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Gray paint colors are by far the most popular paint colors among most of my customers. That being said not all grays are created equal. There are warm grays, cool grays, dark grays, light grays, the options are endless. However, there are a handful of gray paint colors that are more popular than others and one of those is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.
Revere Pewter has been one of the top-selling gray paint colors according to Benjamin Moore. I’d categorize it as a light to mid-toned gray, with warm undertones. It is a fantastic neutral that works well in many spaces.
Even though it is lovely, is it still a favorite gray?
While I was gathering some photos to include in this post I had to go back almost a year to find pictures of this color.
This got me wondering, what were the reasons customers were no longer requesting this gray to use in their homes?
To try to better understand why this color isn’t often requested, I’m going to share all the stats and some color comparisons to see if I can come to a conclusion.
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172
Revere Pewter has an LRV of 55.51. I’m sure you are wondering what LRV is and why I’m mentioning it. LRV, or Light Reflectance Value, is a measurement commonly used by design professionals that measures the amount of light reflected from a surface. LRVs range from 0-100, with 100 being pure white and 0 being absolute black.
To sum it up, higher numbers reflect more light and lower numbers do the opposite. So with an LRV of 55.51, BM Revere Pewter is just about in the middle of the scale.
What Color is Revere Pewter Benjamin Moore?
Revere Pewter is a gray paint color with warm undertones. It’s definitely warmer than BM Thunder as well as some of the other popular grays from Benjamin Moore
Light unmistakably plays a big role in how the color will look too. For example in a room with North exposure and a lot of light, the color can come off fairly gray with some hints of green. In other instances though, can look almost taupe.
The lighting, the direction your room is facing, and the color of your furnishings all contribute to the color that will look on your walls.
Revere Pewter Undertones
Even though BM Revere has warm undertones, it won’t look yellow on your walls. I know when you think of warm you think it may come across as beige or yellow. That’s not the case most of the time.
In the living room below, Iris and Oak Interiors painted the walls with Revere and brought the room together with gorgeous neutral furnishings.
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I wouldn’t consider Revere Pewter to be a beige even with its warm undertones. I’d have to say it is more in the greige category. I do find that in many pictures it can look a little on the beige side. but it’s a different story in real-time.
I also have to note, Revere can often have a muddy feel to it. I know, I know muddy sounds like it’s a bad thing however, it’s not. By muddy, I mean earthy, natural, and even rustic.
In the kitchen above, Blue Shell Construction used Revere Pewter on the cabinets and Benjamin Moore AF-565 Mysterious as an accent on the island. This is a perfect example of the warmth coming that the color has.
A Revere Pewter Kitchen can look fantastic when paired with the perfect coordinating colors.
Revere is so versatile that it will pair well with a ton of different colors. The great thing about this warm gray is that you can use warm and cool colors to complement it.
One of my favorite projects we did for a customer was with Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray. Those two colors were used to paint stripes in the entryway.
Here you can see how well the two colors pair with one another. The lighting wasn’t the best at the time so the colors are coming across as almost beige.
See how lighting affects paint colors?
Another complementary color is Benjamin Moore White Dove. This is a beautiful color combination and can be used in a number of ways.
Another white that looks lovely with RP is Swiss Coffee.
For instance, use this combination in the kitchen. paint your cabinets one color and your walls another. Both colors will work on either the cabinets or walls.
For a darker coordinating color, Chelsea Gray is a great option. These colors play well together because they are of the same tone.
One way to incorporate Chelsea Gray is by painting your interior doors.
Revere Pewter doesn’t only have to be paired with other neutral colors or black paint colors. It works and coordinates beautifully with bright colors like pink and coral. But also with soothing colors like green and teal. One of my favorite blue/green colors to pair it with is BM Beach Glass.
- Edgecomb Gray
- Chelsea Gray
- Hale Navy
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Sherwin Williams Equivalent to BM Revere Pewter
There is no true Sherwin Williams equivalent to Revere. There are several colors that are considerably similar but certainly not identical. ( You know more like cousins rather than twin bros). The one Benjamin Moore color that is a fairly close match is:
As I said not identical but close.
If you were thinking of color matching Revere Pewter In Sherwin Williams paint, I highly recommend you purchase a sample beforehand. Sometimes when you color match between paint manufacturers, the colors don’t come out exactly. This is because each brand uses different formulas to create its paint colors.
What’s the best trim color with Revere Pewter?
As we just learned, RP looks great paired with a number of colors. But what is the best trim color for Revere Pewter? The top 2 trim paint colors that go with Revere are:
- White Dove – gray undertones
- Simply White – yellow undertones
*You can also go with more of a clean crisp white like BM Chantilly Lace.
Choosing the best trim color depends on what else is going on in the room. You want to make sure all the colors are playing well together.
READ MORE: The Very Best White Paint Colors for Trim
Revere Pewter vs Agreeable gray
As you can see from the side-by-side swatches, Revere Pewter Benjamin Moore and Agreeable Gray Sherwin Williams are close, but not an exact color match.
What are the differences between Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray?
- Agreeable Gray is lighter than Revere Pewter.
- Agreeable Gray has an LRV of 60, which is slightly higher than Revere at 55.51.
- Agreeable Gray also has warmth in it but, has green-gray undertones.
- In South facing room Agreeable Gray is at its best, showing off the warm, soft greige color it truly is.
- Unlike how Revere can show the hints of green in its undertone, Agreeable Gray tends to stay docile, sticking to the greige that it is.
Revere Pewter vs. Agreeable Gray, who’s the winner?
It’s hard to say who won this color battle. Both are great gray paint colors. It basically comes down to the undertones that can come out to play. If you are looking for more of an earthy, muddy gray Revere Pewter is it. For a light gray paint color that doesn’t come across as muddy, Agreeable gray is it.
If I had to choose between the two, and I was basing it on what customers ask for, I’d go with Agreeable Gray.
Check out my full in-depth Agreeable Gray Review
Accessible Beige vs Revere Pewter
When you look at Accessible Beige and Revere Pewter side by side you can see that they are not the same color.
What are the differences between Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter?
- Accessible Beige is more warm-toned than Revere
- Accessible Beige has an LRV of 58, slightly higher than RP 55.51
- Accessible Beige is more of a beige color with gray undertones.
- Both Accessible Gray and Revere have that hint of green in them.
Accessible Beige vs Revere Pewter, Who won this battle?
I can’t declare who’s the winner here because they are both awesome greige paint colors. And it comes down to personal preference. If you are looking for a bit more warmth, Accessible Beige is a great choice. Even though Revere is a warm paint color, Accessible has a bit more to it.
If I had to choose, between the two, I’d go with Revere Pewter.
I wanted to see for myself how some of the most popular grays compared so I painted them all side by side on a piece of drywall.
The colors I used :
I was actually surprised at how beige Revere looked next to the other colors.
This is why painting swatches before you commit to a color is a good idea.
And just for reference, this picture was taken with a little natural light.
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Where can you use Revere Pewter Benjamin Moore?
Since it’s such a versatile paint color, it can be used in most spaces and in several ways.
Bigger rooms or open floor plans that get a lot of natural light are ideal for this color. Smaller rooms or spaces with less natural light won’t do the color any justice. It will come off dark and sometimes dingy, not allowing the color to live up to its full potential.
Not only can you use Revere on the walls you can also use it on furniture. This stunning dresser in the picture above was painted by the very talented Julie Peterson over at Simple Redesign. As you can see the color looks pretty gray here.
Using Furnishings to Enhance the Color.
A great way to enhance a wall color is with furnishings. And the same goes for this greige. Being that Revere complements many accent colors, it’s a great opportunity to use different undertones to complement and coordinate with the color.
For more of a traditional neutral palette opt for a neutral-toned rug. This will provide a visual anchor for the room. Pair that with a sofa in a warmer tone to bring the neutral palette together.
For a pop of color add bold bright curtains. They will truly stand out against the fantastic greige wall color.
Light fixtures are another opportunity to complement this warm gray. Brushed metals work best with Revere Pewter so opt for something with a brushed finish to really make this greige shine.
- Has an LRV of 55.51
- It is considered a warm gray
- The undertones are yellow and beige however it won’t look yellow on the walls.
- It can also sometimes show a subtle hue of green and appear muddy depending on the lighting in a space.
- Works beautifully with all decor styles, from rustic to traditional.
- looks fantastic with both white and cream trim and cabinetry.
Don’t forget that lighting plays a big part in how Revere Pewter will look in a room. Keep that in mind when you are deciding on where to use this color. And remember to test color swatches in different areas of your room to see how the color will look in different lighting.
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After going through all the pictures and information on Revere Pewter I can 100% see why it’s so popular. This is a fantastic warm gray paint color. It plays well with other colors, works in numerous settings, and it fits into any decor style.
Now, none of this explains why customers aren’t requesting this color as often as about a year or so ago. On paper (and walls) it really is the perfect greige. The only reason I can come up with this is that other gray paint colors are overshadowing it.
If you do a search on Pinterest for “the most popular gray paint” so many other options appear. This here is reason enough. Pinterest is basically a search engine so if something isn’t at the very top, it most likely won’t get much recognition.
At any rate, I still believe this is a beautiful gray paint color and it still stands up to the label it got as the “perfect greige”.
What do you think? Love it? Over it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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Thursday 9th of March 2023
P.S. Cate - Regarding my question a few minutes ago re a REVERE PEWTER alternate that looks better in an east-facing room - we did consider EDGECOMB GRAY (another great review by you btw) - but its a bit too light for the cabinets... Any other suggestions appreciated. BTW - I found your color consultation page... Is this (coffee) section of the site still active? (I couldn't see any listed submission dates - so wasnt sure if you were actively responding to such requests... Tks! )
Thursday 9th of March 2023
Cate - What a fantastic review of these colors! I've read others, but yours provides more practical input re undertones - as well as how the color will be impacted by direction of incoming light... BTW - I think there needs to be an HGTV show which focuses on color... and you'd be the perfect host!
We are considering REVERE PEWTER on our lower cabinets. However our kitchen faces EAST - and during much of the day its in shade. The Revere Pewter sample looks amazing in our south facing rooms - but as you suggest, it is not at its best facing east. Could you recommend a BENJAMIN MOORE neutral colour that is VERY close to Revere Pewter - but will be its best in east facing areas? Thanks so much!!! Susan J.
Saturday 18th of February 2023
Revere Pewter is not dead yet! I just used it in my north facing living room walls and 25% less on the ceiling. After sampling so many BM similar colors (Edgecomb Gray, Grant Beige and a few others), I had to give in to the once popular RP. It appears as a warm stone greige - not muddy at all and made my two white sofas pop. I paired my attached dining room with BM Duxbury Gray - including the ceiling and all the trim. Cozy gray-green compliment to RP. RP seems to be a timeless winner rather than a fad.
Tuesday 19th of April 2022
We used white dove for the wainscoting and then revere pewter on the walls above. Is it best to paint the door with white dove too or use another color. And if another color, what color would compliment those two?
Monday 22nd of February 2021
You’ve done a great job of describing Revere Pewter, going into great detail. Would you happen to have a description like this of light pewter?