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SHERWIN WILLIAMS: 6 Best DARK Greige & Taupe Paint Colours

Posted on November 26, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

DARK Greige & Taupe Paint Colours for Walls, Exteriors & More

Are you looking for the perfect DARK greige or taupe for your cabinets, walls or exterior? You’ve come to the right blog! Today we’re exploring the DARK side of things with Sherwin William’s most popular dark neutrals. But before we start, as per usual, we need to have a little chat (insert wine here).

Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze on painted wood island, orange hue wood floor, granite countertop. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy and update ideas

THE TRICKY THING ABOUT DARK GREIGE & TAUPE PAINT COLOURS

Depending on your colour religion, you either think greige and taupe are the same thing (three gentle slaps with a wet noodle) or are different colours entirely. From this side of the great colour wheel, while they both have similar INTENTIONS (to be warmer than gray and cooler than beige), it’s their UNDERTONES that set them apart.

THE BASICS OF GREIGE

Greige is one of my FAVOURITE neutrals. Sandwiched between gray and beige, it’s also more likely to survive the various trends as it doesn’t entirely commit to one or the other (referring to the gray and beige/trends of the last 20 years). Some greiges cater to gray, making them look a bit cooler, whereas others lean into the warmth of beige, making them look warmer. But regardless of which way they lean, they ALL favour a green undertone (and more rarely, a wink o’ violet).

Kitchen cabinets, Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, Sherwin Urbane Bronze island, stair railing, gray carpet, white oak. Kylie M Interiors Edesign.

But whereas you can find some pretty darn neutral looking greiges in the LIGHT end of things (their undertones are just SUPER subtle), you’ll find that as greiges get darker they grab MORE undertone. This means there are very few dark greiges that make the cut as they’re often more of a ‘colour’ than a ‘neutral’.

THE BASICS OF TAUPE

Just like greige, taupe sits between gray and beige and can also lean a bit warmer or cooler depending on its particular blend. However, taupe’s undertone of choice is VIOLET (violet-pink) and more rarely flashes green.

Kylie M Interiors EDESIGN, exterior front door painted Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, trim Alabaster, siding Mink. With brick

Taupe is EQUALLY as challenging as greige when it comes to darker options and you WILL find that the darker taupe goes, the more VIOLET and BROWN it picks up – consider yourself warned.

The key to figuring out whether you need greige or taupe is to decide which undertone – green or violet, best suits your finishes! Remember, just because YOU prefer one undertone over another, doesn’t mean your home agrees with you. 

BTW, pay attention to the LRV of each colour to make sure you’re getting the DEPTH you want. Not sure what LRV is? It could save your PAINT LOVIN’ LIFE – read all about it HERE.

Sherwin Williams Greige and taupe paint colours, best ideas by Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy blogger

1. SHERWIN WILLIAMS ANONYMOUS SW 7046

GREIGE – GREEN UNDERTONE

Anonymous is a STUNNER, although I wondear what its REAL name is. Comin’ in hot with an LRV of 20, Anonymous is a great way to make an impact without diving into the DEEP end of the dark range.

Small bathroom or powder room with Sherwin Williams Anonymous dark walls, dark wood vanity, tile floor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy update ideas

Being a greige, Anonymous has a soft green undertone. If you DON’T like green undertones, it might make you a little twitchy, but it could give a polite but not OVERWHELMING nod to finishes that demand this particular undertone.

Check it out in a palette with Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray and Benjamin Moore Gibraltar Cliffs

Paint colour palette including Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray, Anonymous in powder room and Benjamin Moore Gibraltar Cliffs feature wall. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consultant

FULL Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Anonymous

2. SHERWIN WILLIAMS MINK SW 6004

WARM GRAY/TAUPE – VIOLET UNDERTONE

As far as dark taupe goes, Mink (& the darker Folkstone) are my FAVES. However, with the degree of gray they have in them they could arguably be called warm grays. These two colours have slightly noticeable violet undertones while still acting as neutrals.

Front door exterior painted Sherwin Williams Iron Ore, Mink siding, Alabaster trim. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consultant

Mink has an LRV of 21 and is a popular choice for exteriors when a particular stone/brick/roof caters to a violet undertone – same with Folkstone (LRV 14). In the above photo, it’s much easier to see how Mink could be seen as taupe, not warm gray.

This next photo shows how quickly a colour like Mink or Folkstone can swing warm with a good dose of southern or afternoon western sunshine

Sherwin Williams warm gray taupe on garage with warm stone extgerior, orange tile terracotta roof, beige stucco. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

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3. SHERWIN WILLIAMS KEYSTONE GRAY SW 7504

WARM GREIGE – GREEN UNDERTONE (VERY PASSIVE)

When it comes to DARK greige, Keystone Gray isn’t the first one that comes to mind due to its depth. However, seeing as it’s on the EDGE and is such a friggin’ fantastic colour, I want to take a closer look with you.

Keystone Gray is a solid medium depth greige. And while this means it has a green undertone, the reason it’s so great is that the undertone is VERY hard to see and hardly worth mentioning.

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

TOP: Keystone Gray BOTTOM: Sherwin Williams Dovetail (a warm gray)

Keystone Gray Sherwin Williams, greige couch, red accents in living room. Kylie M Interiors E-design and Online Colour Consulting

FULL Paint Colour Review: Sherwin Williams Keystone Gray

Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

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

4. SHERWIN WILLIAMS URBANE BRONZE SW 7048

GREIGE – GREEN UNDERTONE

I love Urbane Bronze, and if it didn’t exist, not only would my home be slightly lacking in oomph, but Sherwin Williams wouldn’t have a great DARK greige for us to explore! Urbane Bronze has the most WICKED passive warmth and green undertone, as shown on these stair railings…

Open staircase layout, carpet stairs, painted stair railing, Sherwin Urbane Bronze, Benjamin Edgecomb Gray. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online (1)

Urbane Bronze is also a great option for kitchen cabinets, islands and bathroom vanities ALONG with feature walls!

Wood kitchen island, painted Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze, orange hue granite countertop, wood floor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign diy

Looking for something with a BIT more warmth/richness? Check out Benjamin Moore Dragon’s Breath.

FULL Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze

5. SHERWIN WILLIAMS SPALDING GRAY SW 6074

TAUPE – VIOLET UNDERTONE (SLIGHT VIOLET-PINK)

Spalding Gray is another gorgeous taupe that will seem WARMER if you compare it to the previously discussed Mink. Spalding Gray is like a darker version of the ever-popular and aptly named, Popular Gray (LRV 61), but with its LRV of 22, it carries a lot more visual weight.

Best dark gray, taupe, greige paint colour, Sherwin Williams Spaulding Gray

Because I’m dedicated to showing you REAL HOMES and only refer to my Online Colour Consulting clients photos, I don’t have any great examples of this beautiful colour (some photos just come through too low-quality to use). Thank you to those who’ve sent their photos in! 

Now you might be thinking, ‘Kylie what about Garret Gray and Chateau Brown, the colours that are RIGHT BENEATH Spaulding Gray on the colour strip, aren’t they great taupes too?‘ OH, you’re good…but not THAT GOOD (wink wink)! While Garret Gray has a great approach to taupe, by the time we get to Chateau Brown, well, the name says it all.

6. SHERWIN WILLIAMS WARM STONE SW 7032

WARM GREIGE – GREEN UNDERTONE

SERIOUSLY, don’t let Warm Stone’s terrible Pinterest page throw you off track – if you’re looking for a WARMER than average greige, this is it!

Sherwin Williams Warm Stone, dark taupe greige paint colour. Kylie m INteriors edesign, diy update ideas

Whether on Pinterest or on Sherwin William’s website, Warm Stone looks brown – I won’t deny it. However, in REAL-LIFE that brown warmth has a good shot of gray in it and a weeeee tiny wink o’ green (some people don’t even notice it). If the usual greige and taupe paint colours are too gray for you, this could be the ticket.

What’s the most POPULAR greige or taupe paint colour (Sherwin Williams)?

When it comes to Sherwin William’s LIGHTER range, it has to be Agreeable Gray. However, in the DARKER end of things, you’ll see Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze pop up QUITE often on everything from front doors and exteriors to feature walls and cabinets!

A FEW MEDIUM-DEPTH GREIGE & TAUPE PAINT COLOURS…

I want to show you a few more greige and taupe paint colours, which might be handy if you didn’t find QUITE what you’re looking for in the above list. There are TWO reasons why these colours aren’t included above…

1. They’re not QUITE in the dark range, which is the main focus of this blog post

2.  I’m waiting to get some good AFTER photos from my E-Design clients to show you how they look in real-life!

Sherwin Williams Fawn Brindle, best taupe greige paint colour, green undertones, white trim, dark wood floor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, Online paint color and decor blog

Sherwin Williams Fawn Brindle

SHERWIN WILLIAMS STICKS & STONES SW 7503

Sticks & Stones is a TAUPE as it has a minor violet undertone (LRV 31). It has a similar approach to Keystone Gray but is a bit lighter and softer with a slightly duskier look.

SHERWIN WILLIAMS FAWN BRINDLE SW 7640

Fawn Brindle is a GORGEOUS greige with a soft green undertone, making it a popular choice for exterior siding, cabinets, whole rooms and feature walls (LRV 36). COLOUR REVIEW HERE

SHERWIN WILLIAMS ELEPHANT EAR SW 9168

Elephant Ear is a PERSONAL FAVE when I’m looking for a warm gray/taupe with a muted violet undertone. With its LRV of 28, it’s a great choice for a wide range of surfaces.

SHERWIN WILLIAMS FELTED WOOL SW 9171

With its LRV of 28, Felted Wool is just SHY of having some really good depth. But it IS a fabulous greige with a glorious green undertone.

SHERWIN WILLIAMS PERFECT GREIGE SW 6073

Perfect Greige is a POPULAR taupe paint colour for interior walls and exteriors! COLOUR REVIEW HERE

READ MORE

Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Versatile Gray & Perfect Greige

Benjamin Moore’s Top 8 MEDIUM & DARK Greige & Taupe Paint Colours

The 12 Best Whole Home Gray & Greige Paint Colours

The 8 Best WHOLE HOME Warm Neutral Paint Colours

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  1. I’m obsessed with ‘Warm Stone’ & I am 98% committed to using it in our basement to add some amazing depth & richness on the walls. The last 2% is all about the trim/accents. Would you use SW Pure White as the accent/trim color? Or am I missing out on a fabulous white pairing by sticking with the tried & true ‘Pure White?’
    Thank you!

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