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The Best Warm Gray Paint Colors, According to Designers

 Getty Images/Graphic by Cristina Cianci

You don't need 50 shades of gray to pick a paint color. In fact, too many choices can result in a paint color conundrum. Just go stand in front of a wall of paint chips at the hardware store for proof with hundreds of shades and tones of the same color. Why is it that when we want to choose a simple neutral paint color, we're suddenly faced with over 200 choices? Luckily, there are design experts who have pored over the many shades of gray on the market for us already, making the selection a breeze.

  • Color Family: Gray 
  • Complementary Colors: No complementary colors
  • Pairs Well With: Blush, light oatmeal shades, blues
  • Mood: Warm and cozy
  • Where to Use: Try them in north-facing rooms that don't get much natural light

Gray has always been a paint color of choice. After white, it's one of the most common picks. But here's the thing: Gray paint can feel a little cold if you don't choose the right shade. To make the process of choosing a warm gray paint color a little easier, we've turned to the experts. Over the years, we've interviewed dozens of interior designers on their favorite paint color choices, from Shea McGee to Nate Berkus, and now, we've brought them all together here. If you're looking for the perfect shade of warm gray from brands such as Farrow & Ball or Benjamin Moore, look no further. From light to dark, below are the only warm gray paint colors you need for your next paint project.

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Farrow & Ball Cornforth White

Farrow & Ball - Conforth White

Heidi's Bridge; Design by  Tali Roth

"The color is slightly warm and subtle but saturated, so it looks great with everything," says designer Lauren Buxbaum Gordon of Nate Berkus Associates.

Farrow & Ball Cornforth White $99.00
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Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

Benjamin Moore - Classic Grey

Lindsay Salazar; Design by  Studio McGee

"It has a warm undertone, so in some lights, it is a true light gray, and in others, it is more greige," designer Shea McGee of Studio McGee says.

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray $80.00
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Benjamin Moore Gray Owl

benjamin moore gray owl

Devon Grace Interiors

"It's a soft, warm gray that works beautifully in a white kitchen," designer Amanda Reynal of Reynal Interiors says. "It complements most stone countertop tones and allows for a multitude of accent colors."

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl $80.00
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Benjamin Moore Shoreline

Benjamin Moore - Shoreline

 Pure Inc.

"This color mixes well with jewel-tone colors like emerald green and cobalt blues, which we are loving right now," designer Jay Jeffers says.

Benjamin Moore Shoreline $80.00
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Farrow & Ball Calluna

Farrow & Ball - Calluna

Courtesy of Farrow & Ball 

"This gray is imbued with just the smallest touch of lavender, creating a certain depth that makes it one of my newest favorites as a neutral," designer Robert Passal says.

Farrow & Ball Calluna $99.00
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Sherwin-Williams Knitting Needles

Sherwin Williams - Knitting Needles

 Courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

"This is a very soft gray that has great light-reflecting qualities. It's a great choice for both cabinetry and walls," designer Jeff Andrews of Jeff Andrews Design says.

knitting needles
Sherwin-Williams Knitting Needles $38.00
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Farrow & Ball Purbeck Stone

Farrow & Ball - Purbeck Stone

Nicole Franzen; Design by Bespoke Only 

"This color feels bright and airy during the day, but in lower light, it becomes sexier. It's a fantastic backdrop for art," Jeffers says.

Farrow & Ball Purbeck Stone $99.00
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Farrow & Ball Pavillion Gray

Farrow & Ball - Pavilion Gray

Zeke Ruelas; Design by Brady Tolbert for EHD


"This is a neutral paint color that feels warm and soft and pairs well with a white, stone-like calacatta marble," according to designer Lauren Bradshaw.

Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray $99.00
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Benjamin Moore Dior Gray

Benjamin Moore - Dior Gray

Courtesy of Benjamin Moore 

"For a powder room, you can go darker and create a dramatic moment with a dark paint choice or even an unexpected wallpaper," designer Nate Berkus says. "Otherwise, for a full bathroom, go pale, like gray. My go-to is Dior Gray from Benjamin Moore. With white tiles, brass, and chrome, you can't go wrong."

Benjamin Moore Dior Gray $80.00

This shade looks great paired with a blush.