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Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray HC-168: Paint Color Review

Posted on October 23, 2023 by KylieMawdsley

Chelsea Gray: America’s FAVORITE shade of gray!

When it comes to gray and charcoal paint colors 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 it’s one of the most popular shades of gray for today’s interiors…

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

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  • TYPE OF PAINT COLOR: warm gray
  • LRV: 23.33
  • UNDERTONES: minor green hue, occasionally violet
  • BEST WHITE FOR TRIM: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
  • POPULARITY: high
  • SIMILAR TO: Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray

Now, let’s get into the fun and IMPORTANT details!


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

Chelsea Gray is a gray paint color. However, while it might look like a cool or neutral shade of gray, it’s actually slightly warm!


If you have a room with a south-facing light, you might see Chelsea Gray leaning that bit warmer and maybe even grabbing a touch of green undertone along the way (usually vague at best). In a north-facing room, Chelsea Gray can look like a pretty skookum shade of gray without being icy cold or harsh – you just might not notice its subtle warmth much.

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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 with Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray walls

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).

Being a medium-depth paint color, Chelsea Gray holds itself quite well in dark rooms but will need SOME light to help it come to life. If you have an overly bright room, Chelsea Gray has a depth that calms a space down without looking overly harsh or sharp.

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.


Does Chelsea Gray have green undertones?

Remember, EVERY gray has undertones, and Chelsea Gray is no exception! Chelsea Gray favors a MILD warm, brown-green undertone and rarely flashes blue, although the odd time it can look slightly violet.

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



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What’s the best white paint color with Chelsea Gray?

Chelsea Gray is SUPER flexible with a wide range of white paint colors. If you’re painting your trims or cabinets, check out 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 color for a home’s exterior?

Chelsea Gray can work very well on the exterior of a home, adding huge curb appeal; 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

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Is Chelsea Gray a popular gray paint color?

HECK YES, Chelsea Gray is one of Benjamin Moore paints BEST options in this range, along with Kendall Charcoal and Amherst Gray. Although Sherwin Williams Dovetail and Gauntlet Gray are a bit more popular right now, Chelsea Gray will always have its place in the average home.

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

Benjamin Moore’s 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


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

If you’re looking for the perfect, medium-toned gray paint color, there are a few more you should check out…


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

Chelsea Gray is a good paint color for kitchen cabinets, islands, or bathroom vanities. HOWEVER, ensure your countertop, backsplash, and flooring have what they need to visually support Chelsea Gray’s depth and undertones. Generally speaking, the colors previously mentioned are a bit more versatile.

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



When it comes to finding your home’s ultimate paint color, nothing beats COMPARISON. So, let’s check out some other top shades to see if one of them could be a better fit for you and your home.


Amherst Gray is similar to Chelsea Gray, for sure, however, you’ll see a noticeable shift in depth. Amherst Gray has an LRV of 18, compared to Chelsea Gray’s depth (LRV) of 23. While both colors skirt the medium to medium-dark range, Amherst Gray is noticeably darker.

Benjamin Moore White Dove painted cabinets, Amherst Gray feature or accent walls, zellige tile backsplash, white quartz countertops. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Colors like Amherst Gray and Chelsea Gray look particularly stunning in the matte finish of Aura paint.

You might notice that Amherst Gray doesn’t come across quite as warm or muddy in certain types of light compared to Chelsea Gray. However, just like Chelsea Gray, it can pick up a green undertone (but rarely/never purple).

FULL Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray



In jumping from the more moderate approach of Chelsea Gray to the darker charcoal look of Kendall Charcoal, there’s a drastic shift in depth. Kendall Charcoal has an LRV of almost 15, putting it well into the medium-dark range.

Diy industrial metal looking fireplace surround. Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal and Navajo White. Kylie M Interiors Edesign online paint color consulting and blogger. Client diy

Colors like Chelsea Gray, Amherst Gray, and Kendall Charcoal are most popular on accent walls, kitchen islands, and exteriors. However, you can easily paint an entire room with these shades, with the two lighter ones being the better choices (most of the time).

FULL Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal


What paint colors go well with Chelsea Gray?

Chelsea Gray suits a range of colors, including…

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


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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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  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.

  7. Hi! We are considering painting our new farmhouse style home Chelsea grey. It will have hardi siding, wood accents, and stone accents as well. Thinking a darker trim. Can you recommend one?

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