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Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Anew Gray SW 7030

Posted on May 7, 2020 by KylieMawdsley


Sherwin Williams Anew Gray: LRV, Undertones and a Little More

Have you been looking for a paint colour with JUST THE RIGHT BLEND of cool and warmth and just the right DEPTH – not washed-out OR too heavy? Well, have I got the paint colour for you!

Paint colour review of Sherwin Williams Anew Gray, best, most popular greige, warm gray paint colour. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color expert, virtual diy advice

What type of paint colour is Sherwin Williams Anew Gray? Is it warm or cool?

Anew Gray is a warm greige paint colour. Is it TRADITIONALLY warm? No, it will look COOL compared to warm colours like beige, tan or cream, but is a subtly warm colour at heart. If we go COOLER than Anew Gray, we enter the ‘warm gray range‘, which is still warm, but grayer than Anew Gray.

Popular gray or greige paint colour, Sherwin Williams Anew Gray, stacked stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling, oak floors, round chandelier. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, client photo

If you have a room with north-facing, morning western or afternoon eastern light, you may find Anew Gray leaning more into the gray in its base. However, if you have south-facing or afternoon western light, Anew Gray will look like the PERFECT soft greige paint colour.

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

What’s the LRV of Anew Gray?

Anew Gray has an LRV of 47, putting it in the light-medium range. It’s not as light as what MOST people would put in the average room (read more on that HERE), but it’s not heavy or overwhelming by ANY stretch.

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

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

And thank you for all of my Online Paint Colour Consulting clients for sending in their PHOTOS – you make my colourful lil’ world go round! 

This subtle warmth works well for a north-facing room if you were wanting gray, but found it a bit too chilly looking. It can also be a nice balance to a south-facing room with a lot of golden sunshine as the STRONG gray base will calm things down a bit without putting you in the gray world.

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

What are the undertones of Anew Gray?

Anew Gray is one of my favourite greige paint colours for a reason – its undertones, or lack of them. I mean, it HAS undertones, every gray and greige does, but Anew Gray stays PRETTY darned neutral looking and when it does grab a colour, it’s an INTENSELY subtle purple or green (green being the most passive of the two). If you want a green undertone, you may want to check out THIS paint colour instead.

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

What’s the best way to sample Anew Gray?

Like with every paint colour, I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE.

These peel and stick paint samples will let you check out your colour options for WAY less mess and money than a traditional sample pot – and they deliver right to your front door!

I want to paint my walls Anew Gray, what white paint colour should my trim be?

Anew Gray is pretty flexible and via its colour AND depth, can suit a wide variety of whites. Should you have a white ALREADY in place that needs to be humoured, Anew Gray could work as long as your trim isn’t too yellow/creamy.

Staircase, greige warm gray carpet, white railing, shiplap feature wall in stairwell Sherwin Williams Web Gray, Pure White trim, walls. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour expert, advice

SW Pure White on trim, walls and ceiling with Web Gray feature wall and GREIGE carpet

If I were to CHOOSE a white paint colour to go with Anew Gray, I’d lean the most into Sherwin Williams Pure White for its muted warmth.

Read more: SHOULD I Paint My Wood Cabinets White? A QUESTIONNAIRE

Read more: The 4 Best White Paint Colours from Sherwin Williams

Is Anew Gray a good colour for the exterior of my home? 

You bet it is! I mean, I can’t guarantee it will work for YOU in particular, but Anew Gray suits many types of brick and stone, as well as different exposures. Just remember, exterior colours can look WAAAAY DIFFERENT than they do on an interior (warmer AND lighter), so you may want to read these tips before you dive in!

You might also want to consider my Quick Consult package, which is an affordable and fun way to learn about the needs of your home!

Is Anew Gray the most popular greige paint colour?

No, but it’s right up there. The lighter version of it, Agreeable Gray is more popular due to its DEPTH as is the lighter and warmer Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, a LONG-TIME fave of mine!

Red brick fireplace, best paint colour Sherwin Williams Anew Gray and Dovetail. Kylie M INteriors E-design, online paint color consultant

Anew Gray with the brick fireplace, SW Dovetail in the entryway

What Benjamin Moore paint colours are the same as or similar to Anew Gray?

You won’t find an exact match for ANY colour between brands – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths. However, there are some with similar intentions, but different approaches…

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

What are some paint colours that look good with Anew Gray?

What are some paint colours that DON’T look as good with Anew Gray?

  • Anew Gray doesn’t always love to be partnered with a colour that’s lighter and COOLER than itself
  • It doesn’t love to be partnered with overly cold, icy, crisp colours

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


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Read more: Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray


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Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?

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

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