Behr Dawn Gray MQ5-28 paint color review

Let’s dive into a full Dawn Gray paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful MQ5-28. Find out if this gorgeous cold grey paint color would look great on your living room walls or trims, kitchen cabinet, bedroom accent wall, bathroom or house exterior.

Color code:MQ5-28
Color name:Dawn Gray

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LRV of Dawn Gray

Dawn Gray MQ5-28 has an LRV of 16.55% and refers to Medium Dark which means that this color almost reflects very little light.

Color paint LRV values

Light Reflectance Value measures the amount of visible and usable light that reflects from a painted surface.
Simply put, the higher LRV of paint color, the brighter room you will get.
Scale goes from 0% (absolute black, absorbing all light) to 100% (pure white, reflecting 100% of all light).

Act like a pro: Choosing paint with LRV of 16.55% be attentive to your bulbs light Brightness.Light Brightness – measured in lumens. The lower LRV of paint you have, the higher lumen level you need. Every square feet of room needs at least 40 lumens. That means for a 200 square feet living room you’ll need 8000 lumens of light. To achieve that brightness, you would require a total of 8 bulbs, 1000lm each.

What are Behr Dawn Gray undertones?

Blue is Behr Dawn Gray undertone color, as you can clearly see on the color field below. To determine this undertone we’ve removed all the tints, tones, shades and get HUE (pure color). Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate


HEX value

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RGB code:

109, 114, 115

Is Behr Dawn Gray MQ5-28 cool or warm?

warm colors
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cool colors

With a hue of 190° this Grey refers cool paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

MQ5-28 Dawn Gray HSL code: 190, 3%, 44%

Hue - degree on a color wheel from 0 to 360. 0 is red, 120 is green, and 240 is blue.
Saturation is a percentage value. 0% is a shade of grey, and 100% is the full color.
Lightness is also a percentage value. 0% is black, and 100% is white.

  • Cool Grey shades make a room feel sleek, fresh and modern
  • Cooler hues have a calm and relaxation effect
  • Cool Grey undertones make small spaces feel more open and expansive
  • Cool paint hue are ideal for bedroom or bathroom. Be careful with deep blues and greens in bathroom, which will reflect on your skin.

Act like a pro: Mixing warm and cool shades is a must have to get harmonius interior. Add accents that contrast with the primary color to create visual balance. If your walls are a warm color, don’t forget to add accent in cold colors (furniture, art, décor). A good practice is too use a complementary color scheme.

Coordinating colors.
Colors that go with Behr Dawn Gray:

Monochromatic color scheme

Monochromatic color scheme

This scheme consists of different shades, tints, and tones of a single color. It's the perfect hue combination, but with no accent decor it's pretty boring.

Lighter shades

Darker shades

Complementary color scheme

Complementary color scheme

This color scheme is a combination of two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. The high contrast between these colors creates a vibrant and dynamic visual effect.

Color comparison

Dawn Gray MQ5-28 vs Exclusive Plum SW 6263

Behr Dawn Gray MQ5-28 vs Sherwin Williams Exclusive Plum SW 6263Open Dawn Gray MQ5-28
LRV: 16.55%
Medium Dark color
Temperature: cold
LRV: 16.37%
Medium Dark color
Temperature: cold

Dawn Gray MQ5-28 vs Magnet MQ2-61

Behr Dawn Gray MQ5-28 vs Behr Magnet MQ2-61Open Dawn Gray MQ5-28
LRV: 16.55%
Medium Dark color
Temperature: cold
LRV: 16.56%
Medium Dark color
Temperature: warm

Color codes

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HEX#6d7273copy color code
RGB Decimal109, 114, 115copy color code
RGB Percent42.75%, 44.71%, 45.10%copy color code
HSVHue: 190° Saturation: 5.22% Value: 45.1%copy color code
HSLhsl(190, 3, 44)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 5.22 Magenta: 0.87 Yellow: 0.0 Key: 54.9copy color code
YIQY: 112.619 I: -3.301 Q: -0.746copy color code
XYZX: 15.418 Y: 16.524 Z: 18.592copy color code
CIE LabL:47.654 a:-1.684 b:-1.208copy color code
CIE LuvL:47.654 u:-2.815 v:-1.378copy color code
Decimal7172723copy color code
Hunter lab40.649, -3.433, 1.336copy color code
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