When it comes to neutral paint colors, greige offers the best of both worlds — the worlds of gray and beige, that is. Like other neutrals, the greige realm isn’t one-dimensional. From subdued to saturated, there are all sorts of greige paint colors. One of our favorite shades to use on exteriors is Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray. We have recommended it as both the field color and as an accent shade. Plus, its versatility means this hue works for any design style.
Keep reading to learn more about Edgecomb Gray’s technical specs, our recommended applications and paint color pairings, and more.
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Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray is a soft, warm greige that has a taupe tone. With an LRV of 63.88, it is a mid-range shade, so it’s not too muted but isn’t overly deep either. (Not sure what LRV means? We explain what it is and why it’s important to understand when selecting a paint color for your home here.)
While Edgecomb Gray is warm, if your home doesn’t get much sunlight, it can lean further into its gray roots. Contrastingly, if your home faces the sun, this greige can read even warmer. With practically no undertones save for the occasional hint of green (that most greige shades can pull), this hue is a reliable neutral.
Recommended Applications for Edgecomb Gray
While black or white trim is endlessly on-trend, greige paint colors also work great for those supporting details. On the home above, our designers used Benjamin Moore’s White Dove for the siding and Edgecomb Gray for the trim. The latter plays well with the façade’s natural building materials.
For the rendering above, our designers suggested a similar color palette but opted for limewash instead. The brick limewash is tinted with White Dove and the stone limewash with Edgecomb Gray. These warm, neutral tones enhance the texture of the masonry, creating an inviting aesthetic.
Edgecomb Gray Paint Color Pairings
Edgecomb Gray is one of those paint colors that is so neutral, it works with virtually any other color and texture. The exterior of the home above mixes lots of materials, colors, and textures. The warm tone of Edgecomb Gray on the stucco plays nicely with the wood and stone elements. Our designers used Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron for the siding and trim for some contrast.
Proving how versatile Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray truly is, above our designers used it as an accent color alongside Benjamin Moore’s Galapagos Turquoise as a field color. While the black trim and wood accents work with the turquoise siding to create a moody vibe, the Edgecomb Gray window trim brings a breath of warmth to the bold exterior.
Pros & Cons of Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray
- With its neutral tone, it can be paired with practically any color
- Its versatility works for any texture or design style
- Its undertones are barely present, so it stays pretty true to its greige hue
- If your exterior gets a ton of direct natural light, Edgecomb Gray can fall a little flat
- It can appear a bit darker if your home doesn’t get much sunlight — be sure to test!
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.
Edgecomb Gray Alternatives
If you’re still wavering and want to consider other shades of greige before committing, there are plenty of options to explore.
Sherwin Williams’ Alpaca
If you want a greige that’s just a little bit deeper than Edgecomb Gray, Alpaca by Sherwin Williams is an excellent option. With an LRV of 57, the shade is still plenty light and has warmth to it, but it also offers dynamic brown, taupe, and even pink/purple undertones.
Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak
On the other hand, if you prefer a lighter greige shade, Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore might better suit you. With an LRV just below 70 (69.89), Pale Oak is a muted, warm greige that can pass as off-white depending on the colors and materials it’s paired with.
Benjamin Moore’s Light Pewter
Leaning toward the lighter end of the spectrum, Light Pewter by Benjamin Moore is a good alternative if you’re after something a little more subdued. Plus, it reads just a little more gray than Edgecomb Gray.
The Bottom Line on Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray
If you want a neutral paint color with quiet warmth, Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore might be the easy-going, middle-of-the-road greige you’re after.
Whether you’re exploring greige paint colors or you’re interested in a different palette altogether, our team can work with you to land on the right choice. Our designers can help you visualize your exterior in any paint color, so it’s easier to find your perfect match. Get started on your exterior design project today.
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