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Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC-173

There's a reason Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray has proven itself to be one of the most popular interior wall paint colors. But here's a secret. It's actually more beige than gray.

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

Edgecomb Gray is considered a warm gray and with an LRV (Light Reflective Value which indicates how light or dark a paint color on a scale of 1 being the darkest and 100 the lightest) of 63 is has enough depth to stand up in rooms with a lot of natural light. However, it is not dark enough to feel heavy and gloomy in north facing rooms or rooms where there not a lot of natural light.

To make Edgecomb Gray we combine yellow oxide, red oxide and black tints so it will flash either a moody warm gray in north facing rooms or creamy gray with a slight green undertone in rooms with a lot of sunlight.

For trim, I love the contrast when Edgecomb Gray is paired with a crisp white like Chantilly Lace OC-65. It prevents either the walls or woodwork from feeling dingy.

Since it is very neutral it pairs equally well accents, furniture and fabrics in cool tones like slate blues and muted teals or warm earthy tones of terra cotta and earthy yellow/green.

You can use Edgecomb Gray on cabinets but it can look a bit dull. I much prefer a similar but darker shade - Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172 for cabinetry.

On the outside, Edgecomb Gray works well with natural stone or brick - both as a main color or as an alternative to a soft warm "white" on molding, trim, or accents.

TIP: If you find that Edgecomb Gray is too gray try Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan instead. It has the same LRV but less gray and more creamy undertones.

Want to see if Edgecomb Gray will work in your space? The best way to find the right color for you home is to try a sample before making a commitment. Remember that lighting has a huge effect on how we see color. TIP: To get the best sense of the color paint a LARGE swatch in your space OR pick up a peel and stick sample from Samplize. They're made with two coats of real paint for accuracy and won't damage the walls.

Do you have a home painting project coming up? Pick up a digital copy of my Inside The Paint Can E-Guide. It has over 20 pages of tips and tricks right from the paint shop - all for less than a morning cup of coffee.

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