Interior/Exterior Ideas and Inspirations,  Trending Paint Colors

Five Shades of Light Gray by Sherwin-Williams: Cool and Warm Undertones

Gray has been in the spotlight for sometime now, earning it’s rightful place as a main color for many open floor plans all over the world.

As a color consultant, I’m often asked what shades shades of gray I recommend most to clients- but before I answer that, I want stress that just because a gray is “popular” or looks good on your phone, means it’s the right one for you. I always suggest getting sample quarts and trying every color before making big changes.

With that being said, I like to think outside of the usual Repose Gray and Agreeable Gray that I’m sure you’ve ran into somewhere along your journey to finding the perfect shade of gray and like to show clients a few they may not have seen or heard of before.

Here, I’ve put together a list of 5 light gray shades you should give a try:

Know what you’re looking for when looking for a light gray

Just like any other color, Gray will have two undertones: Warm and Cool. Typically, warm have undertones of yellow, pink/red (see picture above. Second square, second row). Cool has undertones of purple/blue or green (see picture above. Second square, top row)

Now, that we have distinguished the different undertones,I’d like to focus on a few of my favorite light grays paint colors by Sherwin-Williams that’s are perfect for any interior or exterior project hidden in the “White/off white” section.

On the Rocks SW 7671

Just like James Bond, we like this color shaken not stirred and it’s first up on our list. This airy shade is considered to be on the warmer side and can be found hanging out with the whites/off whites on the color wall. This sneaky shade can be played off as a light gray or an off white, depending on lighting.


First Star SW 7646

If you’re looking for a blue/gray- look no further. This twinkly color is the cool tint you’ve been missing out on all because you probably never even noticed it. Named justly, First Star is a bit brighter compared to the others on the list, but it’s a beautiful, airy shade, nonetheless. I’ve found it looks best paired with SW 7006 Extra White for a clean, polished look.

Gossamer Veil SW 9165

I have a hard time when describing this color to clients and it’s simply because I’ve yet to find another shade like it. This creamy/warm gray is located among the cooler shades, but I beg to differ. It suits well with darker accent colors like Tricorn Black or Iron Ore.

Eider White SW 7014

Okay- so this one maybe a little over used but it’s versatility to pair with blacks or browns is simply, pure magic. Just one shade lighter than Repose Gray, this warm gray literally can go anywhere and I feel Joanna Gaines would be proud to know it made our list.

Crushed Ice SW 7647

Just like the name, this gray is a bit cooler than the last, but no worries- you won’t be left completely in the cold with the one. It’s perfect for rooms that don’t get much natural light to help brighten it up.

Have a personal favorite light gray that I didn’t mention or have questions about other colors? Comment below and let me know what you think!

Until next time



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  • Sara

    I’m looking for a warm gray with yellow pink, no purple, no blue! I’m picky and see undertones that a lot of people don’t. Which of these do you recommend?

  • Kiera

    This article was great because I am in the process of renovating a fixer upper I just brought. I love the idea of painting the front rooms a little grey but had no idea where to start. This helped and I think I am going to buy samples.

  • Emily

    Would love your thoughts on Fleur De Sel? Too white to be a gray? Too gray to be a white?

  • Macy Coots

    Ooh! Fleur de Sel is a good one people also forget about! It’s much lighter and cooler than the other ones mentioned in this post. I personally think of it more of a gray than white when comparing it to Extra White. I need to remember to keep this one in mind when showing clients!

  • Ruth

    I am about to paint the interior of my home. I’m waffling between Gossamer Veil and On The Rocks
    What is your suggestion for white trim color with these two?

  • Sammie

    Finally! I finally found someone sharing very light greys. I just bought some samples of Krypton, Sea Island Cotton, and Upward. We have a tri-level home. I’m trying to pick a color for the downstairs. I thought it got enough light for those shades until I put the samples on the wall. Way too dark. I really wanted a blue grey, so I’ll get a sample of the one you mentioned above. I had considered painting the cabinet in the laundry area of the room a darker shade of blue, but I’m leaning now to a white. Any suggestions?

  • Macy Coots

    Great minds think alike, Sammie! Because I love those colors and have also used them.

    Since Krypton is a bit dark try North Star.
    We painted the main areas that color in our last house and received so many compliments! I was surprised at how versatile well was since it went with both blacks and browns.

    As for the laundry room cabinets- go for it! I personally would try to use krypton on the cabinets and maybe a white on the wall.

    Hope that helps Good luck!

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