You don't need 50 shades of gray to pick a paint color. In fact, too many choices can result in paint color paralysis. 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.
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.
Farrow & Ball Cornforth White
"The color is slightly warm and subtle but saturated, so it looks great with everything," designers Lauren Buxbaum Gordon and Sasha Adler of Nate Berkus Associates.
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl
"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 Shoreline
"This color mixes well with jewel-tone colors like emerald green and cobalt blues, which we are loving right now," designer Jay Jeffers says.
Farrow & Ball Calluna
"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.
Sherwin-Williams Knitting Needles
"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.
Farrow & Ball Purbeck Stone
"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 Pavillion Gray
"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.
Benjamin Moore Dior Gray
"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."
This shade looks great paired with blush.