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Sherwin-Williams Gossamer Veil Exterior Paint Color Review

If you’ve been dreaming of a light and bright exterior color palette but don’t want your home to look too stark or cold, then Sherwin-Williams Gossamer Veil exterior paint could be the perfect fit.

SW Gossamer Veil exterior paint is shown on two Denver homes.

Gossamer Veil has long been one of my favorite greige paint colors from Sherwin-Williams. It’s a light neutral gray with green undertones, similar to Agreeable Gray but warmer and cleaner.

While Agreeable Gray tends to get the most attention from homeowners and paint color consultants alike, I think Gossamer Veil is a better option in almost every space. 

I especially love to use this light greige paint color for exterior color palettes. Outdoors, Gossamer Veil looks like a soft white that holds its own even in bright sunshine.

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Keep reading to learn more about Sherwin-Williams Gossamer Veil exterior paint and decide if this warm gray paint color is right for your home.

a SW Gossamer Veil swatch

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What Color Is Gossamer Veil?

Sherwin-Williams Gossamer Veil (SW 9165) is a warm, greige paint color that is crisp and clean. We’ve previously written a Gossamer Veil review, looking at this color for interior applications. Gossamer Veil doesn’t have the same fleshy tones that Agreeable Gray can have in a darker room, it’s just sheer and lovely.

The Gossamer Veil LRV (Light Reflectance Value) is 62, which makes it light-reflecting, and a great color for interior and exterior spaces. When used as an exterior paint, Gossamer Veil looks even lighter. Paint colors can look 4-5x lighter and brighter in the sunshine than in the shade, indoors or on a swatch

Is SW Gossamer Veil warm or cool?

Gossamer Veil is a warm paint color, thanks to green undertones and occasional flashes of violet. This warmth is part of what makes it so great for exterior color palettes, keeping this color from looking cold or stark even in bright sunshine.

Does Gossamer Veil look green?

No, it does not. While Gossamer Veil does have green undertones, it’s a crisp and clean paint color, and its undertones are very subtle in most lighting. This is especially true outdoors.

Is Gossamer Veil a Good Exterior Color?

We love using Gossamer Veil for exteriors. In the bright sunshine of Colorado, Florida, Texas or California, it looks almost white. We often use it as a “white” exterior trim paint color in sunnier climates, because it looks like a soft creamy white in the sunshine, especially next to dark paint colors.

What colors go well with Gossamer Veil exterior paint?

Because Gossamer Veil looks almost white outdoors, it’s a very versatile exterior paint color and pairs well with a lot of other colors. 

It can be used as a “white” color in a modern black-and-white exterior palette, paired with black trim paint such as SW Iron Ore or SW Tricorn Black.

Gossamer Veil can also work well as the foundation for low-contrast color palettes, which we’ve been getting a lot of requests for lately from our clients. In the project spotlights below, you can see how Gossamer Veil pairs with low-contrast trim colors to create light and bright exterior color palettes.

Sherwin-Williams Gossamer Veil Exterior Paint Color Palettes

Gossamer Veil is a soft, warm and lovely foundation for an exterior paint color palette. Today, we’re sharing two client homes that we worked on that feature SW Gossamer Veil exterior paint.

Both of these homes are in the Denver area, but in different neighborhoods and couldn’t be more different from each other. But still, Gossamer Veil looks beautiful on both.

SW Gossamer Veil Exterior: Low-Contrast Color Palette

The client’s home featured below is a contemporary, suburban house with stucco siding. We used Gossamer Veil for the siding, laying the foundation for a low-contrast color palette.

In addition to the Gossamer Veil siding, we used Sherwin-Williams Fawn Brindle for the roofline (fascia, soffits and gutters), as well as the stucco window trim. Fawn Brindle is a muted green-gray paint color with an LRV of 36. It’s dark enough to provide some contrast with Gossamer Veil but also keeps the palette feeling light overall.

A home features SW Gossamer Veil exterior stucco siding and gray ledgestone.
Photo by Color Concierge Client

We used Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore, a soft black, for the garage door and front door, creating a darker accent in this otherwise light palette.

A home is painted with SW Gossamer Veil exterior paint and SW Iron Ore garage doors.
Photo by M. Marceny

One of the reasons we chose a Gossamer Veil exterior palette for this home is that it flowed so beautifully with the ledgestone on the house.

In the summer, you really can’t see the green undertones of this palette very well, but they become more evident in the winter as the colors are brightened by the snow and the beautiful rich blue Colorado sky.

A home is painted with SW Gossamer Veil exterior paint.
Photo by M. Marceny

The new palette substantially lightened, brightened, and modernized the exterior compared to the original palette, as seen in the before and after photos below.

A home is painted with Sherwin-Williams Gossamer Veil and SW Fawn Bindle trim.
Photo by Color Concierge Client
Before photo of a stucco home in Denver, Colorado
Before photo by Color Concierge Client

We always recommend flat sheens for stucco, and satin sheens for everything else.  If the front door is in good condition, you can use a shinier sheen for a more formal look. When you paint stucco, make sure that you use a good masonry primer before you paint.

Sample Gossamer Veil Exterior Color Palettes

You should always sample and test your paint colors. The easiest way to sample SW Gossamer Veil (and any paint color for that matter) is via SAMPLIZE. Their peel-and-stick paint samples are easy to use and true to color.

There is no mess, and the cost is less expensive than purchasing a sample and a white poster board. Since you don’t need to dispose of the paint, it’s also environmentally friendly!

With Samplize you can easily see how different shades look on your unique wall.

Sample Gossamer Veil & Fawn Brindle Color Palette

A home features a Sherwin-Williams Gossamer Veil exterior color palette

Sample This Color Palette:

  1. Sherwin-Williams Gossamer Veil
  2. Sherwin-Williams Fawn Brindle
  3. Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore

Sample Gossamer Veil & Classic French Gray Color Palette

A home features a Sherwin-Williams Gossamer Veil exterior color palette

Sample This Color Palette:

  1. Sherwin-Williams Gossamer Veil
  2. Sherwin-Williams Classic French Gray
  3. Sherwin-Williams Still Water
  4. Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore

Learn more about this second exterior color palette below.

Painted Brick SW Gossamer Veil Exterior

This client’s home had a substantial transformation! The red brick ranch looks like a whole new home with its Gossamer Veil exterior color palette!

A home features SW Gossamer Veil exterior paint with SW Iron Ore trim.
Photo by M. Marceny
A before photo of a red brick ranch home in Denver
Before photo by M. Marceny

We painted the brick with Gossamer Veil. The windows had already been replaced with black mullions/window frames, and they were gorgeous! We painted the soffits, fascia, gutters and window trim with SW Iron Ore to align with the black window frames.  

My favorite accent on this home, however, was that we used a subtle shift in paint color for the shutters and garage door, painting both with Sherwin-Williams Classic French Gray.  

A home features SW Gossamer Veil painted brick exterior with Classic French Gray shutters for a low contrast color palette look.
Photo by M. Marceny

The front door and garage entry door were both Sherwin-Williams Still Water, a gorgeous deep blue with green undertones. This color looked especially beautiful in the entryway with the warm cedar roof.

A home features SW Still Water painted front door with SW Gossamer Veil painted brick siding.
Photo by M. Marceny

When you paint brick, we always recommend that you use a good masonry primer, and then paint with a flat sheen.

Key Learning Points

Sherwin-Williams Gossamer Veil is a gorgeous greige paint color perfect for light exterior color palettes.

  • Gossamer Veil is a warm greige paint color with green undertones.
  • In exterior color palettes, Gossamer Veil often looks like a creamy white. It pairs well with black accents and other warm paint colors.
  • Opt for Gossamer Veil if you want a light and bright exterior color scheme but don’t want your home to look too stark or too cold. Gossamer Veil looks soft and warm even in bright sunlight.

Remember: NEVER, EVER use paint matches from a different brand than the one specified. Results are poor and there are no standards for the sheens.  Even though your painter may truly believe it can be done, don’t do it. See results from paint matching here.

​​No matter what, always test your paint colors. It’s a standard best practice.  Whenever I test my paint colors, they are perfect, and when I don’t test they turn out wrong. Learn how to test your paint colors here.

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About the Author

Michelle Marceny, principal designer and founder of The Color Concierge, a paint color consulting company in Denver, Colorado.

Hi, I’m Michelle Marceny, founder, owner, and Principal Color Designer at The Color Concierge. I believe a fresh coat of paint can completely transform a space. The Color Concierge was born out of my drive to help clients fall back in love with their homes. My clients trust me to help them find the perfect paint color for their home – whether it’s a whole-house paint color scheme or ideas for a single room. 

Since The Color Concierge was founded in 2017, we have completed over 3000 color consultations, both online and in-person.  I am a Certified Color Expert with 7 years of experience creating interior and exterior color palettes throughout North America.

We love your comments! Please note that the blog is meant as general advice, and it is not possible to give out specific answers to your paint questions.  If you want more specific advice, please consider purchasing a color consultation. Thank you for your understanding.

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