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Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray

Colonnade Gray (frequently spelled Collonade Gray) is one of Sherwin William’s “timeless paint colors.” It has been popular for years, and will likely be popular for years to come. Colonnade Gray is a classic, enduring color that has wide appeal.

Why is this color called Colonnade Gray?

A colonnade is a group of pillars or support system for a roof. They were frequently used in ancient architecture and in traditional styled modern architecture. This style of supports have survived the test of time, both in popularity and in longevity.

Because of this meaning, I would speculate that Sherwin Williams’ chose this name for the striking shade because of its classic appeal. While it is not a dark color, it is strong, and will lend a bit of depth to a room.

In addition, colonnades were typically constructed out of earthen material – whether it was marble, limestone or painted timber.

Colonnade Gray is a distinctive gray/beige shade, reminiscent of the color of ancient colonnade pillars.

Colonnade Gray Undertones

Colonnade Gray has beige, gray and green undertones. It will never look green on your walls, but when paired next to a bluish gray or a purple-ish gray, it will be evident that the undertones of Colonnade are different.

Here, you can see Colonnade Gray when compared to a blue gray, purple gray, true gray and beige gray. This demonstrates how the green and beige undertones become more evident.

Is Colonnade Gray warm or cool?

Colonnade is a neutral color with a bit of warmth to it. While many grays lean cool given their bluish undertones, Colonnade has beige undertones, making it lean slightly towards a warm color.

Is Colonnade Gray a greige color?

Yes! Colonnade Gray is a greige that leans more beige than gray, but will definitely look gray on your walls.

Greige paint colors are hugely popular right now. They are perfectly neutral. They can go with brown wood furniture, gray upholstery, white trim, or pops of whatever color you choose. Because of this, they are an amazing foundational shade for your home’s color scheme.

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How dark is Colonnade Gray?

When compared to many greiges, Colonnade is actually on the lighter side. Sherwin Williams’ rates the Light Reflective Value (LRV) at 53, which puts it in their light category. While it will have a bit more depth than the popular Agreeable Gray, Repose Gray and Accessible Beige, it won’t make the room feel smaller, and will highlight white trim in a very nice way.

Where should I use Colonnade Gray?

Colonnade Gray is a perfect shade to anchor a whole house color scheme. Paired with crisp white trim, and colors that lean warm, Colonnade Gray will go nicely in main living areas, hallways, entryways and dining rooms.

I used Colonnade Gray in the basement of my home when I was looking for a greige that had a bit more depth to it than my tried and true choice of Agreeable Gray. I love how it looked when paired with the shiplap accent wall I made, and thought that it was a great choice for the space.

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Final Thoughts on Colonnade Gray

Colonnade Gray is a timeless, neutral color that will work well in most homes.

If you’re not sure about Colonnade Gray, be sure to check out Sherwin Williams’ Top paint colors. There is sure to be something on the list that you like!

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Wednesday 4th of November 2020

Hi Lauren, I am building a home and thinking of painting it either Colonnade Gray or Dorian Gray with Pearly White trim and Peppercorn for the shutters. Charcoal gray roof and black windows. Which gray color do you think would be better? The home is a low country farmhouse style. Thanks!


Saturday 7th of November 2020

Hi Jane! Your home sounds like it will be so lovely! I love both Dorian Gray and Colonnade, and which you choose will depend on what you're looking for. For a more monochromatic look, go with Colonnade. It is a good bit lighter than Dorian, and with the bright sun, it'll act to lighten the color even more. If you want something with a bit more depth, go with Dorian. It is a good mid level paint shade to even out the white trim and dark accents (roof and windows). Personally, I think I would go with Colonnade on a lowcountry farmhouse, but look through pics of homes with light gray and medium gray siding and see which you like best!

Nicole Anderson

Sunday 11th of October 2020

Hi! I'm going with Colonnade Gray on main floor and basement but want to leave my second level a white or much lighter shade. If I have Snowbound trim, which color do you think would look best on the walls that would compliment Colonnade Gray where they'd meet in the stairwell?


Saturday 17th of October 2020

Hi Nicole! Modern Gray and Egret White are both lighter greiges that could work for you. For a paint color that is even more white, look at Toque White. Happy painting!


Saturday 26th of September 2020

Hi, I am looking to use Colonnade gray but as an exterior. My front door and garage are painted white and my tile on the roof is like a light terracota faded color. I am between Colonnade and repose gray. I want the look of a light and airy gray color but am afraid the repose will be too light and almost look white. I want it to look light but clearly a warm gray. I’m also doing the trim in Eiber white which seems to have more of a contrast with colonnade than repose. But I really love both colors.Which of these 2 would you advice?


Saturday 26th of September 2020

Hi Grisel! Between the two, I think Colonnade is going to look more warm. It has a bit more of a green undertone than Repose does. But, they're very similar colors, and I don't think either one is a wrong choice. Also, they have very similar depths and LRVs, so I doubt that either will look white on the home. Just choose the one you like best!


Monday 31st of August 2020

Hi Lauren! I am planning (hoping?) on painting our main floor (kitchen, dining and living rooms) Colonnade, but am hung up on one spot- the kitchen- because our cabinets are a dark brown, not quite espresso, and backsplash is varying tans. The walls are currently a tan/beige and I they need to go, but Im not sure how "gray" i can go with the brown kitchen...any thoughts?


Tuesday 1st of September 2020

Hi Kelly! You can definitely paint a brown kitchen gray. In fact, Colonnade has some brown in it, but will look more gray in your kitchen than in other rooms because of the brown in the cabinets and the backsplash. I would suggest getting a Samplize square or a paint sample of Colonnade and making sure that the tones go well with the backsplash. But overall, gray and brown go well together - all neutrals.

Sheila Penn

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Hello my name is Sheila I just painted my living room Collonade Grey and it looks purple grey. I was hoping for beige gray or just gray. My stomach is turning flips. What is a girl to do...My decor is mainly brown. I can't leave these walls like this. Can you help me? I have done so much research on this color and had high hopes, now im Crushed.


Sunday 27th of September 2020

Hi Lauren I am a real determined woman to make this paint color work or repaint . What is a good accent color I can use on one of my walls to see if this will help me out . Or do you know a color that will go good with my brown Decor and my brown Jamacho granite countertop. I have a open concept and I would love to use just one color.


Wednesday 26th of August 2020

Hi Sheila! I'm so sad for you! Colonnade can look purple depending on what it is paired with. Since you have a lot of brown accents, they're acting to really bring out the purple undertones in the paint. But, for example, if you put purple accents in the room, the wall color would look much more brown or gray. It's all what the paint color is put next to. So, your options are to 1) change the decor , 2) try different light bulb, or 3) repaint :(. About the lights, different "temperature" bulbs can change how a paint color looks. So if you have cool colored bulbs, try warm ones (or vice versa). I don't know for sure that this will really help, because I think the undertones are coming through due to the brown decor, but it is probably your least expensive and least time intensive option. I hope you find a good solution! If you do decide to repaint, I would recommend getting a few Samplize sheets of your top options, so you can see how to look next to your furniture and decor. It'll really help you figure out if the color will work in your space. I'm so sorry you're not loving your paint color!