Find It: The Perfect Grey Paint that will Outlast the Trend

Grey is a beautiful neutral colour, but I believe that the over-the-top grey home trend will soon be coming to an end, in the same way that the builder beige and brown trend bit the dust. 

First, let me give you my rundown of the top 6 grey paint colours I believe will outlast the grey trend: 

1. Sherwin Williams Repose Gray

2. Sherwin Williams Ice Cube

3. Benjamin Moore Misty Gray

4. Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray

5. CIL/Dulux Drifting Snow

6. CIL/Dulux Raindrop White

Now, here's a bit more on why I think these colours, plus a few more below, will be classic and not go out of style, and why I think others will. 

It seems we've gone a bit overboard with the grey trend. Whole homes are being done in this colour the same way that white is used as a neutral backdrop. Personally, I find all-grey spaces a bit too lifeless. Some are too much on the blue side and it can actually make you feel blue as well. Others are just cold and or too dark and make a space feel like a cement jail cell. Especially when you have grey walls, grey cabinets and grey furniture all piled on top of one another, it just makes for an uninteresting and at the same time overwhelming experience. 

In other applications, dark greys and blue-greys look stunning, like on kitchen cabinets for example. But that's a problem too: because a look that stuns your eyes will eventually run it's course and you'll tire of it quickly. That's the reason I always stick with a classic white or light wood kitchen (which, IMHO, will never go out of style and is a soft backdrop in your home). 

That said, I do think that a light misty grey or a light grey that's slightly on the warm side (aka greige) can be timeless and very natural in a home.  A misty grey is very soothing and bounces light around, whereas greige is a naturally muted backdrop that feels warm and welcoming. 

Also, using grey strategically in certain areas of the home can work well. For example, a soft neutral grey can neutralize overly yellow or reddish floors and cabinets. Warm greys can liven up a north facing room with low light. And a dark slate grey in a small powder room or accent wall works really well. 

So I'm not dismissing grey - not at all. I just advise using it strategically and choosing a light or neutral warm grey tone. And then layering in elements in a different palette for cabinets and furniture and decor. 

How to choose a grey paint that will outlast the trend

First, I've put together this full list to help you choose the right grey paint. These tried and true- go-to shades of grey below will work well in most rooms and will outlast the trend. Then, move along down the page to see more greys from different paint companies that I like, and examples of how they've been used in homes. 

   The Simple Guide to Greys and Greiges that will outlast the trend

 

Best Sherwin Williams Grey and Greige Paint Colours

I use Sherwin Williams paint for a lot of my projects and Repose Gray is an all-time favourite that works in pretty much any space. It's a neutral with a teeny bit of a warm undertone so if feels good even in low light.  Here's Repose Gray and some other Sherwin Williams greys I really like. 

 

 
 
 Sherwin Williams Ice Cube - Refreshed Designs

Sherwin Williams Ice Cube - Refreshed Designs

 Sherwin Williams Repose Gray - Two Twenty One

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray - Two Twenty One

 Sherwin Williams Passive - Designing Vibes

Sherwin Williams Passive - Designing Vibes

 SW Repose Gray kitchen walls- Kandrac & Kole

SW Repose Gray kitchen walls- Kandrac & Kole

 Sherwin Williams Ice Cube - Olive & Tate

Sherwin Williams Ice Cube - Olive & Tate

 Sherwin Williams Peppercorn - Lia Griffith

Sherwin Williams Peppercorn - Lia Griffith

Best Dulux/CIL Grey and Greige Paint Colours

I've used CIL Oyster Bay with great results, like this kitchen project in Calgary where the colour was used to neutralize the yellow wood cabinets but still add a touch of softness. Raindrop White is an off-white with just a touch of grey that looked beautifully soft and misty in the bathroom of my former home. 

 
 
 CIL Oyster Bay

CIL Oyster Bay

 My previous bathroom in CIL Raindrop White

My previous bathroom in CIL Raindrop White

Best Benjamin Moore Grey and Greige Paints

Benjamin Moore has lots of wonderful greys, including my favourite, Misty Gray. I've used this both in open spaces with tons of light and in basements with low light - the colour came out very clean and light and bright every time (sorry I don't have photos of it). Its very soothing to the eye. I've also used BM Stonington Gray in a yoga studio refresh and the colour, used as an accent wall, worked great with the salvaged wood trim in the space. 

 
The best grey paints - Benjamin Moore favourite greys
 
 Benjamin Moore Misty Gray - Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Misty Gray - Benjamin Moore

 BM Gray Owl works well with light wood - via House Beautiful

BM Gray Owl works well with light wood - via House Beautiful

 We used BM Stonington Gray on the accent wall behind the reception desk at this yoga studio refresh.

We used BM Stonington Gray on the accent wall behind the reception desk at this yoga studio refresh.

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