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Sherwin Williams Repose Gray Paint Color Review

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray is one of the best grays. It’s also one of Sherwin Williams’ most popular paint colors. Because of its very few undertones this color is one of the best neutral grays you can find. This color will warm your home and give it a very cozy feel.

The top of a paint can with Repose Gray, a paintbrush next to it on a light wood table.

Repose Gray has become one of the most popular paint colors. As a Real Estate Agent, I can honestly say that it has replaced Revere Pewter as the go-to paint color for selling your home.

Recently I took some clients to a local builder and when discussing paint colors they told me that they put Repose Gray in all of their model homes. It is a very universal and versatile gray that pairs nicely with just about everything.

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What Color is Sherwin Williams Repose Gray?

Repose Gray is a true gray color. It has an LRV of 58 which makes it a medium light-light colored gray.

If you read any of my other paint posts then you know that LRV stands for Light Reflective Value, which is fancy for how much light the color reflects around the room.

Why is LRV important? Well, if you are trying to lighten up your space or keep a space from becoming too dark then you want to pay attention to this number and compare them when choosing your paint color.

Repose Gray has a touch of warmth to it but in some light can look cool. Because of its versatility, it looks really great with any decor style.

Is Repose Gray a Warm Toned Gray?

Repose has some warm undertones and it is considered a greige, just barely. What is Greige? It’s a combo of gray and beige. While Repose Gray has some undertones of brown some do not consider it a greige. It’s just barely there in my opinion.

What I love about this color is that it’s warm without being overly beige. Typically only in a room with little natural light will this color look beige at all.

What are the undertones for Repose Gray?

The undertones for Repose Gray are brown with a hint of green. This addition of green keeps the gray from being very warm. But that green never feels cold, this color is very warm and cozy.

The fact that Repost gray has both brown and green is what keeps the color from leaning too far warm or cool. It’s very neutral which makes it a perfect color for just about anyone and any room!

Is Sherwin Williams Repose Gray for you?

Every paint color looks different in every home. In my home, greige paint colors look muddy and cool-toned grays look blue! Don’t even get me started on how many shades of white there are.

That being said, how do you choose the right color for you? Get a sample and put it on your wall. Look at the colors over the course of a few days in different lights.

You can get samples from the paint store or you get one from Samplize. Samplize offers a 12×12 inch peel and stick sample of any Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore paint color. This product is not messy and provides exactly what you need to choose the perfect color.

Repose Gray VS. Agreeable Gray

Repose Gray is slightly lighter than Agreeable Gray, it is 2 points lighter on the LRV scale. This difference is barely perceptible.

Agreeable Gray has more beige undertones in it than Repose Gray which makes AG a true greige paint color while RG is sometimes considered not. With the colors side by side you can see those green undertones peeking out.

A side by side color comparison of Agreeable Gray and Repose Gray.

Repose Gray VS. Revere Pewter

Revere Pewter is slightly darker than Repose Gray with a lot more brown undertones.

SW Revere Pewter is definitely a greige paint color and in some lights can look brown/green or dare I say muddy on the walls. Typically in south-facing rooms, this can happen (I speak from experience on this one!)

Because of this and the fact that Repose Gray has both warm and cool undertones it has become the go to color for trying to sell your home.

A side by side comparison of Revere Pewter and Repose Gray.

What White goes well with Repose Gray?

When choosing coordinating paint colors I love to take a look at the paint strip. You can see that Eider White is the lightest color on the strip which means it is the perfect white to pair with Repose Gray.

A side by side comparison of Eider White and Repose Gray.

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What darker colors coordinate well with Repose Gray?

Sherwin Williams Pavestone and Coral Clay are also great coordinating colors. If you go to the Sherwin Williams website they will tell you what are good coordinating colors. I also love to pair grays with Urban Bronze.

Urban Bronze is a dark, almost black color but looks like the oil-rubbed bronze finish on metal. I have it on my front door and it looks so good with the window trim and exterior color I have.

Urban Bronze also happens to be the 2021 Paint Color of the Year for Sherwin Williams!

A side by side comparison of Pavestone, Repose Gray and Urban Bronze.

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray in different rooms

You will be able to see how grays look different depending on what room they are in. Generally, rooms that get tons of light a gray can look cooler and rooms that are darker will look warmer.

Repose Gray has just the right amount of warmth to it that even in a room with lots of light it is gorgeous! Never cool, always very warm and neutral.

Repose Gray in Family Rooms

A family room with soaring vaulted ceilings.  White panelling above the fireplace pops next to the gray color of Repose Gray.
Source: Peace and Pine Designs

Peace and Pine Designs is a design firm that is local to me here in Columbus, Ohio. They do beautiful work and Repose Gray is one of their most requested and go-to paint colors for their clients.

I love how the color pairs with the crisp white trim and off the dark hardwood floors.

Repost Gray in an Entryway

An entryway with a blue door and white wainscoting and gray walls.
Source: Jenna Kate at Home

I just love Jenna Kate’s entryway! It’s got so much natural light that the gray combined with the white wainscoting just shines! I also love that front door color, just beautiful. The color of the door is Serious Gray which is what I recently painted my Powder Room.

Repose Gray in Kitchens

A kitchen painted with Repose Gray and white cabinets and black countertops.
Source: Sherwin Williams

I love how the shadows show off this color against the white cabinets. You can really see how lighting makes a difference in the paint color. Many people use Repose Gray on cabinets too. What’s great about using it on cabinets is that all different finishes of hardware look great with RG.

Repose Gray in Bedrooms

A bedroom with Repose Gray walls, a tufted white headboard, white curtains, gray stained furniture and a horse artwork above the headboard.
Source: Designing Vibes

Repose Gray is the perfect backdrop for the gorgeous tufted headboard in Erica’s bedroom. It’s understated but provides just enough contrast to the fabric color and furniture.

Repose Gray on the Exterior

The exterior of a house with repose gray paint and white trim.
Source: Bell Sheep Studio

This is just a gorgeous home! Leah from Bell Sheep Studio chose the perfect colors to show off the clean lines of her home with the natural backdrop of the trees. I love how she used different tones of gray on the door and shutters. They all blend so well together.

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If Repose Gray is a little light for you then you might want to give Mindful Gray a try. Agreeable Gray is also a wonderful alternative to Repose Gray. But if you are still unsure I have a full accounting of the best Greige paint colors available.

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray pin for Pinterest.

I hope you learned something about Sherwin Williams Repose Gray today. As I always say, you need to give it a test to see if it’s right for your home.

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Kim

Sunday 6th of March 2022

Hi. We're thinking of Repose Gray for the walls in our home with a cream white for the cabinets and a white for the ceilings and baseboards/trim. Do you have suggestions on colors?

atlaneandhigh

Monday 7th of March 2022

Hi Kim! I love Repose Gray so much. For your cabinets, I would consider Pure White. It's a slightly creamy white without being too yellow. For the ceilings Highly Reflective White is perfect. It's a crisp white. Make sure you get the ceiling paint in flat though. Here is a post that might give you more details on those colors. best-white-paint-colors-for-kitchen-cabinets

Valerie

Thursday 24th of February 2022

Hello! I hesitate between repose grey and passive for our board an batten lake house … Looking for a calm ( not cold ) but still light grey home. What are your taugjts?

atlaneandhigh

Friday 25th of February 2022

Hi Valerie! Passive can look very cool and Repose can pull warm. I think the best thing for you to do is get a swatch of both and paint them on the board and batten and look at it over a couple of days to decide. If you can't do that paint it on a piece of posterboard and look at it to decide. Good luck! A lake house sounds so fun!

Valerie

Thursday 24th of February 2022

Hello ! I am changing my lake house siding for board and batten and i think of repose grey but i am scare it will look beige. I want it to feel like a calm and natural grey …

atlaneandhigh

Friday 25th of February 2022

Hi Valerie! Is this for the exterior? I totally understand not wanting it to look beige and it can in some light. But for the exterior with all the natural light, it should show as gray. Hope that helps.

sheena

Monday 7th of February 2022

I'm doing a kitchen reno. I will be painting my walls Repose Gray and I want white cabinets. Which white do you suggest? Thanks.

atlaneandhigh

Wednesday 9th of February 2022

Hi Sheena! A kitchen reno is so exciting! If you are doing Repose Gray I would give Simply White and Pure White a look for your cabinet colors. Good luck!

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