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Three Shades Of Gray: Revere Pewter & Edgecomb Gray

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Benjamin Moore Greige: Revere Pewter, Edgecomb Gray, Gray Owl

Before I begin the story about how I chose the perfect gray paint for my walls, I want to share some of my inspirations.

Neutral Gray Walls in Various Settings

Fancy hallway with black accents

Source: Traditional Home

Serene and dreamy bedroom

Source: Bibliz.com

Gray in casual livingroom

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Soft Gray in Bathroom

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I probably should’ve done a better job documenting the first time I chose a Gray (or Greige) wall color for my home but I never got around to it, so here is a belated post about how I ended up choosing Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray as an all-over color for the home I’m living in now.

There is a wealth of information floating around the web about hundreds of different shades of grays and greige (gray+ beige) so instead of repeating all that I’ve learned and found to be true (and untrue), I’ll just cut to the chase for the sake of this post.

After days of research, I was down to two colors: Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray. I knew I wanted a “warm gray” not a “cool gray” and these two seemed to be the most popular, tried-and-true colors recommended by bloggers and designers.

So here is how Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter looks against white trim. Elegant, modern, not too dark, not too light.

Source: The Nest

However when I sampled the paint in my own home, it came out too dark. It was even darker than the color of the paint swatch. Even my painter suggested going lighter because it would be too dark for an all-over color. Weird, I know.

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl was nice but too “cool”- and it didn’t look right with our dark cherry wood staircase and cabinets.

After more research and confusion, I ended up using Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray throughout the entire home except my children’s rooms and I’m 100% happy with this choice. This is a complex and multifaceted color as it looks different in different parts of the home.

In some parts it looks darker gray, in some areas it’s light gray, in some areas it’s light taupe and I love how I can get various colors with a single color. This is exactly what I was looking for when choosing all-over color and I’m very happy with this choice.

Here is how it looks in my home today. I’m preparing for Open House so I removed all photos and personal touches.

Benjamin Moore Greige: Revere Pewter, Edgecomb Gray, Gray Owl

Here it looks greige

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Here it looks light “cooler” gray

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Here it looks more creamy and beige

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As you can see, the same Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray color can look different in various rooms under different lighting situations. It can look dark gray, light gray and even taupe.

I’ve used multiple colors in my home before and found that I always get tired of my color choices after some time, so this is the perfect alternative to using multiple colors. Not to mention, you can save $$$ by using less colors and instead, invest in better quality paint. (I found Benjamin Moore to be superior than most paints sold at Home Depot or Lowe’s.)

What do you think? What’s your favorite shade of gray or greige? Feel free to share your ideas, ask questions and leave comments.

You can also check out my review of various white paint for walls.

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75 thoughts on “Three Shades Of Gray: Revere Pewter & Edgecomb Gray

  1. I am having sAme problem picking paint colors. I have a kitchen and den that will have special walnut stained oak floors(medium brown), dark brown cabinets with Cambria brewing countertops (tones of beige and grays with little touch of copper tone and small crystal fleck). The den is open to kitchen and has a brown charcoal and clay color fireplace that I have live with that goes to the ceiling. These two rooms flow into open dining and living, foyer and hall and I am thinking I should continue the paint into these rooms

    I hAve 9 ft ceilings and plenty of Windows. Which of these grays do you recommend?

    1. I really liked Edgecomb gray (more “greige”) and classic gray (more “gray”) when I used them in my home. Revere Pewter was too dark. I like using one color throughout the home because it just feels more cohesive and put-together. Plus the same paint can look different in different rooms under different lighting situations. I think it’s important to first figure out if you want a “cooler” gray or a more “warm” gray. I normally choose one of each, and another third choice (one shade lighter or darker) and narrow my choices like that. Good luck in finding the perfect gray!

      1. I’m going to paint my office in Edgecomb grey, I’m having bookcases and shelving built for the room, could you please help me with an off white or creamy white paint color for my cabinets? I have no idea what color would go well with Edgecomb. Thank you for your help!

    1. I am looking for a warm gray or tan for my all over color in my kitchen, family room and foyer. My kitchen cabinets are a creamy white wash and ceilings are builders beige with dark stained pine wood floors and large white crown molding throughout. My dining room is open to these rooms and painted a pale green. Would edgecombe gray work?

      1. I think so. It might bring out the green undertone if it’s next to edgecomb gray though. It’s hard to be certain without seeing the colors in person, but edgecomb gray is definitely a warm gray that can read tan in certain light. Good luck finding that perfect color!

  2. Thanks Angela. Very helpful article. I am deciding on master bedroom paint to go with espresso stained cherry cabinets and Calacatta gold marble. I want something that will complement both the golds and greys in the marble. It sounds like Edgecomb grey with its warmth should be a good fit.

  3. I was also thinking of choosing Revere Pewter or Edgecomb grey. My daughter talked me into Edgecomb grey. It is gorgeous. Revere Pewter is a great color but has a hint of beige and I was painting large sunny rooms. I also choose Grey owl for one room so I guess we like the same colors.
    It is tough choosing.

  4. I need some major paint help ! If I sent you the granite color picture and cabinets could you please help guide me to a paint color ? I thought I had it narrowed down to repose gray- gray owl or worldly gray. Now after reading this maybe I should go with edge come ?

  5. Grey owl has quite a bit of blue undertone to it and is definitely a cooler grey. I bought two gallons and ended up changing the color to Edgecomb Grey, which is a warm, soothing grey/beige.

  6. I am having a terrible time choosing a warm gray for my kitchen. I have honey oak cabinets that I have to live with; however we installed a beautiful backsplash with a rustic look of grays and beige stone. My appliances are black and stainless and my counter is off white with gray and beige streaks- really pretty. I have a chair rail with wainscoting below-my question:
    Could I use edgecomb gray on the entire wall with dark cream woodwork or edgecom gray above chair rail and a darker(?) or lighter (?) color below and on my pantry door?? I am so baffled! Please help!!

    1. I also have honey oak cabinets, but I have white appliances and counters and a brown/beige granite bar counter (not my choices lol) with a semi-open floor plan with my living room. Five years ago I painted my kitchen Ranchwood and my living room Revere Pewter and I still love the colors. However, I recently replaced my honey oak colored floors with grey/beige flooring and the Ranchwood was too similar to the flooring and brought out the dark hues, so the kitchen looked like the inside of a box. I loved the Ranchwood with the cabinets so much that I left it as a feature wall and painted the other three walls Edgecomb gray. I have poor lighting in my kitchen and I wanted contrast with the Ranchwood so I went with the lighter Edgecomb gray over the darker Revere Pewter and It looks great, and it’s still warm. Because the lighting is so different between the living room (East) and kitchen (West) you can’t tell I have different colors is the rooms. Very happy with my choice.

  7. I just googled this paint color and your article came up. I have a terrible time picking paint. I saw the color got a sample painted small section in my bedroom and I’m going go for it! I really love it! Your pictures are great. Thanks for posting!

  8. I have beautiful honey oak walls and trim in my kitchen which I still love after 26 years. My west kitchen wall runs into my family room, which has a huge window on the east side. The family room has one wall painted a dark brick-terra cotta which really pops the oak. I’m thinking cream, but then just saw Edgecomb gray. Will it work with the contrasting wall?

    1. It’s hard to tell without seeing the actual color of the contrasting wall and layout of the house and windows but I think the edgecomb gray would be slightly darker and cooler than cream but still with warm undertone. It actually looks cream in certain areas! I have white dove (which is like cream) walls too and this is lighter than edgecomb gray.

  9. Just did Edgecomb Gray with white dove. Love love love it. I did the Revere Pewter in my dining room against the white bottom and trim and it looks gorgeous but would have been too dark all over my house. The Edgecomb is so neutral and clean. I started doing the kids room’s in muslin and Manchester tan. It was just to blah. I had the Benjamin Moore decorator come over with her swatches and it was the best money I spent. She recommended the Edgecomb gray over the Revere Pewter and I’m glad I picked. It’s not quite gray and not quite beige and its goes with all my natural browns and oak floors and cabinets. Try it you won’t be disappointed.

    1. I love the edgecomb gray too. I love that its versatile, the perfect neutral–not too gray, not too beige. I’m glad you chose this color too. I have the edgecomb all over my house and never regretted the decision.

  10. Edgecomb Gray is one of my favorite go to paint colors. For those trying to decide between Edgecomb and Revere Pewter – they are the same formula, Edgecomb just has less pigment added. It’s basically 50-60% Revere Pewter. It’s also important to note that where your paint comes from – Home Depot or Sherwin Williams, etc. – will determine undertones. They do not use the exact same pigments or amounts when making a color.
    This looks fabulous in your home! Great choice!

    1. Hello:

      I am struggling with Edgecomb. My foyer and family room are painted in Smokey Taupe (beautiful color). I painted my kitchen between the two rooms with Revere Pewter. I do not like it at all. Very green undertone. I was planning to repaint in Cedar Key but am considering Edgecomb. However, I do not wish to see any green undertones. Having read your comment will this pull green in your opinion? I thought Edgecomb was a soft gray or taupe/beige color. Thank you!

  11. I’ve really tried to embrace Edgecomb Gray. It’s just too pink for my taste. My first run with it was to have Lowes color match it for me. Then I went to Benjamin Moore, and had them mix it for me at 25% darker. I think I like the yellow to orange undertones in paints better. I’m just going to have to look for a different color gray. For some, it’s just a lovely choice.

  12. Will edgecomb gray go with marble looking counters , off white cabinets and white subway tile? I don’t see the pink everyone is talking about but I do not want pink so I’m worried about choosing this in our new home.

    1. I suggest getting a small sample jar and painting a piece of poster board. Use 2 coats, like you would on your wall. Let it dry for a couple of days until it cures to the actual color. You can then move it around the different parts of the room, hold it up against the cabinets, tile, floor, and view it with lights on, lights off, sunshine, nighttime. This is the best way that I’ve found to be sure that I’m choosing the right color. Good luck!

    1. Any store will be able to color match. All you need to do it give them the brand & color name. Remember though that, as mentioned in other comments, variances occur in each brand’s base color so it won’t be an identical match to the original. Different sheens also result in slightly different colors.

  13. Hello, I am also looking at painting the whole house Edgecomb Gray but I am worried about the pink undertones? Also, if my contractor does not go to Benjamin Moore, which brand would match BM’s the closest?
    I was also thinking of painting my kitchen a different color. I will have white cabinets or very light grey cabinets , a black granit counter, and light grey tiles on the floor. Will Edgecomb Gray match this? Many thanks for your help

  14. I just painted my living room Edgecomb gray with behr paint. They said it would be the exact match to Benjamin Moore paint. But I don’t really care for the color. It looks too yellow at night. I have a big north facing window. Don’t know if I should repaint I like the gray colors.The Edgecomb just seems kind of blah.

    1. Aww sorry to hear edgecomb gray didn’t work for you. Yes this color is more warm, meaning it has more yellow undertones and can look beige in certain light. If you absolutely hate it and still want gray, you should try the cooler gray colors.

  15. I just painted my living room Edgecomb gray. I had home depot color match it. I don’t care for the color. It just looks kind of blah. I don’t know if it’s because it wasn’t Benjamin Moore paint. It looks more yellow at night. The window in the room is north facing. Don’t want to repaint. I do like gray colors but it was hard to find the right color I almost went with Wickham gray but chickened out

  16. Hi,
    We have a big family room with a north exposure(mostly window) The room is painted a sage green color but looking to freshen things up. The wall above the fireplace is a Burgundy shade. We also have light honey oak trim. The family room and kitchen are an open floor plan. The kitchen is painted the Burgundy color that is above the fireplace.
    We would like to go with a grey shade but not sure which one would work. Also, we have a light stone fireplace with muted streaks of grey going through.
    We would love some help with this!

    Thanks

  17. I think sometimes the paints may not have been properly mixed… take it back to the store and get it checked.
    If its to dark have it lightened.
    If they have an incorrect tone, compared to the swatch … take it back & get them to fix it.
    Always use a good primer before you paint, so the original wall color doesnt show through…

  18. Angela, excellent post. Thank you.

    FYI, Gray Owl is being confused with several other Benjamin Moore colors as you search Google. The color that we saw and loved had no color ID with it, so we had to look to find the color.

    At first we saw it tagged on several blogs as Gray Owl, but went to the Benjamin Moore store and found out it is actually called Barren Plain. We love it, it has enough warmth, and is not industrial at all.

    Your Edgecombe Gray looks really great as well. Another one that changes significantly depending on the surrounding light and furniture colors.

    Michael

  19. Angela,

    My wife and I did a lot of research(more like picking colors and painting all over) and decided to paint of kitchen/kitchenette/family room in manchester tan. Its a great color! Now we are trying to pick a color for our foyer (open to above hallway) which opens into our kitchen though a small 5′ hallway.

    BM recommended Revere Pewter, but seeing it butted up against the Manchester tan, it makes the strip of tan look yellow. I think its also too tan for the foyer which has normal “cream” carpeted stairs. Ive seen a lot of talk about the Edgecomb Grey, do you think that would be a better choice for us? We were also recommended Repose Grey (SW) but Im really not fond of how Valspar paints (no SW around us) cover and prefer BM Regal.

    1. Hi Charles, Edgecomb gray is a lighter version of Revere Pewter. Revere Pewter was too dark in my home and can look dark if there’s not enough sunlight. I think Edgecomb gray willl look great with any warmer cream color because it’s the perfect greige between beige and gray. Good luck finding the perfect color! It’s a lot of work but the end result is usually worth it!

      1. Hello:

        I am struggling with Edgecomb. My foyer and family room are painted in Smokey Taupe (beautiful color). I painted my kitchen between the two rooms with Revere Pewter. I do not like it at all. Very green undertone. I was planning to repaint in Cedar Key but am considering Edgecomb. However, I do not wish to see any green undertones. Having read your comment will this pull green in your opinion? I thought Edgecomb was a soft gray or taupe/beige color. Thank you!

      2. Hello:

        I am struggling with Edgecomb. My foyer and family room are painted in Smokey Taupe (beautiful color). I painted my kitchen between the two rooms with Revere Pewter. I do not like it at all. Very green undertone. I was planning to repaint in Cedar Key but am considering Edgecomb. However, I do not wish to see any green undertones. Having read your comment will this pull green in your opinion? I thought Edgecomb was a soft gray or taupe/beige color. Thank you!

  20. I know this post is older but I am on the hunt for paint for my daughter and my’s first house (yay!) and have about 12 test swatches on our walls! It’s crazy! I’m hunting for a greige, but the rooms it would be in are 10×10 with only one small window in each and white trim. Revere Pewter was SO dark in any room we try, but was wondering if you think edgecomb may not pull too dark in such a small space? Your home is beautiful!!!!

  21. Thanks for your post, I’m looking for a warm gray all over color for an update to our vacation ski house, which has pumpkin pine floors and matching window/door trims. I’m going to give Edgecombe a try. In terms of other grays to consider, our main home is painted in BM colors Classic Gray, Light Pewter, Pale Oak (an amazing gray/tan/pink color but not for an all over house color) and Sea Pearl (another chameleon neutral). They all look great individually, but also are softly seamless together!

  22. I used all of these colors in my neutral home, totally love your bed where did you get it if you don’t mind my inquiry?
    Thanks michele

  23. Im wondering if edgecomb gray or classic gray would work in my townhome. All rooms have little natural light! Kitchen has white cabinets with dark brown countertops and dark floor. Dining room has no windows. 15ft cathedral ceilings throughout.. Family room has a red brick fireplace. Thoughts?

    1. classic gray would be cooler than edgecomb gray. Edgecomb gray has more taupe/warm tone. I know because I used classic gray in my son’s nursery. It’s really hard to tell without seeing the home first but I’d say go with edgecomb gray if you want the tones to bring together the brown countertops and dark floor. Or it can feel too cold? Again it’s hard to tell without seeing the space first. Hope this helps!

  24. I think you have the same colored tile in your living area. Trying to pick warm gray all over—to go with beige looking marble tiles. Ugh..picked SM Navajo white and SW white dover for trim originally. Way too yellow and flat. I don’t like it at all. Now considering Edgecombe grey and Super white trim.

    Need help!!

  25. Hi, Angela,
    Really love your posts. I am in the process of choosing wall colors for a large showroom with Brazilian cherry floor and dark expresso cabinets. The room has abundant LED and natural lights. However, the floor and cabinets are kind of dark in color. I am wondering between Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray from Benjamin Moore. Which color do you think will be a better warm neutral to fit in this setting?
    Thanks in advance.
    Henry

    1. Hi Henry, I found Revere Pewter to be very dark in my home. Unless you get really good light, it can be darker than what most want. I think edgecomb gray would probably fit better purely judging by what you’re describing but I would definitely test with samples first. 🙂

  26. Hi Angela,
    I’m having the hardest time finding “the perfect gray”, LOL. Brand new kitchen with BM Chelsea Gray lower cabinets, BM Simply White uppers, classic Carrera marble countertop, and a white subway tile back splash. It looks so beautiful. The floor plan is open concept, so I am looking for one color to flow from kitchen throughout. I’ve spot painted Edgecomb Gray and Gray Owl in many spots, but neither is winning me over. I wanted to love the Edgecomb, but it really looks tan in our lighting. Both look great with the Simply White, but I don’t feel either compliment the Chelsea Gray. Any suggestions?

  27. Hello
    I have used revere pewter in bedrooms and I am obsessed with it… I want to paint the whole house this color!!..but…I have been looking for an all over color to do the rest of the house and stumbled on to your site with the edge comb gray….(thats what I have decided on for the rest of the house)…but I see in this post you have a bathroom pic that has “soft gray” can you tell me if that is the edge comb gray also? I LOVE it in that room!!!

  28. My wall are currently cork wedge by sherwin Williams. A new hardwood floor in medium brown is making them read too gold. I’d like to go more gray, but have drapes that are very close to the cork wedge color & don’t want new ones. Trim is white & there’s lots of natural light fro east, west & north facing windows. Would edgecomb gray work here? If not, what would you suggest.

  29. I just used Edgecomb Gray in my den/family room and absolutely love it . It was exactly the color I was looking for. I wanted a clean updated look while maintaining a warm feeling. The room faced north and a cooler gray color would have made the room feel colder. This warm gray was perfect!!

  30. I just bought my first townhome. I just painted my bedrooms in BM Collingwood and love it. Now my wall going downstairs will connect to my family room and kitchen. Looking for a good warm neutral. My counter tops have specks of beiges and grays. I’m thinking Edgecomb Grey? Floor in the kitchen is light laminate and carpet is a new sandy beige with hints of gray.

  31. I also have my walls in my house revere pewter and Edgecomb Gray. I love them both and highly recommend them. I have Edgecomb in my bedroom. I know this post was last year but where did you purchase the curtains in your bedroom? I love them!

  32. I love Edgecomb Gray but I am wondering if there is a lighter version of it? My living/dining room has windows that face East and West but it doesn’t get a lot of natural light because on the East side it faces a courtyard so it only get sun for 2 hours and on the West side there is a covered patio right outside the windows. I want the room to feel lighter but not white. I have dark wood floors and white trim. Help !!

  33. Hi:) You have so kindly responded to all these comments! My daughter suggested Edgecomb Gray to repaint the walls in a two year old house we are buying. I’d like to send a couple pics of the cabinets and granite to get your input on using this color. The house is painted Common Threads by Sherwin Wms. Everything is tan/gold. I love touches of aqua and want a more updated look; not so traditional. Could I send you a couple pictures for your suggestion?

  34. I was going back in forth between Edgecomb Gray and Revere Pewter for our main floor and you helped me make up my mind- I’m going with Edgecomb Gray! I’m curious which sheen you used and what color you painted your ceilings. We have white trim and crown molding and oak floors. I was considering using the same color for both the walls and ceiling. Any tips you have would be great!

  35. Really appreciated reading about your perspectives. Have been contemplating using Edgecomb Grey for months in our kitchen/family room area. This is my challenge. I have a fairly open floor plan with once archway separating my entry/living/dining room area from my kitchen/family room. My living/dining room was already painted in beige with accents of chocolate. NOW…I am ready to re-do my kitchen with white cabinets/carrera marble and am looking for a grey that can complement the beige in my living room. I enter through the archway into my kitchen but the overall feel of the main floor is open. I would rather not repaint but would like a nice grey to create the right look with my new kitchen.

    Do you think I can make Edgecomb Grey work? Thanks!

  36. Your home is beautiful. I love the colors you chose. Nice job ! I tried sample boards painted with Revere Pewter too and it was way too dark. Edgecomb Gray looks lovely in your home and I’m considering it for my family room, breakfast area and kitchen. My problem is that all my trim and baseboards were recently done in BM Satin Impervo Cloud White. Not planning to repaint the trim in the near future, although when I do, I plan on Simply White. It’s so much less yellow than Cloud White. My walls are Cloud white too and I want a change, more color on the walls. I am finding it difficult to find colors I like that work with the warm Cloud White trim. Wonder if I could pair the Cloud White trim with the Edgecomb Gray, what do you think?

  37. I have chosen Edgecomb Gray to paint just about every room in my home. I see that you use regular off the shelf no tint gloss paint for your trim. I want my ceilings, trim and cabinets to be the same color. How would this type of paint look on kitchen cupboards. Everything I try is too yellow, too gray or beige. I wanted a soft white for my cupboards so I am not sure what to do.

  38. I’m thinking about grey cabinets in a kitchen we’re doing. The floors will be either oak or grey colored. Would Edgecomb Grey work as a wall color? Or would that be too beige?

  39. I’ve been stressing over same choice, between Edgecomb and Revere. I was leaning toward Edgecomb except that the area is filled with bright light – walls of windows facing south and I’m afraid the Edgecomb will be too washed out, too light. Your thoughts? Thanks.

    1. Hmm in an area with bright light revere pewter may be good because my home had less light. If you want to be certain, I’d recommend testing it on the walls. It’s really hard to tell without doing so. In my home, revere pewter was very dark.

  40. Hi, love your site!! I wanted to ask you what is the name of the bathroom tile?? I am looking for a neutral abut glossy tile that will look nice with white upper cabinets, possibly grey lowers and beige grey cream flooring.. also walls are revere pewter..but may redo kitchen in the edgecomb gray.. Thanks in advance .Kim

  41. Thk you for the recommendatIon! We have BENJAMIN mOore’s cape hatteras sand (ac34). Another versatile, color CHANGING greige, a Little darker.

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