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QUICK Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Metropolis CC-546

Posted on February 8, 2020 by KylieMawdsley


Benjamin Moore Metropolis: LRV, Undertones and a Little More

Long before Sherwin Williams Dovetail rocked the cabinet colour world, there was a little ‘ole colour called Metropolis making a name for itself. So today, we’re going to take a close look at this popular gray paint colour to see if it could work for you and your home!

Best dark gray paint colour for cabinets, Kylie M INteriors Edesign reviews Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray.

I love to show RELATEABLE & REAL homes, so 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 Metropolis? Is it greige, gray or taupe?

Metropolis is a gray paint colour, but it’s not a TRADITIONAL gray by any stretch of the imagination as it has undertones and temperature shifts to consider.

Is Metropolis a warm paint colour or a cool one?

Metropolis is a WARM gray paint colour and even with north-facing light, you’d be hard-pressed to get it to flash cool. Any warmer and you’ll be dabbling in the greige/taupe range.

Caesarstone bathroom countertop Bianco Drift with gray and greige tones. Maple vanity painted Benjamin Moore Metropolis. Kylie M Interiors E-design and Color Consulting

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

What’s the LRV of Metropolis?

Metropolis has an LRV of 23.45, putting it WELL into the medium-depths with a richness and body that sets it apart from some of the other popular gray blends.

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

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

Many of my Online Colour Consulting clients are looking for the EVER-ELUSIVE neutral gray paint colour (which doesn’t exist). And while you can often find ANY of the three gray undertones in one colour, Metropolis favours purple.

What’s the best way to sample Metropolis?

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!


If I’m painting my walls Metropolis, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?

If I’m using Benjamin Moore paint, I’m most likely to recommend…

Read more: SHOULD I Paint My Wood Cabinets White? A QUESTIONNAIRE

Read more: The 4 Best White Paint Colours from Sherwin Williams

Is Metropolis a good colour for the exterior of my home? 

With its medium-range LRV, Metropolis can look FANTASTIC on an exterior, keeping in mind that it might look a bit warmer than expected in some exterior lighting, especially south-facing, morning eastern or afternoon west-facing light. Just make sure it suits your stone, brick, roof and other exterior considerations.

Exterior stone and brick beige, greige and gray, beige windows with Benjamin Moore Metropolis, Smokey Taupe. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consultant

Metropolis is on the siding (see more of this project HERE)

Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour

Is Metropolis one of the more popular gray paint colours?

While Sherwin Williams Dovetail seems to be more popular, some of my clients are wanting a bit more warmth, which is why Metropolis can be a smart choice.

Is Metropolis a good paint colour for kitchen cabinets or an island?

Absolutely. Metropolis is a beautiful depth if you don’t want white cabinets, but also don’t want a super dark colour. However, it can be a bit warm for many of today’s popular gray, white and marble-look quartz and laminate countertops, but can suit many of the granite countertops from the ’90s and early 2000s.

Bathroom update, Benjamin Moore Classic Gray and Metropolis vanity, Bianco Drift quartz and gray subway tile by Kylie M Interiors


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

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…

Before and after oak kitchen update, painted cabinet Benjamin White Dove, island Dovetail, white quartz. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

Sherwin Williams Dovetail on the island

Read more: The Best Paint Colours for Kitchen Islands and Bathroom Vanities

What type of paint colours look good with Metropolis?

When it comes to Metropolis, it’s important to remember that it’s a CONSIDERABLY warm gray, so it’s not quite as flexible as a traditional gray paint colour. However, it does have some versatility with colours like…

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

The 4 Best Kitchen Island Paint Colours

Kitchen with warm gray cabinets, painted island, white oak flooring and open staircase with painted hand railins and carpet. Kylie M Interiors E-design, online paint colour consulting blog

Read more: The 4 Best Paint Colours for a Kitchen Island


Kitchen with Chelsea Gray, subway tile, black laminate countertop, stainless steel, Gray Owl paint on the walls (3)

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray


Exterior siding, Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray, Pure White trim, brown brick, wood shutters minwax. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour coach advice

Read more: Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray

Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?

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



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