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QUICK Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray SW 0077

Posted on August 1, 2020 by KylieMawdsley


Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray: LRV, Undertones and a Little More

When it comes to picking the best gray paint colour, it’s hard to figure out which one suits your home AND your personal tastes, meaning research is SO IMPORTANT! 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 (hence the ‘QUICK Review’), but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!

What type of paint colour is Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray? Is it warm or cool? Is it a TRUE NEUTRAL GRAY?

Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray is a PRETTY DARNED NEUTRAL cool gray. However, like EVERY gray paint colour, it does have a sneaky undertone hiding in it (which we’ll get into shortly).

And when I say ‘cool gray’, I don’t mean icy friggin’ cold gray, as while it is slightly cool, the weight and body of it give it a softer, stormier approach.

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What’s the LRV of Classic French Gray?

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). A paint colour with THIS low of an LRV is awesome because while it has body and bulk, it won’t look BLACK even if you have a dark room. It also holds up quite well to a SUPER bright room that gets 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 are the undertones of Classic French Gray? Will it look blue, purple or green?

The tricky thing is that because Classic French Gray has very MINIMAL undertones – just slightly green, it’s VERY SUSCEPTIBLE to picking up cues from its environment and exposure and could pick up a wee wink o’ purple or blue given the opportunity (MOST likely blue).

Read more: Gray Paint Colours – The 3 Undertones You HAVE to Consider! 

What’s the best way to sample Classic French Gray?

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

If I’m painting my walls Classic French Gray, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?

Oh, if I’m painting with Classic French Gray, I’m DEFINITELY going to hit up these white paint colours for my trim, ceilings and doors…

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

You bet your booty it is! Classic French Gray can be great for an exterior as it humours many of the popular gray asphalt roofs as well as some brick and stone colours. 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

Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour

Is Classic French Gray a popular paint colour right now?

If you’re painting a kitchen island, bathroom vanity, feature wall or exterior, then yes, Classic French Gray COULD be popular. I just think that via its placement in the fan deck (not right in the mix of things) it gets missed.

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

Every colour has its own particular nuances and there will be NO perfect match – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths, but you could check out…

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 type of paint colours look good with Classic French Gray?

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

Not sure if Classic French Gray is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!


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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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  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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