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Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray SW 7017

Posted on August 31, 2020 by KylieMawdsley


Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray: LRV, Undertones and a Little More

If you’re looking for a popular gray paint colour with a BIT more meat on its bones, you’ve come to the right place as today, we’re taking an UP CLOSE and personal look at Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray.

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What type of paint colour is Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray? Is it warm or cool?

Dorian Gray is a WARM gray paint colour. If you have south-facing light it will lean that wink warmer without looking greige. However, if you have north-facing light (image below) you may find it leaning MORE into its gray base, while still holding a passive warmth (so it won’t look ICY cold).

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Read more: North, East, South, West – Which Paint Colour is the Best?

What’s the LRV of Dorian Gray?

Dorian Gray has an LRV of 39, which makes it a SOFT, medium-toned paint colour. Whereas some medium-depth paint colours carry a LOT of visual weight, Dorian Gray sits closer to the light-medium range.

Contemporary stairwell with glass and dark wood. Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray. Wine room under stairs. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and Design. E-decor and Consulting Online

Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.

What are the undertones of Dorian Gray? Will it look green, purple, blue or like a TRUE gray?

Every gray paint colour has undertones, and Dorian Gray is no exception as it favours a MILD purple undertone, but can easily pick up a wink o’ green. In some lights/conditions, it can look QUITE gray, but don’t let it fool you, those undertones are there!

What’s the best way to sample Dorian 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!

Bedroom with south west exposure painted in gray to accommodate for natural light. Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray feature wall by Kylie M Interiors

Learn all about Samplize HERE

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

If I suggest Dorian Gray to one of my Virtual Paint Colour Consulting clients, I’m most likely to recommend…

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

Dorian Gray can be an EXCELLENT colour for the exterior of a home as it works with many popular stone and brick colours – as well as roofs too! Just remember, it does have that WEEE willy wink o’ green hiding in it! You have to consider ALL of these things (and more) when choosing the best colour for the outside of your home.

Exterior textured thick stucco, Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray, Extra White, Tricorn Black front door and shutters. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color expert and diy decorating blogger (2)

Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour

Is Dorian Gray a popular paint colour right now?

While Dorian Gray isn’t UNpopular, the trends are simply in the lighter, brighter end of the gray world right now.

Open layout white kitch with gray painted island, teal accents. Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray. Kylie M Interiors E-decor, Online Consulting, decorating and design

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

GOOD QUESTION! 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 similar colours such as…

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 Dorian Gray?

With its bit of added depth, I find Dorian Gray to be QUITE flexible as to the colours it likes to be partnered up with, such as…

Not sure if Dorian Gray is right for you? 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. My Husband an I stayed in a beach house last month and the majority of the interior was painted SW Dorian Gray. I know because I went searching and found the paint can in a closet haa. The house faced North and South (almost all windows faced south towards the beach with a covered deck so although bright there was no direct sunlight coming in). It was a beautiful color all throughout the day and evening. A little bit of a chameleon, more subtle green most of the day with bright white porch and white sand reflecting in. It was a flat sheen. I Loved this Color! Very relaxing, neutral and light considering an LRV of 39! Wish I could paint my West facing, dark, heavily wooded green trees reflecting in, room in this color. But probably not.
    Thanks for all your information! Your Awesome!

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