So if you have been around the home and garden blogs at all the past year or so, you have fast discovered that gray is the new beige… I say that carefully, because I actually was never a fan of “beige”… It was, for me, a boring color that gave no feeling to a room. So of course, I am thrilled that gray has become the new “it” color for neutral backdrops to almost any room. It has a sense of color and style that beige could never measure up to. It can be elegant or edgy. It can cool down a south facing room, add drama in dark tones, or mixed with white can be as uplifting as a beach sky.
Because of the gray craze, paint manufacturers have obliged us with more gray choices that any one person could possible consider…making it confusing to simply choose a color of paint for your walls. What to do? Turn to the very talented home and DIY bloggers to get some recommendations that they have actually used on their walls… Which is what we did recently when we decided to update the front family room.
Quick tips for choosing gray paint:
- Consider whether you room is well lit… Well lit rooms handle cooler (blue toned) grays better, but still be careful. When in doubt, choose a warmer gray. It will be easier to live with in the long run.
- Cooler grays combine well with white. Actually, all grays combine well with white, but choose a creamier version for warmer grays.
- If in doubt to whether a gray is cool or warm, compare it to a blue and yellow paint chip and it will become obvious.
- Always, always ALWAYS buy a sample, try it on a 3×3 foot square in several different areas of the wall, then observe over different times of day and lighting.
Here are our top six grays bloggers love that we narrowed our choices down to, and the one we finally chose which will be going up on our walls. Yes, they are all Benjamin Moore… frankly, for us they just had the best choices for sophisticated grays… Hope this helps you all choose to chuck the beige!
6. Benjamin Moore Fieldstone.
This is a slightly warm, medium toned gray that goes with everything… If we had more light and white trim, I would have used this in the family room. (Im a sucker for drama in paint!) This one isn’t so dark as to be dreary however…
5. Benjamin Moore Oyster Shell.
Recommended by Emily Henderson of HGTV, (We also chose her number one as our paint color, but thats farther down this list!) this is a light, cool gray that goes well with white to make that fresh feeling. She cautions that grays are tough because if they are too cool they can look blue pretty fast, but this one doesn’t. To prove it, she used it in the room below. Pretty and uplifting!
4. Benjamin Moore Moonshine.
Another gray (cooler) that goes amazing with white… See the photo below from ‘Young House Love‘ to prove it!
3. Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter.
I think ‘Young House Love’ initially made this the go to gray , but it’s become popular among a ton of talented bloggers. Mid tone, neutral and easy to live with, this grey is warm without having any olive tones.
2. Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray.
I wanted to make sure I include a deeper, more dramatic gray, and Rockport Gray is a great pick. It’s not cold, but definitely more sophisticated with it’s deeper tones… in a darkly lit room, can even look warm and mocha-ey… I think every room should have a drama wall, and adding this color to any of the other choices would achieve that. Love!
1. Benjamin Moore Gray Owl.
Our choice for the family room makeover. This also happens to be a top seller for BM, so we can’t all be wrong! We chose this gray because it’s warm, more a greige… which makes Steve happy ’cause he likes taupe, where I like the grey. It’s kinda a combo of the two…Several other bloggers insisted that this was a very neutral gray, but once on my wall, it was a warm gray with some yellow tones. This photo isn’t our room (not ready for reveal yet!) but it gives you a good feel.
Image Credits: Benjamin Moore, Cabinet hardware Ideas, Emily Henderson, Young House Love, Marcus Design, Abby M Interiors