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As a warm, neutral paint color, Amazing Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 7044) is a saturated shade that’s perfectly showcased in rooms that get a lot of natural light.

Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray paint swatch

In this post, I want to explore this incredible paint color, as well as showcase it next to other popular warm grays and greiges to see how it stacks up.

What Color is Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray?

Amazing Gray is a warm greige paint color, with a perfect balance of both grey and beige.

If you’re looking for a great color that can marry both the warmth of greige and the cool side of grey, Amazing Gray is a great choice.

kitchen cabinets painted Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray
Amazing Gray kitchen cabinet via Paper Moon Painting.
Pay attention to how the color changes – the back wall of cabinets is flooded with light and appears much more gray than the cabinets below the sink that are considerably warmer and more beige.

Amazing Gray falls between Worldly Gray and Intellectual Gray on the Sherwin Williams color deck.

What is The LRV of Amazing Gray?

Light Reflectance Value (LRV) is an indicator of the amount of light that is reflected by a color when it is illuminated by a light source.

A higher value (closer to 100) means that a color will reflect more light back at you and a lower value (closer to 0) means that a color will appear darker, or absorb more light. 

Amazing Gray is a medium toned color, with an LRV of 47. A color on this end of the LRV spectrum will provide good contrast against white trim, but it may feel too dark in a north-facing room or those without much light.

There are many greiges that would be a good choice as a whole house color, but this would not be my first choice. It does best in well lit spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, or bedrooms with large windows.

Basement living room walls painted Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray
Amazing Gray basement walls via Leedy Interiors

In this basement space (above) you can see how dark Amazing Gray looks with no natural light. It falls firmly into its beige undertone, and actually looks very tan.

Is Amazing Gray a Warm or Cool Color?

Amazing Gray is most definitely a warm paint color. It’s in the greige paint color family and not quite as warm as beige, but it’s not a true gray either.

In areas without windows or much natural light, Amazing Gray will very much lean more beige than grey.

In contrast, if your room has huge windows and is filled with natural light, this color will show more of its gray side.

Kitchen walls painted amazing gray with bright white trim
Notice the color change from the shadows in the top left of the photo to the right hand side where the color gets more light

What Are The Undertones of Amazing Gray?

Since Amazing Gray is technically a greige paint color, it has strong beige undertones, but it also has a bit of green, similar to other popular greige paint colors, like Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter.

If I’m using this paint color on my walls, what white trim color will look best?

For trim colors, Sherwin Williams Pure White is a safe bet. It’s a bright white with just a smidge of warmth so it never looks too cold.

It looks great with all wall colors, but it’s especially a great choice when the wall color has warmth to it.

For a brighter white, Sherwin Williams Extra White will really provide that pop of contrast between the wall color and trim.

Baby nursery with amazing gray walls and SW antique white board and batten
SW Amazing Gray walls and SW Antique trim via Shanty 2 Chic

If you want a softer overall look, a creamier white like Sherwin Williams Antique White or SW Alabaster looks really beautiful.

Coordinating Paint Colors for Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray

Amazing Gray is a versatile color that can go well with many coordinating shades.

Because of its tan and green undertones, this paint color looks great with any whites, creams, medium to deep blues, and light pink or blush shades.

collage of coordinating colors for SW amazing gray

I personally love the soft look of pairing it with creamy whites, like Sherwin Williams Antique White or Sherwin Williams Shoji White.

If you are looking for a bolder pop of color, try pairing it with an earth-toned color palette like deep green and browns. This will pull out some of the green and brown undertones.

If you plan on using it for a house exterior, SW Urbane Bronze may be a good choice for the shutters and trim.

Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray vs. Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

One of Sherwin Williams’ top greige paint colors is Agreeable Gray. So how does this compare to Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray?

comparison swatch of amazing gray versus agreeable gray

Agreeable Gray has an LRV of 62 which means it’s going to read a lot lighter in a room than Amazing Gray, with its LRV of 47.

While Amazing Gray may not be best if you don’t have a lot of natural lighting, Agreeable Gray is a great all-around paint color that works great in any space.

While also a greige paint color, in darker rooms or in the shadows, Agreeable can lean more into its gray side while a brighter, well lit room will make the beige undertones more pronounced.

If you’re looking for a lighter paint color that still has good depth of color, Agreeable Gray is a good choice. If you want a more saturated look, and less of the “light and airy”, then Amazing Gray may work for you.

Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray vs. Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

Both Amazing Gray and Repose gray are both beautiful and versatile. Repose gray has an LRV of 58 and to me, it looks just like its name suggests, very serene and peaceful.

comparison swatch of amazing gray versus repose gray

In comparison to Amazing Gray, Repose Gray is considered more of a warm gray paint color, rather than a true greige, but they are a similar greige in terms of undertones.

Amazing Gray looks a lot warmer, whereas Repose Gray feels less pigmented, and closer the gray side of things.


Amazing Gray is a great choice for rooms that are big and get a lot of sunlight. This gray color can help make these rooms look even bigger and more welcoming. It works really well in several areas of your home.

In bedrooms, it creates a calm and relaxing environment. It’s also a good color for home offices because it’s soft and easy on the eyes, which helps with concentration.

Living rooms look modern and stylish with Amazing Gray. In bathrooms and kitchens, it gives a clean and fresh look.

Amazing Gray by Sherwin-Williams can be a great exterior paint color choice for modern homes that need a fresh and stylish look. This warm gray color works best on houses with a more contemporary style.

However, it might not be the best pick for every house, especially if your home has a lot of brick or stone. The gray tones in the paint can clash with the natural, warm colors of these materials. So, while Amazing Gray is durable and covers well, it’s important to think about how it will match with the other colors and materials on your house before you decide to use it.

Final Thoughts

Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray is a  medium toned greige paint color. It is a good paint color choice for rooms where you want good contrast against white trim.

It’s important for the room to have good natural light so as the paint colors doesn’t fall too much into the beige/tan spectrum.

For this reason, it’s not a good choice as a whole house paint color as it can be too dark in some lighting conditions.

However, if you’re planning an accent wall or just a singular room, it could very well be the perfect greige paint color for you!

Don’t Forget To Always Use Real Paint Samples!

Don’t forget – no matter what you’ve read or photos you’ve seen online, it’s really important to sample paint colors in your home before committing!

Samplize provides peel and stick paint samples made with real paint, that are easy to move around your home, and cheaper than buying a gazillion paint pots! It’s the only way I buy paint samples.

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  1. Love your paint reviews! We just painted the exterior of our home Repose Gray. Your review of it was so helpful. I wanted a light exterior and it looks so nice. Thank you!