Colonnade Gray: LRV, Undertones & 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!
Is Colonnade Gray a warm gray or greige paint colour?
As it relates to paint colours A LOT comes down to perception. What I see as a warm gray, you might see as a greige! And Colonnade Gray DEFINITELY borders the edge of both but caters slightly to WARM GRAY.
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.
Not familiar with LRV? It’s kind of a big deal, you should read about it.
In the above photo, look at the contrast between 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…
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 this next home, you can see the pretty soft warmth that Colonnade Gray can have…
But in this next room (north-facing) it looks far more cool-toned and fresh and THERE’S THAT GREEN…
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!
Colonnade Gray in south-facing light
In this next photo 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?
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.
Colonnade Gray & Benjamin Moore Gibraltar Cliffs
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Colonnade Gray lightened by 25% (and in morning east-facing light)
I had Colonnade Gray in our last home in this staircase and was vaguely disturbed with how the weeee faint green undertone of it 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.
I just LOVE how Colonnade sits 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.
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…
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!
The above photo shows a bit more of the warm gray that I LOVE to see in Colonnade Gray – what a gorgeous complement to the slate tile fireplace.
Below, see how well Colonnade partners up with subdued greige and grayed-out beige tones in this room!
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WRITTEN ORIGINALLY IN 2020 OR SO, UPDATED IN 2021