Sherwin Williams Repose Gray 244-C1- Why it’s so popular

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Thinking about painting your walls Repose Gray? You’re not alone. Sherwin Williams Repose Gray (244-C1) is one of the most popular paint colors there is. And I don’t just mean from Sherwin Williams. More than 22,000 people search for Repose Gray on Google each month, and the color is consistently ranked among SW’s best sellers.

While Repose Gray is a timeless neutral, it’s become especially popular over the last few years as cool gray paint colors have given way to more greige and beige tones. This beautiful warm gray color reads almost like a taupe or beige in some lights, hence its popularity.

If you are looking for a timeless gray tone that borders on taupe, this might be the right fit for your needs. Repose Gray is a lovely neutral that fits any space.

While I haven’t used the color in my home personally, I did try it out a few months back when I was looking for colors to use in our mini bathroom remodel, along with Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray, and Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, so I gathered lots of info and inspiration images. Here, I’ll share what I learned, along with lots of photos of the hue in various rooms.

What color is Sherwin Williams Repose Gray?

Repose Gray on a barn door. Image via SimplySIngHarath

Repose Gray is a warm, neutral gray color.

What is the LRV of Sherwin Williams Repose Gray?

Repose Gray has an LRV of 58, which means it’s a mid-tone gray.

If you’ve never heard of LRV, I’ll explain. It’s worth knowing because it makes paint colors so much easier to evaluate, especially if you’re choosing between two similar shades.

LRV measures the light reflectiveness of a color. It’s measured on a scale of 0-100, with 0 being the blackest of black paints, and 100 being a true white. Stonington Gray’s LRV of 59.36 makes it a medium tones gray. For comparison purposes, Benjamin Moore Simply White, one of the brands best white paint colors, has an LRV of 89.52 and is one of the company’s brightest shades. Generally, paint colors range between a two or three LRV, and a 93 LRV, since there isn’t a true white or true black paint color.

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray Properties

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Sherwin Williams Repose Gray is part of their top 50 colors collection.

With an LRV of 58, it is a lovely medium tone that adds dimension to the space. The LRV of light reflection value is a scale that refers to the amount of light the color reflects. The higher the number, the more light the paint reflects. And Repose Gray is somewhere above the middle in the scale. Thanks to the taupe and green undertone, it doesn’t look too cold. Therefore, the warm note will make the space more inviting.

Where to use Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray is a versatile color that compliments any room. It will work perfectly with any decor theme, providing a neutral backdrop that flatters your style. However, keep in mind that it isn’t like the usual cool grays that give off a sterile feel. The hint of purple and blue calms the color but still manages to achieve the perfect balance. However, how the color looks in your home is determined by the lighting. If used in a north-facing room, the cool tones of Repose Gray will prevail. Therefore, consider testing this color and see how it behaves if you are really into finding a warm tone.

Repose Gray will add depth when used in rooms with plenty of natural light. Oher light gray tones might look way lighter in such spaces, but Repose Gray will stand strong and maintain its character.

Repose Gray is one of the best choices if you want to enhance the resale value of your home. It is a gorgeous neutral shade with the right balance between warm and cool tones, so it looks appealing to any taste. However, remember that it doesn’t have a high reflective value. Therefore, using Repose Gray in dark rooms might get tricky. The color will look slightly different in north-facing rooms or rooms where trees or the neighbor’s house blocks the natural light.

However, this doesn’t have to mean that you should avoid this color if you really like it. Although the color might look flat in rooms with low natural light, you can still manage to pull it off. The proper artificial lighting choice might be able to bring this color back to life. If Repose Gray appears too cool, you can choose another option from the Sherwin Williams collection. Agreeable Gray is similar to this tone but has a warmer undertone that might be the better fit for your needs.


Repose Gray is a versatile color that will work for any corner of your home. Therefore, it would make an excellent choice for the entryway, or the back of the front door against creamy white walls, like the homeowner did, above. The natural sunlight makes the warm tones pop, highlighting the taupe side of this color.

Living room / Dining room

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Repose Gray brings a modern feel to your living space. The color is an excellent choice if you want to update the room and make it feel fresher. It pairs nicely with a crisp white trim, creating a sophisticated space within any style. Therefore, High Reflective White and Pure White by Sherwin Williams are some of the ideal picks for the trim. Keep in mind that off whites with exaggerated warm tones will clash with the neutrality of Repose Gray. Therefore, choose crisper white tones that don’t have too many warm undertones.

Kitchen cabinets

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When your kitchen appears outdated, a fresh coat of paint will do the job. Repose Gray is the ideal choice for this project, adding a touch of freshness while completing various styles. The color is pretty flexible for pairing, so you are free to choose hardware that matches the accents. Even brass hardware will look stunning, bringing a high-end feel to your kitchen.


With being light and serene, Repose Gray is a good pick for your bedroom. If you want to bring out the cooler side of this tone, play with soft colors and enhance the natural light in the room. While other warm grays tend to make the beige stand out when paired with wood, this one seems to keep the neutrality.


When you want to add a touch of warmth to the bathroom, Repose Gray is the ideal choice. The cool gray tones might have a sterile look, so opting for a neutral gray that is more on the warm side is a smart decision. Repose Gray is versatile enough to flatter many finishes and colors, so it will fit easily without much effort.

Repose Gray Exterior

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As an exterior color, Repose Gray feels modern and sophisticated, yet subtle. It works well for coastal homes, cottage-style exteriors, or as a shutter color with a white home exterior.

What colors go with Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray pairs excellently with Pavestone, Coral Clay, Eider White, Inkwell, and lots more. It is a versatile color that will find its way into different color schemes. 


Pavestone is a medium-dark gray color but still manages to have a warm hint. Therefore, it will complement the warmth of Repose Gray.


Here’s a photo of SW Inkwell accent wall against the rest of the room, which is Repose Gray. The nearly-black blue color complements the warm tones of Repose Gray.

Coral Clay

Coral Clay is a dusty red color that will add a dose of visual interest. It will pop against Repose Gray, adding contemporary and modern style to the space.

Eider White

Eider White is another beautiful warm gray tone. It is light and subtle and pairs excellently with dark neutrals.

Repose Gray can be paired with whites for a subtle look. Also, it will complement bold navy colors to bring sophistication into play. You can complete it with pink accents if you want to add a feminine feel. If you want to create a fresh color palette, you can pair Repose Gray with aqua or green tones. If you’re going to curate a neutral color scheme, this gray will pair perfectly with slightly warmer tones. The endless color combinations speak enough of its versatility.

Is Sherwin Williams Repose Gray warm or cool?

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray is a lovely warm gray color. Thanks to its taupe undertone, the color is more on the warm side. However, the warmth is pretty moderate and doesn’t stand out as much in their warm grays. Therefore, it is the ideal choice if you look for a gray paint color that doesn’t feel too cold. If you are looking for a cool and fresh tone, then you might want to check the other options available in the Sherwin Williams collection. Depending on the light conditions, Repose Gray might look cool in some cases. If used in north-facing rooms, the green and purple undertones might be more prominent.

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