So if you have been around the home and garden blogs at all the past year or so, you have fast discovered that grey is the new beige… I say that carefully, because I actually was never a fan of “beige”… It was, for me, a boring color that gave no feeling to a room. So of course, I am thrilled that grey has become the new “it” color for neutral backdrops to almost any room. It has a sense of color and style that beige could never measure up to. It can be elegant or edgy. It can cool down a south facing room, add drama in dark tones, or mixed with white can be as uplifting as a beach sky. Here are our top 6 shades of grey paint colors, Benjamin Moore style!
Benjamin Moore Grey Paint Colors
Because of the grey craze, paint manufacturers have obliged us with more choices that any one person could possible consider…making it confusing to simply choose a color of paint for your walls. What to do? Turn to the very talented home and DIY bloggers to get some recommendations that they have actually used on their walls… Which is what we did recently when we decided to update the front family room.
Choosing Grey Paint
- Consider whether your room is well lit… Well lit rooms handle cooler (blue toned) greys better, but still be careful. When in doubt, choose a warmer grey paint color. It will be easier to live with in the long run.
- Cooler greys combine well with white. Actually, all greys combine well with white, but choose a creamier version for warmer greys.
- If in doubt to whether a grey is cool or warm, compare it to a blue and yellow paint chip and it will become obvious.
- Always, always ALWAYS buy a sample, try it on a 3×3 foot square in several different areas of the wall, then observe over different times of day and lighting.
Grey Paint Colors Choices
Here are our top six grey paint colors bloggers love. We narrowed our choices down from these 6, and the one we finally choose will be going up on our walls. Yes, they are all Benjamin Moore… frankly, for us they just had the best choices for sophisticated grey paint… Hope this helps you all choose to chuck the beige!
Benjamin Moore Fieldstone
This is a slightly warm, medium toned grey that goes with everything… If we had more light and white trim, I would have used this in the family room. (Im a sucker for drama in paint!) Benjamin Moore Fieldstone isn’t so dark as to be dreary however…
BM Oyster Shell
Recommended by Emily Henderson of HGTV, (We also chose her number one as our paint color, but thats farther down this list!) BM Oyster Shell is a light, cool grey that goes well with white to make that fresh feeling. She cautions that greys are tough because if they are too cool they can look blue pretty fast, but this one doesn’t. Check it out in the room below. Pretty and uplifting!
Benjamin Moore Moonshine
Another grey paint color (cooler) that goes amazing with white is Benjamin Moore Moonshine… See the photo below from ‘Young House Love‘ to prove it!
BM Revere Pewter
I think ‘Young House Love’ initially made this choice the go to grey , but it’s become popular among a ton of talented bloggers. Mid tone, neutral and easy to live with, BM Revere Pewter is warm without having any olive tones.
Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray
I wanted to make sure I include a deeper, more dramatic grey, and BM Rockport Gray is a great pick. It’s not cold, but definitely more sophisticated with it’s deeper tones… in a darkly lit room, can even look warm and mocha-ey… I think every room should have a drama wall, and adding this color to any of the other choices would achieve that. Love!
BM Gray Owl
Benjamin Moore Gray Owl turned out to be our grey paint color choice for the family room makeover! This also happens to be a top seller for BM, so we can’t all be wrong! We chose this grey because it’s warm, more a greige… which makes Steve happy ’cause he likes taupe, where I like the grey. It’s kind of a combo of the two…Several other bloggers insisted that this was a very neutral grey, but once on my wall, it was a warm gray with some yellow tones. This photo isn’t our room (not ready for reveal yet!) but it gives you a good feel for how it looks on the wall.
So now that you know our 6 shades of Benjamin Moore grey paint colors we love the most, we hope you are getting out the paintbrushes! We think you will also enjoy our post on Stone & Brick Accent Walls and Clever Hallway Decorating Ideas! Also check out our posts on Easy Shelf Decor Ideas (How to Style Bookshelves) and 8 Pretty Cottage & Country Bathrooms over at TBD!