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.
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 Kendall Charcoal – a beautiful and versatile dark gray that works with almost everything.
Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist – a soft warm gray that has a slight purple undertone.
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 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 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.
BM Edgecomb Gray – A soft, warm gray/greige that looks best in a room that gets tons of natural light.
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.
Our front door painted with BM Wrought Iron.