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Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray HC-86

Posted on March 12, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

Is Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray the most NEUTRAL taupe/greige?

When it comes to the best gray paint colours, Kingsport Gray isn’t at the top of the list, but that’s because it’s not gray! That’s right, Kingsport Gray should be named Kingsport TAUPE, and today, we’re going to look at why it’s one of my fave neutral paint colours.

Review, Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray (greige), one of the best warm neutral paint colors. Kylie M Interiors, Online paint color consulting advice

In order to show you RELATEABLE & REAL homes, I ONLY use photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality pics I need (hence the ‘QUICK Review’), but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!

What type of paint colour is Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray? Is it gray or greige? Warm or cool?

Kingsport Gray is ABSOLUTELY a TAUPE paint colour and a HECK of a one at that! And being a TAUPE, this ALSO makes it a warm colour (warmer than MOST taupes/greiges), especially if you have south-facing or western afternoon sunshine. In northern light, you can expect that warmth to sit back a bit, without going away.

However, because Kingsport Gray is pretty non-committal when it comes to undertones, it’s one of those that you could EASILY see as being taupe OR greige.

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What’s the LRV of Kingsport Gray?

Kingsport Gray has an LRV of 23.84, making it a VERY SOLID, medium depth paint colour.

Kingsport Gray, Bleeker Beige, stairs, traditional runner, wood railing. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant and diy decorating ideas expert (2)

In the above photo, my Online Colour Consulting client hired me to find a feature wall colour that would work with her beige walls and the greige/taupe carpet you can JUST see a wink of at the top of the stairs. DONE! The LRV of Kingsport Gray makes it a GREAT option for a feature wall as it’s not too soft, NOR too heavy for a darker room.

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

What are the undertones of Kingsport Gray? Will it look gray, brown, purple or green?

Kingsport Gray is SO fabulous because it has VERY LITTLE undertone. If I had to PICK, sure it leans just a wink purple-taupe, but I mean that so fractionally I’m actually just being anal.

Bathroom vanity with travertine silver countertop, painted Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray with white sink. Kylie M Interiors e-design

You’ll also NEVER see Kingsport Gray look gray, or if you do, that’s more about your perception than the colour itself as it’s lovely and warm (compare it to Chelsea Gray to see a more legit gray…and even it’s fractionally warm).

What’s the best way to sample Kingsport Gray or other paint colours?

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 Kingsport Gray, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?

Oh, our King does prefer the warmer end of things, with whites such as…

Benjamin Moore’s Best Warm White Paint Colours

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

Well, if you’re looking for a warm gray or a more typical taupe/greige look, Kingsport Gray probably won’t make the cut. Because while it can look more greige in some lights, Kingsport is more likely to lean WARM in exterior lighting and is often warmer than expected for those wanting a SLIGHTLY cooler, but not gray approach.

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What type of surfaces is Kingsport Gray best on?

With its particular depth, Kingsport Gray looks ESPECIALLY good on…

Best paint colour for bathroom vanity or cabinets, Benjamin MOore Kingsport Gray with formica travertine counters. Kylie M Interiors E-design

What Sherwin Williams paint colours are the same as or similar to Keystone Gray?

If you’re looking for a perfect match, you won’t’ find it as EVERY colour has its own particular blend – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths, but you could check out a few with similar intentions…

Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray painted oak cabinets with Revere Pewter walls in bathroom with almond bone fixtures. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consulting. Client photo

And if you’re thinking of colour matching between brands, you might want to read THIS first.

What type of paint colours look good with Kingsport Gray?

Generally speaking, Kingsport Gray does well with…

And much more!

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

Online paint colour consultant Benjamin Moore Sherwin Williams, Vancouver Island, USA, UK. Interior, exterior, edesign colors. Kylie M Interiors, blogger marketing (2)

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  1. In the photo of the bathroom cabinets in Kingsport, can you tell me what color is on the wall? I am so glad I found your site – your advice on picking colors for almond bathroom fixtures has been invaluable. Do you think Kingsport would be a good color on cabinets in a bathroom with almond tub/countertop?

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