The Rugh Design Color Wheel
To recap, we have been working on adding ALL of the Sherwin-Williams paint colors to the Rugh Design Color Wheel. Our plan to have all 1700 colors up by the end of 2018 is on track and with this post we are about at the half way point. Which means that we “only” have about 400 more colors to go! We will continue to release 25 new colors with my hand picked color schemes each week. In addition to the new 25 colors a week I will highlight 1 color from Sherwin-Williams that I personally love or stands out.
Recently, we have highlighted Kilim Beige (coffee with cream color), Navajo White (soft creamy yellow), Wool Skein (beige with slight green undertone), Alpaca (warm greige with slight violet undertone) and Dover White (warm white).
Going forward you can find all of our Color Wheel Update posts here.
Featured Color: Colonnade Gray SW 7641
I wanted to highlight a gray color this week that I have gotten a lot of questions and comments on through the Color Wheel. The more that I look at Colonnade Gray, the more I like it. It’s a cross between Agreeable Gray and Repose Gray, two colors that I love and specify often.
Colonnade Gray has more brown undertones to it than Repose Gray, but is less gray than Agreeable Gray. Again, it’s the in between color to Repose and Agreeable; their baby! Now do you see why I like it more? If a client is stuck needing a color that is cooler than Agreeable Gray, but warmer than Repose Gray, viola! Enter Colonnade Gray.
Colonnade Gray is found under the “Timeless” color section of the Sherwin-Williams paint deck, so it can be tricky to find if you are only looking in the “Neutral” section of the deck. I am officially going to add this into my repertoire of greiges/grays as a go-to.
Okay, now that you have a basis for Colonnade Gray, check out my Pinterest gallery for some inspiration. See below and let me know which one you like the most. If you have your own pictures, send them to me and I will post them! Also, check the Colonnade Gray color scheme page for my hand picked color schemes!
Where to use Colonnade Gray
Now, for some ways to incorporate Colonnade Gray in your interior. I love this monochromatic scheme in the inspirational picture below. The pop of white in the trim (Snowbound) and the furniture selections, make the Colonnade Gray stand out even more. Even though Colonnade Gray is a warm gray, the walnut stained wood floors further help to warm up the space and help the gray scheme to not feel too cold and sterile. I also love the shiplap detail behind the fireplace mantle in Dovetail!
Colonnade Gray works perfectly in this home office as the main wall color and as the built-in color. Again, the designer used warmer tones to balance out the gray and create a cozy feel. The red used in the accessories and the window treatments give Colonnade Gray a beautiful touch.
Searching for a gray to paint your kitchen cabinets? Look no further than Colonnade Gray! I love how warm it looks on the cabinets featured below. Paint that is mixed for trim and cabinets takes on a different look than it does on the walls. The combination of the lighting and selections makes Colonnade Gray look more greige than gray and I’m not complaining! For reference, Egret White is the wall color and the fab Snowbound is on the trim and ceilings.
Colonnade Gray looks just as lovely on exteriors as it does on interior walls. It definitely gets lighter on exteriors, so keep that in mind! It is perfect as a main body color with dark gray trim and a fun color on the front door. I love the inspiration picture that I found with this exact color combo!
If you are considering Colonnade Gray, the best way to find out if it is right for your space, is to grab a Peel & Stick Paint Sample and test it out.
Our paint samples are handed painted with 2 coats of the real Sherwin-Williams color and are perfect for sampling color before you take the dive into gallons of paint. The Peel and Stick Paint Samples make it easy to have confidence in your paint color choice and will save you time, effort and money while testing colors in your space. Get started now with Colonnade Gray!
If you are still having trouble deciding, contact me for a Color Consult to nail down the best color for your interior or exterior. I have a passion for color and love being able to help clients find the right color to make their home beautiful!
Leave me a comment if you have Colonnade Gray in your home or would like to try it. I would love to hear from you! Also, stay tuned for the next featured color from the Color Wheel…
The Best of the Rest
Colonnade Gray had the spotlight, but I also wanted to highlight a color from the Color Wheel update, Mellow Coral. I love this color! Maybe I just love coral? I don’t know. Coral is a great color to compliment blues and greens, so it could be why. Anyway, if you follow Young House Love, they have been renovating their beach house and guess what color they picked for their exterior? Yep, Mellow Coral. It’s a perfect shade of pinky-coral for an exterior, but also look amazing on the interior for a fun pop of color in a kid’s room or a laundry room.
Check out the colors we updated on the Color Wheel this week below. Click on the swatch to see my color scheme picks!
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Krista Davies says
SO surprised to see Pussywillow in this addition! We are currently repainting the family room/Kitchen in this color. Love it as a wonderful basic grey that stays true and doesn’t drift blue or purple.
Laura Rugh says
Yay! So glad that you love Pussywillow. It is a great gray color. 🙂
Thanks for chiming in,
Hi Laura! I’m in the process of building my first home (exciting but so nerve racking too ) it’s a craftsman /traditional style home. Most craftsman home go on more of the creams greens brown look. We love light and bright (like farm house ) our brick is a creamy white brick and the color we chose to go with it is my fav ….repose gray ! Unfortunately the HOA denied our color combo request but gave us the choice to use collonade gray. Wanted to get your advise on using that warm color with our brick or if you have any photos of clients that have used it along side a light brick. Thanks !
Laura Rugh says
Congrats on your new home! That is so exciting. Great question! Colonnade Gray is actually very similar to your favorite, Repose Gray. I love the creamy brick with a soft gray look. It’s a modern farmhouse twist on a Craftsman style, which it totally doable!
To answer your other question, yes, I have had clients who have used a softer palette for their exterior and it has turned out beautifully! Best of luck to you in your building process. 🙂
Valerie Sparacio says
I am remodeling my small bathroom with a north window. Marble floor and shower. Would you suggest colonnade gray? Or would that be to dark. Also doesn’t repose grey cooler color then colonnade grey and agreeable grey.
Laura Rugh says
Thank you for your comment. However, it sounds like you are in need of more than I can offer by responding to your comment. Please check out my Interior Color Consultation packages in my shop.
I would love to be your color consultant!
I am trying to pick a warm gray paint color for an open concept area of kitchen, dining room and living
area/sunroom. I have a lot of beige and taupes in my house. My kitchen countertops are brown and black granite and backsplash is tan/beige tiles. Cabinets are white. Light/medium hard wood floors. I am looking at worldly gray, colonnade gray and revere pewter. Which of these would you suggest using or would you suggest another color?
Laura Rugh says
It sounds like you have warmer selections in your home (taupe, beige, brown), so I would steer towards some warm greige colors that will coordinate a bit better. I know warm grays are very trendy, but without changing some of your tan and beige tiles and such, the gray will feel out of place. Warmer greiges or taupes like Accessible Beige can help to transition beige selections to a more updated look. Canvas Tan is one more color that I love to pair with warmer tiles and accents. If you are really wanting to add Repose Gray or another warmer gray to your interior, try it in your bedroom where there are less selections to compete with. Check your flooring, but it is possible to do a warmer gray in the bedroom instead.
I would love to hear what color you end up going with and how it turns out!
Thanks so much,
We built a new house last year and most of it is painted Colonnade. I love it! My cabinets and trim are Snowbound. I think most people first thought is that it is to dark but when a room
Is finished it is perfect!