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My Review of Sherwin Williams Repose Gray (SW-7015)

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A stairway and hallway I painted with Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. The color is more grayish in a room with bright lighting.

A stairway and hallway I painted with Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. The color is more grayish in a room with bright lighting.

How Does Repose Gray Paint Look on Walls?

Repose Gray (SW-7015) is a popular Sherwin Williams color I use often for my interior painting projects. I've painted everything from stairways and kitchens to living rooms and bedrooms with this color. Repose Gray is a warmer gray with a touch of blue and a very small hint of purple in it—but don't worry, the color won't make your walls look purple.

The Light Reflectance Value

The light reflectance value (LRV) refers to the amount of light a color reflects. The higher the number, the more reflective the color is. With a slightly higher LRV of 58, the color looks bright and more gray in a room with plenty of lighting, especially when satin paint is used. In darker rooms and spaces with shadowy corners, the color is bluish. My customer told me the color looks green sometimes. I don't see green at all in this color, but it is said to have a hint of green, too.

Is the Color a True Gray?

Repose Gray (SW-7015) is more of a greige (beige and gray mix) than a 'true gray' with hints of other colors that show in different lighting conditions. It is a warmer gray. Buy a paint sample to test on your walls first before painting everything. I recommend ordering the Sherwin Williams fan deck to compare other popular colors, too, like Agreeable Gray and Mindful Gray. The Sherwin Williams fan deck includes thousands of color options. I use the fan deck all the time to help my clients choose their colors.

Repose Gray will brighten up your living space if the walls are currently a darker color. I painted the whole interior of a home with this color. It had previously been painted a darker tan, and the color change made a huge difference in enhancing the light and brightening up the rooms.

A hallway I painted with Repose Gray (SW-7015).

A hallway I painted with Repose Gray (SW-7015).

Another hallway I painted with color SW-7015.

Another hallway I painted with color SW-7015.

Where to Paint Repose Gray in Your Home

Repose Gray looks great in any room of the house. It's a unique color that can look warm or cool, depending on the lighting. More than once, I have painted entire homes using this color. To give you an idea of how it looks on walls, the pictures featured in this article showcase various rooms I painted with this color.

Consider the lighting in your home before painting your walls. This color looks a lot warmer and more grayish on walls directly below ceiling lights. It does look bluish in darker rooms with more natural light than artificial light.

This gray pairs well with white or brown trim, and it looks fine with any floor color. In a kitchen, it looks awesome on walls behind white painted cabinets. Brushed nickel and black cabinet hardware look nice with this paint color, too.

Accent Walls

Instead of painting every wall the same color, consider painting an accent wall for contrast. Paint one wall a darker gray so it stands out against the lighter gray. I have used the Sherwin Williams colors Dorian Gray and Dovetail for accent walls alongside Repose Gray. Dovetail is a darker greige that looks great on a fireplace wall or a TV wall, with the lighter gray on the surrounding walls.

The Best Resale Paint Color

Real estate agents often recommend either Repose Gray (or Revere Pewter from Benjamin Moore) when repainting a house to sell. Gray is a popular color choice that most people who are house shopping won't object to. If you're selling your home, you can't go wrong with either color. You might also consider the popular Sherwin Williams color Agreeable Gray. I have used that one many times.

Foyer walls I painted with color SW-7015. This color looks more bluish in a low-lit room.

Foyer walls I painted with color SW-7015. This color looks more bluish in a low-lit room.

Tips for Painting Repose Gray on Walls

  • Coverage: Repose Gray is a fairly light gray, and like many grays I've worked with, it covers well over most colors in a couple coats—using a good-quality paint and the right roller thickness, of course. I use Duration Home paint from Sherwin Williams a lot. This paint has amazing coverage. Certain colors might require one coat of primer first, but I've painted this color over dark colors, including deep red, and achieved solid coverage in a couple coats of paint.
  • Lighting: This color looks great painted in practically any room of a house. As I explained earlier in the article, darker rooms make the color appear more bluish. Keep that in mind if the room you're painting doesn't get a lot of light.
  • Finish: I typically paint this color with either a matte or satin finish, depending on what the customer wants. With the higher LRV (light reflectance value) of 58, satin paint really makes the color shine nicely on walls exposed to light.
  • Roller Thickness: Use the right paint roller thickness when painting this color to get solid coverage in fewer coats. The best paint roller thickness is one with 1/2-inch nap or 3/4-inch nap, using a 9-inch roller.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Matt G.

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