Stacy Naquin from Stacy Naquin Interiors rounded up the best Grays for us in this post below:
What do you think of when you hear the colour Gray?
Dull – Dingy – Boring?!
Fresh – Dramatic – Clean?!
Open any shelter magazine or walk down Madison Avenue because GRAY is the trendy color of choice! From fashion to interiors, gray is all the rage, and if done properly, can create an amazing space!
We’ve asked several designers, bloggers and DIYers to tell us what their favorite gray is and why. Each featured designer participated in one of Maria’s True Colour Expert Workshops.
“One of my most adored grays is HC-169 Coventry Gray. My favorite color is blue and I love how this gray has such an evident blue undertone. It is modern, fresh, and can be used as a shy neutral or a pop of color.” Coley Hueske
Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray HC-169
“I love HC-168 Chelsea Gray because it’s a warm, sophisticated gray with just the right amount of brown in it. Paint it on the walls in an eggshell finish for a sexy and dramatic bedroom. I’ve also used it on a ceiling paired with HC-170 Stonington Gray on the walls. Looks fabulous with pops of bright yellow or fuschia!” Kristie Barnett
Benjamin Moore HC-168 Chelsea Gray
“Kendall Charcoal is a rich gray with lots of depth and character and can be teamed up with so many different colours. Although it’s dark, when paired with light colours, it really shines – bringing a warmth and liveliness to all colors.” Jil Sonia McDonald
Benjamin Moore HC-166 Kendall Charcoal
“One of my favorite grays is Sherwin-Wiliams Urbane Bronze. It’s a dramatic, dark gray that borders on brown — so it’s a wonderful way to bring in gray into a room while still maintaining flow with existing beige and brown colors in other areas of the home. I’ve used it personally in my laundry room and bonus room … and the color always draws rave reviews. This bedroom by Catherine Dolen & Associates shows how Urbane Bronze can be used to create a clean, yet classic look. Urbane Bronze is also wonderful on cabinets!” Traci Zeller
Sherwin Williams – Urbane Bronze SW7048
via Kimberley Wiens for Style at Home source
Edgecomb Gray is a soft, barely there gray that looks especially beautiful in a room with lots of natural light. I have used it so many times these past few months. It is beautiful and seems to compliment almost everything!” Linda Holt
Benjamin Moore – Edgecomb Gray HC-173
“This classic color of gray is very soothing. It has a perfect balance of undertones, making it neutral enough to use with most colors.” Stacy Naquin
Benjamin Moore – Nimbus 1465
“What I love most about this room is the juxtaposition of rustic accents and classic details. It’s cozy without being stuffy and any of my guests would be quite comfortable staying in this room.” Jennifer Reynolds
Benjamin Moore – Nightingale AF-670
“Right now I am pulled toward the lighter, softer more reflective gray. The greys that hold more than a tinge of warmth. The colors that reflect nature deepen the connection like this room. What draws me into this living room wall color? The walls shimmer with a reflective, open feel. It makes me think about being on water, dreaming. There is light and depth. A story behind the color. A muted glow. I adore how the softer brights in this case, the numerous shades of apricot come to light in the reflective sheen of gray walls. Every shade and tone in the folds has presence. The yellow under the monks’ robe pops. The black pops with crisp certainty, and the white looks just right. Even the vines of the carved table look good against the gray light. A color for all seasons and all rooms.” Jennifer Duchene
Benjamin Moore – Seattle Gray 2130-70
“Revere Pewter is one of my favorite grays. It’s such a soft, warm color. Plus it plays well with so many other colors!” Kelly Bernier
Benjamin Moore – Revere Pewter HC-172
Andrea Brooks Interiors
“Dovetail is a great charcoal gray with a hint of a blue undertone. I love using a deeper gray when I am using brighter colors in my fabrics, art or accessories. This color is best used in cozier room like a family room–you just want to wrap yourself up in it!” Andrea Brooks
Sherwin Williams – Dovetail 7018
Need help choosing the right neutral or colour? My How to Choose Paint Colours: It’s all in the Undertones ebook takes the hundreds of choices down to 9 neutral undertones along with list of all my other go-to best grays, broken down into 3 undertones, green, blue and purple. The beige undertones of pink, yellow, green, gold, orange and taupe along with the best greens and blues.
My bonus book of colours is worth the price of the ebook alone but you will also get my system of understanding undertones so you can stop making mistakes when sourcing tile, carpet, countertops, etc.
To make sure the undertones in your home are right, get some large samples!
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