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Today I'm sharing my favorite gray colors and why. I'm excited about this!
If you missed the first installment of go to colors, that's where I explain why I don't offer up a "good beige" or "nice gray" at dinner parties. I also share my go to beige colors.
Here's what I want you to know about gray: it makes all other colors look better. No really! Jewel tones? Look amazing with gray. Neutrals? Look great with gray. Pastel colors? Gray compliments them so well. Also, gray will skew three ways: purple, green, or blue. Be careful with that. This isn't bad, you just don't want to be surprised after you think you've painted your room gray and now it's blue or lavender. ;-)
Don't be deceived by this graphic. These colors are in deed different from each other. If you're looking for the perfect gray for your home, I think you could find one here.
But as always, it's ideal to consult with a designer for best results.
Let's check examples.
Horizon is a favorite. It's very light, but works fabulously in a two-story entry, or any large open space where you have a lot of walls to paint but don't necessarily want to be overwhelmed by color.
Gray Owl is a color I use often. I love it in kitchens with white cabinets, in master bedrooms, living rooms, and even nurseries. This is a true light gray.
Gray Cashmere is the perfect green-gray. If you need a green tone on your walls, but you're nervous you'll have sage green coming out your ears, try Gray Cashmere. It's subtle.
Stonington Gray is another color I recommend to clients often. It a deeper shade than Gray Owl, but another true gray. Both of those colors can have blue and green undertones depending on the time of day and lighting. If you are looking for a light gray but need more contrast, try Stonington Gray.
Lead Gray on the walls is for my risk-taker friends. Or just those of you who want to add a richness to your space. This color is a nearly black gray with a definite blue undertone. I've used Lead Gray in a dining room, but would also recommend it for a powder room or master bedroom.
Just be sure to add plenty of white.
Brewster Gray is a mid tone gray with blue undertones. I used this in my son's bedroom and it's a sophisticated color. In our house, it's much more gray than this photo. The best way I can describe this color (and how I sold it to my son) is that it's close to shark skin.
Brewster Gray is not only great for bedrooms, but I would recommend it for a kitchen or bath.