Looking for a versatile warm gray paint color? You better check out CRUSHED ICE
If there’s one light gray paint color that’s HIGHLY underrated and underused, it has to be Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice. Why do I think it should be one of the most POPULAR shades of gray on the market? Let’s find out…
What type of paint color is Crushed Ice? Is it warm or cool?
Crushed Ice is a warm paint color. But just because it’s warm doesn’t mean it’s beige or cream, it’s actually a WARM GRAY paint color. And just like every other gray, it has undertones (which we’ll get into shortly).
However, Crushed Ice isn’t TRADITIONALLY warm by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, I’m more inclined to call it ‘stormy’.
What’s a ‘stormy’ gray?
Most of the popular warm gray paint colors are OBVIOUSLY warm, most of the cool ones are obviously COOL. However, while Crushed Ice has warmth in it, it sure as heck ain’t obvious about it.
This means that in cool northern light, Crushed Ice can lean into its cool base and cool undertones a bit more. However, in southern sun or afternoon western light, you’ll see it soften up – maybe not looking WARM, but definitely leaning this way.
What’s the LRV of Crushed Ice?
Crushed Ice has an LRV of 66, so it’s smack dab in the middle of the ‘light’ range, making it a great option for a range of spaces. A bit lighter than my MAGICAL LRV number, but nowhere near the off-white end of things.
While partnering warm and cool finishes together can be TOUGH, as many warm colors don’t like colors that are cooler AND lighter than them, we managed to squeeze in Crushed Ice quite nicely in this next home…
However, with this slightly higher LRV, it WILL wash out on well-lit walls, but this being said, you need to add more depth to ANY type of color for it to not wash out. If you have a dark room, it can look a BIT dingy, just because it’s a warm gray, not a fresh or clean one.
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
Does Crushed Ice have undertones?
You bet your BOOTY it does! The thing is, Crushed Ice is slightly less committed to its undertones compared to some other gray paint colors, but it sure as heck isn’t a TRUE gray. Crushed Ice lightly favors a green undertone, but given the right interior lighting or exposure, it can easily flash slightly blue or violet.
These flexible undertones make it a great choice with MANY of today’s popular white quartz/marble-look countertops as it can humor a WIDE range of undertones, whereas some other grays can be limiting.
What’s the best way to sample a paint color like Crushed Ice?
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 paint color to partner with Crushed Ice?
Is Crushed Ice a good exterior color?
Generally speaking, no, I don’t think Crushed Ice is the BEST color for the exterior of a home. This isn’t to say it won’t work for YOUR home, but here are some considerations…
- if you have a lot of sun on the front of your home, a color with this LRV (or higher) can wash out quite a bit – make sure you have CLEAN white trim for it to contrast with
- make sure your ROOF and any surrounding stone and brick suit Crushed Ice – it’s less common for it to look good with brick…even stone can be a stretch
Which paint colors look similar to Crushed Ice – what else should I sample?
There will be NO perfect match (regardless of what your paint store tells you). You can fully expect to see shifts in undertones, temperature, and depths, but you could check out…
BTW, if want to color match between brands (ie: getting Benjamin Moore to make a Sherwin Williams paint color), please read THIS first.
What type of paint colors look good with Crushed Ice?
Crushed Ice is definitely finicky, so you’ll want to be careful when partnering it up in a palette.
- Many muted off-whites with complimentary undertones
- Some blue-green-gray blends
- Most white paint colors
Not sure if Crushed Ice is YOUR color? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!
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