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Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray SW 7043: Paint Color Review

Posted on June 3, 2020 by KylieMawdsley

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

When it comes to choosing the best greige paint color, it’s easy to get distracted by a pretty Pinterest page. However, it’s VITAL that you do your research on LRV, undertones and ALLLL of the other things that go into making a paint color work, or NOT work, for you and your home. Which is why today, we’re taking a closer look at…

Paint Colour review of the best warm gray greige paint color, Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online color expert

What type of paint color is Worldly Gray? Is it warm or cool? Gray or greige?

Worldly Gray is a warm paint color that can EASILY be seen as a warm gray or a greige, depending on your perception, as well as the exposure of the room you’re putting it in. Generally speaking though, Worldly Gray IS a greige at heart.

If you have a north-facing room, you’ll find Worldly Gray looks MORE like a warm gray (meaning it will look a bit grayer/cooler), whereas it will lean a bit more into its warmth with south-facing light.

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

Worldly Gray, mountain lake cabinet, best greige paint color. Kylie M Interiors Edesign. Diy decor and paint color blog.jpg

What’s the LRV of Worldly Gray?

Worldly Gray has an LRV of 57, which puts it in the light range, but on the HEAVIER side of it (learn more HERE).

A color with this LRV will hold its look a bit better in a super bright room compared to a color with a higher LRV. If you have a dark room though, a color like Worldly Gray can look a bit dingy, so you’ll need some good interior lighting to back it up!

Walk in shower with tiled niche in mosaic tile. Large porcelain wall tile and fibreglass base with glass doors. Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray. Kylie M Interiors E-decor and Color Consulting

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

What are the undertones of Worldly Gray? Will it look green or purple like some greige paint colors?

While the undertones of Worldly Gray are AMAZINGLY PASSIVE, it does favour a very mild green, which cuts back on any tendency to lean into purple. However, A LOT of the time it just shows up pretty darned neutral. If you don’t like green undertones…you still might like Worldly Gray as it has a more passive approach than Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter or the slightly darker version, Amazing Gray.

Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray, dark wood flooring. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint consulting

What’s the best way to sample Worldly Gray?

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!

Worldly Gray, mountain lake cabinet, best greige paint color. Kylie M Interiors Edesign. Diy decorating blog and paint color ideas

Learn all about Samplize HERE

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

When it comes to choosing a white paint color for your trim with Worldly Gray, I would look at…

Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray, south facing room. Lake cabin. Kylie M Interiors, online paint color. Diy decor and paint color blogger.jpg

Read more: SHOULD I Paint My Wood Cabinets White? A QUESTIONNAIRE

Read more: The 4 Best White Paint Colors from Sherwin Williams

Is Worldly Gray a good color for the exterior of my home? 

Well, if your roof, stone, brick and other exterior features can support a mild, warm green undertone, then it certainly could work, although I won’t say it’s a terribly popular choice. My clients are usually inclined towards a bit less green undertone.

Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Color

Is Worldly Gray a popular paint color right now?

Absolutely! With greige and other warm paint colors gaining popularity, Worldly Gray is definitely a top contender. However, it’s got some STIFF competition (read below for links to some comparables).

Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray. Warm gray or greige paint colour with subtle green undertones. Online Color Consultant and E-decor Kylie M Interiors

What Benjamin Moore paint colors are the same as or similar to Worldly Gray?

You won’t find an exact match for ANY color between brands – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths.  However, there are some with similar intentions, but different approaches…

What type of paint colors look good with Worldly Gray?

If I’m looking to partner Worldly Gray up with some other colors in a palette, I might look at…

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

Not sure if Worldly Gray is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!


Sherwin Williams Repose Gray with teal and yellow accents in a palette

Read more: Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Repose Gray


Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray farmhouse style dining room with decor Kylie M E-design

Read more: Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray


Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray, leather accent club chair. metal and wood bookshelf with home decor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Read more: Paint Color Review of Sherwin Willams Colonnade Gray

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. Hi, would it look fine if I paint my fireplace Chatura Gray and my walls Worldly gray in my Great room living space. I have dark wood trim and a dark wood mantle so just looking for a darker coordinating color for my fireplace but not too dark.

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      Noooope! Worldly Gray can grab a subtle green undertone that could be right at odds with the taupe approach of Chatura Gray. You might want to shift to something with no violet in it.

  2. Hi Kylie, my house if full of honey oak. If I paint my walls worldly gray would painting my honey oak trim, closets, and kitchen cabinets a Shoji White from Benjamin Moore work?

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      1. Hi Kylie, thanks for your feedback! Would BM Chantilly Lace be a better option to paint all my honey oak trim, closets and cabinets with Worldly Gray on the walls?

  3. Kylie, what do you think about painting our North facing two-story (lots of windows) room with Worldly Gray – the ceiling and trim are honey-pine – and we face a lake.

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