Although this greige color can show warmth with brighter light conditions, it is usually on the cooler side. We picked this white because there were several cases where we had warm wood in the house and a brighter color would have looked harsh. Both white trim and warm wood tones look beautiful with Repose Gray, and they bring life to each other.
As with other violet grays, if you have lots of green foliage outside, its warmth will neutralize the greenery colors so that they don’t reflect onto your walls. The photos in this post are from one of our favorite Color Concierge Projects with another historic home in Denver. I love this project as a case study because it has rooms with North, South, East and West facing exposures as well as examples with white trim and warm wood accents.
Although whites and lighter greige colors are very popular right now, the quick answer is YES! White wall colors are very popular right now, but they can be cold and difficult to decorate with, so homeowners are going back to warmer neutrals.
For those who want a color that shows contrast with trim and ceiling, Repose Gray could be a contender for your home.
The key is to make sure this color pairs well with your countertops, floors, carpets and decor. A lighter version would be SW City Loft (Sample HERE), with an LRV of 70.. Use Repose Gray when you have lots of light, warm wood finishes and when you have crisp whites and matching stone or quartz countertops.
This color can also work well with granite countertops and earthy finishes as long as they have the same undertones. I don’t have photos, but in the entry he had four different wood floors meeting in one place. Another super simple update was to raise the curtain rods so that they were between the top of the window sill and the ceiling. This small change instantly made the ceilings look taller. Southern Exposure This dining room is so beautiful with South facing light. In addition to Repose Gray on the walls, we also painted the built-in china hutch Westhighland White.
The ceilings look taller and more graceful with the curtain rods raised. The room looks cramped with the curtain rod resting on the window trim and the dark hutch.
The contrast is beautiful and the wood tones in the trim and mirror bring the room to life. On this floor, we painted the trim, baseboards and doors white because they were in bad shape.
We had to paint the ceiling SW Westhighland White because of the condition of the wood. I wouldn’t use this paint color in a house that had this type of light in the majority of the areas.
In this upstairs bedroom, we kept the trim and ceilings unpainted, and they added so much warmth. This bathroom is adjacent to the bedroom and shows a gorgeous combination of painted trim and warm wood ceilings.
Another simple update was that we painted the fireplace brick Westhighland White (flat sheen).
The brick wasn’t in great condition and a simple coat of paint made the room light and airy. Western Exposure This downstairs dining nook had West facing windows into the backyard, with tons of foliage. Yellow paint colors or creamy yellowish whites can look dingy.
In the old days, this meant we painted a large poster board with sample pots and a huge mess. It also makes a great whole-house white paint color, especially in a heavily wooded lot.
Between these two, Gray Heron is my favorite, and part of the Sherwin-Williams Emerald Designer Edition Collection.
They both have violet undertones, but Gray Heron is a cleaner, lighter and crisper version. Revere Pewter (Sample Here) has green undertones, where Repose Gray has violet ones. If you are looking for the Benjamin Moore version of Repose, then Collingwood (Sample Here) is your color.
Which Benjamin Moore Colors are like Sherwin Williams Repose Gray? As mentioned above, the very closest is Benjamin Moore Collingwood, though it is slightly lighter. Collingwood will give you the same look and feel as Repose Gray, even though they are not identical.
Sherwin Williams Repose Gray is a gorgeous greige with violet undertones that looks fantastic with bright whites or wood tones. Please note that the blog is meant as general advice, and it is not possible to give out specific answers to your paint questions.