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Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams Review

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Today, I am reviewing the fantastically versatile Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.

Repose Gray is the ideal neutral gray paint color for almost any home. And you can take it from me: I used this fantastic gray paint color all over my home, in every room, excluding the bedrooms.

So, along with explaining why it’s so fantastically versatile, I’ll also fill you in on undertones, LRV, comparisons, you know, all that fun stuff.

SW repose gray swatch

In this color review, you will learn all about Sherwin Williams Repose Gray, which again is a neutral gray /greige paint color. Although this gray color can appear warm in brighter light conditions, it is generally cooler in tone. Repose Gray has violet undertones, which is the kind of gray that most homeowners associate with the color “gray. This versatile neutral shade looks best in rooms with ample natural light. Violet grays are often described as having the same color as elephants.


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Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

Is Repose Gray still a popular Color in 2024?

Although more earthy colors are trending nowadays, the answer is yes! Repose Gray is an iconic Sherwin-Williams gray paint color. While white wall colors are also very popular, they can sometimes feel cold and even a bit challenging to decorate with. Because of that, homeowners are turning towards warmer neutrals. Not everyone desires a house with white walls. If you are seeking a color that contrasts well with trim and ceiling, Repose Gray could be a potential option for your home. The thing to keep in mind is to ensure that this color complements your countertops, floors, carpets, and decor.

What is the LRV of Repose Gray?

Repose Gray has a Light Reflectance Value (LRV) of 58, which isn’t terribly high.

The LRV scale ranges from 1 (pure black) to 100 (pure white), and it gauges the amount of light the paint color either absorbs or reflects. So the higher on the scale the more light reflective the paint color will be. A great article to read to learn more about LRV is Light Reflectance Value: What Do Those Numbers Mean?

repose gray walls
Repose Gray walls

What undertones does Sherwin Williams Repose Gray have?

Repose Gray’s undertones are a mix of brown, gray, and greige with a kiss of purple. 

I know, I know. You hear purple and think that if you choose repose gray as your wall color, you are basically going to have purple walls.

That’s not the case. The hint of purple gives Repose its pizzaz. It gives it substance, so this gray paint color doesn’t fall flat or look dull and boring. 

Is Repose Gray a warm color?

Repose by Sherwin Williams is a warm gray. However, because of the hint of purple/blue in it, it pulls cooler than many other gray paint colors.

A great color to compare it to is Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray. Worldly Gray is clearly warmer than Repose.

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Worldly-Gray-SW-7043-

When compared side by side, you can see how SW Repose Gray is cooler than SW Worldly Gray.

If you are a fan of cool colors, Check out these Sherwin Williams Cool Grays.

When AND WHERE should I use Repose Gray?

When you have plenty of light in your room, warm wood finishes, and matching stone or quartz countertops, Repose Gray is an excellent color choice. It’s crucial that you use it with flooring, countertops, and decor that have the same undertones. The violet undertones of Repose Gray complement many quartz veins that are violet-gray. This color also goes well with granite countertops and earthy finishes, provided they have the same undertones. To ensure that you get the desired results, it’s essential to test Repose Gray in various natural light conditions.

How does lighting affect Repose Gray?

The way a color is perceived is highly dependent on lighting. For example, a room with tons of natural light pouring in will look different from a room with little to no natural light.

lighting direction

Northern Exposure

As the graphic above shows, if you have a North-facing room, the coolness of colors is brought out. 

So, in Repose Grays’s case, when painted in a north-facing room, the color will appear cool rather than warm.

repose gray walls

You may also see hints of the color’s purple/blue undertone. As I mentioned before, I have Repose in the majority of my home, and some days, when I’m looking at the color on the bathroom walls, I notice the tiniest hint of purple.

This is something to consider, especially if you are looking for a paint color with a warmer feel. 

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Southern Exposure

This living room is so beautiful with south-facing light. In addition to Repose Gray on the walls, I also painted the fireplace using Dovetail. I painted the trim and doors using Extra White.

The beauty of Repose Gray is that it can be used just about anywhere. This gray is so versatile and it makes a beautiful backdrop for any decor style. As you can see in the photo below, an eclectic decor style is going on; cotton stems, vintage pieces, a farmhouse-style chair, simple picture frames, and more.

farmhouse style living room

eastern exposure

Eastern exposure typically means that the room receives sunlight in the morning, which tends to be cooler and softer compared to the warm, direct sunlight of the afternoon. Sherwin Williams Repose Gray is likely to maintain its serene and versatile character while subtly adapting to the nuances of the morning light, creating a welcoming and timeless atmosphere.

repose gray walls

Western Exposure

Western exposure rooms typically receive warm, golden sunlight in the afternoon and evening. This warm light can enhance the warmth of Repose Gray, giving the room a cozy and inviting feel. The gray may appear slightly warmer and more inviting with softened undertones and rich depth that enhance its timeless elegance compared to rooms with cooler exposure.

Can I use Repose Gray for Cabinets?

Repose Gray kitchen cabinets

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You can absolutely use this color for cabinets. It looks fantastic with quartz that has matching undertones. Before making decisions, be sure to compare your samples with countertop and backsplash colors.

Repose Gray painted cabinets

Can I use Repose Gray for Exteriors?

Repose Gray is an excellent color for exterior trim. Why? Because it appears lighter in the sun and has an almost white appearance. It also is fantastic as a whole-house white paint color.

Remember that colors appear much lighter outside in the sunshine, and this color will look like a soft white without any harshness.

What are the Best White Trim and Ceiling Colors For Repose Gray?

repose gray on living room walls'

I love this paint color with clean or bright off-whites like SW Extra White, SW White Snow, or SW Pure White. SW Westhighland White is a warmer and darker shade compared to those colors, but it also looks lovely. Whites with yellow undertones, such as SW Alabaster or SW Greek Villa, will work, but I advise swatching these colors together with Repose Gray to make sure you like them together.

These white paint colors are great options for trim as well.

How to lighten Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

A different way to use Repose is by lighting it by 50%, 25%, or whatever % you want. Basically, this means when mixing a color you start with your base, which is white. then to that, you add colorant to make the color of your choice.

So, let’s say we were adding 12 drops of blue and 12 drops of black colorant to the white base. To lighten that color, you’d equally reduce the number of drops, so 12 drops now become six drops. 

I decided to use this paint lightening method in our business office. Even though Repose is a relatively light color, I was afraid it would look a bit dark in the space since there was a low-light space.

It lightened the color just enough to do the trick.

repose gray lightened

What is the easiest way to Sample Repose Gray?

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Use repose gray in different sheens

Another way to use Repose Gray is in different sheens. Let me give you an example.

Let’s say you decided to paint your kitchen cabinets Repose Gray in an eggshell finish and use a flat finish on the walls.

By changing the finish or sheen, the color will look different. A higher sheen will reflect more light, making it appear lighter, and a lower sheen will do the opposite and make it look a bit dark. 

It’s a great way to use a color you love in multiple ways.


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Sherwin Williams Repose Gray vs. Agreeable Gray

Repose Gray vs. Agreeable Gray (1)

What is the difference between Repose Gray and Agreeable Gray?

  • Agreeable Gray has an LRV of 60, which is a hair lighter than Repose at 58.
  • Agreeable Gray has more warmth in it and also has green undertones. 
  • When it comes to being a greige Agreeable Gray takes this one.
  • In a south-facing room, Agreeable Gray is at its best, showing off the warm, soft, greige color it truly is.
  • Unlike how Repose can show the purple/blue undertone it has, Agreeable Gray has green.

Repose Gray vs. Agreeable Gray: who’s the winner? That’s a tough question to answer. It’s all about preference and lighting. Both of these gray paint colors are no-fail colors. it all comes down to whether or not you want more of a cool or warm-toned gray wall color.

Check out my full Agreeable Gray review for more information.

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray vs. Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

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BM Revere Pewter

  • Revere Pewter has an LRV of 55.51, a bit lower than Repose, and it does appear darker.
  • As you can see, BM Revere Pewter is certainly a warmer color.
  • Depending on the light, most often Revere Pewter can look green and slightly muddy. 

Light French Gray vs. Repose Gray

repose gray
  • Sherwin Williams Light French Gray has an LRV of 53, which is lower than the RG
  •  Light French grey is more cool-toned when compared to Repose.
  • Whereas you can see some of the undertones Repose has in different lighting, Light French Gray stands fairly neutral. Not too many surprises with that guy.

Which Benjamin Moore Colors are like Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray?

As stated earlier, the closest paint color to Repose Gray would be Benjamin Moore Collingwood, although it is slightly lighter. It is not advisable to match paint colors, especially for light neutrals or white paints, which can appear greenish when applied to walls. Collingwood will provide you with a similar appearance and ambiance as Repose Gray, despite not being an exact match.

repose gray Coordinating Colors

It’s not difficult to find other colors to coordinate with Repose since it works well with just about everything. Blue-gray paint colors in particular.

However, I love pairing it with SW 7014 Eider White, SW 7017 Dorian Gray, SW 7642 Pavestone, Tricorn Black, and my favorite teal, SW 6222 Riverway.

Pair Repose Gray with rich, muted, saturated jewel tones or fresh colors. Don’t pair muted and fresh colors together. Repose can go either way, either muted or fresh. Yellow paint colors or creamy yellowish whites can look dingy.

  1.  Pinky Beige
  2. Granite Peak 
  3. City Loft 
  4. Wool Skein 
  5. Riverway
  6. Artichoke 
  7. Iron Ore 
  8. Dovetail
SW Repose Gray Coordinating Colors (3)

Color Recap

  • Repose has an LRV of 58.  
  • It is a warm gray that does pull cool in certain lighting.
  • The undertones are gray, brown, greige, and an itty bitty hint of purple/blue. And this is why Repose Gray can look blue at times. 
  • Repose will look on the cooler side in a north-facing room, and in a south-facing room, it will pull warmer.
  • It looks great with a clean white trim like SW Snowbound or SW Extra White.
  • Use this fabulous gray anywhere your heart desires: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, exterior, you name it, you paint it.

To sum it up, Sherwin Williams’ Repose Gray is a stunning greige with violet undertones that pairs perfectly with bright whites or wood tones. This color is generally considered cool and is commonly used as an interior wall color and also on the exterior.

Final Thoughts

The aspect I love about this color is that it is a good balance between warm and cool. Some grays are just too cool and usually look blue. Or they are too warm and look somewhat yellow. Repose Gray SW 7015 is the perfect mix of both. 

Finally, I love how this gray adjusts according to the lighting.

Repose gray looks its best on a bright, beautiful, sunny day, showing off its cooler side. On a gloomier day, the warmth comes out more, providing a cozy feel to your space.

I’d have to say it’s the slight coolness this otherwise warm paint color has. I find it works beautifully with just about any decor style, making it an optimal gray paint choice. It’s the gray I always and will continually recommend.

Repose Gray

Love Repose Gray but want a shade darker? Check out Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams or Dorian Gray. Or do you prefer a gray with a bit more of a cool tone? If so, check out SW Passive.

Don’t forget that it’s always a good idea to paint large swatches where you intend to use the color when it comes to paint colors. Lighting will change in the room, so pay attention and be observant. You want to make sure you will love the color in every lighting situation.

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Beckie

Monday 17th of July 2023

I absolutely can’t stand any gray, I have a rental house that a friend moved into and I told her whatever she wanted to do. SW Repose and that other gray. Our house is for sale and my friend has bought a house so we may move into it and the first thing that goes will be Gray.

Cate Griffing

Tuesday 18th of July 2023

Beckie, That's the beauty of paint, its easiyly changed. Not everyone loves the same things. That is something that makes us all unique and different. THank you for sharing your thoughts

Jamie

Thursday 21st of April 2022

Hi Cate,

I am remodeling my kitchen. I have a west facing open concept home with vaulted ceiling’s ,medium color wood floors and trim with some red undertones. I’m leaning towards repose grey cabinets, a wood island & Cambria Colton countertops. I’m worried that I may not be picking something that isn’t timeless or transitional. I have one shot and I want to make it right. Of course, would love to hear your thoughts.

All the best, Jamie

Monica

Friday 4th of February 2022

With Repose Gray (and accents of Dorian Gray) throughout a house, would you recommend using warm or cool light bulbs in the light fixtures?

Sam

Tuesday 11th of January 2022

I know this is an older post, but I just found your site and am loving you color reviews! Could you do SW Alabaster as a trim with Repose?

Cate Griffing

Wednesday 19th of January 2022

Yea, that will work.

Gwen

Thursday 27th of May 2021

I seriously need your help. Purchased a new spec home that is painted Repose Gray. I'm used to brown tones so this is a big adjustment. The builder also chose a very light gray flooring. I am having a SUPER hard time figuring out how to decorate with this wall color. I think if the flooring had been darker this wouldn't be so difficult. Any suggestions?

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