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Benjamin Moore Portland Gray & Cement Gray 2109-60 / 2112-60: QUICK Paint Color Review

Posted on April 21, 2020 by KylieMawdsley

Benjamin Moore Cement Gray and Portland Gray: LRV, Undertones and a Little More

When choosing the best gray paint color for your room, NOTHING matters more than undertones – and Cement Gray and Portland Gray have a BIT more undertone than the average gray, which is why we’re taking a close look at both of them in this color review.

Review of Benjamin Moore Portland Gray and Cement Gray, popular paint colours. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy decor and design advice blogger

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I love to show RELATEABLE & REAL homes, so ONLY use photos from my Online Color 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 colors are Portland Gray and Cement Gray? Are they warm or cool grays?

Portland Gray is a WARM gray paint color, whereas Cement Gray is a COOL gray paint color. This is an important distinction because you can use colors like these to balance out the visual temperature of a room, for example…

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

What are the LRV’s of Portland Gray and Cement Gray?

Portland Gray has an LRV of 61.22, whereas Cement Gray has an LRV of 61.21 – which means they really are the SAME depth and in the LIGHT RANGE of paint colors.

NOT SURE WHAT LRV IS? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.

What are the undertones of Portland Gray and Cement Gray? Will they look like TRUE gray paint colors?

Portland gray has a REASONABLY strong purple undertone. Now, purple can be cool (purple-blue) or warm (purple-pink). Portland Gray has a slightly WARM purple undertone. As for Cement Gray, NORMALLY, ‘cement gray’ has more of a green undertone (if we were referring to actual CEMENT), however, THIS one has a slightly COOL purple undertone.

Benjamin Moore Abalone is along similar lines to these paint colors but has slightly more muted undertones…

Benjamin Moore Abalone in a guest bedroom wtih cellular blinds, greige carpet and white trim. Kylie M Interiors Color Consulting, E-decor

If you LOVE purple, then you’re in luck, however, if you’re looking for a more NEUTRAL approach to gray, you may want to read this instead!

Want MORE PURPLE? Check THIS out.

What’s the best way to sample Portland Gray and Cement Gray?

Like with every paint color, 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!

Paint colour review of tool Samplize, peel and stick samples. Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Farrow and Ball, Home Depot. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

Learn all about Samplize HERE

If I’m painting my walls Portland or Cement Gray, what’s the best white paint color for my trim?

With BOTH of these gray paint colors, I lean towards…

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Is Portland or Cement Gray a good color for the exterior of my home? 

NO! Oh, wait, did I say that out loud? I mean, it could work, but on most homes, the undertones are too strong. When I’m working with my Online Paint Color Consulting clients and looking for gray paint colors, 99% of the time we’re looking for more neutral and flexible grays.

Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Color

What Sherwin Williams paint colors are the same as or similar to Portland and Cement Gray?

GOOD QUESTION! Every color has its own particular nuances and there will be NO perfect match – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths, but you could check out colors with kindred spirits…

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

What type of paint colors look good with Portland Gray and Cement Gray?

Generally speaking, if you’re looking for paint colors that look good in a palette with these gray paint colors, you’d want to look at some…

Not sure if these grays are right for you?


Best warm gray paint colour, Benjamin Moore Collingwood. Popular neutral. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online color consultant and diy decorating advice (1)

Read more: Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Collingwood


Benjamin Moore Abalone, gray, warm greige paint colour with purple undertones. HOme staging tips and ideas

Read more: Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Barren Plain and Abalone


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

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