CRUSHED ICE: UNDERTONES & LRV
If there’s one light warm neutral paint colour that’s HIGHLY underrated, it has to be Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice – why it’s not more popular is beyond me! Why should it be one of the BEST? Let’s find out…
In order to show you RELATEABLE & REAL homes, I ONLY use photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality photos I need or the RIGHT photos (hence the QUICK part of the review), but DEFINITELY have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!
What type of paint colour is Crushed Ice? Is it warm or cool?
Crushed Ice is a warm paint colour. But just because it’s warm doesn’t mean it’s beige or cream, it’s actually a WARM GRAY paint colour. And just like every other gray, it has undertones (which we’ll get into shortly).
What’s Crushed Ice’s LRV?
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.
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 colour 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 colours, but it sure as heck isn’t a TRUE gray. Crushed Ice lightly favours 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 humour a WIDE range of undertones, whereas some other grays can be limiting.
What’s the best way to sample a paint colour like Crushed Ice?
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
What’s the best white paint colour to partner with Crushed Ice?
Is Crushed Ice a good exterior colour?
Well, it depends on your exterior…
- If you have a lot of sun on the front of your home, a colour with this LRV (or higher) can wash out quite a bit.
- You’ll need crisp, clean white trim to provide some contrast with it.
- 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 Benjamin Moore colours look like Crushed Ice?
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…
- Benjamin Moore Moonshine (it’s cooler)
And if you’re thinking of colour matching between brands (ie: getting Benjamin Moore to make a Sherwin Williams paint colour), you might want to read THIS first.
What type of paint colours 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 colours
Not sure if Crushed Ice is YOUR colour? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!
Not sure which paint colour is best for YOUR home?
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