Anew Gray is a mid-toned greige that has a lot of depth and richness without being overly dark which is exactly what I was looking for when choosing a color for our living room. Here’s a pic of it in our space – it shows really well how Anew Gray can look different depending on the type of light it receives: Sources: Loveseat & ottoman (custom order from Lee Industries) | Linen swivel chairs | Wood floor lamp | Framed leaf art print | Woven ottoman tray | White vase | Faux eucalyptus | Bone beads | Black & white striped pillows | Round mirror over fireplace | Vases on mantel – no longer available | Faux flowers in mantel vases If you look closely at the painted areas closest to the floor, you’ll see some purple undertones – that’s because it’s the spot that receives the most light from the window across from the fireplace and it’s cool toned light since it’s a north facing window. Higher up on the wall and around most of the rest of the room it looks like a true greige. You can also see that in more shadowy areas like to the right of my black cabinet, the color looks darker and richer.
Other than the purple undertones that you see for a small area of our room with the direct northern exposure light (which will happen with any greige), I see no other obvious undertones with Anew Gray in normal lighting – it’s just a nice not-too-light, not-too-dark warm neutral. On the wall across from the fireplace is our window seat which was one of Hope’s favorite places to hang out and have a bird’s eye view of what was going on outside – I sure miss this sweet little face:
The trim in our living room is painted Benjamin Moore Cloud White in satin. If you’re thinking about using Anew Gray in your home, you’re probably debating between it and several other similar greige paints colors so I thought I’d do a comparison between Anew Gray and the six other greige paint colors that people are most often deciding between (according to Google). The light that each room receives is unique and it can significantly impact how the paint color looks in that space. One word of warning about the greiges I’m sharing: like Anew Gray, the other grieges in this same hue family have a tendency to show purple undertones in certain light, particularly rooms that get a lot of natural northern light (while in most rooms, especially southern facing, you won’t see any purple undertones).
If you’re seeing purple undertones that you don’t like when you sample them on your wall, shift to trying paint colors that have more beige/yellow in them. It’s a great choice if you love the color of Anew Gray but want something a little lighter and brighter.
A quick little story about it… A while back my sister called me in a panic because her painter had done the first coat of the color she chose for her family room and she hated it.
She needed to decide on a new color asap so she could buy the paint and have it ready for the painter the next morning.
She loved it and we both breathed a sigh of relief (because yes, paint choices are serious first world stress 😂). And with that I’m off to get a few last things done at our house in NC before heading back to CT one last time to get everything packed up and moved.
It’s hard to believe our move date is almost here – I have a lot to share over the next few weeks so stay tuned!