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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  1. Hi, Can you help me with color scheme for different rooms(like u have for agreeable gray) for Colonnade gray. I am planning on colonnade gray in main formal living area, hallways, entryways , great room kitchen and dining rooms. I need coordinating color for my bedrooms and kitchen with accent an accent color.


    1. Hi Shabeena! Colonnade can be interchanged with Agreeable Gray in the whole house color scheme that I use. You can go with all the same colors but use Colonnade Gray as the anchor color. If you want a different sort of scheme, feel free to comment back with some ideas of what colors you like and I may be able to give you some ideas on specific paint shades.

  2. Hey there! Similar to Shabeena I need help choosing a color that goes well with Colonnade gray. Right now my back dining room is BM Salamander and my front living room is SW Colonnade Gray. In between these two rooms is my kitchen with white cabinets. I am looking for a neutral (preferably gray) color for my kitchen that blends the two rooms since it is the separator between the dining and living room. Please note that I live in a row home so my house goes back in depth. I get a lot of lighting in my living room and dining room but since my kitchen is dead in the center of my home it has no windows so the light it does receive is from the front and back rooms. I would love to to have an industrial look to it so I was even considering something like this photo ( where there is two tones of black and gray. I’m just not sure if this will be too dark for my room. I also use a lot of copper and wood accents around the house to keep the industrial / raw material vibe throughout. Any recommendation on a kitchen color would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance and thanks for your awesome posts!

    1. Hi Tina! Sounds like a great place! I love the Salamander color! For the kitchen, I would worry that a very dark color would just be too dark for the entire room, due to there not being any natural light. But, if you want to do two different colors like in the picture, I would consider Gauntlet Gray or Chelsea Gray (Benjamin Moore) for the dark color. Eider White would be a good white option that leans gray for the rest of the room. Good luck with your painting!

  3. Hello!
    I have always used two different shades of grays in our home. We recently moved and I was wondering if Colonnade would look nice with gold/bronze accents, apple green curtain panels and white wainscoting, crown moldering, trim and window seals. I also would like a lighter color gray in the foyer. Should I use Agreeable Gray for the foyer or Colonnade and Agreeable in the living room and dining room.

    1. Hi Dionne! Colonnade would be very nice with those accents you mentioned. Because it has both gray and beige in it, it is very versatile. For a lighter gray for the foyer, Modern Gray would pair nicely with Colonnade, but it can look a little more tan depending on the light. Gossamer Veil is also an option. Agreeable Gray may look just the same as Colonnade, as they’re pretty similar colors. I find that when I paint similar colors in different rooms, it doesn’t necessarily look like different colors, but more like the light is different. For whether you do Colonnade as the main color or Agreeable Gray, its up to you! Both are perfectly great neutral options that will go with just about anything. Colonnade is slightly darker, so it’ll be a bit more of a statement against white trim, while Agreeable Gray is gorgeous but a bit more understated. You can’t go wrong with either though!

      1. Hi!

        I’m going to be painting my open concept family room / kitchen colonnade gray. I am then painting my trim, fireplace mantel and upper kitchen cabinets white dove (BM) – unless you think pure white (SW) is a better choice. What do you think would be a good coordinating option for the bottom cabinets? I was thinking Gibraltar cliffs (BM) because my appliances are white. Then I bounced around maybe a darker colour? If I use that combination, what colour accents for the room would I use (ie: the rug and throw pillows)?
        I have dark brown leather couches that can’t be changed and my flooring and counters can’t be changed now either and have a beige tone.

        I appreciate your advice!

        1. Hi Bev! I love your color choices! White Dove is going to be very nice, but if you want a starker white, then go with Pure White. I love Gibraltar Cliffs for the bottom, but if you want a darker color, check out Iron Ore or Urbane Bronze. Both are popular shades for dark colors right now. If you go with Gibraltar Cliffs, you have a lot of options for accents. Teal, pinks, darker reds, or yellows would all work, in addition to neutrals like whites, creams, and navy. I would suggest buying accents, such as throw pillow, (that is returnable) and layering it agains the walls and bottom cabinets to see if the colors work. I hope you love how your room turns out!

  4. Hi,

    I’m painting the walls in my 100 plus year old home. The trim is the original oak, and the wood floors are oak as well.. Would Colonnade Work well with this? The trim really defines all the rooms since all windows and doors have it. Beige is too bland with all this wood, but I fear a typical gray would be too cool, and clash more than anything.

    1. Hi Patricia! I agree with you that a cool gray probably won’t work the best. Colonnade Gray has beige in it, so it may be a great choice! Also check out Mindful Gray. I find it goes well with wood trim. Here is a post on colors that go with wood trim!

  5. I used colonnade gray in my Foyer, living room, dining, hall and kitchen! I used Dover White for all trim and it went so well together. Now I am ready to paint my kitchen cabinets. Wanted a coordinating darker gray for all cabinets or maybe just bottoms and paint tops Dover white. Suggestions?

    1. Hi Kathh! Dovetail is a really nice shade of gray that would coordinate with Colonnade. Also check out Chelsea Gray – it is one of SW’s best sellers!

  6. 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.

    1. 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!

  7. 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?

    1. 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.

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