Mar 07

Warm Grey vs Cool Grey – Spotting the Difference

Grey has definitely marked its spot as the new ‘it’ neutral, from a particularly popular novel to interiors and home decor. While grey’s base is black and beige may be dead, the greys available in the range of CIL paint colours go from warm and welcoming to deep and cool. But how do you tell them apart?

Grey has a warm or cool undertone if the warm (red, yellow, orange) or cool side of the colour wheel (blue, green, purple) is represented more in the composition of the colour, if even just ever so slightly. Grey can be a chameleon colour, changing in different shades and intensities of light, so just as when choosing any other paint colour, it’s important to ‘live’ with a sample chip of your top choices in your space throughout all levels of natural and artificial light throughout the day and evening to help you make the best selection.

For a warm  selection of greys, the MC51 colour family starts with Midnight Hour, a brown leaning black with yellow hints, and cascades through greys with slightly warm undertones. While on the other end of the warm to cool grey spectrum, Black Mica, a pure black with blue undertones, leads the CP51 colour family through a range of cool and crisp greys.

(Sync Design; Leclair Decor)





  1. anna

    Could you please tell me who the midnight hour minuit paint manufacturer is.

    1. Susan

      Midnite Hour / Minuit 50YR 13/032 is a CIL paint colour and is available at any of our partner retailers – The Home Depot, Rona, Canadian Tire and Walmart and a selection of independent retailers. Use our handy store locator to find a location near you: http://www.cil.ca/store-locator/.

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