The Best Stormy Gray – Stonington Gray: LRV, Undertones & More!
Gorgeous gray paint colors are a dime a dozen these days, it’s enough to make you go loonie – get it? (funny if you’re a Canadian…or not). But that doesn’t mean they’re all worth sampling. In fact, there are only a dozen or so grays that I repeatedly refer to in my E-Design consultations and Stonington Gray is one of them.
And not only is Stonington Gray in my personal top 10 gray paint colors, but it’s also one of BENJAMIN MOORE’S TOP gray colors, beating out the EVER-popular Revere Pewter! So, let’s see what makes this gray paint color so great.
What type of paint color is Stonington Gray? Is it a warm or cool gray?
Stonington Gray is a gray paint color that isn’t warm but also isn’t as icy cold as some gray paint colors – in my magical world (full of wine and brief flashes of Ryan Reynold’s in a Speedo), I often refer to it as a ‘slightly stormy gray’. It also has its own special blend of undertones, which we’ll get into below.
Photo by Jen Wynia Photography
What’s the LRV of Stonington Gray?
The LRV of Stonington Gray is 59, which means it’s a light depth color, but not a ‘light and fresh’ gray paint color – it has a bit more meat on its bones.
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Photo by Jen Wynia Photography
What are the undertones of Stonington Gray? Will my walls look blue or green?
Stonington Gray DOES favour a mild blue undertone that can sometimes slide just a wee willy wink blue-green. Rarely does it flash purple, but like almost ANY gray, it can be encouraged in the right environment. Remember, every gray has undertones, so you may as well hone in on the ones that best suit your room and its furnishings! That being said, how YOU see a paint color can be open to personal perception and can also be swayed by your exposure and interior finishes.
This next photo is a great example of Stonington’s undertones…
Look at the top right wall in the above photo and you’ll see a blue undertone. Look to the left and you’ll see a warmer green undertone. FULL-EXPOSURE BABY (the best kind)! The right side is getting more north-facing light, whereas the left side of the photo has more of a south-facing influence. DAMN, I love this stuff.
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What white trim or cabinet paint colors are best with Stonington Gray walls?
GOOD QUESTION! I’ve seen Stonington partnered up with soft, warm whites like Simply White and Cloud White, however, you can also go whiter, for example…
- Sherwin Williams High Reflective White
- Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
These whites are among some of the TRUEST whites and would show a clean, more crisp contrast with Stonington Gray walls.
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If you do happen to choose an overly warm white, the COOL blue of Stonington can over-react with the yellow that’s in most warm whites and they will enhance each other. Enhance means that the blue in Stonington can make the yellow in your white look stronger, and the yellow can, in turn, make the blue look stronger. Some people don’t mind this look…I am not some people.
Read more: The 8 Best Benjamin Moore White Paint Colors
What Sherwin Williams paint colors are the same as or similar to Stonington Gray?
When it comes to getting an EXACT match, you’ll never find it as there will always be a shift in undertones, depth and temperature. However, Sherwin Williams has a few paint colors with similar intents, such as…
- Sherwin Williams Tinsmith
- Sherwin Williams Silverplate
- Sherwin Williams Big Chill
BTW, if you’re thinking of color matching (ie: having Sherwin Williams make a Benjamin Moore color) you MIGHT just want to read this first!
How does Stonington Gray compare to other gray paint colors?
When doing my E-Design, I often have clients who are deciding between Stonington Gray and a few other popular grays and they just can’t decide which is their favourite. Remember, a lot of the time, it’s not about what’s best for you, it’s about what’s best for your room, and learning about the differences between colors can help you make the best choice!
The difference between Stonington Gray & Gray Owl
Stonington Gray and Gray Owl are often in the running together. And while they’re certainly in the same ballpark, they’re hitting to different sides of the field.
Stonington Gray has an LRV of 59. Gray Owl has an LRV of 65, so there’s a SOLID difference in depth there (learn more here). Stonington is almost light-medium depth, whereas Gray Owl is tucked nicely in the light range. If you want to learn more about the differences between these two colors, read HERE.
The difference between Stonington Gray & Wickham Gray
Wickham Gray is kind of like a lighter Stonington Gray. It has similar undertone tendencies, but they can sometimes come up a bit more in Wickham. Wickham Gray has an LRV of 69, so it’s considerably lighter than Stonington, but still in the light range.
The difference between Stonington Gray & Sherwin Williams Tinsmith
These two are kissin’ cousins. Tinsmith is another one of my fave cool gray paint colors with its subtle blue undertone. Both Stonington and Tinsmith have similar LRV’s, clocking in at 59/57, but Tinsmith is slightly less likely to slide blue-green and is more committed to its blue undertone.
Not sure if Stonington Gray is the best color for you and your home? I’ve got more!
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Wow! I love Stonington Gray in that home (and how it’s decorated – looks like the work of Kylie)! It looks almost like a greige – is the way it’s appearing on line, pretty accurate? I have an open concept home, with the front of the home (2 story entry) facing north & the back (2 story family rm) facing south. Both areas have lots of natural light. Have you seen Stonington Gray in a north facing room? Does it go purple or look icy cold? I have a painted board of this color, but I have a hard time visualizing it in the full space. I love the idea that it’s earthy.
And the picture of Gray Owl in that entryway, looks so blue (baby blue) compared to Stonington Gray, whereas I though Stonington Gray would appear more blue. BTW, my wood floors are similar in tone to that entryway with Gray Owl, but Gray Owl is a little too light for my space.
As always, thanks Kylie!!!
Hi Christy, good to hear from you again! And yes, that is pretty true to Stonington, it’s a pretty fab colour! You WILL notice that shift as your exposures change, so it’s like getting 2 colour in 1! I’ve RARELY had it flash purple, and even then, it’s a stretch (more likely when it’s up against a strong blue-green as it will ‘look more blue-purple’ in comparison to a strong blue-green, but again, it’s still a stretch. I also don’t find it icy. It can look ‘cool, but not icy cold.
Oh, and don’t be fooled by Gray Owl, it can easily look blue, but then in another space, it can lean a bit green – it’s a super ninja, but yes, in that space it was super committed to blue!
I hope that helps and Merry Christmas!
You’re the best!!! Thank you so much! Merry Christmas to you & your family 🙂
Another hugely informative post. Thank you!
The photograph of the bedroom above the heading “What’s the Difference Between Stonington Gray and Revere Pewter” — I love the combination of two tones used on the walls. You have inspired me. Is it just the headboard wall that is different? And which wall is which colour?
Hi Dawn! If it’s the one that I’m thinking it is, it’s actually just one colour – SW Tinsmith! I wonder if the lighting is shifting things on you (or if it’s a different photo 😉
Oh, right! It’s says SW Tinsmith right above the photo. I missed that. (The photo of the bedroom with the sailboat on the wall, right?) I follow your blog enough to know that colours change with the light, but that colour shift is remarkable … and beautiful.
What do you think of Balboa Mist in a small bathroom with south exposure through a very small window. Fixtures are white and the floor is a warm honey wood.
Ooo, you know, I like the sounds of that!
Based on months of reading your brilliant color reviews, I painted my living/dining room combo, bedroom and laundry room Stonington Gray and I’m in love. The living/dining room is large, with tall walls, one small east facing window and two small west facing windows (no not great natural light) and the color still looks fab. It’s a cool gray in my rooms but still feels warm and adds the perfect amount of depth. My laundry room is small so I painted both the walls and ceiling Stonington Gray and it’s gorgeous. You are my go to website so thank you for all the fantastic info! The exterior is my next project which has proved to be quite challenging so I will definitely be purchasing one of your packages!
The room’s are so beautiful. I love the color you educated me on. Stonington Gray.
One question ; do I ask for semi gloss, satin, or egg shell? I’m painting my whole house with Stonington Gray. Thank you
Hi Mary! I would definitely stick to eggshell as the others can be a bit shiny 🙂
Hi, I have dining room furniture painted smokey taupe. Would stonington gray look good on walls? Benjamin Moore site shows silver mist but color looks more like a kid’s bedroom to me. I have balboa mist in adjacent room. I’d appreciate your help!
Hi Julia! I think Stonington is too cool/light for the warmth of Smokey Taupe 🙂
Thanks so much!
I am doing an accent wall with the stonington gray for my tv area. What is the darker gray in the photo that you have the fall print on the wall with the stonington gray and the darker color in the hallway? Any suggestions for a accent wall? I am using black trim only on that wall.
Hi Robin! That’s BM Dior Gray, which is great for the BATHROOM that it’s in, but I wouldn’t use it as a feature with Stonington as it has too much violet in it! Something like BM Charcoal Slate would be better 🙂
Does Stonington Gray coordinate with White Dove?
Oops, I just messaged you about quartz countertop. The cabinets are Stonington Gray not Collingwood. Messaging for my daughter. Thanks again.
I have learned SO much from you (after I made some big paint blunders and realized I needed to learn some basic principles!), so THANK YOU. I painted my living/dining room Stonington Gray, and the den Covington Gray. Now I’m looking for a lighter version of something in the same family for a north-facing bedroom and a hallway that doesn’t get much light. Any recommendations? Wickham? Or could I ask the shop to mix Stonington with some white?
Hi Noelle! What about asking BM to lighten Stonington by 50% for you and see how that looks? The undertones CAN shift, but at least you’re starting with a similar base :).
Thank you so much!! I’ll report back:)