Warm Grays that are ALMOST Greige
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Warm gray. The 2 words are opposite from each other, meaning that when they are mixed they should create the perfect happy place – but they don’t. Gray is not a warm colour and I don’t want you to confuse the word ‘warm’ with the look and feeling of ‘warmth’. A warm gray is still gray, even if it has a bit of warmth in its roots.
I come across this a lot with my online clients who request a ‘warm gray’, hoping for something softer and cosier than the average blue, green or purple toned colour gray. Now there are warmER grays for sure, particularly in comparison to cool grays, but your room will not be typically ‘warm’ looking…by any stretch of the imagination.
It’s important to recognize that gray itself is not a warm colour – don’t confuse the word warm with the look and feeling of ‘warmth’.
You can certainly add enough warm undertones that a gray becomes a warm ‘greige’ type of colour, however, at that point you’re dealing with a chameleon colour that shifts its loyalty between gray and beige on a wall-to-wall basis (and still isn’t typically ‘warm’). What I’M talking about here are grays that are GRAY, albeit warmer looking than the average gray…but still gray.
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray SW 7029
This is probably my fave warm gray. It still commits to being ‘gray’, while having just a whisper of beige/brown in it which softens it, cutting out grays tendency to go blue, green or cool purple. Will your walls look greige? In comparison to a cool gray, yes. Overall though, Agreeable Gray will look like a softened gray, however, it is the most greige of the bunch.
For this next photo, I worked with the lovely Rachel of Gingham and Grace to come up with the perfect paint colour for her open layout space. Of the 3 options I gave her, she chose Agreeable Gray, (via my Online Consulting/E-Decor). It also helps that she’s an epic decorator…just sayin’.
- Agreeable Gray has an LRV of 60, meaning it’s going to add some decent energy and life to a room, but not TONS. (Read more about LRV here)
- Agreeable Gray has a subtle taupe undertone. Not enough to remotely take over and it really is just what stops this colour from flashing too cool. What is taupe? Read this explanation re: the differences between gray, beige, greige and taupe from 10 Rooms Design or my blog post re taupe/greige
- I find that the deeper I go with Agreeable Gray (Anew Gray/Mega Greige/Warm Stone) the more brown it looks
- Does this colour have beige in it? Yes, that’s what’s warming it up. However, it’s not enough to shift it into the full-blown greige range for this gal
- In a north facing room, Agreeable can even pick up a slight gray/blue look
Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray SW 7043
Really, this one and Agreeable Gray are like kissin’ cousins. Why? Well, they really have a similar foundation, however, Worldly Gray has been known to pick up a wee (like wee wee) flash of green. Overall you will get a warm, softened gray.
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Worldly Gray has an LRV of 58, so it’s a smidge darker than Agreeable. If this bugs you, have it lightened by 25% to bring it back up a bit, but keep in mind that this CAN affect the undertones slightly.
And check out the difference a bit of natural light makes! The first 2 photos show my client’s bathroom with NO windows where Worldly Gray appears a bit more greige with the artificial lighting. The bedroom photo has north/east exposure and looks slightly more fresh and gray.
- In a north facing room you may notice the green a bit more
- With no natural lighting or in the evenings, the greige undertones will come slightly forward
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Sherwin Williams Repose Gray SW 7015
Repose Gray is undoubtedly the most ‘gray’ of the bunch. Because comparison is one of the BEST ways to pick a paint colour, place this colour right next to Agreeable Gray and see the shift.
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The LRV of Repose Gray is 60, so it’s close to Agreeable Gray for reflective value. Remember, you can usually lighten or darken a paint colour if it’s close, but no cigar (25% does the trick in most cases),. but keep in mind that the undertones can shift slightly as well.
- Repose Gray is definitely the MOST gray of the bunch, just pay attention to its slightly purple/taupe feeling undertone
- Repose Gray is WELL-known for picking up cool undertones from the environment, so pay attention to your exposure!
Read more: Colour Review – Sherwin Williams Repose Gray
Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray SW 7641
This fella is very (very) similar to the ever-popular Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. Same gray, same subtle warmth, similar depth. However, the subtle green that you’ll find in both of these colours is WAAAY more passive in Collonade Gray. When it shows up, you actually have to convince yourself that it’s there (whereas RP is slightly more obvious).
- Collonade Gray has an LRV of 52, great for a well-lit room, but a touch dull for a darker one
- There is a very very good chance that you’d never know this colour had green in it unless I spilled the beans – which I DO love to do, and even then it’s a stretch
- If you are sensitive to green, don’t pick your nose and don’t pick this colour. I’ve found that folks like you can see it when it’s not even there, so let’s not encourage things
- Collonade Gray is SUPER comparable to Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter – minus the muddy green. To learn about the difference between these 2 colours, check out this post… Colour Review: Collonade Gray vs Revere Pewter
So there you have it. If those are just too gray for your tastes, then you probably need to start dabbling in the Wild World of Greige. And if you’re stuck? You know who to call…
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