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Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC-173


Edgecomb Gray HC-173 from Benjamin Moore is one of the most popular paint colors. It’s a classic neutral color that works in so many settings. See it in real rooms and learn everything about it here.


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Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC-173 Review & Coordinating Colors

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC-173 review and color palette

Edgecomb Gray has been one of my most recommended paint colors for 20+ years. It’s one of those colors that’s neutral and light enough to use as a whole-house color.

It’s also a great choice for an off-white neutral cabinet or trim color. Pair it with Swiss Coffee or White Dove walls for an on-trend look.

What color is Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray?

Edgecomb Gray HC-173 a great medium-tone neutral paint color with subtle, warm gray tones. From Benjamin Moore’s Historical Collection, it’s a color that’s timeless and goes with any style decor. It’s included in the palette of designers’ 75 favorite paint colors.

It’s also known as Alaskan Skies 972 and Baby Fawn OC-15. (Colors from Benjamin Moore that appear in multiple collections sometimes have different names.)

benjamin moore HC-173 edgecomb gray

Is Edgecomb Gray Still Popular?

Yes! It’s consistently one of the best selling colors from Benjamin Moore and is a favorite with homeowners, designers, and contractors.

It’s from the Historical Collection which is comprised of colors that are designed to be used in any era. So it’s a color that you can feel safe using without it looking dated or out of style.

What undertones does Edgecomb Gray have?

Edgecomb Gray has gray undertones that can have a slight blue appearance in north or east-facing rooms. Since colors always look different in various lighting, and because they always appear different than what you see online or in photos, it’s best to test a color before purchasing a gallon.

I use and recommend Samplize Peel and Stick Paint Samples.

What is the LRV of Edgecomb Gray?

The LRV, or light reflective value, of Edgecomb Gray is 63.09. It’s a medium light color.

Edgecomb Gray LRV light reflective value

Is Edgecomb Gray cool or warm?

As grays go, it’s on the warmer side. But it’s still in the gray family so overall, it’s a cool color. Lighting conditions and surrounding furniture and objects can make it appear warmer or cooler.

Is Edgecomb Gray more beige or gray?

Beige paint colors typically have more yellow undertones than Edgecomb Gray. It’s more of a “greige” paint color, which simply means that it’s in between a gray and beige. But it’s a little more gray than beige.

What’s a lighter and darker shade of Edgecomb Gray?

The next darker shade of the color strip with Edgecomb Gray is Revere Pewter, although it’s slightly cooler. Pale Oak is a lighter version of Edgecomb Gray.

Edgecomb Gray lighter and darker shades color palette

What color goes with Edgecomb Gray?

It’s a very neutral color that works with almost any color. What looks best with it depends on whether you want complementary or contrasting colors. Here are some color palette ideas for you:

Colors that complement Edgecomb Gray

These colors will give you a subtle palette and can be used in adjoining rooms or accent items.

Contrasting accent colors for Edgecomb Gray

For more of a contrast, any of these colors work well with Edgecomb Gray:

  • Hale Navy HC-154
  • Tarrytown Green HC-134
  • Midsummer Night 2134-20

What trim colors go with Edgecomb Gray?

There are several good white and off white paint colors that you could use as a trim color for Edgecomb Gray, but these are the best ones:

Let’s see how they look together.

Edgecomb Gray vs White Dove

Edgecomb Gray Benjamin Moore vs White Dove

White Dove is one of the most popular whites from Benjamin Moore. It’s a great choice for a trim color with Edgecomb Gray if you want a soft white and not a stark white.

Edgecomb Gray vs Swiss Coffee

Edgecomb Gray Benjamin Moore and Swiss Coffee

Another great trim color choice is Swiss Coffee. It’s slightly darker than White Dove and has a soft white appearance. Read my full review and grab free color palettes here>>Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee Review and Color Palettes

Edgecomb Gray vs Simply White

Edgecomb Gray Benjamin Moore and Simply White

Simply White is lighter and slightly creamier than Swiss Coffee of White Dove and is another beautiful choice for a trim color for Edgecomb Gray. See this color in real rooms and learn more about it here >> Benjamin Moore Simply White Review

Edgecomb Gray vs Cloud White

Edgecomb Gray Benjamin Moore and Cloud White

Another soft white choice is Cloud White. It’s warmer than Swiss Coffee but still has a lovely soft look.

Edgecomb Gray vs Chantilly Lace

Edgecomb Gray Benjamin Moore and Chantilly Lace

If you want a stark white trim color with a sharp contrast, consider using Chantilly Lace. It’s a clean, fresh white and works beautifully with Edgecomb Gray and almost any other color.

Edgecomb Gray vs. Sherwin Williams Alabaster

Edgecomb Gray Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams Alabaster

Alabaster is from the Finest White & Neutrals Collection from Sherwin Williams and is one of their most popular colors. It’s another good choice for a trim color for Edgecomb Gray if you want a soft, subtle contrast. Get an in-depth review of this color here >> Sherwin Williams Alabaster Review & Color Palettes

Now let’s take a look at some real homes painted with Edgecomb Gray.

Rooms Painted with Edgecomb Gray

Isn’t this hallway from Kristi at Making it in the Mountains just so pretty! I love the Edgecomb Gray as a subtle backdrop to all her decor.

edgecomb gray in hallway

This nook is one of the spaces in the designer showhouse done by the alumnae of the O’More College of Design near Nashville.  They chose Edgecomb Gray as the wall color and it looks gorgeous with the dark floors and the grays and greens that were used as accent colors.  It would be the perfect place to plop down for a while and catch up on your reading or take a little snooze.

edgecomb gray in a reading nook with comfy sofa and pillows

Traditional Home

In this living room, Edgecomb Gray is actually the color that was used on the trim work and bookcases.  It’s a nice complement to the lavender wall color, but not a stark, sterile white.

edgecomb gray painted bookshelves

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I love the open floor plan and the clean crisp feeling of this space.  Those wood floors add just the right amount of warmth to the room.  

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC-173 painted walls

Traditional Family Room by San Francisco General Contractors Cardea Building Co.


This space is an extension of the previous photo.  The bright coral rug and yellow pillows really liven up the space.  The Edgecomb Gray on the walls is the perfect backdrop for all of it.

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC-173 painted living room

Contemporary Living Room by San Francisco General Contractors Cardea Building Co. Houzz

As pretty as this space is, I would personally add a little more color in it.  Maybe an area rug or some colorful table linens, or even a different fabric on the chairs.  

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC-173 dining room

Traditional Dining Room by Mill Valley Design-Build Firms KCS, Inc. Houzz

What about you?  Would you want more color or is all neutral something you would like in a room?

Edgecomb Gray Exteriors

Edgecomb Gray is a nice color for exteriors as well.  The white trim on this house makes the siding pop.  And the dark stain on the deck really stands out against the lighter colors on the house and trim.  I’d love to have a large front porch like this one!

edgecomb gray exterior

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Edgecomb Gray similar colors

If Edgecomb Gray isn’t quite right for your project then there are many other options that are similar. Here are some more of the most popular neutral paint colors:

Edgecomb Gray vs. Pale Oak

Edgecomb Gray vs Pale Oak

Edgecomb Gray and Pale Oak are very similar and are both best selling paint colors from Benjamin Moore. Pale Oak is slightly cooler than Edgecomb Gray and is also lighter. It has a LRV of 68.04 vs the 63.09 for Edgecomb Gray.

Edgecomb Gray vs. Revere Pewter

Revere Pewter is another best seller from Benjamin Moore and is the next darker shade of Edgecomb Gray. It has a LRV of 55 and is noticeably darker.

Edgecomb Gray vs. Classic Gray

Another popular neutral color from Benjamin Moore is Classic Gray. With an LRV of 74 it’s lighter than Edgecomb Gray. And it’s slightly cooler as well.

Edgecomb Gray vs. Balboa Mist

Edgecomb Gray Benjamin Moore vs Balboa Mist

Balboa Mist has an LRV of 65.53 and is the tiniest bit lighter than Edgecomb Gray with its LRV of 63.09. It’s a hair cooler as well.

Edgecomb Gray vs. Manchester Tan

For a warmer version of Edgecomb Gray, take a look at Manchester Tan. It’s basically the same depth with a LRV of 63.24. Both are from the timeless Historical Collection from Benjamin Moore and are classic neutral paint colors.

edgecmb gray vs manchester tan

Edgecomb Gray vs. Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige

Edgecomb Gray Benjamin Moore vs Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige

Accessible Beige is one of the top 50 colors from Sherwin Williams. It’s a tiny amount warmer than Edgecomb Gray, and is also darker with an LRV of 58.

Edgecomb Gray vs. Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

A slightly darker and cooler version of Edgecomb Gray is Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray. It’s another top selling neutral paint color that you can’t go wrong with. It has an LRV of 60 compared to 63.09 for Edgecomb Gray.

HC-173 Edgecomb Gray Color Palette Ideas

So what do you think of Edgecomb Gray?  Have you used it before or would you use it in one of your rooms?  

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  1. I'm not much of a person for gray paint even though gray seems to be really in right now. I do like this Edgecomb gray because it is a warm gray. I think I will give it a try. Thanks!

    1. I'm the same way. But gray has really started to appeal to me over the last year or so. Let me know if you use it and how it turns out! Thanks for stopping by. ~ Angie

    1. Hi Julie! I’m glad you liked them! All of the colors are on my free color palette. You can sign up for my newsletter and the link and password for all of my palettes will be sent to you. Newsletter Signup Page

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