Sherwin Williams Anew Gray: exploring a popular greige paint color
Have you been looking for a paint color 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 color for you!
What type of paint color is Sherwin Williams Anew Gray? Is it warm or cool?
Anew Gray is a warm greige paint color. Is it TRADITIONALLY warm? No, it will look COOL compared to warm colors like beige, tan or cream, but is a subtly warm color at heart. If we go COOLER than Anew Gray, we enter the ‘warm gray range‘.
If you have a room with north-facing, morning western or afternoon eastern light, Anew Gray might lean more into its gray base. However, if you have south-facing or afternoon western light, Anew Gray will look like the PERFECT soft greige paint color.
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. Why? Anew Gray’s 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 colors 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. When it does decide to grab an undertone, it’s an INTENSELY subtle violet or green. If you want a more noticeable green undertone, check out THIS paint color instead.
What’s the best way to sample Anew Gray?
Like with every paint color, I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE.
These peel and stick paint samples will let you check out your color 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 color should my trim be?
Anew Gray is pretty flexible and via its color AND depth, can suit a wide variety of whites. If you have a white ALREADY in place, 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 color to go with Anew Gray, I’d lean the most into Sherwin Williams Pure White for its muted warmth.
Is Anew Gray a good color for the exterior of my home?
You bet it is! 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 colors can look WAAAAY DIFFERENT than they do on an interior (warmer AND lighter) – read these tips before you dive in!
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Is Anew Gray the most popular greige paint color?
Anew Gray with the brick fireplace, SW Dovetail in the entryway
What Benjamin Moore paint colors 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 color matching between brands (ie. getting BM to make an SW paint color), you might want to read THIS first.
What are some paint colors 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 is a good place to start
What are some paint colors that DON’T look as good with Anew Gray?
- Anew Gray doesn’t always love to be partnered with a color that’s lighter and COOLER than itself
- It doesn’t love to be partnered with overly cold, icy, crisp colors
Not sure if Anew Gray is right for you? Want a bit warmer, lighter, cooler? I’ve got more!
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