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    Repose Gray: A Complete Paint Color Review

    Repose Gray is a timeless greige paint color by Sherwin Williams. It is incredibly popular right now, and has been for years.

    In fact, it is second paint color listed on Sherwin Williams’ most popular paint colors list, likely indicating that it is the second best selling paint color after Agreeable Gray.

    This is because it is a nearly perfect greige. It leans towards gray more than beige, but has enough beige to warm it up a bit. It tends to look like more of a clean gray than some other greige paint colors.

    Repose Gray is part of Sherwin Williams Senior Living Cool Foundations collection, Pottery Barn – Fall/Winter 2020 Collection, and the Dreamer collections. I am actually pretty surprised that Repose Gray hasn’t been featured by more of Sherwin Williams’ collections due to its popularity and versatility.

    Repose Gray Paint Color

    I am a little late to the bandwagon on this one, but I gotta say, I personally love Repose Gray.

    I recently painted my newly finished laundry room this color, and it is perfection. It has just enough depth to make a statement, but not so much that it is overpowering.

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    Repose Gray Undertones

    Repose Gray is one of the very popular greige paint colors that are trending right now. This means that it has beige and gray undertones.

    Repose Gray leans more towards gray than beige, and can frequently just look gray unless you have cooler or more “true” grays in the room.

    In addition, Repose Gray also has very light purple undertones and some soft blue undertones. These blue undertones mean that it can appear a little cooler than some greige paint colors.

    If you’re concerned about this, remember that Repose Gray will likely show its blue undertones more in a North facing room, since this cooler light tends to accentuate any cool tones in paint colors.

    Overall though, Repose Gray is a warm gray, because of its brown undertones, but reads slightly cooler on the scale than some due to its blue undertones.

    Repose Gray LRV

    Repose Gray has an LRV, or Light Reflectance Value, of 58.

    This means that it is categorized as a “light” color, though it has more weight than some mid tone light colors.

    It is a bit too dark to be considered light and airy, but not so dark that it makes your room feel significantly smaller.

    Because of this, it works in small or large rooms, and with both North facing and South facing sun exposure.

    Where to Use Repose Gray

    Repose Gray is a gorgeous paint color for anywhere in your house. It works just as well in formal living rooms as it does in children’s play rooms. It is good in bedrooms and kitchen. It even lends a sophisticated air to dining rooms and bathroom.

    Repose Gray looks good with both white trim and wood trim.

    Sherwin Williams Repose Gray is a great anchor paint color for a home. By this, I mean that it is a good color for all your main living spaces, such as entryways, hallways, living rooms, dining rooms, and family rooms.

    It also plays nicely with a lot of other paint colors and accent colors.

    Accent Colors for Repose Gray

    Repose Gray Color Scheme #1

    In this color scheme palette, Repose Gray is paired with Urbane Bronze, Tidewater and Pure White.

    Urbane Bronze is Sherwin Williams’ 2021 Color of the Year. It is earthy and dark, and would great as an accent wall, on furniture or as a bold trim option.

    Tidewater is a gorgeous blue green that would be a perfect color in an adjoining room.

    Last, Pure White is a great white paint color that goes with Repose Gray. It works well on trim, built-ins and walls.

    Colors that Go With Repose Gray - Urbane Bronze, Tidewater, Pure White

    Repose Gray Color Scheme #2

    My second color scheme includes the colors that Sherwin Williams’ recommends as coordinating colors for Repose Gray.

    Pavestone is a medium dark earthy greige shade that favors brown. This paint color would work well as an accent wall or as a wall color in an adjoining room that you want to give a dramatic look.

    Coral Clay is a pinkish orangy shade that would be great as an accent wall or on a piece of furniture.

    Eider White is a great gray color for adjoining rooms (but be careful – it can show more than a bit of purple undertones at times!).

    Accent Colors for Repose Gray - Pavestone, Coral Clay, Eider White

    Repose Gray Color Scheme #3

    For a last color scheme, Repose Gray serves as an anchor paint color for these cooler shades.

    Naval, Sherwin Williams’ 2020 Color of the Year, is a very dark navy paint color that is great on an accent wall, on built-ins, or on furniture.

    Mint Condition is a bright minty green and would be gorgeous on cabinets or in a nearby room.

    And last, Pure White – my go-to white paint color for trim.

    Repose Gray Coordinating Colors - Naval, Mint Condition, Pure White

    Repose Gray Color Comparisons

    As I do in most of my color posts, I am going to compare Repose Gray to a few of the other really popular greige paint colors. This can be helpful in determining if a paint color is the right one for your home.

    Repose Gray vs. Agreeable Gray

    As I mentioned above, Agreeable Gray is the most popular Sherwin Williams’ paint color. It is another greige paint color with a lot of similarities to Repose Gray, but some important differences.

    Repose Gray and Agreeable Gray have very similar LRVs. This means that they will reflect almost the same amount of light back into the room.

    While they are both gray paint colors with strong beige undertones, Repose Gray has purple and blue undertones, where as Agreeable Gray has green undertones.

    In addition, Repose Gray has more weight to it than Agreeable Gray. It will feel more imposing on your walls, and will make a bit more of a statement than Agreeable Gray does. Overall, Agreeable Gray comes across as lighter than Repose Gray.

    I always think of Agreeable Gray as reminiscent of an art gallery wall – it creates a great backdrop for other things. Conversely, Repose Gray is a hint more dominant (but in a good way!).

    Repose Gray vs. Agreeable Gray Comparison Chart

    Repose Gray vs. Revere Pewter

    Revere Pewter is Benjamin Moore’s most popular greige paint color (and may be there most popular color of all!). While it is a greige like Repose Gray, it leans more heavily towards beige than gray.

    Additionally, Revere Pewter has green undertones. To me, this makes Revere Pewter look more earthy, where as Repose Gray lends itself more to a clean gray look.

    Both Repose Gray and Revere Pewter are great shades for all over the home.

    Check out a full color review of Revere Pewter here!

    Repose Gray vs. Revere Pewter Comparison Chart

    Repose Gray vs. Mindful Gray

    Mindful Gray is another very popular Sherwin Williams greige paint color. It is right below Repose Gray on the color strip, and so some would say that it is just a darker version of Repose Gray.

    When you really look closely though, its easy to see that this isn’t true. Repose Gray has those purple and blue undertones, while Mindful Gray carries a lot of green undertones.

    Mindful Gray has an LRV of 48, while Repose Gray’s LRV is 58. This 10 point difference means that Mindful Gray will reflect a good bit less light, and will feel heavier on your walls.

    Last, while Repose Gray is a good all-over the house color, Mindful Gray is going to work best in specific rooms that have high ceilings, or lots of natural light.

    Repose Gray vs. Mindful Gray Comparison Chart

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    Final Thoughts on Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

    If you’re looking for one shade that is going to be gorgeous all over the house, Repose Gray is a really great option.

    It is an incredibly versatile paint color that can be used all over the house – it is good in living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, entryways, family rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and more.

    Check out other great wall colors for bedrooms here.

    Additionally, I like Repose Gray because it isn’t too dark to use in most spaces, and it works well with a lot of coordinating colors.

    Please feel free to leave any questions or comments below. I read and respond to all of them!

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    Adam

    Saturday 13th of February 2021

    Hi, I am struggling to decide on a wall paint color to go with my new bathtub tile which is “Tarsus Gray II”. (you can search it online but it looks a little light in the online pictures at floor and decor; it’s actually a little darker in person ) I have white cabinets and wood look tile on the floor. I picked out SW’s Gray Screen paint for the walls because I didn’t want brown walls, but now I don’t feel that totally gray paint looks right with the Tarsus Gray tile. Thinking of getting a sample of the Repose Gray, because it appears to have a tint of brown that would complement the brown/tab colored tile. Thoughts or another suggestion? Trying not to go too dark on the walls. I currently have a horde blue colored paint on the wall... lol

    Lauren

    Saturday 20th of February 2021

    Hi Adam! Lol, I've been there with paint! But unfortunately, that is the best way to figure it out (unless you get Samplize squares, which just peel right off). I love Repose Gray, but it has a cooler look. It may work, but I'm just not sure. You're on the right path going with a greige paint color instead of a true gray though. Some other options are Agreeable Gray, Worldly Gray and Pediment. I love the tile you chose!

    Faye G Garrett

    Thursday 11th of February 2021

    I am installing a gas fireplace with MSI Malibu Honey stone, which is mostly light gray with some golden beige. My floors are brazillian cherry and my trim is a medium oak color. I want a greige color, but I want it to look gray. I have two large bay windows facing south, on the adjoining wall, so my room is very light. I do have a good bit of wood trim. My leather couch is dark brown, and chair is ivory leather. What would you suggest for a wall color? The greige colors are confusing when comparing them to other grays. Thanks.

    Lauren

    Thursday 11th of February 2021

    Hi Faye! I just looked up the stone for your fireplace - wow is that gorgeous! I think that Mindful Gray is a good gray with wood trim, and it should work for your space due to the bright light coming in. Of course, get a sample or a Samplize square first and check it with the tones of the wood and the floor. As a second option, check out Repose Gray. These two greiges lean more towards gray than beige, so I think they may fit the bill for you. Good luck! And I agree... gray colors can be confusing!

    Patricia

    Saturday 6th of February 2021

    We’re fixing to redo our laundry room which is 6x14. I want Repose Gray or Alpaca (color from Lowe’s). I have about 6 cabinets in that room so, what would be a good color for the cabinets? The only light is the door coming from the outside and it has a blind all the way down it so,I keep it open a lot for light.

    Thank you

    Lauren

    Thursday 11th of February 2021

    Hi Patricia! I think you're saying that the walls would be Repose or Alpaca. For a cabinet color that would coordinate, whites are always in style (maybe Pure White for a bright white, or Alabaster for a creamy white), blues are nice (maybe Naval for a dark blue, or Breezy for a lighter blue), or gray would work (check out Pavestone). Hope this helps! Good luck!

    Lina Herrera

    Tuesday 19th of January 2021

    Hi My trim and doors are BM bleeker beige and wall color is presently BM Nordic Gray which has a low LRV. I have very little natural light with dark cabinets and dark hardwood. Would you recommend Agreeable Gray, repose Gray? It’s hard to decide with the beige trim and doors

    Lauren

    Saturday 23rd of January 2021

    Hi Lina! I would actually go with a much lighter color and let the trim be the color in the room. Bleeker Beige is a pretty pigmented shade for trim, and pairing it with a darker wall color will tend to make the whole room look dark (as you're experiencing right now). You could put it with White Duck, Westhighland White, or Benjamin Moore's Alabaster (which is actually just a lighter version of Bleeker Beige). I'll give the room a look like this, which is really gorgeous!