COLOR SPOTLIGHT – Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray

If you’re been following along or have stopped by the store you’ll know by now that grey is my favourite colour.  As I sit here I’m wearing a grey sweater (hello sweater weather).  But just like any other colour, “grey”  can include a variety of shades ranging from cool blues to warm beiges.

Over the past couple of weeks we have mixed at lot of Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray both for walls and trim and I’m loving the look so much I wanted to share some of my favourite spaces.

Before you jump on the Rockport Gray bandwagon it’s worth considering a coupe of things.  First of all, never judge a colour by the name.  Rockport Gray is warmer than you might think (almost on the taupe side) so if you’re looking for a true grey consider a shade like Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC-170.  Also, it’s a pretty saturated shade so be prepared for a strong colour on the wall.  I personally love rich shades in both smaller and larger spaces but if you’re looking for lighter shade of grey try Benjamin Moore Gray Owl instead.

So what DOES Rockport Gray look like?  Below are some of my favourite spaces.  Click on each image for the sources and don’t forget to pin YOUR favourites for later.

Let’s start in the bedroom.  I love sleep so it’s one of my favourite spaces.  There’s nothing quite like ending the day in a cozy relaxing space – especially on those rainy winter evenings.  In this room from Houzz, Rockport Gray walls are paired with lots of light trim and warm wood floors.  To keep things soft, skip the bright white and try a shade like Benjamin Moore Cloud White or White Dove for moldings and furniture.

If you love traditional spaces, look for furniture and accessories with soft curvy lines like the back and arm rests on that comfy chair.  Layer walls in Rockport Gray with other neutrals to create a monochromatic look that’s easy on the eyes.  Remember – the less contrast to stimulate the eyes the more restful a space will be.  Add accent pieces in warm metallic tones like the brass mirror frame above the bed.

Bathrooms are a great place to experiment with colour – especially darker tones.  There’s usually not a lot of wall space so painting won’t take all day and you can contrast your paint colour with lighter floors, vanity counters or tile.  Again, just like in the top bedroom, try pairing Rockport Gray with creamy trim like in this Houzz space.

Who wouldn’t want to sit down to a meal in this lovely dining room?  Again, creamy trim makes an appearance – this time with the addition of wall panels which keep the space from feeling too dark.  Fresh flowers are always a great way to brighten up a space and a large copper light fixture gives the room texture and depth.

Pink and grey make a beautiful pair and this living room from Centsational Girl proves that you can use pink in adult spaces too!  I love how the black picture matting, frame and door contrast with the white wall paneling.  TIP:  Rockport Gray will look amazing with linen fabrics.

A couple of years ago my very crafty husband built us an amazing fireplace surround to replace the sad shelf we had below the television.  I love how this mantle stands out against Rockport Gray walls!  Because it’s an earthy tone it will compliment any natural stone like slate, limestone or rock perfectly.

Loved the spaces above and want to use Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray in your home?  Before you make a commitment remember to try a sample of your walls first.  Shades of grey can look very different depending on the lighting and time of day so it’s always better to test a patch on the wall to make sure you’ll love the final result.

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3 Responses to “COLOR SPOTLIGHT – Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray”

  1. Janice

    I did an accent wall in Rockport Gray to replace Alexandria Beige. The Alexandria Beige went really well with the Shaker Beige but wanted to lighten it up and has to match my brown tweed couch. Rockport Gray shows really green gray and the shaker beige existing walls looks more yellow. Should I paint the accent wall another colour or maybe repaint the side walls a different colour. If there is any colour or suggestions I would appreciate the help.

    • Rowe Spurling Paint Company

      Good day Janice. Thank you for your comment. Yes, the Rockport Gray can look slightly green next to warmer shades like Shaker Beige. Instead, for an accent wall I would try Benjamin Moore Valley Forget Tan AC-35. It is lighter than Alexandra Beige while still complimenting the existing Shaker Beige.

  2. Janice

    Thank you for your response. I was wondering if you could help me again. If I decide to not have an accent wall I thought Shaker Beige would work for all the walls but on that accent south wall it looks so orange so is there another colour that I could use to paint all the walls in the living room that would still work with the Shaker Beige in the hallway and entry. What about Edgecomb Gray or White Sand or anything else that you could suggest that might work.


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