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Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray

Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray is a gorgeous gray paint color with a little more depth of color than many popular grays you might see. It’s a gorgeous paint color and today I am going to share with you all the details.

Grays are still very popular but the light and bright era is shifting to more of a darker color era. What I mean is darker colors are making a comeback.

Coventry Gray is a great color to look at if you aren’t ready to go dark but want a color that has a little more umpf than the lighter colors.

A swatch of Coventry Gray with text overlay.

What Color is Coventry Gray? Is it warm or cool?

Coventry Gray is a gorgeous gray paint color that is cool. It’s not icy cold but it isn’t warm either. It’s more of a stormy gray that will give you a calm feel with a beautiful depth of color.

Coventry Gray Undertones

Coventry Gray has blue undertones but sometimes you can see a hint of green. That’s what makes this color so beautiful. Most of the time it will look blue-gray but occasionally you will get that flash of blue-green.

What is the LRV of Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray?

LRV stands for light reflective value and it’s a scale measuring the amount of light a paint color reflects. The scale is from 0-100, zero being the darkest black and 100 being the brightest white.

The LRV of Coventry Gray is 48.18 which puts it squarely in the mid-toned range of paint colors.

How Light Affects Coventry Gray

Light is going to change the look of any color but especially grays. It’s all about the undertones. Here is a general overview of different types of light.

  • North-facing rooms have a light that tends to be a little cooler in nature and will come off slightly blue. Light colors will be a bit more muted or washed out while darker colors will be stunning.
  • East-facing rooms will have brighter light in the morning and less in the evenings. The evening light will be a bit cooler. In the morning with sunrise, the bright sun will be warm. Warm color palettes are great for these spaces because they will help balance the cool feel of the evenings.
  • South-facing rooms have consistent warm light throughout the day. The light really shows off the colors, dark will be very bright, and light colors will shine. Both warm and cool color palettes look good in a south-facing room.
  • West-facing rooms have warm light in the evening and cooler light in the morning. Basically, it’s the opposite of east-facing.

Okay, so how does all this affect Coventry Gray? Well if you have a north-facing room the cool light will make Coventry Gray appear more like a true gray.

The warm southern light will make this color appear lighter and a tad washed out. In east and west-facing rooms Coventry Gray will appear lighter in the brighter part of the day and more true gray in the shadow times.

The best thing you can do is to get a sample before committing to painting the whole room.

How to know if a paint color is right for you?

The best way to judge if a color is good for you then you will want to put a swatch on the wall and look at it over a few days. Look at it in different lights and decide if you really like it.

You can do this by getting a sample from the paint store and using a brush to put it up on the walls, but then you are left with a can that you can’t do anything with. Those samples are used with poor quality paint and aren’t meant for use on your walls permanently.

I recommend going with Samplize. They are a company that will send you a 12X12 peel and stick swatch of a paint color that you can stick to the wall. When you are done just peel it off and throw it away.

It’s easy and much less messy!

Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray Whole Home Color Palette

Where Can I Use Coventry Gray?

This color is fabulous because you can use it in so many places! It’s not so dark that you can’t use it on all the walls of a room but it’s great as an accent color as well.

Here are the places I recommend using Coventry Gray:

  • Walls
  • Accent Wall
  • Cabinets in the kitchen or bathroom
  • Exterior
  • Furniture
  • Wainscoting, shiplap, or other architectural features (like a fireplace)

Let’s look at some real-life examples of this color.

Coventry Gray Exterior

This beautiful home has gorgeous features and Coventry Gray acts as the perfect color. Remember when you paint the exterior of a home the color will look much lighter than on the interior because of all the natural light it receives.

Coventry Gray Cabinets

Source: Country Kitchens Online

I absolutely love using this color on cabinetry. It’s so stunning in this kitchen with the marble-looking counters, the black hardware, and the shiplap backsplash. I love how the grout in the backsplash matches the cabinet color.

A bathroom with Coventry Gray on the cabinets, white countertops and ornate mirrors.
Source: Remodelaholic

Another example of how great this looks on cabinets. Here you have silver hardware with a gorgeous color on the cabinets. The mosaic marble floor looks amazing with this color.

This has inspired me to use this color on my own cabinets in my upcoming remodel of my primary bathroom.

Coventry Gray Bedroom

A bedroom with Coventry Gray on the walls and a large dark wood four poster bed.
Source: Nesting With Grace

This bedroom is a great example of how to pair Coventry Gray with both warm and cool colors.

The black four poster bed is a great focal point and the paint color shows as a fabulous neutral color in this space.

Coventry Gray Living Room

A living room with Coventry Gray on the walls, a white painted stone fireplace and a white couch.
Source: Favorite Paint Colors Blog

This room gets a ton of natural light and you can see how that really lightens up the paint color. I love it with the whites and pops of cool colors.

Coventry Gray Bathroom

A bathroom with white cabinets, marble counters and Coventry Gray on the walls.
Source: Decorpad

Most bathrooms don’t get a ton of natural light and you can see that’s the case here. The color is a bit darker than the living room photo.

This color also pairs really nicely with the warm woods in the space. It helps keep the room from feeling too cold.

Coventry Gray Dining Room

A dining room with Coventry Gray on the walls, lots of windows and a round table with six upholstered chairs.
Source: Kelly Bernier Designs

This is a stunning dining room. Coventry Gray works really well with all the white colors but also pairs nicely with the warm hardwood floors.

This is a great color for both warm and cool spaces.

What colors go well with Coventry Gray?

As you have seen, Coventry Gray works really well with most paint colors. If you want some suggestions I would look at:

  • whites
  • blacks
  • dark grays
  • navy blues
  • green colors
  • pinks or blush
  • yellow
  • orange

What is the best white trim color for Coventry Gray?

For this color, I really like to go with a crisp white for the trim color. I think Chantilly Lace is a great option as well as Decorators White.

Color Comparisons

Coventry Gray vs. Stonington Gray

A side by side of Coventry Gray and Stonington Gray.

The first thing you well see when putting these colors side by side is that Stonington Gray is lighter. It has an LRV of 59.36 which is a lot higher than Coventry Gray which sits at 48.18.

The other difference is that Stonington Gray has more green in it’s undertones. Much more than Coventry Gray does.

That being said they are both cool gray paint colors that are absolutely gorgeous.

Coventry Gray vs. Gray Owl

A side by side of Coventry Gray and Gray Owl.

These two colors are really similar in undertones. The biggest difference that you will be able to see right away is Gray Owl is much lighter. Its LRV is 64.51 which is a lot higher on the scale than Coventry Gray which sits at 48.18

Coventry Gray vs. Fieldstone

A side by side of Coventry Gray and Fieldstone.

Fieldstone is actually darker than Coventry Gray. Its LRV is 42.73. Coventry Gray sits at 48.18.

Fieldstone also has much more green in it’s undertones making it much warmer than Coventry Gray.

Coventry Gray vs. Metropolitan

A side by side of Coventry Gray and Metropolitan.

These colors are very similar on the LRV scale. Metropolitan is at 49.96 and Coventry Gray is at 48.18. Metropolitan is slightly lighter.

The big difference between these colors is undertones. Metropolitan has more green in it’s undertones which warms it up a bit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will Coventry Gray look blue, green, or purple?

Because it has blue undertones it can look blue in some light, especially in a north-facing room where the light is more cool.

It has a slight blue-green quality as well in certain lights but rarely will it ever look purple.

What is the difference between Benjamin Moore Metropolitan and Coventry Gray?

The big difference between these colors is in their undertones, Metropolitan has a bit more green than Coventry Gray.

Is Coventry Gray a popular paint color right now?

It’s not as popular as other blue-gray paint colors from Benjamin Moore. But that doesn’t make it a bad color. It’s a fabulous color!

What is the Sherwin Williams equivalent?

There are no equivalents between paint manufacturers. They each use their own formulas. But there are colors that can look quite similar.

Light French Gray and Tinsmith are two Sherwin Williams colors that look very comparable to Coventry Gray.

Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray Recap

We went through a ton of information here today so let’s go over the important details:

  • Blue undertones with a touch of green
  • LRV of 48.18
  • Mid-toned paint color
  • Looks great with crisp whites
  • Pairs really well with both warm and cool colors
  • Looks great on walls but also on the exterior, cabinets, furniture, and architectural features

Other gray paint colors you might like:

A swatch of Coventry Gray and a photo of it on the walls of a dining room with text overlay.

As a licensed Real Estate Agent and an avid home decorator, I strive to give my clients the very best I can when it comes to staging, selling, and decorating their homes. I have lots of experience with paint color choices and love to DIY my home so I can have everything just the way I want it. I share my ideas and projects with the world in the hopes that I can help others have their homes just the way they want as well.

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