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. This where all (okay, SOME) of the insanity that is 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!
And I don’t just love this colour from a distance, I love it up close and personal as it is THE colour that I decided to paint the main living areas in our new home. So, this is not just a review of Colonnade Gray, it’s also a peek at our home (which you better enjoy, because it won’t last long, but that’s a story for another day – wink wink).
What type of paint colour is Colonnade Gray?
Colonnade Gray (also spelt Collonade 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 it also isn’t too weighed down, which is how some light-mediums can look.
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?
Oh, you KNOW 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, purple or green, and Colonnade Gray is no exception. However, it is a WARM gray, so it’s got a lil’ nugget of beige tucked in there that softens it up. Of the cool undertones, Colonnade very (very) minorly favours green, it’s so fractional it’s almost not worth mentioning (but I prefer to be anal). That being said, depending on the time of day, I’ve also seen it look considerably more greige, slightly taupe and even a smidge gray-blue, particularly when the northern light hits it – in other words, it’s a pretty typical neurotic warm gray. But OVERALL, it’s just a soft slightly warm gray (wanna be greige).
With our extreme north-facing exposure, I wasn’t loving the original colour when we moved in. However, I also couldn’t go into the warm range as the products in the home were geared toward the cooler end of things, in particular, the quartz countertop (Cambria Summerhill) with herringbone marble backsplash. And don’t get me wrong, they are GORGEOUS, but they just aren’t ma jam. If you remember our last home, it was homey, it was inviting (and I sold it…and don’t regret it) and let me just say that this house was clearly put on the earth to test me.
What is 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 it has some decent body to it 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.
Colonnade Gray in south facing light
In this next photo, you’ll see one of the ONLY spots in our home that gets southern light – AND THE HEAVENS REJOICE! Just LOOK at how it softens Colonnade up – love it. I partnered it up with SW Urbane Bronze on the front door, which is pretty much the most bad-ass colour ever. And can I say heaven and bad-ass in the same paragraph?
Colonnade Gray in north facing light
In the northern light, I have a hard time pulling that soft warmth out of it. That being said, it only JUST winks at the traditional cool gray undertones.
Our dining area with Collonade Gray and BM Gibraltar Cliffs
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 purple undertone of the stairwell’s gray carpet. Okay, so maybe I wasn’t vaguely disturbed – I was twitching and hyperventilating in the corner (kind of not joking). So. I decided to play around and discovered that lightening it by 25% a) kept the flow from my main living area, stairwell and 2nd floor all consistent and b) just took that edge off, so that things were a BIT friendlier and I could breathe again.
The only person who knows that the stairwell is 25% lighter than the rest of the house is me…well, and now you.
Next to our stairwell is the powder room and I just LOVE how Colonnade sits with SW Anonymous and the blue feature wall – BM Gibraltar Cliffs. This is actually one of my favourite spots in the entirety of our 4000 sq ft house. True story. The colour combo just sits well with my soul.
What trim colour looks good with Colonnade Gray?
Colonnade is pretty flexible. You can try it with almost ANY of my fave white paint colours, but my personal choice is BM White Dove (which is really my fave for MANY projects). It’s just a soft warm white – not too creamy, but not too stark either.
In this next shot, the trim and doors are painted BM White Dove, while the feature colour is the EPIC BM Kitty Gray.
My fave artwork by Ken Kirkby, a local island artist
And while these next photos are NOT my home, but rather 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. I do rely on my clients to send me their after photos and interiors are DARNED tough to shoot – she did pretty darned good!
The photo above shows a bit more of that warm gray that I LOVE to see in Colonnade Gray and is a gorgeous complement to the slate tile fireplace.
Above, see how well it partners up with subdued greige and grayed-out beige tones!
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