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Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray SW 7029

Posted on January 16, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

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.

Paint color review of popular greige paint colour, Sherwin Williams Agreeable gray, one of the best warm grays. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online virtual paint colour consulting

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).

E-design, e-decor online color consultation with Kylie M Interiors. Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray in a farmhouse style dining room with wood beams, flooring and bench

See more of this ‘Agreeable’ project HERE

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…

Dining room in Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray, traditional style wood table and china cabinet with decor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online best paint color expert

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…

Agreeable Gray and its undertones, room with wood floor, brick. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

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.

Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray, greige paint colour in north and south facing rooms. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour expert. paint review

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.

Agreeable Gray in bathroom with greige tile. KYlie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consultant. Client photo

Read more: The Best Paint Colours for North Facing Rooms

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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!

Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray, transitional style living room, two storey, white trim, modern farmhouse style. Kylie M Interiors. Client before photo

Kitchen and eating nook, white cabinets, grey island. Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, client before photo. Modern farmhouse, transitional s

This is a slightly more ‘average’ shot of Agreeable Gray…

Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray in bedroom with gold beige bedding

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.

Kylie M Edesign, online color consultant. Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray, a greige in living room. Gray section, dark wood cabinets

Read more: The Best Paint Colours for a South Facing Room

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!

Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray. farmhouse style, buffetclock with dark trim beams. Kylie M

Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

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…

  • Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing 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 difference between Agreeable Gray and Repose Gray?

There’s 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…

How to compare paint colours the right way. Sherwin Williams Repose Gray and Agreeable Gray on sample boards by Kylie M Interiors

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…

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray in kitchen,

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!

Best beige paint, Accessible Beige by Sherwin. Living room, coffered ceilings, wood floor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy decor. client photo

Read more: Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige SW 7036

BTW, my site is 99.9% powered by my E-Design client’s photos – thank you, everyone! This helps me to show you REAL homes, keeping things relatable and REAL.

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.

Anew Gray living room, stacked ledgestone fireplace, gallery wall, beige carpet. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting and blog advice

HOWEVER, it can cast a bit cooler in some lights!

Sherwin Williams Anew Gray entryway, Greige, mushroom paint colour, white front door, chandelier and mirror. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, virtual online paint colour consulting. Client before photo

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…

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

Not sure if Agreeable Gray is the colour for you? Check these out…

SHERWIN WILLIAMS TOUCH OF GREY

Review, Sherwin Williams Touch of Grey, Designer Edition. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting and advice (2)

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Touch of Grey

SHERWIN WILLIAMS GOSSAMER VEIL

Paint colour review of Sherwin Williams Gossamer Veil, best greige, warm gray paint colour. Kylie M Interiors, online, virtual paint colour consulting and E-design consulting blog

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Gossamer Veil

 

Not sure which greige is the best for your room?

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Chat soon,

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Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige

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Originally written in 2019, updated in 2021



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  1. I will be using your advice in the home we are in now – two downsizes since 2007 – from 5900 square feet to 3700 square feet to 2700 square feet (I have a lot of stuff and damned expensive stuff that will end up with the younger members of this family hopefully as soon as possible). This last house needs a lot of updating, however because we have my mom with us (96.5years old with medical issues), we just cannot do what needs doing. We were thinking of an overall plan i.e. bathrooms (the worst) will have to wait – can’t turn off the water to get them done -would not work for my mother. However perhaps we could have an overall plan that would work if we painted the rooms we live in now (some of them). Main rooms face east and west. We can send you a floor plan if that would help – have done a number of houses – heritage – loved them but too big for us now. This one has possibilities but it is a bit bland and sad.

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      Sharon, I would love to help you make a colour plan! This way you’ll know that the rooms/colours you paint right now, will work as you do more rooms down the road! And yes, floor plan definitely helps, along with photos and the questionnaire of course! You can just hop into my E-design and see which package makes sense. Actually, I just remembered that my 4+ rooms aren’t available right now, but if you make a list of the rooms and send an email, we can get you sorted out. You’ll want to do a list of which rooms are their OWN colours and which rooms you’d like to be the same colour as each other (along with any feature wall/cabinets/trim needs 🙂
      ~Kylie

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      My BEST recommendation would be to simply have the paint store lighten Agreeable Gray by 25%! And if this is too much, you can even do 10-15%, but it’s pretty fractional (at best). That will be the best way to keep the general look of it with a minimal shift in undertones 😉

  2. My walls are all agreeable gray! Love the color! I’m curious to know which direction you would go with the trim color if you had cherry cabinets (looks better next to alabaster) or pure white (looks better next to bright the white ceilings the builder sprayed). Which direction would you choose! Thank you! I love your blog!

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      Hi Laura! If you CAN…take a look at BM White Dove – not as white as Pure White but not as warm as Alabaster! But if I had to choose between the 2 SW colours, probably Pure White, only so the ceiling doesn’t look too stark/harsh.

  3. Hey Kylie!

    Great review! Do you still offer the “Random Questions” option on your website? I didn’t see it recently. Thanks in advance!

    April

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      Thank you April! Sadly, I don’t. It was too hard to account for the variety of questions vs the time it would take to answer them!

  4. Yay for SW Agreeable Gray! We chose this for the main living areas of our whole house remodel along with SW pure white for the trim and kitchen cabinets (formerly yellow oak). Question – planning to paint the kitchen island a deep, rich blue with butcher block counter. Tentatively settled on SW Seaworthy but not 100%. Any other colors come to mind? Thanks Kylie! Your site has been invaluable since we moved 8 months ago and started this remodel. Love it. ????

  5. Hi there! You mention that Agreeable Gray loves Pure White for trim, etc. Does Repose Gray love Pure White too, or is High Reflective White better? I’m doing a kitchen reno and the cabinet maker will use Benjamin Moore ChantillyLace on the cabinets with Carrera Marble for countertops, and I need a good SW white for the baseboards. Thank you so much for your blog! I just stumbled upon it last week.

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      Hellooooo Lori! Repose Gray DOES love Pure White! I won’t say that High Reflective is better or worse, it’s just a clean/crisp approach. Pure White is pretty darned white, but compared to HRW it does come across a bit softer. Now if it were ME, I would (if possible) do the same white on the cabinets and the trim, but short of that I would do HRW as it will be closer to Chantilly Lace (or even Extra White). HOpe that helps 🙂

  6. Thank you, your info is soooo helpful!
    I was leaning toward Agreeable gray until I saw you don’t recommend it with Alabaster trim and doors. Which greyish can you recommend for Alabaster to still get that crisp look and, but not with blue under tone?

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      Hi Michelle! I would take a look at SW Pure White. I mean, you can do AGreeable with Alabaster, but it can be a BIT warm. I actually love BM White Dove!

  7. Hi Kylie, Would you use SW Agreeable Gray on trim and kitchen cabinets and SW Pure White as wall color? Curious if this flip would get your seal of approval?

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      Hmmm, interesting. I don’t think I would as I think it’s a trend that hasn’t QUITE caught on and is going to be shorter lived…

  8. My main area faces west. My floors and kitchen cabinets are a dark brown. My furniture and rugs are a creamy off white. What do you suggest?

  9. I am so onboard with you about Agreeable Gray. It seems to match every way imaginable in my home. Now we are remodeling the basement and I plan to put a 15 light door to the access so I need to find a gray with blue undertones that looks amazing with Agreeable Gray. The blue because we are painting the basement cabinetry navy and the tiles in the bathroom are a gray-slate color. I’m headed to the SW store (I could spend hours there) and headed straight to Argos. Whatcha think?

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      Ooo, I DO love Argos, but keep in mind that it’s a blue-green (gray) and can lean into that, so it can depend on the navy that you picked for the cabinets! There’s a chance it could be a touch too green for some navy blues.

  10. My kitchen cabinets and trim and doors are all a cream color. Do you think Agreeable Gray goes well with cream trim.? I’m seeing white trims mentioned a lot.

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      Hi Brooke, Agreeable Gray can be a stretch with cream as it’s a bit too clean/cool for most creams – they might not sit well together.

      1. What then would you recommend with creamy Dover White (w/chocolate glaze) kitchen cabinets? Dover White is the trim throughout the house. Thank you!

  11. My kitchen and main living areas are Agreeable Gray, and now I’m looking for a cabinet paint color. White is a good possibility, but I’m also considering a darker greige option, at least for the island. Any suggestions?

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      Hi Katie! When it comes to a cabinet colour it’s the LEAST about the wall colour and the MOST about the countertop, backsplash and flooring combo! You’d want to make sure that your cabinet colour suits those surfaces first and then work out from there 🙂

    2. What was the recommendation for the trim situation? We are trying not to paint all
      Our trim work and are looking for a good color.

  12. Hi Kylie, I painted my master bath Agreeable Gray and need some help choosing a lighter tone for my master bedroom. What would you suggest ? Thank you for any help you could give me.

  13. Can you suggest a gray spray paint that is similar to agreeable gray? I am painting some chairs in my gameroom and have agreeable gray on the walls. I would like for the gray spray paint to coordinate.

  14. Hi Kylie, I want to paint my oak cabinets and like the idea of having gray cabinets. My counter top is white granite with specks of black and backsplash is dark gray colour. My floor is hard wood oak and I have black appliances. Any suggestions for kitchen cabinet colour? Do you think Agreeable Gray would look ok? Thanks.

  15. I thought I had found my color. Ran to the paint store and brought home my sample of Agreeable Gray and eagerly slapped it on my wall…then I did a second spot to see it in different light. I was so bummed to discover this isn’t the color for me! I absolutely love it and other similar colors in photos online, is something wrong with me?! This color has rave reviews. It’s too gray for me and I really expected the hints of beige to pick up more than I see them. I’m trying to get rid of the yellow “Jakarta” by DE that was left behind from the previous owners. Back to square one. I’m thinking of trying Accessible Beige next, just really scared of any hints of yellow in my east/west facing home. Or maybe a warm white?? Choosing paint colors is so difficult!

  16. Hi Kylie!
    I am painting my living room agreeable gray but would like a darker color in my connecting dining room. I have chair rail in my dining room and will be painting it Dover white along with the wall below and the rest of the trim. Would SW Navel work for a coordinating color? Or even something in the darker teal family?

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      Hi Hazel, I’m sorry about that! I’m going to talk to Tim (the technologically inclined husband) and see if he can get that going for you…

  17. What colors for drapes, accents, etc do you recommend for Agreeable Gray that looks cool and blue in an effort to warm it up to the more Greige side.

  18. I’m so torn between SW Agreeable Gray & Modern Gray!! The blue tone you referenced on a north facing wall scares me! I’d rather lean toward beige or taupe vs possible gray/blue.
    And thank you for the alabaster tip! I’m afraid pure white will be “too white” for me….I’ll have to check out BM White Dove!

  19. Wouod you recommend agreeable grey for the exterior? I assume it would lighten up but cant find any good photos. Thank you.

  20. I used agreeable grey in my son’s east facing room that doesn’t get a lot of light. It was a rushed decision because we were getting new carpet in the next morning and I wanted to give the walls a fresh coat of paint. Turns out the carpet swatch named “not brown” should have its name changed to “definitely grey”. Now the walls look like a cold baby blue and I am not happy with the carpet or walls. Now I find my self in “shelter in place” and have nothing to do but research paint. I am thinking of painting his walls accessible beige instead. Do you think that will help to warm the room (and carpet) up some? He does have navy blue furniture (think pottery barn kids color).
    Thanks for any advice –

    ps going to try SW Sea Salt in my daughters room that shares the same east window low light situation and carpet as my son’ s room.

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      Hi Vicki, yes, from the sounds of it, Accessible could be a nice adjustment, without going overly warm/beige toned :), which sounds like was your original intentions with Agreeable!

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      Hi Katelyn, generally speaking, I like the look of Pure White as it has a bit of softness, but isn’t overly cream NOR overly stark!

  21. Which gray would be better, Repose or agreeable gray, for a west facing living room with orangy oak floors and a gray sofa. There is low to medium light exposure..I do love both colors..but need help deciding.. trim is ulta-pure white. Thanks!

  22. Do you recommend Agreeable Gray for a modern exterior? Or do you have a couple favorite colors for the exterior light modern house?
    Thank you!!!

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      I think it could look striking! Just make sure it doesn’t flash at all purple on you. As for faves, it’s ALLLLL about the roof/stone/trim colour as I could go from SW Pure White to SW Big Chill or even to Aesthetic White! Repose Gray can also be stunning, but again, just make sure you love those undertones :).

  23. If you’re not in love with agreeable gray with how much beige it ha or repose gray with how much gray it has but want something say in between…… or a tad lighter. What would you suggest?

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      Hi Emily, depends on the room. If it’s a brighter room or has high ceilings you can get away with it. If you have a lower ceiling or not too much light, I’d probably stick with white :).

  24. I’m having the exterior on my midcentury house painted before listing it. I’m planning to use Agreeable Gray on the siding, with Iron Ore on the posts, beams and windows (midcentury house). Do you think that’s a good pair? Are there any go to colors for exterior paints for selling?

    The house also has lots of Japanese maple trees and camellias, and a horizontal redwood fencing that is stained semi-transparent Cabot Dark Slate. Ack, exteriors are hard!

  25. Thank you so much for this post on agreeable gray and for also mentioning anew gray! These are the two i am considering and thank you for comparing them

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      Well, thank YOU! I do get SO many questions and sometimes it’s nice to just read a note like yours – thank you!

  26. I have a cream color leather sectional and am torn between repainting my walls alabaster or agreeable gray. Will either of those look good with the cream couch? It’s a west facing living room.

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      Hi Mandy! It can depend on the amount of yellow in your cream, but I DEFINITELY lean more into Alabaster, as Agreeable Gray could look a bit dingy compared to cream and could make the leather look more yellow in comparison :).

  27. Hi! I have a new build open floor plan with a couple big south on one side and big windows windows & French doors on the north side.. the kitchen is the only room with only north facing French doors and a transom window with no porch cover on the exterior and I’m wondering if I can pull off pure white for all my trim & agreeable gray for my cabinets with that northern light? I also want a blue green island if that changes anything at all! Thoughts ?

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      Hi Kalyn, I don’t see any problem with the sounds of that at all! And I saw your note re: meaning the WALLS would be Agreeable Gray ;).

  28. Love the article! I’m wondering what is the name/color of the rug in the living room pic with the adorable doggie (Agreeable Gray in north facing room) and where can I purchase one?
    Thank you!

  29. Hello I’m thinking about painting our kitchen cabinets Agreeable Gray, kitchen island MH Silverado Sage, trim Chantilly Lace. What do you think about using 50% lighter Agreeable Gray for walls?

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      Hi Noel! The 25% change will be so subtle and you’ll really see no shift between walls/cabinets, especially with the way sheen can make cabinet paint look that bit lighter. To get contrast, you’ll need the HIGH end of the off-white range or go closer to the light-medium to medium depths!

  30. What wall color should I use!?!? Builder only uses SW. Tried matching Edgecomb Gray but no bueno so we picked Agreeable Gray for cabinets. Not sure if we should use same color for walls. Not much wall exposure in kitchen because cabinets are to ceiling but it is an open floor plan. We color matched Chantilly Lace for trim and doors. We also matched MH Silverado Sage for kitchen island and dining built in. Almost just want to give up the search and do walls Chantilly Lace as well. Just was hoping to have contrast against trim and doors.

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