Gray is definitely a new neutral that has become a popular alternative to beige and brown. As an interior designer, it’s my business to make sure I select the perfect paint colours for my clients.
I’ve chosen my favourite and most reliable gray paint colours that always look good and are what I call my go to collection. None of these paint colours will turn pink, mauve or beige in typical lighting conditions. So, here’s how to go gray!
1. Benjamin Moore — Barren Plain
The lightest and most “brown” of the bunch, this is an excellent gray if you don’t want a gray that’s too blue once it’s applied. It still has a natural warmth so it will blend well with brown floors or espresso furniture. But it feels fresh and won’t feel yellow or beige, especially if you are leaving a more brown palette behind. Good for those who are newbies to gray!
2. Benjamin Moore — Coventry Gray
A stunning medium gray with a cool undertone. This is definitely not brown in tone and will feel light, fresh and clean, particularly when mixed with whites and blacks. A great colour to combine with white marbles in bathrooms and kitchens. For a lighter version try Stonington Gray.
3. Benjamin Moore — Kendall Charcoal
An all-time favourite deep neutral, Kendall Charcoal works so well with creams, whites, browns, taupes or really any other punch of colour. Verging slightly to the warm side, this mixes very well with all browns and natural stone colours. It won’t read as dark blue once applied and will remain charcoal in most combinations. It also makes an excellent choice as an accent wall or front door colour.
4. Benjamin Moore — Escarpment or Vintage Pewter
Okay, two colours options. Both of these paint colours are very similar in tone and brightness. They are both a medium-tone in colour depth so I made them one option – kind of a “two for one” deal.
Choose Escarpment for a mid tone gray with a hint of brown and select Vintage Pewter if you want something with a tiny hint of brown. Both work well with charcoal or light neutrals. Each gray has enough colour depth to provide ample background colour without making your walls feel too dark.
5. Benjamin Moore — Flint
A dark blue-based charcoal-gray, this colour reminds me of dark storm clouds. It’s moody and rich and works well with rustic grey stains or taupes and sandy shades. It has a strong presence and will turn bluer in feel when combined with oranges, terra cotta, auburn or cognac coloured fixtures, furnishings, or materials.
Flint feels solid and will stand out in a space especially when combined with other earth tones. It is a wonderful colour for furniture, an accent wall or even a front door!
Which gray works best for your space?
Hopefully, I’ve helped you narrow down your choice of paint colours but which colour works best in your space? With your furniture? With the amount of light your space receives? If you still can’t decide then book an appointment with us.