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Sherwin Williams Dovetail SW 7018: Paint Color Review

Posted on April 6, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

Sherwin Williams Dovetail: a popular medium-toned gray 

There aren’t many paint colors out there as versatile as Sherwin Williams Dovetail. Whole rooms, feature walls, cabinets, islands, interior doors, exteriors and more – is there anything Dovetail DOESN’T look good on? But, that doesn’t mean it will be the best fit for you and YOUR home, as it’s important to do your research before slapping any paint on those walls!

Sherwin Williams Dovetail, best warm gray charcoal paint color. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consultant and virtual diy decorating ideas

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I love to show RELATEABLE & REAL homes, so ONLY use photos from my Online Color 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 color is Dovetail? Is it warm or cool? Gray or greige?

Dovetail is a WARM gray paint color which means it’s a softer look compared to more traditional cool gray or charcoal paint colors.

If you have north-facing light, you may find Dovetail looking a ‘bit’ more like a traditional gray, while still holding a passive warmth. However, if you have south-facing or afternoon western light, you’re more likely to see the pretty warmth hiding inside of it.

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What’s the LRV of Dovetail?

Dovetail has an LRV of 26, which means it’s a solid medium-depth paint color.

Sherwin Williams Cyberspace in home bar with reclaimed wood wine display with beer fridge and Cambria Bianco Drift countertops. Kylie M INteriors E-design

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

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

Many of my Online Color Consulting clients are looking for the PERFECT neutral gray paint color. Sadly, this doesn’t exist as you’ll always have undertones to deal with. And while you can often find ANY of the three gray undertones in one color, Dovetail favours a very (very) minor purple undertone that can sometimes pick up a flash of green.

dark warm gray painted island with granite countertops, Sherwin Williams Dovetail. Kylie M interiors Edesign

Sherwin Williams Dovetail with an older style granite countertop

What’s the best way to sample Dovetail?

Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…

  • samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • at $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
  • if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

If I’m painting my walls Dovetail, what’s the best white paint color for my trim?

If I’m using Sherwin Williams paint, I’m most likely to recommend, Sherwin Williams High Reflective White or Sherwin Williams Pure White

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Is Dovetail a good exterior color for my siding? 

Absolutely! With its medium-range LRV, Dovetail is a great choice for MANY exterior palettes. However, be aware that like its main competition, Metropolis, it might look a bit warmer than expected in some exterior lighting, especially south-facing, morning eastern or afternoon west-facing light. Just make sure it suits your stone, brick, roof and other exterior considerations.

Siding painted in Sherwin Williams Keystone Gray and Dovetail, warm gray and taupe greige. Kylie M Interiors edesign

Sherwin Williams Keystone Gray (top), Dovetail (bottom)

Exterior, best white paint color, Sherwin Alabaster. Gray Dovetail shutters, pink toned brick. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

Sherwin Williams Alabaster with Dovetail shutters and metal roof

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Is Dovetail a popular gray paint color?

Due to its passive warmth and subtle undertones, Dovetail is VERY popular for siding, exterior doors and trims.

Is Dovetail a good paint color for kitchen cabinets or an island?

You bet it is, but it can SOMETIMES be a wink warm for some of the popular gray, white and marble-look quartz and laminate countertops.

Painted fireplace, beige tile, Repose Gray, Dovetail. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy decorating and design, client photo

Oak wood painted cabinets, Benjamin Moore White Dove, island Dovetail, taupe carpet. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, split level idea (1)

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Does Benjamin Moore have a color that’s similar to Dovetail

You won’t find an exact match for ANY color between brands – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths. However, Benjamin Moore Metropolis is a good comparable.

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What type of paint colors look good with Dovetail?

When it comes to Metropolis, it’s important to remember that it’s a CONSIDERABLY warm gray, so it’s not quite as flexible as a traditional gray paint color. However, it does have some versatility with colors like…

Not sure if Dovetail is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!


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Not sure which paint color is best for YOUR home?

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

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  1. Would dovetail as an accent wall in one room look ok with hale navy as a kitchen island? You would be able to see both colors standing in either room.

  2. HI,
    I do really like this paint color. If I use it for the walls of a small bathroom, do you think peppercorn will jive with it for a vanity color? i know one is more warm and the other is more cool. the bathroom has no light to outside. so it doesn’t have natural light. TIA

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