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Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray

Posted on January 2, 2020 by KylieMawdsley


Colonnade Gray: LRV, Undertones and More! 

If you’ve been with me for a while (bless your heart) you know that I LOVE doing paint colour reviews. They’re where all (okay, SOME) of the insanity that’s sloshing around in my brain comes spilling out, and that’s EXACTLY what’s going to happen with Colonnade Gray – HOT DAMN I love this colour! And BTW, if you haven’t seen my paint colour reviews on Youtube, you should check them out!

Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray, one of the best warm gray greige paint colours. Paint color review by Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online, paint colour expert and virtual consultations

I don’t just love Colonnade Gray from a distance, I love it up close and personal as it’s the colour I painted the main living areas in our summer home (you know, the one we lived in for six months and then sold). But today, we’re going to look at it in our old home, AS WELL AS the homes of my Online Colour Consulting clients so you can get a feel for how it changes in different exposures and environments.

Kylie M Interiors Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray in home with gray brown wood floors

What type of paint colour is Colonnade Gray? Is it warm or cool?

Colonnade Gray is a warm gray paint colour that sits in between light and light-medium in depth. It doesn’t have the bright freshness of a typical light paint colour, but also isn’t too weighed down, which is how some light-medium depth colours can look.

Wall colour is Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray, front door inside is painted Urbane Bronze. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Look at the contrast with the white trim and the switch plate – this gives you a great idea of the general depth you can expect to see.

What are the undertones of Colonnade Gray? Will it look green, blue or violet?

If you subscribe to my blog, you’ve learned by now that grays are NEVER simple

Kylie M Interiors Edesign, Entryway with vaulted ceiling, painted Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray, oversize clock and bench

Of course, Doug had to make an appearance – he was feeling dapper with his new haircut

Grays have cool undertones of either blue, violet or green, and Colonnade Gray is no exception. However, it’s a WARM gray, so it’s got a lil’ nugget of beige that softens it up. Colonnade Gray very (very) minorly favours a green undertone. That being said, depending on the time of day, I’ve also seen it look considerably more greige and even a smidge gray-blue, particularly when the northern light hits it. In other words, it’s a pretty typical neurotic warm gray.

In my client’s home (below) you can see the pretty, soft warmth that Colonnade can have…

Sherwin Williams best warm gray greige paint color, Colonnade. Brown brick vaulted fireplace in living or family room. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour advice

But in our old living room, it looks far more cool-toned and fresh…

Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray in living room. Kylie M Interiors Edesign. Tv above electric fireplace with tile surround. Transitional style home decor - Copy

Open layout kitchen, living room and dining room. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray, Alabaster painted white cabinets. Large island and transitional home decor with - Copy

Read more: How to Choose Paint Colours for North Facing Rooms

What’s the LRV of Colonnade Gray?

Colonnade has an LRV of 53, which ‘they’ call light (‘they’ being the peeps at Sherwin Williams). However, when you picture a light colour, there is often a freshness to it. Colonnade Gray is not fresh and light, it’s soft and subtle but has some decent body so that doesn’t wash out in natural light as some light colours can.

Entryway in Collonade Gray with inside of front door painted Urbane Bronze, vaulted ceiling. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint consulting

Not familiar with LRV? It’s kind of a big deal, you should read about it.

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You can also see how Colonnade Gray looks with warm wood tones. My Online Paint Colour Consulting client didn’t want to blend in that beautiful wood and Colonnade Gray did a GREAT job of complementing it!

Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray with golden oak trim, fireplace and wood flooring. Kylie M INteriors Edesign

Colonnade Gray in south-facing light

In this next photo, you’ll see one of the ONLY spots in our old home that got southern light – AND THE HEAVENS REJOICED! Just LOOK at how that warm southern light softens Colonnade up – love it. I partnered it up with Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze on the front door, which is pretty much the most bad-ass colour ever. Can I say heaven and bad-ass in the same paragraph?

Entryway in Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray with oversized large clock, charcoal bench seat and foyer front door painted Urbane Bronze. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color expert - Copy

Colonnade Gray in north-facing light

In northern light, you’ll have a harder time pulling warmth out of Colonnade Gray, as it will lean a bit more into its gray roots compared to south-facing light.

Entryway console table, home decor, oversized canvas artwork, concrete table. Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint consulting

Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray in north facing kitchen with Alabaster cabinets, Summerhill quartz. Gibraltar Cliffs feature wall. Kylie M INteriors Edesign

Our dining area with Colonnade Gray and Benjamin Moore Gibraltar Cliffs

Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

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  • Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
  • If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

Colonnade Gray lightened by 25% (and in morning east-facing light)

I was vaguely disturbed with how the weee faint green undertone of Colonnade Gray was interacting with the subtle violet undertone of my gray carpet. Okay, so maybe I wasn’t vaguely disturbed, I was twitching and hyperventilating in the corner (kind of not joking). I decided to play around and discovered that lightening it by 25% a) kept the flow from my main living area, stairwell and second floor all consistent and b) took a bit of that green edge off, so that things were a BIT friendlier and I could breathe again.

Stairwell with gray carpet and Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray, lightened by 25%. Benjamin Moore Gibraltar Cliffs feature wall. Kylie M INteriors Edesign

Next to our stairwell was the powder room and I just LOVED how Colonnade sat with Sherwin Williams Anonymous and the stairwell feature wall. This was actually one of my favourite spots in the entirety of our 4000 sq ft house. True story. The colour combo just sat well with my soul.

Paint colour palette including Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray, Anonymous in powder room and Benjamin Moore Gibraltar Cliffs feature wall. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consultant

What white trim colours look good with Colonnade Gray?

Colonnade is pretty flexible. You can try it with almost ANY of my top white paint colours, but my personal faves are…

In this next shot, the trim and doors are painted Benjamin Moore White Dove, while the feature colour is the EPIC Benjamin Moore Kitty Gray. White Dove was already in place when we moved in and I didn’t want to paint all of the trims/doors/ceilings. It’s also a great choice if you’re okay switching brands!

Benjamin Moore Kitty Gray feature art wall with Collonade Gray. Ken Kirkby totem pole original painting. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, virtual paint color expert

Read more: Feature Walls – What Colour and WHERE?

These next photos are from another one of my E-design clients. I wanted to quickly show you how Colonnade Gray looks with slightly warmer features and furnishings.

And I apologize for the slightly smaller photo size/quality. My blog relies 100% on my clients sending me their after photos and interiors are DARN tough to shoot – she did pretty good!

Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray with slate tile fireplace. Best greige paint colour. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consulting

The above photo shows a bit more of the warm gray that I LOVE to see in Colonnade Gray – what a gorgeous compliment to the slate tile fireplace.

Below, see how well Colonnade partners up with subdued greige and grayed-out beige tones in this room!

Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray in dining room. Best greige paint colour Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint consulting

Not sure if Colonnade Gray is the colour for you? I’VE GOT MORE!


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Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray farmhouse style dining room with decor Kylie M E-design

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Not sure which gray is best for you and your home?

Check out my affordable E-design packages! 

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Chat soon,

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  1. Your new home is beautiful, Kylie. And the Collonade Gray is a great pick. Enjoy! I am still loving my Accessible Beige. 🙂

  2. Hi Again, Kylie, I just found your very detailed information on how to lighten or darken a paint color when I did a search. I should have know you already covered that subject! Best wishes…

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  3. Love the Collonade Gray in your home! It looks like the perfect gray! Your home is beautiful! Do you inow the color of your white kitchen cabinets? I’ve read and re-read your White blog….still indecisive. ????‍♀️

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  4. Beautiful color! We recently purchased an old character home with a lot of dark orange toned oak and I am struggling to find the right paint color. Would Collonade Gray work in this situation?

    Thanks you!

  5. Thank you, Kylie, for teaching me about warm and cool grays and how they change and surprise in various lights. I had been struggling with paint choices before coming upon your web site. Based on your recommendation, I just painted my kitchen SW Colonnade Gray and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s warm, but not too warm, a gray without visible brown undertones. Soft, but not pale. Just beautiful!

  6. Hi Kylie, I love the collonade gray! I also love the light fixtures over your island. Could you share where they are from? I just stumbled across your website, but, I am bookmarking you now! Thank you

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      1. Very informative! I’m using Colannade gray for wall color. What would you suggest for a contrast interior frint door color. House is south facing. Looking for more gray than black. Thanks!

  7. Love your house Kylie! Very interested to know what your floors are. Also, you said you thought your cabinets were SW alabaster but your doors and trim are BM dove white. They look awesome but I thought you said you should match doors/trim to cabinet when choosing a shade of white. I was looking at both colors for my kitchen renovation as well.

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      Hi Nicole – you are RIGHT! But…we actually bought the house with those colours already in place – I just changed the wall colours to be more my style. If I had to choose one of those, I probably would’ve chosen BM White Dove 🙂


  8. Hi Kylie, I have been looking at your consultation packages and I am not sure which ones to choose. I am looking to paint my living room and foyer.

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      Hi Debora! If the living room and foyer are separate and need to be 2 different colours, you would choose the 2 room option. However, if they are quite tied together and would be painted the same colour, I would choose the Open Layout package 🙂

  9. I have decided on colonnade gray for my rebuilt home If I lighten it 25%, will the undertones change? I bought a sample of both and the 25% lighter looks warmer to me,more of a beige tone. Am I crazy? ( I chose all the furniture based on the 100% colonnade and now I’m panicking )

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      Hi Jan! Well, funny enough, in our last home I did the 25% lighter as well as the regular strength and found that a) it almost COMPLETELY eliminated the green undertone and b) made it seem a bit grayer, but keep in mind it can all be relative to the room/exposure/furnishings!

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          Hi Teresa! You basically go to the paint store and ask them to make it for you, but lighten it by 25%, which just makes it a bit lighter/brighter! You don’t have to do anything, they adjust the recipe for you :).

  10. I must say a big triple YES to Collonade Gray-as this is the third house I have painted this color in the last eight years! It has blended well with, get ready—dark brown wood floors, nasty white floor tile, cream floor tile, ultra modern woodgrain gray floor tile, gold/ brown toned carpet, cream carpet and has totally downplayed the orange oak we just moved in to! We have had huge windows off the back of each house and have gone from dark green trees to a turquoise pool to bright green trees and it looks SO good with ALL. This house I am using it lightened 25% and it looses the green but not the warmth or the gray color for darker/smaller spaces like you did on your stairs. Also lightened it does not change AS MUCH during the day or from wall to wall. I am currently painting OVER Revere Pewter walls- with gray tile and orange oak visible from every angle of the bottom floor-AKA a hot mess of warm/cool flooring. However–Collonade Gray is making my floors blend a bit better with each other and my new home is go from swamp to posh just as fast as I (my hubs) can paint. Sweet relief! (LOVE the blog!)

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      Hi Julie, thanks for the note! It’s stuff like this that really helps other readers figure out what will work for them – thank you!

  11. I just painted my two story, north facing entry in Colonnade gray. My husband prefers more golden beige colors and I wanted to pull in more of the modern gray tones. Colonnade seemed like a good compromise, however I am a little disappointed with how it all came together. I used SW Alabaster for the trim and the Colonnade is pulling out the cream in the alabaster. And is it possible that I could be seeing violet undertones is the Colonnade gray??? It’s lacking the crisp modern look I was wanting, to me it feels more romantic – maybe better for a bedroom?? In the adjacent formal living room and family room I painted with SW Silvermist and carried the alabaster trim through. The trim against the Silvermist is more white and crisp. Loved that combination!! Thank you for all your posts, I’ve learned so much about selecting paint colors!!

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      Hi Stephanie! Nope, that’s not strange at all, Alabaster is a considerably warmer white for sure, especially up against Collonade. And while Colonnade can often favour green, having lived with it, I did see it go slightly purple at times – depending on the exposure of the room/time of day. So, just confirming that you aren’t going crazy – you are seeing all of the above :).

  12. I have a ranch house facing the east with 3 large picture windows from floor to ceiling . I painted my living room and dining room the collonade gray after looking at it for mths on a white poster board and moving it around the room , and I hate it all long the walls that the eastern light hits . It looks green blue but the rest of the walls I like the color . Can I darken or lighten it to get it to all match? In a panic I went out and bought Dorian gray and that comes up green , requisite comes up purple pussywillow shows blue And anew gray I like the tone but is washed out and way to light almost white . Can I darken anew to get a color like somewhere between anew and mega Greige? I’m living room is torn apart and I am on a panic and almost in tears and don’t know what to do ! Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thank

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      Hi Rachael! Yes, you should be able to darken Anew Gray OR lighten Mega Greige to get the range that you like – they are gorgeous colours!

  13. Love the SW Collonade grey painted in your home. I also have this color painted in most of my home. Is there a coordinating SW yellow or another paint that I could paint in my home that would coordinate with the collonade grey. Thanks.

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      Oooo, yellow could be a BIT off with Colonnade. I think the most I would do would be a soft, creamy type of colour like SW Creamy. Any brighter/deeper and it could feel like they are in different colour families ;).

        1. Thanks Kylie, you are so right about the yellow not coordinating with collonade so I will stay with a neutral grey for the foyer, hall, and living but I need something lighter than collonade due to lighting. Do you think SW Ageeable grey work as a coordinating color with collonade or something else?

  14. I have mahogany doors and baseboard in my house, have you used these colors with colonnade gray before ? Did it look ok?

  15. I am considering colonnade grey for our kitchen remodel and it is open to our living room. Our perimeter kitchen cabinets will be white and the island will be stained. Th countertops will be off white, with grey/taupe veining (cambria Ella). We do have some brown living room furniture. Will colonnade play nice with the browns or should I do something more greige? What trim color would you recommend? Thank you!

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      Hi Janelle, thank you for commenting! I do try to offer as much complimentary advice on my blog as possible, but otherwise, I try to refer to my Online Consulting, so that I can take a look at the room and its lighting and other features! If that interests you, I will be opening it up again after Christmas! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/ Off the top of my head, it SOUNDS like you’re on the right track and you may want to match your trim up to the white of your cabinets so that you don’t have conflicting undertones!


  16. I love the pics you posted! I didn’t see any using Collonade on cabinets though. Have you seen or done that before? Would you just do white walls if that was the cabinets color? Loved the Collonade grey vs Revere Pewter article too! Spot on!!

  17. Hi Kelly, love your style and your down to earth posts and videos. I am planning to paint by myself, is it ok to paint this color on the wall and ceiling ? Right now I have builder beige wall and ceiling, and yellowish off white, and i would really hate to paint the ceiling.

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      Oooo, it could be a bit heavy for a ceiling, unless you have tall, vaulted ceilings, but even then…I would stick with the white you have or a new one 🙂

  18. I can’t tell you how helpful you’ve been in my hunt for colors. Your time is very appreciated. Do you think this color would work well with furniture that is dark gray? I just ordered these in the color “Graphite”. Thank you!

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      Hi Melissa, online images can be tricky, but my FIRST thought was that your new piece has a subtle purple undertone (as all grays have undertones of blue, green or purple) whereas Colonnade does slightly favour a mild green, so based on that, I don’t LOVE it :).

  19. Hi Kylie! We are currently in the beginning stages of building our custom home! I am considering Colonnade Gray or Repose Gray for the exterior. We have a house that will be hardie only, no stone, and extra white trim. Do you have a preference? I was thinking I may do Alpaca or Agreeable Gray, but after watching literally all of your videos (thank you for all of these), I’m afraid those colors may wash out with all of our Texas sun. Thanks for all of your help, you are awesome! (P.S. I love wine too lol)

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      Hi Lindsay! Well, it can depend on your roof, but check out SW Mindful Gray, which is REALLY lovely and just a step down from Repose Gray :). And yes, I’d probably stay away from Alpaca and Agreeable :), even though they’re beautiful colours! I have NO problem with Colonnade/Repose, but Mindful could just hold up a bit better for you.

      1. Thank you so much! Finding you online has been such a blessing for me since starting this house building process. I don’t know what we may have ended up with without your website and videos. My husband is not really into picking colors and has left all of the choices up to me! No help at all there lol. We are going with a dark gray shingle color (slate) so I really didn’t want to go brown with the siding color, but don’t want it to exactly match either. We are going to pick our countertops, cabinets, and interior wall paint next month and I know what I am looking for thanks to you! I am already looking at a LRV of 62 for the inside. I am thinking On the Rocks or maybe even Agreeable Gray. I didn’t even know what LRV was before finding you lol. I went to look at your online courses and many are sold out, so you must be doing something right. Thank you so much for your help!

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