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…
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.
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!
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.
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!
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…
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).
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…
- Some gray paint colors with a similar or lower LRV. Worldly is reasonably flexible re: the undertones it likes to be partnered with, but I DO love it with blue-gray blends
- Super passive cream-greige-tan blend paint colors, such as Sherwin Williams White Duck
- Colors that are DARKER VERSIONS of itself, like Sherwin Williams Anonymous (shown below) and Felted Wool
Not sure if Worldly Gray is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!
SHERWIN WILLIAMS REPOSE GRAY
SHERWIN WILLIAMS AGREEABLE GRAY
SHERWIN WILLIAMS COLONNADE GRAY
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