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Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray SW 0077: PAINT COLOUR REVIEW

Posted on October 1, 2022 by KylieMawdsley

SHERWIN WILLIAMS CLASSIC FRENCH GRAY: does it even HAVE undertones?

When picking the best gray paint colour, it’s hard to figure out which one suits your home AND your personal tastes. Whether you’re painting your walls, cabinets or exterior, you have to do your research. Which is why I’m glad you’re here with me today, drinkin’ the Ginger-flavoured Kool-Aid while we take a closer look at Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray.

Popular dark charcoal gray paint color, Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray. The best paint color review with Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online diy decorating advice blogger

I love to show RELATEABLE & REAL homes, so ONLY use photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality pics I need, but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!

IS CLASSIC FRENCH GRAY WARM OR COOL?

One of the great things about Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray is that even though it’s a slightly warm gray, it comes off pretty darn neutral in most situations.

When might Classic French Gray look a bit warmer than usual? In south-facing light or warm afternoon western sunshine. You might also see it look warm COMPARED to surrounding finishes that are cooler-toned.

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WHAT’S CLASSIC FRENCH GRAY’S LRV?

Classic French Gray has an LRV of 24, which puts it on the slightly HEAVIER end of the medium-range (my fave end of it, personally – I like a lil’ junk in the trunk). Paint colours with THIS low of an LRV are awesome because while they have body and bulk, they won’t look BLACK even if you have a dark room. They also hold up quite well to a SUPER bright room with a ton of sun shining on its walls.

Just LOOK at the difference in these next two photos between shade and sun!

Best paint color for exterior and front door. Classic French Gray siding, Extra White and Stillwater front door. Exterior paint colour, pavers. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consultant. DIY decorating ideas blog

Exterior siding painted Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray with white trim and windows. Blue green front door. Gray roof. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant and blogger

And while natural light IS CRAZY, it’s not SO crazy that it changed the front door colour that much ;). Part of this Online Paint Colour Consult included a new gorgeous blue-green paint colour for the front door – with the previous photo being the final choice.

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

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WHAT UNDERTONES DOES CLASSIC FRENCH GRAY HAVE?

Because Classic French Gray has very subtle undertones, they’re not easy to see at first glance. However, a slightly green hue can show up to the party if you partner this shade of gray with another shade that’s more violet-toned.

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ARE THERE CLASSIC FRENCH GRAY PEEL & STICK SAMPLES?

Like with every paint colour, I highly recommend using SAMPLIZE. Samplize is a peel & stick paint sample that you can easily move around your room for over HALF THE COST of traditional sample pots – and they deliver right to your front door!

Learn all about Samplize HERE

WHAT’S THE BEST WHITE TRIM COLOUR WITH CLASSIC FRENCH GRAY?

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IS CLASSIC FRENCH GRAY GOOD FOR A HOME’S EXTERIOR?

You bet your booty it is! Classic French Gray can be a great shade of gray for the exterior. HOWEVER, make sure it suits your particular asphalt roof, stonework or brick – these are ALL things you have to consider when picking your exterior paint colour!

Exterior siding painted Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray with white trim and blue green front door. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

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IS CLASSIC FRENCH GRAY A POPULAR SHADE OF GRAY?

Heck no. While it COULD be popular, many other grays come in the top spot, including Sherwin Williams Dovetail and Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray. If you’re painting a kitchen island, bathroom vanity, feature wall or exterior, Classic French Gray COULD be a good choice but make sure to compare it to the others.

WHAT PAINT COLOURS ARE SIMILAR TO CLASSIC FRENCH GRAY?

There are many shades that are similar to Classic French Gray. Just remember, EVERY gray has its own nuances, so compare carefully!

WHAT COLOURS GO WITH CLASSIC FRENCH GRAY?

Classic French Gray is REASONABLY flexible, but like every neutral paint colour, it has its preferences, such as some…

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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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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2020, UPDATED IN 2022



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  1. I’m wondering if you’d recommend Classic French Gray as a bathroom cabinet color in a large, very bright, south facing bathroom, with SW Silver Strand on the walls?

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