Edgecomb Gray, by Benjamin Moore, is one of the most popular colors on the paint market. It’s wide popularity is due to its ability to coordinate with most any decor or design style.
Edgecomb Gray is a soft, warm paint color. It looks creamy without looking yellow in a sunny room, but will take on a more gray hue in a darker room.
Edgecomb Gray – Is it beige or gray?
Edgecomb Gray is actually a greige. A greige is a color that has both beige and gray undertones. Edgecomb Gray leans more strongly towards a beige than a gray, but both shades are present.
Edgecomb Gray is one of the few greige shades that does not have purple or green undertones to it. This means, it is going to show as a gray or a beige, depending on the light, but not as a purple or green tinged color.
For example, I painted my upstairs hallway Worldly Gray, which is a greige paint color by Sherwin Williams. My husband came upstairs and asked, “Did you paint the hall purple?” Edgecomb Gray will not do this in your home. Instead, it will just look neutral.
Greige paint colors are very in style right now, due to their versatility. In fact, all of the most popular Benjamin Moore paint colors right now fall into the neutral category – grays, beiges, whites, and earth tones.
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Edgecomb Gray Coordinating Colors
Edgecomb Gray is a perfect backdrop for many color schemes. It is a beautiful shade for a neutral color scheme, full of shades of white, cream, beige and tan, or can pair beautifully with bright pops of color.
Edgecomb Gray is a great shade to anchor a whole house color scheme as well. It can be paired with many other neutral paint colors for a cohesive, coordinated look in a home.
For brighter palette, Palladian Blue, Saybrook Sage, Hale Navy and Hawthorne Yellow, some of Benjamin Moore’s other most popular colors, will all coordinate nicely with it.
If you’re interested in learning how to choose coordinating colors for your home, check out this article on choosing paint colors for home interiors.
What Rooms Should I Paint Edgecomb Gray?
Edgecomb Gray can be painted in any room of your house.
If you like one color throughout the home, this is a great choice. In your bright rooms, such as a living room or dining room with lots of windows, it will appear as a light beige (but never a yellowy or orangy beige). In your darker rooms, such as hallways or bathrooms, it will look like a soft grayish beige.
With how adaptable Edgecomb Gray is, it can also easily go in bedrooms, basements, kitchens, or studies. See Edgecomb Gray discussed here in the best colors for a bedroom.
Edgecomb Gray Compared
Edgecomb Gray reigns in popularity with several other greige paint colors. Some of the other most commonly chosen greige paints are Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray, Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige, Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, Benjamin Moore Pale Oak, and Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist.
In order to help you choose which popular greige is the best shade for your house, let’s look at Edgecomb Gray compares to all of these shades.
Edgecomb Gray vs. SW Agreeable Gray
While Edgecomb Gray is one of the most popular Benjamin Moore colors, Agreeable Gray is the most popular Sherwin Williams paint color.
In comparing them, Edgecomb Gray has more beige, while Agreeable Gray has more gray in it. Both are amazing greige options, but Edgecomb Gray will be lighter and more airy on your walls then Agreeable Gray will present.
Edgecomb Gray has an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 63, meaning it is a color that will reflect a lot of light. Agreeable Gray’s LRV is 60, so it will present as just slightly darker on your walls.
Edgecomb Gray vs. SW Accessible Beige
Accessible Beige, by Sherwin Williams, is another highly popular paint color choice. As you can see, it is more earthy than Edgecomb Gray. Accessible Beige carries more brown and beige tones, and slightly less gray than Edgecomb Gray.
While Edgecomb Gray’s LRV is 63, Accessible Beige has an LRV of 58. Accessible Beige is still considered a light color, but is on the darker end of the “light” choices.
Check out this post for all the details on Accessible Beige!
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Edgecomb Gray vs. Revere Pewter
Revere Pewter may be the most popular Benjamin Moore color chosen by homeowners and designers. It is included on almost all lists of the most popular gray paint choices (even though it is a greige).
Edgecomb Gray and Revere Pewter are similar shades, though Revere Pewter has more gray. With an LRV of 55, Revere Pewter is also a slightly darker shade than Edgecomb Gray.
In addition, while Edgecomb Gray can take on an almost creamy look, Revere Pewter will not.
Check out a full color review of Revere Pewter here!
Edgecomb Gray vs. Pale Oak
Pale Oak is another gorgeous, soft shade by Benjamin Moore. When I was choosing a color for my dining room, I went back and forth between the two before finally deciding on Edgecomb Gray.
As you can see from the color comparison, Pale Oak is slightly lighter than Edgecomb Gray, with an LRV of 70. Because I was painting a very bright room with lots of windows, I chose Edgecomb Gray for a little more distinction. If I had been painting a less well lit room, I probably would have chosen Pale Oak.
Historically, Pale Oak has not been as popular as Edgecomb Gray. It has a little bit less gray in it, and gray has ruled the paint charts for years. With a recent shift towards warmer grays, we may be seeing Pale Oak becoming more popular.
Edgecomb Gray vs. Balboa Mist
For our last comparison, let’s look at Edgecomb Gray and Balboa Mist.
Balboa Mist has an LRV of 67. With Edgecomb Gray having an LRV of 63, they are among the closest in light reflectance value of all the shades discussed.
As evident in the color comparison, Edgecomb Gray has a bit more beige, and Balboa Mist has a bit more gray. Other than that, they are very similar.
Which Shade Is Lighter Than Edgecomb Gray?
Of all the shades compared here, Edgecomb Gray is probably closest to Pale Oak in undertones. While they are not exactly the same color, if you want a color that is just a bit lighter than Edgecomb Gray, Pale Oak would be a good choice.
Alternatively, you can also ask Benjamin Moore to make you a can of Edgecomb Gray at 75%, 50%, or 25%. This means that they will use the same formula of Edgecomb Gray but with a specific percentage less of the pigments.
So, if you want Edgecomb Gray but just slightly lighter, get a can of Edgecomb Gray at 50%. At 75%, you won’t see much of a difference.
Final Thoughts on Edgecomb Gray
Edgecomb Gray is a beautiful Benjamin Moore paint color to use in your home. It will coordinate with many other paint and accent colors, can be used in any room of the house, and perfectly skirts the worlds of beige and gray paints.
I hope this color spotlight on Edgecomb Gray is helpful for you in choosing the best paint choice for your home!
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Thursday 25th of May 2023
Hi Lauren, Thank you for posting this information! Would you mind considering my situation as well? I have an open floor with newly refinished oak wood flooring. Our trim is White Dove. We currently have the rooms and hallway painted in different colors (living room BM Truffle, dining room BM Cashmere Gray, and hallways BM Calming Cream which we all really liked. Now I want to paint one color throughout to lighten and refresh and thought a neutral beige would be best. I have been stumped. Our Kitchen cabinets are an antique creamy yellow so beiges can easily look purple next to them. Do you think Edgecomb Gray would work? I also wondered about Bone White? We are waterfront so we have a beachy vibe and someone suggested Grey Owl which has a cool blue/green undertone, but that is too cool in my opinion. If you have thoughts on this would be so appreciated! Thank you so much!!!
Sunday 21st of May 2023
Hello Lauren thinking of painting my home BM edgecomb gray and trim chantilly lace. What do you think of these colors together? Also have two small hallways with no windows and thinking of doing same as above.
Monday 22nd of May 2023
Hi Angela! I think these would be great together!
Wednesday 11th of January 2023
I love BM Edgecomb Gray. Trying to decide if it will go with my Kraftmaid warm white cabinets that will be installed soon in our kitchen remodel. Has anyone used that color with a warm white cabinet? I don't want my cabinets to end up looking yellow.
Monday 3rd of April 2023
Hi Bobbi! I wouldn't think Edgecomb Gray would make the cabinets look too yellow since it has some yellow tones in it. But the best thing to do is to compare the colors together in the room where they will be used to make sure!
Sunday 25th of December 2022
Thanks so much for your article, very helpful. I was just getting ready to paint my cabinets Revere Pewter in my kitchen, and installed LG Forte quartz counters (very white with slight veining of gray and some taupe) - to me it reads pure white. I went ahead and painted my kitchen back door in Revere pewter earlier in year to see how I liked the color in that space against Simply White trim and I really do like it but getting so nervous about painting my cabinets as I keep hearing about it reading muddy in spaces and thought I saw you say that white counters with the greige could come off "muddy" as well. I love the look of a light taupe/greige cabinet with white trim and counters - wondering if I should go with Edgecomb gray instead any suggestions and did I understand you correctly about the greige cabinets with the simply white trim and white quartz being muddy? Appreciate your expertise and guidance.
Sunday 15th of January 2023
Hi Sityna! I'm not sure where I mentioned greige cabinets being muddy looking. Revere Pewter is definitely darker, so I can see why some may have said it can look muddy, but I find Edgecomb Gray to be pretty light and airy, for a greige. Either will go really well with Simply White trim also. Deciding between Edgecomb Gray and Revere Pewter is going to partly depend on your lighting. Revere Pewter has more color in it, so you if you have a ton of light, it may work better. I would recommend getting a Samplize square of both and trying them out in different lighting and against the countertop. As for either going well with the countertop, I can't say for sure since I don't have access to a sample of that particular countertop, but in general, white trim, white quartz and greige cabinets is beautiful, in my opinion :)
Friday 18th of November 2022
So glad I found this article! I’m getting ready to paint my house with resale in mind. I was looking for a whole house color and EG was at the top of my list. My dilemma is my kitchen. It is an early 2000’s space with natural cherry cabinets (that are beautiful and I don’t have the heart to paint. I also have read wood is coming back!), dated travertine backsplash with a grey/beige undertone and a little pink at times) and Baltic brown granite with grey/brown/black(both staying). My question is will EG go with the natural cherry cabinets that are an orange/red color? I was also considering accessible beige (I’m afraid it will be too purple)or revere pewter (I think this will pull green which is okay) both at 50% since it is a north facing room with not a lot of natural light. Also I thought about BM muslin (but I don’t want that for the whole house). This is so overwhelming!! Any help is appreciated!!
Tuesday 27th of December 2022
Hi Amy! I think that EG might work, but I really can't say for sure without seeing all the different colors in the space. If I was painting for resale and I had all of those tones going on, I would go with a warm white. A warm white will update the space more than an off-white or greige will. Shoji White or Alabaster are good choices. Hope this helps, and good luck with the home sale!!