Gray Paint Color Guide 2022 | The Ultimate Guide

    Looking for the best gray paints for interiors? This gray paint color guide has the most popular gray paints of 2022 that’ll look amazing in your home. From warm grays, cool grays and everything in between – this list has it all!

    Choosing the perfect gray paint color can be a little tricky – who knew there could be so many different shades of gray!

    Are you stuck trying to decide between Sherwin Williams Summit Gray and Agreeable Gray? Or can’t decide between Benjamin Moore Classic Gray and Repose Gray?

    Curious what gray paint is most popular? Keep reading! This gray paint guide is designed to help you find the perfect color for your home.

    Best Gray Paint Colors for Interiors & Exteriors

    Before you decide on a specific paint color, choose one of the four gray paint categories: Light Gray, Warm GrayCool Gray, or Dark Gray.

    best gray paint colors
    Popular Gray Paint Colors

    The choice comes down to personal preference, but you should also consider the style and location of your home, as well as your decorating style.

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    To see which interior decorating style fits you best, check out this fun 10 question quiz I created: What’s Your Interior Decorating Style?

    Gray paint has a really broad range of colors, so I’ve categorized the list into four groups:

    1. Light gray paint colors look great in most homes, and work with all design styles. All gray colors are inherently neutral, but these colors have been selected for their ability to ‘play nice’ and complement other color palettes. 
    2. Dark gray paint colors are bold, catch the eye, and make a statement. A color from this category could be perfect for you if  your design style is eclectic, modern, contemporary, or industrial. 
    3. Warm gray paint colors make your home feel inviting and cozy. A color from this category is the perfect place to start if you’re into the rustic or traditional design styles. 
    4. Cool gray paint colors have a slight blue undertone that keeps things light, bright, and airy. Make sure to check out these colors if your decorating style is: costal, modern, contemporary, bohemian, or minimalist.

    Each category has a few different paint color options (in no specific order) with photos of the paint color in real houses. This will give you a good idea of how each color looks in different spaces.

    To find a gray paint color that will look spectacular in your home, let’s break it down and talk about the benefits of each category + what makes each individual gray paint color unique.

    Best Light Gray Paint Colors

    Light gray paint colors are popular for home interiors because of their neutral vibe. They’re not too bold, but a more cozy than a stark all white room.

    The light gray paint colors in this category have been carefully curated to avoid paint colors with strong undertones, making them the best light gray paint colors for 2022. These paint colors go with almost any decorating style and look good in any room of the house.

    This list of neutral light gray color selections are all colors with LRV’s (Light Reflectance Value) ranging from 57 to 75.

    Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore (OC-23)

    Classic Gray – LRV: 74.74 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Classic Gray paint color swatch
    Classic Gray (OC-23) by Benjamin Moore

    Classic Gray (OC-23) by Benjamin Moore is a popular light gray paint color, and it’s the lightest gray paint color on this list with an LRV of 74.74.  Creating an interior design plan around ‘Classic Gray’ is easy because of its light, neutral appearance.

    I recommend this color to anyone that can’t quite choose between off-white and gray. Classic Gray is really a hybrid between the two color classifications. In fact, despite having ‘gray’ in the name, Benjamin Moore technically includes the color in their off-white color collection.

    Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore is one of the best light gray paint colors for a living room. Checkout the photo below to see how serene this light gray looks on the walls. It’s a perfect match for rooms with plenty of natural light.

    living room with Classic Gray (OC-23) walls
    Wall Color: Classic Gray (OC-23) by Benjamin Moore (source)

    In rooms with less natural light, Classic Gray tends to look a little stronger, almost like a darker true gray. The living room below is painted with Benjamin Moore Classic Gray.

    classic gray living room
    Wall Color: Classic Gray (OC-23) by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore (OC-20)

    Pale Oak – LRV: 69.89 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Pale Oak paint color swatch
    Pale Oak (OC-20) by Benjamin Moore

    Pale Oak (OC-20) by Benjamin Moore is my personal favorite gray paint color. With a bright LRV of 69.89, it’s the second brightest gray paint color included in this guide.

    I love how this subtle gray has just enough depth and color to make it feel like a true gray, but does it in a way that isn’t overly bold or in your face.  Plus, Pale Oak walls look stunning against bright white ceilings, and trim.

    Benjamin Moore discribes Pale Oak as:

    Reminiscent of the majestic white oak, this beautiful neutral is graceful and elegant, conveying a sense of style and quiet restraint.

    View the color Pale Oak on the Benjamin Moore website here.

    And if you ask me, it’s one of the best gray paint colors for bedrooms.

    The picture below is our the guest room from our Montana house with walls painted in Benjamin Moore Pale Oak (OC-20). The ceilings are Super White (OC-152), which is also a Benjamin Moore color. 

    a bedroom painted gray with Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore
    Wall color: Pale Oak (OC-20) by Benjamin Moore (farmhouse guest bedroom)

    Related: Best White Paint Colors for Interiors (and Exteriors!)

    Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 7029)

    Agreeable Gray – LRV: 60 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Agreeable Gray paint color swatch
    Agreeable Gray (SW 7029) by Sherwin Williams

    What is the most popular gray paint color by Sherwin Williams? Some would say, without a doubt, Agreeable Gray (SW 7029).

    This light gray paint color by Sherwin-Williams is a neutral gray paint color, and as the name implies – it is quite ‘agreeable’. This gray paint color works well with most interior decorating color schemes because of its balanced neutral appearance.

    Agreeable Gray is on the warmer side in this list of popular light gray paint colors. It reads as a true gray, and does not have strong undertones with most light. With an LRV of 60, Agreeable Gray is on the lighter side, but still stands out as distinctively gray. This is especially true when contrasting against true white trim, walls, or ceilings. 

    Agreeable Gray looks is perfect for kitchens, and looks amazing in the image below. It contrasts nicely against the true white cabinets and ceiling.

    Wall Color: Agreeable Gray (SW 7029) by Sherwin-Williams (source)

    FAQ: Agreeable Gray or Classic Gray?

    Agreeable Gray vs Classic Gray

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray vs Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

    Benjamin Moore Classic Gray and Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray are two of the most popular gray paint colors, so it’s helpful to see them side by side.

    Agreeable Gray is a little bit darker, and it’s more of a true gray color. Classic Gray is lighter and closer to off-white.

    Both colors are true neutrals, with minimal undertones. Of the two colors, Agreeable Gray is slightly warmer.

    Classic Gray and Agreeable Gray are a good comparison if you’re trying to decide between a light, and a medium gray.

    I recommend testing both colors in your home to see which one looks better in person. And, did you know that you can now get real paint samples delivered to your own home? Check out these Peel-and-Stick Paint Samples from Samplize!

    In many cases, once you get the paint samples up on your walls, one will look a little better and seem to belong in a room.

    Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 7015)

    Repose Gray – LRV: 58 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Repose Gray paint color swatch
    Repose Gray (SW 7015) by Sherwin-Williams

    Repose Gray (SW 7015) is a very popular true gray paint color from Sherwin-Williams. The color does not present strong undertones in most lighting conditions. 

    This medium-light gray is another one of my favorites. Repose Gray is a well balanced paint color, and it has just a touch of warmth which makes it perfect for bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms.

    bedroom painted with Repose Gray paint
    Wall Color: Repose Gray (SW 7015) by Sherwin-Williams (source)

    Related: Best Paint Colors For North Facing Rooms

    Silver City by BEHR (MQ2-59)

    Silver City – LRV: 57 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Silver City paint color swatch
    Silver City (MQ2-59) by BEHR

    Silver City by BEHR is a neutral light gray with pleasant hints of metallic silver. The touch of silver that BEHR utilizes in this color really brings the paint to life!

    The LRV for Silver City is 57, which makes it a great choice for many rooms. Its a nice medium depth – not too light, and not too dark. The bathroom in the image below has BEHR Silver City walls.

    a bathroom painted with Silver City gray paint
    Wall Color: Silver City (MQ2-59) by BEHR (source)

    Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore (HC-169)

    Coventry Gray – LRV: 48.35 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Coventry Gray (HC-169)

    This medium light gray is one of the most neutral gray paint colors possible – it has a chroma of only 0.27. In simple terms, this color is about as close to true gray as you can get. If you’re after a neutral gray, this is an excellent choice!

    From a technical perspective, Coventry Gray does have a slight green-yellow hue. However, the hue is so mild its not likely to be discernible by human eyes.

    I have seen this color labeled as: blue-gray, or as having blue undertones, but neither of those are objectively true. If this paint color is perceived as blue, or green, it is only because of lighting.

    Neutral colors are very susceptible to an effect that I call color shift. This is when paint colors seem to have chamaeleon like power where they look different in different lighting conditions.

    Coventry Gray looks so serene in the office pictured below.

    Wall color: Coventry Gray (HC-169) by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Related: Best Green Paint Colors for Interiors

    Best Dark Gray Paint Colors

    Dark gray paint colors stand out proudly and distinctively. You can’t miss the dominate gray in these colors. This category has the kind of bold paint colors that you build a color palette around.

    With LRVs going all the way down to 14, you’ll notice right away when exploring this category that these colors are significantly darker than all the previous grays in this paint color guide. If that’s the look you’re going for, dark gray paint colors are for you!

    Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 7016)

    Mindful Gray – LRV: 48 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Mindful Gray paint color swatch
    Mindful Gray (SW 7016) by Sherwin Williams

    Sherwin Williams puts this color in their Nurturer color collection which they say is for “bringing people together”. Mindful Gray (SW 7016) fits in perfectly with this color collection’s inviting nature. It’s a comforting color that makes your home feel ready to entertain guests. 

    Mindful Gray (SW 7016) is a medium-dark bodied gray paint color with mild warm brown undertones. It has an LRV of 48 and is lighter than most of the paint colors in the Dark Gray category, yet has a rich overall color tone.

    I recommend Mindful Gray for bedrooms, and common areas like the staircase area in the image below. It’s stunning when paired with white trim.

    Mindful Gray painted walls
    Wall Color: Mindful Gray (SW 7016) by Sherwin-Williams (source)

    Dorian Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 7017)

    Dorian Gray – LRV: 39 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Dorian Gray paint color swatch
    Dorian Gray (SW 7017) by Sherwin Williams

    Dorian Gray (SW 7017) by Sherwin Williams is a medium-dark gray paint color with a LRV of 39. It’s neutral, with a slightly cool appearance. The pleasing dark gray color contrasts nicely against true white trim, and ceilings.

    If you choose Dorian Gray, I recommend sticking with a cool color pallet for the rest of the room as well. Here’s a look at this popular gray paint color used on an exterior door. Stunning!

    Exterior door painted with Dorian Gray
    Wall Color: Dorian Gray (SW 7017) by Sherwin Williams (source)

    Worsted by Farrow & Ball (No.284)

    Worsted – Farrow & Ball color description: ‘a rich gray’

    Worsted (No. 284) by Farrow and Ball paint color swatch

    Worsted (No.284) by Farrow & Ball is a medium-dark gray paint color that can read with blue undertones, especially when illuminated with cool light. The slight blue bias keeps this paint color from feeling too heavy.

    Farrow & Ball says this about their paint color Worsted:

    This rich mid grey conjures memories of city suits made from flat woven fabric, so was named after the Norfolk village where the yarn was originally woven. For devotees of our Easy Neutrals, Worsted is stronger in tone than its counterpart Purbeck Stone, but lighter than Mole’s Breath. It has an understated richness with no cold tones, making it the perfect background to make clean accent colours pop. 

    View the color Worsted on the Farrow & Ball website here.

    This is one of those gray paint colors that looks quite different depending on the type of light in the space. Definitely get some samples on the wall before buying Worsted in bulk to make sure it has the right hue you’re going for in your space.

    Cabinet Color: Worsted (No.284) by Farrow & Ball (source)

    Summit Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 7669)

    Summit Gray – LRV 30 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.

    Summit Gray paint color swatch
    Summit Gray (SW 7669) by Sherwin Williams

    Summit Gray (SW7669) by Sherwin Williams is a strong dark gray paint color with a LRV of 30. The color has a balanced color profile. It has extremely close to equal parts red, green, and blue (R: 149 G: 148 B: 145).

    This makes the color neutral with very minimal cool or warm tendencies, and no inherent undertones. Summit Gray will read very true on your walls, unless your artificial lighting has a large warm or cool bias.

    Looking for the best dark gray paint for bedrooms? Summit Gray is an excellent choice!

    kids bedroom painted with Summit Gray
    Wall Color: Summit Gray (SW 7669) by Sherwin Williams (source)

    FAQ: Summit Gray or Agreeable Gray?

    Summit Gray vs Agreeable Gray

    Sherwin Williams Summit Gray vs Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray is another great side by side comparison. These are both extremely popular Sherwin Williams gray paint colors.

    Summit Gray is significantly darker than Agreeable Gray, however, both are very appealing in their own way. Both colors are pretty neutral with no significant undertones, and no strong cool or warm bias.

    Choosing between the two will come down to personal opinion, but keep in mind that Agreeable Gray would be a better choice for a room with limited natural light.

    I recommend testing both colors in your home to see which one looks better in person. Sampilze peel & stick samples makes this super easy (and a lot less messy!) Check out these Peel-and-Stick Paint Samples from Samplize.

    In many cases, seeing the samples side by side in the room you’re wanting to paint will make the decision so much easier!

    Dovetail by Sherwin Williams (SW 7018)

    Dovetail – LRV: 26 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Dovetail paint color swatch
    Dovetail (SW 7018) by Sherwin Williams

    Dovetail by Sherwin Williams is a well known dark gray paint color. With an LRV of 26, this gray is flirting with the bottom of the brightness scale – it’s the second darkest color in the category. 

    Sherwin Williams includes this color in their High Voltage color collection, which is a fun loving, well saturated, bold group of colors. Here’s how they describe the ‘high voltage’ colors:

    Electronics, alternative rock and digital technology – plug those influences into one socket and you get a blast of high-voltage look-at-me colors. We’re not shying away from them; we’re splashing them across everything from cars to appliances to upholstery…

    View the color Dovetail on the Sherwin-Williams website here.
    Dovetail gray paint in an office
    Wall Color: Dovetail (SW 7018) by Sherwin-Williams (source)

    Arctic Seal by Benjamin Moore (CSP-15)

    Arctic Seal – LRV: 14.96 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Arctic Seal paint color swatch
    Arctic Seal (CSP-15) by Benjamin Moore

    Arctic Seal by Benjamin Moore is DARK! It has a LRV of 14.96, which makes it the darkest color in this gray paint color guide (by a significant margin). This cool dark gray could also be classified as a gray-black hybrid color. 

    Benjamin Moore personifies Arctic Seal in their paint color description:

    In his chilly underwater playground, a graceful shadow darts and twirls among the polar ice flows.

    View the color Arctic Seal on the Benjamin Moore website here.

    Arctic Seal would be a great option if you’re wanting something moody but not quite as bold as going full on black. This color would make a really pretty accent wall in an office or bedroom. It’d also be fun to paint bathroom cabinets with this dark gray paint color. Get creative!

    Related: 10 Black Paint Colors That Are Seriously Gorgeous

    bedroom painted with Arctic Seal by Benjamin Moore
    Wall Color: Arctic Seal (CSP-15) Benjamin Moore (source)

    Best Warm Gray Paint Colors

    Painting your home with warm gray paint colors creates a relaxed, cozy vibe. This category is the best place to start if you love warm color palettes, and don’t want to select too dark of a gray paint.

    Warm colors have stronger red and green color profiles, with less blue. Because of this red / green bias, gray paint  colors tend to have a yellow, or brown hue. Depending on the exact mix of color, warm grays can also have orange, or olive undertones.

    All the warm gray color selections in this category are ‘medium-light’ with LRV’s ranging between 48 and 63.

    Colonnade Gray (SW 7641) by Sherwin Williams

    Colonnade Gray – LRV: 53 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Colonnade Gray paint color swatch
    Colonnade Gray (SW 7641) by Sherwin Williams

    Colonnade Gray is a medium-light gray with RGB values of R: 198 G: 192 and B: 182. The weak blue in this color profile gives Colonnade Gray its warmth, and the prominence of red is responsible for some brown undertones.

    This is a great choice for nearly any room, but Colonnade Gray is one of the best gray paint colors for kitchen cabinets. The beautiful gray cabinets in the image below are Colonnade Gray by Sherwin Williams.

    colonnade gray kitchen cabinets
    Cabinet Color: Colonnade Gray (SW 7641) by Sherwin Williams (source)

    Here’s a look at Colonnade Gray used in a laundry room. The fun texture of the beadboard really brings the paint color to life.

    Colonnade Gray laundry room
    Wall Color: Colonnade Gray (SW 7641) by Sherwin Williams (source)

    Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore (HC-173)

    Edgecomb Gray – LRV: 63.88 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Edgecomb paint color swatch
    Edgecomb Gray (HC-173) by Benjamin Moore

    Edgecomb Gray (HC-173) is relaxed, creamy and warm. The paint color has medium depth with a LRV of 63.88. Edgecomb Gray’s subtle elegance makes this paint color a favorite for many interior design professionals and an extremely popular warm gray paint color.

    The color is a well balanced true gray, and doesn’t have strong undertones. These attributes make it a top contender if you’re looking for a light gray paint color with warm undertones that wants to be seen but doesn’t have to be the center of attention. 

    Benjamin Moore discribes Edgecomb Gray as:

    A go-to gray that’s timeless with a modern edge, this earthy, organic neutral is soft and stylish, creating a setting that feels distinctly personal.

    View the color Edgecomb Gray on the Benjamin Moore website here.

    The walls in this bedroom are Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray. 

    Edgecomb Gray bedroom
    Wall Color: Edgecomb Gray (HC-173) by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Ball (No.229)

    Elephant’s Breath – F & B Color Description: ‘a warm mid grey’

    Elephant's Breath (No.229) by Farrow & Ball paint color swatch

    If you’re looking for a unique warm gray paint color, Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Ball is worth taking a serious look at. It’s a beautiful color, but be warned – Elephant’s Breath has strong magenta undertones.

    I always recommend getting a sample of the paint color to put up on your walls before coming to a final decision, but this is especially important with Elephant’s Breath. The magenta hue can clash with other color palettes in your home. But when it works, it REALLY works – this is a beautiful paint color.

    The following is Farrow & Ball’s description of Elephant’s Breath:

    This warm and contemporary grey is renowned for its characterful paint name, originally created by John Fowler, the notable English interior designer. Elephant’s Breath reads as an uplifting mid grey with its hint of magenta, but can become almost lilac in the cooler light of west facing rooms. Try offsetting with Charleston Gray and London Clay for an invitingly earthy scheme with more intense accents, or pair with other Contemporary Neutrals such as the softer Strong White for a sense of neutrality and calm

    View the color Elephant’s Breath on the Farrow & Ball website here.

    The walls in the bathroom below below are Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Ball.

    a bathroom with Elephant's Breath gray paint walls
    Wall Color: Elephant’s Breath (No.229) Farrow & Ball (source)

    Worldly Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 7036)

    Worldly Gray – LRV: 57 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Worldly Gray paint color swatch
    Worldly Gray (SW 7043) by Sherwin Williams

    With a medium-light LRV of 57, Worldly Gray (SW 7043) by Sherwin Williams sits right in the middle of the warm gray category for brightness. 

    Worldly Gray is just warm enough to make it feel relaxed, and homey. It’s an all around great color. I recommend Worldly Gray in almost any room – bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, dining rooms, but it is definitely one of the best gray paints for cabinets. 

    The image below features a laundry room with Worldly Gray cabinets. Love this!

    Worldly Gray paint in a laundry room
    Cabinet Color: Worldly Gray (SW 7036) by Sherwin Williams (source)

    Related: Best Paint Colors for South Facing Rooms

    Thunder by Benjamin Moore (AF-685)

    Thunder – LRV: 48.05 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Thunder paint color swatch
    Thunder (AF-685) by Benjamin Moore

    Thunder (AF-685) by Benjamin Moore is quickly becoming a popular gray paint color – it made the Benjamin Moore ‘Color Trends Palette’ in 2020. Also, I kind of love the name – so moody.

    With a LRV of 48.05, Thunder is a medium to medium-dark paint color. However, Benjamin Moore designed the color to come across appearing much lighter than it actually it is.

    Benjamin Moore’s color description: 

    This color is part of the Affinity Color collection. A sophisticated palette of harmonious hues designed to express your color vision with confidence. Our most recent introduction of 144 beautiful colors was designed expressly so that each color works seamlessly on its own or in combination with any other color in the Affinity palette.

    View the color Thunder on the Benjamin Moore website here.
    Thunder gray paint dining room
    Wall Color: Thunder (AF-685) by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams (SW 7036)

    Accessible Beige – LRV: 58 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Accessible Beige paint color swatch
    Accessible Beige (SW 7036) by Sherwin Williams

    Accessible Beige (SW 7036) by Sherwin Williams is an interesting gray paint color option. If you can’t quite decide between gray and beige, this hybrid greige might be exactly what you need!

    With a LRV of 58, Accessible Beige has an appealing medium depth that isn’t too light, or too dark. This gray paint color profile is strongest in red (R: 209 G: 199 B: 184) which provides warmth, and a muted brown undertone.

    If you aren’t quite sold on any of the other colors in this gray paint guide and you want something a little more unique, this is your color.

    In the dining room below, you can see that Accessible Beige looks right at home in a room with lots of bright natural light.

    dining room with Accessible Beige walls
    Wall Color: Accessible Beige (SW 7036) by Sherwin Williams (source)

    Best Cool Gray Paint Colors

    This is the best place to start looking if you’re a fan of cool color palettes. Cool gray paint colors have a bright feel that gives your home a happy, seize the day vibe.

    Cool white is the ultimate paint color for boosting your mood, but it can feel too sterile, stark, and serious for a residential home. However, add a little bit of gray into the mix and – voila – perfection!  

    Cool gray paint colors have blue, purple, or green undertones. If you’re thinking of selecting a paint color from this category, be sure to test it out on your walls. Nuanced cool undertones can be an asset – but when they’re too strong – they dominate in an unappealing way. 

    The gray colors in this category  have a large brightness range spanning from ‘medium-dark’ to ‘medium-light’ with LRV’s from 39 to 66.

    Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore (HC-170)

    Stonington Gray – LRV 59.75 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Stonington Gray (HC-170) by Benjamin Moore

    Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore is a medium gray paint color and has some cool blue undertones. The color should look like a true gray in most rooms. However, with cool lighting or blue objects in a room, the color can end up appearing bluish.

    With a LRV of 59.75, Stonington Gray is right in the middle of what I consider the sweet spot for gray paint colors (55-65). This doesn’t mean the color is subjectively ‘best’, it just means that has a wide range of compatibility… aka it will look good in almost any room!

    In rooms with good natural lighting, Stonington Gray ends up looking a little brighter then it really is thanks to the cool undertones. This makes it a great paint color choice when you want a definitively gray color, but want to keep things feeling bright and open.

    Here’s how Benjamin Moore describes Stonington Gray on their product page:

    This color is part of the Historic Color collection. A collection of 191 time-honored hues comprises our most popular palette. Steeped in tradition, the refined, elegant colors of the Historical Collection deliver timeless color that can be used in traditional as well as contemporary spaces. Unveiled in 1976 to celebrate the US bicentennial, a collection of 191 colors inspired by America’s historic landmarks.

    View the color Stonington Gray on the Benjamin Moore website here.

    Looking for the perfect gray to make your bathroom feel fresh & clean? Stonington Gray is one of the best gray paint colors for a bathroom.

    Wall Color: Stonington Gray (HC-170) by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore (OC-52)

    Gray Owl – LRV: 65.77 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Gray Owl paint color swatch
    Gray Owl (OC-52) by Benjamin Moore

    Gray Owl (OC-52) by Benjamin Moore a medium-light gray paint color that sits just outside the middle of the color temperature spectrum (on the cool side). It’s mostly neutral with a pleasant, slightly cool color temperature. 

    Gray Owl is versatile, and looks great anywhere. However, I recommend this paint color as a top choice for kitchens, home offices, or a reading nook. Gray Owl is a light, vibrant gray. In a room with plenty of with natural light, this color inspires productivity!

    Benjamin Moore has the following to description for Gray Owl:

    This color is part of Color Preview. A collection of bold, saturated colors that brings spaces to life for those looking to illuminate their world with pure, extraordinary color. A great complement to Classic Colors, Color Preview offers a collection of 1,232 hues that excite and inspire with pure, deep, clear colors that create striking combinations.

    View the color Gray Owl on the Benjamin Moore website here.
    bedroom painted with Gray Owl paint
    Wall Color: Gray Owl (OC-52) by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Gray Owl can sometimes take on a green undertone when paired with warm finishes. If you prefer to keep it closer to a cool neutral gray, try pairing it with a bright white trim in a room with lots of natural light like in the photo below.

    Wall Color: Gray Owl (OC-52) Benjamin Moore (source)

    Anew Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 7030)

    Anew Gray – LRV: 47 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Anew Gray paint color swatch
    Anew Gray (SW 7030) by Sherwin Williams

    Anew Gray (SW 7030) by Sherwin Williams falls on the darker side of medium brightness with a LRV of 47. Like many gray paint colors, Anew Gray is a chameleon – it presents different color undertones with different types of light.

    This color has mild olive undertones when illuminated with well balanced natural light. However, beware of warm artificial lighting, and the soft warm light that pours in from North facing windows. Warm light tricks the eye into seeing Anew Gray as a warm gray with orange or brown undertones. 

    This makes it a great choice for a bathroom – not too warm, not too cool. In my opinion, Anew Gray is definitely one of the best gray paint colors for bathrooms. Checkout the bathroom below with shiplap walls painted in Sherwin Williams Anew Gray. 

    bathroom with Anew Gray walls
    Wall Color: Anew Gray (SW 7030) by Sherwin Williams (source)

    Strong White by Farrow & Ball (No.2001)

    Strong White – Farrow & Ball Color Description: ‘a gray based white’

    Strong White (No. 2001) by Farrow & Ball paint color swatch

    Strong White is a hybrid color that walks the line between off-white, and light gray. I love how light and airy this gray paint color is. 

    Here’s how Farrow & Ball describes Strong White (No.2001):

    This cool white is both strong by name and strong by nature. One of our Contemporary Neutrals, the subtle urban feel of its light grey undertones add a contemporary twist to period homes, while staying in keeping with modern properties. Pair with Skimming Stone, Elephant’s Breath and All White in any combination for an effortlessly cohesive scheme. 

    View the color Strong White on the Farrow & Ball website here.

    Lighting plays a big role in how Strong White will look in your space. For instance, both images below are interiors painted in Farrow & Ball’s Strong White, yet they look quite a bit different. (Not sure how it’ll look with your specific lighting? This is where Samplize comes in!)

    Wall Color: Strong White (No.2001) by Farrow & Ball (source)
    bathroom with Strong White painted walls
    Wall Color: Strong White (No.2001) by Farrow & Ball (source)

    Pike’s Peak Gray by Benjamin Moore (2127-50)

    Pike’s Peak Gray – LRV: 39.56 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Pike's Peak Gray paint color swatch
    Pike’s Peak Gray (21-2750) by Benjamin Moore

    Cool might be an understatement on this Benjamin Moore gray paint color – it’s straight COLD! With a LRV of 39.56, Pike’s Peak Gray (21-2750) is a cool medium-dark gray paint color with a strong blue hue. If you want to make a bold statement, this paint color can get the job done.

    Pike’s Peak Gray is a little on the extreme side – it’s the darkest and the coolest paint color in this category. 

    Here’s how Benjamin Moore describes Pike’s Peak Gray:

    Capturing the beauty of the Colorado mountain for which it is named, this tranquil shade of gray suggests a soaring, snow-covered summit.

    View the color Pike’s Peak Gray on the Benjamin Moore website here.

    In my opinion, Pike’s Peak Gray is a little too aggressive to use as the primary color for ALL the walls in a room. I recommend breaking things up by using the color to make a bold accent wall that catches the eye. Or use it on cabinetry like in the image below. Just make sure the blue undertones don’t clash with the other color palettes in your home.

    Pike's Peak Gray cabinets
    Wall Color: Pike’s Peak Gray (2127-50) by Benjamin Moore (source)

    Inspired to go blue? Checkout my Blue Paint Color Guide next!

    Light French Gray by Sherwin Williams (SW 0055)

    Light French Gray – LRV: 53 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Light French Gray paint color swatch
    Light French Gray (SW 0055) by Sherwin Williams

    Light French Gray (SW 0055) by Sherwin Williams is a lovely medium-light gray paint color with good balance. The color could easily be considered a cool-neutral because the cool tendencies are understated.

    The color’s LRV of 53 is dark enough to stand out, but not to the point where things start to feel gloomy. 

    Light French Gray has been an extremely popular light gray paint color in recent years. It’s currently included in five different Sherwin Williams color collections (Luxe, Purely Refined, Teen Space, Historic Interior Color Wall, and Minimalist) which is the most of any color in this gray paint color guide.

    Cabinet Color: Light French Gray (SW 0055) by Sherwin Williams (source)

    Here’s a look at Light French Gray used in a bathroom. I love how it looks when paired with white trim and wood accents. Stunning!

    Light French Gray bathroom
    Wall Color: Light French Gray (SW 0055) by Sherwin Williams (source)

    Miner’s Dust by Dunn Edwards (DEC786)

    Miner’s Dust – LRV: 58 (LRV, or Light Reflectance Value is a scale commonly used by design professionals where 0 = absolute black and 100 is pure white.)

    Miner’s Dust (DEC786) by Dunn Edwards

    Miner’s Dust is one of Dunn Edwards’ most popular paint colors, so you know it has to be good!

    Miner’s Dust is a light & bright gray paint color – it has a high LRV of 58, which makes it an excellent choice for areas with limited natural lighting.

    The brightness of this paint color will keep rooms feeling light and airy, while the understated gray color adds visual interest and complexity to a room color palette. 

    Wall Color: Miner’s Dust (DEC786) by Dunn Edwards (source)

    See The Top Gray Paint Colors In Your Space

    When you’ve narrowed your paint color search down to a few favorites, you’ll want to make sure and test them out with Peel-and-Stick paint samples from Samplize. The 12″ x 12″ Peel-and-Stick samples use real paint, and make it easy see how a color looks in your home. Plus, it saves you the trouble of to painting test areas on your walls.

    I wrote a full review about Samplize, check it out here: Samplize Peel & Stick Samples Honest Review

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    Tips For Choosing A Gray Paint Color

    • Make sure to buy small sample size pints of paint and have it mixed to the colors you want to test. Paint test splotches on the walls of the room you plan to paint.
    • Read my guide on how to choose the perfect paint color using undertones, color palettes, natural lighting, and more!
    • If you don’t to commit to painting test areas on your walls, buy large poster boards and make gigantic color swatch cards that you can hold up or pin to the wall.
    • Check out your test areas  samples at different times of the day (and also with the lights on and off). This way, you’ll know if certain colors have
    • Paint your trim, ceilings and other walls with an amazing white paint color. This help bring to life the gray color you choose. To find the perfect white paint color, check out the guide I created: Best White Paint Colors | The Ultimate Guide.

    For tips on how to choose a paint color that will look great in a specific room in your home, check out the paint selection guide I wrote called How To Choose A Perfect Paint Color. It has tons of useful information on how to use undertones, lighting and more to determine which colors will look amazing in your space.

    Want my A-to-Z blueprint on how to design a room that’s beautiful and stylish?

    Final Thoughts On Best Gray Paint Colors

    Gray paint is extremely popular right now, and for good reason. It makes your home look fresh, calm, and welcoming. Many people are choosing gray paints for their homes, it’s a popular choice for sure!

    In case you skimmed through (yeah I do that too), here’s a quick recap.

    Best Gray Paint Colors by Sherwin Williams

    • Agreeable Gray
    • Repose Gray
    • Mindful Gray
    • Dorian Gray
    • Summit Gray
    • Dovetail
    • Collonade Gray
    • Worldly Gray
    • Accessible Beige
    • Anew Gray
    • Light French Gray

    My favorites? Agreeable Gray, Repose Gray, Accessible Beige, and Light French Gray.

    Best Gray Paint Colors by Benjamin Moore

    • Classic Gray
    • Pale Oak
    • Coventry Gray
    • Arctic Seal
    • Edgecomb Gray
    • Thunder
    • Stonington Gray
    • Gray Owl
    • Pike’s Peak Gray

    My favorites? Classic Gray, Pale Oak, Edgecomb Gray and Gray Owl.

    Best Gray Paint Colors for Bedrooms

    • Benjamin Moore Pale Oak
    • Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray
    • Sherwin Williams Repose Gray
    • Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray
    • Sherwin Williams Summit Gray
    • Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray

    Best Gray Paint Colors for Bathrooms

    • Sherwin Williams Repose Gray
    • Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray
    • Sherwin Williams Anew Gray

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What gray is the most popular?

    Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams – If the name isn’t enough proof, one quick search on Pinterest you’ll find SO many people using Agreeable Gray in their homes. It’s a beautiful and versatile gray that looks good, literally anywhere!

    What gray paint has no undertones?

    Strong White by Farrow & Ball has very little undertones and is considered a true gray, especially when looking for a light gray paint color with no undertones.

    If you’re looking for a little bit darker of a gray, Stonington Gray is a great option with little to no undertones as well.

    What is the most popular light gray?

    Light French Gray by Sherwin-Williams is gaining serious popularity. It’s the perfect choice for any living space, whether it be a bathroom, laundry room, or bedroom – it creates such a beautifully neutral backdrop.

    All My Paint Color Resources

    I LOVE helping people choose paint colors! I’ve created several different resources that can help you choose a paint color with confidence. Check them out below:

    You can find the rest of my paint color tips & tricks HERE!

    Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments below if you’ve used a gray paint color that you think should have made this gray paint color guide. 

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    Most Popular Gray Paint Colors