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Gossamer Veil Paint Color Review

Sherwin-Williams Gossamer Veil (SW 9165)  is our favorite Sherwin-Williams greige color, hands down,  It doesn’t get as much love online as Agreeable Gray (link to review here), but we like it a thousand times more.  Gossamer Veil has similar undertones, primarily green with a flash of violet.

What makes Gossamer Veil (sample here) so amazing (and better than Agreeable Gray) is that it is crisp and clean without the fleshy tones that AG can have in a darker room.  The name says Gossamer, and that’s really what the color looks like!  It’s sheer and lovely and clean. If you are looking for a warm gray without any strong undertones, Gossamer Veil is your color, and one of Sherwin-Williams 50 Most Popular Colors.

Gossamer Veil Color Review

Please note:  All the photos in this post come from Color Concierge projects and are part of our portfolio.  These are not professional photos, and most are customer photos that give a realistic look of the paint color. These photos are not color-edited.

What is the LRV of Gossamer Veil?

The LRV (Light Reflectance Value) is 62 (scale from 1/dark to 100/light), which makes it light-reflecting, and a great color for many residential rooms.  When you see it in person it looks even lighter than you would expect for an LRV of 62.  It really reminds me of Benjamin Moore Classic Gray, which is a much lighter color with an LRV of 74.

When should I use Gossamer Veil?

This paint color is incredibly balanced.  It looks great in light-filled rooms or darker rooms with low light.  It can look fabulous with modern white kitchens with quartz, and make older homes with Tuscan finishes look modern.  Make sure to test this color carefully as with any other before you paint!

This room has primarily Northern exposure, and the color still looks soft, neutral, harmonious, and lovely.  It was an amazing transformation from the previous Tuscan color palette.  The accent wall color over the fireplace is SW Fawn Brindle, a darker version of Gossamer Veil. Note how much more harmonious the fireplace tile looks with this palette.

Living Room painted with Sherwin-Williams Gossamer Veil and Fawn Brindle accents
Photo by M. Marceny

Before living room photo

Gossamer Veil vs. Other Paint Colors

Agreeable Gray vs. Gossamer Veil

Agreeable Gray (samples here) is a darker and cooler gray color, with strong green and some violet undertones.  It is fleshier in low light than Gossamer Veil.  Gossamer Veil has similar undertones but is cleaner and brighter.  They can be used in similar situations.

As with Agreeable Gray, Gossamer Veil can be a beautiful color, but only when used the right way.  Paint colors are a tool, and you should pick a color because it looks great in the room, not because the color is pretty.  If it looks great in the room, with your hard finishes and decor, then you will love it!

Gossamer Veil vs. Agreeable Gray

Gossamer Veil vs. Repose Gray

 Benjamin Moore Repose Gray (sample here) is a much cooler and darker gray color than Gossamer Veil.  Repose has strong violet undertones vs. Gossamer’s soft green ones.  I wouldn’t use them in the same room, and when one looks good in a room, the other one usually is not an option.

Repose Gray vs. Gossamer Veil

Gossamer Veil vs. Drift of Mist

Drift of Mist is lighter than Gossamer Veil but can feel heavier because it has cool violet undertones.  Drift of Mist (sample here) is a light version of Repose Gray.  I wouldn’t use these in the same situations.  If Gossamer Veil looks great in a room, Drift of Mist will not look as good, and vice versa.

Drift of Mist vs. Gossamer Veil

Gossamer Veil vs. Bruton White

Benjamin Moore Bruton White is almost identical to Gossamer Veil.  I personally can’t tell the difference between the two unless I look very closely. Bruton White (sample here)  might be slightly cooler than Gossamer.   You can substitute them for each other, but as always, test carefully.

Bruton White vs. Gossamer Veil

What are the best trim and ceiling whites for Gossamer Veil?

Trim and Interior White Doors

We like to use crisp whites such as SW Extra White (sample here), and soft off-whites such as SW Pure White (sample here), SW Alabaster (sample here), or SW Greek Villa (sample here).  If you get much darker than that, the whites start to get creamy, and the “white” color will look yellow.  Avoid creamy whites such as SW Westhighland White and SW Shell White. The trim and doors should be the same white color, and the sheen should be Semi-Gloss.

This stairway was transformed with Gossamer White as the wall color and Extra White on the trim and baseboards.

Stairway painted with Gossamer Veil walls and extra White trim
Photo by M. Marceny

This before photo shows that the handrails and trim were previously unpainted.  A consistent white trim color looks more harmonious and intentional.

Before photo stairway
Photo by Color Concierge customer

Here is another angle of the fireplace with the Fawn Brindle accents.

Fireplace with Gossamer Veil and Fawn Brindle accents
Photo by M. Marceny


For ceilings, we like to use the same ceiling white as the trim white, and painted with a flat sheen.

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Can I use Gossamer Veil for Exteriors?

Yes, Gossamer Veil can look like a soft white outside, where the bright sun makes colors 5-10 lighter and brighter in the sunshine.  The “white” trim color below is Gossamer Veil.    The body color is SW Classic French Gray.

You can also use this as a “white” color for a whole-house body-color, especially in a location with bright sunshine such as Colorado, Florida, Texas, or Florida.

When should I avoid Gossamer Veil?

Don’t use Gossamer Veil with Creamy Whites, or cool grays with violet undertones such as Repose Gray.  For some reason, they suck the life out of each other.

Which Benjamin Moore paint color is closest to Gossamer Veil?

Benjamin Moore Bruton White is almost identical to Gossamer Veil.   Bruton White isn’t a perfect match, but it’s close enough that I could use as a replacement for Gossamer Veil in similar situations.

Stairway with Gossamer Veil
Photo by M. Marceny

Of course, we never recommend matching paint colors from Sherwin to Benjamin Moore. Learn more about matching paint colors here.

What is the easiest way to test your paint colors?

We always recommend that you test paint colors in your house because lighting can change color completely. In the old days, this meant we painted a large poster board with sample pots and a huge mess.

Now we have SAMPLIZE, 9X14″ Pre-Painted peel-and-stick paint samples.    They are EASY to use, AFFORDABLE ($5.95/ea), and ECO-FRIENDLY –  no messy painting or cleanup without half-used paint samples in your back closet, and they can deliver the NEXT DAY!

Check out the SAMPLIZE website HERE.

The Verdict

Gossamer Veil is a soft, clean, and beautiful paint color.  It is well balanced, and as long as the color pairs well with your decor and hard finishes, it can look great in most light exposures.

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.

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3 Responses

  1. Suggestion please. Using Gossamer Veil for wall color in open concept kitchen/family room. Not wanting to do white cabinets in kitchen. Looking for a nice complementary color for kitchen cabinets and trim color for baseboards/molding. Can you advise please?

  2. I like Gossamar Veil very much. But, it looks awful in the picture with those orangey, gold yellow floors. They clash big time. Love it paired with Fawn Brindle.

  3. I have Gossamer Veil on my mudroom walls, and I am having mudroom cabinetry built. I am struggling for a color for the cabinetry. The room is dark with very little natural light. I don’t know what colors coordinate with this wall color. Any advice?

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