We’ve used Edgecomb Gray in nearly every room of our home because it’s a warm, inviting, and versatile neutral. You might even call it the perfect greige paint color! It’s popular with designers and DIYers alike, whether you’re painting a living room, bedroom, kitchen cabinets, or even your siding. Let’s show you why.
When should you use Edgecomb Gray?
Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray (HC-173) is one of the best greige paint colors. It should be high on your consideration list if you’re looking for any of the following:
- A warm greige that is the perfect blend of gray & beige
- A light-to-medium neutral that will add interest without darkening a room
- A timeless hue that works well in rooms with good natural light
- A sophisticated paint color that doesn’t look dated or yellow
- A whole house paint color that works in any room
- A taupe paint that pairs well with white trim
- A crowd-pleasing color that’s good for resale and rentals
- A versatile neutral that works with modern or traditional decor
- A subtle wall color that will help other furniture and decor pop
We go could on and on about why we fell in love this near-flawless color, but by the end of this post you’ll see for yourself!
When should you NOT use Edgecomb Gray?
Be careful with Edgecomb Gray in dark rooms that don’t receive a lot of natural light, especially north-facing rooms. We painted our bonus room with Edgecomb Gray at first, but quickly noticed it looked darker and muddier than it did other spaces – even compared to the hallway it was attached to! We realized the north-facing light that rooms received (which tends to appear cooler) was distorting its usual light and warm appearance.
We ended up repainting the space a lighter cooler gray (Behr Irish Mist) and swore off using Edgecomb Gray in any of our other dark north-facing rooms. We did still successfully use it in spaces like our hallway and half bathroom that received no natural light at all. In those cases, the warm artificial light paired well with a warm greige like Edgecomb Gray.
Edgecomb Gray FAQs
Let’s dive into some of the key things you should know about this greige color as you consider it for your home.
Is Edgecomb Gray warm or cool?
Edgecomb Gray is a warm gray paint, which is why it is a great choice for anyone wanting that perfect “greige” color (gray + beige). Its soft warmth is the exact reason we chose it for so many rooms in our house. We wanted something that didn’t look cold and stark, but also didn’t appear yellowed or dated, which can happen with certain taupe colors.
Because it is a warm gray, it works best when paired with other warm colors and warm wood tones, like the hardwood floors and woven textures you see above. You can see more of how it works in our home by watching the video tour below.
Note: You can also view this video on YouTube.
What is the undertone of Edgecomb Gray?
Edgecomb Gray has no aggressive undertones, which is why it’s such a popular choice. Other greige paint colors have subtle violet, yellow, or green undertones that can cause your seemingly neutral paint to look strange depending on the lighting, furniture, and other colors in a room. But Edgecomb Gray’s undertones are so hard to discern that even the Internet can’t agree on them! Most will describe them as slightly green (which is common with taupe colors) but also yellow, blue, or pink.
The most important thing to remember is that it’s best when paired with other warm tones. Although since it is a true gray-beige color, it also can look great with cooler colors, like the blue tones in our rug and bench in our bedroom pictured above.
Is Edgecomb Gray light or dark?
Edgecomb Gray is considered a light-to-medium taupe. That means it is dark enough to not appear white on your walls, but it’s still light enough to keep a room feeling bright and alive. In our experience, it works best in rooms with good natural light, especially those that face south. In north-facing rooms with indirect light, it may appear darker, so it’s smart to paint test swatches on your walls to be sure it’s right for your space.
What is the LRV of Edgecomb Gray?
Another way to evaluate the lightness of a color is its Light Reflectance Value (LRV). This is a standardized way that professionals use to describe how much light reflects from a surface. Scores range from 0 (absolute black) to 100 (pure white). Edgecomb Gray has an LRV of 63.09 according to the Benjamin Moore website.
What other names does it go by?
Edgecomb Gray (HC-173) can also be found at Benjamin Moore under the names Baby Fawn (OC-15) and Alaskan Skies (972). The different names and numbers indicate different collections that Benjamin Moore uses to organize their color collections.
What rooms look best with Edgecomb Gray?
Short answer: you can use Edgecomg Gray just about everywhere! We first fell in love with it when looking for a neutral color that’s both warm and sophisticated. It’s a great supporting color that adds depth to a room, without being in-your-face. Think of it as a neutral gray that elevates a room and helps other decor, furniture, or accents stand out. We love how it looks in our dining room with white trim (BM Simply White) and built-ins.
We had also grown tired of the deep blue in our bedroom (Benjamin Moore Black Pepper) so we sought out something brighter and more calming for the space. It coordinated well with other neutrals in the room like our headboard and curtains, while allowing details like our photo gallery and colorful pillows to pop.
We loved Edgcomb Gray so much in our bedroom, we proceeded to paint nearly every room and hallway in our house with it! You’ll see all of them in this post – our home office, dining room, entryway, and even our small half bathroom!
What trim color works best with Edgecomb Gray?
Edgecomb Gray looks best with white trim, especially whites that skew a bit warmer. In our home, we used Benjamin Moore’s Simply White for all of the trim. It has slight yellow undertones that bring out the warmth of Edgecomb Gray, helping it appear truly taupe. Together they help each color look crisp and clean. Other popular white paints like Benjamin Moore White Dove or Sherwin Williams Pure White would also pair well for this reason.
What accent colors work well with Edgecomb Gray?
Because Edgecomb Gray is so subtle and neutral, it plays nicely with a wide variety of colors. This gives you nearly endless options for accent walls, ceilings, or other colorful features in the same room. Just try to stick with colors with warm undertones. For instance, we painted the ceiling in our entryway a darker greige called Revere Pewter (HC-172). In fact, it’s just one shade darker on the same paint swatch!
Here are some other popular accent paint colors that would work well with Edgecomb Gray:
- Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
- Benjamin Moore Cushing Green
- Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray
- Benjamin Moore White Heron
- Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
- Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal
- Benjamin Moore October Mist
How does it compare to other popular greiges?
Edgecomb Gray isn’t the only neutral taupe that’s popular with homeowners and designers these days. So let’s see how it stacks up compared to some others you may be considering.
As you can tell, all of these greige paints are very similar. The best way to choose which one is right for your space is sampling each color first. You can purchase sample-size paints at your local Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams store to paint directly on your wall. Or you can order large pre-painted stickers of each color, as linked below.
- BM Edgecomb Gray sample sticker
- BM Revere Pewter sample sticker
- SW Accessible Beige sample sticker
- SW Agreeable Gray sample sticker
Edgecomb Gray vs Revere Pewter
These two Benjamin Moore colors live on the same paint swatch, so they share many of the same good qualities. Revere Pewter (HC-172) is slightly darker, having an LRV of 55 compared to Edgecomb Gray’s 63. Use it if you’d like a slightly cozier and moodier neutral that’s still warm and inviting.
Edgecomb Gray vs Accessible Beige
Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams is extremely popular for many of the same reasons as Edgecomb Gray. It is slightly darker (it has an LRV of 58) and is also warmer – meaning its yellow undertones are more pronounced. Accessible Beige won’t work with cool tones as well, but can give a room a slightly sunnier appearance.
Edgecomb Gray vs Agreeable Gray
Sherwin William’s Agreeable Gray is like Edgecomb’s slightly cooler, grayer cousin. Its LRV of 60 is very similar to Edgecomb Gray’s 63, but has more violet undertones. Choose this if you have other cool tones like blues and grays in your room, or if your room is north-facing and receives less natural light.
While “beige walls” may seem like a boring or safe choice, rest assured that Edgecomb Gray is popular for good reason. It provides a flexible backdrop for a variety of styles (modern to traditional) and moods (calm & serene to colorful & lively).
Just be aware that because of its flexibility, Edgecomb Gray can shift subtly. It may skew too dark in rooms without much natural light, while it may wash out to off-white on exteriors. And paired with too many tone-on-tone creams, it may begin to appear dingy. That’s why it’s safest to use it with white trim.
In summary, Edgecomb Gray is just about the perfect greige wall color, and we think you’ll agree.
More paint colors we love
You can check out more of our favorite, go-to paint colors by touring our homes in the menu above (here’s the home featured in this post) or browsing our Painting Projects section. We’ve also written deep-dives on some of our favorite paints:
- Benjamin Moore Simply White
- Sherwin-Williams Pure White
- Sherwin-Williams Extra White
- The 12 Best White Paint Colors
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