Worldly Gray is a popular Sherwin Williams neutral paint color. It is included in Sherwin Williams’ top 50 paint colors. This honor goes to the best selling paint colors, as chosen by designers and homeowners.
Worldly Gray is also featured in Pottery Barn’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection and Sherwin Williams’ Living Well – Unwind collection.
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Worldly Gray Details
Worldly Gray is a greige paint color. That means that it is a blend of gray and beige. Like other greige paint colors, Worldly Gray is versatile, functional, and easy to pair with other colors.
As greiges go, Worldly Gray isn’t quite as popular as some of its counterparts, such as Agreeable Gray and Repose Gray. This is likely because it is tends to have a little more beige than them.
Additionally, Worldly Gray doesn’t tend to look quite as appealing on that tiny Sherwin Williams swatch as Agreeable Gray and Repose Gray.
Don’t let this stop you from considering Worldly Gray though. On a large scale, Worldly Gray is a beautiful color that looks great in a lot of homes.
It is definitely in the top 10 (maybe even top 5) of Sherwin William’s light greiges.
Overall, Worldly Gray is a classic type of paint color that is flexible. It can go well in a farmhouse style home, a contemporary style home, a traditional style home or even a modern style home. Additionally, it isn’t terribly fussing about the colors you put around it.
Worldly Gray can be sophisticated or fun, depending on your accents. And, it doesn’t look too dark or moody on your walls.
Undertones of Worldly Gray
Worldly Gray is a fairly neutral greige. It has mostly gray and beige, but also has some green undertones.
This green undertone can show up more in north facing rooms, but tends to be pretty passive most of the time. Worldly Gray shouldn’t ever look too green on your walls though, since the green undertones are fairly faint.
In this picture, you can see how Worldly Gray looks like a soft greige on the closest wall. And you can also see that slight green undertone in the far wall.
I have also seen Worldly Gray take on a purple undertone, even though it does not actually have purple in its mix. So unlike some greiges that can look purple because they have purple undertones in them, Worldly Gray can take on a purple look for other reasons.
Worldly Gray (and a lot of other gray paint colors) can look purple when you have flooring or furnishings with yellow tones. Since yellow and purple are across from each other on the color wheel, the presence of one can make the other look more intense. So, when I saw a purple undertone in Worldly Gray, it was likely due to having very a light beige/yellow carpet, or perhaps even from having the wrong lightbulbs in the fixtures.
Worldly Gray’s LRV
Worldly Gray has an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 57. This means that it is still considered in the “light” range, but it is pretty low on the light scale. It will definitely show up as a color on your walls.
Even though Worldly Gray has a similar LRV to many of the other top greiges, it can tend to feel a bit heavier on your walls.
With Worldly Gray being decidedly out of the off-white range, it is important that you use it in a room that has a fair amount of natural or artificial light. For example, in a dark hallway, it won’t bounce a lot of light around, and Worldly Gray can look a little drab. So it is important to enough light to support this paint color.
Worldly Gray Coordinating Colors
Worldly Gray is very versatile.
It goes well with other neutrals, such as creams, whites, and some other greige colors.
It also pairs well with muted blues and greens.
You can even put Worldly Gray with some browns and gray.
When doing this though, it should be noted that pairing Worldly Gray with brown will likely make it take on a more gray look. And conversely, pairing Worldly Gray with a truer gray will cause it to take on a more beige look.
Here is a coordinating color scheme for Worldly Gray from Sherwin Williams.
It features Shoji White – a gorgeous soft off-white, Amazing Gray – a greige shade that shares a color strip with Worldly Gray, and Whirlpool – a muted grayish blue paint color.
Worldly Gray Comparision
When I review a popular paint color, I always like to compare it to other paint colors. Sort of like a, “If you’re considering this paint color, you may also be considering this one as well.”
So here are the paint colors that people frequently try to choose between when they are thinking about painting their home in Worldly Gray.
Worldly Gray vs. Agreeable Gray
By far, the most frequently considered color alongside of Worldly Gray is Agreeable Gray. Agreeable Gray is Sherwin Williams most popular color. It is light, neutral, and beautiful.
Where Worldly Gray feels a bit heavier on your walls, Agreeable Gray can take on an airy look almost. They have simliar LRVs, but their depth and weight vary more than you’d expect if just looking at their LRVs.
Agreeable Gray does have a soft green undertone, like Worldly Gray does, but Worldly Gray has a lot more beige in it.
Both Agreeable Gray and Worldly Gray have similar uses, but I do find that Agreeable Gray tends to be just a bit more… well… agreeable. That little bit of extra gray in Agreeable Gray makes it come across as more passive than Worldly Gray. This makes it just a hint more usable for many people.
It is not a clear case though. You may love a shade of greige that has a bit more beige in it. If you do, Worldly Gray could be a clear winner for you.
Click here if you would like to read a full paint color review on Agreeable Gray.
Worldly Gray vs. Accessible Beige
Now, if you look at Worldly Gray and realize that you want even more beige in your greige paint, you may want to consider Accessible Beige.
Accessible Beige is also considered a greige color, but it it much more of a beige greige than Worldly Gray. When you compare the two together, Accessible Beige looks like a true beige, rather than one with gray in it. It tends to take on a bit more of an orange tone, even though it doesn’t have a lot of orange in it.
Again, Accessible Beige and Worldly Gray have all of the same uses. Their LRVs are similar, and their weight on your walls feels more similar than we discussed with Agreeable Gray.
Click here if you want to know all the details on Accessible Beige.
Worldly Gray vs. Repose Gray
Repose Gray is another super popular greige. It has a good bit more gray than beige in it, making it sort of on the opposite end of the greige spectrum from Worldly Gray.
When you compare Worldly Gray to Repose Gray, Worldly Gray’s green undertone becomes instantly apparent. In comparison, Repose Gray looks more like a true, cool, bluish gray, even though it is a greige paint color.
Repose Gray and Worldly Gray have very close LRVs, and very similar weights. Neither feels too terribly heavy on your walls, but both definitely have some depth to them.
If you want a greige paint color that feels warmer, you’ll want to go with Worldly Gray. But if you want a cooler toned greige paint color, you should check out Repose Gray.
Click here for all the details on Repose Gray.
Worldly Gray vs. Revere Pewter
For our last color review, we will consider Revere Pewter. Revere Pewter peaked in popularity a few years back, but is still one of the go-to colors for many people.
Revere Pewter is a greige paint color that favors beige. Like Worldly Gray, Revere Pewter has green undertones that are very passive.
In many ways, Revere Pewter and Worldly Gray are very similar. Almost like Worldly Gray is the Sherwin Williams version and Revere Pewter is the Benjamin Moore version of the same paint color. In fact, both of these greiges with green undertones can sometime hint purple, as I mentioned above. But, they do have some differences.
First, Worldly Gray has just a hint more green than Revere Pewter. Second, Revere Pewter has just a hint more gray.
As always, all of these paint color nuances need to be tested in your own home. Worldly Gray can take on a purple tone in my home, but look completely neutral in yours. For this reason, it is really important to test each paint color in your own space to determine which paint shade is just right.
Click here for all the details on Revere Pewter.
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Where Can I Use Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray
Worldly Gray is most commonly used on walls, due to its neutral, pleasant shade. It doesn’t have a huge impact in a room the way a darker shade will, but has more oomph than an off-white.
Worldly Gray can also be used on cabinets, furniture, and exteriors, though it isn’t used as frequently as some others.
Final Thoughts on Worldly Gray
Worldly Gray is a great paint color that is probably a bit undervalued due to being compared to some greige greats. Agreeable Gray, Revere Pewter, and Repose Gray tend to get a bit more fame than Worldly Gray.
But, Worldly Gray is a great option for someone who wants a neutral shade that leans beige, but has a bit of gray to neutralize it. The green undertone in Worldly Gray is very slight, and probably this paint color probably won’t ever look truly green in your house.
If you are nervous about this undertone, remember to pick up your Samplize squares and see how this color looks in your home, in your lighting, with your furnishings.
Worldly Gray should be on the short-list for anyone who wants a greige paint color that goes well with a lot of other colors, such as neutrals, blues and greens. It is flexible and sophisticated, without being overly dramatic.
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