Let’s dive into the cozy world of paint colors, specifically one of the most versatile shades that has been gracing our walls recently – Greige. Grab your brushes and come along if you’re itching to give your space a makeover.
Now, what is “Greige”? Imagine gray and beige had a baby – that’s greige for you. This color is a harmonious blend of gray’s coolness with beige’s warmth, and it’s been stealing the spotlight in modern homes and design magazines alike.
Greige is insanely adaptable. It complements both traditional and contemporary designs. Secondly, it provides a neutral backdrop without being too cold or warm, hitting that sweet spot of cozy sophistication.
Before we gush over specific shades, let’s briefly chat about two things you need to understand: LRV and undertones.
Light Reflectance Value (LRV)
LRV stands for Light Reflectance Value. It measures the amount of light a paint color reflects. The higher the number, the more light it reflects, making the room look brighter.
Every paint has an undertone – a color that appears under different lighting conditions or next to other colors. It’s the subtle hue that lies beneath the primary color. Identifying undertones helps you understand how a particular shade will play out on your walls.
Lighting and its Impact
Ever painted a room thinking it would look a certain way and then been surprised by the result? Different types of lighting can drastically affect how interior paint colors appear. Natural sunlight, fluorescent light, or incandescent bulbs can bring out or mellow certain undertones. So always check your paint in different lighting before making a final decision.
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OUR TOP 6 GREIGE PAINT PICKS
Sherwin Williams “Anew Gray” LRV 47
This mellow, mid-tone gray has warm undertones that can instantly make a room feel inviting.
Photo via Decor Pad
Benjamin Moore “Revere Pewter” LRV 55
With a touch of green, it provides a wonderful balance between warm and cool tones, ensuring versatility.
Photo via Studio McGee
Sherwin Williams “Agreeable Gray” LRV 60
Featured in the Pottery Barn Fall and Winter 2020 collection, this neutral greige can appear warm in some settings while looking cooler in others. A real chameleon!
Photo via Amanda Katherine
Benjamin Moore “Balboa Mist” LRV 67
This shade is a winner when contrasted with white trim. However, be aware, that depending on the lighting, it can reveal pink or purple undertones.
Photo via JKath Designs. Balboa Mist on cabinets.
Benjamin Moore “Pale Oak” LRV 69
The lightest on our list with an LRV nearing 70. It can almost pass for off-white in a room drenched with natural light. Fresh and clean!
Photo via A Thoughtful Place
Farrow & Ball “Lamp Room Gray”
A classic choice that never disappoints. Its depth and richness lend a touch of elegance wherever it’s applied.
Photo via Park & Oak
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The world of greige is vast and beautiful. With its versatility and the calm it brings to spaces, it’s no wonder it’s a top choice for many. Remember to test, view under different lights, and always trust your instincts. Happy painting!
If however, you’re more of a classic white paint lover, check out our blog on Choosing the Best White Paint