All About: Benjamin Moore Gray Owl – Undertones and More!
Grays are rarely simple and Gray Owl is no exception. When my e-design clients ask for a gray the first question I have is, ‘What kind of gray are you looking for? Blue, green, purple, greige, clean, muddy…?’ and the minute they say that they like cooler toned grays I think of Gray Owl.
All About Gray Owl
- Gray Owl is dominantly gray with a soft, passive undertone that is a mix of blue and green, leaning slightly more to the green side. Its roots suggest it should be green entirely, but it can easily grab blue
- Gray Owl is a light paint colour. It’s not light enough to be classified as an off-white, but it doesn’t even come CLOSE to the medium end of things. It is right in the middle of ‘light’
- Like any light gray, it is susceptible to reflection and can pick up subtle tones from the environment around it if there are strong coloured items (feature wall, furniture, flooring, ceiling, landscaping)
The Undertones of Gray Owl
Gray Owl WANTS to have mostly a green undertone, as you can see on popping up in this next photo…
And it can even vary on a wall-to-wall basis as shown in this next photo. It’s a bit more green on the left and a touch bluer on the right!
However, it also LOOOOVES to pick up blue…
In this next photo, you can see how Gray Owl does look slightly green compared to the more stormy look of Stonington Gray…
And there it goes in this one, looking pretty darned gray…
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Tips for Using Gray Owl in Your Home
- In my experience, I’ve found that rooms with reduced natural light and/or northern exposure can bring out the green/blue undertones a bit more
- One of the BEST whites to coordinate with Gray Owl is, in fact, PLAIN OLD WHITE! Yes, ‘off-the-shelf-white’ is stark and clean with no undertone, basically, shake it and take it! Short of that, I do like BM Simply White
- Gray Owl does not look as nice with peach/pink as those colours can enhance the blue/green. Gray Owl can also enhance peach/pink tones, creating quite a ‘colourful’ combo (which is not good unless it’s a kids bedroom)
- In the evening, artificial light plays a BIG part in how a paint colour can look. Think of when you will be in your room the most. Artificial light (other than the gross ‘cold daylight bulbs’) tends to cast a warm glow on colours. A warm glow on Gray Owl may soften any cold edge this colour has but also enhance the green in it
- Overall, if you don’t like cool colours but would like a gray, you may want to forget about Gray Owl and check out this article instead…The 9 Best Benjamin Moore Gray Paint Colours
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