It’s been nearly a decade since gray took over as the most popular accent color in design meaning I’ve used A LOT of gray in my career. Today, I’m sharing my top 5 go-to grays that are fail proof and look great anywhere!
PRO TIP! What ‘temperature’ lightbulbs you use can drastically impact how a color looks in your home. Do your light bulbs cast more of a warm, orange glow or do they have a cooler light? The best way to get a TRUE representation of the paint colors you’re selecting is to use bulbs that are close to 3000K (kelvin). Often times, this is categorized as ‘warm white’ in the store if it doesn’t provide a kelvin temperature on the packaging. 3000K is as close as you can get to the temperature of outdoor light meaning it’s not going to turn your gray walls beige or blue. A lot of times LED bulbs will be really cool in temperature while those vintage Edison bulbs are very orange. Be aware of how your lightbulbs are affecting the perception of your paint choices.
Coventry gray is the perfect place to start. It’s a versatile mid-tone gray that easily pairs with most colors. See below for a variety of spaces using this color.
You can see that Coventry Gray pairs well with warmer tones, cooler tones, bright whites, and pops of bold colors!
La Paloma Gray is similar to Coventry Gray in that it is also a mid-tone gray. However, when compared side-by-side, it has a much warmer undertone to it. While Coventry Gray has a crisp, contemporary look, La Paloma Gray has a touch more sophistication.
Chelsea Gray is one of my biggest go-to gray’s when I want a bold contrast without it feeling too dark. It can have a slight green undertone in certain light, so be sure to double check this one in the room you plan to paint it in and make sure your light bulbs aren’t casting too warm of a light.
Stonington Gray is a very subtle, light and airy gray. I like using this color in spaces that I want to feel bright and crisp. I’ve even used it on ceilings before!
Last, but certainly not least, the gray with the boldest punch of them all! Kendall Charcoal is the perfect choice for any space where you want to create contrast and drama. It pairs well with cooler colors and warmer colors, but it’s just light enough that it doesn’t feel black. I’ve used Kendall Charcoal over, and over, and over again.
These are my Top 5 Gray Paint Colors! There’s a lot of paint colors out there, but I go to these 5 time and time again. What’s your favorite gray paint color?