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The 8 Best Warm Grays from Benjamin Moore

Posted on August 17, 2023 by KylieMawdsley

WHAT BENJAMIN MOORE GRAY PAINT COLORS ARE WARM?

If you’re looking for the PERFECT shade of warm gray, you’re not alone, and you’ve come to the right place (drink the Koolaid, it’s goooood). Trends are shifting away from cool grays and simple whites into something softer and warmer. And while some are leaning toward beige, many are still on the gray train – they just don’t know which station to get off at!

But aren’t all grays COLD? I mean, they are GRAY.

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WARM GRAY PAINT COLORS

Warm grays are by FAR the most popular shades. With subtle violet or green undertones, these light grays are most often found on walls and cabinets.

Benjamin Moore Rodeo, warm gray paint colour similar to Revere Pewter, white trim, wood floor. Kylie M.

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STORMY GRAY PAINT COLORS

Stormy shades of gray are often classified (scientifically) as WARM GRAYS, but to most people, they look ANYTHING but warm. This includes shades like Benjamin Moore Gray Owl and Stonington Gray. Stormy grays can flash blue, green, or violet undertones, whereas warm grays won’t have blue undertones.

Stormy gray paint colors are popular on walls, exteriors, and cabinets. Darker stormy grays, in particular, are popular on kitchen islands.

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

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COOL GRAY PAINT COLORS

As for legitimately COOL grays, they’re only popular in the dark end of things – the light, cool, and icy grays aren’t floatin’ many boats. As for undertones, the most popular cool grays cater to blue-violet, with the odd green popping up here and there. Of course, some grays show little to NO undertone, but this doesn’t mean your exposure, light bulbs, or interior finishes won’t encourage them otherwise.

Benjamin Moore Steel Wool, shown on the lower walls in this entryway, is an example of a popular cool shade of gray (violet-blue undertones)…

Best cool gray paint colour, Benjamin Moore Steel Wool, foyer entryway with black front door, red accent area rug. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

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HOW CAN YOU TELL IF A GRAY IS WARM, STORMY, OR COOL?

1. Cool and stormy grays often have a blue undertone but can also have violet (violet-blue) or green-blue

2. Warm grays cater to a green or violet undertone – no blue. If you see dominant blue, this is more about the surrounding environment (exposure/bulbs/etc…) than the color itself.

3. The best way to SEE the above undertones is to COMPARE grays to each other – order 6-8 grays of a similar depth and butt them up to each other (vertical on the wall, with white paper surrounding them – NEVER on your existing wall color).

  • Notice how the ‘color’ changes from one color to the next.
  • Does one seem ‘more violet/blue/green’ compared to another? You’re looking at a stormy or cool gray if you see more blue.
  • Does one seem warmer or cooler than another?
  • Do any shades look muddier or earth-toned compared to others? These could be your warm grays.

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Now, if you’re ready, we’re focusing on warm shades of gray today because they’re the most popular of the three groups. As for depth, the top dogs sit in the off-white, light, and light-medium ranges (find the best DARK gray paint colors here).

Best, most popular shades of warm gray paint colors. Kylie M INteriors edesign, online paint color expert in grey.

BENJAMIN MOORE’S POPULAR WARM LIGHT GRAY PAINT COLORS

Remember, just because a color is POPULAR doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for your walls, cabinets, or exterior. Make sure the undertones of your chosen gray suits your interior finishes – every gray has undertones!

1. BENJAMIN MOORE COLLINGWOOD OC-28

Collingwood is a light warm gray with a soft violet undertone. Some grays can flex with their undertones – not this one. Collingwood commits to its undertones without being overbearing. In fact, these violet undertones suit more interior finishes than gray-green undertones.

Benjamin Moore Simply White cabinets , Collingwood gray walls, oak flooring, Kylie M Interiors Edesign

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Regarding popular shades of gray, Collingwood has been a hit with my Online Color Consulting. Warm violet undertones are more likely to suit the average interior finish than blue or green. From there, it’s just about how WARM you want it and how obvious or subtle!

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2. BENJAMIN MOORE CLASSIC GRAY OC-23

Classic Gray is another warm gray with a violet undertone, but it’s lighter than Collingwood and a bit more violet-pink.

Why violet-PINK?

Because Classic Gray has a little extra warmth, and with that warmth comes a wink o’ pink (fractional, at best)! And while Classic Gray can be tricky on cabinets due to its depth, it’s SUPER popular on walls.

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray best warm gray taupe paint colour, dark wood furniture, bedroom. KYlie M

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Classic Gray is also a hit in the home staging world. It offers a hint of color, without being overwhelming. And while many people SAY they don’t love violet undertones, I’m always surprised to see how many really do once they see them in the right color!

BEnjamin Moore Classic Gray off white warm gray paint color for cabinets. Peel and stick sample with Kylie M

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3. BENJAMIN MOORE REVERE PEWTER HC-172

Revere Pewter is amazeballs. Despite considerably warmer trends, Revere Pewter (and Classic Gray) are still strong due to their soft warmth and subtle undertones. But unlike the previous three shades, Revere Pewter has an earthy green undertone. It also has a bit more depth than the others, bordering on the light-medium range, with an LRV of 55.

Revere Pewter, best warm gray paint color. STATUARIO MAXIMUS white quartz countertop, URBANE BRONZE,

The above bathroom is about as warm as Revere Pewter looks (and is likely being helped out by lower KELVIN bulbs). This next photo is a more ‘typical’ shot of Revere Pewter in action…

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter in dining room with dark wood furniture and pendant lights. Best warm gray. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, client photo. Decorating blog

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In recent years, Revere Pewter has been a top choice for exterior siding, interior walls, cabinets, and even trims! I used Revere Pewter on my interior doors and kitchen cabinets. While this color choice will limit me in the longterm, I’m sure lovin’ it for now.

This next photo shows my client’s home with Benjamin Moore White Dove and Revere Pewter on the door…

Interior hallway doors painted Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, White Dove walls and trim, Amherst Gray feature wall, white oak floor. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, for cabinet, warm gray. Peel and stick sample. Kylie m

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4. BENJAMIN MOORE CUMULUS CLOUD 1550

Cumulus Cloud isn’t as popular as the previous four shades.

Why?

There are two main reasons…

1.  Most people want a lighter, softer approach when choosing a warm gray with a violet undertone. With its LRV of 52.31, Cumulus Cloud is light-medium in depth and not as suited to darker rooms or hallways.

2. Cumulus Cloud has flexible underrtones. This means that while it can grab a subtle violet, the odd wink of green pops up (as shown on the left side of the above photo). The less committed a color is to ONE undertone, the more likely it is to pick up a range. This makes Cumulus Cloud not as popular because many finishes need more commitment to a particular undertone.

Benjamin Moore Cumulus Cloud with wood floor, white trim. Gray paint colours. Kylie M Interiors E-design

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5. BENJAMIN MOORE BALBOA MIST OC-27

Balboa Mist is similar to Collingwood in its overall approach and popularity. As for depth, Balboa Mist is lighter than Collingwood, but darker than Classic Gray, making it a great happy medium between these two shades.

Walk in marble shower with niche or alcove for shampoo. Marble hexagon floor. Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist walls. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting

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

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Balboa Mist ALSO has a violet undertone that can show up to the party a bit more, especially in north-facing rooms, but again, it’s an undertone that suits many interior finishes. As for temperature, Balboa Mist is definitely a warm gray, but you’ll be hard-pressed to have it lean very far into taupe, and definitely not beige.

Best warm gray paint color, Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist samplize

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6. BENJAMIN MOORE LIGHT PEWTER 1464

Light Pewter is similar to Balboa Mist (#3), with the main difference being TEMPERATURE. While both are warm grays, Light Pewter isn’t quite as warm as Balboa Mist. And while you’d be hard-pressed to have it look super COLD, it can look a titbit nippy in a north-facing room.

Sherwin Williams Mineral Deposit best blue green gray front door paiont color. Light Pewter walls, White Dove trim. Kylie M Edesign

But like Balboa Mist, Light Pewter has a violet undertone. In comparison, Balboa Mist can look sliiiiightly violet-pink (the pink being not dominant at ALL).

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Photos found online and/or taken by professionals sometimes distort the color from how it really looks and often aren’t EVEN the right color! I’m proud only to show photos provided by myself or my Online Paint Color Consulting clients. This way, I KNOW that what you’re looking at is the actual color – Thank you for sending your photos in; you make my colorful lil world go round! 

 

7. BENJAMIN MOORE NIMBUS 1465

Nimbus is like a slightly darker version of Light Pewter. With its LRV of 59.4, Nimbus parks itself in the slightly darker end of the light range.

And while Nimbus has its place, it seems more people fall for Collingwood’s similar but slightly warmer gray approach.

Navy blue vanity, Benjamin Moore Nimbus walls with warm gray, greige, taupe tiles. Kylie M E-design, interiors blogger and diy advice.

And like most of the others on this page, Nimbus also has a LOVELY violet undertone. While it’s not suuuuuuper subtle, you also won’t feel like Barney did a jig on your walls.

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8. BENJAMIN MOORE SILVER SATIN OC-26

Silver Satin is an off-white warm gray – similar to Classic Gray but not quite as warm. It’s because of this reduced warmth that of the two shades, Classic Gray is the more popular choice.

Benjamin Moore Silver Satin with green accents in a mid century modern dining room with furniture and decor. Kylie M INteriors E-design

As for undertones, Silver Satin can flash a wee willy wink more violet compared to the previous violet-inspired shades – sometimes a BIT too much, but it depends on the finishes you’re coordinating with and your tolerance level – you might find it JUST perfect!

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PEOPLE ALSO ASK…

WHAT COLORS GO WITH WARM GRAYS, IN PARTICULAR, WHITES?

While it depends on the warm gray you choose, they often like white paint colors with a more passive warmth, not too much yellow. Brighter, more classic shades like these TOP 5 whites offer a bit more contrast and a slightly cleaner approach.

As for actual COLORS, tons look great with warm gray. While it can depend on the exact depth and undertone of the shade you’re coordinating, start with muted shades of gray-blue, darker gray-greens like Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray, and classic navy blues like Hale Navy.

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy with orange stain on wood trim, and leather sectional. Beige carpet, great accent wall color. Kylie M ONline paint color consulting

WHICH WARM GRAY PAINT COLOR IS ‘THE’ MOST POPULAR?

According to Samplize, Sherwin Williams Repose Gray is the most popular shade of gray. However, it’s not MY favorite as I don’t trust it to do what I need it to (read its review to learn more).

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

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As for Benjamin Moore, Revere Pewter is the top warm gray shade, followed closely by Classic Gray. This is interesting as Revere Pewter’s green undertone is a bit less likely to humor the ‘average’ interior finish. Regardless, Revere Pewter’s popularity has been strong for years; I even have it on my kitchen cabinets!

HOW DO YOU MAKE GRAY PAINT LOOK WARMER?

The gray trend had us doing gray-on-gray…on gray. It can be tough to transition out. Here are a few tips…

  • If you have warm trim, it could make your gray look cooler than it really is (opposites attract). Consider a more moderate shade of white. This won’t stop your walls from looking cool gray, but it won’t ENHANCE them like a warm, creamy white will.
  • Try lowering the KELVINS of your light bulbs. This small change can shift the undertones of your gray but also offers more warmth than the brighter or cooler Kelvins.
  • Add warm accent colors using toss cushions, decor, and area rugs. Even plants and wood tones can help a cold gray room look more inviting!

FOR MORE TIPS, READ THIS: How to Make Your Gray Walls Look Warmer

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Comments

  1. I like the fact that you are talking Kelvins. Harsh blue lighting can totally change the feel of a room for the worse. It’s something we all need to be educated on.

    1. Helpo Kylie,
      Not sure if you will see this comment. I’ve been watching your stuff for a couple years now. I really want a warm gray on my walls. Why question is, if I have warm honey cabinets, will that typically bring out more of the green undertones in revere pewter, or recede them?
      I love your videos and website. And by the way, your hair is amazing!

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        Hiya! It’s hard to say as sometimes it’s more about the lighting in the room vs the wood cabinets. Like, if you want to see green, you might look at bulbs that have lower/warmer Kelvins.

  2. I just got done painting our home office and really liked mindful gray but determined it was too dark for my space. I chose repose gray for the laundry room and the office (east facing), but man…all I see is blue and am re-thinking re-painting the whole thing. I’m really bummed. I really would like a warm gray w/ tan undertones, but don’t know if that’s even possible. Maybe light tan w/ gray undertones?
    Kim

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  3. Just want to say thank you! I researched lots of warm gray paint colors and went with Colingwood due to a different post you wrote. Thank you for your recommendation! I absolutely love it in our home! It looks beautiful with our white trim and dark wood floors. I almost passed on it because it’s not one of the “popular” gray colors. It does not get the credit it deserves. Thank you again!

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  4. Hi Kylie, can you please tell me what color the inside of the front door is painted ( black geometric rug and tree picture to the right). I just love it! Thank you.

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