The Perfect Gray Paint

I’m in search of the perfect gray paint for our family room.  Grays are really tricky, though.  They each have their own undertones (hints of blue or green, for example), and they all look different depending on the lighting in your particular room.  What looks beautiful in a picture on the internet can look altogether awful in your own house.  But, I will prevail over the gray paints out there, and find the perfect shade for our family room.  With my Benjamin Moore color wheels in tow, I invite you to follow along on my gray paint journey, and hope you can help me decide on “the one.”

Here is a picture of our family room the way it looks today.  We’ve got lots of beige going on in here with the wall color and the couch.  I think some gray paint (and a new rug, and maybe a new ottoman) will really change the look of the room.

famliy room

I’ve consulted my color wheels, and I’ve done lots of looking on the internet for the perfect gray paint.  I’ve poured over Pinterest pictures, Houzz pictures, and read other blog posts, and I’ve finally narrowed it down to the following Benjamin Moore colors.

perfect gray paint, Benjamin Moore gray paint, Stonington Gray, Gray Owl, Revere Pewter, Nimbus, Smoke Embers, Silver Chain


I was originally thinking that Revere Pewter or Stonington Gray would work best.  When you see Revere Pewter in pictures of rooms online, it can look much more gray than beige.  So, I headed over to OSH for  paint samples of those two colors, and painted each color on some foam poster board.  I’ve been looking at the samples for a couple of days now, and the good news is that I think I can eliminate one. The bad news is that I need to go back to OSH and get some more paint samples because I haven’t found “the one..”  Here is a picture of the samples in the room at night.

Samples of Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter and Stonington Gray

Samples of Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter and Stonington Gray

The Stonington Gray is on top, and the Revere Pewter is on the bottom.  They are both beautiful colors, but the Revere Pewter in our house looks like a lighter (albeit better) version of what we currently have on the walls.  The Stonington Gray looks really nice at night, but in the daytime it takes on a slight hint of baby blue that makes it only a “maybe.”

So, it’s back to OSH this weekend to get samples of the other colors above.  The gray paints have beaten me this time around, but I will prevail in the end.  Stay tuned for round #2 of my search for the perfect gray paint.

Continue the saga…jump to The Perfect Gray Paint, Part II

By | 2016-09-12T19:48:05+00:00 April 9th, 2014|Family Room, Paint|1 Comment

One Comment

  1. Jno February 3, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Grey owl. Do it.

    Stonington def bluish =/

    Revere pewter everyones got it already… Same ol same ol.

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