Our Review of Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray

Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray is one of our go-to warm neutral exterior paint colors. While it has ‘gray’ in the name, we’d actually classify it as more of a greige (gray-meets-beige). Dig into this paint color review for Rockport Gray’s technical specs, how our exterior designers like using it, paint colors and materials that we often pair it with, and more.

When painting exteriors in particular, there are so many factors that come into play in determining how a paint color will read: natural light, landscaping, which direction your home faces, the material you’re painting, etc. Our skilled exterior designers take all of this into account when rendering designs. That’s why the visualizations in this post may seem lighter or darker, even though they’re all featuring Rockport Gray. When you partner with us on an exterior design, we’ll put our knowledge to work for your home in particular. Learn more about how it works.

Exterior design of a two-story home with siding rendered in Rockport Gray and brick accents in Seapearl

Rockport Gray: The Specs

Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray has an LRV of 35.65, meaning it’s a medium-toned paint color. (LRV = light reflectance value. Learn what exactly that means and why it matters here.) Its depth is warm and inviting. It feels solidly greige in the shade but warms up quite a bit in the sun.

While Rockport Gray is a neutral, it does have a green undertone that’s worth noting. All paint colors have undertones, and they’re part of why it’s so important to test before you commit!


Exterior design of a two story home with natural stone and Rockport Gray on the siding

Recommended Applications for Rockport Gray

Our exterior designers use Rockport Gray on all sorts of cladding, from siding to brick to stucco. It makes a fantastic field color and also works well in color-blocked designs.

We tend to use this warm greige on traditional and transitional homes — its cozy warmth lends itself to Cape Cod-style homes, modern Craftsman façades, and traditional two-stories.

Exterior design of a home with brick and siding rendered in Rockport Gray

Cape Cod style home with a large front porch and dormer windows, main level siding rendered in Rockport Gray

Rockport Gray Paint Color Pairings

Because of its warmth, we tend to use Rockport Gray in concert with other warm colors. Above, we’ve paired it with two other Benjamin Moore paint colors: Seapearl on the horizontal siding and Simply White on the trim, eaves, and soffit. Below, it’s used along side Aloof Gray by Sherwin Williams on the brick.

Other paint colors we love with Rockport Gray include Moderne White by Sherwin Williams and Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore.

As far as other colors and materials go, Rockport Gray is versatile and works well with all sorts of textures and tones. It plays nicely with black and near-black elements, looks gorgeous with warm wood stains across the color spectrum, and pairs beautifully with natural stone. It can even work against red brick (see #8 in this post), which is one of the hardest building materials to design with!

Exterior design of a home rendered from an elevation, with siding in Rockport Gray and brick in Aloof Gray

Exterior design of a modern Craftsman style home with siding rendered in Rockport Gray

Pros & Cons of Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray

PROS:

  • Warm and welcoming
  • Versatile and easy to play with in an exterior color scheme
  • Timeless

CONS:

  • Can read very warm in settings that get lots of natural light
  • Not a great fit for ultra-modern designs or homeowners looking to make a dramatic statement with their curb appeal

Rockport Gray Alternatives

These are the paint colors in the brick&batten repertoire that are most similar to Rockport Gray.

Tudor-style home rendered in Fawn Brindle and Revere Pewter

Sherwin Williams’ Fawn Brindle

Sherwin Williams’ Fawn Brindle (used alongside the lighter Revere Pewter, above) has an LRV of 36 and is the closest match to Rockport Gray for clients who prefer Sherwin Williams’ lineup or simply find it easier to locate in their area.


Two-sided exterior design with the front and back of a home rendered in Benjamin Moore's River Reflections

Benjamin Moore’s River Reflections

With an LRV of 34.24, River Reflections by Benjamin Moore is just slightly lighter than Rockport Gray. It’s more of a taupe than a greige, but it still has a touch of a green undertone.


Exterior design of a stucco desert home rendered in Benjamin Moore's Sandy Hook Gray

Benjamin Moore’s Sandy Hook Gray

Sandy Hook Gray is almost a blend of a green and a greige, reading as much more noticeably green than others on this list. However, that can serve it well in certain environments, such as in the desert setting above. It has an LRV of 38.79, so it’s darker than Rockport Gray.


Sherwin Williams’ Dorian Gray

Used on the upper level siding in the home above, and featured in one of our recent exterior paint color reviews, Sherwin Williams’ Dorian Gray is our final recommended alternative to Rockport Gray. With an LRV of 39, it’s a few shades more reflective than Rockport Gray and actually feels more like a gray than a greige.


Exterior design of a home with upper level siding in Rockport Gray and main level cladding in Revere Pewter

The Bottom Line on Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray

As a warm, approachable exterior paint color, Rockport Gray might just be part of the updated color palette your home’s façade could use!

Exterior paint colors are one piece of the curb appeal puzzle. And while your paint color choice is important, there’s so much more to consider with exterior design! Fixed elements, exterior lighting, front doors, windows, garage doors… That’s why it makes sense to turn to experts like us before committing to costly updates. We help you see your home’s potential so you can use it to guide the renovation process. Interested in what your view from the street could be? Get started on your custom design today!