Choosing Paint: How To Pick the Right Gray
Which Version of Today's 'It' Neutral Is For You?
Gray has certainly undergone a radical transformation in the past few years — in terms of how we view it, that is. No longer is gray only associated with dreary days, serious attire and a gloomy outlook. This quiet neutral has shaken off its bad rap. Gray has not only replaced beige as being the "It" neutral, but grays are now synonymous with style, sophistication and glamour. Read on for some hints on picking a great gray paint color for your space.
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Silver gray. Lighter gray paint colors actually look silver, and they will appear luminous in a well-lit space. When paired with white, these silvery grays create a dazzling space that is also serene. There's nothing gloomy about that. Paint Pick: Zircon 7667 by Sherwin-Williams
Medium gray. I don't know why, but gray and yellow seem to be made for each other. Many people are hesitant to use yellow but when put with gray, it just works. You can create a cheery space by using a soft mid-tone gray with vivid yellow accents. Paint Pick: North Star 6246 by Sherwin-Williams
Greige. The gray office cubicle has definitely received a bad reputation. However, as shown here, a very warm gray can be a terrific choice for a workspace whether it's a home office, studio or craft room. These warmer shades of gray are called greige because they are a cross between gray and beige. This color is welcoming, cozy and far from being drab. Paint Pick: Mega Greige 7031 by Sherwin-Williams
Nature's Gray. Gray in the kitchen is becoming very popular these days. Because kitchens are such a huge gathering place, use a gray that is warm and inviting. If greige looks too taupe to you, turn to nature for inspiration. Many birds and other animals, rocks and pebbles are perfect shades of warm gray. Paint Pick: Gray Horse 2140-50 by Benjamin Moore
Pewter. Like other neutrals, gray gives you limitless possibilities as far as introducing other hues. However, don't forget to include different textures and patterns, as well. This will keep the more saturated grays from appearing too drab. Here, a pewter (gray with a bit of bronze) wall color is tempered by a host of of fun colors and playful patterns. Paint Pick: Stone Harbor 2111-50 by Benjamin Moore
Purple gray. The dark gray used in this space has purplish undertones, which is a great color for a more casual space. This shade of deep gray is less formal than one that leans more towards blue or black. Paint Pick: Exclusive Plum 6263 Sherwin-Williams
Charcoal gray. Deep charcoal grays are more subdued. Also called smoky gray, this color is very calming which makes it a great choice for a bedroom. The deepest grays exude a feeling of elegance, and they create a striking contrast when paired with white or vivid colors. Tip: Bright yellows are commonly used with charcoal gray, but try experimenting with other unexpected hues such as lime green, cranberry red or burnt orange. Paint Pick: Gilbraltar 6257 by Sherwin-Williams
Slate gray. Yes, you can use gray with tan, beige and other organic hues. It doesn't always feel right to put these neutrals together but it can work well if you incorporate different finishes. For example, in this photo walls painted with slate gray serve as a backdrop for stained wood cabinetry. Paint Pick: Steely Gray 7664 by Sherwin-Williams
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