Top 10 Gray and Greige Paint Colours by Sherwin Williams
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In the Wild World of Paint Colours, gray and greige are undoubtedly the most popular choices for those wanting to update their space – without committing to a full-blown colour.
So, I’ve decided to touch on some of my favourite gray and greige paint colours from Sherwin Williams, along with some gorgeous photos from my E-Design clients for visual support!
1. Sherwin Williams Repose Gray SW 7015
Whether you’re preparing your home for sale or living in it, Repose Gray is the perfect paint colour for almost any room. Repose Gray is a light gray that has SUPER subtle brown undertones with a wee dab of purple – not enough brown to qualify it as a greige, but enough to add softness and stop it from falling icy cold.
Repose Gray is around the door, not on the recessed wall to the left
With an LRV of 60, Repose Gray is a light colour, but a ‘heavy light’ as it doesn’t have the fresh, bright feeling you’d expect in a typical light paint colour. It will hold itself nicely in a well-lit room, brightening up, but can look a bit drab in a darker, shadowed space.
Check out my video review of this stunning colour too!
2. Sherwin Williams Ellie Gray SW 7650
Ellie Gray is a beautiful cool gray with stormy blue-green undertones. This means it’s not a fresh and clean gray paint colour but has more of a cool stormy approach. It’s a soft and calming gray with a nice visual weight to it and a brave choice if you’re looking for a gray with a bit more body!
Ellie Gray is on the headboard wall, Big Chill is on the other walls
Kylie M Interiors E-Design
With its LRV of 39, Ellie Gray will add depth and personality to a room. And while it is a cool-toned gray, the depth can add a warm and inviting look!
3. Sherwin Williams Tinsmith
Tinsmith is a light-medium gray with cool, but not icy cold undertones that can flex slightly blue. Check out the shift when the light’s turned on/off…
Tinsmith has an LRV of 57, so it’s tucked nicely in the light-medium range.
4. Sherwin Williams Silverplate SW 7649
Silverplate is a slightly cool gray that hits JUST the spot when you’re looking for a gray that isn’t too ‘this’ or too ‘that’.
Via Kylie M E-Design
With an LRV of 53, Silverplate might be a bit heavy for a dark room, but looks sharp, clean and inviting in a reasonably well-lit room. It’s similar to Tinsmith, but a bit stormier looking and slightly more likely to flash blue-green (but favours blue).
5. Sherwin Williams Big Chill SW 7648
Big Chill is one of my FAVE slightly cool grays. It has a wink of a stormy blue undertone, so it’s not an icy/blue type of colour – it’s calmer than that. Compared to the EVER popular Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, Big Chill has far less green-blue undertone, making it look more like a ‘typical’ gray.
The LRV of Big Chill is 62, so it’s classified as a light colour. It’s the PERFECT depth when you want a colour that holds itself well in slightly darker areas but doesn’t wash-out completely on well-lit walls. (Read all about LRV)
Read more: Colour Review Sherwin Williams Big Chill
Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…
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6. Sherwin Williams Pavestone SW 7642
Pavestone is a soft, warm gray-greige. Once a gray has ENOUGH beige in it, it becomes a greige – this one isn’t QUITE there but is definitely a warm gray. It can also pick up a very vague soft green undertone, but it’s so passive that it’s virtually unnoticeable.
Kylie M E-Design
With an LRV of 32, Pavestone might be a bit much for a north-facing or dark, shadowed room. However, in a well-lit space, it’s a stunning, almost medium-toned neutral with a slightly earth-toned base.
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7. Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray SW 7017
Dorian Gray is one of the more popular grays. While more traditional grays lean to the cool blue or green side, this gray has a weeee willy wink of warmth in it, making for a softer, more subtle look. While it CAN pick up a touch of green, it generally sits in the purple end of the undertones, but even then it’s fractional.
Dorian Gray is a beautiful choice for any reasonably well-lit room. With an LRV of 39, it’s a medium tone, but when paired with white the contrast is wicked gorgeous!
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8. Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray SW 7043
Worldly Gray is a beautiful warm gray-griege with a subtle green undertone.
Worldly Gray is the lighter version of Amazing Gray. Both colours can pick up a subtle green undertone, so if you’re sensitive to green (even on the most PASSIVE scale) you may want to read about #10 instead.
9. Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray SW SW 7641
Colonnade Gray has an LRV of 53, so it’s firmly in the light-medium range and could be a touch dark for a dark room or hallway. As for undertones, Colonnade lightly favours green, but can EASILY flash into any of the cool undertones.
10. Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray SW 7029
While Worldly Gray and Agreeable Gray are very similar to each other, they aren’t quite the same. Both are trying to sneak into the ‘greige’ world as they have far more beige in them than the average gray, however, Agreeable Gray has a bit more purple (taupe-brown), while Worldly Gray has more of a gray-brown undertone (with a weee wink of green). That being said, Agreeable can EASILY pick up any of the three cool undertones.
In the above photos, you can really see the range of Agreeable as it flexes a touch warmer in the top photo and slightly cooler in the bottom.
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