Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray: LRV, Undertones & a Little More
When choosing a dark gray paint color for a feature wall, cabinets, exterior siding or an ENTIRE ROOM, it’s important to note the temperature, LRV and undertones of the gray you’re looking at, especially one with a personality like Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray!
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 Gauntlet Gray? Is it warm or cool?
Gauntlet Gray is a warm gray paint color in the medium-dark range. While it often gets passed off as the ‘perfect dark gray or charcoal color’, it actually has some serious considerations as it’s not as cold or neutral as many people EXPECT when they’re looking for a ‘traditional gray’.
And because Gauntlet Gray is a warm, even in north-facing light, you’d be hard-pressed to make it look cold.
What’s the LRV of Gauntlet Gray?
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of Gauntlet Gray? Will it look violet?
Gauntlet Gray has a violet undertone which is a bit passive than many of the other popular gray paint colors. However, in comparison to grays with a more dominant violet undertone, it can pick up a very slight green hue (barely).
You won’t find even a WINK of green in this next bathroom remodel…
And in this next photo, Gauntlet Gray looks more or less neutral in comparison to the previous one…
What’s the best way to sample Gauntlet Gray?
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!
Which white paint color looks the best with Gauntlet Gray?
Is Gauntlet Gray a good color for the exterior of my home?
It could be! If you have south-facing light or a super bright eastern morning light, you’ll find that Gauntlet Gray will look LIGHTER and look WARMER than expected. It will look that bit more shaded in northern light or afternoon eastern/morning western light.
Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Color
Is Gauntlet Gray a popular gray paint color?
Just because it’s GOOD, doesn’t mean it’s popular. A lot of people lean towards the more blue-green undertones or a light gray when choosing paint color for their interior or exterior walls. Gauntlet Gray works best for a more dramatic look in a room, as a feature wall or as an exterior main color, trim or front door.
What Benjamin Moore paint colors are similar or the same as Gauntlet Gray?
You won’t find an exact match for ANY color between brands – you WILL see shifts in undertones, temperature and depths. And while I WISH Benjamin Moore had options that held up to the beauty of Gauntlet Gray, there are some with similar intentions, but different approaches…
And if you’re thinking of color matching between brands (ie: getting BM to make an SW paint color), you might want to read THIS first.
What type of paint colors look good with Gauntlet Gray?
Gauntlet Gray is a BIT finicky but has some good flexibility…
- Gauntlet Gray loves lighter neutrals that are slightly warmer than it (ie: warm gray and greige paint colors)
- Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige, Balanced Beige, Anew Gray and Mega Greige are lighter neutrals that suit Gauntlet Gray (but there are many more in that range). That doesn’t mean those colors will suit your HOME, as you have to consider all of your hard and soft surfaces (carpet, tile, furniture, countertops) as well as your exposure
- Gauntlet Gray doesn’t want to be partnered with a color that is lighter and cooler than it unless you’re doing a palette of medium to medium-dark colors, in which case you can look at a darker cool-toned gray
Not sure if Gauntlet Gray is right for you? Want a bit warmer or cooler? I’ve got more!
SHERWIN WILLIAMS GRIZZLE GRAY (love this one)
SHERWIN WILLIAMS DOVETAIL
GRAY AND GREIGE PAINT COLORS
Read more: The 10 Best Gray and Greige Paint Colors
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