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Classic Gray VS 60+ Other Popular Light Paint Colors (See it Compared to Agreeable Gray, White Dove, and More!)

    Is there anything more confusing than the world of neutral paint colors? Allow me to simplify things for you! Here we will have a look at the fan favorite Benjamin Moore paint color Classic Gray, and see it compared to 60+ paint colors from Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and more.

    Here is the full list sorted by brand and listed alphabetically:

    If you are looking for the full Classic Gray review, head over to this post:

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray Isn’t Really Gray (Or is it?)

    Just to recap, the LRV of Classic Gray is 73.67, which puts it into off-white territory.

    Chart of white and off-white LRV's with Classic Gray plotted at 74. A small hex chart of Classic Gray sits in front of the LRV list. Background is white lace.

    It is also named Classic “Gray” but it usually reads equal parts gray and cream.

    Those are the essentials. Let’s hop into the comparisons!

    Classic Gray VS Other Benjamin Moore Colors

    Let’s start things off by comparing Classic Gray to all of the similar shades from Benjamin Moore:

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Abalone (2108-60)

    Benjamin Moore Abalone is warmer, darker, and a bit more gray than Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Abalone, Balboa Mist, Ballet White, Barren Plain, Calm, Chantilly Lace, China White aka Seapearl, with a large swatch of Abalone over the others.

    The LRV of Abalone is 61.99, which makes it a light neutral and not an off-white paint color like Classic Gray is

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Balboa Mist (OC-27/1549)

    Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist is one shade darker than Classic Gray on the same color strip.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray color strip features colors from light to dark: Classic Gray, Balboa Mist, Cumulus Cloud, La Paloma Gray, River Reflections, Equestrian Gray, Dash of Pepper

    Sometimes the colors on a color strip are not just lighter and darker versions of the same thing, but in this case they are.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Abalone, Balboa Mist, Ballet White, Barren Plain, Calm, Chantilly Lace, China White aka Seapearl, with a large swatch of Balboa Mist over the others.

    The LRV of Balboa Mist is 65.53.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Ballet White (OC-29 aka 974 Muskoka Trail)

    Benjamin Moore Ballet White is also known as Muskoka Trail. Ballet White is like a more saturated (less gray) version of Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Abalone, Balboa Mist, Ballet White, Barren Plain, Calm, Chantilly Lace, China White aka Seapearl, with a large swatch of Ballet White over the others.

    The LRV of Ballet White is 73.54, which means it is an off-white, the same as Classic Gray is.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Barren Plain (2111-60)

    Benjamin Moore Barren Plain is darker and more gray than Classic Gray. It is also a light neutral and not an off-white paint color like Classic Gray is.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Abalone, Balboa Mist, Ballet White, Barren Plain, Calm, Chantilly Lace, China White aka Seapearl, with a large swatch of Barren Plain over the others.

    The LRV of Barren Plain is 63.16.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Calm (OC-22 / 2111-70)

    Benjamin Moore Calm is a lighter and slightly more gray version of Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Abalone, Balboa Mist, Ballet White, Barren Plain, Calm, Chantilly Lace, China White aka Seapearl, with a large swatch of Calm over the others.

    The LRV of Calm is 75.83, so it would be classed as an off-white (the same as Classic Gray).

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Chantilly Lace (OC-65 / 2121-70)

    Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace is a true white, as opposed to an off white like Classic Gray. It also doesn’t have any discernible undertone, unlike the creamy gray-beige of Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Abalone, Balboa Mist, Ballet White, Barren Plain, Calm, Chantilly Lace, China White aka Seapearl, with a large swatch of Chantilly Lace over the others.

    The LRV of Chantilly Lace is 92.2.

    Read all about this color here: Your Guide to Using Chantilly Lace (Plus Dupes!)

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Seapearl (aka China White OC-141 / OC-19 / 961 / PM-20)

    Benjamin Moore Seapearl (aka China White) and Classic Gray are very very similar. Seapearl is a tiny bit lighter and a tiny bit more saturated than Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Abalone, Balboa Mist, Ballet White, Barren Plain, Calm, Chantilly Lace, China White aka Seapearl, with a large swatch of Seapearl aka China White over the others.

    Seapearl also leans slightly more neutral than the warmth of Classic Gray, but because it is less gray, that cancels out.

    The LRV of Seapearl is 76.43

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Cloud Cover (OC-25 / 855)

    Benjamin Moore Cloud Cover is very close to being a lighter version of Classic Gray. It leans just a tiny bit less gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Cloud Cover, Collingwood, Decorator's White, Dove Wing, Edgecomb Gray, Gray Mist, and Gray Owl, with a large swatch of Cloud Cover over the others.

    The LRV of Cloud Cover is 80.28, so it is right in between white and off-white colors, where Classic Gray is definitely an off-white.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Collingwood (OC-28)

    Benjamin Moore Collingwood is similar to a darker version of Classic Gray, but it leans a bit warmer with its undertone. Collingwood is also a tiny bit more gray than Classic Gray is.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Cloud Cover, Collingwood, Decorator's White, Dove Wing, Edgecomb Gray, Gray Mist, and Gray Owl, with a large swatch of Collingwood over the others.

    The LRV of Collingwood is 62.14, so it is a light neutral rather than an off-white. It is actually a bit darker than even Balboa Mist, which is one shade darker than Classic Gray on the same color strip.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Decorator’s White (OC-149)

    Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White is not very similar to Classic Gray. First of all, it is a true white, with an LRV of 84.61, and not an off-white like Classic Gray is.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Cloud Cover, Collingwood, Decorator's White, Dove Wing, Edgecomb Gray, Gray Mist, and Gray Owl, with a large swatch of Decorator's White over the others.

    Second, Decorator’s White it is a totally cool white, and doesn’t read creamy at all.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Dove Wing (OC-18 / 960)

    Benjamin Moore Dove Wing is a creamy, fairly neutral off-white, that reads quite similar to Classic Gray:

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Cloud Cover, Collingwood, Decorator's White, Dove Wing, Edgecomb Gray, Gray Mist, and Gray Owl, with a large swatch of Dove Wing over the others.

    Dove Wing is lighter than Classic Gray, with an LRV of 77.52.

    You might have been able to spot that Dove Wing reads a little more creamy and less gray compared to Classic Gray. This is because it’s a slightly more saturated color. The color family of Dove Wing also leans a bit more yellow-beige rather than a warmer orange-beige.

    See this color in real homes here: Dove Wing by Benjamin Moore Review (See Real Homes and Dupes!)

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Edgecomb Gray (aka Baby Fawn or Alaskan Skies HC-173 / OC-15 / 973 )

    Well if this isn’t the color of many names? This Benjamin Moore color is most commonly known as Edgecomb Gray, but it also goes by Baby Fawn and Alaskan Skies.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Cloud Cover, Collingwood, Decorator's White, Dove Wing, Edgecomb Gray, Gray Mist, and Gray Owl, with a large swatch of Edgecomb Gray over the others.

    Edgecomb Gray is much warmer than Classic Gray. It is almost a taupe color rather than a beige.

    The LRV of Edgecomb Gray is 63.09, so it is another light neutral, and not an off-white like Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Gray Mist (OC-30 / 962)

    Benjamin Moore Gray Mist is a little bit darker than Classic Gray and just a touch more saturated.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Accessible Beige, Aesthetic White, Agreeable Gray, Alabaster, City Loft, Crushed Ice, and Drift of Mist, with a large swatch of Drift of Mist over the others.

    The LRV of Gray Mist is 72.83, so like Classic Gray, it is an off-white.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Gray Owl (OC-52 / 2137-60)

    While Benjamin Moore Gray Owl is a popular light neutral, it is very different to Classic Gray. This color is actually a green-based gray and not technically beige at all.

    Swatch of Classic Gray with polaroids of color inspo, above a swatch of Gray Owl with a polaroid of owl feathers

    The LRV of Gray Owl is 64.51, so it is a light neutral and not an off-white like Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Cloud Cover, Collingwood, Decorator's White, Dove Wing, Edgecomb Gray, Gray Mist, and Gray Owl, with a large swatch of Gray Owl over the others.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Graytint (1611)

    Benjamin Moore Graytint is a very cool silver gray, and not a warm cream-gray like Classic Gray:

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Graytint, Horizon, Intense White, Light Pewter, Moonshine, Natural Cream, and Navajo White, with a large swatch of Graytint over the others.

    The LRV of Graytint is 68.56, so it is just barely darker

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Horizon (OC-53 / 1478)

    Benjamin Moore Horizon is a silvery, green-based gray, and not a warm gray like Classic Gray. It is a little bit darker than Classic Gray, with an LRV of 72.82.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Graytint, Horizon, Intense White, Light Pewter, Moonshine, Natural Cream, and Navajo White, with a large swatch of Horizon over the others.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Intense White (aka Sheep’s Wool 857 / OC-151)

    Benjamin Moore Intense White (aka Sheep’s Wool) is slightly more gray and a lot cooler than Classic Gray:

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Graytint, Horizon, Intense White, Light Pewter, Moonshine, Natural Cream, and Navajo White, with a large swatch of Intense White over the others.

    This off-white is also a little bit darker than Classic Gray, with an LRV of 73.36

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Light Pewter (1464)

    Benjamin Moore Light Pewter could almost be slotted in between Classic Gray and Balboa Mist. It is a darker version of Classic Gray, but just a whiff cooler.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Graytint, Horizon, Intense White, Light Pewter, Moonshine, Natural Cream, and Navajo White, with a large swatch of Light Pewter over the others.

    The LRV of Light Pewter is 67.52, so it isn’t as dark as Balboa Mist, but it’s not quite an off-white like Classic Gray.

    This color is actually my Benjamin Moore dupe for Behr Silver Drop.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Moonshine (2140-60 / OC-56)

    Benjamin Moore Moonshine is a green-based gray, and therefore much cooler than Classic Gray. It is also a little bit more gray (less saturated) than Classic Gray, and darker.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Graytint, Horizon, Intense White, Light Pewter, Moonshine, Natural Cream, and Navajo White, with a large swatch of Moonshine over the others.

    The LRV of Moonshine is 66.53, so it is a light neutral and not an off-white (like Classic Gray is).

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Natural Cream (aka Nature’s Gift OC-14 / 1521)

    Natural Cream is actually pretty similar to Classic Gray in terms of color, but it is darker and a bit more saturated.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Graytint, Horizon, Intense White, Light Pewter, Moonshine, Natural Cream, and Navajo White, with a large swatch of Natural Cream over the others.

    The LRV of Natural Cream is 64.78, so it would not be classified as an off-white.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Navajo White (947 / OC-95)

    Benjamin Moore Navajo White is in a similar area of the color wheel to Classic Gray, but it is much more saturated and not really gray at all.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Graytint, Horizon, Intense White, Light Pewter, Moonshine, Natural Cream, and Navajo White, with a large swatch of Navajo White over the others.

    Navajo White is technically a bit lighter than Classic Gray, with an LRV of 78.26, but because it is so saturated, you may find that Classic Gray actually reads lighter.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Nimbus (1465)

    Benjamin Moore Nimbus is darker and much more gray than Classic Gray. It is also a little bit warmer (more taupe-leaning).

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Nimbus, November Rain, Origami White, Pale Oak, Paper White, Revere Pewter, and Shoreline, with a large swatch of Nimbus over the others.

    The LRV of Nimbus is 60.23, so it is too dark to be an off-white.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs November Rain (2142-60 or OC-50)

    Benjamin Moore November Rain is similar to Classic Gray, but there are a few subtle differences. Classic Gray is lighter, slightly more gray, and a touch warmer than November Rain.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Nimbus, November Rain, Origami White, Pale Oak, Paper White, Revere Pewter, and Shoreline, with a large swatch of November Rain over the others.

    The LRV of November Rain is 71.03.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Origami White (SW 7636)

    Benjamin Moore Origami White is extremely similar to Classic Gray. It is a hair lighter, a whiff warmer, and a smidgeon more gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Nimbus, November Rain, Origami White, Pale Oak, Paper White, Revere Pewter, and Shoreline, with a large swatch of Origami White over the others.

    The LRV of Origami White is 76, so it is still an off-white, just like Classic Gray is.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Pale Oak (aka Athena OC-20)

    Benjamin Moore Pale Oak is another color that could be considered a darker version of Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Nimbus, November Rain, Origami White, Pale Oak, Paper White, Revere Pewter, and Shoreline, with a large swatch of Pale Oak over the others.

    Besides being darker than Classic Gray, I do think Pale Oak is just a hair warmer as well. I’m not convinced it is enough to notice on the wall, because it’s hard enough to pick it out via the numbers.

    The LRV of Pale Oak is 69.89, so it is right in between being an off-white or a light neutral paint color.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Paper White (1590 OC-55)

    Benjamin Moore Paper White (not to be confused with Sherwin Williams “Paperwhite” – all one word) is a very cool gray off-white, and not a creamy gray like Classic Gray at all.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Nimbus, November Rain, Origami White, Pale Oak, Paper White, Revere Pewter, and Shoreline, with a large swatch of Paper White over the others.

    Paper White is a little bit lighter than Classic Gray, with an LRV of 75.89.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Revere Pewter (HC-172)

    Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter is close to being a much darker version of Classic Gray, with an LRV of 55.51.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Nimbus, November Rain, Origami White, Pale Oak, Paper White, Revere Pewter, and Shoreline, with a large swatch of Revere Pewter over the others.

    Revere Pewter is a little bit less saturated (more gray) than Classic Gray. It is very much a greige, and not quite as warmth-forward as Classic Gray is.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Shoreline (aka Morning Rain 1471 / OR-417)

    Benjamin Moore Shoreline is one of my favorite grays, and one that I have used a lot in the past. Shoreline is not as warm as Classic Gray, and therefore not as on-trend currently.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Nimbus, November Rain, Origami White, Pale Oak, Paper White, Revere Pewter, and Shoreline, with a large swatch of Shoreline over the others.

    Shoreline is cooler, darker, and more gray than Classic Gray. It is just a bit too dark to be considered an off-white, with an LRV of 68.82.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Silver Satin (OC-26 / 856)

    Benjamin Moore Silver Satin is cooler and more gray than Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Silver Satin, Simply White, Soft Chamois, Stonington Gray, Swiss Coffee, Vanilla Milkshake, and White Dove, with a large swatch of Silver Satin over the others.

    The LRV of Silver Satin is 74.9, so it is just a touch lighter than Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Simply White (OC-117 / 2143-70)

    Benjamin Moore Simply White is a true, bright white, unlike the soft off-white of Classic Gray. Where Simply White is similar to Classic Gray, is that it does have obvious warm undertones.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Silver Satin, Simply White, Soft Chamois, Stonington Gray, Swiss Coffee, Vanilla Milkshake, and White Dove, with a large swatch of Simply White over the others.

    Unlike many creamy whites and off-whites, Simply White is not gray at all. The LRV of Simply White is 91.7, so it is about as light as you can get.

    See more from this color in my post: Simply White: A Benjamin Moore Classic (Plus Alternatives!)

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Soft Chamois (969 / OC-13)

    Benjamin Moore Soft Chamois is cooler, lighter, and less gray than Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Silver Satin, Simply White, Soft Chamois, Stonington Gray, Swiss Coffee, Vanilla Milkshake, and White Dove, with a large swatch of Soft Chamois over the others.

    The LRV of Soft Chamois is 78.94, which is creeping up to white territory, but is still an off-white.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Stonington Gray (HC-170)

    Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray is a cool gray that can have blue or green undertones. It is not a greige like Classic Gray at all.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Silver Satin, Simply White, Soft Chamois, Stonington Gray, Swiss Coffee, Vanilla Milkshake, and White Dove, with a large swatch of Stonington Gray over the others.

    The LRV of Stonington Gray is 59.36, so it is a light gray color, and not close to being an off-white.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Swiss Coffee (OC-45)

    Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee is a creamy white paint color that does have a hint of gray, but not nearly as much as Classic Gray. It is also more of a yellow cream as opposed to a beige cream like Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Silver Satin, Simply White, Soft Chamois, Stonington Gray, Swiss Coffee, Vanilla Milkshake, and White Dove, with a large swatch of Swiss Coffee over the others.

    Swiss Coffee has an LRV of 81.91, so it is right on the edge of white and off-white. I will also go over Behr Swiss Coffee in just a minute!

    Confused by all of the Swiss Coffees? Sort it out here: Swiss Coffee Paint Colors Reviewed (Are They All the Same?)

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Vanilla Milkshake (2141-70 / OC-59)

    Benjamin Moore Vanilla Milkshake is lighter and much cooler than Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Silver Satin, Simply White, Soft Chamois, Stonington Gray, Swiss Coffee, Vanilla Milkshake, and White Dove, with a large swatch of Vanilla Millkshake over the others.

    With an LRV of 83.1, Vanilla Milkshake is a white paint color, and not an off white like Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs White Dove (OC-17)

    Benjamin Moore White Dove is lighter, cooler, and a little more saturated than Classic Gray. I will say that on the wall, these two have a very similar undertone.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors Silver Satin, Simply White, Soft Chamois, Stonington Gray, Swiss Coffee, Vanilla Milkshake, and White Dove, with a large swatch of White Dove over the others.

    The LRV of White Dove is 85.38, so it is not an off white like Classic Gray, but a true white.

    You can see this color in all different situations in my post: White Dove by Benjamin Moore Complete Review (and Dupes!)

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Wind’s Breath (OC-24 / 981)

    Benjamin Moore Wind’s Breath is darker, more saturated, and a tiny bit warmer than Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside Wind's Breath.

    The LRV of Wind’s Breath is 69.59, so this is another color that is right on the boundary of off-white and light neutral.

    Popular Sherwin Williams Colors Compared to Classic Gray

    Now that we have covered all of the big deal colors from Benjamin Moore, let’s see Classic Gray vs some Sherwin Williams favorites!

    It is important to note that each paint brand measures LRV slightly differently. I will state the LRV for each color, but it won’t necessarily be an equivalent to the Benjamin Moore LRVs. You can expect a variance of about 1 LRV point.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige (SW 7036)

    Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige is a light to mid-toned beige paint color, and not an off-white like Classic Gray. Accessible Beige is from a much warmer color family than Classic Gray, but it is still considered a greige.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Accessible Beige, Aesthetic White, Agreeable Gray, Alabaster, City Loft, Crushed Ice, and Drift of Mist, with a large swatch of Accessible Beige over the others.

    The LRV of Accessible Beige is 58.

    Read all about this color, and see it in real homes here: The Ultimate Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige Review (Plus Dupes!)

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White (SW 7035)

    Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White is similar to Classic Gray, but it is a little bit warmer and a little bit more saturated (slightly less gray).

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Accessible Beige, Aesthetic White, Agreeable Gray, Alabaster, City Loft, Crushed Ice, and Drift of Mist, with a large swatch of Aesthetic White over the others.

    The Sherwin Williams LRV for Aesthetic White is 73.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray (SW 7029)

    Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray is darker, warmer, and a little bit more gray than Classic Gray. It is a true go-with-anything neutral wall color, and not an off-white like Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Accessible Beige, Aesthetic White, Agreeable Gray, Alabaster, City Loft, Crushed Ice, and Drift of Mist, with a large swatch of Agreeable Gray over the others.

    The Sherwin Williams LRV for Agreeable Gray is 60.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Alabaster (SW 7008)

    The major difference between Sherwin Williams Alabaster and Classic Gray, is that Alabaster is a creamy white paint color with only a touch of neutralizing gray, where Classic Gray is an off-white that is equal parts cream and gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Accessible Beige, Aesthetic White, Agreeable Gray, Alabaster, City Loft, Crushed Ice, and Drift of Mist, with a large swatch of Alabaster over the others.

    Alabaster is actually very close to Classic Gray on the color wheel, but it is lighter and less gray. With an LRV of 82, Alabaster is technically a true white, and not quite an off-white like Classic Gray, but it does read quite creamy.

    See more from Alabaster in my post: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams a Classic White Review (and Dupes!)

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams City Loft (SW 7631)

    Sherwin Williams City Loft is a little bit darker than Classic Gray and warmer. It has a beige undertone that leans a little closer to taupe.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Accessible Beige, Aesthetic White, Agreeable Gray, Alabaster, City Loft, Crushed Ice, and Drift of Mist, with a large swatch of City Loft over the others.

    The LRV of City Loft is 70, so it is right on the line between off-white and light neutral colors.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice (SW 7647)

    Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice is darker and more gray than Classic Gray. It is a true gray paint color with a hint of a warm undertone, where Classic Gray is an off-white that reads quite warm.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Accessible Beige, Aesthetic White, Agreeable Gray, Alabaster, City Loft, Crushed Ice, and Drift of Mist, with a large swatch of Crushed Ice over the others.

    The LRV of Crushed Ice is 66.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist (SW 9166)

    Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist is slightly darker, slightly more gray, and a touch more violet-leaning than Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Accessible Beige, Aesthetic White, Agreeable Gray, Alabaster, City Loft, Crushed Ice, and Drift of Mist, with a large swatch of Drift of Mist over the others.

    The LRV of Drift of Mist is 69, so it hovers between being an off-white or light neutral.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Egret White (SW 7570)

    Sherwin Williams Egret White has an undertone that leans slightly more violet than Classic Gray. It is technically still an off-white like Classic Gray, but with an LRV of 70 it is right on the edge.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Egret White, Eider White, First Star, Gossamer Veil, Heron Plume, Incredible White, and Modern Gray, with a large swatch of Egret White over the others.

    Egret White is also slightly more saturated than Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Eider White (SW 7014)

    Sherwin Williams Eider White is super similar to Classic Gray. It is just a little bit darker, a tiny bit more gray, and just a hair warmer.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Egret White, Eider White, First Star, Gossamer Veil, Heron Plume, Incredible White, and Modern Gray, with a large swatch of Eider White over the others.

    The Sherwin Williams LRV for Egret White is listed as 73.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams First Star (SW 7646)

    Sherwin Williams First Star is a silvery gray paint color with a cool undertone, and not creamy like Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Egret White, Eider White, First Star, Gossamer Veil, Heron Plume, Incredible White, and Modern Gray, with a large swatch of First Star over the others.

    First Star also has an LRV of 69, so it is darker than Classic Gray, and not technically an off-white (although it is right on the line).

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Gossamer Veil (SW 9165)

    Sherwin Williams Gossamer Veil is very close to being a darker version of Classic Gray, but it is a touch warmer.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Egret White, Eider White, First Star, Gossamer Veil, Heron Plume, Incredible White, and Modern Gray, with a large swatch of Gossamer Veil over the others.

    The LRV of Gossamer Veil is 62, so it is a light neutral paint color, and not close to being an off-white like Classic Gray.

    Gossamer Veil is virtually identical to Benjamin Moore Collingwood.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Heron Plume (SW 6070)

    Sherwin Williams Heron Plume would be a pretty good dupe for Classic Gray. It is just a hair lighter, warmer, and less gray than Classic Gray. (But again, each difference is super tiny!)

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Egret White, Eider White, First Star, Gossamer Veil, Heron Plume, Incredible White, and Modern Gray, with a large swatch of Heron Plume over the others.

    The LRV of Heron Plume is 75.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Incredible White (SW 7028)

    Sherwin Williams Incredible White is like a warmer version of Classic Gray. It leans to the violet end of beige, rather than orange.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Egret White, Eider White, First Star, Gossamer Veil, Heron Plume, Incredible White, and Modern Gray, with a large swatch of Incredible White over the others.

    The LRV of Incredible White is 74.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Modern Gray (SW 7632)

    Sherwin Williams Modern Gray is a taupe-leaning greige, rather than a greigey off-white like Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Egret White, Eider White, First Star, Gossamer Veil, Heron Plume, Incredible White, and Modern Gray, with a large swatch of Modern Gray over the others.

    The LRV of Modern Gray is 62, so it is much darker than Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Oyster White (SW 7637)

    Sherwin Williams Oyster White is a little bit darker than Classic Gray, but it is still an off-white. It is also a hair warmer and a touch less gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Oyster White, paperwhite, Pearly White, Pure White, Repose Gray, Shoji White, and Snowbound, with a large swatch of Oyster White over the others.

    The LRV of Oyster White is 72.

    While Oyster White does read warmer on the wall, I do think these two colors are pretty similar. You can see more of this color in real life here: Sherwin Williams Oyster White (Review and Dupes!)

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Paperwhite (SW 7105)

    Not to be confused with the Benjamin Moore color “Paper White,” Sherwin Williams Paperwhite is a very creamy white paint color. It is not an off white like Classic Gray, nor is it gray in the least.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Oyster White, paperwhite, Pearly White, Pure White, Repose Gray, Shoji White, and Snowbound, with a large swatch of Paperwhite over the others.

    The LRV of Paperwhite is 87.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Pearly White (SW 7009)

    Sherwin Williams Pearly White is a little bit warmer, lighter, and less gray than Classic Gray. With an LRV of 77, it is still an off white paint color, as is Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Oyster White, paperwhite, Pearly White, Pure White, Repose Gray, Shoji White, and Snowbound, with a large swatch of Pearly White over the others.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Pure White (SW 7005)

    Sherwin Williams Pure White is a white paint color with a hint of neutral creamy gray softness. It is not an off-white like Classic Gray, and its undertone leans a little more yellow rather than beige.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Oyster White, paperwhite, Pearly White, Pure White, Repose Gray, Shoji White, and Snowbound, with a large swatch of Pure White over the others.

    The LRV of Pure White is 84.

    You can see lots more from this color in my posts: The Best Pure White Review (See Real Homes & Dupes!) and Pure White vs Other White Paint Colors (Extra White, Alabaster, & More!)

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Repose Gray (SW 7015)

    Sherwin Williams Repose Gray is much darker and more gray than Classic Gray. It is not an off white like Classic Gray, but it is still quite greige.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Oyster White, paperwhite, Pearly White, Pure White, Repose Gray, Shoji White, and Snowbound, with a large swatch of Repose Gray over the others.

    The LRV of Repose Gray is 58.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Shoji White (SW 7042)

    Sherwin Williams Shoji White is similar to Classic Gray, but it has a warmer undertone and it is a little less gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Oyster White, paperwhite, Pearly White, Pure White, Repose Gray, Shoji White, and Snowbound, with a large swatch of Shoji White over the others.

    The LRV of Shoji White is 74.

    This color is super on trend, but still a less expected choice than other SW favorites. See more from this one here: Sherwin Williams Shoji White Review and Alternatives (It’s not greige!)

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Snowbound (SW 7004)

    Sherwin Williams Snowbound is a true white paint color, and not an off-white like Classic Gray. It does have a warm undertone, but it leans more red-violet than the undertone of Classic Gray does.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Oyster White, paperwhite, Pearly White, Pure White, Repose Gray, Shoji White, and Snowbound, with a large swatch of Snowbound over the others.

    The LRV of Snowbound is 83.

    Read my full post about Snowbound here: The Ultimate Sherwin Williams Snowbound Review (Plus Dupes & Coordinating Colors!)

    I have also written a comparison post just like this one for Snowbound, and you can find that here: Snowbound vs 50+ Other White and Light Paint Colors (Including Benjamin Moore!)

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray (SW 7043)

    Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray is a taupe paint color, and not a warm gray off-white like Classic Gray is.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Worldly Gray, White Duck, and Zurich White, as well as Valspar Dove White, and Behr colors Silver Drop and Swiss Coffee, with a large swatch of Worldly Gray over the others.

    You can see that the undertone of Worldly Gray is much more violet than that of Classic Gray.

    The LRV of Worldly Gray is 57.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams White Duck (SW 7010)

    Sherwin Williams White Duck is pretty similar to Classic Gray, but it is a little bit warmer and a little bit more saturated.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Worldly Gray, White Duck, and Zurich White, as well as Valspar Dove White, and Behr colors Silver Drop and Swiss Coffee, with a large swatch of White Duck over the others.

    The LRV of White Duck is 74.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Zurich White (SW 7626)

    Sherwin Williams Zurich White is almost like a slightly warmer version of Classic Gray. It’s undertone leans a little more red-violet.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Worldly Gray, White Duck, and Zurich White, as well as Valspar Dove White, and Behr colors Silver Drop and Swiss Coffee, with a large swatch of Zurich White over the others.

    With an LRV of 76, Zurich White is just a touch lighter than Classic Gray.

    Classic Gray VS Valspar and Behr Colors

    Here are the paint colors from Valspar and Behr that are most often compared to Classic Gray:

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Valspar Dove White (7002-7)

    Valspar Dove White is a true white paint color and not an off-white like Classic Gray. It also has a slightly warmer undertone, and while it is pretty neutral, I would not say that it reads gray at all.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Worldly Gray, White Duck, and Zurich White, as well as Valspar Dove White, and Behr colors Silver Drop and Swiss Coffee, with a large swatch of Dove White over the others.

    The LRV of Dove White is 85.126.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Behr Silver Drop (790C-2)

    Behr Silver Drop is close to being a darker version of Classic Gray. It is just a little bit darker, and a touch cooler.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Worldly Gray, White Duck, and Zurich White, as well as Valspar Dove White, and Behr colors Silver Drop and Swiss Coffee, with a large swatch of Silver Drop over the others.

    Silver Drop is actually a dupe for Benjamin Moore Light Pewter. Its LRV is 70.

    Read more about this color here: Behr Silver Drop Will Keep You Guessing! (Complete Review & Dupes)

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Behr Swiss Coffee (12)

    (For the Benjamin Moore version of Swiss Coffee, scroll up!)

    Swiss Coffee is a warm white from Behr, and not an off-white like Classic Gray. It is not really gray at all, but the underlying beige is similar in tone to Classic Gray.

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray swatched beside similar colors from Sherwin Williams, including Worldly Gray, White Duck, and Zurich White, as well as Valspar Dove White, and Behr colors Silver Drop and Swiss Coffee, with a large swatch of Swiss Coffee over the others.

    The LRV of Behr Swiss Coffee is 84.

    Sherwin Williams does not have a color named Swiss Coffee, but you can see their versions here.

    Final Thoughts on the Classic Gray Comparisons

    I really hope this helped you get a better idea of what color Classic Gray is and isn’t! Most importantly, Classic Gray is an off-white, and isn’t all that gray!

    Not sure what to think? Here are some other posts that may be of interest:

    Alabaster vs Shoji White swatched over photos of kitchens in each color and exteriors in each color
    Paint dots of several white and off white paint colors over a background of Pure White
    A snowy mountain scene above a photo of white marble arches. Graphic reads Snowbound vs Alabaster