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Behr Classic Silver Review – A Medium Cool Gray with Unique Qualities

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If you’re looking for a gray paint color with some teeny-tiny, sneaky blue or green undertones, it’s time to look no further!

Behr Classic Silver is what you should be aiming to paint in your next dream home renovation project if you want an even-keeled gray. 

This tone of gray is simply medium cool, so it’s not too warm or too cool to handle!


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As with many grays, there are some slight undertones…

Which can sometimes make this one a tad tricky.

Don’t worry – I’m going to reveal all the ‘where’, ‘how’, and ‘when’ of this one in a bit.

But before that, let’s talk more about what this color has to offer!

I like the way this gray paint has sufficient depth to it – so, regardless of the function or space, it will always make your space feel bold and characteristic.

And since it’s neither too light to play airy nor too dark to add boldness, it will always play versatile and cohesive.

So, ready to learn more about this fantastic gray paint with it’s sneaky undertones?

Well, let’s get started!

Behr Classic Silver PPU18-11 Details and Specifications

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Trust me – there are a ton of gray paint color swatches out there.

From warm to cool, and light to dark – the list is truly endless.

I often see homeowners getting confused about a specific gray they want to choose.

And let me tell you, if you’re one of them, have a detailed look at this section.

Well, I would like to ask you – what do you first observe when you look at a paint color?

I am sure it’s the aesthetics and the feel of the color!

But more than that, it’s of utmost importance to know what this color is composed of and the associated details that help define the true hue of this paint.

So, let’s first check out the Light Reflectance Values or the LRVs to see just how light or dark the paint color is.

You can easily find that value on the Behr website.

Here, in this case, the LRV of Behr Classic Silver is 48.

And that means it falls on the medium to the darker end of the scale – primarily, towards the strong bases.

It’s a bit lighter than it’s cousin Behr White Metal, a truer gray color with a little more depth.

(Remember, the greater the value, the lighter the paint – on a scale of 1-100)

Also, just in case if you wonder where to find the Behr decks – well, simply visit your nearest Home Depot store!

Secondly, other important associated terms are the RGB and the HEX Values. 

Red = 185

Green = 185

Blue = 180

HEX Value = #BBBCB8

Since we have discussed the technical and scientific information, let’s get started with the practical aspects of this sneaky gray Behr paint. 

How Does This Color Feel in a Space?


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Behr Classic Silver is a color you may like if you want to be a touch unique (as much as you can in a gray world).

Yes, it’s not some old-school gray to make your space feel bland. Rather, this paint has a tinge of blue and green to make your room feel distinguished and unique.

First and foremost, this gray with blue/green undertones will make your space feel balanced, cool, and soothing.

It’s definitely adds some elements of serenity after a long day at work.

Secondly, this paint will readily exhibit formal vibes in your space. (Unless you add the casual elements to balance that out). 

So, highly recommended for formal living rooms, dining rooms, and home offices. 

How Does Light Affect the Color?


Light has a tremendous role to play in this paint color.

And not specifically here, but mostly with all the grays on the swatch.

Firstly, the compass directions and window placements have a lot to do here.

For instance, if your room is facing north or north-east, this color is quite likely to align towards the crisp gray or blue undertones.

Most likely, it will reflect its true hue.

Secondly, in the south or west-facing rooms, this color may look slightly green with a hint of taupe undertones as well.

Yes, a warm gray kinda paint color.

Yes, that’s how thoughtful you have to be when choosing the paint color for your space.

Other than that, elements like existing flooring, adjacent cabinets, and window views have a role to play!

Further, you can even play with artificial lighting in the form of warm white and cool white light saturation!

What are the Best Coordinating Colors?

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The fabulous gray pairs amazingly well with the opposite saturation paints.

From olive greens to sage greens, crisp whites, midnight blues, taupes, beiges, and bronze – this color is bound to play cohesive with all.

However, you must remember to be very careful when pairing them – so as to avoid making a mess!

Also, if you are planning to introduce metallic accents through the chandelier, artwork frames, and furniture frames – remember to add tinges of matte black, chrome, or nickel.

Discussing further, you have the option to choose from either a monochromatic or contrasting color palette!

So, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a monochromatic palette!

  • N460-4 Cosmic Quest
  • N460-5 Slate Rock
  • N460-4 Hematite

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On the other hand, here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a contrasting color palette!

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For your ceilings, trims, and moldings – you can use Behr Ultra Pure White as it is a true white paint and will further protrude the original adjacent hue.

Behr Classic Silver Vs Similar Colors

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Looking for similar alternatives? Well, it’s quite normal to have an eye on other similar paint colors that behave likewise!

Although some might differ in the undertones and some reflectivity!

But when you see through a bigger picture, the differences wouldn’t be much of an issue!

So, the two colors closely related are Benjamin Moore HC-169 Coventry Gray and 7658 Gray Clouds!

Classic Silver Vs Coventry Gray

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Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray is a soothing and calm gray paint color with notable green undertones. 

This medium-toned gray has an LRV of 48.18 – thus, equally heavy and not too bold!

You can best use this paint color on the kitchen cabinets, exterior walls, and formal living and dining room walls.

Classic Silver Vs Gray Clouds

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Sherwin Williams Gray Clouds share a ton of similarities with BM Classic Silver!

This SW paint tends to feel comparatively lighter and airier – and at the same time, drifting more towards the neutral undertones. 

With an LRV of 47, this color is comparatively heavier and darker.

Where to Use Classic Silver?


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Behr Classic Silver is a medium-toned cool gray paint that can make your home feel crisp and formal.

This strict color can make a fabulous statement on the cabinets, exterior and interior walls, and even furniture frames.

Especially for interior design styles like Scandinavian, modern, contemporary, modern farmhouse, and industrial – this color is quite good to go!

So, let’s see where and how to incorporate it in your home!

Classic Silver in Living and Dining Rooms


In the living and dining rooms, you can consider painting this color on all the walls.

I highly recommend incorporating the tints of satin brass or polished chrome for a touch of luxe and elegance. 

Regarding the color palette, you can choose shades of white as a neutral on the fabrics and moldings and choose the shades of blue or green as accents on the pillows, blankets, rugs, ottomans, and artwork.

Lastly, place black metal chandeliers and white sheer curtains to feel lively and airy.

And if you have hardwood floors, it’s quite good to go!

Using in Bedrooms


In the bedrooms, feel free to use this color on all the walls.

If you want to keep it light – you can also choose to paint the accent wall in this color and further pairing the adjacent walls in the white paint.

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For a touch of visual interest and contrast, add a mirror to the focal wall and a couple of artworks throughout the room.

And lastly, don’t hold back from wooden furniture in the form of bed frames, nightstands, and dressers. 

Classic Silver in Kitchens


Kitchen cabinets in Behr Classic Silver are bound to look flawless.

They work amazingly well in transitional, traditional, and contemporary kitchens.

I recommend adding knobs and pull handles in satin brass and further adding white to the backsplash tiles and countertops.

Lastly, if you have hardwood floors – it is good to go.

Otherwise, you can place a multicolored medallion runner to help your kitchen exhibit a timeless appeal.

Using on Exteriors


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Whether you have a Craftsman, Ranch-style, Mid-Century Modern, Contemporary, or Modern style, this gray paint is the way to achieve a majestic look.

You can choose to add whites to the trims and exterior architectural details.

And, don’t feel shy about using bold blue or mustard on the shutters, entryway door, or window frames.

In the case of columns on the patio and porch – you can use natural stone wainscotting to add an authentic detailed character to this facade!

To make the exteriors look sophisticated, add shades of black to the frames! 

So, how would you like to use this color in your home? Interiors or Exteriors? Bedrooms or Living rooms? Or doors or walls?

Now that you know everything about this color – are you excited about painting your home in Classic Silver? 

Should there be any questions or thoughts, let me know in the comments below!

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