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COLOUR SPOTLIGHT – Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray HC-169

It’s no secret that grey is one of my favourite go to paint colours.  It’s neutral enough to work with most colour schemes, versatile enough for traditional, contemporary and modern spaces, and is a great fit in any type of room.

Grey, however, can be one of the trickiest colours to pick out.  Some shades can be too blue – others too beige.  When you’re stuck try Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray.  Found in the Historical Colors collection, it’s a  mid-tone grey that perfectly straddles the line between cool and warm tones.

In the kitchen or bathroom contrast Coventry Gray with crisp white cabinets, woodwork, or trim.  In the living room or bedroom cheer it up with sunny yellow accents or create a relaxing space by adding touches of navy.

Need some more ideas?  Check out these beautiful spaces.  Click on the photos for more information and don’t forget to visit our Pinterest Boards for more inspiring decorating ideas.

TIP:  There are a lot of sheen choices in paint but you can’t go wrong with a soft velvety finish like matte.   It won’t create unsightly glare but can still be wiped clean.

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7 Responses to “COLOUR SPOTLIGHT – Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray HC-169”

    • Rowe Spurling Paint Company

      Good morning Mary. When you’re using white trim paint inside, make sure you use a water based enamel. My favourite is Muralo Ultra Waterbourne, which comes in a satin, semigloss and gloss finishes. It will stay bright white and won’t turn yellow with age. Also, if you get a standard white off the shelf, it will probably have a hint of grey to it. Most paint manufacturers add a bit of black colorant to help whites cover better. If you prefer a true white ask for the tinting base. It’s the purest white. Hope this helps and thank you for visiting our blog!

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  1. hollyck

    Thank you for this post! I spent months research grays and finally decided on doing most of our house in Coventry gray. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of not testing it on the walls first 😦 I DID test Stonington gray, and decided I liked it but wanted it a little darker…not realizing that Coventry has more blue in it. In rooms with less natural light, it’s the perfect shade of grey. In our main living spaces, however, it looks pale blue. A couple of questions for you: 1) Does paint color change a bit once it’s fully cured? and 2) What are the best colors for pictures and accents to make the walls look less blue? Thanks so much!

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  2. Holly

    Thank you for this post! I spent months research grays and finally decided on doing most of our house in Coventry gray. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of not testing it on the walls first 😦 I DID test Stonington gray, and decided I liked it but wanted it a little darker…not realizing that Coventry has more blue in it. In rooms with less natural light, it’s the perfect shade of grey. In our main living spaces, however, it looks pale blue. A couple of questions for you: 1) Does paint color change a bit once it’s fully cured? and 2) What are the best colors for pictures and accents to make the walls look less blue? Thanks so much!

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    • Rowe Spurling Paint Company

      Good morning Holly. Once the paint is dry it will no longer change colour. It will only get more durable as it cures (this generally takes a couple of weeks.) As you’ve discovered lighting has a huge effect on how we see colour. For pictures and accents I would warm up a grey with either orange or yellow. These are both high energy colours so a little goes a long way but it would give the perfect pop of colour. If you prefer more moody accents try rich navies. If you go with warmer accents like beige or green the blue undertones in your wall colour will become more visible. Have a great week and thank you for visiting our blog!

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