Gray is one of the most versatile paint colors. It's perfect for moody rooms when you're looking to create ambiance, yet it's also the ideal pick for serene spaces to project a sense of calm. This shade pairs seamlessly with a variety of décor styles. In fact, you could say it's a definitive neutral, a prime pick for those seeking something more exciting than the usual white or beige while still maintaining versatility and polish.
With so many options available, we decided it was time to poll the experts to find out the exact gray paint colors that some of today's top design talents are using. You may want to take notes—this color is changing how we decorate. Read on to see the best gray paint colors designers reach for 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 2014'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; it will really elevate your room."
"Benjamin Moore's Cumulous Cloud is a great rich neutral that's warm in color and not too gray, actually. I'm using it on all the doors and kitchen cabinets in a new house that I'm designing."
Martyn Lawrence Bullard
"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."
"I recently painted my entry in Connecticut in Haddon Hall from C2 Paint, a lovely, soft greenish-gray. The color allows the art I've hung to really pop, and the greenish tint makes a nice transition from the outdoors in."
"My favorite gray paint is actually borrowed from the exterior of William Doyle Galleries, a favorite auction house of mine. It's a 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's Coventry Gray and Hollandlac Brilliant from Fine Paints of Europe."
Kathryn M. Ireland
This story was originally published on July 4, 2017, and has since been updated.