SW Agreeable Gray: LRV, Undertones and More!
If there is ONE colour that has lit MANY fires this year, it has to be 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.
The LRV of Agreeable Gray
Agreeable Gray comes in at a whopping 60, which is DAAMN close to my magic number of 62. Now, if all of that went 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).
See more of this ‘Agreeable’ project HERE
With an LRV of 60, Agreeable Gray is light, but not ‘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 that on the other walls 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…
The Undertones of Agreeable Gray
THIS is the cool part. Basically, every gray or greige will have undertones of blue, green or purple – you can’t run away, they will find you. Greige usually tends to favour purple or green specifically. HOWEVER, Agreeable Gray 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.
When it DOESN’T do the funky undertone dance (which is different from the funky underwear dance), you’ll see it settle as a soft muted greige. And whereas some other greiges can go a bit taupe, picking up a stronger purple, Agreeable tends to hold itself pretty passive.
For those of you who are sensitive to the USUAL greige undertones of purple-green, this one is a winner winner chicken dinner – unless you’re a vegetarian. If so, you might want to look at these other greige and gray paint colours.
Agreeable Gray in a north-facing room
Like I mentioned above, you can expect AG to cooool on down in a north-facing room. Northern light is a gray light that is lightly tinted blue, so it can further encourage the gray that is tucked in Agreeable Gray, which is probably why it isn’t called Agreeable Greige.
They don’t call it the ‘downward dog’ for no reason (wink wink). I don’t remember what exposure the above room had, but I bet she’s using ‘daylight’ bulbs that are casting a slightly cooler light onto Agreeable Gray, leaning it that touch cooler.
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Agreeable Gray in a south-facing room
This is where Agreeable sits at it’s 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…
I DO think it’s just a touch off with the golden quilt. 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 adds MANY paragraphs to my blog post (I do have separate blog posts on them though 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, dull, but then it warms up and comes to LIFE in the afternoon! I curse you, east and west-facing rooms.
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Agreeable Gray vs Repose Gray
There is no doubt that Repose Gray is one of the most popular gray paint colours, with Agreeable Gray owning the greige range. Comparing the two, you can see the difference…
Agreeable Gray on the left is warmer and you can really see the greige look of it 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
Agreeable Gray vs 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. It’s the slightly darker version of Agreeable Gray, so more of a light-medium depth (LRV of 47 for all of my colour nerds). And it’s the same idea – a gray/beige blend. However, Anew tends to hold itself a BIT more balanced and it takes some work to get it to sway even remotely gray-blue.
HOWEVER, it can cast a bit cooler for sure!
The best white trim colour for Agreeable Gray
Agreeable Gray loves SW Pure White, which is a relatively ‘white’ white, with only a wink of softness. SW Alabaster can be pretty, but the cool tone of Agreeable can activate the warmth of Alabaster a bit much for this gal.
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