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The 9 Best Benjamin Moore Paint Colors – Grays (Including Undertones)

Posted on February 1, 2021 by KylieMawdsley

 

The Top 9 Gray and Charcoal Paint Colours: Benjamin Moore

Gray is undoubtedly one of the most popular paint colours. And with a wide variety of depths and undertones to choose from, it’s easy to see why gray has surpassed beige as the most popular neutral (for now…)

However, when choosing a gray paint colour, you have to pay EXTRA close attention to the undertones. Of course, you always have to pay close attention to undertones when picking a paint colour, but they are far sneakier when tucked into gray.

The best gray, charcoal and warm grey paint colours from Benjamin Moore. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online virtual paint colour expert advice and diy decor blogger

The Best Gray Paint Colours

1. Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC 172

Revere Pewter is a light (closer to light-medium) warm gray. Revere Pewter is slightly warmer than some other comparable grays and has an earth-toned look when up against fresh and cool grays. It’s also WELL-known for picking up a faint green undertone.

Rustic romantic style bedroom with reclaimed wood, Benjamin Moore Revere PEwter, chandelier, pink blush accents. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant and edecor blog

Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray painted oak cabinets with Revere Pewter walls in bathroom with almond bone fixtures. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consulting. Client photo

Read more: All About Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

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Revere Pewter is also gorgeous on kitchen cabinets and interior doors…

Best warm gray paint colour.Kitchen, gray cabinets, dark painted island, white oak flooring, Brittanica Warm quartz countertop. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour blog. Benjamin Moore

See more of this kitchen remodel here

Entryway with Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray lightened, Revere Pewter painted doors, white trim, dark painting stair railing. White oak floors. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

See more of this entryway here

Revere Pewter was darkened by 50% for the above kitchen cabinets and doors. Why? Sheen affects how a paint colour looks, and with the satin sheen (vs the standard eggshell on walls), it would’ve looked too soft at regular strength.

More about Revere Pewter

  • With an LRV of 55, it’s important to note that Revere Pewter will not be a fresh, bright gray. While it won’t absorb light, it’s not going to reflect a ton either if you don’t have great natural or artificial lighting (learn some AMAZING THINGS about lighting HERE).

It can also work on the exterior of a home (especially when paired with Cloud White), but can look warmer than you’d expect with natural light on it!

Exterior with gray shutters, warm gray siding (Revere Pewter) Charcoal Slate Navy blue front door and off-white trim. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, shutter colour

Read more: Pick the Best Paint Colour with LRV

2. Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC 170

Stonington Gray is very comparable to Revere Pewter in depth, however, it’s on the cooler side of things with its passive stormy blue undertone. Compared to Revere Pewter, it will look like a more clean, cool gray, but can slide slightly blue-green at times.  

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray and Chelsea Gray small bathroom, modern. Kylie M Interiors E-design, colour expert

Open layout living room, kitchen, gray sectional, Stonington Gray paint colour, rustic wood furniture, navy blue accents. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour, design expert

Farmhouse wood diy dining table, gray upholstered chairs, Stonington Gray paint color and round chandelier. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant

More about Stonington Gray

  • It can pick up a tiny (wee tiny) touch of green, but don’t expect it to – it heavily favours blue.
  • It’s a light colour, however, more of a ‘heavy’ light as it’s not AS fresh feeling as many other gray colours (like Gray Owl below…).
  • The LRV of Stonington is 59, a bit better than Revere Pewter, but not HUGELY different. Overall, because Revere Pewter is a bit more muddy feeling, Stonington Gray will look more fresh in comparison.

Read more: Colour Review Comparing Stonington Gray and Gray Owl

3. Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC 52

Gray Owl is a light gray paint colour with super subtle undertones of blue and green.

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl one of the best gray paint colours for a dark hallway or staircase by Kylie M Interiors. With photo gallery wall of kids and dark wood and metal stair railing. Kylie M Interiors e-design

View more of this Gray Owl home here

Stairs. Reclaimed wood floor and treads, Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, Cloud White. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour expert (4)

Gray Owl CAN look good on the exterior of a home, but if it gets a good hit of natural light (south or west) it can wash out a LOT. It’s best suited to a home with frontal northern exposure.

Exterior metal roof, Benjamin Moore GRay Owl siding and Sherwin Williams Drizzle shutters. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting

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More about Gray Owl

  • Gray Owl has a green undertone (that also loves to flex over to blue), but overall, often acts like a soft, light, fresh gray.
  • With an LRV in the mid-60s, Gray Owl WILL freshen and brighten a room as it reflects natural/artificial light back into the space.

Colour Review Of Benjamin Moore Gray Owl

4. Benjamin Moore Collingwood Gray OC 28 

While Collingwood isn’t greige, it certainly wants to lean that way with its soft, pretty warmth. But just because it LOOKS gray, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have a sneaky undertone hiding inside – specifically, purple. E-design and online colour consultation by color expert and blogger Kylie M INteriors. Benjamin Moore Collingwood in a hallway with dark wood flooring and black metal railing

Master bedroom with laundry room in walk in closet with sliding bar door. Paint colour Benjamin Moore Collingwood. Kylie M interiors decorating and design online

Read more: Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Collingwood

5. Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist OC 27

Balboa Mist is kind of like a lighter, softer version of Collingwood. It’s also slightly more likely to pick up a very weee wink o’ pink in its purple undertone.

Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist, entryway and stairs, dark wood flooring and railing. White trim. Best warm gray taupe paint colour. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting

Bathroom with marble floor and shower with Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist, warm gray or greige paint colour. Kylie M Interiors E-decor services and consulting

See more of this stunning bathroom here: A Marble Inspired Ensuite

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

Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist

More about Collingwood and Balboa Mist

  • Look great with cherry-toned cabinets.
  • They do well in north or south-facing rooms but thrive best in reasonably well-lit rooms.
  • The LRV of Balboa Mist (LRV 67) is similar to that of Gray Owl. Collingwood, with its LRV of 62 is BANG on my magic number!

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6. Benjamin Moore Classic Gray OC 23

Classic Gray is a beautiful off-white gray with subtle warmth to it. Unlike Revere Pewter which can cast green, Classic Gray has a weeee drop of purple in it, which can sometimes lean just slightly purple-pink. I’m NOT a pink/purple fan at all and have this in my home and LOVE it.

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray a greige paint colour in a bathroom with gray linen tower and bathroom decor, linens. Kylie M Interiors E-design

Bathroom update, Benjamin Moore Classic Gray and Metropolis vanity, Bianco Drift quartz and gray subway tile by Kylie M Interiors

See more of this project here

More about Classic Gray

  • This is an off-white. You can darken it by 25% if you want a bit more contrast with your white trim (which is what I did in the above bathroom).
  • Classic Gray is a warm gray, but it doesn’t have enough beige/warmth in it to be greige.
  • It has an LRV of 74, so it’s pretty darned light!

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Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…

  • Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
  • At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
  • If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE

7. Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray HC 168

Chelsea Gray is an AWESOME medium-toned gray. Not too light, not too dark…juuuust right. Chelsea Gray contains only a wink of undertone – green, but it can be VERY vague. And believe it or not, it’s actually a WARM gray, but you’ll hardly know it unless you compare it directly to cooler gray paint colours.

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray and Chelsea Gray painted doors with white trim. Kylie M INteriors E-design, Online paint colour consulting expert

Stonington Gray walls / Chelsea Gray doors

Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray in dining room with white wainscoting and red accents. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consulting expert. Client photo

Chelsea Gray is also a beautiful choice for kitchen cabinets, as long as your countertop/flooring can humour that vague green undertone.

Budget friendly kitchen with painted cabinet in Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray, white subway tile, black countertops, red toned wood floor. Kylie M INteriors E-decor

More about Chelsea Gray

  • Whether it’s a small bedroom or a large room, Chelsea Gray is neither overwhelming nor underwhelming as long as you are comfortable with some depth.
  • Chelsea Gray is fantastic as an exterior colour, particularly on the body of the house.
  • Chelsea Gray has an LRV of 23 – it will absorb light and look quite heavy in a room without adequate lighting.

Full Paint Colour Review of Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray

How to Pick the Best Paint Colour with LRV

8. Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray HC 167

Amherst Gray is like a darker version of Chelsea Gray that’s EQUALLY as beautiful on walls, cabinets, cupboards, furniture and feature/accent walls. And like Chelsea Gray, it does love to grab a wink o’ green!

Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray and similar to Albscent. Kylie M Interiors E-design

Look how much warmer and brighter Amherst Gray looks on this fireplace surround, this is via the paint finish (satin) and the artificial light shining on it…

Fireplace surround and builtin painted Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray and Revere Pewter walls. Kylie M Interiors Edesign. Cabinet paint color

More about Amherst Gray 

  • This charcoal can be too strong for an entire room if you don’t have good natural and artificial lighting. However, it ALWAYS looks fab as a feature/accent wall or on cabinets.
  • Great colour for the exterior body of your home if you’re looking for some drama and depth. Also a great accent/trim colour for the exterior.
  • The LRV of this paint colour is under 20…yup, it’s dark.

Read more: Gray Paint Colours – The 3 Undertones You HAVE to Consider

9. Benjamin Moore Rockport Gray HC 105

Rockport Gray, when compared with Chelsea Gray, is not only lighter, it appears softer and more muted. Rockport is like the perfect mix of gray, and mocha with just a weeee drop of green that’s SO passive you just might never see it. While I wouldn’t say that it’s exactly warm looking – it’s definitely softer and warmer looking than Chelsea Gray/Amherst. If you’re sensitive to green, you might not like it, but if you’re okay with a touch, it could be right up your alley!

Benjamin Moore Rockport Graywith rust Roof, sail cloth trim, sunny day. Client photo BEFORE. Kylie M Interiors E-design

With an LRV of 37, Rockport Gray will still absorb light but not NEARLY as much as Chelsea Gray and the others.

benjamin moore rockport gray is a nice paint color for any room. Shown here with rustic dining table and wine bottle holder and crown moulding in dining room

More about Rockport Gray

  • If you put green next to Rockport Gray it will bring out the purple undertones so be cautious if that isn’t the look you’re going for.
  • Rockport Gray really is a greige of sorts, but the green is so passive, that at times, it comes across a bit taupe!

Still not sure which colour to pick? 

Check out my E-Design and Online Colour Consulting Services!

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Chat soon,

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Comments

  1. Hi Kylie!
    I left a comment last night, wondering what you thought…about my train wreck of golden oak and paint choices so far, but I don’t see it posted anymore….wondering if you got it!!
    I live in SK but looking at your furniture refinishing a today and I may have to make a trip there!!! So talented!!

  2. Hi Kylie,
    I would like to use Benjamin Moore paint. Location: I live in a condo in the San Francisco Bay Area. My condo gets very little light; it faces Northwest with a beautiful Monterey Pine just off my deck. I do not have a common wall however one wall doesn’t have any windows. The Project: The livingroom and diningroom is combined into one space. A windowless hallway enters into living/dining area. Wants: I am tired of beige! I want to use a neutral gray on the walls, with the baseboard/ceiling being a crisp contrasting white. The baseboards will be 3 3/4 inchs. As you would conclude I would like a light gray to brighten up the area. The carpet would be a medium gray for the living/dining area (do not want it to be too light to show wear and tear) and the hallway to be laminate wood. The wood color I have not decided yet. My thoughts are going toward a medium – cherry, or a honey that has a tone of that of the gray carpet. So far I have been basing all of my research upon the carpet color. My search: What color BM paint? I tried Graytint (1611), appears dark. Graytint cut 25% pigment. So, so was my take on this color but it does picks up the carpet color. I have read that Decorators White is “the” color for ceiling/baseboards. This has a brown cast along with Swiss Coffee (recommended by the painter who wants to use Kelly Moore Paint). I tried “Simply White”, OC-117 and “Super White” and both do provide the contrast I would like. However I read the Super White is too white for a ceiling. The painter will be spraying the ceilings and I will be doing the rest of the painting. Questions: What color gray goes well with what color(s) white to create the contrast as well as to brighten up the room? What sheen do I use? Right now I am at point of going back to beige.
    Your suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
    My best,
    Suzan

    1. Hi Suzan, oh I would love to help! It’s just that my site has gone gangbusters on questions lately and I have to give my priority to a) my clients in town here and b) my online consulting clients. I didn’t want you to think that I am ignoring you, there are just some questions that I like to give more thought to (rather than just rattling off a quick answer) and yours is one of those for sure.
      If you’d like to move things faster you’re welcome to check out my Online Consulting on my site to see what I offer. Otherwise, I just need to pop you in line and promise that I will get to your grays and whites as soon as possible!!

      Thank you Suzan!

      1. Hi Suzan, I’m so glad you decided to go ahead with the Online Consulting, thank you!

        Okay, let’s do this!

        So my first bit of advice…never listen to your friends (wink wink Winking smile). Generally other people’s opinions are based on personal preference rather than decorative know-how. Not that they don’t have a good decorative sense, but sometimes it can be misguided by personal taste. When you talk to a ‘neutral party’ (no pun intended) such as myself, I’m able to take my personal tastes out of it, apply what I think is ‘your’ personal taste and use my knowledge to find you a solution!

        That being said, let’s get at it!

        1. Gray is a neutral, this means that it is just as versatile as beige and given the current trends it’s actually quite easy to find furnishings to accommodate it. Light gray looks great with a non orangey chocolate brown as well as charcoal, black and so on and so on. The only thing that light gray really doesn’t work with is beige funny enough!

        2. I’m not familiar with Kelly Moore paint, but if they are a large enough company just make sure that they don’t do their colour matching ‘by eye only’. Make sure that they have a computer that does ‘computer matching’ which is far more accurate.

        3. I know painters can be finicky. I would think that if he would like the job he should be happy using B.M. Paint, which is lovely paint! (The Regal Line is my go-to). If it was a poor quality paint I could understand why as it would be more difficult. Painters just get used to the texture and consistency of a certain paint and are often hesitant to branch out.

        4. Okay, so I’m referring back to my site to view your original question here…..Okay, so we’re up in Canada here and I can’t find Gray Tint. I looked it up on line and compared it a few other grays to give myself a comparison. So, you would like really quite a light gray colour – but still enough colour to give some contrast with white.

        I do know Swiss Coffee though and and your instincts are right – it’s kind of a murky and odd colour – stay away from it.

        Simply White….love it. Anytime I mention Cloud White below, keep in mind that Simply White is also a viable option – Cloud White is just a wee smidge heavier.

        Sooooo, The first thing you’ll want to be careful of in your space is going towards a ‘cool’ gray. Cool grays in a space with very little natural light and a partial Northern exposure will easily look too icy and cold. For that reason you’ll want stick with the neutral and warmer grays (as you noted somewhere in your comments), so you are right on track!

        Now call me old-fashioned, but sometimes when I’m dealing with a colour that is closer to ‘off-white’ than a definite ‘colour’, I like to use what I call ‘off-the-shelf’ white (which Ben Moore doesn’t carry). Basically grab a can, shake it and take it! It’s this white that really offers the cleanest and freshest contrast to a soft gray colour.

        If you prefer to not do ‘off the shelf white’ then let’s go from there….Decorators White is beautiful but it can cast towards the cool side which worries me in your space. If you would like a subtly tinted white, we’ll want to make sure that the undertone in your white jives nicely with the undertone in your gray. We also want to be careful that your gray isn’t so light and your white isn’t so tinted that they end up looking ‘comparable’ in tone to each other – this means that you wouldn’t get that nice contrast you are looking for (another reason why regular white might work for you…)

        Okay, so blah blah blah – on to some real suggestions Kylie!

        1. I….love…Revere Pewter. Looking at the computer image of Gray Tint, I can see that Revere Pewter would be too dark for you. However you seem familiar with the idea of tinting things to change the depth, so that being said, I’d be curious to see what Revere Pewter looked like with 1/2 the pigment. To save money, you should be able to take BM colour chips to Home Depot and have them colour matched into their sample pots (including the pigment reduction). We have it in Nanaimo here and you can choose CIL or Behr tester pots for $4.99. Home Depot is generally 97% accurate or better on their colour matches as it’s all computer generated (I worked their for 3 years, so I’m quite familiar).

        Revere Pewter is essentially a neutral/warm based gray. You can see the striking difference between it and Stonington Gray. You will see immediately the difference between a warm gray and a cool gray.

        Revere Pewter + Cloud White – beautiful combo.

        Check out this link on my website. We did this entire home in Stonington Gray and Revere Pewter (adjusting per room/exposure). In the brighter rooms we did Stonington Gray and the cooler rooms we did Revere Pewter. The white is Cloud White. https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/classic-build-new-home-nanaimo/ Notice how the Cloud White ‘acts’ like white – without being as stark

        2. Silver Satin. Silver Satin isn’t quite as warm as Revere Pewter, but it isn’t even remotely cool so that makes it a viable option. When you place Decorators White beside Classic Gray you will really see the cool cast that Decorators White has.

        Silver Satin + off the shelf white. Now I want you to put Silver Satin next to Cloud White, this is the perfect example of a gray being so light that it actually makes Cloud White look almost like a cream – rather than a white.

        Okay, so before I go any further I want you to give me an opinion on those. I could offer more suggestions, but I want to make sure I’m on the right undertone track. Normally I could nail it right off the bat, but I don’t have that Gray Tint, so I can’t use it to base colours directly off of.

        Once I hear from you I’ll get to it right away as I know you’re on a time crunch!!!

        Chat soon!

        ~Kylie

  3. These are great tips, thank you very much, Kyle. Which gray would you suggest for a big south facing living room/dinning room with large windows? I’m thinking about a lighter gray with white trim. And which dark gray would you suggest for a south facing bedroom?

    1. Hi Emily, thank you!

      For a big south facing room I love Stonington Gray or Gray Owl – both are lovely light grays. A dark gray for a south facing bedroom? I looove Chelsea Gray – it’s just the right visual weight for a bedroom (I have it in mine and love it!!!)

      I hope that helps!

      ~Kylie

  4. Hi Kylie,
    I just found your blog because i am considering using Amherst grey on our exterior trim (not using white).
    our home is mid century modern with beams that travel from inside to outside.
    we have white washed wood ceilings that tend toward grey with green undertone + a little blue.
    We’re looking for a wall color for a clean fresh modern look – considering galveston gray and revere pewter..
    We live near the ocean with blue/grey water/skies.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks!
    Diane

    1. Hi Diane! Revere Pewter is a lovely colour. The funny thing is that once in a while it reflects a funny green undertone, which means that it could actually work really well in your case as the undertones will be coordinated! Another fave of mine is Stonington Gray which is very similar to Revere Pewter in tone, but it has a more neutral – almost blue-ish undertone – which again might be a good thing for you….

      Your house sounds lovely, feel free to send photos when it’s done!!!

      ~Kylie

    1. Hi Megan! Well of course I always love Cloud White. It ‘acts’ like white, without being as stark – but isn’t even close to being an off-white. If you’re looking for a different option though you could check out White Dove which is more on the gray side of things, but if it were me I’d still stick to Cloud White.
      I hope that helps! If you were looking for an actual ‘colour’ then let me know and I’ll give that some thought 🙂
      ~Kylie

  5. Hi Kylie,

    I’m in the process of repainting my home after 7 years of the same colors, which were all in the warm beige family. I’m really looking for a new fresh facelift but with the same furniture. I love Revere Pewter, but i don’t want to paint my entire house that color (although it would look great in all my rooms). So, I’ve decided to paint it in my foyer and hallways. I have Olive colored dupioi panels with Soft Fern BM which would go great with Revere Pewter, but I’m really not sure about my formal living room and family room, which are all pretty open to the hallways. In my living room I have formal dark brown leather furniture and my family room consists of a khaki/brown colored pottery barn sectional and espresso furniture. Please help! I really want my house to flow and I’m having a difficult time figuring out what would flow best. I’d really like to stick to something subtle and classy so that my furniture will pop. Thanks for your help and all your great info!!

    1. Hi Susie, I’m so sorry for the delay. Business has been BOOMING and I’ve been directing most people to my Online Consulting. Normally I’d send you there, but maybe I can give you a few quick ideas to put you in the right direction!

      And, if that doesn’t work, please do consider my Online Consulting as your question would be $30 and then you can send me photos of your space, talk about the size/expsoure and we can really hit it good! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-consultation/

      Okay, so I’ve never done Revere Pewter and Soft Fern together but I do love it (and I’d tell you if I didn’t ;)) So, a lot depends on whether your room is big, small, north facing, south facing, etc….so without knowing that I’m going to throw a few at you that ‘might’ work!

      So, we wouldn’t want to go too yellow/orange as it would really contrast with the green. For that reason I’m going to lean you towards ‘warm neutrals’. In particular, Muslin. If you place this with your Revere Pewter/Soft Fern you’ll see how it complements them without competing (which is good in an open layout) It’ll also be lovely with your furniture!

      Natural Muslin is a similar idea, but the contrast is lower between it and Revere Pewter and might not be quite enough – you’d have to see…

      Somehow I feel like 1 of those 2 could be just what you need. Let me know what you think, hope it helps!

      ~Kylie

  6. Hi Kylie:

    We built our house about a year ago and we currently have beige with yellow undertone tan walls throughout our house. We have a large kitchen, dining room and living room concept. We have dark wood floors, dark wide baseboards and ebony colored cabinets. We have a tanish, grayish, black specks granite countertops which looks great with the cabinets. However, I love the warm neutral greys that are currently out there but having such a hard time to pick a right “greige” color for our open concept due to the the fact that I have too much dark wood going one (I wished I had white trim). Our open concept is facing the north with lots of open windows (floor to ceiling windows in the living room). What color would you recommend so that it flows nicely and not too choppy? Thanks so much in advance!

  7. Hi. I love the color Chelsea Gray and thinking about using it as a feature wall in our north facing bedroom. The only issue is I have no idea what lighter shade of gray to use for the remaining three walls. Any suggestions? Our furniture is mostly cream/white/neutral colors and our floors are white oak.

    1. Check out Revere Pewter, it’s definitely one of my faves! Another thought for a high contrast look would be Intense White, but it would be quite high contrast!

      Hope that helps you out!

  8. Hi Kylie,

    I’m looking for a modern and more on the warm side grey for a basement apartment that gets moderate light (it has a few northern and southern facing windows). I was thinking reverse pewter but am afraid that it might read too brown or make the space seem too dark. The floors are a medium light brown hardwood.

    Would appreciate your opinion

    1. I do love Revere Pewter. If anything it flashes just a touch green, but it shouldn’t read too brown. If you’re still worried about it, check out Gray Owl which is certainly more of a ‘neutral’ gray and is slightly on the cooler side compared to Revere Pewter. And make sure your space has adequate artificial lighting to improve the ‘feeling’ of warmth…

      ~Kylie

  9. Hi Kylie, I was just reading what you said about the colour Willow. Do you think its a bad choice for exterior stucco?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Kyla! I would worry about it a bit as darker colours tend to absorb more sunshine and therefor need to be repainted more often (trimwork is manageable). However, many homes only have 1 side that really gets overexposed to the southern sunshine, so having to repaint only 1 side every 3-4 years isn’t so scary.
      When you look at the little chip of Willow it seems dark, but when applied it comes up as a lovely dark brown. Just keep in mind that in the evening or on any sides that are heavily shaded it will look more black than anything…
      Hope that helps you out!

  10. Our new house has the kitchen and family room in one open space, with an I-beam (where old wall was) dividing the two. Cabinets are white, tile is white, grout it white, and counters are a blue pearl color (aka black). Room doesn’t get a tone of light (faces east). Thinking I want to paint the family room a deep gray, like chelsea gray, and kitchen a pale yellow but I’m not sure what yellow to pick that won’t be too obnoxious. Want something creamy that will go with the gray while adding some color to the space. Any ideas?

  11. Hi Kylie –

    I love the details about grays. Wondering if you can help me out with some color choices. I have an office that is about 500 square feet. If you can imagine,I have two spaces. A front rectangle area that is about 300 square feet with a large South facing window and then a door that is basically a window that is framed, facing West. Then there is another more square space that is darker – 200 square feet (back area). Only 1 ‘room size’ window facing East that look onto a sea of bamboo. They are set-up as an ‘L”. The rectangles space has high ceiling with open beams (very small beams – less than 2×4). The more square space has a low ceiling (less than 8’).

    The floors are previously painted wood. I prefer warm grays with green/brown undertones. So here is my thought: For the floors, I was thinking Taos Taupe. Ceilings, a white. Wall, a light gray. My furniture is Ikea glossy white with silver legs. My ceiling lights (pendant in the front, track in the back) are silver as well and ceiling fans are also silver. I haven’t bought the lighting or ceiling fans yet.

    I can send you some pictures of the Ikea furniture along with the lights, fans, office space; whatever you would like to see!

    Painters arrive on Monday, June 16th.

    I would greatly appreciate any thoughts!

    LM

  12. Hi Kylie,
    I love your designs. I have tons of oak in my house (floors, baseboards, casings, cabinets – it’s everywhere), and my husband loves it and won’t let me paint it. I want to do grey walls, and have Benjamin Moore AF-690 Metropolitan on my walls now, but it turned out really blue (we have east/west sunshine). Hubby hates it. Any ideas of shades that will compliment the oak? Thanks, Rachel

    1. Hi Rachel, it’s funny I actually had 2 people request a post about paint colours to compliment oak – so I’m working on it asap! It should be coming out in a week or 2 🙂 Thank you, I ALWAYS love suggestions that I know people will enjoy reading and find useful!

      ~Kylie

  13. Thank you for your help! Because of this post, I tried Chelsea Gray in our kitchen and Revere Pewter in our dining room. They look lovely and I am especially in love with the Chelsea Gray. Thank you for your help! So glad to be done with testing grays all over the house.

  14. Loved your blog on grays. It was extremely informative. I was wondering what your thoughts were on Benjamin Moore Asphalt. I was thinking of using it in my ensuite bathroom. It’s a good sized room but has a very soft gray tile with a white pinstripe on the entire window wall and also on the floor. I have a white cabinet with white countertop and white trim. The painting area would be 2 complete walls and part of the thrid wall. I thought the Asphalt would make it a little more dramatic! The other gray i looked at was Cement Gray……i thought that might make it look more “spa-like”. Just wondered what you thought of those particular grays.
    Btw, i was looking up BM Asphalt when i came across your blog and i immediately signed up. So looking forward to any future blogs….thanks!

    1. Thank you Bert! Asphalt would certainly be dramatic – it’s a gorgeous dark charcoal paint colour. Now compared to other grays (like Chelsea Gray) it almost has a purpleish undertone, so you’ll want to notice that to make sure it jives with the undertone of the gray in your soft gray tile. Cement Gray will certainly feel more spa-like but you HAVE to know that it will be like a soft grayish purple on your walls. Very lovely, but an underlying purple undertone might surprise you 😉 For this reason a lot of people go toward Revere Pewter, Gray Owl or Classic Gray when they want a softer look.
      Hope that helps Bert!
      ~Kylie

  15. Hi, please help! I’ve been reading so much about paint colors, that I’m getting so confused regarding how light will affect the color in a room. In particular, Revere Pewter. I really love the color and am reading that designers LOVE this color, so, how can I go wrong, right? The only thing that deters me from picking the color is the green undertone that it may have. What undertone will be brought out in artificial light? Natural sunlight? In an eastern exposure room? Western exposure room? so on and so forth… I can’t be overthinking this because I keep reading that all things need to be considered when choosing interior paint colors. Ahhh!!! But, I really feel like pulling my hair out! I want a warm gray but not with green undertone… Is there a rule or general rules about lighting when picking out interior paint colors? I googled it but can’t seem to find what I’m looking for. Thanks!!

    1. Hi Mary, sorry for the delayed reply – I hope you aren’t still struggling! If so, then check out SW Collonade Gray or BM Collingwood Gray which are a few of my new faves!

      ~Kylie

  16. Hi Kylie,
    My historic farmhouse is Chelsea Gray Body with White Dove trim. Do you have a recommendation for a front door color that would continue a neutral look? Thinking about a lighter gray with some brown, green undertones. Also thinking about a green such as Green Umber (Williamburg Collection) or Castleton Mist (Historic).

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Bonnie, thank you for asking! Now I do usually refer questions like yours to my Online Consulting, but a quick colour thought for you…Revere Pewter THE king of gray with slight beige/green undertones. Slightly more obvious? Castleton nix is quite a green/yellow colour, but it IS very pretty. Along that train of thought I love Pale Avocado as it has just a touch more ‘oomph to it (super technical term 😉

      ~Kylie

  17. Hi Kylie,

    I have been reading some posts of your that I found on Pinterest. I just paid for your on line consulting fee of $45 and my painter will be here tomorrow, yikes! I hope you can help. I have a pretty good idea about what I am looking for and the color families that I would like, but my room is small & dark and I also want dark colors. Please let me know the best way for me to send my info to you. (you may have already sent me an email:)..

    I look forward to hearing from you soon!

    Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa, that is great! Now I want to get on your Consult ASAP, and I’ve sent off your Questionnaire/photo info but haven’t heard back. I’m thinking maybe it’s gone to your junk mail. Do check and I can get rolling!

  18. Hi Kylie, from a fellow Canadian living on the Sunshine Coast!
    I am moving into condo with North facing living room, low light. I am wondering if you think Pale Oak or R Pewter would be nicer? I have new sectional couch which is sage green. I also like Balboa Mist! Yikes, and all 3 are Candace Olsen favourites. Help please Kylie. Thank you for your wonderful site.
    Catherine

    1. Hi Catherine, thank you for asking! Now I do refer most ‘home specific’ questions to my Online Consulting, I will say that I would lean much more toward Revere Pewter with your green couch 🙂 If your room is a dark north facing room, you may want to lighten it by 25% just to take a wink of depth out.

      ~Kylie

  19. Hi Kylie,
    We recently purchased a house built in 1989. The setting is an acre of forested land in the foothills outside of Calgary. I have completed the redesign and renovations of the interior of the house. Now it is the outside.
    The house is a bungalow with a three car garage attached. It was finished in cream stucco and a speckled red brick (hideous). We have decided to change the brick to a ledge stone (Black River) by eccostone. There is an inset porch and that will all be in the ledge panels so I feel the door needs to be a bright color and make a statement. I am thinking red but with so many colours of red where does one begin. Then there are the three very visible garage doors. What color should they be? I was thinking a slate color but would that not make the house too dark. That would leave just a small amount of stucco and trim to be painted a color. Stucco I thought maybe I could do Gray Owl from Benjamin Moore. We love love love Benjamin Moore paint. Interestingly, I see one of your favourite colours is Revere Pewter with Cloud White and those were the colors I chose for the renovations.
    I could send you the u tube video so you can see a picture of the exterior also interior pictures before the renovations began.
    Thank you for your help.
    This is overwhelming!!!
    Heather

    1. Hi Heather, sounds like you have quite the undertaking! Now with personal questions (especially ones with more details to consider like yours) I refer to my E-design, so I can see photos and you can fill out a questionnaire. Unfortunately I just don’t have enough time in the day to answer all of the questions that come in! If that interest you, here’s a link to the exterior packages! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/product-category/exterior-selections/
      ~Kylie AND BTW! If you decide to purchase a package, let me know BEFORE you purchase it, so I can invoice you in Canadian dollars (most of my clients are from the USA!).

  20. Hi Kylie,

    I’ve been reading a lot of your blogs and they have been super helpful for narrowing down my color group… but I have been researching and testing colors for a WHILE now. I have an entire house to paint. The main floor is all open concept – kitchen, living room, dining room, & entrance way. It is extremely bright during the day however it is a north facing house. I bought a sample of pale oak by BM for the main color and the Amherst grey for an accent wall….

    The pale oak turned out to be this stark hospital colored grey and it looked like the drywall 🙁

    the Amherst grey looked BLUE from some angles. Am I going crazy? I forgot to mention our theme is industrial farmhouse and it will be loaded with medium wood tones in the trim, doorways, baseboards and flooring.
    (I guess the undertone would be red?)

    I can’t afford to spend much more on paint samples… I can’t believe how much the colors change when it’s in the space. I also tried “Gentle Cream” and it looks very very yellow. which is weird because I thought that the northern exposure would of made it less so.

    Please help, I would very much appreciate any suggestions!

    -Ali

    1. Hi Ali, YES, grays can be super tricky depending on your exposure, wood tones, etc… Because of the amount of questions/emails that i get in a day, when it comes to personal questions, particularly ones where my reader is having issues I just have to refer to my Online Consulting, so I can see photos of the space and you can fill out a questionnaire, that way I can give you the RIGHT options. If that interests you at al. here’s the link to check out… https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/

      ~Kylie

  21. I love this article Kylie! It has been my bible in choosing my paint colours to refresh my 14 year old home. I have decided on revere pewter for my main floor open concept rooms (family room, living,dining and kitchen). I am undecided between balboa mist and collingwood for my south facing front foyer/hallway. It is a very bright foyer with lots of windows and open ceiling . We have oak floors and oak staircase. Which colour balboa mist or collingwood would be warmer and would compliment the revere pewter best? Thanks!

    1. Hi Mary! I think I like Balboa Mist more than Collingwood, there’s just a bit more shift in contrast between the 2. That being said, have you looked at BM Edgecomb Gray. Its warmer (it’s a greige) but it’s a NATURAL with Revere PEwter!

      ~Kylie

  22. Hi Kylie, your blog posts are extremely helpful – thank you! I’m moving into a new build with an open concept kitchen/living dining room. The kitchen cabinets are on order and I chose two tones: BM simply white for the upper cabinets and BM Kendall charcoal for the lower. I’m also doing all the trim in Simply White. I’m now trying to choose a gray paint for the walls that will complement and bring the best out in the simply white cabinets. Right now I’m torn between two colours: Classic Gray and Gray Owl. The room is east facing. Of these two, do you feel one would be more complementary to the Simply White and Kendall Charcoal? Thank you so very much for your insight!

    Nicole

    1. Hi Nicole, they both do SUCH different things and both will work! With the room being east facing, you’ll find that in the afternoons both colours can feel a bit drab as the sun goes to the other side of the sky. Classic Gray might wash out just a bit in the morning, so if you go for it I would darken it by 25% to give it a bit more depth.

  23. Hi Kylie!
    I am hoping you can help me out as I have to make a decision very soon… we have gutted and renovated our entire first floor of our home… everything is going to be in a white/ griege color scheme… my laundry room is north facing and has no windows but the half window on the door, therefore not much natural light… I have a white w griege veining tile that will be done on the floor in herringbone style and am looking to put white dove or classic gray colored cabinets and bench in this room as well… what color should I go with for the walls? I love Benjamin Moore colors but don’t know whether to go warmer or cooler than cabinet color??? Help ! ????

    1. Hi Stephanie, thank you for the note! Unfortunately due to the amount of emails/questions I get in a day I’m unable to answer personal questions. I would have to refer you to my E-design, where I do have the Quick Consult option as well! I give as much info as I can for free on my site, but if that doesn’t work I recommend the e-design so I can get up close and personal with photos/questionnaire. If that interests you, here’s the link… https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
      ~Kylie

  24. Hi I am wondering your opinion on getting brand name paint vs color match. I went with BM Gray Owl matched by my local ACE store with valspar paint. The color is very very and I mean VERY powder blue! My living room has south and west facing windows, very well lit. I’m super disappointed. I want to repaint, I think I’m going to go with edgecomb gray?? I want the same clean soft beachy feel but without the blue! The color will be going in my entry as well which has east facing windows in the stairwell. Was originally thinking of playing it safe with revere pewter but worried it’s too heavy or cement looking in my space. I have also had problems with griege paint going too purple. Perfect griege was perfectly violet! How true to color does the edgecomb stay in different (lower) lighting areas? I have white trim and honey oak floors. Should I chance getting the edgecomb matched or spend the money on the brand name paint? Any help would be so appreciated!!

    1. Hi Jody! Yes, Gray Owl can totally go blue and even Revere Pewter can be a bit unpredictable. I find Edgecomb to be MUCH more predictable compared to those 2, as when it shifts it really seems to only go from beige to gray, but only minorly. You might have some challenging exposures, which can shift the way a paint colour looks and it’s REALLY hard to fight that! I would say Edgecomb is a safer bet. As for colour matching, there really is nothing like the original brand. I’ve found SW to be pretty good, same with H.Depot, but sometimes it depends on the store/employee so you have to double-check the sample (dried) with your original before you leave the store 😉
      ~Kylie

  25. Hi Kylie,

    We just moved to a new house and I am trying to decide on a gray for my son’s nursery and want to know what you think.
    The room is 11×10 and gets the morning sun.
    I have Restoration Hardware furniture (crib and dresser in the Antiqued Taupe colour). The floors are a dark “urban brown” finish. I also have a light gray glider.
    I was thinking Collingwood gray to tie in the taupe colour but I am not sure if there would be a better option that I haven’t explored.
    Your advice would be so greatly appreciated !
    Thank you!

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      Hi Tenley, thank you for your note! Now I usually refer personal questions to my E-design, so that i can look at photos/questionnaire and come up with colour ideas that actually make sense for the room (1 room is $45). Off the top of my head yes, Collingwood is a beauty! I also love BM London Fog (probably lightened a bit) as it has a bit more of a taupe base to it.
      I hope that helps! If you want to check out my E-design, it’s right here… https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
      ~Kylie

  26. Hello Kylie,
    I which i had found this page earlier as i”m in a time crunch. hope you can help…
    I’m in the processes of painting my kitchen cabinets. I wanted to do BM Platinum gray, it looked great on the swatch, but once I primed the cabinets and tried it , it looks to cold next to my wall (which is a Cameo White by Berh). I tried 25% lighter, but again it looks cold, boring and flat.
    I would love to do a color called Urban Stone, I found it on a cabinet door sample from cliqstudios.com. I took it to Home Depot and had them color match, but it was a failure, the color did not came out the same.
    Can you help, my painter is getting ready to paint and I’m freaking-out!
    Also, do I paint the cabinet trim white or the same color of the cabinets.
    Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
    ~Sandra

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      Hi Sandra, thank you for your note! Unfortunately when it comes to personal questions I can’t do much good if I don’t see photos and do the questionnaire, this way I can spend some proper time with your room as as you’re finding out – it can be a tricky process! I’m also not familiar with Urban Stone at all, so I can’t touch on that. It looks to be somewhere along the lines of BM Pashmina (knowing that cabinets tend to look lighter once they are painted and done). I’ve seen Pashmina look quite similar to that – but really, that’s just a quick thought.
      As for the cabinets, any thing that is part of the cabinet should be painted cabinet colour. As for the cabinet finish – i would definitely do satin, which is in between eggshell and semi-gloss.
      HOpe that helps!
      ~Kylie

    2. Hi Kiley,
      Thank you for your getting back to me… I will definitely go with satin and make sure I paint the trim and crown molding the cabinet color. I am confused about the gray to use and I am all over the place…. (I told the painter to give me until Monday… LOL).
      Today I went back to BM and picked up a sample of the Pewter 2121-30 and I love it… I was not expecting to like a gray with blue undertones to look inviting. In my humble opinion, Pewter definitely has the character that Platinum gray is lacking; however, I’m not sure if it plays well with my wall color (Cameo white by HD Behr).
      Again thank you for your help and keep sharing your expertise with the world… Thanks to you I’ve learned what LRV is and how crucial it is when choosing color. I learned to look for undertones. I even downloaded an app that helps me determine which direction the rooms in my house are facing (by the way, my Kitchen faces West).

      Thank you and keep your knowledge coming… we all need you!!
      ~Sandra

  27. Hi Kylie, most of the posts here refer to north or south-facing windows, so I’m finding it difficult to apply your wisdom in others’ answers to my situation which is all windows facing east or west. Is there an easy way to translate north/south to east/west when considering color choices? Also, if I am going to paint a large, open family room and adjoining hallways SW Collonade gray, what darker shade of gray would look best as an accent color in adjoining kitchen – also open to the other space? The breakfast nook is the only wall that would need the darker color – small, about 8’x9′ for that one wall, and slender areas between three tall windows in a bay. These windows face a very bright and shiny east. Thank you! —Judy

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      Hi Judy! I’m actually working on a blog post on this topic TODAY! So hopefully I’ll have it cleaned up and ready by the end of this coming week – stay tuned!
      ~Kylie

  28. Hey Kylie!

    Just love all your posts! Can’t wait for you to be back from vacation so I can get some advice from my kitchen paint colors.

    -Angela

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      Wahoo, me too! I’m sitting on the couch at the resort with my feet up and drinking some tasty wine! I’m back at it on Tuesday though!

  29. I have a small house and am about to paint the entire house in gray. I have hardwood flooring and tile in my bathrooms and kitchen – gray’s/white’s tile that looks like wood. I want to paint my entire house gray – but I want a pale gray since the light is not very bright in my house. I also plan to paint my kitchen and bathroom cabinets in a darker gray, but again, don’t want the cabinets too dark so as not to darken the entire house. I’m thinking about using Benjamin Moore Wickham gray for all the rooms and possibly Galveston gray or Chelsea gray for the cabinets. Any thought? Am I going too gray?

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      Hi Linda! When it comes to personal questions I DO need to refer to my e-design. This way I can take a look at your photos/questionnaire and come up with paint colours that actually make sense – rather than just guessing! If that interests you, I have a lot of great, affordable packages to choose from and then I can spend some proper time on your home 🙂 https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/product-category/interior-paint-colors/ My gut instinct is that if you are second guessing whether it will be too gray, that maybe doing it ALL gray might be a bit much for you???

      Chat soon,
      ~Kylie

  30. I would like some feedback for the color grays.
    I have a wall and half in a bathroom to paint. My tiles are gray with some light blue. counter top is pietra color

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  31. Hi Kylie,
    I value the info you have put together on choosing colors – it has helped me so much!! I have a question about grays and artificial lighting – especially fluorescent (yuck!). In an office setting with minimal natural east light, what would you suggest for a gray that reads as a true mid gray that doesn’t end up feeling cold? Those nasty lights are wreaking havoc with the paint colors!

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  32. I just want you to know how much I enjoyed reading this. It’s well written and to the point. Thank-you! ☺️☺️☺️

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  33. Thank you for such a wonderful article. I am in the midst of renovating my basement. I have decided on Stonington Gray for the walls, Chealsea Gray for the doors, and Simply White for the trim. I have recessed lighting/led lighting in bright light and will have white outlets. Now I’m unsure because I have wood looking tile floors that are a medium brown with dark flecks I guess…

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  34. Hi Kylie:) I have a north facing, open concept kitchen family room. Trim is cloud white and kitchen cabinets are light cream. Mid to dark hardwood throughout. I want to stay away from greige and am looking for some depth but a barely there grey. I have samples of Wickham grey, stonginton grey and grey owl around the room right now. What are your thoughts on these three???
    Very much appreciated 🙂

    Kim

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      Hi Kim! Well if I were to go on my thoughts we’d be here allll day! Overall, Gray Owl would be my first choice of the 3 for its depth and undertones. I love Stonington Gray, but find it a bit heavy and Wickham, I don’t trust its undertones as much.
      If you’d like me to take a look at your home via photos and spend some time with it, I do have affordable E-design that you might find helpful! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
      ~Kylie

  35. Thanks so much for this great post, it is so helpful! Seems like all of the undertones of the paints I am trying in my kitchen are really coming to life … Grey Owl is green, Stonington is blue, yikes! I am wondering if you have ever worked with Ben Moore ‘Shoreline’ and what you think of it? Thanks!

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      Hiya! Ah yes, you have one of those rooms! Is it north facing? That is a common effect in north facing rooms as they can enhance cool undertones a bit. I haven’t done much with Shoreline, but yes, you might find it a bit less ‘colourful’ than the other 2, but it does still have some cool undertones and a lovely softness to it, so it’s not a crisp/cold gray…

      1. Thank you ! I am just beginning to get an understanding of how north facing vs south facing etc. influences the color … it makes such a big difference . You are 100% correct that the room is north facing and bright!
        I am not exactly sure what color undertones Shoreline has, but it is that softness that you referred to that seems so nice.
        Any thoughts on Moonshine?
        Thanks so very much!

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  36. Help! Im on the hunt for a very light and bright greig paint color. I have revere pewter in my entryway and it is MUCH too dark. I’m wanting the same tone, but much lighter. I tried lightening RP by 50% but its still reading very dark in my house. Classic Gray is reading a little too purple for me but it has the “brightness” I am looking for. Any ideas?

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  37. You definitely have a talent that I don’t have. How does one see the undertones in a gray paint (or any neutral for that matter) without A. being told by an expert like you or B. painting the entire room and seeing in all types of lighting? I see color and the depth of the color (dark/light) and that’s it – until it’s all over the wall and I’m crying over a glass of wine.

  38. What warm grey would you suggest for interior trim? I love Chelsea grey but it is a bit too light and not contrasty enough for our rustic grey wood flooring. I think Kendall is too dark. Is Amherst as warm a grey? How about Asphalt?

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      Hi Ginny! With gray, there are SO many undertones to consider – in particular the type of gray that’s in your rustic wood flooring. I mean, off the top of my head ASphalt could work, but I can’t really say without seeing your home! If you’d like me to take a look, I do have an affordable E-design service. That question would fall under the ‘1 Room Package’ (using it for the trim, rather than the walls 🙂
      Hope to chat soon! https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/ This way I can spend some quality time with your room, rather than just guessing.
      ~Kylie

  39. Hi Kylie,
    I have a manchester tan in my living room with a peacock blue accent wall.
    I am wondering if you could please suggest what color would go well on connecting hallway walls and the walls on staircase leading up to the upper floor hallway?

    Thanks,
    Shifa

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  40. So glad I found this blog post on Pinterest! I am currently struggling and overwhelmed with picking a color to paint our house exterior. It’s currently a light tan and I want something darker and more “interesting” yet neutral in the gray/charcoal family. We also have a reddish brick that we need to keep in mind. Currently looking closely at Kendall Charcoal and Chelsea Gray… but fearing that Kendall might be pretty dark. I was glad to see you mention Chelsea Gray as a great exterior color!

  41. I am looking for a gray for my entire first floor and up the staircase to the second floor. I was thinking Gray Owl, because its neutral but not sure if its too light for the entire floor. My other thought was stonington gray. What do you mean when you say that they aren’t “warm” grays? Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
    Thanks,
    Laura

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      Hi Laura! Warm grays tend to have a bit of beige or softness to them. Some people will say that Gray Owl is a slightly warm gray, but really – it’s gray and can pick up cool gray undertones, specifically blue and green. A warm gray would be something like Cumulus Cloud or Collingwood. Of the 2, I would lean toward Gray Owl. I’ve done many spaces and entire floors in this colour and it just settles really well. If you have TONS of natural light it will be pretty light, but then it levels it out in darker areas – I find it a slightly more safe bet than Stonington in that regard…

  42. Hi Kylie

    Loving your suggestions and knowledge of color undertones. I have a quick question, looking for a lighter hue that complements stonington gray for a room that faces south/east. So far I have classic gray , gray mist etc., am I on the right track? Fungi shui table of elements suggest white is the killing color for south/east facing rooms and there growth color is blue and green for the resource color (undertones I am assuming). Would love your opinion on my quest for color!
    Love your blog and website, beautiful display of visual decorating tips and color. So glad that I found you on pinterest!
    Thanks, Carole B from NB

  43. Hi. I need help picking a color for my raised ranch, I did Revere Pewter for the accent walls in my dining room and living room and need to pick a color for the rest of the house. I did Stonington gray in the sunroom which is off the dining room and I did a edgewood gray in a spare room. I’m tryin to stay in the same family. IT’s so hard. I love revere pewter but just did the accent walls. Thanks

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  44. Hi Kylie,
    I am painting my dining room. I have wainscoting which i prefer to paint white. The furniture is mostly a cremish linen white. I would like a light contrast between the wainscot and gray wall above. I plan on adding colors of rich light to medium blues for carpet, cloths etc.
    Do you have a favorite for a light gray for Wall and favorite wainscot white contrast that looks nice with creamy white furniture for a dining room area?

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      1. Thank you i will definitely use your e design once i have more specifics for my decorating.
        But i was wondering if you had a go to wainscott White that is crisp and bright and a true go to light gray that does not have a lot of undertone ?

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          Hi Viktoria, that actually is what my E-design is for, talking about specific colours for your home! It can depend on your exposure as even the most timid gray can flash blue/green/purple given the right/wrong exposure!

  45. Hi Kylie,

    I don’t know if I ever got a response to my question about whether you can select other finishes as well as paint color. Please advise.

    My style is minimalist, Italian modern. I have white leather and light hardwood floors with a bit of an orange or pinkish hue. Can you recommend a light more neutral gray. I plan on using blue accessories for a pop of color.

    Thanks for your anticipated response.

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      Hi C.C.! I can’t seem to find your other response anywhere, but generally I focus on paint colours and it keeps me pretty darned busy! I do have my E-design so that I can take a look at photos of your home, otherwise, I’m just guessing as to what your room really needs with its exposure/finishings/furniture/quality of light/etc… If you’re interested, here’s the link! I will be on vacation for the next few weeks though. https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/online-decorating-design-services/
      ~Kylie

  46. Have you ever used BM Bone Black? It looks like it’s comparable to SW Mindful Gray which is my favorite but BM paint goes on so much better and looks prettier in my opinion. I can’t find many reviews about Bone Black online….Thanks!

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      Hi Leslie! It looks like that’s in the special Williamsburg Collection, so it’s not as well known – I’ve never used it! That’s good to know, I’m going to check it out more!

      1. Ok thanks for the reply! I haven’t had a chance to get a sample but when I do, I’ll let you know how it compares to the sample of Mindful Gray on my walls. 🙂

  47. Any advice on pairing Rockport Gray with Jet/Virginia Mist granite? It is a dark black/charcoal granite. I love the warmth/brown undertones of the Rockport which pairs nicely with black counters. Since the Jet Mist can sometimes look gray, just wondered your thoughts on that pairing.

  48. Oh my gosh,. I’m two days into owning my first home and am officially overwhelmed. I have a purple undertone white in the house and it’s killing me. Your posts on Gray, LRV, and which direction the room is facing have been so helpful!!
    Thank you so much!

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      AWESOME, I mean, not the purple undertoned white, but the part about my blog helping – that’s what I love to hear!

  49. Hi,

    We have one room in our house that is not Benjamin Moore, but are looking to convert it over. It’s Sherwin Williams Light French Gray. Looking to stay on the lighter side of the grays as an adjacent room has BM Willow Creek and just get a more rich look from aBM gray as the SW Light French Gray leaves a lot to desire. Hallway is revere pewter. Any suggestions ? Thanks!

  50. HELP! I don’t know where to turn. We are redoing out 1950’s ranch house and just redid our backsplash with a light gray subway tile. Our cabnets are a warm wood color and our tile is a beige browinsh color with some grey in it. I can’t pick a wall color. Our kitchen is small so I don’t want to go dark to make the room smaller. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. -Lisa

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