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A Neutral Paint Color - Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter
Benjamin Moore descibes this paint color as, “A light gray with warm undertones, this classic shade creates a unifying look that calms and restores. A great transitional color, it's perfect for an open floor plan”.
How to find a neutral paint color.
Whether it be for a bedroom, hall, living room or whatever the space, the search for a neutral paint color can be difficult. White walls might work but they can look incomplete or boring. On the oppposite extreme you might consider black but usually it is thought to be too dark and overbearing. Most of the time a neutral paint color falls somewhere in the beige or tan family of colors. Within the family of beiges are found those with hints of green, gray and pink. These are caused by the colorants used to tint the paint. Brown and umber colorants tend to be reddish or greenish. Black colorant is often added to cancel the pink or green out. Add more and the paint will begin to take on a grayish hue or become taupe.
The color of paint will also change under different kinds of light. The paint color will appear to change when viewed in sunlight and then in incandescent light of household light bulbs. Bring in fluorescent light and it changes again. It is the reflected light off the paint color that we actually see and every source of light has a different color temperature that dictates how the eye will see color. Now with LED bulbs being popular the choices of the color of lighting are growing. The three primary types of color temperature for light bulbs are: Soft White (2700K - 3000K), Bright White/Cool White (3500K - 4100K), and Daylight (5000K - 6500K). The higher the degrees Kelvin, the whiter the color appears. The higher color temperature bulbs may appear to have a bluish tint to some people.
Floor coverings, be they wood, carpet, tile, oriental rugs or area rugs may also influence the way a color looks. Ceiling colors may also change the perception of the wall color. The contrast of cabinetry or the wood trim against the walls could effect the way the wall color is perceived.
The following color suggestions are just that - suggestions. Your final choice will be what works for you in the particular space or room that is to be painted. These colors are neutral in some situations but not in every situation. Pieces of poster or foam core board painted with the actual paint can be helpful in making a final decision. They can be moved around the room, placed in different light sources and used to see the way the color contrasts or complements the rugs, furnishings and trim.
Here are some paint colors from Benjamin Moore and others that are similar to Revere Pewter
PPG - Porter Paints
Martha Stewart Living
BASF Building Systems
Tints, Shades and Monochromatics of Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172
In color theory, a tint is the mixture of a color with white, which increases lightness, and a shade is the mixture of a color with black, which increases darkness. In the following 10 graduations see how Revere Pewter becomes lighter and darker with the addition of white or black.
Monochromatic schemes can possibly be endless but here we show 9 variations of Revere Pewter creating them with changes of tints, shades and tones.
Revere Pewter to White
HC-172 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 White
Revere Pewter to Black
HC-172 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Black
Monochromatics of Revere Pewter
HC-172 7 8 9 10
Our sincere thanks goes to Encycolorpedia for their help with color references.
We will take a look at some more neutral paint colors on the next page, Neutral Paint Colors.
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