Sherwin Williams Anew Gray: exploring a popular greige paint colour
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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Is Anew Gray the most popular greige paint colour?
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?
- Benjamin Moore Himalayan Trek
- Benjamin Moore Plymouth Rock
- You might also want to check out Sherwin Williams Versatile Gray
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 go with Anew Gray?
- Light-medium grays with a soft stormy blue or blue-green undertone
- Some warm grays that are darker than Anew Gray with subtle undertones (so an LRV lower than 47)
- Light muted beiges that have some gray in them, something like Accessible Beige for example
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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KYLIE M INTERIORS E-DESIGN AND ONLINE PAINT COLOUR EXPERT, SPECIALIZING IN BENJAMIN MOORE & SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT COLOURS, DIY DECORATING AND DESIGN IDEAS AND ADVICE. VIRTUAL COLOUR CONSULTANT