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Quick Paint Colour Review: Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray

Posted on May 23, 2020 by KylieMawdsley

 

Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray: LRV, Undertones and a Little More

Have you been looking for the perfect gray paint colour, one with a bit more depth and body than the usual light versions? Have I got a colour for you!

Best gray paint colour review, Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray. Top grey. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour and diy decorating advice

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 Coventry Gray? Is it a warm gray or a cool gray?

Coventry Gray is a gray paint colour that ISN’T icy cold, but it’s also not a warm gray. It’s what I call a soft or stormy gray. If you have north-facing light it will look much cooler and more like a traditional COLD gray, but if you have south-facing or afternoon western light, it will look considerably softer.

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

What’s the LRV of Coventry Gray?

Coventry Gray has an LRV of almost 48. This puts it in the light-medium range, but it’s on the HEAVIER side and in a darker room could act more like a medium-toned paint colour (learn more HERE).

Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray and Chelsea Gray paint samples. Kylie M INteriors Edesign

In the above image, see how Coventry Gray sits considerably lighter than Chelsea Gray, which is a VERY SOLID medium-depth paint with an LRV of 22.

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

What are the undertones of Coventry Gray? Will it look blue, green or purple?

As you might know by reading my blog, EVERY gray has undertones! Coventry Gray favours a very soft, gentle blue undertone, but easily slides into a subtle blue-green, rarely purple though.

Dark wood stair railing and trim with Ballet White walls and Coventry gray painted ceiling with book rail and moldings. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting, DIY decorating

What’s the best way to sample Coventry Gray?

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 Coventry Gray, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?

I would DEFINITELY partner Coventry Gray up with Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace for a crisp, clean look.

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

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

Is Coventry Gray a good colour for the exterior of my home? 

It certainly could be! Coventry Gray, with it’s slightly lower LRV can hold itself well on a home with intense south-facing light, more so than an off-white or light paint colour which could washout.

Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour

Is Coventry Gray a popular gray paint colour right now?

Not particularly, as there are FAR more popular gray paint colours that are in the light or SOFTER, light-medium range. With its extra bit of depth, Coventry Gray is being used more for kitchen islands, cabinets, vanities or as a passive feature wall.

While you can’t see much of it, Coventry Gray was used on this kitchen island. This white kitchen was the perfect place for Coventry Gray to feel at home…

White shaker style cabinets, white quartz countertops, Coventry Gray island and Stonington Gray walls

What Sherwin Williams paint colours are the same as or similar to Coventry Gray?

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

And if you’re thinking of colour matching between brands (ie: getting BM to make an SW paint colour), you might want to read THIS first.

What type of paint colours look good with Coventry Gray?

Coventry Gray likes to be partnered with a WIDE range of colours, in particular…

Not sure if Coventry Gray is right for you? I’ve got more!

BENJAMIN MOORE STONINGTON GRAY

Living room, gray stone fireplace, round wheel chandelier, white built in bookcases, Stonington Gray paint colour. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color expert

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray

BENJAMIN MOORE CHELSEA GRAY

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray and Chelsea Gray small bathroom, modern. Kylie M Interiors E-design, colour expert

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray

SHERWIN WILLIAMS SILVERPLATE

Paint colour review, popular gray paint colour, Sherwin Williams Silverplate. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting and diy decorating advice blogger

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Silverplate

Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?

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

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  1. Greetings from Toronto! Love all your posts Kylie! I picked all my paint colours by reading your website! I even ordered Samplize samples to make sure the colours would work! I ended up painting my bedroom Coventry Gray and it is beautiful – definitely a medium gray but with a blue undertone. I went with the lighter Stonington Gray in the living room and kitchen and it is stunning!

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      Hellooooooo Toronto! I love when a Canadian friend pops in ;). So many assume I’m from the US as I think that’s where a lot of the bloggers are from, but nope, I’m a west coast of Canada girl!

      And isn’t Coventry/Stonington a great combo? They are just so SOFT and cool, but not ICY cold – good choices ;).

  2. Would a Coventry gray island go with with my Sherwin Williams sea salt walls and alabaster trim/cabinets?

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      Hi Hannah! I think Coventry Gray will be too light and not different enough from Sea Salt, I would go for a bit more depth and undertone as well 🙂

  3. Love your reviews! I’ve just repainted my upper and lower cabinets in Stonington Gray and my island with Hale Navy. I’m at a loss of what to put on walls! Pure white is my trim, and ceiling. Should I go lighter or darker on walls ?

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      Hi Christy! It can be tricky to figure out a wall colour when you have light cabinets! I lean towards PURE WHITE on the walls to get some contrast with the cabinets and a seamless approach with the trim, without going too heavy on the walls. I’d hesitate to go darker with the Stonington/Hale in place 🙂

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