Benjamin Moore Metropolitan Review & Inspiration

What We Love About Metropolitan AF-690

This calm, sophisticated gray is a medium shade, deep enough to provide contrast yet light enough to create an airy, peaceful space. With a hint of warmth, it’s an ideal neutral for walls and cabinetry, and looks equally elegant in both matte and glossy finishes. Metropolitan was Benjamin Moore Color Of The Year in 2019, accompanied by a collection of neutral shades accented by deep blue and green.

Benjamin Moore Metropolitan Undertones

Metropolitan appears as a perfectly neutral gray, but it has green undertones that add a hint of warmth. In brightly lit spaces the warm green undertones prevent it from taking on a cool blue cast. In North-facing rooms or cool climates it may seem to develop blue undertones, but the effect is usually minimal. Metropolitan has a medium level of reflectance, so unlike some shades of gray it won’t make a room too dark. A modern color with classical roots, Metropolitan is a reliable and versatile mid-tone gray that works beautifully in open floor plans.

Neutral Gray Inspiration: Metropolitan AF-690

This versatile shade of gray brings traditional woodwork to life in a master bedroom:

Metropolitan AF-690 on a paneled wall; Image courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Metropolitan AF-690 on a paneled wall; Image courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Complimented by deep navy blue cabinets, Metropolitan recedes to create a neutral backdrop for natural tones in this stylish kitchen:

Deep navy and white create contrast with Benjamin Moore Metropolitan; Image courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Deep navy and white create contrast with Benjamin Moore Metropolitan; Image courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Metropolitan gray accented by yellow creates a crisp, modern and sunny space:

Benjamin Moore Metropolitan gray and yellow living room; Image courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Metropolitan gray and yellow living room; Image courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Metropolitan is a versatile, neutral shade that works beautifully with colors in adjoining rooms:

Metropolitan AF-690 bedroom paint complements a pink bathroom cabinet; Image courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Metropolitan AF-690 bedroom paint complements a pink bathroom cabinet; Image courtesy of Benjamin Moore

Buy Metropolitan AF-690 Paint & Samples

Metropolitan is available at Ring’s End in a variety of paint sheens and sizes. Buy it in our best-selling Benjamin Moore paint line today!

Want to see how Metropolitan looks in your home before deciding if it’s the right color?

Try our 16 Oz Paint Color Samples that are used by professional interior designers. Alternatively, our Peel & Stick Color Samples are quick, easy, and can transfer between rooms.

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If you like the medium gray of Metropolitan but want a color that’s slightly cool, check out Metro Gray 1459. For a warmer, lighter gray, try Revere Pewter HC-172 for a rustic feel. Metropolitan is complimented by deep colors like Hunter Green 2041-10 and Hale Navy HC 154.