Greiges are comparatively new in the interior design industry!
But what really are they?
Well, I am sure you must know the concept of how this color category is formed.
(Of course, as the name suggests)
Greiges are basically the amalgamation of beiges and grays to create a category that must be used – when in confusion!
For all those who are planning to renovate or upgrade – one of the most popular choices is grays, beiges, and even greiges.
So if you feel dicey when thinking of beiges or grays – the best option to choose is the greiges.
And you know the best part?
There are just so MANY greiges out there on the Sherwin Williams palette that you would simply fall in love with.
Depending upon the blend of beiges and grays – your greige will majorly align towards the grays and beiges or warm and cool!
Furthermore, regardless of the interior design style – these neutral paints make a dashing statement everywhere!
So, if you are planning to consider greiges for your home – you must keep reading ahead to know the best ones that you can absolutely incorporate.
Let’s get started!
Chip and Joanna Gaines’s Love for Greiges
Introduced by the famous TV star and home designer, Joanna Gaines – the category of greiges is very much loved by homeowners across the world.
Whether it is the interior walls, exterior shiplaps, ceilings, décor furnishings, or the door and window frames – these greiges prove to be a much popular option in your home!
Greiges could either be cool-toned (the ones with cool gray undertones) or warm-toned (the ones with beige undertones).
So, as we discussed – Sherwin Williams has formulated swatches and swatches of neutrals to choose from!
But how are they really made?
Greiges: The Best of Both the Cool and Warm Neutrals
It’s time we take the best qualities from grays and beiges to create a neutral that offers the everything you want from both worlds!
Versatility to the utmost – greiges can come off as classic and traditional to fresh and modern.
Whether you want cool or warm undertones – greiges play a great role in offering a subtle and timeless backdrop for your home.
Here’s the basics:
A greige with strong gray undertones will appear cooler on the contrary to a greige with beige undertones that will appear slightly warmer.
So, if you love the idea of gray but don’t want the effects of the cool and crisp undertone – greige would be a great option to use since it plays a perfect blend!
These types of SW neutrals are what I definitely recommend to my clients who are looking for a modern and sleek appearance that is also quite the norm.
Light Reflectance Values – Helpful Specs to Know
LRV or Light Reflectance Values helps in determining how light or dark the paint color is.
So, in the case of greiges and their wide range, you are quite likely to find these color falling in each and every category – whether dark or light!
Further, some of the lighter greiges fall somewhere between 60-70 and the darker ones are somewhere between 5-10!
There is a range of greige paints that you can choose from – depending upon the interior design style and the sizes of your spaces.
Mainly, these colors make a great statement in Modern, Mid-Century, Modern Farmhouse, Contemporary, and Traditional-styled homes.
However, if you plan on using them in extremely small spaces – I would advise you absolutely move forward with lighter greiges that are somehow cooler-toned with deep gray undertones!
Best Places to Use Sherwin Williams Greige Paint Colors?
Sherwin Williams greiges can be used anywhere and everywhere in your home.
Being one of the most popular categories, these paints can be found literally everywhere!
(If you like those reality TV shows or if you constantly find yourself browsing home inspiration on houzz – you are quite likely to find the greige paints)!
So, whether it is the kitchen cabinets, the bedroom walls, living room and family room walls, exteriors, or the kids’ rooms – greiges will always play soothing and subtle.
However, you have to be very careful about picking the best complementary colors.
I recommend you choose creamy or cool whites, certain shades of blues, even mauves, darker grays, and blacks!
Best Sherwin Williams Greige Paint Colors
Can I say that they all are simply flawless and beautiful?
Well, there are too many, so I am going to enlist some popular and some as one of my favorites!
I will cover most of them – whether cool or warm, so you get an idea about how to play with each shade here!
Let’s look through some of the popular greige paint colors that can be incorporated into your home.
5 Most Popular
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray:
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray very swiftly appears like a greige but can also be very intimidating!
This lighter-toned greige paint color appears gray in north-facing rooms and beige in certain west-facing rooms!
Confusing much, right?
But don’t worry – that’s the beauty of it!
You can analyze how the color feels like in certain environmental conditions – and depending on that should you choose paint colors!
With an LRV of 60, this paint surely falls on the lighter end of the scale!
(It looks, even more, light when used in a room with excessive natural or artificial light)
I recommend this paint in Traditional, Modern, Transitional, Modern Farmhouse, Bohemian, and even Contemporary-styled homes.
Check out my full article on Agreeable gray here!
Be sure to understand the associated RGB and HEX Values that are as follows:
Red = 209
Green = 203
Blue = 193
HEX Value = #d1cbc1
Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray:
A little more of a beige, Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray is comparatively a mid to darker-toned greige that feels very soft and soothing.
With an LRV of 48, this color tends to reflect half of the incoming natural light to create a sense of balance and harmony in your space.
I recommend this paint in Traditional, Transitional, Bohemian, Modern Farmhouse, and Modern-styled homes.
Since this paint is quite dark – I don’t recommend it in smaller-sized rooms!
I recommend understanding the associated RGB and HEX Values to know more about the color specification!
Red = 188
Green = 183
Blue = 173
HEX Value = #bcb7ad
Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray:
Aligning more towards the gray than beige, Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray is far prettier than you may assume.
With deep cooler undertones and a light reflectivity value of 53, this paint feels lighter than the former.
I highly recommend this shade of greige if you live in warmer and tropical states since it reflects a slightly cooler feel in your room – while also offering the advantage of being a greige!
I recommend this paint in Contemporary, Scandinavian, and Modern homes that adore the tinge of cool from every inch!
It is now time to look through the color details and specifications to know more about it!
Red = 198
Green = 192
Blue = 182
HEX Value = #c6c0b6
Find out much more in my complete review of Colonnade Gray here!
Sherwin Williams Mega Greige:
Sherwin Williams Mega Greige is quite a lesser confusing and delightful greige!
I would say that it clearly reflects the three kinds of undertones – beiges, grays, and somewhere even deeper browns!
With an LRV of 37 – this paint falls on the darker end of the scale – so, you must neutralize the appearance by using creamy whites and crisp whites.
Furthermore, you can even use it on the accent wall and pair it with whites with brown or yellow undertones.
Find the associated RGB and HEX Values as follows to know more about the bold color’s specification:
Red = 173
Green = 162
Blue = 149
HEX Value = #ada295
Sherwin Williams Repose Gray:
Another very popular greige from the Sherwin Williams collection, Repose Gray is a paint that is quite liked by the builders as well as homeowners.
It strictly aligns with the grays – however, if you plan to use it in the east or west-facing rooms – it is quite likely to reflect a tinge of warmth!
With an LRV of 58, this paint falls on the medium to the lighter end of the scale – do consider it in medium-sized rooms.
Here are the important associated RGB and HEX Values:
Red = 204
Green = 201
Blue = 192
HEX Value = #ccc9c0
5 Next Most Popular
Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige:
There have been quite a few times that I have covered this paint under beiges – well, actually somewhere inside – it can also be qualified for the greige category!
It has an LRV of 58 – so, falling somewhere on the mid-end to the lighter end of the scale.
It is quite popular – so you can easily use it on the cabinets, bedroom and living room walls, as well as exterior shiplaps.
Sherwin Williams Alpaca:
Sherwin Williams Alpaca is a warm greige paint that feels extremely cozy at the same time.
With deep warm-cool undertones, this paint makes a dashing statement in the transitional, traditional, farmhouse, and bohemian styles.
It has an LRV of 57 – so, falling somewhere on the mid-end of the scale.
So, you can either use it as an accent or the bases – while defining a clean warm undertone.
Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige:
A very dark tone of greige, Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige introduces to you a sense of boldness and darkness.
With deep warm undertones and an LRV of 42 – this paint feels absolutely welcoming yet characteristic when used in your home.
You can either use it on the accent wall or let the focal cabinets play a hue here!
Get the full skinny on Perfect Greige in my article here!
Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray:
Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray is neither too cool, nor too warm – and that is what makes the color stand out!
With an LRV of 57, this color falls on the medium to the lighter end of the scale – so, it’s a great way to flaunt-off some beauty!
I highly recommend this paint if you are looking for a warm, welcoming, and comfortable environment!
Sherwin Williams Anew Gray:
Sherwin Williams Anew Gray is a popular greige paint color that feels absolutely delightful and fresh in your home.
With an LRV of 47, this color falls on the medium to lighter end of the scale!
I recommend this paint in Modern Farmhouse, traditional, and transitional-styled homes.
My Personal Favorites
Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray:
Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray is a crisp greige paint color that aligns more towards the grays with a deep green undertone!
I absolutely love how the color feels on the walls – and especially if you use it on the double-heightened walls.
It has an LRV of 39 – so, falling on the darker end of the scale!
Sherwin Williams Pavestone:
A subtle and warm gray-toned greige paint, Sherwin Williams Pavestone is a very beautiful paint color.
You can pair it with crisp whites to absolutely balance the appearance.
Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray:
This paint color is something I absolutely like!
This greige has deep green and brown undertones – so, I only recommend for larger-sized rooms.
Inspiration and Examples
Sherwin Williams Anew Gray feels warmer when used with warmer artificial lighting – while also giving your room a characteristic charm.
The lower-kelvin rated, warm light bulbs in this situation just accentuate the warmer qualities and abilities of this color. Just wow.
Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray will give your space a soft and smooth appeal.
Here, we see it working so beautifully with both the white elements and the deep, rich elements. Talk about versatility when coordinating in your home’s palette!
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray is one of the most popular greige paints – and with an eggshell finish – it is going to look absolutely stunning!
It’s a color that will make any kitchen look updated just with a coat of paint.
Do you like the SW Dorian Gray cabinets here?
It takes a small, narrow space and just beckons you in to where you won’t want to leave!
Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams feels absolutely warm in this open concept plan!
Now that we have discussed the major aspects and types of greige paint colors, do you feel confident in incorporating any one of them in your homes?
Whether it is the hallways or the exteriors, bedrooms, or the living room – greiges make a must everywhere.
You just have to give them an opportunity!
So, without a thought – pick up your favorite greige now and don’t forget to let me know your thoughts in the comments below!