Read all about Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige, plus see 17 real homes that use it!
Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige (SW 6073) is a medium, warm-leaning greige paint color that creates a cozy and welcoming atmosphere.
You may have noticed the term “greige.” Not sure what greige is? Well, imagine the result of gray and beige having a baby. That baby would be what we call greige, the blend of gray and beige.
Back in the ’90s and early 2000s, beige was the go-to neutral. Then for the next 10-15 years, the design world was firmly dedicated to shades of gray. Recently there’s been another shift. This time, the buzz is all about greige.
And if you thought picking a beige or gray paint color was challenging, try blending them! Having dozens (if not hundreds) of greige paint color options offers an opportunity to find just the RIGHT greige – IF you’re up to the challenge, that is.
Psst…want to learn more about greige paint colors? Check out this article with the top 9 greige paint colors!
My comprehensive paint series of posts is designed to help you rise to the challenge. I know from personal experience just how challenging AND rewarding picking paint colors can be.
And I want to empower you to make the best choice for your home by understanding the ins and outs of each color you’re considering (and maybe a few hues you haven’t considered yet).
Today, I have a new shade of greige to spill all the deets about. Let’s take a look at the aptly named Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige.
What color is Perfect Greige?
As the name suggests, this color is a beautiful medium greige paint that is rich, beautiful, timeless, and endlessly chic. It offers a creamy, clean look that makes a space feel cozy and welcoming, yet also bold.
FAQs about Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige
Finding color equivalents isn’t easy because different paint colors have subtle variances that create noticeable shifts in undertones, depth, and temperature. What may seem like very subtle differences on a tiny paint swatch or your computer screen can translate into major differences on your walls.
If you want something similar but slightly different in the Sherwin Williams brand, check out Sherwin Williams Utterly Beige or Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige.
However, if you’re looking for an equivalent to Perfect Greige in the Benjamin Moore brand, I think the closest color match would be Benjamin Moore Evening Gown.
Is Sherwin Williams’s Perfect Greige warm or cool?
Thanks to its warm pink undertones, Perfect Greige is a warm-leaning, mid-toned greige. The undertones are just noticeable enough to give this shade a warm, taupe appearance. However, they aren’t strong enough to make this hue look pink.
Where should I use Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige?
Use it anywhere! I say that with a slight caveat. Lighting can have a big impact on this shade, so in your home, it may look dreamy in some rooms but read less than appealing in other areas.
Generally speaking, it’s an ideal shade for homes where you want a touch of warmth to make a cool room feel more balanced or add saturation to a large room to make it feel more welcoming.
Consider Perfect Greige for your:
• Laundry/mud room
• Family room
• Dining room
• Home office
Perfect Greige is a gorgeous shade that will work well in modern, traditional, transitional, mid-century modern, coastal, contemporary, and modern farmhouse-style homes.
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Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige Undertones
Perfect Greige has pink and red-beige undertones that, in the right lighting, can give this shade a slight pink-purple appearance (also called taupe). These undertones help to warm up a large space or a room with cool lighting.
The challenge that they present is that they cause Perfect Greige to act as a chameleon. In some rooms, it will appear as a “true greige,” while in others, it can show off some noticeable taupe tendencies. It all depends on the lighting and surrounding decor.
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How Different Types of Lighting Affect Sherwin Williams’s Perfect Greige
Have you ever noticed how natural lighting changes throughout the day? As the sun moves across the sky, natural lighting temperature and exposure shift as well, which has a huge impact on how paint appears.
Please don’t expect ANY paint color to appear the same in two different areas or at different times of the day because you’ll be sorely disappointed.
Since Perfect Greige is a blend of gray and beige and has its undertones, expect it to change rather dramatically in changing situations. At times it will read beige, while at others, it could appear taupe, warm gray, or even red-brown.
Here’s how you can expect Perfect Greige to look in your home based on various types of natural lighting.
- North-facing light – cool, blue-tinted northern light will cause Perfect Greige to appear in its darkest form, and it will balance out the shade’s natural warmth.
- South-facing light – warm yellow southern light will lighten this shade and draw out its subtle warmth. It will read the most neutral in this type of lighting.
- East-facing light – eastern light has warm yellow tones in the morning and appears cooler and shadowier in the afternoon. This shifting light will draw out those chameleon qualities, so you will likely notice different undertones throughout the day.
- West-facing light – cool, shadowy light in the morning shifts to very warm light later in the day, causing Perfect Greige to read differently as the light shifts.
When to Avoid SW Perfect Greige
I would steer clear of this shade if you hate pink or purple undertones because they’re often very noticeable.
If you have a room with warm lighting or live in a desert-like landscape, Perfect Greige can sometimes appear too warm (although it’s a really good option for cool climates).
In rooms with low ceilings or low levels of natural light, Perfect Greige can create a cave-like feeling that some people may not like.
Great Coordinating Colors for Perfect Greige
One of my favorite qualities about greige paint is that these shades often work well to bridge a variety of surrounding warm and cool tones. Perfect Greige does this hard job well and looks great with a variety of light beiges, blushes, warm whites, mauves, and off-whites.
If you’d like some ideas of specific hues, try using these shades with Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige:
- Pure White
- Popular Gray
- Storm Cloud
- Versatile Gray
- Sea Salt
- Eider White
- Bracing Blue
- Chatura Gray
- Heron Plume
- High Reflectance White
- White Dove
LRV of Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige (SW 6073)
In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, LRV is an abbreviation for “light reflective value.” What is this value? LRV gives us an objective way of measuring how much light a shade REFLECTS. Or, put another way, it’ll give you a reliable way of estimating how dark or light a shade will appear in your home.
The LRV scale ranges from 0 (pure black) to 100 (pure white).
The LRV of Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige = 42
This LRV value means that SW Perfect Greige is a medium shade that has good saturation and works well in large spaces, rooms with lots of natural light, or rooms with vaulted ceilings. It’ll wash out slightly in bright light but it’s deep enough that it’ll assertively hold its own.
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Perfect Greige Compared to Other Colors
The best way to REALLY see undertones and differences in paint is to compare two similar colors side-by-side. Let’s compare Perfect Greige to three close shades. Anyone trying to decide between similar shades should find this section helpful.
Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige vs. Agreeable Gray
Let’s start with Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray (SW 7029). With its LRV of 60, the first thing you’ll probably notice is that Agreeable Gray is a good deal lighter than Perfect Greige. While Agreeable Gray hits my overall ideal saturation level, Perfect Greige can be wonderful in large, bright spaces.
Perfect Greige is a nice balance between beige and gray, and Agreeable Gray leans slightly more beige than gray.
Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige vs. Anew Gray
Sherwin Williams Anew Gray (SW 7030) is a shade darker than Agreeable Gray and has an LRV of 47. Although it’s much closer to the depth of Perfect Greige, Anew Gray is still noticeably lighter.
Perfect Greige is very balanced with pink undertones. On the other hand, Anew Gray leans beige and contains cooler, mild purple undertones.
Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige vs. Accessible Beige
Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige (SW 7036) has an LRV of 58, which indicates it’s lighter than Perfect Greige. Both of these hues lean warm thanks to Accessible Beige’s beige undertones and Perfect Greige’s pink undertones.
Of note, since Accessible Beige is lighter and they both have warm undertones, these two shades pair well together!
More Colors to Consider
Not quite ready to give Perfect Greige the “green light” yet? Check out these other beautiful paint shades.
- Gray Owl (Benjamin Moore) – a light, cool-leaning gray with subtle blue-green undertones.
- Shoreline (Benjamin Moore) – a light tone gray-leaning greige.
- Worldly Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a popular mid-toned greige.
- Mindful Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a warm greige that leans taupe.
- Paper White (Benjamin Moore) – an off-white with slight blue-gray undertones.
- Moonshine (Benjamin Moore) – a cool-leaning, green-gray color.
- Alpaca (Sherwin Williams) – a cool, taupe-leaning gray or greige.
- Worldly Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a chameleon greige with green undertones.
- Anew Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a soft, light to medium warm greige.
- Drift Of Mist (Sherwin Williams) – a lovely medium to light greige.
- Repose Gray (Sherwin Williams) – a popular warm greige.
- Alabaster (Sherwin Williams) – a soft, creamy, greige-leaning off-white.
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17 Real Life Homes Using Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige
Ok, let’s have some fun! After taking in all that background information (to help you make a confident choice), it’s time to see how this color shifts and shimmies.
Here are 17 real-life homes and spaces using Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige to show you all the beautiful chameleon qualities of this greige!
A quick note here: don’t forget to consider picking the right paint finish…it’s not only about getting the color right! We have an in-depth explanation of choosing sheens here.
Perfect Greige Living Rooms
1. Warm and Neutral
This room from @mylilttledecor highlights everything I love about Perfect Greige. It’s rich, neutral, and chic.
At first glance, this picture from The Recruiter Mom might fool you. That’s a white room, you say? Look a little more closely through the cutout on the right side. The stairway looks inviting thanks to Perfect Greige (photo credit: @audriedollins).
3. Warm and Bright in Warm Light
The surrounding beige and brown tones in this room from @monica.mcdaniel08 pull out the beige side of Perfect Greige in the very best way.
Kitchens Painted SW Perfect Greige
For kitchens, eggshell or satin are popular finish choices for walls. For cabinets consider semi-gloss or high gloss for the most durable finish (and a gorgeous glow).
4. Soft and Neutral
This kitchen from Blesser House is awash with bright natural light. The lighting washes out this shade so that it just appears soft and lovely.
5. Chic Cabinets
Painting these kitchen cabinets from @hrbkcottage with Perfect Greige gives this room a timeless look and makes a space that could easily feel cold inviting.
6. Neutral and Cozy
Second only to the bedroom, I want my kitchen to be welcoming and inviting. When Kelley Nan painted the kitchen walls in Perfect Greige, this space instantly became cozy and comfortable.
Perfect Greige Dining Spaces
7. Hint of Pink
Adventures in Decorating created a beautiful space with a clean contrast between today’s shade and the white accents. Do you see the pink undertone winking through? It’s subtle and lovely.
8. Balanced Greige
This eat-in area from Kelley Nan shows both the gray and beige sides of this color. Since it’s so balanced, you’re as likely to see either of its “faces” peek through depending on the lighting.
Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige Bedrooms
In general for bedrooms, and low-traffic areas, flat paint is fine. If you like something with a bit of shine (and more ease of cleaning) opt for eggshell or satin.
9. Cozy Retreat
Cool-leaning greiges run the risk of making bedrooms feel too cold. That’s not a problem with Perfect Greige as you can see in this inviting bedroom from Katherine Forbes.
10. Leans Gray in Cool Lighting
This bedroom shows off Perfect Greige’s gray side. The cool-leaning light in this bedroom from Wilshire Collections balances out the warmth of the shade and makes it read neutral and beautiful.
Bathrooms Featuring Perfect Greige
Don’t forget the finish! For bathrooms the perfect sheen is either an eggshell or satin. Why? We’ll tell you in this post about paint sheen.
11. Warm and Beautiful
This bathroom from Decorate and More with Tip used Perfect Greige to balance out the wallpaper with cool tones. Greige paints are uniquely able to bridge the distance between warm and cool.
12. Spacious and Inviting
This large bathroom from @maiddyd needed a special greige to make it feel inviting and welcoming. Hello, Perfect Greige!
SW Perfect Greige Entryways
13. Ideal for Vaulted Ceilings
Vaulted ceilings and tall entryways can easily feel cold, but @mightymights_farmhouse makes this one feel lovely and welcoming (as an entryway SHOULD be!) by painting it in Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige.
14. Lovely for Staircases
Jedi Craft Girl made an inspired choice with today’s shade in this staircase area. The warm pink undertones complement the decor to make this open space feel cozy.
15. Perfect with Wood Tones
Perfect Greige lives up to its name in this entry from @sugartreeliving. Although it’s a medium-toned greige, it’s lighter than the dark wood tones, so it pairs well!
Other Homes using Perfect Greige
16. Mauve in Cool Lighting
Here, in this room from @humble.little.farmhouse, you get to see the subtle pink (and wink of purple) undertones. Gorgeous!
17. Rich in Bright Light
Rooms with bright natural light can be difficult to find just the right color for. You need something that will hold its own without being too dark. I love Sherwin Williams’ Perfect Greige in this room from Living and Learning with Luisa.
Do you love Perfect Greige as much as I do? This warm-toned medium greige has it all and adds a welcoming and cozy ambiance to any room. Go grab a peel-and-stick sample of this chic hue to see how it will read in your home!
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