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Sherwin Williams Requisite Gray 7023: Paint Color Review

Posted on December 20, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

Sherwin Williams Requisite Gray – is it a warm gray or taupe?

If you’re looking for a popular warm gray or taupe paint color with a flexibility that suits a wide range of exposures and interior finishes, you’ve come to the RIGHT blog!

And while I have ALL of the info and guidance you’re looking for, I don’t have a TON of photos of this bad boy – yet. I refer 100% to photos from my Online Paint Color Consulting clients, so hopefully, I’ll be getting more soon!

Sherwin Williams warm grey paint colour review with Kylie M Interiors - Requisite Gray

What type of paint color is Requisite Gray? It is warm or cool? Taupe or gray?

Sherwin Williams Requisite Gray is a WARM paint color but doesn’t have quite enough warmth to step into the TAUPE end of things. This means that Requisite Gray is a WARM GRAY paint color (and a wicked pretty one at that).

If you have north-facing light or even flat afternoon eastern/morning western light, you’ll see Requisite Gray shades itself a bit more with its gray base. It rarely looks like a COLD gray, but it certainly nods in that direction.

Taupe, warm gray greige paint colour comparisons. Collingwood, Sherwin Williams Versatile Gray, Requisite Gray, Benjamin Moore London Gray with light wood trim. Kylie M INteriors Edesign

Notice how Versatile Gray is a bit warmer/taupe than Requisite. Links to others at the end of this blog post

On the other hand, if you have glorious south-facing room or afternoon western sunshine, Requisite Gray will lean a bit more into its subtle warmth. Depending on your PERCEPTION, you might even think it looks a bit like taupe!

North, East, South, West – Which Paint Color is the Best?

What’s the LRV of Requisite Gray?

Requisite Gray has an LRV of 45. This LRV means that Requisite Gray is a WARM GRAY paint color in the light-medium range.

This depth of color can work well in super bright rooms as it won’t wash out NEARLY as much as lighter colors can. However, if you have a low light room it can look a BIT flat.

Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.

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What are the undertones of Requisite Gray? 

EVERY gray has undertones and Requisite Gray is NO exception – it has VIOLET undertones. Are they overwhelming? It depends on your perception. If you’re SENSITIVE to violet undertones then you might find it to be a BIT much. However, if you’re not fussed one way or another and see how this undertone connects with your finishes, it can be a PERFECT choice.

What’s the best way to sample paint colors?

Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…

  • samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1 DAY, depending on location
  • they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
  • if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

What’s the best white trim color with Requisite Gray

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Is Requisite Gray a popular paint color for the exterior of a home?

You bet! Requisite Gray can be a GREAT choice as its slightly lower LRV holds up well to bright exterior light (knowing ALL colors will look lighter in bright light). Its undertones are often a good connection with many stone, brick and roof finishes.

This stucco exterior looked dated and out of place with the tones of the roof and driveway…

before after exterior stucco remodel, rancher, yellow, garage, trim warm gray taupe paint colour, concrete driveway. Kylie m Interiors Edesign

After, it looks like an ENTIRELY new home with Requisite Gray and a few other well-chosen colors.

5 Tips to Choosing an Exterior Paint Color

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Is Requisite Gray a popular color for kitchen cabinets?

I’ll say that Requisite Gray is AN option for kitchen cabinets, but most of my E-Design clients want something lighter, darker or with less violet undertone.

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What paint colors are similar to Requisite Gray for comparison?

Every paint color has its own personality and nuances – there will be NO perfect match. You can fully expect to see shifts in undertones, temperature, and depths, but you could check out…

  • Sherwin Williams Alpaca is similar to Requisite Gray but lighter
  • Benjamin Moore Silver Fox is similar to Requisite Gray but a bit warmer
  • Sherwin Williams Versatile Gray is WARMER than Requisite Gray

Difference between versatile gray, requisite gray, dorian gray, balanced beige, Anew Gray, Sherwin Williams best warm gray paint colours. Kylie M Interiors

And if you’re thinking of color matching between brands (ie: getting Benjamin Moore to make a Sherwin Williams paint color), you might want to read THIS first.

What paint colors go well with Requisite Gray?


Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Collingwood

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Not sure which paint color is best for YOUR home?

Check out my Online Paint Color Consulting – I’d love to help!

Online paint colour expert, Kylie M Interiors, Edesigns using Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams popular paint colors. Market

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