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Sherwin Williams Porpoise & Anonymous: Paint Color Review

Posted on September 8, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

Porpoise & Anonymous: two of the BEST GREIGES dark greiges

While there are tons of gorgeous light greiges out there, greige is a TOUGH one to pull off in the DARKER end of things as it easily turns BROWN. This is why we’re taking an up-close and personal look at two of my FAVE dark greige paint colors, Sherwin Williams Anonymous & Porpoise…

paint colour review, Sherwin Williams Anonymous and Porpoise, dark greige. Kylie M INteriors online paint color consultant

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In order to show you RELATEABLE & REAL homes, I ONLY use photos from my Online Color Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality photos I need or the RIGHT photos, but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!

Are Porpoise & Anonymous Greige or Gray?

Anonymous and Porpoise are DEFINITELY greige paint colors as they’re WARMER than gray. Even in north-facing light, you’ll be hard-pressed to get these two colors to lean cool enough to be considered even as warm grays. In south-facing light, you’ll see them lean a bit more into their rich greige warmth.

Small bathroom powder room in Sherwin Williams Anonymous with Cambria Bellingham quartz countertop and dark wood vanity. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, paint colour expert

Sherwin Williams Anonymous

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

What are the LRV’s of Porpoise & Anonymous?

Porpoise has an LRV of 13, Anonymous has an LRV of 20. While they’re BOTH medium-dark colors, with its lower LRV, Porpoise is a GOOD tone darker. However, it’s not as dark and moody as the ever-popular Urbane Bronze.

In this next photo, you’ll see Urbane Bronze in ALL of its greige glory…

Wood kitchen island, painted Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze, orange hue granite countertop, wood floor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign diy

FULL Paint Color Review: Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze

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

What are the undertones of Porpoise & Anonymous, will they look green or NEUTRAL?

When it comes to the undertones of Porpoise and Anonymous, it depends on how sensitive you are to GREEN. If you don’t like green undertones, you PROBABLY won’t like either of these. On the other hand, if you LOVE green undertones, you might not find them to have ENOUGH as the undertone is a bit passive.

Best paint colours for wood trim, molding and floor. Sherwin Williams Anonymous. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color expert

Comparing the previous two photos, notice how Anonymous can look a bit darker in CONTRAST to white trim, but a bit lighter in CONTRAST to wood trim! SO COOL!

What’s the best way to sample any paint color?

Like with every paint color, 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!

Learn all about Samplize HERE

What’s the best white trim color for Anonymous or Porpoise?

Where do I even START? There’s a whole range of whites that suit these two bad boys, including Sherwin Williams Alabaster, Pure White, High Reflective White and Benjamin Moore White Dove (mad love).

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Are Porpoise & Anonymous good colors for my home’s exterior? 

HECK YES! As long as your brick, stone and roof suit the green undertone and subtle warmth, Porpoise & Anonymous can be gorgeous colors for exterior siding or trim.

In this next photo, remember that this is a SHADED area and these colors will look much lighter on the sunny side…

Exterior siding, dark greige, Sherwin Williams Porpoise and Urbane Bronze samples. Kylie M Interiors edesign

Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Color

What’s the best way to sample paint colors?

Like with every paint color, 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!

Learn all about Samplize HERE

Does Benjamin Moore have a color that’s similar to Porpoise or Anonymous?

When it comes to finding similar colors between brands, it’s tough as there will ALWAYS BE shifts in undertones, depths, etc… the CLOSEST that Benjamin Moore has are Benjamin Moore Squirrel Tail, Roosevelt Taupe, Iron Gate and Gargoyle.

If you’re thinking of color matching between brands (ie. getting Benjamin Moore to make a Sherwin Williams paint color), you might want to read THIS first.

What type of paint colors look do these two colors look good with?

Because Porpoise and Anonymous are on the darker end of things, they’re actually a lot more flexible than the LIGHTER end of the greige range.


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Not sure which paint color is best for YOUR home?

Check out my Online Paint Color Consulting – I’d love to help!

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  1. Kylie-
    We are painting our new build SW anonymous. We have a lighter neutral stone on the house, black roof, and planning to do white trim. Would BM white dove blend okay with factory finished white gutters and garage doors? Or is SW Pure white a better option?
    I want a softer look for the white, but don’t want anything sticking out.

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      Of the 2, Pure White will be more subtle with factor white gutters/garage doors, whereas White Dove will be that bit warmer. You will still see a shift between your gutters and Pure White, it just won’t be as strong 🙂

  2. Just painted our wood siding colonial house white duck- the wood is cedar and it looks AMAZING. I tried amazing gray shutters (darkened 30%) and it was a bit too washed out. Looking at lower LRV colors now. Do you think Anonymous be a good option?!

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