4 Beautiful Light Gray Paint Colors with Undertones: VALSPAR
I’m sure you know by now that I’m a loyal gal when it comes to paint and have been in long-term relationships with Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams for years (Ben and Sherm in private). HOWEVER, when Lowes came to town, I was super intrigued by Valspar and its range of colors. I ordered a fan deck and one week later, Val and I are officially engaged.
And btw: There are no photos – its true. I’m committed on my site to showing only photos of my E-Design client’s homes and I just haven’t had anybody use Valspar yet – but the INFO is still valid, so keep reading! If you’re in it for the pictures, you might want to check out the blog posts listed at the end of this one.
Now I’m still learning a lot about these colors (really, the learning never ends), but I wanted to share my FOUR FAVE light grays with you as I introduce this line of paints to my blog for the first time…
Valspar Notre Dame 5006 1B
This is probably my fave gray in the Valspar range. Notre Dame is the perfect depth – not too light, not too dark and has very little noticeable undertone, it’s just a soft, gentle, slightly cool gray that has just a weee willy wink of a cool green undertone. Not cold and icy, just cool-toned.
Notre Dame is comparable to Benjamin Moore Silver Song
Valspar Gravity 4005-1B
Gravity is a nice cool gray with a subtle cool purple undertone and is undoubtedly the FRESHEST of the bunch. Warm purple can lean toward the pinkish side, cool purples can lean toward the blueish side – this is a cool one. Compare this bad boy to Notre Dame and you will see that undertone pop. That’s not to say you’ll have ‘purple’ walls, you won’t, but like most grays, you WILL have some noticeable undertones.
Gravity is comparable to Sherwin Williams Gray Screen (Gravity is just slightly more purple).
Valspar Tempered Gray 4004-1A
Tempered Gray is a cool gray with a subtle stoney look to it (not stoned…stoney) which gives it a slightly more earth-toned look compared to the fresh, clean look of Gravity.
Tempered Gray is comparable to Benjamin Moore Light Pewter, but it’s slightly more gray.
Valspar Filtered Shade 4003-1B
This one I love (but really, are there any I don’t? Filtered Shade is a beautiful light gray with a slightly warm feel to it (without looking remotely greige). Of the 4 it’s the most ‘pretty’ with a slightly feminine and UBER subtle purple/brown undertone.
Filtered Shade is comparable to Benjamin Moore Silver Chain
And I would appreciate if you would keep my love affair with Valspar a secret. Ben and Sherm can be sensitive about these things, so I’m keeping it hush-hush for now. Just joking – they don’t actually know I exist (like most of my pretend boyfriends growing up) and I don’t get anything for pushin’ their brands – I just love them!
Want to see some comparable grays AND photos?
The 10 Best Sherwin Williams Gray Paint Colors
The Best Benjamin Moore Gray Paint Colors
KYLIE M INTERIORS E-DESIGN VIRTUAL, ONLINE PAINT COLOR CONSULTING, SPECIALIZING IN BENJAMIN MOORE AND SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAINT COLORS
Originally written in 2016, updated in 2019
Have you been able to find the LRV of Valspar colors? I couldn’t find this information anywhere.
Hi Rachel, thank you for asking, and no, I couldn’t find anything! So, I’ve written to the Valspar rep and hopefully they will send along some info to me, which I will pass along to you! Any particular colours you are interested in the LRV of???
All of the beautiful shades you discuss above. Thanks for sharing your insights! Another nice gray (almost pale blue) is Silver Leaf by Valspar.
Valspar Notre Dame LRV is 57
Would one of these grays work in a room with light tan sofa and cool blue/ gray accents (coastal vibe). I dont want beige on the wall, but am not comfortable in my own lack of experience, picking a gray for the wall that works with light tan sofa. Thanks!
Hi Laura! Due to the amount of questions I get in a day I’m unable to answer all personal questions as I do need to prioritize my e-design clients. If you’d like me to look at photos of your room to come up with some good colour ideas and can take a good look at your furniture and accents. You can check out my affordable E-design here. https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
I’m pretty loyal to my guy Sherwin, but Valspar does have thousr awesome sample cards with the little windows. It makes visualizing how colours would look together a thousand times easier. Also, Valspar has nice little sample pots rather than the quart the other guys like to hand out.
Hi Cary, I agree Valspar has awesome sample cards! The problem for me is always getting photos of homes painted in Valspar colours for my blog. SW and BM definitely bring their ‘a’ game with that!
I’ve been looking and sampling MANY gray paints over my Spring Break. After finding your blog post, I tried the Notre Dame and LOVED it. Thank you for putting so much detail into your reviews.
Valspar has been my fav paint for years. Creamy and great coverage. I am going to go gray. So excited!
Hi I painted kitchen, dining & family room notredame (valspar) i was wondering if you had any ideas on gray colors (valspar) that would pair well for through out the house. It’s a flip. Thank you
Hi Kylie. I love your paint reviews. So informative. I have fell in love with Valspar Notre Dame paint and want to do the whole house in it. I am having trouble picking the best white trim to go with it. Would it be Bistro or Ultra White or Sherwin Williams Pure White? Is there a different white that would go better? I keep looking for one of your paint reviews where you tell the coordinating colors that goes with it and the white for trim but cannot find one.
Hi Rhonda, I recently used Bistro White for my doors and Trim, It’s a Gorgeous Pure White and looks Amazing with the 3 Gray’s that I used upstairs…
Sea Shell Gray…light and airy
Filtered Gray…a medium gray
Rocky Bluffs Gray…darker grey
I did change my light bulbs to the reveal bulbs to bring out their gorgeous color. My soft white light bulbs were too yellow and made the grays look greenish.