Top Designers Share Their Favorite Gray Paint Colors
Gray is one of the most versatile paint colors—perfect for moody rooms when you’re looking to create ambiance, yet also the ideal pick for serene spaces to project a sense of calm. With so many options and choices available, we decided it was time to poll the experts to find out the exact colors that some of today’s top design talents are using. Read on to learn what the best in the biz reach for when opting for gray, and check out some of our favorite gray spaces these experts have created.
"Gray is a fail-safe color for any room. My go-to is still Dior Gray by Benjamin Moore. It’s classic and elegant and pairs well with pretty much everything: neutrals, blues, white, or black. Go a bit darker with your gray for more drama, especially in smaller spaces like a powder room. I recently used Sherwin-Williams’s Serious Gray. Stunning."
"Our favorite gray paint right now is Pratt & Lambert’s Windham. It’s pale, really more of a tint than a fully saturated color, and makes a great wall color. We used it in the family room of this year’s Coastal Living showhouse. Windham leans more toward a pale taupe than a blue-gray, so it’s warm, sophisticated, and inviting. It has no purple undertones at all, which is a mistake made with some grays that can turn alarmingly purple. Pair it with crispy white trim, and it will really elevate your room."
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"I love using Deep Space, a chic blue-gray Benjamin Moore color that has a bold presence when used in a contemporary setting (like the bookcases in my office) or takes on a more sophisticated French 19th-century edge when used in a paneled hallway or dining room. Gray is one of those timeless colors that always has a great air of elegance. To me, Deep Space is a truly smart tone of gray, less severe than black, yet strong enough to make just the right statement."
"My favorite gray paint is actually borrowed from the exterior of William Doyle Galleries, a favorite auction house of mine. It is beautiful feather gray, like the kind you see painted on the massive exterior doors in Paris. I love a super-glossy finish to give the luminosity of a black pearl. The paint is a combination of Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray color and Hollandlac Brilliant finish from Fine Paints of Europe."
"I love Stone from my new line with C2 Paints. I just painted my new headquarters in Los Angeles that color and everything looks great against it: art, furniture, fabric, and more. Things just pop and it's got enough color without being overwhelming. A good neutral."
Do you have a gray you swear by? Let us know what it is in the comments!