Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray: LRV & Undertones
If there is ONE colour that’s lit MANY fires this year, it has to be Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray. And while I’ve touched on it briefly in other blog posts, I figured it was time to hammer down some finer points on this bad boy.
What’s the LRV of Agreeable Gray?
Agreeable Gray comes in at 60, which is DAAMN close to my magic number of 62. If that whole ‘LRV business’ goes RIGHT over your head, that’s okay, and it’s actually super simple to learn. LRV is a number that refers to how light or dark a colour is on a scale of 0-100. The closer the number is to 100, the lighter it is (white being the lightest). The closer the number is to 0, the darker it is (black).
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With an LRV of 60, Agreeable Gray is light, but not a ‘washed-out bordering on off-white’ kinda light. I have a great article on the topic of LRV if you want to learn a bit more (it’s saved MANY lives…and marriages).
In the previous dining room photo, see where the light hits the wall? Really, anything short of a DARK colour will wash-out like that with a direct hit of light. However, you’ll see on the other walls that it holds itself really well.
In this next dining room, Agreeable Gray is a great complement to the vintage style wood cabinet and dining set. If you look from trim to wall, you’ll see what an LRV of 60 gives you with regard to contrast…
What are the undertones of Agreeable Gray?
For those of you who are sensitive to the USUAL cool undertones, Agreeable Gray is definitely one of the more subtle greige paint colours, only favouring a VERY (very) minor green. However, put Agreeable Gray with finishes with OPPOSITE undertones, and that green can really show up to the party…
However, because it’s not that committed to its undertone, given the right environment or exposure, it can flash into violet or blue as well. Remember, every gray or greige will grab undertones – you can’t run, they will find you. Agreeable Gray is a greige that DOES get a wee bit tipsy towards gray, to the point that in some rooms (particularly north-facing rooms) it can even cast a bit gray-blue. Crazy, but true. However, even when it does pick up that cool vibe, it’s very passive.
Agreeable Gray in a north-facing room
As mentioned above, you can expect Agreeable Gray to cooool on down in a north-facing room. Northern light is a gray-blue light that can further encourage the gray that’s tucked in Agreeable Gray, which is probably why it isn’t called Agreeable Greige.
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Agreeable Gray in a south-facing room
This is where Agreeable sits at its best, or ‘most expected’ – as a soft, light greige. This next photo makes me ALL kinds of happy. However, it’s ALSO as warm as you can ever expect Agreeable Gray to look – you’d almost think it was Edgecomb Gray!
This is a slightly more ‘average’ shot of Agreeable Gray…
In the above photo, I DO think it’s just a touch off with the golden quilt. That’s because you might find that Agreeable Gray is just a wink TOO greige for some of the warmer beiges. If the quilt were more neutral like the sectional below, I would expect things to calm down a bit.
And yes, I know there are east and west-facing rooms too, but those buggers change their light SO much throughout the day that it would add MANY paragraphs to my blog post (I do have separate blog posts on them here).
The gist is that in an east-facing room, you can expect Agreeable Gray to act a bit more like a north-facing room, but perhaps a touch flatter. In a west-facing room, in the morning, it can fall a bit flat and dull, but it warms up and comes to LIFE in the afternoon! I curse you, east and west-facing rooms!
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What’s the difference between Agreeable Gray and Repose Gray?
Agreeable Gray on the left is warmer, and you can really see its greige base compared to the warm gray approach of Repose Gray on the right.
Again, see the slightly cooler look of Repose Gray below…
Read more: Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Repose Gray
What’s the difference between Agreeable Gray and Accessible Beige?
On the OTHER side, sliding in warmer is none other than Accessible Beige. Whereas Agreeable Gray leans into gray, but is a greige at heart, Accessible Beige is a BEIGE that leans into gray!
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Anew Gray – the slightly darker version of Agreeable Gray
It would be a shame to not touch on Anew Gray while we’re here. Anew Gray is the slightly darker version of Agreeable Gray, so more of a light-medium depth (LRV of 47 for all of my colour nerds). It also has a similar approach to Agreeable Gray, being a gray-beige blend, however, Anew Gray leans just a WINK warmer.
HOWEVER, it can cast a bit cooler in some lights!
The best white trim colour for Agreeable Gray
Agreeable Gray isn’t TOO fussy when it comes to white paint colours, but I would focus on…
- Sherwin Williams Pure White
- Sherwin Williams Alabaster is BORDERLINE too warm and I’d rather see…
- Sherwin Williams High Reflective White
How about for the exterior of a home?
Agreeable Gray can be AWESOME on exteriors, either as a siding or trim colour. It’s amenable to many of the popular stone and brick coverings, however, be aware that in reasonable natural light, it can look lighter than expected. On exteriors, I’ve also seen it SLIGHTLY favour violet at times.
Does Benjamin Moore have any colours that are the same as it or similar?
When it comes to matching paint colours, you’ll never find a perfect match – paint companies have different paint bases to start with. However, you can certainly find colours with similar intentions, such as…
What type of paint colours look good with Agreeable Gray?
Agreeable Gray will be a bit fussy about some warmer beige, tan and cream paint colours, however, there’s still a WIDE range of other colours to explore, such as…
- Some soft and subtle off-whites like Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White
- Gray-green-blue blends can be stunning with Agreeable Gray, ie: Sherwin Williams Argos
- Gray paint colours with a bit more depth than Agreeable Gray, ie: Sherwin Williams Silverplate
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Originally written in 2019, updated in 2021