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Farrow and Ball French Gray

Farrow and Ball French Gray 18 paint color review

Official color page:French Gray 18
Color code:18
Color name:French Gray
Brand:Farrow and Ball

Farrow and Ball French Gray is a timeless and sophisticated color that falls between gray and green. This complex hue is reminiscent of a beautiful Parisian apartment and pairs well with both modern and traditional interiors. With a gentle hint of grey, French Gray creates a serene atmosphere while still adding a touch of elegance. It works well in living rooms, bedrooms, and even bathrooms, and can be paired with a variety of accent colors to create a unique look.

French Gray for bedroom

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We’ve hand-picked a beautiful collection of photos of this amazing Beige shade used in real bedrooms. Take a look and imagine how this wonderful warm Mid-tone paint color could transform your own bedroom space.

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LRV of French Gray

French Gray 18 has an LRV of 43.26% and refers to Light Medium colors that reflect half of the incident 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 43.26% 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 Farrow and Ball French Gray undertones?

Yellow is Farrow and Ball French 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 Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate

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HEX value

HEX value:

#B5B19A

RGB code:

181, 177, 154

Is Farrow and Ball French Gray 18 cool or warm?

warm colors
Color wheel
cool colors

With a hue of 51° this Beige refers warm paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

18 French Gray HSL code: 51, 15%, 66%

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.

  • Warm Beige will make even large rooms feel cozy and intimate
  • Warm Green undertones tend to make you feel happy, energized and playful
  • Warm paint colors are ideal for kitchens, living rooms or bathrooms
  • Warmer hues make larger spaces feel more inviting

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 Farrow and Ball French 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

Color comparison

French Gray 18 vs Whirlybird 309

Let's highlight the differences and help you select the ideal hue for your space.

Farrow and Ball French Gray 18 vs Farrow and Ball Whirlybird 309Farrow and Ball French Gray 18
LRV: 43.26%
Light Medium color
Temperature: warm
LRV: 46.4%
Light Medium color
Temperature: cold

Color codes

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HEX#b5b19acopy color code
RGB Decimal181, 177, 154copy color code
RGB Percent70.98%, 69.41%, 60.39%copy color code
HSVHue: 51° Saturation: 14.92% Value: 70.98%copy color code
HSLhsl(51, 15, 66)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 0.0 Magenta: 2.21 Yellow: 14.92 Key: 29.02copy color code
YIQY: 175.574 I: 9.775 Q: -6.311copy color code
XYZX: 40.61 Y: 43.602 Z: 36.84copy color code
CIE LabL:71.961 a:-2.555 b:12.294copy color code
CIE LuvL:71.961 u:3.658 v:17.814copy color code
Decimal11907482copy color code
Hunter lab66.032, -5.776, 13.144copy color code