Wickham Gray is a light gray paint color by Benjamin Moore. It is a part of the Historical Collection of paint colors, Benjamin Moore’s most popular paint palette.
Wickham Gray is refined and elegant. It is a timeless sort of shade that goes well in a variety of style homes.
If you are interested in a pale gray paint color that brings a soothing sort of feeling, keep reading for all the details on Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray.
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What Color is Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray?
Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray is a light gray paint color.
But, it is not a true gray. Instead, it has a good bit of color in it.
In fact, all gray paint colors have colors that make them look how they do, called undertones. Grays tend to have purple, blue, green, or gray undertones.
What Undertone Does Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray Have?
Wickham Gray has blue and green undertones. In fact, when compared to a more gray paint color, Wickham Gray can even looks sort of like an icy, bluish-green paint color.
(But it is not a blue green paint color – keep reading for the comparison to Sea Salt and you’ll see what I mean).
Some gray paint colors may have undertones that peek through from time to time, but I find Wickham Gray’s undertones to be a bit more persistent than that.
How Wickham Gray looks, though, its dependent on the light in the room. A cooler, northern light will make Wickham Gray look more muted and grayish. But, those undertones will peek out more readily in warmer, southern or western facing light.
People often wonder if Wickham Gray is a greige. Greige paint colors are a blend of gray and beige. They’re very popular right now, due to their versatility.
To my eye, Wickham Gray does not have any beige in it. It is firmly in the gray category of paint colors. So, Wickham Gray is not a greige.
Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray LRV
Wickham Gray has an LRV of 69. The LRV (Light Reflectance Value) scale goes from 0 to 100. A value of 0 means that a paint color is completely black. A value of 100 means that a paint color is completely white.
Wickham Gray’s LRV of 69 means that it is light paint color, but not so light that it can be considered an off-white. Instead, it is a true shade, with a good amount of depth to it.
But, you don’t have to worry that it will be too dark. It has enough body to show up on your walls, but not so much that it feels too dark.
Is Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray Cool or Warm?
With its blue green undertone, Wickham Gray is a cool paint color.
Cool paint colors have blue, green or purple undertones. While Wickham Gray doesn’t have purple in its mix, the blue and green undertones give Wickham Gray an icy, cool look.
When painting a room, it is important to consider the type of feel you want a room to have. Cool colors can give a space a soothing, expansive feel. Wickham Gray, in particular, also lends a chilly sort of look.
What Colors Go With Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray?
Wickham Gray is a gray that goes well with darker grays, blacks, whites, some blues, and some purples. Due to its coolness, it isn’t a shade that I would pair with too many warm colors (except whites, more on that later).
Here are two specific paint color palettes for Wickham Gray.
In the first, Wickham Gray is paired with Amherst Gray, a dark gray paint shade, and Heather Gray, a medium depth paint shade. I love this look for a minimalistic, modern, farmhouse or contemporary style home.
This second paint color palette pairs Wickham Gray with Simply White, a bright white paint shade, and Yarmouth Blue, a cool, soft, blue paint color. This look goes great in a farmhouse style, traditional, cottage, or contemporary style home.
Trim Colors for Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray
Wickham Gray is a gray paint color that can go with a lot of different white paint colors.
It works with neutral whites, warm whites and cool whites.
My favorite white paint color for trim (because it matches any paint color) is Chantilly Lace. Chantilly Lace is a clean, bright white paint color that has almost no undertones. It is a great trim color for Wickham Gray because it provides a good contrast.
As I mentioned above, Wickham Gray goes with warm white trim colors as well. I don’t usually recommend White Dove for a trim color, mostly because I prefer very bright white trim colors.
But if you like a creamy trim, White Dove also works with Wickham Gray. With too much warm lighting though, White Dove can read almost yellow, so be sure to check it in your space.
For a softer trim color that is still warm, check out Oxford White as well.
Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray Compared
If you’re considering Wickham Gray, you’re probably also considering other gray paint colors as well. In this section, I like to compare the paint color I am reviewing to other popular paint colors in the same family.
This can be helpful if you are trying to decide between two popular shades that are similar.
So, let’s take a look at Wickham Gray in comparison to Sea Salt, Gray Owl, Classic Gray, Decorator’s White, and Horizon.
Wickham Gray vs. Sea Salt
Sea Salt is a very popular paint color by Sherwin Williams. While Wickham Gray is a gray with blue green undertones, Sea Salt is a blue green with a lot of gray in it.
Sea Salt is, for sure, a color. It is frequently referred to as a neutral, but when you compare Wickham Gray to Sea Salt, you see just how much color Sea Salt has in it. This comparison also shows how much gray Wickham Gray has in it.
So, while we talk about Wickham Gray having green and blue undertones, when you compare it to an actual green-blue color like Sea Salt, you see that Wickham Gray is much more neutral.
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Wickham Gray vs. Gray Owl
Gray Owl is another very popular gray paint color by Benjamin Moore. It is a light gray that has blue and green undertones, like Wickham Gray.
But, Gray Owl looks much more like a true gray when you compare it to Wickham Gray. So, even though they have the same undertones, Wickham Gray has much more blue and green in it than Gray Owl does.
Additionally, Gray Owl doesn’t have that icy look that Wickham Gray does. It almost takes on a more stormy quality, though it is still fairly light.
Gray Owl and Wickham Gray have about the same LRV. They have similar depths and neither looks much lighter or darker than the other.
If you want a gray that looks more gray, go with Gray Owl. But if you like a gray that has a bit more of a chill, go with Wickham Gray.
Click here to learn more about Gray Owl.
Wickham Gray vs. Classic Gray
Classic Gray is a popular greige paint color by Benjamin Moore. Classic Gray has a lot of gray in it, but also definitely leans towards beige at times. It is a warm color that looks neutral, but doesn’t really pass as a white paint color.
Classic Gray is a little bit lighter of a paint shade than Wickham Gray, moving more towards an off-white paint color.
Really, Classic Gray is a better color if you want a shade that will go with anything. The greige-ness of Classic Gray makes it more versatile. But, It is a warm color.
So, if you want a paint color that is cool, yet still neutral, Wickham Gray is the better pick.
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Wickham Gray vs. Decorator’s White
Decorator’s White is a cooler white paint color with purple undertones. It is favorited by many who want a cool white paint color that doesn’t have icy blue undertonaq`s.
Decorator’s White is a much lighter paint color than Wickham Gray though. It falls into the white range of paint colors.
But, like Wickham Gray, it is a cool paint color. While Wickham Gray gets its coolness from a blue and green undertone, Decorator’s White leans more towards a purple undertone.
Overall, these paint colors aren’t very similar. Decorator’s White is better if you want white walls, while Wickham Gray is great if you want a true color on your walls. But, since people often ask about the two, I thought I’d mention Decorator’s White here.
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Wickham Gray vs. Horizon
Horizon is a soft, off-white paint color by Benjamin Moore that leans towards gray. While it is technically an off-white, we’ll call it a gray for our purposes.
Horizon has blue and green undertones too. It looks like a lighter Wickham Gray to be honest. It has a little less blue than Wickham Gray has, but they’re fairly similar. Both give off that same chilly, icy look.
If you like Wickham Gray, but you think it might be too dark for your space, check out Horizon.
Click here for all the details on Benjamin Moore Horizon.
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Where to Use Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray
Wickham Gray works in many different style homes. It looks good in traditional, contemporary, modern, minimalistic, farmhouse, cottage style homes, and more.
Wickham Gray is a great wall color for bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms, dining rooms, or entryways. It is light and neutral enough to be an anchor color to base a whole color scheme off of.
Wickham Gray is also a great color for kitchens that have cool quartz countertops. People can have difficulty finding the right paint color to go with their quartz countertops, because they are frequently so cool. Without considering this, I often hear people interested in warmer whites or off-whites.
This combo (quartz and a warm white) doesn’t always work. But, Wickham Gray is a great paint color for kitchens with quarts or marble countertops.
Final Thoughts on Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray
Wickham Gray is a great shade for a house. It has enough color to show up to the party, but is not overbearing. It works in almost any style home.
With a lot of northern light, or low light, Wickham Gray may fall a little flat (but this is true of many colors).
If you want a cool gray paint color that is more icy than stormy, and don’t mind a bit of blue and green in the mix, Wickham Gray may be a great paint shade for you.
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