THE BEST SHADES OF WARM GRAY
When it comes to the gray paint colors, Sherwin Williams has ALL the bases covered – light, dark, warm, cool, and WAY more than 50 shades of it to boot.
However, MORE doesn’t necessarily make your job easier. It’s like going to the liquor store and seeing wines from EVERY FRIGGIN COUNTRY – how’s a girl to CHOOSE? Just give me the most POPULAR one and a straw, and I’ll be a happy lil Ginger. I’m just joking; I’ll take a funnel instead #savetheturtles.
So, to make YOUR life easier, I’m here to break down Sherwin William’s best gray paint colors based on my Online Paint Colour Consulting services – THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!
And BTW, with home design and paint colour trends shifting WARMER, you might be surprised to see a blog post dedicated to gray – don’t be. While paint colour matters a lot for RESALE, when it comes to loving your home, it’s about choosing colors you LOVE to live in. And if these colors happen to be gray – REGARDLESS OF TRENDS, you need to fill your lil gray boots!
THE BEST LIGHT, WARM GRAY PAINT COLOURS
Because it’s the most popular depth in the gray world, we’re starting at the LIGHT end of things…
1. SHERWIN WILLIAMS REPOSE GRAY 7015
Repose Gray has an LRV of 58, so it’s a bit darker than my magical LRV number of 62, giving it a bit more visual weight than the average light-depth gray paint colour. And while it does have a VERY subtle violet undertone, it can also pick up a wink of green or EVEN blue.
While Repose Gray might be popular with all y’all, PERSONALLY, it’s not my fave.
Well, I find it a bit unpredictable with its undertones and a touch too heavy – but it’s not ALL about me (not all of the time, anyway), and obviously, MANY disagree!
Be sure to check out its FULL colour review to learn more (but finish this blog post first, there’s more to come!).
2. SHERWIN WILLIAMS COLONNADE GRAY 7641
Close on the heels of Revere Pewter is Colonnade Gray, and that’s because they are QUITE similar to each other, both in LRV and undertones.
Colonnade Gray has an LRV of 53, so it has a touch more depth than Revere Pewter. Another difference, although it’s a subtle one, is that Colonnade Gray is a BIT grayer and flashes a touch less green.
Depending on your exposure and interior finishes, this more passive approach to a green undertone makes it slightly more likely to grab a wink of violet or blue.
3. SHERWIN WILLIAMS CITY LOFT 7631
With its extra wink of warmth, City Loft is sitting on the edge of warm gray and taupe. And being a slight taupe means City Loft has a gentle violet (sliiightly violet-pink) undertone.
This soft shade is a gentler approach to gray than the previous options. With an LRV 70, City Loft hovers between the off-white and light-depth paint worlds.
Paint Color Review of Sherwin Williams City Loft
4. SHERWIN WILLIAMS AGREEABLE GRAY 7029
I just HAD to sneak this one in – I couldn’t help myself! Agreeable Gray is REALLY more of a greige-taupe. However, it’s a greige that leans PRETTY HARD into gray, especially if you have north-facing light. And HOT DAMN, is it ever popular!
Agreeable Gray has undertones that are more flexible than a 10-year-old gymnast, making it a BIT unpredictable (somewhat like myself and Repose Gray), but THESE undertones tend to be FAR more passive, making it an awesome option in my books.
5. SHERWIN WILLIAMS ALPACA 7022
Alpaca isn’t one I use as often in my Online Color Consulting. This warm gray works for some spaces, but its increased violet undertones can be a bit much if you’re sensitive to these undertones. However, some finishes, including countertops and tiles, demand this extra hit of violet, so check it out carefully.
6. SHERWIN WILLIAMS GOSSAMER VEIL 9165
Gossamer Veil is a muted, foggy shade of warm gray. With its subtle warmth, could Gossamer Veil pass as a greige? In some rooms, yes.
As for undertones, Gossamer Veil has a warm, earthy green undertone. However, while it WILL show up to the party, it’s more like a whisper than a full-color commitment.
This next photo shows three of the colors listed in this blog post, including Colonnade Gray…
Keep in mind that how a color looks in DIRECT natural light like this differs from how it looks in indirect light…
7. SHERWIN WILLIAMS DRIFT OF MIST 9166
Drift of Mist is like the lighter version of Gossamer Veil. With a similar earthy, warm green undertone, Drift of Mist is a warm gray that COULD pass as a greige in some lights but tends to stay as a subtle warm gray. These two differ because Drift of Mist is lighter, with an LRV of 69, whereas Gossamer Veil’s LRV is 62 (right on my magic number!).
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8. SHERWIN WILLIAMS DORIAN GRAY7017
With its LRV of 39, Dorian Gray sits on the HIGH side of the medium range. So, while it’s not as light as the previous options, it’s still a contender for well-lit rooms.
But, just like Repose Gray, Dorian Gray can shift its undertones. Sample it CAREFULLY to make sure it does what you want it to.
9. SHERWIN WILLIAMS MINDFUL GRAY 7016
When I’m looking for a soft, moody, warm gray, the FIRST color that comes to mind is Mindful Gray. With an LRV of 48, Mindful Gray is in the light-medium depths, so it has a bit more visual weight than its lighter version, Repose Gray. However, it’s JUST as sneaky with its unpredictable undertones of green and violet, so sample carefully!
10. SHERWIN WILLIAMS EGRET WHITE 7570
Egret White is one of my FAVORITE hybrid colors, hovering between the warm gray and the taupe worlds (catering a bit more to taupe). With some of the most SUBTLE undertones, Egret White is becoming more popular as trends shift warmer.
But we’re not done yet! As a bonus, I’m including FOUR of Sherwin’s best DARK, warm shades of gray…
THE MOST POPULAR MEDIUM & DARK, WARM GRAY PAINT COLORS
Once we hit the darker end of warm gray, we start running low on options.
Well, as these colors get darker, many of them pick up an extra hit of violet, green, or brown, taking them away from their original purpose – warm gray.
However, I do have a few hues that could work for you!
1. SHERWIN WILLIAMS DOVETAIL 7018
Not ALL popular gray paint colors are light and soft! In fact, grays with more depth are SUPER popular regarding kitchen cabinets, front doors, exteriors, and feature walls, which is where Dovetail comes into play.
Dovetail is a SOLID medium-depth warm gray with VERY minimal undertones. While it can slightly nod at green or violet, even that’s an overstatement. You’ll also find that Dovetail’s LRV of 26 makes it hold up better in super bright rooms as well as on exteriors.
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2. SHERWIN WILLIAMS GAUNTLET GRAY 7019
When it comes to dark, warm gray paint colors, it’s hard to beat Gauntlet Gray. While others go a bit too warm and dabble in the greige-green range (Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze, which is TOTALLY badass, but anyways), and others flash green (Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray) – Gauntlet Gray hits it RIGHT on the mommy-daddy button.
3. SHERWIN WILLIAMS ACIER 9170
Being a lighter version of Dovetail, Acier has similar tendencies. HOWEVER, whereas Dovetail holds its undertones closer to its chest, Acier is a warm gray that’s slightly likelier to flash a wink of green at you.
Sherwin Williams Acier trim
4. SHERWIN WILLIAMS MINK 6004
Mink is a BEAUTIFUL rich shade of warm gray – so rich that it could ALMOST pass as a taupe. This is because Mink has an extra bit of brown and an earthy violet undertone.
And there are WAAAAY more grays out there – especially once we hit the COOL end of the gray world – but I have a WHOLE different blog post for those bad boys! In the meantime, check out these helpful articles…
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