Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 7015) is a great neutral gray paint color for any room in your house. It’s considered to be one of the most popular gray paint colors and consistently falls on Sherwin Williams’ best seller list year after year.
In this color review, I’m going to be answering some frequently asked questions about Repose Gray (or Repose Grey for our British friends.) So the next time you’re wandering around in the paint aisle, you’ll feel a little more confident in your decision. This is a long post, so grab a cup of coffee and curl up in your comfy chair and let’s get started!
**And be sure to scroll all the way through for a video and secret tip!
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Is Sherwin Williams Repose Gray warm or cool?
Repose Gray is a greige paint color. What is greige? It’s just a fancy name coined from combining gray (cool) and beige (warm). Greige paint colors coordinate beautifully with many different paint colors.
It’s not too light or too dark. So if you’re looking for one neutral gray paint color to use throughout your entire house, SW Repose Gray would be a great choice! In fact, many designers and real estate agents recommend this color to clients looking to sell their homes.
With that said, Repose Gray is a WARM gray due to having a bit of brown pigment added to its formula. but…. it can flash a bit cool in certain situations because of the undertones (keep reading!)
What Undertones are in Repose Gray?
Repose Gray has blue undertones and slight violet (purple undertones) but they are very minimal. These cool undertones have a greater likelihood of showing up in a north facing room or hallways and other areas with not a lot of natural light.
So if your room has northern exposure, Repose Gray will lean a bit more blue with just a flash of purple/violet in the shadows. But in a south or west-facing room, it will look much lighter with no noticeable undertones at all (like in Cassie’s gorgeous room above.) Be sure to follow Cassie on Instagram for more pics of her beautiful coastal home!
One of the great things about Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams is its versatility and these slight undertones play a huge part in this. Repose Gray really is the perfect paint color, which can also act as a chameleon and pick up slight hints of color from its surroundings as well.
What is the LRV of Repose Gray?
Repose Gray has an LRV of 58. Well, that’s great but what the heck does that mean?
LRV stands for Light Reflectance Value (also referred to as Light Reflective Value) In a nutshell, it’s the number associated with the amount of light a paint color will reflect into the room.
LRV is based on a scale of 0-100, with 0 being the blackest black and 100 associated with the brightest white (although in the painting world, there is no paint color that is pure black or pure white.)
So Repose Gray, with an LRV of 58 is considered a light gray paint color that will reflect light in certain situations.
– The darker the paint color – the lower the LRV number and more light is absorbed.
– The lighter the paint color – the higher the LRV number and more light is reflected.
Check out Kylie’s post for even more info on LRV – she is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things paint colors!
Peel & Stick Paint Samples
So if all this talk of undertones and LRV is making your head spin and you find yourself even more confused than before, you should definitely check out SAMPLIZE.
Check out the Repose Gray sample here.
Is Repose Gray a Good Exterior Color?
Absolutely, Sherwin Williams Repose Gray is a great exterior paint color! I find that it looks especially gorgeous on southern style architecture and coastal beach homes.
It’s important to keep in mind that paint colors will usually always appear lighter when used in exterior applications. This is due to the amount of natural light being reflected off the surface.
So since Repose Gray SW 7015 has an LRV value of 58 it will look even lighter when used outside.
But I personally love light gray paint colors used on exteriors. Whether used as house paint, painted fences, gray deck paint, they all look gorgeous to me! I also love warm gray paint colors on modern farmhouses, a coastal beach house, or even more modern or traditional homes.
If you’re looking for more of a dark gray paint color for exteriors, you can try the other colors on the same paint strip such as Dovetail or Gauntlet Gray. Gray or greige paint colors are a classic choice for house exteriors and won’t go out of style any time soon.
SW Repose Gray 7015 can also be used as a trim color for windows, garage doors, porches, and more.
Repose Gray Coordinating Colors
Since Repose Grey is such a beautiful color and more of a neutral gray, it can coordinate well with lots of different colors.
Just ask Joanna Gaines, who lists Repose Grey as one of her favorite Fixer Upper paint colors.
Look at this gorgeous accent wall Holly created in her little girl’s room featuring Repose Gray wall color and Sherwin Williams Koral Kicks:
If you’re looking for a beautiful medium gray paint color to use for your kitchen cabinets, try Sherwin Williams Dovetail which is on the same paint strip as Repose Grey.
Leah from Bell Sheep studio did a fantastic job choosing the exterior color palette for this gorgeous southern style home pictured above! She used SW Repose Gray for the siding, SW Dorian Gray for doors and shutters, and SW Alabaster for trim. Be sure to follow her on Instagram for more inspiration.
Repose Gray vs. Agreeable Gray
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray is a very similar color to Repose Gray, but it’s a bit warmer with slight taupe / beige undertones. If you’re more of a beige girl, but are trying to bring your home into the 21st century without totally jumping on the gray bandwagon – then Agreeable Gray would be a great choice!
However, if you’re wanting a bit less beige and more gray color, then try Repose Gray.
Still completely confused and can’t decide? Then SAMPLIZE peel & stick samples will be your new best friend! Grab Repose Gray and Agreeable Gray samples to place around your home to see how they each look in different lighting conditions, throughout the day.
Best Trim Colors to use with Repose Gray
Now that you’ve finally chosen that perfect gray paint color, you’re probably asking yourself what color to paint the trim with Repose Gray walls? I’ve spent hours researching this post and here’s the most popular white paint colors to use with Repose Grey:
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Sherwin Williams Repose Gray in Real Homes
Picking paint colors is hard and I know it really helps to see potential colors in real homes. I’ve gathered some great examples to help you make the best choice possible. All pics are linked to their original sources, so click the links below each pic for more details.
Repose Grey continues to be one of the most popular paint colors for kitchen cabinets and for good reason! It offers just the right amount of contrast against white marble and quartz countertops, and is a great neutral color so you can mix virtually any color accessories with it.
Or even mix in a gorgeous blue Italian range like Jackie from Finding Lovely. drool.
Jaimee Rose designed this butler’s pantry with light grey cabinets (SW 7015) paired with brass fixtures and beautiful light toned hardwood floors. This is such a classic look, which makes Repose Grey a good choice that will stand the test of time and never look overly trendy.
Gray kitchen cabinets look stunning with warm to dark toned wood, as shown in Tara’s gorgeous traditional style kitchen.
If you’re looking for the perfect medium gray, you might want to try Mindful Gray which is a beautiful true gray with warm undertones.
Notice how beautiful it looks in this great room with white trim and white cabinets next to the fireplace. I also love how the designer warmed up the space even more with the natural jute rug.
Videos are always helpful. Jacob Owens and Kylie are two of the top color experts when it comes to choosing paint colors. Watch these videos if you’re still undecided and need even more info:
Secret Painting Tip and Final Thoughts
To reward you for making it through the world’s longest post, here’s a secret tip that designers use to get the perfect paint color:
IF YOU LOVE REPOSE GRAY, BUT IT’S TOO LIGHT:
- Ask your paint store to mix it at 150% (this increases the pigments and makes the color richer and darker.)
IF YOU LOVE REPOSE GRAY, BUT IT’S TOO Dark:
- Ask your paint store to mix it at 50% (this decreases the pigments and results in a lighter color.)
Whew, this was a long post! If you made it to the end, you deserve a gold star (or maybe a donut?) I do hope you found it helpful though!
I’m hoping to do more paint color review posts like this soon. What other colors would you like me to review? Let me know in the comments and be sure to check out these other posts you might like:
- The Most Popular Fixer Upper Paint Colors of ALL Time
- Best White Paint Colors for Shiplap
- Best Paint for Kitchen Cabinets
- Benjamin Moore Hale Navy Paint Review
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