Sherwin Williams Alpaca: LRV, Undertones and a Little More
When it comes to neutrals, it’s not just important to pick the type of colour you want, it’s important to figure out the UNDERTONES you want – especially when it comes to a colour like Sherwin Williams Alpaca, which has a wink more interest than the average warm gray or greige paint colour.
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 Alpaca? Is it greige, warm gray or taupe?
Alpaca is an interesting one – a real colour NINJA. It’s WARMER than a traditional warm gray, making it more of a greige, but it also has a BIT MORE undertone than you’ll find in some of the most popular greige paint colours (ie: SW Agreeable Gray), which gives it a bit of a taupe look. Generally speaking, I refer to Alpaca as a greige with strong undertones.
And while Alpaca is DEFINITELY a warm neutral paint colour, it can flash that bit more gray in north-facing light while still keeping a soft backdrop. In south-facing light, Alpaca can lean more into the taupe that’s hiding inside of it.
What’s the LRV of Alpaca?
Not sure what LRV is? It could save you paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of Alpaca? Will it look purple or pink?
Well, it depends on how sensitive you are to undertones. Personally, I love neutrals, but I’m not a HUGE fan of purple-pink and I WOULD find Alpaca just a WINK too colourful (purple) for me and might be more inclined towards the more neutral approach of Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray – but that’s me. Some homes have products in them that NEED this commitment to a purple undertone. As for pink, while it is a slightly warm purple undertone (meaning it leans more towards red than blue), it doesn’t usually go too purple-pink.
The more neutral looking Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray
What’s the best way to sample Alpaca?
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!
If I’m painting my walls Alpaca, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?
With Alpaca on the walls, I wouldn’t want trim that is TOO creamy as it could hit an odd note with the purple undertone in Alpaca, which would prefer a more subtle approach. Even Sherwin Williams Alabaster is pushing its luck and I’d lean more towards…
- Sherwin Williams Pure White
- Sherwin Williams Snowbound could be even nicer but isn’t a great WHOLE HOME trim colour as it would limit you in other rooms.
Is Alpaca a good colour for the exterior of my home?
It would make me nervous, but could greatly depend on the colours in your roof and stone/brick, which might NEED this bit more commitment to purple. Colours like this often look a bit warmer on an exterior than an interior, and I might worry about it flashing a bit purple-pink with its undertones.
Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour
What Benjamin Moore paint colours are the same as or similar to Alpaca?
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.
Why isn’t Alpaca as popular?
In the greige or taupe world, Alpaca is reasonably popular, but with its increased undertone, many people defer to more neutral warm gray and greige paint colours like Sherwin Williams Repose Gray, Agreeable Gray and Benjamin Moore Collingwood.
Not sure if Alpaca is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!
SHERWIN WILLIAMS ANEW GRAY
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