Our Review of Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore
From dark grays that border on black to lighter hues, the breadth of gray exterior paint colors is wide-ranging. We reviewed plenty of our favorites already, and now we’re shining the spotlight on Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore. Keep reading to learn all about this paint color, how our designers use it, what shades it pairs well with, and more.
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Benjamin Moore’s Coventry Gray: The Specs
Coventry Gray has an LRV 48.18, and while it isn’t super cold, it’s not exactly warm either. Benjamin Moore describes the hue as “a steadfast medium gray with relatively neutral undertones.”
(Wondering what LRV means? We explain what it is and why it’s crucial to understand when choosing a paint color for your home here.)
Recommended Applications for Coventry Gray
Coventry Gray is incredibly versatile, which means there’s no shortage of applications in which it can be used. While we most frequently use it as a main field color, Coventry Gray is an excellent option for accents, too.
On the Tudor-style home above, Coventry Gray is used the home’s trim and half-timbering, with Sherwin Williams’ Dover White on the stucco. Both shades look lovely with the German smear on the main level brick.
From stucco to brick to lap siding, Coventry Gray translates well on tons of different cladding materials. We’ve used it on modern homes, as well as traditional ones, and we’ve even incorporated it into some commercial property designs, as seen above.
Coventry Gray Paint Color Pairings
Coventry Gray pairs well with a whole host of other colors, from pure whites to other grays and greiges. It can be used with colors that have similar tones or those that are dramatically different to create a striking contrast.
If a crisp, clean look is what you’re after, try pairing Coventry Gray with Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace. Some other colors we often use alongside Coventry Gray include Simply White, Seapearl (above), and the much deeper Kendall Charcoal, all by Benjamin Moore.
Pros & Cons of Coventry Gray
- Coventry Gray can be used in conjunction with a wide range of other paint colors.
- Coventry Gray looks lovely on all sorts of home styles and siding materials.
- If you desire a dramatic look for your home’s exterior, Coventry Gray might not be the best option.
- While its undertones are relatively subtle, Coventry Gray can still appear slightly different based on the amount of natural light it’s exposed to.
We always recommend sampling and testing paint colors before committing. Factors such as natural lighting, undertones, and your property’s fixed elements will have a significant impact on how a color will appear on your exterior. Our friends at Samplize offer extra-large 9 x 14.75 inch peel-and-stick paint samples of the colors we love for exteriors. Order your ‘Real Paint, No Mess’ samples from Samplize here.
Coventry Gray Alternatives
Coventry Gray could be the paint color for your home — but before you commit, check out these similar shades.
Benjamin Moore’s Fieldstone
Fieldstone by Benjamin Moore — one of our top exterior house colors for 2023 — is another extremely versatile neutral hue. With an LRV of 42.18, it’s just a touch darker than Coventry Gray.
Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl
Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl is a cool gray with green-blue undertones. It has an LRV of 64.51, so it’s a bit lighter than Coventry Gray, but it’s similar enough that it’s worth comparing the two.
Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray
If you want something decidedly lighter and warmer than Coventry Gray, give Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore some thought. With an LRV of 74.78, this hue is creeping into off-white territory and has a passive purple undertone. Classic Gray is exceedingly easy to pair with, and it’s timeless.
The Bottom Line on Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore
If a versatile, neutral gray is what you’re after, you can’t go wrong with Coventry Gray. This tried-and-true hue is simple but sophisticated and an excellent choice for your home’s façade.
Picking the perfect paint color for your home’s exterior doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Our expert team of designers will guide your choices — and will help you visualize any other updates you want to make to your home. Get started on your exterior design project today.
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