Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray

You guys know the drill, gray is a cornerstone paint color in design, everyone loves it for it’s versatility and sophistication. It’s chic, it’s inviting, it’s the moment. So, of course, we’re doing another paint color spotlight on a gray paint color. Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray definitely stands out among gray paint colors as a designer’s favorite for creating elegant yet comforting spaces. Today, we will reveal the absolute gem of a paint color that World Gray is by seeing it in real spaces, uncovering its undertones, and comparing it to other popular gray paint colors. 

Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray SW 7043

All About Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray

Let’s first start by stating the obvious, Worldly Gray is a “gray” paint color. It’s actually fairly warm and could even be placed in the greige paint color family. Greige is a blend between gray and beige. It’s an earthy paint color that has a natural feel. Greige colors peaked in the mid-2010s but they’re creeping back and Worldly Gray in the front of the pack. Sherwin Williams describes it as a “warm gray that breathes life into any room.” At first glance, it’s evident why this color is a favorite among the neutrals. It has such depth and dimension and it goes beautifully with a variety of color palettes. Worldly Gray is a part of both Top 50 Colors and the Top Interior Colors Collections for Sherwin Williams. The fact that Worldly Gray stands out in such a crowded field of gray paint colors says a lot. We love Worldly Gray as both an interior and exterior shade.

How Light or Dark is Worldly Gray?

Let’s start by taking a look at the value of SW Worldly Gray. All paint colors have an LRV or a “light reflectance value” that provides us with some information on how dark the paint color might appear on the wall. Often times it’s very difficult to tell from a paint card, or even a swatch on the wall, how light or dark a paint will appear. Using the LRV tool, we can get a decent sense of the color’s depth.

What is Worldly Gray’s LRV?

The LRV (light reflectance value) of Worldly Gray is 57.

What does that mean? The LRV scale is from 0-100 with 0 being the absolute darkest black an 100 being the whitest white. The more reflective the color, the lighter it appears. The LRV of Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray, at 57, falls just above the middle of the road on the LRV scale which makes it a pretty solid, medium gray. 

Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray compared to SW Agreeable Gray and BM Edgecomb Gray

If we take a look at three medium-toned greige paint colors – they all around the same LRV, 57, 60, 63 respectively. 

Warm or Cool Paint Color?

Did you know that all paint colors have undertones? We’ll get to what those are for Worldly Gray in just a moment but it’s important to note that undertones are what gives a paint color it’s warmth or coolness. Gray paint colors, especially, can feel warm or cool – Worldly Gray is decidedly warm. It has warm undertones and because of these warm undertones, the color can be a little bit of a changer going between gray, greige, and a tiny bit beige in some spaces. The warmth of the color depends heavily on the undertones.

What Undertones Does Worldly Gray Have?

About those undertones, Worldly Gray’s undertones are generally really neutral which is why I think this is a heavily favored paint color. If anything, Worldly Gray may have slightly green undertones that keep it from appearing too purple. Overall, you’re going to see a beautiful beige-y gray paint color once this one is on the wall. 

I always recommend you stick paint samples on the wall and see for yourself, in your own room, and lighting if you want to truly get an idea of undertones.

What Trim Color Looks Best With Sherwin Williams Wordly Gray?

A bright white contrast is a great option as it will really pop against the wall color. I recommend two colors as “perfect trim colors,” Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace or Sherwin Williams Pure White. Pure White is going to give you the most contrast. Chantilly Lace is on the warmer side so may feel a touch creamy but it’s still a nice white trim color that pairs beautifully with greige paint colors such as Worldly Gray.

You could also flip the script and use Worldly Gray as a trim color with white walls for some visual interest and contrast.

Is Worldly Gray A Good All Over Paint Color?

In a word, yes. If you want one paint color for all of your main spaces, Worldly Gray is a great warm gray paint color that can be reliably used in a neutral color palette as well as one that mixes in bolder colors. SW Worldly Gray works well in various spaces including dining rooms, living spaces, kitchens, bathrooms, and even bedrooms. Because of its warmth, it creates a calm and inviting backdrop for pretty much any space.

Worldly Gray in Real Spaces

Let’s see how Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray looks in real spaces. How does it look in a bathroom? Is it a good color for a kitchen? Let’s take a look.

Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray as a bathroom paint color
via Younger Homes

We can answer that first question pretty easily, Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray is spectacular as a bathroom paint color. It’s warm, cozy, and super inviting. If you have warm elements like warm gray, taupe, or tan elements then Worldly Gray will complement them perfectly – like we see above. The contrast of the white trim and black fixtures is the icing on the cake.

via TJB Homes

Here’s another look at Worldly Gray as a bathroom backdrop color. In both examples we see a decent amount of natural light flowing in that really brightens up the room and softens the color a bit.

Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray
via Farinelli Construction photo by Andy Warren

I mentioned that Worldly Gray is great all over paint color and we can see that here. In the spaces with less natural light the color appears more saturated and a deeper beige.

SW Worldly Gray dining room
via Murphy Moon Design

Now, let’s take a look what a room full of natural light gets us with Worldly Gray. A lot less beige and more gray here, don’t you think? Keep in mind that more natural light, the more washed out the paint color will appear on the walls so it will appear lighter on the walls. Additionally, it’s worth noting that with big windows, the cool green foliage casts a cooler light onto the walls.

Cozy and warm Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray
via Stephen Alexander Homes

In this living space, we see Worldly Gray appearing slightly warmer than the last room. Again, abundant natural light has Worldly Gray appearing lighter.

Worldly Gray trim paint color
via Tatum Brown

I love a gray and white contrast and it’s always fun when it’s unexpected. This space is fun and unexpected because the walls are white and the trim is gray. Although the color is a medium gray, it feels a little darker when contrasted with a room of white walls.

SW Worldly Gray Kitchen
via Robert Thomas Homes photo by Spacecrafting

There are a lot of really great grays for cabinets but I might have found my favorite. Worldly Gray as a cabinet paint color is really sophisticated and subtle but definitely brings the room together.

What Are Some Similar Colors?

If you aren’t totally sold on Worldly Gray and want to see how some other warm grays or greiges measure up, let’s look at some other popular colors that you might be interested in sampling.

Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray and Benjamin Moore Edgewood Gray

Worldly Gray vs Edgecomb Gray

Edgecomb Gray (HC-173) by Benjamin Moore is one of the most popular and best-selling neutral paint colors. This shouldn’t be a surprise since it’s a beautiful, highly versatile, light-medium gray/greige that can be used anywhere or everywhere. Compared to Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray – Edgecomb Gray is a touch warmer and a hint lighter. Both are still categorized as warm grays or griege paint colors. If you want something slightly warmer, then Edgecomb Gray is a good option.

Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray and Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

Comparing Worldly Gray and Agreeable Gray

For an alternative greige from Sherwin Williams, check out Agreeable Gray. Agreeable Gray is a designer favorite warm gray paint color that is just a touch beige than Worldly Gray has. When comparing the two side by side – you can just see the slightest difference. Their LRVs are really close with Worldly Gray being at 57 and Agreeable Gray at 60. These two colors are very close but if I had to describe the difference, I’d share that Agreeable Gray is a touch more gray while Worldly Gray is a touch more beige.

In Conclusion

To wrap it up, I think Worldly Gray is the perfect option for an easy medium gray/greige paint color. I say easy because, as we saw above, it looks amazing in a variety of spaces and lighting situations. It has an appearance of freshness that will give your space a beautiful cozy backdrop that is sophisticated and inviting.

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