Choosing a Gray Paint Color: Some Options

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Gray is a popular choice in design right now, and especially popular as a neutral wall color, but the question is WHICH gray to choose?

There are so. many. options. that it can feel a bit overwhelming.


Revere Pewter source

In case you’re looking for a starting point, we’ve put a post together for you today with some gray paint choices that we are familiar with.

Hopefully one of these will be perfect in your space!

BENJAMIN MOORE REVERE PEWTER (HC-172)

I don’t have any personal experience with this one, but if you do any research on the internet on which gray paints are popular, this one comes up A LOT.   It’s a lighter gray with warm undertones and is very versatile.

Living Room in Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter - via Evolution of Style Blog
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (image: source)

HIRSHFIELD’S OAK TONE (0217)

Oak Tone Sample

This has been a very popular light neutral here in Minnesota.  It’s a light gray with brown undertones, probably a little more brown than Revere Pewter.

I’ve used this one and seen it in three different homes and it’s always looked great.

oak tone
image from Hirshfield’s Color Visualizer 

BENJAMIN MOORE ASHLEY GRAY (HC-87)

Benjamin Moore describes this gray paint color as:  Elegant and rich – a muted shade of gray that has a slight olive tint.

My personal experience with this paint was in a small room with one window and a west/southwest exposure.  It definitely appeared to have a purple tint in that light.  Proof that color can really look completely different depending on the space/lighting that it’s in! (wainscoting in the image below is Ashley Gray, walls are Litchfield Gray)

Ashley Gray
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SHERWIN WILLIAMS AMAZING GRAY (SW7044)

Amazing Gray is a nice medium gray paint color, and is described as a gray with green undertones.

I’ve used this paint in my own home and would agree.

gray living room
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Gray paint color for girls bedroom
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Chad, who is responsible for choosing all of the various paint colors that we use in our stores, has a lot of experience in choosing paint colors!

Here are some of the Hirshfield’s grays that he would recommend:

ZEN RETREAT (0535)

Zen Retreat
Hirshfield’s

RAND MOON (0532)

Rand Moon
Hirshfield’s

SUBTLE SHADOW (0534)

Subtle Shadow
source

It would be nice if the images represented exactly what the paint would look like in each of our homes, but of course they don’t.  It’s important to always test the paint in your own space before committing to anything.

Everyone has their preferred method for testing paints, but here’s one option:  Paint at least two solid coats of paint (to get a true representation of color) on a large piece of poster board and move it around the room to see how it will look on different walls at different times of the day.

more inspiration:

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Do you have a favorite gray paint color that you’ve used recently?  Let us know in the comments!

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