We’ve used Edgecomb Gray in almost every room Our home Because it’s a warm, inviting and versatile neutral. You could even call it the perfect greige paint color! It’s popular among designers and DIYers alike, whether you’re painting a living room, bedroom, kitchen cabinets or even your siding. Let us tell you why.
There are several photos of Edgecomb Gray in our home in this post, but you can also see the same rooms by watching the house tour video below.
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When should you use Edgecomb Grey?
Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray (HC-173) is one of the best greige paint colors. If you are looking for any of the following then this should be at the top of your consideration list:
- A warm greige that is a perfect blend of gray and beige
- A light-to-medium neutral that will add interest without darkening the room.
- A timeless color that works well in rooms with good natural light
- A sophisticated paint color that doesn’t look old or yellow
- Whole House Color That Works in Any Room
- A taupe paint that matches well with white trim
- A crowd-pleasing color that’s good for resale and rental
- A versatile neutral that works with modern or traditional decor
- A subtle wall color that will help accent other furniture and decor
We could go on and on about why we love this nearly flawless color, but you’ll see for yourself by the end of this post!
When should you not use Edgecomb Grey?
Be careful with Edgecombe Gray in dark rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light, especially north-facing rooms. we painted our bonus room Started with Edgecomb Grey, but quickly noticed it looked darker and dirtier than other spots – even compared to the hallway it connected to! We felt that the north facing light (which appears cool) that the rooms were receiving was distorting its general light and warm appearance.
We eventually repainted that space a lighter cooler gray (Behr Irish Mist) and vowed to use Edgecomb gray in any of our other dark north-facing rooms. We still used it successfully in places like our hallway and half bathroom, where there was no natural light coming in at all. In those cases, warm artificial lighting pairs well with warm greige like Edgecomb Grey.
Edgecomb Gray FAQ
Let’s look at some of the key things you should know about this gray color as you consider it for your home.
Is Edgecombe Gray warm or cool?
Edgecomb Gray is a warm gray color, which is why it is a great choice for those who want the perfect “greige” color (grey + beige). Its gentle warmth is the exact reason we’ve chosen it for so many rooms in our home. We wanted something that didn’t look cold and dull, but also didn’t look pale or old, which can happen with some lighter colors.
Because it’s a warm gray color, it works best when paired with other warm colors and warm wood tones, like the hardwood floors and woven textures you see above.
What is the tone of Edgecomb Grey?
Edgecomb Gray has no offensive colors, which is why it is such a popular choice. Other greige paint colors have light purple, yellow, or green undertones that can make your neutral color look odd depending on the lighting, furniture, and other colors in the room. But Edgecombe Gray’s tones are so hard to identify that even the Internet can’t agree on them! Most people would describe them as slightly green (which is common with brown) but also yellow, blue or pink.
The most important thing to remember is that it looks best when paired with other warm colors. However since it is a true grey-beige color, it can also look great with cooler colors, like the blue in the rug and bench in our bedroom, pictured above.
Is Edgecombe Gray light or dark?
Edgecomb Gray is considered light to medium taupe. This means it’s dark enough that the white on your walls doesn’t show up, but still light enough to make a room feel bright and lively. In our experience, it works best in rooms with good natural light, especially those that face south. In north-facing rooms with indirect light, it may appear darker, so it’s smart to paint test samples on your walls to make sure it’s right for your space.
What is the LRV of Edgecomb Grey?
Another way to evaluate the brightness of a color is its light reflectance value (LRV). This is a standardized method used by professionals to describe how much light is reflected from a surface. The score ranges from 0 (pure black) to 100 (pure white). According to the Benjamin Moore website the LRV of Edgecomb Gray is 63.09.
What trim color works best with Edgecomb Gray?
Edgecomb gray looks best with white trim, especially white that has a slightly warm slant. In our house, we used to Benjamin Moore’s Simply White For all trims. It has light yellow undertones that bring out the warmth of Edgecomb Grey, making it look lighter than it really is. Together they help each color look crisp and clean. Other popular trim colors like Benjamin Moore White Dove or Sherwin Williams Pure White would also match well for this reason.
Be careful with popular whites like BM Decorators White and Sherwin Williams Extra White as they are cool. They can cause Edgecomb Gray to appear browner than you expect.
What colors go well with Edgecomb Grey?
Because Edgecomb Gray is so subtle and neutral, it plays well with a variety of colors. This gives you almost endless options for attractive walls, ceilings or other colorful features in the same room. Just try to stick with warm colors. For example, we painted our entryway ceiling a dark gray color that we call Revere Pewter (HC-172), In fact, it’s only one shade darker on the same paint swatch!
Here are some other popular accent paint colors that will work well with Edgecomb Gray:
How does it compare to other popular greases?
Edgecomb Gray isn’t the only neutral taupe that’s popular among homeowners and designers these days. So let’s see how it fares compared to others you may be considering.
As you can tell, all of these greige paints are very similar. The best way to choose which one is right for your space is to sample each color first. You can purchase sample sizes of paint from your local Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams store to paint directly on your wall. Or you can order large pre-painted stickers of each color as per the link below.
Edgecomb Gray vs Revere Pewter
These two Benjamin Moore colors are based on the same paint swatch, so they have many good qualities in common. Revere Pewter (HC-172) is slightly darker, with an LRV of 55 compared to Edgecomb Grey’s 63. Use this if you want a slightly cozy and moody neutral that’s still warm and inviting.
Edgecomb Gray vs Accessible Beige
Sherwin Williams’ Accessible Beige is extremely popular for many of the same reasons as Edgecomb Grey. It’s slightly darker (its LRV is 58) and also warmer – meaning its yellow colors are more pronounced. The accessible beige color won’t work as well with cold tones, but can make the room look a little sunnier.
Edgecomb Gray vs Agreeable Gray
Sherwin William’s Agreeable Gray is like Edgecomb’s slightly cooler, grayish cousin. Its LRV of 60 is similar to Edgecomb Gray’s 63, but it has more purple undertones. Choose this if your room has other cool colors like blue and gray, or if your room faces north and receives less natural light.
While “beige walls” may seem like a boring or safe choice, rest assured that Edgecombe gray is popular for good reason. It provides a flexible background for different styles (modern to traditional) and moods (cool and calm to colorful and vibrant).
Just be aware that due to its flexibility, Edgecomb Gray may shift subtly. In rooms without natural light it may be too dark, while outdoors it may appear dull in color. And with too much tone-on-tone cream, it can start to look dirty. So it’s safest to use it with white trim.
In short, Edgecombe Gray is the perfect greige wall color, and we think you’ll agree.
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