Grey is one of my favourite colours. It’s contemporary but still neutral and pairs beautifully with almost anything. Because of the myriad of undertones, however, it’s also one of the hardest wall paint colours to choose (from personal experience it took a few samples before I committed to Benjamin Moore Cinder for our living room walls). Ever take home a shade you thought was perfect only to find out that it looks purple or blue on your walls?
For a light gray that works with almost any space and decor, I keep on going back to Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl OC-52. It has the SLIGHTEST greige undertone so it goes equally well with warm colours like orange, green and red as well as cool tones of plum, blue and silver. Since it’s neutral to work in any room, it’s great if you’re looking for one great shade to paint the entire interior.
TIP: Don’t forget that your floors are a colour too – even if they’re wood. Because it’s earthy Gray Owl goes great with light woods like pine, oak or maple. For crisp contemporary spaces use Gray Owl with white molding, trim or cabinets. For drama add accessories or furniture in a high contrast colour like black.
Remember that shinier paints reflect more light and can highlight wall and surface imperfections. For our stone walls, I find that a matte finish works best. It’s not as chalky as a flat finish can be (save flat paints for the ceiling) but in a high quality paint, a matte paint can still be cleaned for a beautiful yet durable paint job even in the kitchen or bathroom.
Want more tips on picking the right shade of gray for your home? Check out our tips here.
UPDATE! It looks like our readers love Benjamin Moore Gray Owl as much as we do. It’s one of our most popular posts so we just updated our blog with more ways to use this beautiful colour at home. Check it out here!
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