I’m sure you’ve heard all about the beloved Revere Pewter! By far Benjamin Moore’s most popular and searched colour, and for good reason, this colour is here to stay. When gray became the trend a few years ago the transition from the previous trend of honey beiges and chocolate browns to grays wasn’t an easy one. Mixing these two worlds can be tricky (note: if you have honey oak cabinets and cherry wood floors, approach painting your walls gray with caution). But it seems that the one fix to that, over and over again, is the so very loved HC-172. And there are a few reasons why it’s a default go to in tricky situations, and why it’s never failed me!
I’ve always called Revere Pewter the chameleon colour because it’s a colour that appears differently on every wall, different in every room, and feels like it’s always changing.
In natural daylight I’ve seen this colour be true warm gray – then I’ve also seen it have a slight blue tone. And at night is when it really comes alive.. and can appear to have an olive green to it. So my #1 tip with Revere Pewter is to love it for its unique and ever changing appearance! This colour has so many dimensions and there’s no way to pin point what the exact undertone is but I would describe it as murky. It always surprises, but always looks gorgeous. And I know ‘murky’ doesn’t sound so appealing but let me tell you why it’s actually a great thing:
Revere Pewter really shines when updating a previously beige/brown toned space. Everyone wants to jump on the gray train and join the trend. But if you have chocolate brown furniture, or honey oak cabinets, or earth toned rugs, it can be difficult to incorporate trendy grays into this existing palette. Revere Pewter is a perfect transition into gray because it’s so warm and brings symmetry to the two worlds.
This brings me to the next biggest point: do not choose this colour if you’re wanting freshness! Revere Pewter is a warm muddy gray. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you can find grays that are fresh and cool-toned and work in a completely different way (post coming soon on cool-toned grays!). This is why some people find it too murky of a colour – it works wonders alongside taupes and creams, but if you’re envisioning more of a modern steel gray, look elsewhere my friend!
Lastly, I’m a firm believe that Revere Pewter can be the perfect whole-home solution. Because it can be swayed by its surroundings, it’s a versatile colour that works harmoniously with almost anything it’s paired with. As I said, because it’s a warm gray my personal favourite is to pair it amongst other warm tones. This is the gray to choose if you have existing beige furniture, rugs, curtains, etc. and I think it looks best in a comfy and neutral home (as apposed to modern and fresh).
Have you used Revere Pewter in your own home?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!