The Best Grey Paint Colors

The Best Grey Paint Colors

Laure Joliet
Jan 20, 2010

It's no secret that grey has become one of the most popular neutrals over the last couple of years. It's got a little more warmth than white, but it isn't in your face like a bright color. Plus, colors like turquoise look great against it. But, as we've found out first hand, it can be difficult to find the right shade.

We recently painted our new dining room what we thought was grey, but ended up being a very bright light blue. So after a few more failed attempts we finally hit on a shade we can live with. In the process we hit upon a great article all about grey on colour me happy that explains that gray has three undertones: it's either blue, green or purple so if you see a bit of one of those colors in the swatch or chip, magnify that by a lot to get a sense of what it will look like all over the walls.

Our other tip? Paint swatches on the walls. We got cocky and thought we didn't need to and paid for it.

To save you some anguish, here are some proven greys:

• Farrow & Ball's Pavillion Grey
•Stone 04 from Yolo Colorhouse. (It is greeny grey and lovely.)
•Gray Owl from Benjamin Moore (A pretty true light grey)
•Revere Pewter from Benjamin Moore (this one veers on taupe)
•Stone Harbor from Benjamin Moore (that's what's in that last picture of our in process dining room)

Do you have a grey that worked out well for you?

Perfectly Grey Rooms from LA House Tours
Kim's Relaxed Grey Bedroom
Look! Grey Bedrooms

(Images: Domino, laure joliet for Max and Gen's Silver Lake Perch, Kim's Grey Bedroom, Max and Gen's Silverlake Perch)

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