Gray paint, or just the color gray in general has been all the rage lately. Warm grays, cool grays, grays with a blue undertone or even grays with a purple undertone! If you are in the process of choosing a new color scheme and are considering grays then you may be feeling overwhelmed with all of the different choices on the market. You are not alone! Where do you start? Keep reading to discover and learn more about my favorite gray paint colors.
Gray is the new tan
“Gray is the new tan” or “Gray is the new beige.” Not sure if that is an official quote or if I just made that up, but it sounds about right! I love how a fresh coat of gray paint will create a space that feels modern, clean and serene without feeling too cold (if you use the right shade of gray). It creates a good base for a neutral monochromatic scheme or a great neutral backdrop for spaces with pops of color in fabric or accessories.
I have my favorite go-to gray paint colors that I love to use and I wanted to share. I broke them down into categories: Warmer Grays and Cooler Grays. As always, all the colors below are connected to the Color Wheel and you can find my color scheme picks by clicking on a specific color. Additionally we offer all of the colors mentioned in this post as a peel and stick paint sample. When you are ready to invest in gallons of paint we suggest checking out myperfectcolor where you can get any color on the market matched and shipped to your home.
Warmer Gray Paint Colors:
Can I just say, that I love these warm gray paint colors? I feel like a broken record saying how much I love them, but seriously, it’s true! They come out looking gray on walls, while not feeling too cold. Appropriately, they are often called “greige” because they are warmer grays that have undertones of beige or taupe to them. I broke these down into smaller categories to speak into some of them specifically.
Depth with Warm Gray Paint color
Repose Gray, Mindful Gray and Requisite Gray are gorgeous as overall gray paint colors. For something different and trendy, try Dovetail or Griffin for your trim color. Going darker on your trim can add an unexpected spin on your space and can create some depth against your wall color in an “inside out” kind of way (most often trim is painted a lighter shade than the walls). Spice up your Kitchen cabinets by painting them a darker color as well.
I love the look of painting the lower cabinets a darker gray color while keeping the upper cabinets white or cream. I recently saw Black Fox painted on the inside of a front door and it looked awesome! To add a bold statement, try painting an accent wall with these darker gray colors. For more thoughts on using dark gray or black walls as accents, see my previous post HERE.
- Repose Gray SW 7015
- Mindful Gray SW 7016
- Dovetail SW 7018
- Requisite Gray SW 7023
- Griffin SW 7026
- Black Fox SW 7020
Not too gray, but not beige
These next gray paint colors: Agreeable Gray and Anew Gray are slowly become some of my new favorites. Once again, they are the perfect in between “not too gray, but not beige” colors. I have had two clients who recently used Anew Gray as their overall main paint color and it transformed their space and looks amazing.
Mega Greige and Warm Stone are great as accent walls or even as trim (similar to what I mentioned above). Next up are my old favorites: Accessible Beige and Balanced Beige. I recommend them all of the time, truly. Tony Taupe is a great color to use in a space that has good natural lighting that could be used on all walls, such as as home office or spacious guest room. Virtual Taupe is great for accent walls or, you guessed it, trim!
- Agreeable Gray SW 7029
- Anew Gray SW 7030
- Mega Greige SW 7031
- Warm Stone SW 7032
- Accessible Beige SW 7036
- Balanced Beige SW 7037
- Tony Taupe SW 7038
- Virtual Taupe SW 7039
I also wanted to give a quick shout out to one of my newer paint discoveries, Worldly Gray. I recently viewed it in a client’s home and fell in love. It’s perfect as a warmer gray paint color choice. Perfect Greige is another newer paint addition that I would like to see more of.
Griege warm grays
Lastly, Colonnade Gray and Modern Gray. Modern Gray is a bit more “taupe-y” than Colonnade Gray, but both are still warm gray paint colors that would work in any space that is hungry for a good overall griege color.
Enough from me. Leave me a comment if you have tried any of the above warm gray paint colors. I would love to see some pictures!
Cooler Gray Paint Colors:
Gray paint colors that tend to be cooler can sometimes have a green, blue or purple undertone. Undertones are tricky and if not addressed before paint selection can leave you will a mess at the end of your project.
Cool Gray Paint Colors With Blue Undertones:
I actually have Lattice as my overall paint color in my home and it has a blue undertone that I love. The color is a cooler gray, but doesn’t come out feeling too cold or sterile either. Front Porch is a slightly darker version of Lattice that looks great as an accent wall or on all walls in a space that has the appropriate lighting.
These soft, gray-blue colors, like Silver Strand, Passive and Gray Screen are gorgeous and give a feel of a spa-like soothing atmosphere with almost an ethereal look. Tinsmith and Gray Clouds are two gray paint colors with blue undertones from the “Concepts in Color” paint deck that would be great options as well.
- Lattice SW 7654 (this is the interior color in my home)
- Front Porch SW 7651
- Silver Strand SW 7057
- Passive SW 7064
- Gray Screen SW 7071
- Tinsmith SW 7657
- Gray Clouds SW 7658
Cool Gray Paint Colors With Green Undertones:
Similar to the gray paint colors with hints of blue undertones, these green-y grays give off the same serene feel. Aloof Gray and Sensible Hue have more of a gray feel than the others in this category.
Some of my personal favorites of all time, Sea Salt, Comfort Gray and Oyster Bay could almost be in the blue category, but I put them with the greens because they can really go either way. I have talked about this before in past blogs, but Sea Salt looks perfect in a Master Bathroom (or any bathroom for that matter!) to create an insta-spa appeal.
- Aloof Gray SW 6197
- Sensible Hue SW 6198
- Sea Salt SW 6204
- Comfort Gray SW 6205
- Oyster Bay SW 6206
- Conservative Gray SW 6183
- Austere Gray SW 6184
Cool Gray Paint Colors With Purple Undertones:
I know it may seem crazy to have a gray paint color with a purple feel to it, but trust me, these are surprisingly elegant and beautiful. Back when I worked in the model home industry, there was a model home that we painted using Imagine, Flexible Gray and Chinchilla. The color scheme was Gray-Purple and Navy and we also used a beautiful accent color called Naval.
The home was an upscale model in a new development in the suburbs of Houston. I still remember walking in to install the furniture and accessories and being wowed by the effect that the paint had on the space, along with the creamy white countertops and dark wood flooring and cabinetry. Grayish, Essential Gray, Proper Gray, Minute Mauve and Ponder are other good choices to accomplish this same look. Consider also using accents of a super soft creamy yellow like Crisp Linen for a complementary color scheme.
- Grayish SW 6001
- Essential Gray SW 6002
- Proper Gray SW 6003
- Imagine SW 6009
- Flexible Gray SW 6010
- Chinchilla SW 6011
- Minute Mauve SW 7078
- Ponder SW 7079
Wrapping up my Favorite Gray Paint colors
I hope this has been helpful if you are considering taking the plunge to painting one or all of your walls gray. If warm grays or cool grays or any of those blue gray paint colors (any gray at all for that matter) are still giving you fits then check out my color consultation packages. I would love to help you find the best gray for your space! If you are looking for more paint tips, check out my past blog post on Favorite Neutral Paint Colors. Feel free to comment for any questions you might have or if you have other gray paint suggestions that have worked well for you!