It’s no surprise that Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray is one of the top choices for interior paint: it’s the perfect neutral greige. Read on for details about SW Agreeable Gray and to see it in real spaces!
If there is one topic I receive more emails and messages about than anything else, it’s probably paint colors. In fact, my paint colors home tour from our old colonial home is one of my most popular posts ever! So I decided it was time for a few new posts on my favorite paint colors. Today, we’re going to look at Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray.
True story. When we bought this home in preparation for our move across Texas, there were only two things we decided to have done before we moved in: we had the floors replaced, and we had the downstairs and two-story entryway painted SW Agreeable Gray. When we arrived (after the worst move in history – another story for another day), I sat down on the couch and cried because I knew immediately that the color the painters had used was not Agreeable Gray.
Fortunately, they made it right. But the experience has helped me to appreciate Agreeable Gray even more. The mistake color was not all that far off, but it truly lacked the beauty of Agreeable Gray… and there was something about the day they (re)painted the walls that helped me to know that house could truly be home.
SW 7029 Agreeable Gray
I want to start by talking about the paint: its make up, its undertones, its strengths… Then we’ll get more specific about how to use it in real spaces. Note: all the images you see in the post are actually painted with SW 7029.
The Perfect Greige Paint
Agreeable Gray (AG) is truly a greige: it is a warm gray paint, meaning it usually leans brown or beige rather than blue. I always refer to it as a “chameleon color,” though, because depending on the light, it can appear a light beige or a light gray.
With any color, its important to consider its undertones to know how the paint color may change depending on lighting conditions and color pairings.
Agreeable Gray Undertones
Undertones are simply the colors that can appear in certain lights or when next to other colors. Agreeable Grey has enough blue to make it a gray, rather than a beige, but enough red and green to make it a warm gray. Although it has a very small violet undertone, I’ve never had problems with it looking purple (a potential problem with cooler grays) due to the green undertones.
You can see here that next to steel gray cabinets and Carrara marble, the AG walls take on a more pale warm gray feel, almost leaning towards a creamy beige.
But here against the rich brown wood floors (and with tons of natural light), the color looks cooler, more of a true light gray. You can even see a hint of the violet undertones in the foreground and the green undertones coming out on the back dining room wall near the fiddle leaf fig tree.
Evening light, in particular, will warm up this color to almost light creamy beige, while midday will leave it looking more like a pale steel gray.
While we’re on the subject of wall paint, a common question I receive is what sheen should you use for wall paint? Generally speaking, flat (sometimes called matte) or eggshell are the best sheens for walls.
Flat or matte paint will give you a soft, subtle color and will hide faults in the wall texture; unfortunately, though, flat paint is generally not very easy to clean. Eggshell is a bit shinier than flat, which shows more texture on your walls, but it is more wipeable than flat paint and a better option for a house with kids or pets. It is also a better option for moist areas like kitchens or bathrooms. You can even use satin on walls for better durability and ease of cleaning.
Light Reflective Value
The Light Reflective Value or LRV of any paint is a number assigned based on how much light the color reflects, with 0 being absolute black and 100 being pure white. The higher the number, the more light is reflected. Agreeable Gray has a fairly high LRV with 60.
Looking at the LRV can be helpful if you are trying to create a light, bright feeling in your space. If you have a dark room that needs brightening, you will want a higher LRV. Or if you have a room that gets ample sunlight, and you want to capitalize on that by highlighting the beautiful light, a high LRV will help you to do that.
By comparison, Repose Gray, another popular Sherwin Williams light gray color, has an LRV of 58. Agreeable Gray vs Repose Gray is a common competition. Repose gray is a bit cooler than AG and, as you can see from its LRV, absorbs a bit more light than AG does, making it not quite as bright.
Similar Colors to Agreeable Gray
Speaking of Repose Gray, what other colors should you consider in comparison to Agreeable Gray? How does AG measure up against cooler or darker colors?
Agreeable Gray vs. Repose Gray
As I mentioned, SW Repose Gray is a touch cooler (more blue) than Agreeable Gray. Repose Gray is a lovely color, and it will give you a slightly more modern feel than AG with its cooler tones. I personally find AG more versatile than Repose Gray because it can complement warmer or cooler tones in a space, like in our living room with its warm sofa and cool armchairs.
Agreeable Gray vs. Revere Pewter
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter is another popular greige wall color. It is a bit darker and has more green than AG. This might be a good choice if you wanted something a bit richer and with more contrast to white trim work. However, you have to be careful of that sneaky green undertone!
Agreeable Gray vs. Colonnade Gray
Despite my love affair with Agreeable Gray, I actually chose Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray for our kitchen at our last house. It is a beautiful neutral gray, as well, but it is just a touch darker than AG. This is perfect if you want the same chameleon warm gray but a little more contrast with white cabinetry or trim.
What Whites Go with Agreeable Gray
Knowing how to pair any wall color with trim colors is important. Fortunately, with Agreeable Gray, it’s easy! I’m not sure I’ve ever found another paint colour that goes so readily with a variety of trim colors.
Agreeable Gray with Pure White Trim
In our current home, the trim work is extra white – straight out of the can off the shelf, completely untinted. And AG pairs beautifully.
It also pairs well with our kitchen cabinets, which are Dove White by Kraftmaid (the same ones we put in our ranch kitchen). Dove White has some cool gray tones to it, but fortunately, its cooler color doesn’t harm the AG.
Agreeable Gray with Antique White Trim
Our last house, an 80 year-old colonial, had very off-white antique trim, though. And SW 7029 blended beautifully. In fact, in my daughter’s nursery in that home, I embraced the creamy white trim with an off-white crib and curtains. It was my first time to use this wall color, and that’s where I fell in love with it so much that I decided to use it as that main color when we moved.
Now that we’ve established your options with with trim, what about other colors that go well with AG? Sherwin Williams designs its paint swatches with a line of colors from light to dark that are of a similar family… but I find the darker colors on the swatch with AG to be too warm for my taste.
For several darker colors that coordinate, I actually like to turn to the paint swatch that begins with Repose Gray. I have used Dorian Gray (SW 7017), Dovetail (SW 7018), and Gauntlet Gray (SW 7019) all with AG, and I love how they complement the soft warm gray.
For a beautiful blue green color, I would consider SW 7621 Silvermist. Or for a soft blue gray, try SW 6247 Krypton.
And for more ideas of coordinating colors – from whites to blacks to beiges – see my paint color home tour.
Agreeable Gray as Trim and Cabinetry
I have not actually used AG on trim or cabinetry yet, but I just might have something in the works. For trim and cabinetry, you want to use satin, semi-gloss, or high gloss paint. This will be wipeable and more durable than flat or eggshell.
AG would be a lovely, subtle trim color against white walls (SW 7008 Alabaster on the walls would be a beautiful combo!). And for cabinets, it could give you a light mushroom feel, which would be so very elegant paired with brass hardware and marble countertops.
More Exterior and Interior Paint Color Ideas
I’m excited to have kicked off these paint color posts with my favorite greige… but I’m even more excited to keep it going! Come back for more of my favorite paint colors in real spaces.
With Agreeable Gray, Sherwin Williams truly found themselves the perfect neutral paint color. In my humble opinion, of course. 😉
If you think you might agree, be sure to pin this for your next makeover!
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