Grey is a wonderful but tricky colour, and I tend to think that some shades are too trendy to last. Grey kitchen cabinets may look great now, but you don’t want to be stuck with something you tire of a few years down the road (I’m a big fan of the classic white kitchen or light wood). Deep grey or blue-grey rooms could get old and cold-feeling pretty fast. 

That said, a light, misty greys or grey’s that are on the warm side – aka greige – can be timeless and the perfect neutral backdrop for either colourful accessories or muted soft decor. Greys are great for creating calming, soothing spaces and work well as an alternative to white walls. A cool or neutral grey will neutralize an overly yellow or reddish floor or cabinets. Use a warmer greige to liven up a north-facing space. 

You absolutely need to test swatch different greys to see what will work in your space, because it can easily end up looking too cement-cold and dull or even dingy and dirty. Depending on where you live and the light that you get in your rooms, grey will look very different in your home compared to another, and in morning vs. evening.

With a bit of testing and the knowledge you’ll find here of the go-to favourites that work well in most rooms and will outlast the trend, you’ll be able to pull off a beautiful grey space with ease. 

find the perfect gray paint

I really like Sherwin Williams paint and use them for most of my projects. Repose Gray is a favourite go-to that works in most any space. It’s a neutral with just a very slight soft warm undertone so if feels good even in low light. 

finding the perfect gray paint - the best Sherwin Williams greys and greiges

I’ve used CIL Oyster Bay & Raindrop White many times with great results, and also like Universal Grey for a darker grey shade for bathrooms or bedrooms. 

BM Misty Gray

BM Balboa Mist is a really soothing greige that’s a true neutral but with a very soft feel. Misty gray is also really nice and I’ve used it with great results in a basement and bedrooms with low light. Stonington Gray is a nice greeny-taupy-grey that warms up a space really well. 

best greys and greiges - favourite BM greys

Here are some great examples of greys and greiges being used in real life. One final tip – if you like one of the gray tones but want it a bit lighter, ask for 50% or 75% to lighten up just a bit.

Click on photos for sources. 

SW Light French Gray

SW Light French Gray

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

Benjamin Moore Misty Gray

Benjamin Moore Misty Gray

Sherwin Williams Aloof Gray (Aloof Gray is very similar to Repose Gray)

Sherwin Williams Aloof Gray (Aloof Gray is very similar to Repose Gray)

CIl/Dulux Universal Gray

CIl/Dulux Universal Gray

CIL Chiseled Grey

CIL Chiseled Grey

SW Repose Gray

SW Repose Gray

SW Rock Candy

SW Rock Candy

BM Gray Owl

BM Gray Owl

BM Stonington Grey

BM Stonington Grey

Ready for more colour advice that will help you simplify colour choice in your whole home? 

how to choose interior colour workbook

NOTE: this post was updated from the original. 

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