The MOST POPULAR Gray & Greige Paint Colours
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For those wanting to update their home, gray and greige are definitely two of the most popular choices. But with the THOUSANDS of colours out there, where do you even BEGIN?
I’ve decided to touch on some of my favourite gray and greige paint colours from Sherwin Williams, along with some gorgeous photos from my E-Design clients for visual support. These colours should get you WELL on your way to the best paint colour for you and your home!
1. SHERWIN WILLIAMS REPOSE GRAY SW 7015
Whether you’re preparing your home for sale or living in it, Repose Gray is a popular warm gray paint color. Repose Gray is a light gray that has SUPER subtle brown undertones with a wee dab of violet but can be VERY unreliable with it. There’s not enough brown to qualify it as a greige, but enough to add softness and stop it from falling icy cold.
With an LRV of 60, Repose Gray is a light color, but a ‘heavy light’, as it doesn’t have the fresh, bright feeling you’d expect in a typical light paint color. It will hold itself nicely in a well-lit room, brightening up, but can look a bit drab in a darker, shadowed space.
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2. SHERWIN WILLIAMS BIG CHILL SW 7648
Big Chill is one of my FAVE slightly cool grays. It has a wink of a stormy blue undertone, but it’s not an icy cold colour – it’s calmer than that. Compared to the EVER popular Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, Big Chill has far less green-blue undertone, making it look more like a ‘typical’ gray.
The LRV of Big Chill is 62, so it’s classified as a light colour. It’s the PERFECT depth when you want a colour that holds itself well in slightly darker areas (as shown below) but doesn’t wash out completely on well-lit walls. (Read all about LRV)
3. SHERWIN WILLIAMS ANEW GRAY SW 7030
Anew Gray is a light-medium depth greige. Unlike its lighter version, Agreeable Gray (which we’ll look at shortly), Anew Gray settles quite nicely between gray and beige, whereas Agreeable often caters to gray.
With its LRV of 47, Anew Gray will add depth and personality to a room without weighing it down, AS LONG AS your room has adequate natural or interior lighting. And while Anew Gray isn’t as warm as beige and tan, its subtle warmth takes a more passive approach that adds a pretty softness to any room.
4. SHERWIN WILLIAMS TINSMITH SW 7657
Tinsmith is a light-medium gray with cool, but not icy cold undertones that can flex slightly blue (sometimes SLIGHTLY blue-green). Check out the shift when the light’s turned on/off…
Tinsmith has an LRV of 57, so it’s tucked nicely in the light-medium range. If you want a bit LESS undertone, check out Sherwin Williams Sweater Weather.
5. SHERWIN WILLIAMS COLONNADE GRAY SW 7641
Colonnade Gray has an LRV of 53, so it’s firmly in the light-medium range. This means it could be a touch dark for a dark room or hallway. As for undertones, Colonnade lightly favours green, but can EASILY flash into any of the cool undertones.
6. SHERWIN WILLIAMS SILVERPLATE SW 7649
Silverplate is a slightly cool gray that hits JUST the spot when you’re looking for a gray that isn’t too ‘this’ or too ‘that’.
With an LRV of 53, Silverplate might be a bit heavy for a dark room, but looks sharp, clean and inviting in a reasonably well-lit room, especially with cool bulbs. Silverplate is similar to Tinsmith, but a bit stormier looking and slightly more likely to flash blue-green (but favours blue).
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7. SHERWIN WILLIAMS PAVESTONE SW 7642
Pavestone is a soft, warm gray-greige that easily picks up a soft, subtle green undertone, especially on exteriors.
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With an LRV of 32, Pavestone might be a bit much for a north-facing or dark, shadowed room. However, in a well-lit space, it’s a stunning, almost medium-toned neutral with an organic-looking, earth-toned base.
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8. SHERWIN WILIAMS DORIAN GRAY SW 7017
Dorian Gray is one of the more popular grays with a bit more depth/value. While more traditional grays lean to the cool blue or green side, Dorian Gray has a weeee willy wink of warmth in it, offering a softer, more subtle look. While it CAN pick up a touch of green, it generally sits in the violet end of the undertones, but even then, they’re SUBTLE.
Dorian Gray is a beautiful choice for any reasonably well-lit room. With an LRV of 39, it’s a medium-toned paint colour, but when paired with the right white, the contrast is wicked gorgeous! If you’re looking for something DARKER, check out this blog post.
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9. SHERWIN WILLIAMS WORLDLY GRAY SW 7043
Worldly Gray is a beautiful warm grey-greige with a subtle green undertone.
Worldly Gray is the lighter version of Amazing Gray. Both colours can pick up a subtle green undertone, so if you’re sensitive to green (even on the most PASSIVE scale) you may want to read about #10 instead.
10. SHERWIN WILLIAMS AGREEABLE GRAY SW 7029
While Worldly Gray and Agreeable Gray are very similar to each other, they aren’t quite the same. Both are trying to sneak into the ‘greige’ world as they have far more beige in them than the average gray, however, Agreeable Gray has slightly more flexible undertones (while only MILDLY favouring green). On the other hand, Worldly Gray humours just a BIT more green, making it more greige looking. That being said, both can EASILY pick up any of the three cool undertones given the right conditions.
This next image shows my client’s BEFORE photo. Notice how Agreeable Gray looks a touch green compared to the violet undertones in the flooring. I’m eagerly awaiting the AFTER photo with her new and improved paint colour choice!
Agreeable Gray looks STUNNING on these painted kitchen cabinets…
11. SHERWIN WILLIAMS ON THE ROCKS SW 7671
On the Rocks is a popular gray paint colour not just because of its depth, but because of its flexible violet undertones. While some grays come across as icy cold, On the Rocks has a softness to it that doesn’t necessarily make it warm, but it’s nowhere near an icy cold look.
On the Rocks has an LRV of 62, putting it RIGHT in my happy place as it relates to paint colour depth.
12. SHERWIN WILLIAMS DOVETAIL SW 7018
If you’re looking for a gray paint colour with a bit more depth, whether it’s for your walls, cabinets or exterior, Dovetail is one of the BEST. With its super passive undertones, Dovetail is one of the go-to charcoal gray paint colours.
Dovetail with Repose Gray on the walls
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Before we finish our time together, I want to touch on a few COMMON questions…
DO GRAY & GREIGE GO TOGETHER?
Yes, gray and greige do go together, but the gray shouldn’t be LIGHTER than the greige, or the combo can look off. Or turning that around, the greige should be lighter than the gray.
WHAT’S THE MOST POPULAR GREIGE PAINT COLOUR?
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray is one of the best greige-taupe paint colours. However, depending on your PERCEPTION of what a greige really is, Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray also takes a run at the title!
ARE GREIGE & GRAY STILL POPULAR PAINT COLOURS?
Every colour has its place. Generally speaking, grays are not as trendy as they have been, and greiges and taupes are becoming more popular due to their WARMTH. At some point, this scale will tip us RIGHT into beige, but we’re not there quite yet!
IS GREIGE REALLY JUST A VERSION OF WARM GRAY?
Some greiges can definitely pass as warm grays, including top colours like Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray and Worldly Gray. However, we’re talking about two different groups – warm grays and greiges. Greiges are WARMER THAN warm grays and have their own category.
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ORIGINALLY POSTED IN 2019, AWESOME UPDATED IN MID 2022