Finding the Perfect Gray Paint Color

When it comes to finding the perfect shade of gray… the STRUGGLE IS REAL! The first decision in both of our homes was picking paint colors. We both knew we wanted a light shade of gray and finding that perfect gray was an overwhelming task because there are so many options to choose from. <— please tell us we’re not alone in feeling this way?

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i_heart_paint_organization-30All of our favorite brands of paint offered lots of different shades of gray, and figuring out which shades we loved from each brand in order to narrow down our search seemed downright impossible. That’s when we turned to our readers and asked them, “what gray paint do you absolutely LOVE in your home?!”.

The response was overwhelming and quite honestly, SO helpful. Hearing the names of some of these reader-tested, reader-approved grays has really helped us identify which ones we should take a closer look at. From there, we were then able to advance our search by narrowing this collection down even more and bringing home samples of those remaining colors to test out in the given space. Eventually those samples led us to our answers, but looking back we realized that the list of grays we collected from you guys continues to be our best place to start in this process.

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That’s when we figured that others could be struggling with the same exact process. Why not make this reader-tested-reader-approved list of gray paints available for EVERYONE to use when starting their search?

And that’s what today’s post is all about. You may not need this list today, or not even this year, but hopefully you can bookmark it (or pin it) so that when the day comes to choose the perfect shade of gray, you’ll have a resource to help make this overwhelming task a bit more attainable.

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So without further ado, here is the complete list of ALL the Gray Paint Colors that our readers love and recommend to others:

Benjamin Moore Colors

  • Benjamin Moore Shoreline
  • Benjamin Moore Gray Owl (this is actually throughout Casey’s entire home!)
  • Benjamin Moore Harbor Gray
  • Benjamin Moore Plantinum Gray
  • Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Grey
  • Benjamin Moore Shoreline
  • Benjamin Moore Moonshine (light blue grey)
  • Benjamin Moore Stormy Monday
  • Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (A greige Bridget has throughout her home)
  • Benjamin Moore Sea Salt (Greige)
  • Benjamin Moore Winter White (light gray)
  • Benjamin Moore Collingwood
  • Benjamin Moore Horizon
  • Benjamin Moore Pelican Gray

Sherwin Williams’ Colors

  • Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray
  • Sherwin Williams Repose Grey
  • Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige
  • Sherwin Williams Passive
  • Sherwin Williams Argos
  • Sherwin Williams Crushed Ice
  • Sherwin Williams Requisite Grey
  • Sherwin Williams Functional Grey
  • Sherwin Williams Mindful Grey
  • Sherwin Williams Nebulous White (super-duper light grey)
  • Sherwin Williams Anew Gray

Behr Colors

  • Mineral by Behr
  • Crooked Creek by Behr (Bridget used this in her bathroom)
  • Irish Mist by Behr
  • Silver Drop by Behr


  • Stony Ground by Farrow and Ball
  • Glidden’s Universal Grey (we used this on B’s DIY Barn Door)
  • Restoration Hardware’s Graphite
  • Stony Path by Valspar
  • Ruffled Feathers by Dulux
  • Frappe by Valspar (Green undertones)
  • Filtered Shade by Valspar (We used this in the Lowe’s Bedroom Makeover)

paint-color-swatches-diy-bloggerHopefully this list will be a resource for you when it’s time to find that perfect gray for your next paint project! And if you happen to stumble upon a gorgeous new gray, please leave it in the comments below and we will add it to the master list for everyone to see. bridget_and_casey_sig


  • Grays are the hardest – the undertones can be so tricky! These ones are so pretty, thanks for sharing you guys!

    • So difficult, right?! What are some of your favorite grays Kira?

    • You listed some of my faves! Our house is painted BM Shoreline, and lately I’ve really been loving the warmer undertones of BM Collingwood. I also like BM Horizon (no, I am not sponsored by Benjamin Moore lol).

    • hahaha…we are big Benjamin Moore fans too! We haven’t used any of those colors, but will definitely add them to our someday list!

  • Ohhhh that sounds gorgeous!

  • Trang

    There are definitely more than 50 shades of gray! It was such a hard decision to make when painting every room in my house last summer. I wanted to pull my hair out because it all looked different under certain lights, time of the day, wall, etc. I believe I even emailed Casey about it asking what color was used in Maggie’s condo makeover. In the end, I went with all SW paints (because of a 40% off sale): repose gray for the kitchen, light French Gray for the living room/dinning room and my bedroom, and ice cube for the ceiling (white with a hint of gray/lavender/blue).

    • Ice cube for the ceiling…that sounds gorgeous!

  • Great round up of grey paints! I heart grey paint and the color I have throughout most of my home is “Ruffled Feathers” by Dulux. With a name like that, you can’t go wrong!

    • Never heard of that one before! Love the name.

  • Kristen Ayotte

    After trying what felt like a million samples last summer, I finally landed on Sherwin Williams Anew Gray. I feel like it’s perfect “griege” in our house. I was so slow to switch over from my previously all beige house to gray so I needed something that still felt warm and cozy. 🙂

    • Love a nice greige. They can be tricky…but when you find the perfect one it’s magical!

  • Chaney | Mix & Match Design Co

    This is a great roundup! I used BM Winter White throughout my home, and I love it. It’s a very light gray that provides just enough contrast with the Behr Ultra Pure White we used for our trim!

    • Ohhhh love that! Winter white sounds fantastic!

  • I have a gallon of Valspar Polar Star waiting to go up on our bedroom walls….fingers crossed it works as well as the test samples! Greys are hard!

    • Ohhh so exciting Diana! You’ll have to keep us updated on how it looks!

  • Fluffy Mcperry

    I painted my bedroom Paper White and I love the colour, a pretty pure grey.

    • Oh haven’t tried that one before! Sounds pretty.

  • Sherry Bailey

    Just got my kitchen done in revere pewter with white cabinets!!! We love it!! I’m new and LOVE the blog!!❤❤❤

    • Sherry we are so happy you found us! And Revere Pewter is a pretty one, isn’t it?!