Where gray meets beige lives the versatile range of greige paint colors. In that realm, there are tons of shades to consider — from cooler tones that lean more gray to warm shades that appear almost tan. One of our recent favorites is Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams. We’ve been recommending it more and more often, across a variety of textures and home styles.
Read on to learn more about this hue’s technical specs, our recommended applications and paint color pairings, and more.
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Agreeable Gray is a warm greige that is one of our favorite neutrals to recommend. Despite its name, the color really is more of a greige than a gray, although depending on the way the sun hits your home, it could read more gray. With an LRV of 60, the hue is on the lighter side and is extremely versatile. (Wondering what LRV means? We explain what it is and why it’s important to consider when selecting a paint color for your home here.)
As with any greige paint color, Agreeable Gray does have some subtle undertones. Although it stays pretty warm no matter what texture it’s used on, the color does have a hint of green to be mindful of.
Recommended Applications for Agreeable Gray
If you’re searching for a neutral color that will look good on your entire exterior, Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams fits the bill. Truly versatile, the subtle greige translates beautifully on any texture. In the rendering above, our designers used it on both the brick and siding. Combined with the white trim, natural stone, and wood accents, the shade reads warm and inviting.
While Agreeable Gray makes for a great star of the show, it’s also good for supporting details, too. For the home above, our designers used Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster on the stucco and Agreeable Gray on the trim, along with some wood and stone accents. The result is a lovely neutral cottage aesthetic.
Agreeable Gray Paint Color Pairings
If you really want to lean into the warmth of this neutral tone, pairing it with white accents is a great way to achieve that. Above, we used Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White for the trim against Agreeable Gray on the siding. Sherwin Williams’ Peach Fuzz on the front door provides a subtle-yet-charming pop of color.
Because of how adaptable it is, you can also pair Agreeable Gray with darker tones. For the vertical siding on this home, our designers suggested Sherwin Williams’ Porpoise, creating stark and compelling contrast when paired with Agreeable Gray on the horizontal lap siding.
Pros & Cons of Sherwin Williams’ Agreeable Gray
- It gives off a warm, inviting vibe
- Its subtle shade pairs nicely with dark or light colors
- It looks great on any texture
- It has a faint green undertone that can come out depending on color pairings
- It can read more gray than greige, depending on the direction your home faces and the natural light it gets (note that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just something to be aware of!)
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Agreeable Gray Alternatives
By now, you’ve probably realized that Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams is versatile. But, if you’re not quite sold on it, below are a few alternatives to explore.
Sherwin Williams’ Dorian Gray
If you’d rather go with a warmer gray rather than a greige, Dorian Gray by Sherwin Williams is a surefire contender. With an LRV of 39, it’s deeper than Agreeable Gray, but it offers the same amount of versatility.
Sherwin Williams’ Repose Gray
If you want something a bit cooler, try Sherwin Williams’ Repose Gray. Its violet and brown undertones make for a dynamic hue that can read warm or cool, depending on color pairings and natural light.
Benjamin Moore’s Manchester Tan
With an LRV of 64.4, Benjamin Moore’s Manchester Tan is pretty close to Agreeable Gray in terms of how reflective it is. However, with its strong khaki undertones, Manchester Tan leans more to the beige side of the spectrum, rather than greige or gray.
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Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter
Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter is one of those tried-and-true paint colors that we always feel confident recommending. Like Agreeable Gray, it has a subtle warmth and versatility that works well on any style of home. Revere Pewter can also appear a bit cooler, depending on what colors it’s paired with.
The Bottom Line on Sherwin Williams’ Agreeable Gray
If you’re looking for a greige paint color that’s neutral in a subtle-yet-substantial way, Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams might be the welcoming, refreshing shade you’ve been looking for.
Whether you’re trying to decide between greige shades or an entirely different side of the color wheel, our team is ready to guide you. Our designers can help you visualize the exterior of your home in any paint color so it’s easier to find your perfect match. Get started on your exterior home design project today.
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