Anthracite Grey – It’s the Colour of the Moment!

Set of large wooden gates adjacent to white painted property. Gates are painted dark grey in a satin finish
Garden setting with grass, wooden decking and steps. Showing part of a house with anthacite grey painted frames
Anthracite Grey exterior satin paint

Anthracite grey, RAL7016 – it’s the colour everyone is after. Contemporary properties are sporting it on their window frames, doors and guttering. Also found on interior and exterior woodwork and metal in all kinds of situations, it’s stylish as well as being highly practical. No yellowing or grime showing on this dark shade of grey! (Which is a RAL Classic shade 7016 in case you’re interested).

If you’ve thought about upgrading your own home, retail unit or office with this colour, it may be easier than you think and for a fraction of the cost of replacing items.

One of our most popular paints currently is Palatine Professional Satin in Anthracite Grey. Based on some of the projects our customers have undertaken, we’ve outlined some ideas to inspire you.

Upgrading Windows to Anthracite Grey

Tired of white? Many people have successfully transformed the appearance of their properties by painting the window frames, facias and door frames in anthracite grey. Here are some tips on revamping your window frames (a similar process will of course apply to doors and architraves).

Wooden window frames are the easiest to upgrade. But don’t necessarily rule out painting other materials.

1. Previously Painted External Wooden Windows

  • First clean the windows (the bit everyone forgets…it makes life much easier if this is done first)
  • If windows are already painted, rub down with fine waterproof abrasive paper and rinse thoroughly
  • Affix masking tape
  • Apply a good quality primer/undercoat. Our All Purpose Primer is ideal
  • Allow to dry (check manufacturer’s instructions – our all purpose primer can be overcoated after 24h hours)
  • Apply one to two coats of Palatine Professional Satin paint in anthracite grey RAL 7016. If you want a glossier or more matt finish contact us

2. New External Wooden Window Frames

If the windows are brand new, bare wood, briefly sand them down (even if they look smooth)

  • Apply 1 coat x aluminium wood primer plus 1 x coat all purpose primer OR 2 x coats all purpose primer
  • Allow to dry before overcoating (All purpose primer 24 hours, Aluminium primer 16 hours)
  • Apply two x coats Palatine Professional Satin in anthracite grey. If you want a glossier or more matt finish choose Palatine Professional Matt or Truglos
New build houses on road junction. Houses are painted white with dark anthracite grey window frames and guttering
Anthracite Grey Frames – Stylish Choice for Modern Homes


3. Painting UPVC Windows in Anthracite Grey?

This isn’t something we’ve tried ourselves and there are paints that you can purchase specifically for UPVC. These can be expensive however and anthracite grey colour can be hard to find in specialist plastic paint. Many of  our customers have successfully transformed white into grey Upvc windows and composite doors, using a suitable Upvc primer such as Zinsser’s Bulls Eye 123 or Bedec’s All Purpose Primer/Sealer, followed by our Palatine Professional Satin  (or matt finish) paint. Remember to sand before priming to get a key and ensure that the primer you choose will be compatible with our topcoat (the ones we’ve suggested certainly are).  Try a small area first if you’re unsure. Again, we haven’t done this ourselves, but would love to see your results if you’ve given it a go. Get in touch via our contact page or social media.

Painting Gates, Fences and Garage Doors

Whether your gates or garage doors are metal or wood, you can soon have them looking smart and sophisticated in contemporary anthracite grey! Our Palatine Professional paint is suitable for both metal and wood, while our all purpose primer will also be fine to use on either surface. Palatine Paints’ anti corrosive metal primer however, will give extra protection to metal surfaces in harsher weather conditions.

Set of large wooden gates adjacent to white painted property. Gates are painted dark grey in a satin finish
Anthracite Grey Paint Looking Smart on Double Gates

Follow similar steps as above (external wooden windows) i.e sand to remove loose flakes and give a key, then prime, then paint. Two top coats of Palatine Professional Satin will give best results.
(Note: new galvanised metal will need treating with etching primer or mordant solution).

Painting Masonry in Anthracite Grey RAL 7016 

A very forgiving shade for masking blemishes and creating a smart and stylish exterior, masonry painted in this dark grey shade is becoming increasingly popular. Try on small sections such as outhouses or garden walls. This colour also works well on shop fronts and restaurants.

Give a Paint Face-lift to Smaller Items

Not ready to transform all your doors, windows and fences? Here are some ideas for applying a splash of anthracite grey to give a face-lift to individual items.

Kitchen Cupboards

A few of our customers have transformed kitchen units with our Palatine Professional satin to create a dark grey contrast against crisp white or pale grey walls. For shiny surfaces such as melamine or laminate, we recommend coating with an All Purpose Primer/Sealer such as Zinsser’s Bulls Eye 1-2-3 or Bedec All Purpose Primer before applying our Palatine Professional Satin or Matt finish paint in anthracite grey. To achieve a shiny, glossier finish, choose, Truglos or Two Hour Professonal Gloss. Contact us with details of your existing surface if you are unsure.

Mirrors and Picture Frames

Mirrors and picture frames are easy to transform; we’ve all seen them at car boot sales (or even our grandparents’ houses) maybe the colour or finish isn’t what you’d naturally choose. Give the frame a gentle rub down with some sandpaper, mask up and apply the paint. Result? A smart wooden or metal mirror or frame in a contemporary shade.

Rectangular Grey Picture frame on white background
Modernise bland or old frames in anthracite grey

Small Pieces of Furniture

Painting furniture is a real trend at the moment. Dated or boring wooden (or metal) items such as coffee tables, bedside cabinets, shop counters and bars are easily transformed into sophisticated pieces of furniture. Palatine Professional comes in choice matt, gloss or satin finish which gives flexibility to combine with existing furnishings. Take the time to prepare the surface before painting and consider using our All purpose primer to give a good key to your grey topcoat.

Transform a Home, Café, Waiting Room, Bar or Kitchen!

Anthracite grey is such an easy colour to match or contrast with fabrics and artefacts. Chairs painted in this shade will look fabulous with seat pads or cushions in muted golds, bright yellows, rich reds, teal or multi-prints.

A quick, easy and cost effective way to update a café, waiting room, office, restaurant or kitchen.

We hope this has inspired you and as always, we’d love to see and hear about what you’ve done.

Share your results with us

We’d love to see what you’ve done with this colour and finish. Please share with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Linked In. Most of our paints are available in RAL 7016 including these featured items.

2 thoughts on “Anthracite Grey – It’s the Colour of the Moment!

  1. Lisa says:

    Wonderful product! Great customer service, very reasonably priced, fast delivery, the paint goes on like a dream and looks great. Couldn’t be happier with it!

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