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Is Gray Trendy for 2024: Cabinets, Walls & Exteriors?

Posted on December 10, 2023 by KylieMawdsley
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ARE GRAY PAINT COLORS STILL IN STYLE FOR 2024?

While gray was once the GO-TO shade for interior walls and cabinets, things are slowly shifting into the warmer end, and we’re seeing much more greige, taupe, beige, and cream.

So does this mean gray paint colors are OUT and the warmer shades are in? Drum rollllllllll….

Yup.

Gray is still kickin’ it in many parts of the world, and I get requests for it daily in my E-Design adventures. However, while three years ago, eight out of ten consults were on gray paint colors, these days, I’m hitting two out of ten…on a good day, which means it’s out the door.

Barn doors painted gray blue green blend Magnolia Day to Day, office built in cabinets painted Teak Cups Magnolia. Whitewash oak wood floor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign CLIENT PHOTO

Here’s the thing…

I’m not here to tell you NOT to paint your walls or cabinets gray. 

But if you’re reading this blog post, something tells me that you’re a bit worried about doing so (or you’re just here for my charm and wit, which is cool too). I’m here to give you some well-intentioned advice geared almost ENTIRELY towards RESALE.

If you plan on living in your home forever and ever OR long enough that previous trends are irrelevant and your whole home will need updating anyway, then don’t worry – DO WHAT YOU LOVE; it’s your home! In fact, I’ll TELL you which grays are the most beautiful!

On the other hand, if you read the above and are still concerned, keep on readin’…

is gray a popular trendy instyle paint color for 2024 on cabinets, walls, or exteriors. Kylie m online color expert

 

ARE GRAY WALLS OR CABINETS TRENDY IN 2023 (2024)?

I have pretty strong feelings about wine, Cornuts, Ryan Reynolds, and trends. If you LOVE grey and have ALWAYS loved grey, regardless of whether it’s trendy, paint your walls grey. If your home ONLY SUITS gray and no other color – paint your walls gray. However, keep this one magical word in mind…

RESALE 

 

IF YOU PLAN ON SELLING IN THE NEXT YEAR (OR MORE) & ARE PAINTING YOUR WALLS NOW

If you plan on selling in the next few years, want to paint NOW, and don’t plan on repainting before you sell, don’t paint your walls gray.

By the time you list your home, the world will be more entrenched in the warmer end of things. Gray will make your home look dated compared to more UPDATED homes on the market – gray is not timeless or trend-proof. Instead, choose a warmer neutral that suits the finishes in your home (hopefully), or find your home’s best shade of off-white.

Benjamin Moore Simply White warm white on north-facing walls and ceiling beams in dining room.

Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White is a popular off-white beige

Sure, if you want to do one or two rooms in your fave shade of gray, it’s cool beans with me, but I’d think twice before doing an open layout or your WHOLE HOME in a gray paint color.

1990 HOME UPDATE IDEAS, FIREPLACE WITH NEW SURROUND AND MANTEL, EDGECOMB GRAY, BENJAMIN MOORE, DARK WOOD FLOOR. kYLIE m INTERIORS

This living room was updated from the rich beige trends of the early 2000s with a soft greige paint color

I will say, though, that any time spent in a home where you don’t love the wall color is a LOOOOONG TIME. So, if you love gray and aren’t selling for a few years, consider painting your walls gray – definitely, but when it does come time to sell, consider repainting your KEY ROOMS a more modest warm neutral (I’ve included some great tips near the end of this blog post).

Solid wood custom front door, Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray paint color on walls, oak floor, High Reflective White (Sherwin) trim and board and batten in foyer entryway. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray & High Reflective White

 

YOUR WALLS ARE ALREADY GRAY & YOU’RE SELLING YOUR HOME SOON

If your walls are already gray and you’re selling soon, it depends on your situation…

  • How many rooms are painted gray? If your whole home is gray, shifting some of your key rooms to a more trendy, warmer hue could be a good call.
  • How warm or cool are your grays? Warm light, subtle shades of gray have more mass appeal than the cooler end of things (with few exceptions).

If your home is light and bright, you have a better chance of pulling gray off. However, If your home isn’t bright or is north-facing, you might want to make a change. 

Even painting your main living areas or 5 key rooms is a great way to shift your home without having to paint every square foot of wall space. If you have a room or two needing freshening up, I suggest transitioning into a coordinating off-white paint color.

How to Make a Cool Gray Room Look Warmer

Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray, Kitty Gray feature wall with Ken Kirkby artwork and open shelving. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray

Small bathroom with wainscoting, boa

Sherwin Williams Light French Gray

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YOU’RE STAYING IN YOUR HOME & HAVE GRAY OR PLAN ON USING IT

I’m with you! I have four different grays in our home right now, and three aren’t going anywhere (the fourth is up for grabs). I say – FILL YOUR LIL GRAY BOOTS! I’ve written dozens of blog posts on the best gray paint colors to help you on your way!

Living room, staircase, white spindles. Sherwin High Reflective White, Stonington Gray paint color on walls, Gray sectional. Kylie M Interiors diy online paint color consultant

I would suggest WARM GRAY paint colors over cool ones as if you’re at all concerned about resale; warm grays will have waaaaay more life.

The 8 Best Warm Gray Paint Colors: Benjamin Moore

But hold tight if you’re considering choosing gray tile, carpet, countertops, cabinets, or wood floors with a gray wash. These finishes will limit you in the long term regarding either resale or redecorating.

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SHOULD YOU PAINT YOUR CABINETS GRAY IN 2024?

HELLLLLLS NO! Wait, was that my inside voice? Now before all of you gray cabinet lovers burn me at the stake for the wicked lil Ginger witch that I am, hear me out…I HAVE GRAY CABINETS IN MY HOME!

Kitchen, red oak wood floor in Revere Pewter Benjamin Moore painted cabinets (darkened). Caesarstone Statuario Nuvo quartz countertops. Pendant lights, metal range hood, Kylie M Edesigns

Above – my client’s home

White oak flooring, Goodfellow engineered. Kitchen, Revere Pewter, Urbane Bronze painted cabinets. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

My home – see it ALL HERE

That’s right, I have gray cabinets, and I desperately LOVE them. When we remodeled our home four years ago, I knew I wanted gray cabinets, so I chose gray cabinets. However, here are a few things to consider…

  • I love change, and when I originally painted my cabinets, I knew that within the next five months years, I would be changing them to my next color fetish (which is in my New Year’s plan – don’t tell Tim).

I’m not here to blow smoke up your – wait, there’s a better way to say this…

I’m not here to tell you what you WANT to hear; I’m here to tell you what you NEED to hear.

And you need to hear that painting your cabinets gray will immediately peg them as being painted in 2016-2021. While the gray cabinet trend might get you through the next one to two years, I have my concerns beyond that.

Why?

Best dark gray paint colour on bathroom vanity cabinet, Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray. Kylie M Interiors online paint color consultant

Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray

Because more and more often, my Online Paint Color Consulting clients are looking for white cabinets or, at the very LEAST, warm greige, taupe, and cream cabinets. And what my E-design clients are looking for is what many of your future house buyers will be looking for in an updated home – again, gray is not timeless or trend-proof.

THE SCALE HAS TIPPED; WE’VE REACHED THE TOP AND HAVE ALREADY STARTED DOWN THE HILL.

Sorry to tinkle on your toenails; gray is slowly on its way out.

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Kitchen wood cabinets painted Sherwin Agreeable Gray, Classic Gray walls. Kylie M INteriors Edesign online virtual paint color advice blog

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If you LOVE gray and have ALWAYS loved gray, regardless of whether it’s trendy, paint your cabinets gray. However, I bet your booty that your cabinets will be better painted a more timeless color.

Another consideration, if you have a mad love for gray cabinets, is to add more UNDERTONE and DEPTH. That’s right, rather than choosing any old gray, find one with a bit more meat on its bones, something like Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray

Kitchen cabinets and island in gray paint color, Sherwin Williams Uncertain Gray

A time will come when this might not be in style. However, it has a bit more personality than the average gray cabinet and could give you a few more years – ESPECIALLY if you partner it with the right countertop and backsplash.

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ARE GRAY EXTERIORS STILL TRENDY IN 2024?

While walls and cabinets can be more finicky, when it comes to exteriors, gray is a color that will last LONGER than the average trend.

Why?

Light gray siding, James Hardie Light Mist, board and batten, shakes, white garage door, cedar wood soffits and beams, High Reflective White exterior trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy update ideas

When it comes to exterior finishes like roofing, brick, and stonework, gray is often the best color to suit these finishes. When the exterior of a home is well-coordinated, it will last longer. Exterior finishes also tend to have a longer lifespan in the trend world, whereas interior finishes get a GOOD five to ten years…if they’re lucky.

Close-up, Sherwin Williams Knitting Needles, best gray exterior siding paint colour with white trim, white shutters, Cheating Heart from door, west facing, Kylie M Interiors Edesign.

5 Steps to Picking Your Home’s Best Exterior Paint Color

However, there are a few things to be careful of when updating your exterior…

  • Right now, it’s trendy to paint the trim and siding the same color (often dark gray) – this is a trend and will eventually be moved aside.
  • Dark gray and black exteriors are definitely trendy right now, but again, be careful as they won’t last (dark gray will last longer than black, for sure).
  • Black windows might seem like a trend, as everyone’s doing them, but they’re a LONGTERM commitment. This means that people will stop installing them at some point, but they’ll still be a huge part of how we paint our homes because they’re on a home for the long haul. And this is where gray comes in, as it can look pretty sharp with black windows.

Exterior front door painted Sherwin Williams Still Water, Pure White and Polished Concrete, mid century house numbers. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting blog

See the shocking before and after’s HERE

 

ARE GRAY-WASH WOOD FLOORS TRENDY IN 2024?

Hard no. In fact, it’s such a hard no; I’m getting a little excited…(wink wink).

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray, off white warm gray. Brick fireplace white wash look. Gray wash laminat wood floor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy blogger

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

Gray wash floors are not trendy and started their downward fall a few years ago. While you’ll still see them used often in new construction and remodeling, you won’t see them for much longer (I hope).

Kylie M Interiors Edesign, Classic Gray, Sherwin Williams Pure White cabinets, Mindful Gray island and white oak floor with wash

Sherwin Williams Pure White & Balboa Mist

This is more of a whitewash, but the same idea. LOOK at how it makes the floor look violet-pink! 

Are there still people who love gray-wash wood or laminate floors, who see them as the epitome of an updated home? You bet, but as of the last few years, a gray wash won’t satisfy mass appeal (which is the goal if you want to sell your home at any time).

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WHAT’S NEXT AFTER THE GRAY TREND? White, greige, taupe or beige?

As mentioned earlier, I still get some requests for gray, but GREIGE and TAUPE are definitely the ‘new grays.’

Why?

Greige and taupe are great hybrid colors, bridging the gap between the cool look of gray and the warmer beige, tan, and cream end of things. And for the thousands of homes dressed head to toe in gray, we’ll NEED a hybrid to get us to the next step.

As for white, it’s often a great solution when a home committed to one trend won’t translate into another; often, the right white comes to the rescue! However, as a trend, white walls are slowly falling out of favor in the average home.

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray (Baby Fawn) stone fireplace. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, client photo

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

I’m getting more requests for MUTED tan, cream, and off-white paint colors – nothing deep or overly warm, but more like ‘polite nods towards the warm end of things.’

So, if you’re worried about longevity and aren’t sure if gray is the color for you, maybe you need to warm up to the idea of a color with a bit more warmth, or at the very least, consider a WARM GRAY paint color or WARM WHITE.

Review of Sherwin Williams Roycroft Pewter, dark gray paint colour. Fireplace with shiplap stone, round chandelier in living room. Kylie M Interiors Edesign (3)

Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray lightened and Sherwin Williams Roycroft Pewter (fireplace)

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WHAT’S NEXT AFTER THE GRAY COLOR TREND?

As mentioned earlier, trends are leaning warmer for the 2024 painting season. Gray is shifting to greige and taupe; bright whites are leaning to the softer, warmer whites and EVEN some beiges and creams. Long story short, cool is out; warm is in.

Edgecomb Gray, Sherwin Pure White trim, living room great room, vaulted ceiling, taupe sofas, white built ins, area rug, arched window. Kylie M Interiors edesign

 

I JUST PAINTED MY WALLS OR CABINETS GRAY & NOW I’M WORRIED

Don’t be worried; it is what it is. This advice is for those who are THINKING about painting their walls or cabinets gray as a ‘word of caution’ (more like 1500 words of caution, really).

Benjamin Moore Collingwood, warm gray paint colour. Taupe carpet, split level home. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour expert advice

Benjamin Moore Collingwood

Want to learn how to mix beige and gray? Check out this blog post.

Benjamin Moore Collingwood, popular warm gray paint color. Dining room dark wood furniture, oak floor. Kylie M Interiors edesign, online paint consulting (5)

Benjamin Moore Collingwood

Would it be best if your cabinets weren’t gray? YUP, but it’s okay if you sell in the next year or two. Will there be people who don’t like them? Sure, but no color’s foolproof. Those who don’t like particular finishes will accommodate them in their future redecorating plans (but this CAN affect the offer they give you).

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Gray painted kitchen cabinets, Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray. Quartz white countertops, limestone backsplash. Kylie M E-design and online color consulting

Similar to Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray (less green)

Revere Pewter (warm gray) on painted kitchen cabinets. Caesarstone Statuario Nuvo quartz countertops. Stainless appliances, custom metal range hood, Kylie M Edesigns

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, an AWESOME & flexible shade of gray

If you’re selling in the next three+ years, you’ll hit even fewer tastes, but again, life will go on, and some people would repaint/replace them REGARDLESS of what color they are (people like me).

 

HOW TO USE GRAY IN MODERATION

A little gray can go a long way if you’re worried about trends. Here are a few ways to incorporate it without dating your home…

PAINT YOUR SECONDARY ROOMS GRAY

Secondary rooms such as bedrooms, bathrooms, and family rooms are great places to add a color you love without committing to it on such a large scale that you have an ENTIRELY GRAY HOME.

Any room that isn’t in an open layout could be painted gray as it will be easy enough to repaint it down the road if needed. The KEY is to keep your hallways and open layout areas a color that moves FORWARD with the trends rather than backward.

Benjamin Moore Trout Gray small powder room, rustic wood feature wall, shiplap in gray wash stain. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, diy online paint colour consultant

Benjamin Moore Trout Gray

 3 Ideas to Update a Small Bathroom

 

CONSIDER A GRAY FEATURE WALL

Accent walls are an awesome way to add a color you love to a room without a full commitment, as feature walls are MUCH easier to change down the road.

Feature or accent wall in Benjamin Moore Delray Gray with a warm gray sofa and toss cushions. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, masculine, guy condo style. Online Paint Colour Consulting

Benjamin Moore Delray Gray

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PAINT YOUR CABINETS WHITE & YOUR ISLAND GRAY

If you love the idea of gray cabinets, consider painting the island only. Repainting an island in five years is MUCH DIFFERENT from having to do the whole shebang.

dark warm gray painted island with granite countertops, Sherwin Williams Dovetail. Kylie M interiors Edesign

Sherwin Williams High Reflective White and Magnolia Teak Cups island, white quartz countertop, whitewash wood floor. CLIENT PHOTO of Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Similar to Sherwin Williams Gris with High Reflective White

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PAINT YOUR UPPERS WHITE & LOWERS GRAY

This isn’t one I recommend lightly as a) it’s a trend, and b) it doesn’t suit every kitchen. However, if it suits you, it’s a great idea!

 

PAINT YOUR BATHROOM VANITY GRAY

If your bathroom finishes suit gray, the vanity is another great place to get a dose of gray without committing to a huge project that is hard to redo in a few years.

Sherwin Williams High Reflective White, small bathroom ideas with shiplap walls and gray vanity, round mirror. Client photo of Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Similar to Sherwin Williams Gris with High Reflective White

The 6 Best Paint Colors for a Bathroom Vanity

 

WARM GRAY VS COOL GRAY – WHICH IS BETTER?

The best gray is the one that suits your finishes. However, if you’ve got room to move, warm grays will be in style longer than cool grays (in lighter shades). As for darker shades, warm grays are still reasonably popular, but DARK COOL grays, especially gray with blue undertones, are still kickin’ it as cabinets and feature walls.

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist. Warm gray, greige paint colour. Kylie M Interiors Online Color Consulting and E-decor services

Paint Color Review of Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist

There you have it! I hope this blog post gave you the answers AND INSPIRATION you were looking for!

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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2022, UPDATED AT THE END OF 2023



Comments

  1. Grey looks wonderful in the above pictures, but where I live everyone has a ranch home with 8 foot ceilings and not a lot of natural light. Gray looks depressing when I see it used foe a flip. I agree with the creams Greig and light tans. I painted my home in Eddie Bauer pecan 12 yes ago and now I’m going for a little lighter tan

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      Well, you’ll definitely be going with the trends, as the light tans are coming in! And I agree, while some homes can pull off gray so well, gray is a TOUGH SELL in low light homes, that’s for sure.

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      Hi Vanessa, I would love to see your home, but this is actually an Online service I offer, either via a Quick Consult (which is super fun and easy) or a full consultation (under the HIRE ME) section :). Thanks for reading!

  2. I am relieved by your advice to paint kitchen cabinets white over the newer trendy neutrals, as I agonized over whether to choose white cabinets or greige/cream/beige and ultimately went with white. The death of the white kitchen is always being heralded. So I am glad that you believe it still a good choice in 2022. Do you think brighter (but not cool) white cabinets can coexist with some warmer neutral wall colors/counters/backsplashes? Or is color the answer if you have brighter white hard finishes? I would love to see a future post about it since I am now agonizing over these elements. 🙂

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      Hi Erin! You know it’s so funny, there are those that think white kitchens are trendy, but as far as I’m concerned they’re the most TIMELESS of all! And yes, I do think some brighter whites can exist with some warm toned finishes, it all comes down to WHICH white and which finish – how strong each are and where their undertones lean :). GENERALLY though, with brighter white hard finishes I lean into gray, greige OR colour :).

  3. Yikes, I’m days away from painting my lower cabinets and island in BM Cheating Heart…. Is this a mistake I should try to avoid? Uppers are finished already, in SW Pure White. At 60, there’s a possibility of moving in the next 5 years, but nothing set in stone.

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      I’m personally obsessed with Cheating Heart. And it actually has more BLUE to it and less gray than you’d think, so I wouldn’t apply it to the whole ‘gray trend’ thing :). On the small scale, it can seem very subtle, but on the large scale with the satin/pearl finish of cabinet paint, the colour can come up QUITE nicely 🙂

  4. Thank you so much for all your valuable advice! My question is whether trends apply to lake houses. I feel like gray along with blue and white are traditional lake house colors. Is your advice about gray the same or different for this type of setting? While I’m not a gray fan, I do really like grey blues and have incorporated that color in some bathroom tile and paint (Sherwin Williams Passive and Storm Cloud). Is this a situation where you go ahead with more gray paint because it’s traditional and thus timeless for a lake house or would it be better to go with greige (or white) walls to avoid a dying trend? Thank you!

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      Okay, SO funny that you ask this Pamela. We’re actually building a lake home and what am I doing? Almost ALLL WHITE – which is another ‘trend’ right now. I think there will always be some homes that can pull of trends, when the trends really do suit the TYPE of home they are (ie. homes in the country will suit a modern farmhouse style longer than ones in the City!). Sometimes it’s just about HOW MUCH of it you use. I don’t see a problem using any colour in moderation, as long as the surface you use it on doesn’t limit you down the road should you want to change things up. LONG story short (as usual), I think you’re totally safe, especially since it’s a bathroom not an entire home 🙂

  5. Hi Kylie, I used Edgecomb Grey in a sunny guest bedroom however in summer it reflects green which looks muddy. I like the photo above of Edgecomb “lightened.” Would that be lightened by 25 or 50% to get that look? I think it looks great – clean, a touch of warmth. Might be just the trick! Unless you think even lightened it would reflect green from outside?

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      Hi Carolyn, i THINK that’s when I had the walls Edgecomb 75% lighter! 25% would be more subtle. However, the lighter a colour goes, the HIGHER its LRV will be (light reflectance value, so it will reflect MORE light) and the more green you might see!

  6. This blog post definitely has given me anxiety! March of 2019, We painted our kitchen cabinets Gauntlet Gray! Not moving anytime soon and I will be hard pressed to convince my husband to paint again for a few years, if ever! 😩

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      You know, I think these darker grays will have MORE longevity than the light cool ones. AND it’s a warm gray, which means it will be MUCH MORE FLEXIBLE when it comes to humouring the coming trends – I wouldn’t worry at all :).

  7. I have an open floor plan kitchen, dining and living room and my family was so opposed to a greige paint color (it was Benjamin Moore Classic Gray and when they saw it they called it “beige”) that we ended up painting the space Sherwin Wiliams Agreeable Gray, a green gray that I carefully selected to match my Black Pearl granite after determining from the two samples I purchased and researching what color they described it online. We purchased our kitchen on March 1st, 2021, and it has been nothing short of a nightmare with covid and bad cabinet paint jobs and endless replacements for our cabinets. I chose white shaker cabinets which match Benjamin Moore Oxford White. I know a lot of people don’t care for granite but I personally love it and think it can be stylish and updated if done right. TEN months later and we’re on the home stretch. Next Monday my granite will be installed and I’m nervous as hell over it wondering if I indeed paint matched the undertone of the granite correctly. Because of Covid and the fact that we live in New York and the granite is coming from Canada, we couldn’t pick our slab as they said Black Pearl doesn’t have veining and it’s pretty uniform so there’s no need for an internet viewing. I painted the rooms in the rest of my house Benjamin Moore Glass Slipper, Sherwin Willimas Sea salt and Benjamin Moore Classic Gray (I love it and if I wouldn’t have listened to anyone else’s opinion i would’ve done my entire house that color)! We installed medium brown LVP throughout. I’m hoping I didn’t place my home inside the gray trend but there is no way in hell after almost 29 years of golden oak windows, doors and trim and being stuck with warm or beige paint colors that I was going anywhere near those colors again. I sanded and painted all my trim and Doors Benjamin Moore Oxford White to match my new kitchen Cabinets and we are thrilled with the results! I think it’s the situation that you’ve had to live with that determines the paint colors you go for when you renovate and the Tuscan Trend to me is like looking into Medusa’s eyes. Noooooo! and I can’t go beige for a while, or ever, unless it’s a really fresh take on things.

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      Oh Holly, it sounds like you’ve had a HECK of a time. I hear you, we’re trying to build a home and in our 9th month, we still don’t have drywall or siding – I feel your pain, but at least I don’t have to LIVE in it like you!
      And I’m just a BIG fan of the warm grays, in fact, I have a room in Classic Gray, one in Balboa Mist and another in Gauntlet Gray – and I have gray cabinets too! And while I want to update to white cabinets in the near future, I just LOVE my gray rooms. Sometimes it just comes down to HOW MUCH of something there is and i see NO problem with soft warm gray walls at all, especially if YOU love them 🙂

  8. Hello! I’ve lived in my house going on 5 years now and before we moved in the home was completely updated from oak to painted white cabinets (SW Snowbound), grey walls throughout the main living areas (SW Passive), and blue paint in the dining, bathrooms and bedrooms (dining room and half bath are SW Indigo Batik, Bedrooms are SW Dustblu and master bath is SW Gibraltar). We plan on moving in the next few years and I would love to paint to update some things but am nervous that I have to follow the cooler theme of the home. The colors that they picked feel on the cooler side to me so I feel like I have to stay with that trend, is that correct? I would love to paint my kids bathroom SW Sea Salt and my master bedroom an off white maybe Nebulous White or Olympus White? I feel like BM White Dove is too warm/yellow tones for my house. Also, i’ve been reading about sun exposure. My master faces the North (two windows) so the Dustblu just seems so dark. What do you think I should do? I want to do some updates as i’ve been staring at these same walls for so long (thanks covid) and want to do something new but don’t want to change the flow of the house decor too much if we sell and make it look out of place if that makes sense. Don’t have the budget to paint all the Passive walls off-white 🙂 Thank you!

  9. Hi Kylie! I have a question about E-design packages – looking for paint advice for my open concept kitchen / tv room / entryway mudroom area. I need one paint color for walls + advice on the island, entryway built-ins and TV room built-ins (currently 3 different colors). I know I need to select the open concept option, then do I simply add on the built-ins option? $275+200? Thanks!

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      Hi Kelly, thanks for asking!

      If you’d like the island/built-ins/tv room all the SAME colour then just choose one add-on. If you’d like them 3 separate colours, hmmmm. I would say get two of the built-in options and that I’ll cover all three for that 🙂

      1. Ok. Thinking 2 of the 3 (of the island, entryway built-ins and TV room built-ins) should be the SAME color, but I’ve made the paint choices in isolation instead of looking at the full picture. Which is why I need help 🙂

  10. Hi Kylie,
    Are you familiar with KitchenMaid factory painted colors. We just ordered kitchen cabinets in “moonshine”. It looks like a warm grey/greige to me. How would you classify it?

  11. Been gray before it became popular (and likely before your time). But ok, you’ve convinced us to upgrade from gray to BM Edgecomb Gray. But struggling with the trim. We have vinyl windows which, to my eye, are really close to Simply White (based on Samplize paint samples, which are fantastic, by the way). Will you ban me if we go with Simply White for the trim/doors/ceiling instead of White Dove?

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  12. So, if we are staying away from painting cabinets grey, but we have warm grey countertops and black appliances what color do you put on the cabinets?

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      Hi Piper! What about white??? I haven’t seen your home, but SW Pure White is usually pretty flexible! Or maybe a darker gray on the island for a bit of that interest you might like?

  13. SOOOO, you wouldn’t paint your cabinets gray today, but what about your island? My house and style are very similar to yours (except less amazingly decorated!) and I am in the middle of planning a total from-scratch kitchen gut job. (bye bye dark orange oak and green laminate!) I have warmy warm natural red oak floors. Planning for white permitter cabinets and a big ol’ focal point island. If you had to repaint your island with your cabinets white, what would you pick today? I’m considering a natural quarter sawn white oak island? Too much oak? Woods are hard to blend. Gauntlet paint and onyx stained oak are also on my list to try, but now I have to know what you are dreaming up for your next island color! Give me your secrets!!

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      Oooo, that is a GOOD QUESTION! I would DEFINITELY be doing quarter sawn white oak. Some people get a slightly whitewash on it, but I wouldn’t do that, I would keep it natural.

      1. This is totally my instinct. DH is worried about it not matching or being slightly off from our floors and looking awkward since one is red oak and the other white, but that seems like not too huge a deal to me. Thanks for the backup!

  14. Is BM Kingsport Gray considered too dark for the current trend? I’ve gutted and rebuilt my 150 SF bathroom and was going to paint the 10′ vanity Kingsport Gray with a Miami Vena quartz countertop. The floor is Daltile Florentine 24×24. I am seeking a timeless, warmer, brighter, lighter feel in the bathroom. The north-facing window gets no natural light. The south-facing window gets a whole two hours of light and mostly just in the commode room. We’ll probably be in the house for at least another five years.

  15. Hi Kylie! How are you feeling about Agreeable Gray in general for walls (open concept, so lots of walls). We are painting ALL of our honey oak! Planning for Pure White on cabinets/trim/built ins and I am aiming for carrara marble for countertops. Does Pure White work with carrara and what about that Agreeable Gray? I don’t want my home feeling cool or icy, and I think marble is timeless, but would AG work on the walls with a carrara marble? A million thanks for your insight!!

  16. Hi Kylie,

    I am having some barn doors built similar to the ones you show leading into this office picture above. What color is this? We absolutely love it. Trade wind from SW?

    Thanks

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  17. We have an open floor plan home that we are planning to sell soon. It’s a large home with some warmer / red wood in places that can’t be changed for now.

    I was about to pull the trigger on classic gray throughout — but had started thinking about moving away from that (too gray) and towards a creamier white (like sw alabaster)

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