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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)

 

 

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  1. francine

    Bonjour Je voudrais repeindre mon salon avec un gris mais j’ai un divan et la chaise en cuir brun rougeatre. Laquelle couleur de gris pourrais je prendre et si le gris va bien avec le brun merci

    1. Susan

      Un gris chaud serait un magnifique complément aux meubles brun rougeâtre présents dans la pièce. De même, un gris possédant de légères nuances vertes – la couleur complémentaire du rouge – serait aussi un excellent choix. Plus spécifiquement, je vous suggère les nuances Urbain naturel (50RR 54/018 DL40), Beige orge (30YY 68/024 DL50) et Gris décorateur (50YY 63/041 CP47) des peintures CIL, trois magnifiques couleurs qui devraient être idéales pour votre espace. Je vous invite à aller chercher des nuanciers et des échantillons de couleur chez votre détaillant CIL local pour découvrir quelles couleurs fonctionnent le mieux dans votre intérieur.

  2. 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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