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The Top 10 Warm Gray Paint Colors: Sherwin Williams

Posted on September 4, 2023 by KylieMawdsley
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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!

Dunn Edwards Foggy Day 25 lighter, Similar Drift of Mist, Sherwin William transitional living room, blue & orange accents, home decor, trendy style, open layout concept

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!

sherwin williams best most popular warm gray paint colors, repose gray, agreeable gray, egret white, drift of mist. Kylie M Interiors (1)


Because it’s the most popular depth in the gray world, we’re starting at the LIGHT end of things…


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.

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray best warm gray paint color on walls with white trim, light wood flooring. Kylie M.

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!

Entryway of foyer with light wood flooring, black front door, home decor and Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. Kylie M.

Be sure to check out its FULL colour review to learn more (but finish this blog post first, there’s more to come!).

FULL Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

YOUTUBE COLOUR REVIEW of Sherwin Williams Repose Gray



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.

Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray, leather accent club chair. metal and wood bookshelf with home decor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

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.

FULL Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray

YOUTUBE COLOUR REVIEW of Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray



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.

MSI CALACATTA IZARO, Benjamin Moore Charcoal Slate, Sherwin City Loft, open living and dining room, beam separating. Kylie M online paint consultant

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



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!

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace walls, Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray greige taupe painted board and batten on lower walls and gray greige trim. KYlie M Online paint color consultant

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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.

FULL Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

YOUTUBE COLOUR REVIEW of Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray



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.

Best warm grey or taupe paint colour, Sherwin Williams Alpaca. Kylie M Edesign, interior and diy blogger and consultant

Paint Color Review: Sherwin Williams Alpaca



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.

dark wood floor, Sherwin Williams Gossamer Veil, top greige warm gray paint color. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy blogger and color consultant

This next photo shows three of the colors listed in this blog post, including Colonnade Gray…

natural light, compare differences of CHINA WHITE, GOSSAMER, AGREEABLE vs COLONNADE Kylie M Edesign

Keep in mind that how a color looks in DIRECT natural light like this differs from how it looks in indirect light…

Comparing differences of China White, Gossamer, Agreeable vs Colonnade. Kylie M Edesign

Paint Color Review: Sherwin Williams Gossamer Veil



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!).

Granite countertop in kitchen with Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist painted cabinets, mosaic tile backsplash, stainless steel




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.

Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray, linen headboard. Kylie M E-design, online paint colour, decorating consultant

But, just like Repose Gray, Dorian Gray can shift its undertones. Sample it CAREFULLY to make sure it does what you want it to.

FULL Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray



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!

Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray cabinet warm gray greige taupe colour. White greige quartz countertop and backsplash tile. Kylie M

Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray FULL Paint Color Review



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.

Sherwin Williams Egret White, best neutral greige taupe warm gray paint color, fabric sofa, brick fireplace, home decor. Kylie M Online Paint color consulting, coffee table decor

Sherwin Williams Egret White Paint Color Review


But we’re not done yet! As a bonus, I’m including FOUR of Sherwin’s best DARK, warm shades of gray…


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!



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.

Sherwin Williams Dovetail painted gray island with white quartz, Agreeable Gray walls, Pure White kitchen cabinets, modern farmhouse style

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.

FULL Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Wiliams Dovetail

YOUTUBE COLOUR REVIEW of Sherwin Williams Dovetail 


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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.

Exterior, Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray, gray roof. Wood shutters minwax, brown brick, white trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

FULL Paint Colour Review of Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray

YOUTUBE COLOUR REVIEW of Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray



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 Agreeable Gray and Acier on exterior with stone siding. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online consultant

Sherwin Williams Acier trim



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.

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

5 Steps to Picking Your Home’s Best Exterior Paint Color

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…


The 12 Best Whole Home Gray & Greige Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore’s 8 Best WARM GRAY Paint Colors

The Best DARK Gray Paint Colors from Sherwin Williams

The Best DARK Greige & Taupe Paint Colors from Benjamin Moore

5 Ideas to Update Your 1990s Home

4 Ideas to Update Your Kitchen on a Budget


Check out my Online Virtual Paint Colour Consulting packages!

The best paint colors for your room. Benjamin and Sherwin. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting. Home Decorating and diy ideas blogger.market

Chat soon,

Kylie M Interiors Edesign, signature, online paint colour consultant using Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams paint colours. DIY update advice ideas


  1. Yet another awesome post! So very heplful! I find that when we start to dabble in the Greiges / Taupes it doesn’t take much to flash green or purple .. i think sticking to the warm greys is safer.. We are building a new bunker/guest house in the backyard, lots of white windows and black (iron ore like) metal roof.. I am desperately trying to find a couple simple neutral colors for siding/trim .. its so difficult bc we have lots of trees and you say opposites make each other stronger .. so does that mean purple is out? After days of trying to narrow things down i thought i would settle for Dovetail or Acier with iron ore trim .. i wonder if you recalled what the color on the shaker siding is in the Acier example? Sooo pretty .. TIA

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      Oh I’m sorry, I DON’T! But I do find that colors like Dovetail, Acier, and Dorian are great as they’re that bit more flexible and not AS committed to one undertone or another. BM Cape May Cobblestone is a beauty too!

      1. thank you thank you thank you! I do love Cape May Cobblestone .. so pretty but i thought an LRVof 40 was too light for exteriors? On the LRV note, uggh, i went into Home Depot last week looking for the Incognito color chip .. the sales girl in paints proceeded to help me find it and then I asked, do you know what the LRV would be and she said, excuse me? What is that? And in my head, the first thing I thought of was, lmao, I wonder what Kylie M would think hehehe.. I left .. not too imipressed.

      2. I have watched pretty much all your videos and this article just gave me the final choice I need to make. I love the Acier used on the exterior. Do you by chance know the name of the rock that is used in the picture with it?

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