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Benjamin Moore Trout Gray 2124-20: Paint Color Review

Posted on September 29, 2021 by KylieMawdsley
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TROUT GRAY: for cabinets, feature walls & MORE!

With the marble trend still going strong, a lot of my E-design clients are looking for colors that go above and beyond the regular ‘white and gray’ options. This is ONE reason why Benjamin Moore Trout Gray is making a name for itself in the color world. As for the other reasons, let’s find out…

Paint colour review of Benjamin Moore Trout Gray, best gray paint colour for islands, cabinets, feature walls. Kylie M Interiors edesign

In order to show you RELATEABLE & REAL homes, I ONLY use photos from my Online Color Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality photos I need or the RIGHT photos, but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!

What type of paint color is Trout Gray? 

Trout Gray is a darker gray or charcoal paint color with a REASONABLY noticeable undertone, which we’ll get into shortly.

Benjamin Moore Trout Gray small powder room, rustic wood feature wall, shiplap in gray wash stain. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy online paint colour consultant

What’s the LRV of Trout Gray?

Trout Gray has an LRV of 15, putting it in the medium-dark range. At this depth, Trout Gray is often used for cabinets, islands and feature walls.

If you have a DARK room without much natural light, Trout Gray won’t look like black as its slightly higher LRV will lift it out of that range. However, don’t expect it to come to life without reasonable interior light.

Trout Gray painted dark gray cabinets, marble tile floor in kitchen, Chantilly Lace walls and trim (Benjamin Moore) Kylie M Interiors Online paint color consulting (2)

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If you have a north-facing room, Trout Gray will lean that bit more into its cool undertones, but the DEPTH of it helps it look that bit cozier compared to a lighter gray paint color. Trout Gray is also a great option to balance the warmth of a south-facing room or afternoon western sunshine.

What are the undertones of Trout Gray? Will it look like a true gray?

While it’s TOTALLY open to perception, Trout Gray doesn’t act like a true gray as its blue-violet undertone is reasonably noticeable. Not so much that it takes OVER the gray, but enough that it’s a good step away from a more neutral looking gray paint color.

How should I sample Trout Gray?

Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…

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

  • samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
  • if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

What’s the best white trim color to partner with Trout Gray?

Trout Gray is flexible and humours a wide range of whites. My favourite choices are Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace and Sherwin Williams High Reflective White. Because these are two of the WHITEST whites, they offer a nice clean contrast with Trout Gray.

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Is Trout Gray the best gray paint color for kitchen cabinets or an island?

Trout Gray can be an AWESOME choice for cabinets, including bathroom vanities or built-ins!

Benjamin Moore Trout Gray for painted cherry cabinet with white quartz countertop. Kylie M INteriors Edesign

Is Trout Gray a good exterior color? 

While Trout Gray suits some roofs, brick and stonework, many find the undertones of it a BIT too strong for the exterior and opt for a more neutral looking gray paint color.

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Does Sherwin Williams have a color similar to Trout Gray?

Because every paint company uses different bases/foundations to make their paints, you won’t find a perfect match – even with color matching. I can’t say there’s one Sherwin Williams paint color in particular that I’d substitute for Trout Gray, but they do have some other great darker gray paint colors to choose from.

And if you’re thinking of color matching between brands (ie. getting Benjamin Moore to make a Sherwin Williams paint color), you might want to read THIS first.

What type of paint colors look good with Trout Gray?

  • white walls look BEAUTIFUL with Trout Gray cabinets or built-ins

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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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