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