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Is Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams In or Out?

There are so many options (maybe too many!) for painting your home. It is hard to commit to just one, and you don’t want to make a bad choice and make trip after trip for another paint test. Repose Gray has been a popular color by Sherwin Williams for years now.

But is still popular and will it work in your home? I’ll explain the many ways that Repose Gray may be right (or wrong) for you!

Is Repose Gray warm or cool?

Repose gray is a warmer gray than you might have come to expect from typical gray paints. With help from its various undertones, you can expect a soft and warm color experience when you apply repose gray in your home.  

With these undertones, there may be places in your home where it looks a bit cooler than it would otherwise. This could happen in darker rooms that don’t receive as much natural lighting.

That’s why it is important to get a Repose Gray sample and test it in your unique home setup. While you can typically expect a warmer appearance, there may be situations where it is cooler than you would like.

What color looks good with Repose Gray?

Repose Gray is a beautifully soft and warm color and appears very neutral. Because of this, it is best to avoid very bright and vibrant colors as an accent.

More neutral or subdued colors work best with this color. Sherwin Williams recommends a few colors to pair with Repose Gray.

These include:

  • Pavestone (SW 7642)
  • Coral Clay (SW 9005)
  • Elder White (SW 7014)

If these don’t appeal to you, then there are some other options you can consider. If you like the emphasize the neutral appearance of Repose Gray, then choosing other greys, beiges and whites could be appealing to you.

Otherwise, soft blues, greens, and even navy and some browns could pair well with Repose Gray. Ultimately, look at projects from other homeowners and experiment with what is appealing to you!

Neutral tones and warmer colors are still trending in the year 2022. While some grays may have gone out of style in higher-end builds, Repose Gray may not be a part of that group of grays.

Many homeowners and contractors still turn to gray also, so Repose Gray should be retaining some popularity in the coming year. It’s also still one of Sherwin Williams’ most popular colors!

Repose Gray may be more popular than cooler grays and find some use as a neutral accent color. But even if Repose Gray does not dominate the market this year, the right paint for your home is whatever is fitting for you!

You may not be comfortable with other trending colors, so pick up a sample of Repose Gray and see if it is the right fit for your dream home.

What is the undertone of Repose Gray?

Repose Gray is often defined as “greige”, appearing as a neutral gray and beige color. The warmth (and sometimes coolness) of this color is due to its variety of undertones.

The warmth of Repose Gray comes from the subtle brown undertones. This is also why it may have a beige appearance to some people.

Slight green undertones can also be seen, more noticeable in rooms with bright natural light.

In darker rooms with less natural light, you may notice slight blue and even purple undertones. These are the times when the commonly warm tone of Repose Gray may appear cool.

Make sure to test your paint ideas in small areas first, so you can understand how the paint will appear in the different areas of your home.

Does repose Grey look blue?

The undertones of Repose Grey will be more obvious based on where it is used in your home. So yes, in certain areas of your home, at certain times, Repose Grey can certainly appear a little blue.

In north-facing rooms, lighting is more grayish and cooler, so here is where blue (and even purple!) undertones can pop out. If you like the experience, then Repose Grey can be a great choice for your north-facing rooms!

If you would prefer to highlight the green and brown undertones, then lighter south-facing rooms are a better choice.

Is Repose Gray a true gray?

It is hard for neutral colors to ever be “True”. They are often affected by the lighting and environment of whatever room they are in. But, even with the warm and cool undertones that Repose Gray can show, it can still be considered a true gray.

The different undertones may appear more depending on the lighting of your rooms, but Repose Gray should still appear as a gray. It may be a bit warmer or cooler, but if you wanted a gray color for your home, then Repose Gray would not disappoint you.

Repose Gray LRV

LRV stands for Light Reflectance Value and represents the amount of light that a paint color will reflect into a room. LRV is measured on a scale of 0-100, with 0 being the darkest black with a little reflection, and 100 being the brightest white with a lot of reflection. Sherwin Williams says that the LRV of Repose Gray is 58.

With Repose Gray’s LRV measuring at 58, the paint it isn’t particularly reflective, but can be in the right situations. So, it is warmer than your average gray color, but not as reflective as your average white color.

Where to use Repose Gray?

Repose Gray is a beautiful neutral tone, and because of this, it is very versatile! You could reasonably use Repose Gray in every room in your home.

Whether it is the dominant color in the room or applied as an accent, it depends on what your unique tastes are.

Whether you are looking at dark hardwood or light hardwood flooring, painting a bedroom or a kitchen, Repose Gray is not an aggressive enough color to clash with many choices.

You might not get the most out of vibrant furniture and accents with Repose Gray, but with a house that features neutral and subdued tones throughout, Repose Gray is a great complimentary color.

Accent Colors for Repose Gray

Sherwin Williams offers a few other colors that pair well with Repose Gray.

These include:

  • Serious Gray (SW 6256) – The cool blue tones of this gray color can really pop when paired with the warmer tones of Repose Gray. One idea could be to pair these in a north-facing room and have the cooler blue undertones of Repose Gray pop right along with Serious Gray.

  • Extra White (SW 7006) – This is a much brighter color and can maybe be paired with Repose Gray in lighter south-facing rooms. The beige tones of Repose Gray may be more visible when paired with Extra White.

Repose Gray Color Comparisons

Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore offer a few colors that come close to Repose Gray but have subtle differences that make a big difference in a home. These are Agreeable Gray (SW 7029), and Revere Pewter (HC-172).

Agreeable Gray can look identical to Repose Gray at first glance. But side by side comparisons can really show the differences, and a large paint project will as well.

Agreeable Gray is slightly cooler and appears more beige or brown than Repose Gray. The green undertones of Repose Gray really pop when compared with Agreeable Gray.

Revere Pewter might have been as popular as Repose Gray, but the differences might explain why Repose Gray could have more popularity now.

Revere Pewter also appears more “greige” and the brown undertones are really visible with this color. In the right lighting, it might even be mistaken for lighter brown paint. But with Repose Gray, it’s much lighter with the gray color more prominent.  

Repose Gray undertones

Repose Gray appears with warm and cool undertones in the right lighting. Green and brown/beige undertones are more present in a lighter/south-facing room setting.

In a darker/north-facing room, blue and purple undertones are visible with repose gray.

You should never assume how Repose Gray or any paint will appear in your home. Always grab a sample and try a test in specific rooms so you can understand how Repose Gray will appear in certain settings.

How does lighting affect Repose Gray?

You can expect north and south-facing rooms to be exposed to a certain amount of natural lighting throughout the day. Otherwise, you can provide your own artificial light in any room which will affect how your paint job is presented.

Even your choice of lightbulb can affect the appearance of paint in your home. Some light bulbs mimic daylight, with a brighter white light.

Others are more yellow/orange and are meant to provide a certain atmosphere. There are also a lot of LED light bulbs available now that can make any color of the rainbow.

It might be best to establish what lighting will look like in your room before you decide on your paint. I mentioned before how Repose Gray will appear in cooler or warmer lighting like the image below.

Once you know how your room will be lit, you can test to see how Repose Gray will look with that lighting.

Repose Gray vs Agreeable Gray

If you like Repose Gray but feel it is just a little bit off, then similar colors like Agreeable Gray may be more to your liking.

If you like beige and brown more for your home, then Agreeable Gray might be your ideal choice. It is incredibly close to Repose Gray but just pops those brown undertones a bit more.

Where can you use Repose Gray SW 7015?

The strength of Repose Gray is its warm and soft neutral tone. Since it does not stand out like other vibrant colors, it can be used just about anywhere and not disrupt the room.

Knowing how to pair Repose Gray is the most important thing, and once you understand what colors and furniture you want to pair it with, you can experiment with Repose Gray in every room!

Consider using Repose Gray for:

  • Kitchens
  • Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Living Rooms
  • Trim and Molding
  • Kitchen Cabinets
  • Exterior

How to lighten Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

One of the best ways to lighten paint is to lighten the colors when the paint is being mixed.

So, wherever you go to pick up your paint, if they are mixing the paint color on-site, you can ask for it to be 50% lighter, or 25% or whatever % you find to be the best for you.

Otherwise, you could try to lighten the paint yourself at home by simply adding white paint to the mix. You can mix in a little at a time, and you probably only lighten a smaller portion of your paint in another container.

Mix well after adding more paint, otherwise, you may get streaks when you go to paint after you find your ideal color.

What sheen should you choose for Repose Gray?

Changing the sheen of your paint will affect how light or dark it looks. So, a higher sheen will reflect more light, making your paint appear lighter.

A lower sheen will reflect less, and therefore appear darker. You can play around with sheen levels so you can find what matches your vision for your home.

If you like the warm light appearance of Repose Gray, then you should experiment with a higher sheen. If the cooler appearance is the vibe you are looking for in your home, consider trying a lower sheen.

Have fun and Experiment!

Painting projects can be a fun activity when perfecting your home. You can plan as much as you want, but you will only know what is right for you once you test it and see it presented in person.

So have fun! Experiment with different colors and explore all the options available to you. You can also check out some other home ideas I shared.

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Enjoy yourself and I hope you find the perfect paint for your home!

Chat soon,

Kori

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  1. Many years ago we had a one floor open plan house and we painted the walls a very soft blue/gray. I loved it.

    1. Sounds lovely! I did the same in our last house. It was an open floor plan with a different shade of green in each room, so it was a big improvement lol.

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