The Perfect Gray Paint – Part II
Are you searching for the perfect gray paint for your home? I’ve been searching, too, and it’s tougher than I thought! In a previous post, I wrote about starting my search for the perfect gray paint for our family room. I had bought samples of two popular Benjamin Moore (BM) gray paints to try the first time around – Stonington Gray and Revere Pewter. Unfortunately, I’m not convinced that either of those are “the perfect gray paint.”
Which is the Perfect Gray Paint? Another Round of Samples…
So, I headed to the paint store for more samples on Friday. I wasn’t going to be defeated this time around, and I had the paint guy mix up 6 new samples. These are the paints I chose (labeled in the picture below):
- BM Rockport Gray
- BM Nimbus
- BM Silver Chain
- BM Smoke Embers
- BM Gray Husky
- BM Gray Owl
- BM Revere Pewter
- BM Stonington Gray
So many pretty grays! And the winner is???? Well, I think I’ve narrowed it down to a decision between Nimbus (#2), Silver Chain (#3), and Revere Pewter (#7). Yep, Revere Pewter is still in the running, even though I wasn’t completely sure the first time around.
Nimbus and Revere Pewter are more of a “greige,” while Silver Chain is more of a true gray. They look the best out of all the others in our house in both daylight and at night. The others have either too much blue or green undertones, or are just too dark.
I also looked through some online pictures of the three colors to see if that could help me make a decision. Here are a few that I found…
Nimbus (BM 1465)
Source: Jen Chu Design
Source: The Decorologist
Tonight I think I’m leaning toward Nimbus. Tomorrow may be a different story. Why is this so difficult?!?! Check out the next post in this series (Perfect Gray Paint Part III) to see what we finally choose.
NOTE: I wrote this post before I became an interior designer, and it’s fun now to look back and understand exactly why I struggled so much with finding the perfect gray paint color. It’s all about the lighting conditions. Check out my post on Common Reasons for Paint Color Mishaps for guidance. Also, download my FREE list of Favorite Gray Paint Colors.
The number one request I get right now is: “I’m looking for a gray…” Truth be told there is no pure gray, that’s why there are more than 50 shades of gray! The movie got one thing right! However, there is a perfect gray. With any colour, its true form is in the eye of the beholder. Benjamin Moore’s truest gray is 2121-10 Gray – a very original name right? – However, most people looking to paint gray are thinking of a lighter hue.
Gray is a great alternative to white or beige walls. Unlike white, gray naturally hides imperfections, where as white emphasizes smudges and blemishes. Let’s face it, as much as we like white, it’s hard to keep clean!
Gray is still considered a neutral, so it innately goes great with most colours; and it’s a modern twist on the commonly used and trite beige. Gray can act as a neutral backdrop to your collection of furniture and art, or conversely, be the statement colour of the room. A dark charcoal gray, for example, introduces drama yet still feels elegant. Benjamin Moore’s HC-167 Amherst Gray & AF- 710 Secret is a great place to start, when looking for darker shades of gray.
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Alternatively an all gray palate can have a similar effect to a pure white palate. A palate of exclusively grays can be just as interesting as greys paired with colour. A grey palate emanates sophistication and luxury. When working with a monochromatic colour scheme, shades of gray for example, it’s important to layer materials, such as using different textures to provide depth.
The temperature of the gray you select is influential to the overall atmosphere of a space as well. The temperature refers to the coolness or darkness a colour can have on a room, and correlates strongly with the direction a room is facing and therefore the amount of light the area receives. Although the hue and depth of a gray is important, the temperature of a gray colour can have a big impact on how the space feels. For example, OC-26 Silver Satin, an immensely versatile colour, conveys an iridescent quality yet feels warm. On the flip side, 2121-50 Ice Cube Silver is light and airy as well, but has a much cooler temperature. Be sure to reflect on the colour, depth and temperature of gray to attain the perfect hue.
White grays with different undertones
Currently, grays are used in almost any location in the house. Because gray is regarded as a neutral, it makes for a great colour option for throughout the house. Even though it may be easier to choose one shade of gray for throughout the house, I’d suggest adding other hues to your colour palate by implementing more than one colour throughout your home. It will make it appear more complete, by adding depth and flow from one room to another. Popular architecture today embraces open concept floorplans, and one colour throughout the space is ideal to make it feel larger and more spacious. On the other hand, utilize your home’s natural architectural separation, like a bulkhead or doorway for instance, to create an opportunity to use other shades or colours.
Similarly to white, pure gray is limited. Tinted paint is always comprised of, however small the amount may be, a colorant to achieve the colour hue you’re looking for. Each gray is made up of different undertones. Fundamentally, grays can be made up of an undertone of blue, red and yellow, but can also be a combination of these.
Here’s a breakdown of what each undertone could signify:
Everyone tends to gravitate toward to, what they consider, is the truest gray. I’d say the majority associate ‘gray’ with a blue-undertone gray. Colours such as HC-169 Coventry Gray and 2121-40 Silver Half Dollar are some of the most popular grays for this reason. A blue-undertone gray can cool off a south facing room, or similarly a room with a lot of sun exposure. A cool tone gray in a warm room will hold its value and won’t look dull or dreary. While blue-undertone grays may feel like a true gray, these can also feel cold. North facing rooms, for this reason, would not fare well with a cool, blue-undertone gray.
Blue undertoned grays
Blue-undertoned grays, when combined with green, can draw the warmer qualities of green and at the same time, enhance the silvery, crispness of the blue. HC-170 Stonington Gray for example, appears closer to a true gray, but doesn’t have a purely blue base. Other grays such as OC-52 Gray Owl and 1474 Cape May Cobblestone have a greener undertone, and even though it’s not a bright undertone, like the blue, it does express a softness and warmth.
Blue undertoned grays combined with green
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An undertone of red in gray appears warmer than a blue-undertone of gray. A gray with undertones of red may appear slightly pink, however the lighting with these colours can affect how they present themselves. Red-undertoned grays depicted under daylighting, or fluorescent lighting can reveal the pink undertones, whereas warm lighting, or incandescent bulbs can play down the pink pigment. Benjamin Moore’s 2108-50 Silver Fox and 2108-60 Abalone are great examples of grays with warmer undertones.
Red undertoned grays
When a gray possess an undertone of red, it can also include purple. A purple undertone is a mix of blue and red pigment, which is also commonly perceived as a true gray. 2112-70 American White is a good example of a purple undertone of gray, and as such performs best under warm or incandescent lighting. On the other hand, with an ideal ratio of blue to red, a gray can feel balanced, when it doesn’t lean too much toward one colour or the other. Colours such as 1472 Silver Chain and 1459 Metro Gray appear to be close to a true gray, as both have red and blue undertones.
Red undertoned grays combined with purple
A yellow-undertone of gray will feel and look the most neutral, compared to blue-undertoned grays and red-undertoned grays. Grays with yellow will appear warm and bright, perfect for minimally lit areas. A slight yellow or gold pigment behind a gray is great for spaces without natural light and is a good idea to use for Northern exposure areas. Introducing warm tones of the gray will help it not feel as dreary.
The yellow undertone of gray will dance between the line of gray and beige and is worth considering, for transitional style homes. While beige may have been overused and is now commonplace, a yellow-undertone gray is a compromise between the warm elements of beige and the modern, fresh feeling of gray. If you’re not wanting to jump into icy blue or steely grays, colours like HC-173 Edgecomb Gray and OC-15 Baby Fawn would be a worthy concession between a cold gray and a warm beige. By the same token, HC-172 Revere Pewter is also a transitional gray with a yellow undertone, and while it does have a hint of a green backdrop as well, it’s currently the most popular Benjamin Moore colour because it’s such a flexible ‘greige’.
Yellow undertoned grays
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Comparably, a yellow-undertone of gray can also incorporate a mix of anther colour, commonly red or orange, much like a blue-gray can contain green. Applying red to a yellow-gray can create more warmth and depth. OC-28 Collingwood, CC-490 Stone Hearth and CC-394 Boulevard are all great examples of how a combination of yellow and red as undertones of gray work well to establish a warm gray that doesn’t show too much like a beige.
Yellow undertoned grays combined with red
The hue of gray you choose will be influenced by the materials existing in your space. Reflect on the undertones of the materials in your house, when choosing a gray, and by doing so, you can start to eliminate certain grays that won’t work with the undertones you have.
If you’re lucky enough to start with a blank slate, it can influence the tone of materials to come as well.
Lastly opt for a flat or matte finish on the walls versus an eggshell, when choosing a gray colour. A flat or matte finish looks sleeker, and less industrial than shiny walls. While a matte finish has previously been expected to show smudges and imperfections, the washable quality of Benjamin Moore’s Aura Matte or Regal Select Ulti-Matte is an ideal product to use with gray. Pairing a washable matte paint, and gray, a colour that naturally conceals defects, will ensure you have the perfect colour and flawless walls.
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K522 Regal Select Ulti-Matte
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When it all comes down to gray, there really are more than 50 shades. Finding the perfect shade of gray is possible, when you break down what you’re look at. If you deduce what you like, what you’re looking for and what will and won’t work, you can certainly find the perfect shade of gray!
Here’s a list of some great grays under each colour tone:
List of blue undertoned gray paint
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List of red undertoned gray paint
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List of yellow undertoned gray paint
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Benjamin Moore Silver Chain 1472 – The Elegant Gray of All Times
Beauty to the utmost, this elegant gray is the absolute answer if you are craving for a dreamy and timeless gray.
With its slight purity and piousness, this paint color proves to be an ideal option in homes that want a neutral cool backdrop.
Benjamin Moore Silver Chain is a perfect cool-toned gray which is neither too dark and nor too light.
I absolutely adore the look and feel this “silver” exhibits in a room!
Trust me – you won’t want to ignore it if you’re looking for an eye-catching gray (who knew that could be a thing?).
I have had a couple of clients asking me specifically about this color and why not, this paint color is bound to make your spaces look larger and brighter while giving a perfect tinge of crispness as the texture.
So, if you are planning to paint your home walls in Silver Chain – I will definitely pass on that, however, I am also going to spill a few beans here about how, where, and when to use this paint color in your homes.
Remember, before choosing any paint color – you must acquaint yourself with this information.
Because it may be a possibility that color appears extremely beautiful on the swatches and samples but not really on the walls.
And you simply can’t afford that mistake, right?
So, let’s get started!
Benjamin Moore Silver Chain 1472 Details and Specifications
Most importantly, understanding the paint color is primary.
But what needs to be understood?
Well, first and foremost – you must acquaint yourself with the Light Reflectance Values or LRV’s of the paint color.
Remember, every color is unique!
And two colors are similar.
Hence, LRV helps in determining how light or dark the paint color is.
And based on that information we can derive where to use it in the homes – whether in a room full of natural light and windows or a room with hardly any light!
So, the LRV of Silver Chain is 57.46!
Making it a mid-toned paint color – it is neither too dark and nor too light.
Secondly, other information to note is the RGB and HEX Values.
Red = 199
Green = 199
Blue = 194
HEX Value = #c7c7c2
If you want to see how Silver Chain will look in your unique environment, I highly suggest ordering a peel-and-stick paint sample from Samplize here!
Now that we have all the technical information, let’s get our hands-on practical applications of the paint color and how it may feel in a space.
How Does this Color Feel in a Space?
In the above photo you can see the color exhibits a calm experience in the girl’s nursery.
Benjamin Moore SC feels absolutely light and bright in a room.
So, if you want to make your space look cool-toned and bright – I would recommend this paint color. Also, if you are residing in any of the warmer southern states – trust me, this color is going to give a perfect cool feel as soon as you enter the home!
It is also important to know that each color is associated with a feeling – for example, this cool gray feels perfectly calm and tranquilizing in a space.
You can use this paint color if your room is mid-sized.
For very small spaces – I would recommend painting the walls in paint colors with an LRV greater than 75!
How Does Light Affect the Color?
You can see in the photo that a good presence of light makes SC look light and bright.
Light always has a major role to play on the paints and colors!
Light is what brightens up the tone of the shade and exhibits the true hidden hue behind it.
Hence, it is important to understand the tone and use it wisely in the rooms.
For example, I would highly recommend using this paint color on the west-facing or south-facing walls!
Secondly, artificial lighting too does matter. Depending on the saturation of the light, whether warm-white, warm-yellow, or yellow – the aura of your room will alter.
Want to see what Silver Chain looks like in your own living space? Pick up a wall sample now from Samplize!
What are the Coordinating Colors for Benjamin Moore Silver Chain?
Now that you are on the way to choosing this color for your homes, it is important to determine its best possible coordinating colors.
But what are coordinating colors?
Well, coordinating colors could be accents and bases that you pair up your neutral with, or vice versa.
There are two ways to create a scheme here – monochromatic or contrasting!
Depending on your design style, you choose one of them!
So, for a contrasting scheme, here are a few recommended options.
- Oxford Gray 2128-40
- Black Beauty 2128-10
- Silver Cloud 2129-70
On the other hand, in the case of a monochromatic scheme, choose the following paint colors,
- Gray Huskie 1473
- Cape May Cobblestone 1474
- Graystone 1475
This is for the perfect modern-minimal look that you want.
Also, do remember to paint your ceilings in BM Decorator’s White to feel the actual hue of Silver Chain on your walls.
Benjamin Moore Silver Chain Vs Similar Colors
There is always a want for alternatives, right?
And that is absolutely fine. Even though I told you that no two colors are exactly the same – I can still recommend some very interesting examples that would kind of look similar.
The difference may lay in the brightness and undertones of the paint color.
So, the two most similar paint colors are BM Stonington Gray HC-170 and BM Metro Gray 1459.
Silver Chain Vs Stonington Gray
A tone lighter, Stonington Gray has an LRV of 59.75!
This gray is absolutely crisp and modern and can be used in homes with contemporary styles.
However, this gray may give a bold appearance when observed in natural light.
To help determine the true hue of a paint the color, place a swatch of it against a blank white sheet of paper. You’ll see if it tends towards cool or warm!
See how these colors compare real time with stick-on wall samples from Samplize.
Silver Chain Vs Metro Gray
Metro Gray is another timeless gray with deep cool undertones. It is slightly lighter than Silver Chain and slightly darker than Stonington Gray.
Metro Gray has an LRV of 58.9!
I also can’t help but mention BM’s most popular gray, the warmer undertoned Revere Pewter gray paint. If you like gray, but want a more relaxed feel in your living space then it’s worth checking out.
So, it is absolutely a recommended option to use in homes if you like a true gray hue. It is also a possibility that the two might appear the same in some conditions.
Buy some wall samples of each of these colors to easily compare them right in your home.
Where to Use Silver Chain in Your Home?
Doesn’t BM look absolute pure in home interiors?
Absolutely Anywhere – from hallways to living and family rooms to bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and even the exteriors.
SC would be highly appreciated in homes that have a transitional, contemporary, modern, Scandinavian, and Modern Farmhouse interior design styles.
But do not use this color if you have golden oak cabinets all the way as it is likely to disrupt the balance of the saturation in your home.
Let’s see how we can incorporate this paint color in various parts of the home.
Silver Chain in Living Room and Hallways
This hue looks brighter in this well-lit hallway as shown above.
Try to pair this color with clean whites, some contrasting blues, blacks, and if you want to add a tinge of warmth – add yellow through decorative accents.
But for real, if you are looking for a cozy living room – this paint color might not be your answer.
You can pair it with white sheer curtains and lush walnut-stained hardwoods to create a perfect cohesive look.
You can also paint the accent wall in a darker gray paint color if your space allows.
Using in Bedrooms
See it working in a Transitional style bedroom.
Why not? Yes! You can use Silver chain in the bedrooms.
But first, ask yourself what kind of mood you want to create. Is it warm and cozy or cool and formal?
Grays are always a great option because they make you feel relaxed and calmed down after a long, hard working day!
You can use some nice sleek or distressed nightstands, coffee table, and headboards to make a great pair.
If you want to use a slightly darker gray that’s warm and cozy check out BM Silver Satin. It’s another good one!
Silver Chain in Kitchens
Kitchens would look much lighter and brighter in Silver Chain.
Yes! It will so you can use this paint color as far as you pair it with the best opposites. For example, with silver chain, I would recommend using white cabinets, silver pull handles and fixtures, and white backsplash tiles. The countertop marble could go darker!
The look would totally be priceless.
Using in Bathrooms
(Emily from Name5things reveals BM Silver Chain in her home)
I have recommended many of my clients to use grays in bathrooms because they make your bathroom feel refresh and much spacious.
For a tinge of excitement, you can add patterned tiles that also create a perfect contrast and accent in your bathroom.
Moreover, don’t forget to add some plants in there.
Silver Chain on Exteriors
This awesome gray is going to look much lighter when used on the exterior walls.
You can either use stark white or deep black on your trims and molding along with door and window frames.
I highly recommend this one for modern and minimalist home exteriors.
An Easy Way to Sample This Color!
Instead of picking up a small can, or worse, an entire gallon can, to “”test”” out Silver Chain, you can order a peel-and-stick sample of it from Samplize.
The company is genius – they provide a 12″ x 12″ stick-on square you can put up anywhere in your home to try out a paint color.
For a few bucks, it’s definitely worth the small investment so you can see what the color will do in YOUR unique space, with your own lights and shadows.
So, do you think you will use this one in your homes? Where do you want to use it? Do let me know in the comments below about your experiences and Benjamin Moore Silver Chain stories.
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5 Most Remarkable True Gray Paint Color with No Undertones by Benjamin Moore
Do you want to color your home interior with gray paint but feel tired of gray paint choices that do not stay gray because of the undertones that make it harder for you to find the right interior color scheme?
Are you facing some difficulties in looking for true gray paint colors with no undertones?
If yes, you should not look any further since the most remarkable choices are given by Benjamin Moore, an American paint producer that was founded at 1883 and is also known to be one of the most popular paint brands at this point of time.
This post will tell you complete information about Benjamin Moore true gray paint colors that come with no undertones.
Besides, you will also find some other related information that will make you understand better about paint color undertones, especially for gray paint.
What Is True Gray Paint Color with No Undertones Look Like?
Before talking further about the choices of true gray paint color with no undertones, first of all, it is best for us to talk about what the meaning of no undertones is.
Surely, this also means that we will discuss a bit about paint color undertones since both are actually inseparable topics.
First of all, let us talk a bit about what undertones actually are.
To start with, you need to know that every interior paint color has two different types of tone in it. Those are mass tone and undertone.
The mass-tone is not hard to understand because it can simply be explained to be the predominant color of each paint color. This can be black, charcoal black, gray, cloud gray, green, olive green, and so on.
Usually, when people are looking for some paints to apply on their interior wall they only focus on the predominant color without realizing that basically, all predominant colors have undertone(s).
Undertone can be explained as a hint of another color that presents behind the predominant color or a different color that is showing the predominant color.
In other words, it can be said that when you apply a certain predominant color on interior walls later you will see that it looks like some other color can also be seen slightly through it and it looks like the predominant color does not really stay the same because of it. This color is called as the undertone.
In order to make it easier for you, let us talk a bit about some example. Since in this post the main topic is about gray color and Benjamin Moore brand, let us take an example of this brand.
The example is Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172 and how this paint looks like approximately can be seen in the picture above.
This paint color can be included in the category of light gray paint color and for you to know, this is, as a matter of fact, one from about 9 most favorite gray paint colors from this famous brand.
When it comes to undertone, Revere Pewter can be said to have a warm undertone.
Particularly the undertone is faint green or greige, which is known to be the combination of grey and beige colors. It is reasonable then if when we see this color there is some kind of beige color also pops up from it.
Another example is Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray HC-105, which is another favorite choice from the brand. Unlike the previous example, this one has a different undertone. It is purple..
Now that the explanation about undertones is (hopefully) clear, we can go back to the main question. What is true gray paint color with no undertones look like?
In simple words, a true gray paint color that does not have any undertones can be described as gray paint color that does not come with other tones popping out after we apply it on the interior wall..
So, it can simply be said that gray paint color with no undertones, which is also called as the true gray color, will stay as it is after you apply it on interior walls and no other colors will be showing through it.
Now that the question is answered, the next question then is; are there any gray paints that really do not have any undertones?
Well, it is too bad to tell you that actually there is not really gray paint color that does not have any undertone at all.
Although so, you do not need to worry because gray paint colors that only have super subtle undertones that they are very suitable to be considered as true and neutral are actually available.
Benjamin Moore is known to be the brand in which such gray paint colors can be found.
In the following, you will be able to find out 5 true gray wall paint colors with no undertones by Benjamin Moore.
Complete information about each color will also be included especially for you so check them out.
#1. Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC-170
The very first choice in the most remarkable gray paint color with no undertones is Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC-170. This one can be found in the Historical Collection of the brand.
As explained previously, even this paint color choice is included in the category of no undertones gray paint you always have to remember in your mind that there is actually no gray paint with any undertones at all. As for this one, the undertone is blue.
Even this Stonington Gray paint has a blue undertone, there is a reason why it is also suitable to be included in the category of no-undertone gray wall paint.
It is because the blue undertone is very subtle that the gray paint looks more like neutral gray paint instead of one that will show blue undertone after being applied to walls.
As a gray paint, this Stonington Gray is not actually the one that shows warm look. It shows cool look in the contrary.
This is maybe something that cannot be separated from the fact that it has a very subtle blue undertone.
Based on the fact, the elegant and timeless gray paint color is more suitable to be used in rooms in which cool atmosphere is found to be beneficial.
This also makes the cool-looking paint is not really suitable for bedroom area since warm look usually makes bedroom area better for comfortable rest.
Although so, it does not mean the paint totally cannot be applied in bedroom walls because it can if you want to.
Pairing it with white or black tones can even make the bedroom area gains a stunning contemporary look as shown in the picture above, in which the gray wall paint is paired more with white tones.
Other than white and black, this gray color paint by Benjamin Moore is also suitable to be paired with different shades of gray as shown in the same picture above.
Of course, some other colors other than gray can also be chosen as pairing for the gray wall paint. Some examples of the other colors can be seen in the two pictures below.
#2. Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52
The next most awesome no-undertones Benjamin Moore gray paint is this Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52. This paint color can be said to be included in the category of light gray paint.
When talking about undertones, it cannot be denied that this gray paint also has undertones. To be more specific, those undertones are blue and green.
Although so, you need to know that these undertones are super subtle that they are almost invisible to out bare eyes.
This is, as a matter of fact, something that makes the gray paint color generally acts like a light gray color.
Surely, this is also the reason why the paint color is suitable to be called as true gray paint color that will stay gray after being applied to interior walls.
Creating a beautiful interior space by using this Gray Owl color paint is not a hard thing to do. Here you just have to know the right color to be paired with the light gray wall color.
Naturally, pairing this paint color with white will create not only soft but also beautiful look. You can see an example of this in the eclectic bathroom design shown in the picture above.
The white color that is paired with the Gray Owl paint does not only come from the color of interior trims. It also comes from the color of bathroom appliances and accessories, including also the curtain and towel.
Of course, this Gray Owl wall paint is not only suitable to be used in bathroom interior.
Basically, it is suitable to be used in any room of the house, including also bedroom as you can see in the picture of the traditional gray-themed bedroom above.
As you can see in the picture, the existences of two sofa chairs with bluish-gray color, which seems to be flint gray color, is quite prominent.
However, it does not seem to affect the Gray Owl wall paint and does not make the super subtle blue undertone to pop up and become visible.
#3. Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray HC-168
Next, we have Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray HC-168 as another option of remarkable no-undertones gray paint. Just like Stonington Gray, this one also belongs to the Historical Collection.
Unlike the previous two paint colors, this one is not light. It is more suitable to be included in the category of darker gray paint colors instead. However, this paint color is not too dark.
For the undertones, these are very little. This is surely also the main reason why the paint color tends to act in a neutral way.
This makes the paint color to be suitable to use in both small and spacious room. Moreover, this is also known to be the paint color that is suitable to use not only in the interior but also exterior.
Using this paint color especially for home exterior can result in a fantastic look. This is especially when the paint is applied to the housing body.
When you are about to apply this Chelsea Gray paint in one or more rooms in your house, there is a useful tip that is recommended for you to follow.
The tip is none other but to provide an adequate lighting in every room when the paint color is applied.
The reason why adequate lighting is needed is related to the fact that the paint color absorbs light quite well. Without the adequate lighting, the interior space will only look rather heavy.
If you need some inspiration in using this gray paint color, you can check out some ideas below.
First, let us start with the following contemporary bedrooms for boys.
The bedroom shown in the picture above is a proof that Chelsea Gray paint, even it is considered a darker one, is also suitable to be used in the bedroom area. This paint does not even reduce the comfy atmosphere in there.
From the bedroom, we also know that natural light can also be taken advantage from in order to manage adequate light in the room. This way the paint will not make the room looks heavy.
The last but not least inspiration from this example is about color compatibility. It is very obvious that the Chelsea Gray paint looks very compatible with black and white color.
Another idea can be seen in the picture of contemporary dining room above. Even with darker gray wall paint, the dining area still looks inviting.
From the same picture, we also know that the gray wall paint can also look quite nice when paired with natural materials.
In the picture, the examples can be seen in the natural wood dining table and medium tone hardwood flooring.
#4. Benjamin Moore Storm AF-700
Here, another choice of true gray paint that is recommended to choose is Benjamin Moore Storm AF-700. This one is considered to have medium gray tone.
There are two types of undertones that this gray wall paint has. Those are greige and purple.
Since this paint color is included in the category of no-undertones, the greige and purple undertones are also known to be very very slight. It is reasonable then if these undertones are very hard to notice.
Being in the category of medium gray paint color, Storm still has the ability to absorb light although it is not as strong as the ability owned by darker gray paints.
Although so, there is no need to worry that applying this paint on your interior walls will create a too heavy feeling in there. Still, you are needed to consider about lighting properly when you choose to use this paint color.
If you choose this paint color, you should really consider pairing it with white interior trim. The reason is none other but that the combination of both will create a very decent look.
The first idea you can check out when about to use this Storm gray color by Benjamin Moore is shown in the picture of transitional living room above.
In this picture, the greatness of neutral characteristic of the gray wall paint is clearly show, which means that the very slight undertones are not an obstacle at all.
Here, the gray wall paint is not only paired with white color but also some other interesting colors. Those colors are not only some different shades of gray but also black, navy blue, caramel brown, and crimson red.
The next example is this not-so-spacious transitional kitchen.
As told before, the combination of Storm gray paint and white interior trim creates such a good look in the kitchen area.
The use more white color and more natural light in the kitchen area also makes the rather narrow space to look more spacious.
#5. Benjamin Moore Silver Chain 1472
The last but not least no-undertone gray wall paint is this Benjamin Moore Silver Chain 1472.
This is also known to be the true gray paint that will stay gray on wall regardless other items you place in the same interior space.
Of course, the meaning of no-undertone nickname given to this wall paint is not that the paint really does not have any undertones. As told earlier, factually all paint colors have undertones.
The nickname is given because the undertones of this gray wall paint are very subtle and are quite hard to notice.
The best thing about Silver Chain is that it also owns the characteristic silver color. It is making any interior space gaining a significantly elegant and luxurious look.
The example of this can be seen in the picture of transitional bathroom below.
The Silver Chain gray paint really helps in building the luxurious look in the bathroom design.
This is also supported well with the choice of the bathroom vanity, dressing table, tub, lamp, and even the choice of flooring.
Another example can be seen also from this picture of airy transitional living room design.
This design example proves that Silver Chain gray paint is not only suitable to choose to create a luxurious look. It is also a choice that you can pair with bright colors easily because of its true and neutral characteristic.
The collections of true gray paint color with no undertones are remarkable, aren’t they?
All of these paint colors act neutral, which means that even if they cannot totally be said to have no undertones, the undertones they have is very light or very subtle so it will be very hard for us to notice them.
While your curiosity about whether or not there are some gray paint colors that do not have any undertones is already answered, is there any choice from the list above that arrest your attention the most so you want to apply it on your interior or even exterior walls?
Silver chain stonington gray vs
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Stonington Gray HC-170 is one of Benjamin Moore’s most popular neutral paint colors. this gray paint color is elegant and refined. It’s a soft gray paint color that brings elegance to any room it is in.
Welcome, welcome friends!! Today is a good day.
Why you ask?
Because we are going to be chatting about another super fabulous paint color.
The other day while I was rummaging through the paint samples in my garage, I came across one color that I somewhat forgot about. Not because it’s a bad color or anything of that sort, but because there are so many paint colors out there. I’m bound to forget about some here and there.
Anyway, when I saw the sample I immediately pulled it and set it aside because I knew I had to talk about it. It’s too good not to.
Without further ado, may I introduce to you the one, the only…..
BENJAMIN MOORE STONINGTON GRAY HC-170
Let’s start with the technical stuff.
According to Encycolorpedia.com
The hexadecimal color code #cbccc6 is a light shade of yellow-green. In the RGB color model #cbccc6 is comprised of 79.61% red, 80% green and 77.65% blue. In the HSL color space #cbccc6 has a hue of 70° (degrees), 6% saturation and 79% lightness. This color has an approximate wavelength of 568.13 nm.Encycolorpedia.com
Stonington Gray has an LRV of 59.75.
I know what you are thinking, what the heck is LRV? Here’s a quick rundown of what LRV is if you are unfamiliar with it.
LRV, or Light Reflectance Value, is a measurement commonly used by design professionals that measures the amount of light reflected from or absorbed into a surface. LRVs range from 0-100, with 100 being pure white and 0 being pure black.
Basically, the higher the LRV of a paint color, the more light it will reflect. So with an LRV of 59.75, Stonington Gray sits a little above the middle of the scale.
Finally, Stonington is a part of the Benjamin Moore Historic Color Collection, which is Benjamin Moore’s most popular color collection. It’s also a part of the Southwest Color Palette.
WHAT COLOR IS BENJAMIN MOORE STONINGTON GRAY?
If you haven’t already guessed, Stonington Gray is gray.
But wait! There’s more!
To further elaborate , Stonington Gray is a cool-toned medium gray. It’s not an icy cool gray, rather it’s soft and refined.
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IS STONINGTON GRAY A WARM OR COOL COLOR?
Stonington Gray is a cool-toned paint color. Generally, cool-toned paint colors will have undertones that are blue, purple, and green. Whereas, warm-toned paint colors have undertones of red, orange, and yellow.
A fantastic way to understand if a paint color is warm or cool-toned is by comparison. For example, let’s put Stonington Gray side by side with Revere Pewter. You can see how Stonington Gray is the cooler of the two paint colors.
WHAT UNDERTONES DOES STONINGTON GRAY HAVE?
We know Stonington Gray is a cool-toned color. So that means it has blue, purple, and green undertones. Now. the main undertone that stands out is blue. For the most part, SG will look like a gray however, in the perfect conditions that blue undertone will show.
What do I mean by perfect conditions?
That refers to what is happening in the room, lighting (natural and artificial), decor, fixed elements, etc.
STONINGTON AND LIGHTING
We know that lighting is one of the main factors contributing to how a paint color will look. It can virtually change the appearance of any color. That’s a big deal when you are trying to choose the right paint color.So, it’s best you are familiar with the lighting situation of the room you are finding a paint color for.
- North-facing rooms – North-facing rooms tend to have light that comes off cooler and even somewhat blueish in tone. Paint colors that are on the lighter side will appear a bit muted whereas bolder dark colors will pop and embrace that cooler light.
- South-facing rooms– In South facing rooms, there tends to be a consistent warm light throughout the day. Warm and cool tones work nicely with south-facing light. This light intensifies colors, so darker colors will seem brighter while, softer colors will look like they are gleaming. BM Stonington looks great in South-facing light.
- West-facing rooms- Light is cooler in the morning and warmer or brighter in the afternoon/ early evening. Early evening is when West-facing rooms have the best light. Warmer tones might seem overwhelming because of the red-orange the light gives off. However, if the main use for the room is in the mornings, the colors won’t appear as intense because of that cooler light. Stonington Gray in a west-facing room will look cooler-toned in the mornings.
- East-facing rooms– Light is warmer or brighter in the mornings and cooler in the afternoon/evenings. An East facing room’s bright morning light is more yellow-orange toned. Going with a warm palette will help balance the lack of natural light in the evening. Benjamin Moore SG will look will show cooler in the evening of an east-facing room.
Let’s not forget about our light bulbs! They also have an influence on how your paint color will look.
As much as lighting plays a major part in how a paint color can look at times, there are other factors you should not forget about.
For example, decor furniture, fixtures, cabinetry, and floors. These are all elements that can affect the way a paint color will look in your room.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO SAMPLE BENJAMIN MOORE STONINGTON GRAY?
If you have read some of my paint color reviews, you know that the one thing I ALWAYS mention is to sample your paint colors. Sampling your paint colors is the only way you will see how that particular color or in this case Stonington, will look in your space.
Yes I know, saw your favorite Influencer post a picture of her beautiful gray walls and it’s the color you want. But her home is not the same as your home. You may have more light than she does, she may have shades of blue through her room whereas you have different shades of red. These are all things that matter when choosing a paint color.
So what’s the best way to sample paint colors?
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WHERE TO USE STONINGTON GRAY
I say use Stonington Gray anywhere your heart desires. There are no rules here! SG is such a beautiful soft gray that it looks good in so many different applications.
- Living Room
IN THE LIVING ROOM
I love painting living room walls with Stonington Gray. This cool-toned gray will give the space a clean and classic look.
Use your decor pieces to really make SG shine. Try an area rug and some throw pillows with blue tones in them to really complement this fabulous paint color.
Why is Stonington Gray an absolutely amazing paint color for kitchen cabinets? Well, because it is not too light and not too dark. It’s a color that won’t weigh down your cabinets and at the same time, it won’t be so light that you can’t tell it’s a gray.
READ MORE: HOW TO PAINT KITCHEN CABINETS
USE STONINGTON IN THE BATHROOM
Cool tone colors are great options to use in the bathroom. They give off a sense of calmness and relaxation. And they are perfect to use when you want to create a spa-like environment.
Using a soft and elegant paint color like Stonington Gray will help you capture the spa vibes you want in your bathroom. Complete your bathrooms look with luxurious crisp white bath towels.
USE SG ON THE EXTERIOR
The exterior of the home is another place you can use Stonington Gray. Remember though, paint colors will always look lighter on an exterior because of all the sunlight. So a lot of lighter paint colors tend to wash out and look like shades of white.
Since SG is more of a mid-toned gray paint color, it will most likely look like a light gray on the exterior.
This is why we ALWAYS swatch and test our paint colors before moving forward with a project.
READ MORE:THE BEST BENJAMIN MOORE EXTERIOR COLORS
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BEST TRIM COLOR FOR STONINGTON
I have to say Stonington looks absolutely stunning with a crisp white trim. Try a white like Chantilly Lace or White Heron. If you want a bit more of a monotoned look, try using a dark gray like Coventry Gray.
READ MORE:THE 8 BEST WHITE PAINT COLORS FOR TRIM & BASEBOARDS
COLORS SIMILAR TO STONINGTON GRAY
There is no denying that many colors are similar to one another. I mean there are so many different paint colors out there how could there not be?
But what about the comparable colors to Stonington Gray?
I looked through a bunch of Benjamin Moore colors and these are the few that I found to have a slight resemblance.
- Silver Chain 1472
- Cliffside Gray HC-180
- Nimbus 1465
STONINGTON GRAY SHERWIN WILLIAMS COLOR EQUIVALENT
There is no true Sherwin Williams equivalent to Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray. There are various colors that are considerably similar but surely not identical. The 2 Sherwin Williams paint colors that are somewhat close matches are:
Both colors are similar in tone as well as undertones. Like I said not identical but related.
If you were thinking of color matching Stonington Gray in Sherwin Williams paint, I strongly recommend you purchase a sample of the mixed Sherwin Williams formula before purchasing a full gallon.
Sometimes when you color match between paint manufactures, the colors don’t come out exactly the same. This is because each brand uses different formulas to create its paint colors.
READ MORE:THE BEST SHERWIN WILLIAMS GRAYS
STONINGTON GRAY COORDINATING COLORS
Neutral paint colors like Stonington work well with a lot of other colors. But what colors coordinate best with this gray beauty?
As you can see in the example picture above Stonington is complemented by BM Horizon and BM Boothbay Gray. These 2 colors are also cool-toned and on the lighter side.
For a darker color to pair with Stonington Gray try:
- Amherst Gray HC-167
- Newburg Green HC-158
- Black HC-190
- Hale Navy HC-154
- Coventry Gray HC-169
STONINGTON COLOR SCHEME
Need a little inspiration for a Stonington Gray color scheme?
Try this sample palette.
- Walls – Stonington Gray
- Trim/Baseboards/Crown Molding – Chantilly Lace
- Accent Wall – Newburg Green
Everyone loves a good comparison (with paint colors of course). And as I’ve mentioned before, comparing paint colors is a fantastic way to help you see undertones and whether it’s a warm or cool color.
Let’s see how some popular paint colors compare to Stonington Gray.
STONINGTON GRAY VS GRAY OWL
- Gray Owl is a bit lighter than Stonington Gray,
- Stonington has an LRV of 59.75 and Gray Owl an LRV of 65.77
- Gray Owl’s predominant undertone is green.
- Stonington Gray is a bit cooler than Gray Owl
STONINGTON GRAY VS COVENTRY GRAY
- Coventry Gray is a shade darker than SG.
- Coventry Gray has an LRV of 46.35 which is lower than SG’s LRV of 59.75
- Both paint colors are cool paint colors and are similar in tone.
- Both Coventry and Stonington are softer grays.
STONINGTON GRAY VS REVERE PEWTER
- Revere Pewter and SG are both medium-toned paint colors.
- Stonington Gray has an LRV of 59.75, which is slightly higher than Revere at 55.51.
- Revere Pewter is a warm gray or greige paint color.
- Stonington is a cool gray paint color.
- In certain lighting, Revere Pewter can show hints of green in its undertone, whereas with SG you may see undertones of blue.
STONINGTON GRAY VS REPOSE GRAY
- Stonington has an LRV of 59.75, which is a hair lighter than Repose Gray at 58.
- Repose Gray has more warmth in it and can also be considered a greige.
- Stonington is more cool-toned than Repose Gray.
- Repose Gray can sometimes flash or show a purple undertone whereas SG has blue undertones that may show through.
If you are interested, check out my full color review on Repose Gray I provide you with all the facts and I give you my thoughts on the color.
Let’s go over what we have learned about SG.
- It’s part of the Benjamin Moore Historical Collection.
- It’s one of Benjamin Moore’s most popular gray paint colors.
- Has an LRV of 59.75
- 100% a cool-toned paint color.
- Has undertones that are blue.
- Look great just about anywhere, especially kitchen cabinets.
- Works well with many different paint colors, Including Hale Nay and Horizon.
- It’s a soft, mid-toned gray.
- North-facing rooms will enhance the cool tones.
Refined, timeless, and classic. That’s what Stonington Gray is. The beauty of this cool-toned gray paint color is that it’s reasonably versatile, which makes it suitable for many different places.
What more is there to say?
This is one of those paint colors that will never go out of style. It is truly timeless. It’s so soft and beautiful and will make a space feel elegant.
The subtle blue undertone is not overbearing at all but it is there. If you are ok with a chance of blue showing up then you will absolutely love Stonington Gray. However, if you aren’t a fan of any blue undertones, you may want to try a warm gray paint color like Edgecomb Gray, Thunder. or SW Agreeable Gray.
Overall, I think SG is a winner and I highly recommend it.
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