscape which takes things a bit cooler. HOWEVER, it depends on the undertones that your countertop, backsplash tile and flooring prefer!

Oak cabinets painted Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray with MIneral Jet formica countertops

Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray

Oak wood painted cabinets, Benjamin Moore White Dove, island Dovetail, taupe carpet. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, split level idea (1)

Sherwin Williams Dovetail

What Sherwin Williams paint colour is the same as or similar to Chelsea Gray?

You won’t find an exact match for ANY colour between brands – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths. However, there are some with similar intentions, but different approaches…

Is Chelsea Gray a good paint colour for my cabinets, vanity or island?

Chelsea Gray can work well on kitchen cabinets, islands or bathroom vanities as long as you have the countertop, backsplash and flooring to visually support its depth and undertones. Generally speaking, the colours previously mentioned are a bit more popular and versatile.

Double vanity in bathroom painted Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray, hexagon mosaic tile backsplash, Calacatta Marble countertop by Formica. Design by Kylie M Interiors

What type of paint colours look good with Chelsea Gray?

Chelsea Gray likes a range of colours, including…

Not sure if Chelsea Gray is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!


Bathroom vanity painted Metropolis Benjamin Moore gray. Caesarstone Bianco Drift greige quartz countertop, Moen Glyde faucet and porcelain tile flooring by Kylie M Interiors

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Popular dark charcoal gray paint color, Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray. The best paint color review with Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online diy decorating advice blogger

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Oak wood painted cabinets, Benjamin Moore White Dove, island Dovetail, taupe carpet. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, split level idea (1)

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Dovetail


Bathroom vanity, Benjamin Moore City Shadow, white quartz countertop. Gray walls. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consultant, virtual design blog

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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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  1. I am thinking of painting my bathroom cabinet in Chelsea Gray. The vanity top is Minuet Quartzite, and I will be painting the trim either White Dove or Chantilly Lace. What do you suggest as a coordinating paint color that isn’t too dark? Also, do you think that bronze cabinet pulls would look okay with Chelsea Gray, or should I stick with silver tones? Thanks!

  2. Hi Kylie,
    Thanks for the great videos and help!
    Thanks to use I have chosen Chelsea Grey as the color of my house but having a tough time picking an accent color for a very large garage door. I want something in the brick red family? Any suggestions would be so appreciated!

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      Oooooo, anyway I can talk you out of this? While it CAN depend on the house, this seems a bit backwards as it’s usually best if the neutral goes on the garage door and the COLOUR on the front door. Or, I’d even go to a darker gray as the second colour, ie. BM Kendall Charcoal. As for THE colour, I 100% wouldn’t be able to say without seeing your exterior’s brick/stone/roof, as I could throw a colour at you, but it could 100% be the WRONG choice for your home’s finishes!

  3. Can I ask what color the light gray is in the first, third and forth photos( the empty room with Chelsea gray on the door, the kitchen image and the bathroom with Chelsea gray door)? I am looking to use Chelsea gray as an accent and looking for a light gray to pair it with.

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      Hi Alexa, that’s Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray. PERSONALLY, I would lean a bit warmer for the walls, but this is the combo they chose!

  4. I’m painting my 2 story craftsman house BM Chelsea gray with white trim and I’d like to paint the front door black. We just had a black roof put on. Can you suggest a color black that would go with the Chelsea gray. Also what is a good white to use with this color combo.

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  5. Hi!
    My interior bedroom doors are painted Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Gray with Dove White trim throughout the house. I’m thinking of painting my kitchen cabinets Dove White. Would it be too matchy-matchy if I paint my kitchen island Chelsea Gray? My other option is the darker Kendall Charcoal. I would LOVE some advice! 🙂

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  6. I am torn between Chelsea grey or Classic french grey with either Sherwin Williams urban bronze or Benjamin Moore Deep River for a little contrast and simply white for all other trim. Im thinking of Hawthorne Yellow for the front door. Id gladly pay a hundred for your opinion but your exterior package doesn’t choose colors Any help greatly appreciated.

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