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!
I don’t just love Colonnade Gray from a distance, I love it up close and personal as it’s THE colour I decided to paint 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 good feel for how it can change in different exposures and environments.
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-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? Will Colonnade Gray look green?
Oh, you KNOW 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’s a WARM gray, so it’s got a lil’ nugget of beige that softens it up. Colonnade very (very) minorly favours a green undertone that’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 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…
But in our old living room, it looks far more cool-toned and fresh…
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.
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 softened 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. 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.
Our dining area with Collonade Gray and BM Gibraltar Cliffs
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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 my stairwell’s 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) just took that edge off, so that things were a BIT friendlier and I could breathe again.
Next to our stairwell was the powder room and I just LOVED how Colonnade sat with SW Anonymous and the blue feature wall – BM Gibraltar Cliffs. 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 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
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 DARNED tough to shoot – she did pretty good!
The photo above shows a bit more of the warm gray that I LOVE to see in Colonnade Gray and is 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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