RAL 7042

RAL Classic Traffic grey A

RAL Classic Traffic grey A RAL 7042 paint color review

Let’s dive into a full Traffic grey A paint color review. Take a look at pictures of real interiors and exteriors painted with beautiful RAL 7042. 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:RAL 7042
Color name: Traffic grey A
Brand:RAL Classic

Traffic grey A for bedroom

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LRV of Traffic grey A

Traffic grey A RAL 7042 has an LRV of 30.93% and refers to Medium colors that reflect a lot of 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 30.93% 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 RAL Classic Traffic grey A undertones?

Green is RAL Classic Traffic grey A 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 Seems that undertone definition on a white sheet is already outdated and rather inaccurate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:

142, 146, 145

Is RAL Classic Traffic grey A RAL 7042 cool or warm?

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With a hue of 165° this Grey refers cool paint shade according to HSL (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) on the color wheel.

RAL 7042 Traffic grey A HSL code: 165, 2%, 56%

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.

Color comparison

Traffic grey A RAL 7042 vs Silver grey RAL 7001

Can't decide between these stunning hues? We'll help you compare these two color to find the perfect shade for your home.

RAL Classic  Traffic grey A RAL 7042 vs RAL Classic  Silver grey RAL 7001RAL Classic  Traffic grey A RAL 7042
LRV: 30.93%
Medium color
Temperature: cold
LRV: 30.93%
Medium color
Temperature: cold

Traffic grey A RAL 7042 vs RAL 820-M

Unsure what shade you should go with? We'll compare the two to help you find the perfect shade for your room.

RAL Classic  Traffic grey A RAL 7042 vs RAL Effect  RAL 820-MRAL Classic  Traffic grey A RAL 7042
LRV: 30.93%
Medium color
Temperature: cold
LRV: 30.93%
Medium color
Temperature: cold

Color codes

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HEX#8E9291copy color code
RGB Decimal142, 146, 145copy color code
RGB Percent55.69%, 57.25%, 56.86%copy color code
HSVHue: 165° Saturation: 2.74% Value: 57.25%copy color code
HSLhsl(165, 2, 56)copy color code
CMYKCyan: 2.74 Magenta: 0.0 Yellow: 0.68 Key: 42.75copy color code
YIQY: 144.69 I: -2.062 Q: -1.157copy color code
XYZX: 26.544 Y: 28.353 Z: 30.855copy color code
CIE LabL:60.206 a:-1.653 b:0.024copy color code
CIE LuvL:60.206 u:-2.198 v:0.306copy color code
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Hunter lab53.247, -4.201, 2.917copy color code
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