Sherwin Williams Tinsmith: LRV, Undertones and a Little More
Finding your perfect gray paint colour can be tough, especially when there are THOUSANDS TO CHOOSE FROM! Which is why I’m honing in on today’s most POPULAR gray paint colours, including Sherwin Williams Tinsmith.
I love to show RELATEABLE & REAL homes, so ONLY use photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality pics I need (hence the ‘QUICK Review’), but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!
What type of paint colour is Sherwin Williams Tinsmith? Is it warm or cool?
Tinsmith is definitely a COOL GRAY paint colour – not ICY COLD, but not remotely warm.
If you have north-facing light, you’ll see Tinsmith lean HARD into that cool light, looking even cooler with a bit more undertone popping up. If you have south-facing light or afternoon western sunshine, Tinsmith still looks like a cool gray, but it certainly softens up.
What’s its LRV?
Tinsmith has an LRV of 57, making it a light depth paint colour. However, it’s not fresh and bright as it’s on the LOW end of the light range. If you have a super bright room, Tinsmith will hold its colour a bit better than some other light gray paint colours which will wash-out a bit more.
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of Tinsmith? Will it look like a TRUE gray? Will it look blue, purple or green?
As you might’ve learned in my other blog posts, EVERY GRAY HAS UNDERTONES, and Tinsmith definitely commits to BLUE. In some lights, this undertone can flash oooooh so slightly blue-green (usually with warm bulbs or afternoon western sunshine) but is LESS inclined to flash blue-purple.
What’s the best way to sample Tinsmith?
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!
Learn all about Samplize HERE
If I’m painting my walls Tinsmith, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?
If I have Tinsmith on my walls, I’m DEFINITELY going to look at white paint colours like…
- Sherwin Williams High Reflective White
- Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace
- It can even handle a warm white like Sherwin Williams Pure White
Is this a good colour for the exterior of a home?
Tinsmith is definitely a good option for the exterior of a home, as long as your roof, brick, stone and other exterior features can SUPPORT a gray with a blue undertone!
Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour
What Benjamin Moore paint colours are the same as or similar to Tinsmith?
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 colours with a SIMILAR approach, such as…
- Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray
BTW, if you’re thinking of colour matching between brands, PLEASE read THIS first.
What type of paint colours look good with Tinsmith?
Tinsmith is actually reasonable flexible, due in part to its more simple undertone and slightly lower value. You can partner it with some colours like…
- off-white warm grays and some greiges
- muted cream paint colours
- light gray paint colours with a similar undertone profile
- many gray-blue blends
And much more!
Not sure if Tinsmith is right for you? I’ve got more!
SHERWIN WILLIAM SWEATER WEATHER
SHERWIN WILLIAMS SILVERPLATE
BENJAMIN MOORE STONINGTON GRAY
SHERWIN WILLIAMS REPOSE GRAY
Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?
Check out my Online Paint Colour Consulting – I’d love to help!