Color Report: Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

Repose Gray Sherwin-Williams 7015 is a light gray paint color with brown undertones that goes with everything. Keep reading to find out what color is Repose Gray SWand if it the perfect gray color for your home.

According to Pinterest, this popular interior paint color is a top choice because it is considered a true gray with very little undertones. Check out the most popular 50 Sherwin Williams paint colors here.

What Color is Sherwin Williams Repose Gray?

Repose Gray is a light gray paint color with a very slight brownish undertone, a taupe rather than a blue or pink undertone. Most of the photos of this wall color on the interwebs  show rooms with tons of natural light from large gorgeous windows. In these rooms, the paint has a warm tone rather a cool tone. Repose gray paint makes the perfect neutral backdrop for dark woods, crisp whites and every color in between.

repose gray

This gray wall color has a slightly blue undertone when I painted a sample in my northwest facing room. To find the direction I use the compass app on my iPhone. I point my phone toward the window and it tells me I am facing northwest, the direction the light source.

north facing room

This room gets little light until about 3 pm and then it turns a bright warm yellow. My home has eaves so natural light is filtered by the exterior overhang. Repose Gray looks slightly blue rather than warm in my room because it is darker than the rooms shown on Google images.

Sherwin Williams repose gray

The gray paint color is mixed using different amounts of colors in a light or dark base. Since the color is made using different percentages of colors the final color can have a visible color undertone. Gray tends to have a warm or cool undertone. Warm grays can have brown, pink, and yellow undertones and a cool gray paint color has blue, green or purple undertones.

Is Agreeable Gray Lighter Than Repose Gray?

Both Sherwin-Williams gray paint colors Repose Gray and Agreeable Gray are the lightest selection on their respective rows in the paint chip display at the paint store. They both look like light grays except Repose Gray is the lightest value of the dark taupe gray color Black Fox and Agreeable Gray is the lightest value of the dark brown color Status Bronze.

repose gray

Value is defined as the relative lightness or darkness of a color

What is the LRV of Repose Gray?

Light reflective value tells what percentage of the light the color reflects on a scale of 0 to 100. Repose Gray has  LRV 58 so it reflects more light and the color is light. The LRV number can be found on the paint chips. This can help you decide how light or dark you want your paint color to be. This number works on all colors except yellow which is a very light reflective color.

Repose Gray SW 7015 LRV 58

Mindful Gray SW 7016 LRV 48

Dorian Gray SW 7017 LRV 39

Dovetail SW 7018 LRV 26

Gauntlet Gray SW 7019 LRV 17

Black Fox SW 7020 LRV 7

Does Repose Gray Have Blue Undertones?

At the Sherwin-Williams paint store, Repose gray looks like a light gray with a very slight brown undertone that gives the color its warmth. It was noticeable when I had x and y paint chips next to each other. Choosing an interior paint color is very subjective and the color can appear to change with surrounding colors, different light sources and the time of day.

Choosing Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray

The best way to choose a paint color is to bring home 20 paint chips in the general color you are looking for so you can see the color in your home.

I know I want to paint my walls light gray or a medium gray. I also want a warm color so I look for paint colors that look more brown or tan at the darkest shade.

I find it is easier to see the undertone at the darkest end of the spectrum. Once I see the warm undertone I grab the light and 2nd and 3rd lightest colors to take home. So at the paint store I look at every medium gray to light gray they offer and I take a pile of paint chips home.

Sherwin Williams paint colors

I narrow down the paint chips to the top 10 that I think will look good in the room. I try to look at the colors throughout the day to see if any look terrible in no light or warm light.

Once I get down to 5 gray hues, I go back to the paint store and get 2 to 3 paint samples. This time I got the 3 lightest values on the column of paint colors that started with Repose Gray, Mindful Gray and Dorian Gray. Sherwin Williams offers paint samples that cover 75 square feet, that is plenty of paint.

You can purchase one sample of the top paint color, but I don’t want to run back and forth to the paint store.

Is Repose Gray a Warm Color?

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray is considered a warm color because the base color is a brownish gray rather that a cool blue base. The gray color is light so it is hard to see the undertone, but you can see it in the darkest value, the Black Fox SW 7020. Brown is a warm neutral because it is orange with black added to it.

Color trends make gray paint colors the most popular interior paint color whether you are painting your family room, kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. Repose Gray can be used throughout your whole house because it will coordinate with almost all room color schemes.

What colors go with Repose Gray?

Choosing  a room color palette to match repose gray is difficult because this Sherwin Williams paint color goes with so many colors. This light neutral gray color will coordinate with any of the colors listed below. Check out these Repose Gray coordinating colors you can easily add to your room with gray walls.

Indigo Blue

indigo blue

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colors that go with repose gray
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What paint colors coordinate with Repose Gray?

Repose Gray coordinates with almost all Sherwin-Willams paint colors. This gray will fit into most whole house color schemes. Here are a few ideas.

Monochromatic color scheme

Complementary color scheme

A complementary color scheme of paint colors that go with Repose Gray included a dark taupe gray, white, gray blue and a medium blue are listed below.

3 Proven Tips Repose Gray

This quick video is packed with more information about Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. Jacob Owens is a color consultant and he explains the gray paint’s undertones and coordinating colors.

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