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.

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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…

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5. Benjamin Moore Oyster Shell.

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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!

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4. Benjamin Moore Moonshine.

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Another gray (cooler) that goes amazing with white… See the photo below from ‘Young House Love‘ to prove it!

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3. Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter.

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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.

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2. Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray.

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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!

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1. Benjamin Moore Gray Owl.

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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.

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Image Credits: Benjamin Moore, Cabinet hardware Ideas, Emily Henderson, Young House Love, Marcus Design, Abby M Interiors

 

22 Comments

  1. Donna April 9, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Out of the BM grays which would you suggest for a large whole house color. Exception would be maybe a different color in the formal dining which could be a different grey or another color all together?

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    1. Kathy Woodard May 21, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      I like Gray Owl or Revere Pewter… Gray Owl is a little lighter… I would go darker in a formal dining room to set it off!

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  2. Carrie November 11, 2015 at 8:37 am

    What color gray would you recommend to partner with dark to medium oak trim? (not honey) Some areas have much natural light (foyer and office), while others are more dimly lit with a library feel (family room).

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    1. Kathy Woodard December 14, 2015 at 11:41 am

      I would try a sample of Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter… it is a pale gray to not to make your room feel darker, but has some warmth to go well with your wood trim! Good luck!

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  3. Primavera January 13, 2016 at 12:41 am

    We agree with choosing warm grey colors as they will really be better in the long run. We usually recommend this color or have it as one of our main colors for our apartments.

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  4. Rochelle March 12, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Doing my kitchen. I have white cabinets dark warm floors and new caledonia granite. Help!!!!

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    1. Kathy Woodard March 24, 2016 at 8:32 am

      I would go with a warm gray, like “Revere Pewter”… Always a good bet!”Gray Owl” is perfect if you are looking for just a light wash of gray on the walls!

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  5. Delores July 20, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    I am trying to lighten my room with a new paint job. It is beige now with dark cabinets, med wood floor. Have big north windows, but no south. We are talking a big room wihich is kitchen, dining and living room all in one. I do have white wood work and crown molding. Would love to try a grey, but worried how it will go with a lot of brown in my room..

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    1. Kathy Woodard September 8, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Revere Pewter is recommended and used by bloggers everywhere for a reason, it works with most colors! Get some swatches and tape them up at different places in the kitchen, against different surfaces. Good luck!

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  6. Helene July 25, 2016 at 11:16 am

    I would like your advice on what Benjamin Moore color paint for my kitchen walls. I have honey maple wood cabinets, a grey, white and black with a hint of caramel granite countertop. I wanted to look for a color in the green or gray family. Something not too dark. What color/s do you think will go best?

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    1. Kathy Woodard September 8, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Revere Pewter is a gray that kinda goes with everything, and is not too dark… Hope that helps!

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  7. Rose July 28, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    A warm gray with green undertone and another more dramatic warm gray. Have a very open home with all crown molding and high baseboards, 20′ ft. Ceilings. Also every window large and small has white plantation shutters, medium oak wood floors. Thanks for your help

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  8. Jack Earnshaw October 18, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    What light gray would you recommend to match up with a hale navy accent wall in a family room?

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    1. Kathy Woodard October 19, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      I like the Oyster Shell with Hale Navy, next on my list would be Gray Owl! Hope that helps!

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  9. Joce October 25, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Hi there! Two questions; I hear ther are 2 gray owls; which # is the one you showcased here? Also, which light gray would be a close match with Sherwin Williams? Thanks so much

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  10. Angela November 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    We are painting our cabinets with General Finishes Queenstown milk paint https://generalfinishes.com/sites/default/files/file_downloads/color-chart-milk-paint-general-finishes-2015.pdf

    We are using white subway or arabesque backsplash tile with Zodiac stratus white DuPont countertops.

    Our kitchen flows into our family room so I am trying to find two grey shades that will compliment each other. Any suggestion/recommendations would be GREATLY appreciated!!! Our living room furniture is a dark taupe color

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    1. Kathy Woodard November 10, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      We would suggest going with warmer grey, like Revere and Lockport. Hope that helps!

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  11. Samantha Martin December 19, 2016 at 4:52 am

    What gray would you recommend painting exterior brick and would you paint the trim a different shade of gray or white?

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  12. Robin December 31, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    im down sizing. building a house. going to go with white cabinets or off white cabinets. Same color trim. Open floor plan with living kitchen dining all in one. Two windows in the front facing southwest. french doors in the kitchen facing north east. Im placing two smaller windows as a back splash on the same northeast facing wall under the cabinets to add more light. i want a neutral grey/blue. i dont like grey. But i dont want it to go to a baby blue shade either. what is a color that is in the middle. I have dark brown toned furniture/ curtains that match autumn colors in a thomas kindaid picture(has a gold frame, 4ft by 3ft picture)that has a misty stream running down the autumn mountains. oranges,reds,greens light blueish white clouds and a dark cabin with fog in the mist. A river. my curtains/furniture is designed around the picture. But since the new house is 1400 sq ft i thought i would paint it neutral grey/blue to make it look larger and lighter but i also want it to go with my autumn colored curtains and furnishings. That to much info? lol …i was looking at Oyster Shell was thinking it matched the fog and creek? I need a trim color and ceiling color. Also i have a 4 year old. who loves pink and blueish color. i need new colors to go in her room that will match up with the rest of the house? ok so how about an overall house color pallet for all rooms lol? 3 bedroom 2 bath.

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  13. Kathy Jenkins January 1, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    I have a dining room that is dark green above chair railing and white below chair railing with a bay window on the north side and the living room is yellow. Both rooms get lots of light. The two rooms are next to each other with a wide opening. I am going to paint the dining room and am thinking of painting it BM Fieldstone above the chair railing. What do you suggest and what white should I use for the trim?

    Thank you.

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  14. Cristina January 5, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    I will paint my daughter’s bathroom Rockport Grey; what color do you suggest for the walls?

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