The gray craze has been around for a couple of years now, but perhaps you’ve resisted it all this time? You love your beige walls, and aren’t ready to repaint your entire house. But, now that you see the gray trend isn’t going away anytime soon, you’ve recently been flirting with the idea of adding a little bit of gray paint into your house. A gray accent wall, perhaps? What’s the best gray paint to pair with your beige walls? I’m so glad you asked!
There are two kinds of gray – warm and cool. If you want to pair gray with beige, you must choose a warm gray. If you learn nothing else from this post, please remember this key point! Cool grays tend to have hints of blue and purple, which does not work well with beige, while warm grays tend to have brown and yellow undertones, which can pair well with beige. Here’s a great picture to help show the difference between warm grays and cool grays.
So, where do you start? There are some beautiful tried and true grays that pair well with beige that I will share in this post. However, you must see these colors in your own house and next to your beige walls before you make your final selection. There is just no getting around this important step.
Buy 3 to 5 samples of gray paint colors from the paint or hardware store, paint the samples in big rectangles on some foam core poster board (so it doesn’t warp when it dries), and prop them up against your walls for a day or two. Stare at them in the daylight, and at night, and eliminate the ones that just don’t work for you. Maybe one of them is looking too green at night, or another looks too blue in the daytime…you may even need to pick up another round of samples at the paint store before you find the perfect shade of gray (see my seemingly endless search for the perfect gray paint). Also, keep in mind that if you find a color you love but wish it was just a little darker, the paint store can make the paint lighter or darker for you.
As promised, here are some of my favorite shades of gray to use as an accent with your beige walls.
#1 Sherwin William’s Dovetail (SW 7018)
This is my personal favorite. I used this in my previous house, and more recently at a friend’s house for an accent wall. Both of the houses had beige walls, and Dovetail is just beautiful paired with beige. Definitely put this on your list of samples to try.
#2 Sherwin William’s Guantlet Gray (SW 7019)
#3 Benjamin Moore’s Chelsea Gray (HC-168)
#4 Benjamin Moore’s Briarwood (HC-175)
#5 Sherwin William’s Urbane Bronze (SW 7048)
Dark, but very pretty.
#6 Benjamin Moore’s Cape May Cobblestone (BM 1474)
So, what if you are ready to take the plunge and paint all of your walls gray? Well, there are many, many beautiful shades of gray out there. I searched and searched for the perfect gray paint in my previous home for quite some time until I finally found the right one for me. If you have been a beige person for years, I would highly recommend you take a look at the following colors. They are often referred to as “greige” paints…the perfect blend of gray and beige.
#1 Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter (HC-172)
This color is well known in the design industry, and has been very popular for many years. It’s a beautiful neutral gray…subtle, warm, goes with everything!
#2 Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray (SW 70)
Often referred to as the Sherwin William’s version of Revere Pewter, this is what I have in my current home, and I love it.
#3 Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray (SW 7029)
Another very popular gray.
#4 Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray (HC-173)
This is the most beige of the greiges I’m showing you here today, but it is a beautiful color, nonetheless. It might not be enough gray for you if you are making a change to all of your walls, but then again, it might just be the subtle change you are looking for.
#5 Sherwin Williams Modern Gray (SW 7632)
If you want to go more gray (with no hint of beige), consider Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl (BM 2137-60). It’s a beautiful gray that won’t look cold on your walls due to its green and yellow undertones. It’s simply lovely!
Hope this provides you with a good starting point for adding some gray paint to your home. Happy painting!