Sherwin Williams Popular Gray: The Quick and Easy on LRV, Undertones and a Little More
Have you been wondering about certain paint colours, but can’t find helpful actionable info? Well, have I got the blog posts for you! I’ve created my Colour Review series to cover some of the most popular Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams paint colours. I’ve also got the Quick & Dirty series to cover colours that aren’t as popular, or that I don’t have enough of images of yet (as I ONLY use photos from my Online Colour Consulting clients).
And today we’re talking about…
What type of paint colour is Popular Gray? Is it greige, warm gray or taupe?
Popular Gray is a tough one because while its name actually has gray IN in it, it isn’t really a ‘gray’ paint colour. Popular Gray is more of a greige with its particular blend of warmth and undertones and even borders on the edge of taupe.
Is Popular Gray warm or cool-toned?
Popular Gray is definitely a warm paint colour. While it might look that bit more gray and cool in north-facing light, it’s a soft, warm paint colour at heart.
What’s the LRV of Popular Gray?
Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
What are the undertones of Popular Gray? Will it look purple or pink?
Wellllll, it depends on how sensitive you are. Popular Gray is NOT one of the more subtle paint colours re: its undertones and you can expect to see some purple-pink coming up, more so than a more neutral greige like Sherwin Williams Anew Gray.
What’s the best way to sample Popular 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!
If I’m painting my walls Popular Gray, what’s the best white paint colour for my trim?
When it comes to Popular Gray, I like the soft, simple look of Sherwin Williams Pure White. I wouldn’t partner it with Sherwin Williams Alabaster, which has more yellow in it but also don’t LOVE it with the starkness of a white like Sherwin Williams Extra White, although it’s totally doable.
Is Popular Gray a good colour for the exterior of my home?
Nope. I think you’ll find it a bit too colourful with its undertones. Of course, there are ALWAYS exceptions and it might suit some homes perfectly, but generally speaking, there are more neutral, safer options to choose from.
Read more: 5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Colour
Why isn’t Popular Gray as popular?
It’s alllll about the undertones. The LRV is great, the general colour family (greige) is great, it’s just that Popular Gray has those slightly stronger purple-pink undertones. If you’re a FAN of those undertones, this won’t be a problem, but if you prefer a more subtle approach, it will likely be too much for you!
Not sure if Popular Gray is right for you? Want a bit more gray or greige? I’ve got more!
SHERWIN WILLIAMS ANEW GRAY
SHERWIN WILLIAMS ALPACA
SHERWIN WILLIAMS REPOSE GRAY
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KYLIE M INTERIORS E-DESIGN AND ONLINE VIRTUAL PAINT COLOUR EXPERT, SPECIALIZING IN BENJAMIN MOORE AND SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT COLORS DIY DECORATING AND DESIGN ADVICE BLOGGER