Pewter is an excellent colour for home decorating. It’s something that can look masculine, feminine, or neutral. And it can look really smart, sophisticated and elegant.
It can also help to modernise a room, with sleek hues that can really affect the whole ambience of the room.
Technically speaking, the term pewter describes a metal rather than a specific shade of grey. Which means that if you’re looking for a pewter paint, then you still have plenty of options.
The purpose of this article is to go through how to choose your perfect shade of pewter for your home decorating, before showing you 8 different shades of pewter, with links, that may be worthy of your consideration.
Then we’ll top that off with a section where we’ll answer your most frequently asked questions on the subject, before summing up in the wrap up at the end.
And without further ado, let’s get straight into it.
Tips For Choosing The Perfect Pewter Colours For Your Home
Don’t go by those little cards to show the paint colour. Why? Because that’s how the paint looks on a card, and not necessarily how it’s going to look on your wall.
Instead, you should ask for a small sample of paint to bring home. Then, you should paint a white undercoat, before testing the sample out on the wall.
Don’t make your mind up straight away. You should aim to view the paint under different conditions, including bright sunlight, artificial light, and low light.
Compare the sample of paint with the shades and tones of other elements of the room such as any furniture that you’re not prepared to replace or part with, such as the floors, the units, the seating, the window dressing, and so on.
Pay special attention to the light reflective value (LRV) of each pewter paint you want to sample.
For those of you who don’t already know, the LRV of a colour is basically an indication of how much a colour reflects light compared to how much it absorbs it.
LRV is measured on a scale of zero through to one hundred. Values closer to zero means that it absorbs most of the light, while values at the other end of the spectrum, closer to 100, reflect more of the light.
If you’re torn between two different shades of pewter, we’d recommend taking the LRV value into consideration to help you make your mind up…
Shades that reflect more light make a room appear more open and spacious, whereas shades that absorb more light will help to make the room appear more cosy.
8 Of The Best Pewter Paints For Your Home
Here follows a quick run through of some top, pewter coloured indoor wall paints.
Light Pewter By Benjamin Moore
Light pewter is a lovely warm, yet also neutral colour. It’s kind of a cross between beige and grey, a greige if you will. I would say it’s definitely more grey than beige, though.
This one of the lightest shades of pewter you will find, and as such it can really open up a room, giving it a much more spacious feel.
Light pewter has an LRV of 68.
Revere Pewter By Benjamin Moore
Revere Pewter is the shade most favoured by interior designers, and for good reason too. It provides a wonderful warm, yet also neutral backdrop that works perfectly well with a broad
You may notice undertones of green in the paint, which become more obvious around contrasting colours such as pink or red.
Revere pewter has an LRV of 55.1
Pewter By Benjamin Moore
This shade of pewter needs no qualifying adjective or descriptor, because it’s a genuine true pewter, just like the iron-rich metal itself.
It’s beautifully rich, with an undeniable steely grey, like cutlery. If you know your shades of grey, you may notice the soft blue undertones.
Pewter has an LRV of 33.
Vintage Pewter By Benjamin Moore
I would say that vintage pewter is a truer greige than light pewter we described earlier. It’s a soft grey with obvious beige undertones. And this serves to give the paint a much warmer look to it, and a softer feel.
Vintage pewter has an LRV of 34.5.
Antique Pewter By Benjamin Moore
Antique pewter is a shade of pewter with multiple undertones. It’s a predominantly a grey and green colour overall, but this is softened with distinct warm beige undertones.
It tends to work best in rooms that get plenty of natural light. It’s particularly well suited to offices and bathrooms.
Antique pewter has an LRV of 24.15.
Pewter Tankard By Sherwin Williams
Here we have another warm greige. It has a real depth of colour that some of the other shades of pewter sometimes like. It’s almost a taupe shade, given the distinct brown undertones.
If you like this shade, I’d recommend that you use it only in rooms with ample light, given how dark it can look. You don’t want the room to look too dreary.
Pewter Green By Sherwin Williams
Pewter green is one of the darkest shades of pewter, presenting a particularly bold, and masculine aesthetic. It’s a dark grey with distinct green undertones.
It may make a room look appear too dark if you were to use it on every wall. However, it would be a good statement colour for use on a small wall in an office, kitchen or bedroom.
Pewter green has an LRV of just 11.8.
Dark Pewter By Benjamin Moore
And now, we’ve reached the darkest shade of pewter on the list. It’s so dark in fact that it’s almost pitch black. This makes it a particularly dramatic colour, that’s especially dark and moody. It has rich blue undertones that provide a very deep grey hue.
Dark pewter has an LRV of 8.92.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is “Pewter” Just Another Word For “Grey”?
While the colour pewter is predominantly grey, it’s safe to say that pewter often has undertones of other colours that can distinguish it from regular grey or silver.
Is The Colour Pewter Considered Dated?
I would argue that certain shades of pewter are nothing less than timeless. It’s a colour with true longevity. Especially light pewter.
Arguably, however, the shades of pewter with more brown undertones often have a retro vibe reminiscent of bygone decades, such as the 30s, 40s, 60s, and 70s.
Whereas, pewter colours with blue undertones have a much more modern feel to them.
I hope that this article has proved helpful to you, and that you can use to have your dream home. Thanks for reading!
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