Colonnade Gray is a popular Sherwin Williams gray color for good reason. It has some warmth to it making it a nice greige tone. It’s a mix between Agreeable Gray and Repose Gray, two of Sherwin Williams’ most popular gray paint colors.
This paint color review will dive into the undertones and LRV and we’ll also take a look at Colonnade Gray in real homes so you can see just how beautiful of color it is.
Colonnade Gray SW
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Is Collonnade Gray Warm or Cool?
Agreeable Gray is slightly warmer than Colonnade while Repose Gray is slightly cooler, so Colonnade gray sits right in the middle making it the best color for those tricky areas where you don’t want it to look too warm or too cool. Colonnade Gray is also a very close match to Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. Overall, I would consider Colonnade Gray a warm greige paint color. Colonnade Gray has a light-medium depth. It’s not a fresh bright white like some, but it doesn’t feel too heavy like some grays. Obviously, in rooms with more natural light, the paint color will appear lighter than rooms with less light.
What Undertones are in Colonnade Gray?
As with all gray paint colors, they can be TRICKY and cast strange undertones, and Colonnade is no exception. Colonnade Gray is a warm greige and has brown undertones, but in a North facing light it can lean a bit blueish. Depending on time of day, it can have the teeniest amount of green and I’ve even seen a tiny purple cast to it. Grays are complicated and never looks consistent because there are so many factors like light, surrounding material colors, and application that can affect it.
What is Colonnade Gray LRV?
LRV (light reflectance value) means how much light the paint color bounces around. The higher the LRV, the brighter the paint color. I like to use LRV to know how light a paint color will read in a space. Since I’m naturally drawn to fresh, bright spaces, I tend to like colors for my own home that have LRV of at least 55. There’s a lot of interesting information on LRV that can help a lot when deciding on paint colors. This blog post is super detailed if you want to dive in.
Colonnade Gray LRV is 53 which is still considered light since it’s above 50. It has depth to it and doesn’t completely wash out in natural light.
Where Can You Use Colonnade Gray?
Colonnade Gray is a commonly used color when working with clients because it’s versatile and works in a variety of spaces. We have used it in everything from bedrooms, to bathrooms, to living rooms and even exteriors. Greige (a combination of grey and beige colors) are popular because it’s a good, middle of the road neutral. They pair well with light or dark wood furniture, grey or brown fabrics, many colors, white trim or wood trim, and much more. In fact, there isn’t hardly anything a greige color won’t pair with! It’s just a matter of finding the best shade for your home to compliment your other existing materials.
Here you can see it in an entryway and all the way into the living room. It looks like a true light gray and is beautiful in this home!
The photos below show Colonnade in a laundry room and on kitchen walls. The kitchen looks like it has ample sunlight and it contrasts the white cabinets nicely without feeling too dark or heavy. The bottom left photo you can start to see a tiny bit of that purpley cast on the walls just because of how the sun is hitting the wall. There are four photos and in each, Colonnade Gray has a slightly different look.
These vanity cabinets are painted Colonnade Gray and it makes for a wonderful, peaceful escape. It’s still neutral, and the dark charcoal tile floors grounds the room so it doesn’t feel overly light.
What White Trim Colors Look Best with Colonnade Gray
I’ve shared my top 6 best white paint trim colors here, and all of them are winners with Colonnade Gray. Alabaster is an easy simple white you can’t go wrong with and would look great with Colonnade Gray. Benjamin White Dove is another beautiful white that’s not too stark.
It wouldn’t be a paint color review without saying that you MUST sample paint colors on your wall before committing. As we’ve covered here today, paint colors look entirely different because of several reasons and you don’t want to pick a color from a 2” swatch only to find that you don’t like the way it looks on your walls. Sometimes I think I can get away without sampling the color on my wall because I think I have nailed by looking at the swatch. And then I start painting the wall and hate the color. Do yourself a favor and buy the quart of paint and sample it on your wall 🙂
There you have it, a complete review of Colonnade Gray! I hope this helps you as you decide on a paint color for your own home. It is a great gray and is widely used making it a popular choice for a greige paint color.
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