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Behr Natural Gray Review – The Natural and Contemporary Gray

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Grays are endless. Yes! They truly are.

Well, some are warm and some are cool. And at the same time, some have blue, green, red, or pink undertones.

And trust me, the list goes on and on.

One such paint color is Behr Natural Gray. This medium-toned, warm gray paint color has a deep neutral look.

It’s a mainstream gray that will always feel timeless, versatile, and classic.

Yes – moreover, you can very easily pair this gray with any of the color palettes without having to worry about cohesiveness or balance and hierarchy!


And especially for interior design styles like modern, mid-century modern, contemporary, modern farmhouse, transitional, and Scandinavian – this particular gray can play a great alternative or option.

So, are you excited to apply a fresh coat of this paint color in your home?

Well, in the color review, I will elaborate on the various whereabouts and how bouts of the paint color. 

Along with where, when, and how to best style and decorate with Behr Natural Gray.

So, sit back and relax! 

Maybe reach out for your favorite cup of coffee and enjoy how this color can bring light to your space!

Behr Natural Gray PPU18-10 Details and Specifications

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This particular warm gray paint color is something to look forward to!

Before you choose a paint color for your home, you must analyze the underlying theories and facts.

And truly, this is one of the most important aspects that you need to consider!

After all, from a wide array of warm grays, how to differentiate them all.

So, first and foremost, let me introduce you to the concept of Light Reflectance Values or the LRVs that determine 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 the Behr Natural Gray is 53.

And that means it falls on the medium to the lighter end of the scale. 

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

Also, just in case 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 = 196

Green = 192

Blue = 187

HEX Value = #c4c0bb

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

How Does This Color Feel in a Space?


This gray paint color will feel utmost delightful, soft, crisp, and refined.

However, you have to be very careful when using this paint – since it also has the potential to appear dull and dingy.

So, I highly recommend using this paint color in a room that has ample natural light pouring in.

Moreover, even the compass directions have a lot to say here!

In the south and west-facing rooms, this color is bound to slightly incline towards the warmer side of the scale.

On the other hand, in the north and east-facing rooms, this color will appear like a cool gray neutral.

How Does Light Affect the Color?


Natural light has a major say here! 

Whether natural or artificial – the light goes hand in hand with this gray paint color.

So, in a room with no natural light – this paint color will appear grayish-black with a deep dingy atmosphere. 

Long story short – you give light to this paint and it will shine bright! 

If for some reason, you’re restricted to using a particular paint, you can always make use of artificial lighting to create a dreamy aura.

Warm white and yellow saturation of the lighting fixtures would neutralize the cool character of this gray paint. 

What are the Best Coordinating Colors?

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Choosing a well-balanced and well complementary color scheme is necessary.

You simply can’t pair any random hue with the other. And moreover, if you have a great command of the color wheel, it’s like a cherry on the top.

Hence, from crisp and creamy whites, lighter mauves, coral pinks, to lighter blues, bronze, and olive greens – this particular warm gray paint will play flawlessly with all of the above-mentioned shades.

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 material and metallic accents through floating shelves, chandelier, artwork frames, and furniture frames – remember to add tinges of matte black, chrome, or brushed brass.

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

Here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a monochromatic color palette!

  • PPU24-11 Greige
  • PPU18-16 Elephant Skin
  • MQ2-62 Peppery

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Here are a few of the colors I would recommend for a contrasting color palette!

  • N160-4 Sonora Rose
  • 740F-4 Dark Storm Cloud
  • 75 Polar Bear

Natural gray coordinations

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 Natural Gray Vs Similar Colors

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You can find a wide array of similar-looking options here!

The gray with deep warm undertones are what they all have, however, could majorly differ in reflectivity and undertones.

So, the two closely related colors are BM 1466 Smoke Embers and SW 0055 Light French Gray.

Let’s see how all of them differ.

Natural Gray Vs Smoke Embers

natural gray vs smoke embers

These two colors share some similarities as well as differences.

The major difference is the undertones – well, the former paint color has notable warm undertones whereas the latter has dominant cool undertones.

With an LRV of 51.75 – this color feels equally dark and deep! 

Lastly, when pairing color palettes, don’t hold back from a tinge of charcoal blue as an accent.

Natural Gray Vs Light French Gray

natural gray vs light french gray

Sherwin Williams Light French Gray is a cool-toned gray paint color with deep neutral undertones – learn more here.

It’s light, airy, and can absolutely feel weighed down and natural.

Furthermore, this paint color has an LRV of 53 – which makes it slightly lighter than the former paint colors.

A similar natural gray from Behr is Toasty Gray – it’s a tad lighter but brings the same natural flavor for a gray.

Where to Use Natural Gray?


Behr Natural Gray is a mainstream gray paint color that can undeniably be used anywhere.

So, if you’re particularly doubtful about a color palette in your home – let me tell you, gray will always play classic and timeless.

Whether it’s the kitchen cabinets, accent or featured wall, or the exterior wall shiplap – you can definitely consider this paint hue if in search of timeless paint color.

So, let’s see where and how to incorporate this color into your home.

Natural Gray in Living and Dining Rooms

Behr Natural Gray is a beautiful shade of gray that can make your living and dining room appear crisp, modern, elegant, and sophisticated.

You can consider painting all the walls in this paint color (especially if the space is large and has double heights).

Furthermore, ensure that the curtains and window moldings are crisp and clean white with the furniture fabric that’s a couple of shades lighter in beige.

In terms of metallic accents, chrome and matte black are something to consider.

Using in Bedrooms


If your bedroom receives ample natural light or has sufficient windows – you can definitely use this paint on all the walls. 

Especially for a transitional-style bedroom, this color can best complement the creamy whites and lighter beige on the bedding and accessories.

Furthermore, for the throw pillows and focal artwork – choose shades of mauve or charcoal blue!

Remember, a bedroom is one of the most personal spaces in your home – and that’s why it should truly speak your style and personality.

Natural Gray in Kitchens


Do you have an admiration for monochromes in gray, specifically?

Well, in such a case, Behr Natural Gray plays a fundamental role.

You can add this gray on the kitchen cabinets and further add whites on the backdrop wall to give a modern and sophisticated touch to your space.

Lastly, to infuse a sense of visual interest, add chrome or brushed brass and gold-tinted metallic accents on the knobs, pull handles, and lighting fixtures.

Also, choose white backsplash tiles and white-veined marble to play a great base in your kitchen. 

Using on Exteriors

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This color is restricted to most of the exterior design styles – whether contemporary, modern, Victorian, Colonial, and mid-century modern exterior design styles.

You can either add bold grays, blacks, or even a tinge of white to complete the exterior palette.

For the exterior doors, windows, and shutters – you can pick a blue paint like Behr Jean Jacket Blue to further add a contrasting look.

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!

So, how do you plan to use this color in your home? 

Kitchen cabinets or focal console tables? Living room or bedrooms?

Well, trust me! You would never regret using this color in your home. 

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

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