7 Great Gray Paint Colors

Although we haven’t closed on our house yet, I’ve been dreaming about all of the projects I want to do once we move in. One of the first things that will happen is that I’ll pick paint colors for the rooms. In our Illinois house, I used gray in all but 2 rooms and loved the way they turned out, so I’m hoping to use them again in our new house. I know that lighting is different in every house, and I won’t truly know what will work until we’re in and I have paint on the walls, but I have some ideas about what I’ll try.

There are literally thousands out there but here are my picks for 7 great gray paint colors. Some are favorites that I’ve used and the rest are colors that I always find myself pinning, but they’re all pretty fabulous.

There's so many great grays to choose from, but here are my 7 of my favoritet gray paint colors from Benjamin Moore. | chatfieldcourt.com

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl – My favorite gray! I used this color in several rooms in my last house and loved it so it’s definitely a top contender for the new house. It’s a warm gray that has more yellow in it than blue and worked well with the trim, ceilings and kitchen cabinets that were painted with BM White Dove. I’ve used it full strength, in the original formula, and at 50% strength and loved them both.

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl used in the living room, plus 6 other great gray paint colors that you can use in your home. | chatfieldcourt.com

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Benjamin Moore Gray Owl used in the kitchen, plus 6 other great gray paint colors that you can use in your home. | chatfieldcourt.com

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Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal – a beautiful and versatile dark gray that works with almost everything.

Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal used in a bedroom, plus 6 other great gray paint colors that you can use in your home. Image via BHG.com

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Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist – a soft warm gray that has a slight purple undertone.

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist used in a bedroom, plus 6 other great gray paint colors that you can use in your home. Image via BHG.comBHG.com

Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron – I love this color and used it on the interior of both my front and back doors in our Illinois house. It may look black but it’s a gray/brown/black that is less harsh, and it pairs well with BM Gray Owl.

Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron used in the kitchen, plus 6 other great gray paint colors that you can use in your home. | chatfieldcourt.comChatfield Court

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray – this is a pale neutral gray that has warm undertones. So pretty in this bright and beautiful kitchen. Image via Studio McGee.

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray used in a bright kitchen, plus 6 other great gray paint colors that you can use in your home. Image via Studio McGee

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Benjamin Moore Hazy Skies – I used this pretty gray-green in our Illinois master bedroom. This room didn’t get a ton of light so the color was more green than gray.

Benjamin Moore Hazy Skies used in the master bedroom, plus 6 other great gray paint colors that you can use in your home. | chatfieldcourt.com

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BM Edgecomb Gray – A soft, warm gray/greige that looks best in a room that gets tons of natural light.

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray used in a guest bedroom, plus 6 other great gray paint colors that you can use in your home. Image via Houzz: Tamara Mac DesignHouzz: Tamara Mac Design

Of course, this is just a (very) small sampling of great grays. The only way to know what works best in your space is to sample it in your room. Two important things to remember about paint…it can easily be changed if i doesn’t work and it can make the biggest impact in your room, it was definitely a game changer in my kitchen.

So, I have my gray paint samples and I’m ready to go, once we get into the house. The first room up for a change is the master. Stay tuned…

What do you think about gray paint? Do you have a favorite or have you moved on?

Check out my small kitchen that was painted with BM Gray Owl.

Kitchen remodel with walls painted in BM Gray Owl and cabinets, ceiling and trim painted in BM White Dove. | chatfieldcourt.com

Small Kitchen Remodel

Our front door painted with BM Wrought Iron.

Entryway door painted with BM Wrought Iron. | chatfieldcourt.comFront Door Refresh

 

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  1. Deanne C
    Monday,May 2, 2016 / 8:25 am

    Thanks for posting all the gray pictures of your rooms. We are in the process of getting the house ready for sale. This is our 6th move in 30 years. A couple of the bedrooms need painted and I have been thinking of gray but was a bit hesitant. Your inspiration is helping me move forward on the choice of which gray! Always up for a new adventure!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 4, 2016 / 2:53 am

      I’m glad that my post inspired you to move toward gray. It’s not a color I ever really used before, but once I started using it in our last house, I saw how versatile it could be. It worked well for us because we got an offer on our house 12 hours after it was listed. Best of luck with your move.

  2. Rose
    Monday,May 2, 2016 / 9:40 am

    I agree on gray. I think it is a great neutral color. I am NOT an beige or earth tone person. I can’t think of any color that can’t be used as an accent color except beige!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,May 4, 2016 / 2:57 am

      So true Rose. I used to be a beige girl but once I went with gray everything changed. Can’t wait to do it again in our new house.

      Thanks so much for visiting.

      • Jan Brock
        Thursday,March 16, 2017 / 9:02 pm

        I am having a very hard time choosing grey! My samples turn out blue! Or beige! I just want grey! A medium color, then a light white/grey for my bath. Help please!

        • Kristi
          Friday,March 17, 2017 / 1:03 am

          Hi Jan. I’m sorry you’re having a tough time finding a gray paint. I’ve been there myself. My first question would be how are you sampling them? Are you painting over an existing color? I usually put my swatches on a piece of poster board and put it in different places in the room at different times of the day. Also, what colors have you tried? I’ve heard that BM Stonington Gray is a beautiful medium gray (as close to gray as it can be). Hope some of these suggestions help. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  3. Monday,May 2, 2016 / 10:03 am

    Very pretty choices. I bet you can’t wait to get started on the new house!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 3, 2016 / 3:29 am

      I am so ready to get started, Kim. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Monday,May 2, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    Great round-up Kristi! Pinning it now for future reference

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,May 3, 2016 / 3:27 am

      Thanks so much Vel! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Dee Cochran
    Friday,May 6, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    I have colonial blue on trim ,molding , etc with zero hopes of ever getting it changed . Zilch . Do you think maybe I could use a gray on walls ?

    • Kristi
      Monday,May 9, 2016 / 2:32 am

      Hi Dee. I think that you could absolutely use gray on your walls. I don’t know the exact color of your trim and the lighting in every house is different, but I think a very light gray would look awesome. I would get a few samples and paint a piece of posterboard, you want a large swatch, not the little squares that you get in the paint store. Once you have your swatch, put it right next to your blue molding and leave it for a few days. Look at it in daylight and at night and you should be able to tell if it works for you.

      Good luck! I would love to hear how it turns out.

  6. Susan
    Monday,June 13, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    I have a very small bathroom that has white carrara marble in the shower and floor, vanity is white and the sink is gray and white speck with white inside. I have it painted with a blue color and was thinking of going with a soft gray since it’s very small. Do you think gray owl or classic gray would look good? I have such a hard time picking colors. Thanks

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,June 14, 2016 / 2:35 am

      Hi Susan. I think that going gray in your bathroom would look beautiful. I’m partial to Gray Owl but Classic Grau would look great too. I have been going 50% lighter with Gray Owl and I’m thrilled with the softness of the color. Let me know what you decide. I would love to see pictures.

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