find it: the perfect grey paint that will outlast the trend

Grey is a wonderfully neutral and interesting colour, but I'm beginning to think that some shades - or at least grey used in some applications - are too trendy to last the long haul. Dark grey or blue-grey kitchen cabinets, for example, may look great now, but I have a feeling we may tire of them a few years down the road (I'm a big fan of the classic white or light wood kitchen that will never go out of style). Also, blue-grey rooms can risk feeling cold and stark if you don't layer them with lots of natural warm textures and colourful accents. 

That said, a light misty grey or a grey that's slightly on the warm side - aka greige - can be timeless and the perfect neutral backdrop for either colourful accessories or muted soft decor. Greys work really well when designing a calming, soothing space, and they're a wonderful alternative to white walls. A cool or pure grey will do a great job of neutralizing overly yellow or reddish wood floor, cabinets and trim. Warm-neutral greiges will liven up a north-facing space or a room with low light. 

You absolutely need to test different greys on your walls to see what will work in your space, because it can easily end up looking too cement-cold and dull or even dingy and dirty. Depending on where you live and the light that you get in your rooms, grey will look very different in your home compared to another, and in morning vs. evening.

HOWEVER...as I preach with everything home decor, keep it simple and don't overanalyze your colour choice. Choose a cool neutral gray or a warm neutral greige and get on with it. These tried and true- go-to's below that will work well in most rooms and will outlast the trends. 

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

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. 

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Sherwin Williams Repose Gray - Architectural Digest

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray - Architectural Digest

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray - Lonny

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray - Lonny

Sherwin Williams Aloof Gray (Aloof Gray is very similar to Repose Gray) - Emily Henderson

Sherwin Williams Aloof Gray (Aloof Gray is very similar to Repose Gray) - Emily Henderson

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. 

CIL Oyster Bay used in a client's home

CIL Oyster Bay used in a client's home

I've also used Benjamin Moore Misty Gray in a basement refresh and it was beautifully soft and light even in a low-light situation. It looks great below in this home with lots of natural light as well. 

Benjamin Moore Misty Gray - Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Misty Gray - Benjamin Moore

Sherwin Williams Ice Cube is a slight off-white with a cool grey undertone. It's so subtle and soft that it makes for a very calming space and looks great with both wood and white trim. My apartment office space is in Ice Cube.

My own home office - colour matched to SW Ice Cube

My own home office - colour matched to SW Ice Cube

Sherwin Williams Ice Cube - Olive & Tate

Sherwin Williams Ice Cube - Olive & Tate

Sherwin Williams Passive is a nice light, warm-neutral grey, as you can see in this beautiful living room. 

Sherwin Williams Passive - Designing Vibes

Sherwin Williams Passive - Designing Vibes

Sherwin Williams Peppercorn is a classic dark grey choice for small rooms or focal walls. 

Sherwin Williams Peppercorn - Lia Griffith

Sherwin Williams Peppercorn - Lia Griffith

Ready for more colour advice that will help you simplify your whole home? 

Kelly Anderson

Refreshed Designs

A re-designer focused on natural, sustainable and holistic design.