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Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray HC-171: Paint Color Review

Posted on June 5, 2020 by KylieMawdsley

Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray: LRV, Undertones and a Little More

Oh, don’t let Wickham Gray fool you, as while it’s CERTAINLY a gray paint color, it has very sneaky undertones that can jump up and bite you in the tush if you’re not careful!

Review of popular grey paint colour, Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online or virtual paint color consulting

What type of paint color is Wickham Gray? Is it warm or cool?

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Wickham Gray is ABSOLUTELY a cool gray paint color and can border on ICY cold if you have north-facing light. If you have south-facing or west-facing afternoon sun, it will soften up and can have slightly tweaked undertones (which we’ll get into shortly).

For example, look at Benjamin Moore Classic Gray (left) and Wickham Gray (right) on a wall that doesn’t get direct natural light…

How to paint sample in different lights. Classic Gray and Wickham Gray. Kylie M INteriors E-design specialist

Now, check them out in a different light, both of these colors look CONSIDERABLY WARMER than they usually do…

How to sample paint in natural light and artificial light. Classic Gray and Wickham Gray. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint specialist

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

What’s the LRV of Wickham Gray?

Wickham Gray has an LRV of 68.94, putting it NICELY in the light range.

Spa style relaxing bathroom with Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray. Best gray paint color. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consulting blog

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

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

Never have I ever seen Wickham Gray flash purple and that’s because it’s QUITE COMMITED to its blue-green undertones.

Bathroom with white double vanity, marble top. Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, edecor, online paint color expert and blogger

What’s the best way to sample Wickham 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!

Learn all about Samplize HERE

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

Wickham Gray is reasonably flexible and can humour some warm whites, but if I’m starting from scratch, I would lean into whites such as…

Romantic rustic master bedroom and ensuite bathroom. Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and Wickham Gray. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, edecor and online paint colour expert blog

In the above photo, you’ll see Revere Pewter in the bedroom against the cool look of Wickham in the bathroom – remember what I said about it looking a bit icy cool? Uh-huh. Both are partnered with the soft warm look of Benjamin Moore Cloud White which is DEFINITELY as warm as I would go.

Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray in master bathroom, popular gray paint colours

Client photo Via Western Exposures 

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Is Wickham Gray a good color for the exterior of my home? 

If you have the right roof with blue-green undertone to it, you could definitely consider Wickham Gray for your exterior, just make sure any brick or stone can humour it too (not likely).

Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Color

Is Wickham Gray a popular paint color right now?

Wickham Gray is PRETTY, but it’s not overly popular, simply because most of my Online Paint Color Consulting clients are looking for grays with LESS undertone.

Sherwin Williams Big Chill, best gray paint color. Marble countertop and walk in shower tile in bathroom. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consulting blog

Shown above, Sherwin Williams Big Chill – far less undertone than Wickham Gray

What Sherwin Williams paint colors are the same as or similar to Wickham Gray?

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 a SIMILAR approach, such as…

Bathroom, freestanding tub on pebble tile floor. Wickham Gray paint colour, white cabinet with marble countertop. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour expert and consultant

BTW, if you’re thinking of color matching between brands (ie: getting BM to make an SW paint color), you might want to read THIS first.

What type of paint colors look good with Wickham Gray?

Wickham Gray is a bit finicky, so you’ll want to be careful what you partner with it, but could explore some colors like…

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


The most true, real gray paint colours, Benjamin and Sherwin. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consult and diy decor advice blogger

Read more: The Most True Gray Paint Colors with NO Undertones


The best gray paint colour, Sherwin Williams Big Chill, a popular neutral. Kylie M Interiors paint color review of grey. Edesign, online and virtual paint colour consultant

Read more: Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Big Chill


Open layout living room, kitchen and dining room, vaulted ceiling with beam and chandelier. Stonington Gray paint colour. Gray sectional, Kylie M Interiors Edesign online paint color consulting

Read more: Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray

Not sure which paint color is best for YOUR home?

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

The best gray paint colors for your room. Benjamin and Sherwin. Edesign, Kylie M Interiors online paint colour services. Home decorating and diy ideas blogger.market

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