40+ Gorgeous Gray Paint Colors for a Timeless Interior

You can't go wrong with any of these shades.

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There's a reason why top designers view gray paint as a no-fail design choice. Gray is classic and, depending on the tone, it's versatile enough to make a space feel calm and elegant or take on a more dramatic nature. We invited designers to share some of their favorite gray paint colors, from soft, inviting shades to deep hues that command attention.

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Dark Grays
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Stacey Van Berkel
Cheating Heart, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"The biggest fear to overcome when using a dark color is that it will make your room feel smaller. Not true! A dark color makes the walls seem to disappear and adds incredible drama to a room. This charcoal has just the right amount of brown in it to add warmth. It's as gorgeous on walls as it is on millwork and trim. I've even used it on the bottom of a claw foot tub." -

Artist Grey, Ralph Lauren
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Ralph Lauren Home

"This color is true to Ralph Lauren. It is a chameleon color in the sense that it works with many different tones of gray and blue." -

Iron Mountain, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"I look for dimension within paint colors, something that shifts a little from day to night. I love the subtle depth and warm brown underpinning of this shade. This deep, dark gray is beautiful in a matte wall finish, stunning in satin for millwork, or easily pulls off sexy in a gorgeous gloss for furniture and cabinetry." -

Down Pipe, Farrow & Ball
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Megan Tatem

"It's such a beautiful shade that works with a mixture of tones and finishes. The color has a deep richness that doesn't fall flat and can give a space a great punch, especially when paired with light colors for high contrast." - Shannon Wollack & Brittany Zwickl of

City Shadow, Benjamin Moore
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Benjamin Moore

"For millwork and cabinetry, I frequently come back to . The color is bold and dynamic, while maintaining a warmth and softness that many dark gray’s can lack." -

Pantone Charcoal Gray, Valspar Paint
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Valspar Paint

"A perfect backdrop for art collectors and enthusiasts. This grey sets a bold tone and pairs beautifully in a monochromatic setting or one with a stark contrast. I'm a firm believer in giving a big impression in a subtle way and this gray never falls flat." -

Mole’s Breath, Farrow & Ball
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Farrow & Ball

"This rich, warm gray is the perfect neutral when you want to create depth in a space. It works equally well in small spaces to cozy them up, as well as large rooms to make them feel inviting. I also love it as a trim color to add sophisticated glamour to your millwork and moldings. A kiss from a Mole never seemed sweeter!" -

Plumbago Gray, Fired Earth
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Fired Earth

"This rich shade has warm blue undertones, which makes one feel right at home. It’s sophisticated tone makes any space feel chic." -

Guggenheim Color G042, Fine Paints Of Europe
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American Artist/Fine Paints Of Europe

"As an avid art collector, this gray in their Eurolux Interior Matte, is the perfect backdrop for any collection. The matte finish absorbs natural and artificial light allowing the space to come alive with undertones that appear to make the walls gradually change throughout the day. Very alluring!" - Patrick Planeta of

Chelsea Gray, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"I use this shade over and over again on cabinets and vanities because it is the perfect medium-dark gray. It has warmth, but never looks brown, and has enough pigment to make a statement without shouting. Such a classic!" -

Chelsea Gray, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

“I love this shade of grey when I want to create a dark, moody aesthetic. It’s the perfect way to add drama to a room—such as in the luxurious lounge of our recent design project at . The deep, cool grey tone is sexy, seductive and just perfect for this stunning Soho loft.”-

Pale Grays
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Douglas Friedman
Silver Blade, Fine Paints of Europe
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Fine Paints of Europe

"To me, Silver Blade by is a rich, elegant and classic gray that elevates any room. It contrasts beautifully with light and dark colors as well as all textures. Always welcoming you in." -

Passive, Sherwin Williams
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American Artist/Sherwin Williams

“This is a light airy gray that enhances architecture with subtle shadows, but doesn’t become too heavy or drab…A happy gray! I love it for bathrooms, kitchens or bedrooms.” –

Silver Chain #BM1472, Benjamin Moore
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American Artist/Benjamin Moore

"It is soft and works well in both traditional and modern rooms. I recently used it on the cabinetry of a townhouse kitchen with countertops in super white quartzite." –

Cloud, Dunn-Edwards Paint
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Megan Tatem

"It feels soft and airy, but is still saturated enough to make an impact and elevate a space. It's incredibly versatile, working in anything from traditional to modern spaces, and pretty much everything in between. I love it paired with white for a crisp, clean contrast, and with dark charcoal for more dramatic feel." -

Graytint, Benjamin Moore
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Benjamin Moore

"This is the perfect whisper of gray to add to a room where you want a crisp, tailored look but something more than white or ivory. It provides a lovely soft highlight to decorative trim in traditional settings, and is cool enough to provide a modern edge to more contemporary interiors." -

Warm Grays
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Genevieve Garruppo for Homepolish
Conforth White, Farrow & Ball
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Megan Tatem

"This pale gray paint has a touch of taupe/lavender that provides a wonderful neutral backdrop to both traditional and modern interiors. I love how the color evolves over the day: cooler earlier in the day and a bit more moody at night." -

Cornforth White, Farrow & Ball
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Farrow & Ball

"This is a perfect tone of gray. It catches light beautifully. It's subtle and very chic. It is the perfect complement to any other neutral." -

Ammonite, Farrow & Ball
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Megan Tatem

"It's the perfect neutral and a great alternative to off-white. I recently painted a wood paneled room this color, and the overall effect was warm and inviting." -

Elephant's Breath, Farrow & Ball
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Megan Tatem

"This warm and luxuriant shade is stunning in a room with white woodwork and crystal chandeliers. Pop it with coral or hot pink." -

Modern Gray, Sherwin Williams
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Megan Tatem

"This is the ideal background color: warm, soft, and plays well with everyone. It's like the consummate party hostess who brings out the best in every guest. It's the perfect backdrop for blues (denim, chambray, navy) in a living room, and makes olive green look fantastic. It can handle fuchsia and orange in a bunk room, but also goes beautifully soft with creams and grays when used in a master bedroom or kitchen." -

Agreeable Gray, Sherwin Williams
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Megan Tatem

"It's faint enough to be a neutral, but saturated enough to make a difference." -

Charleston Gray, Farrow & Ball
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Farrow & Ball

"Hands down my favorite gray paint is . It’s a deep, sumptuous shade of gray that wraps you like a velvety fog. I use it when I’m trying to create intimacy in an oversized space, or warmth in small room with little natural light." -

Pashmina, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"It's a rich, warm gray that creates an inviting, intimate space. It's also a perfect exterior color paired with a dark charcoal trim." -

Revere Pewter, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"I keep coming back to this paint color again and again. It's warm enough to use in a space with little sunlight, but not too warm to be considered "greige." It looks soft and rich without overtaking the room." -

Rodeo, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"It has the right mix of warm and cool undertones to be a true gray. It has just enough brown to achieve that perfect warm gray. It looks beautiful on walls, trim, paneling and cabinetry—use it everywhere!" -

Winter's Gate, Pratt & Lambert
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Megan Tatem

"This color has the ideal hint of color for homeowners that may be too shy to jump out of their beige comfort zone. It's light enough to read as a neutral and is a beautiful balance for bright white trim. It's ultra-versatile on ceilings, as it complements both light and dark wall colors." -

Purbeck Stone, Farrow & Ball
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Farrow & Ball

"A lovely warm neutral that enriches the space, and looks amazing with any wood floor stain. I love this color because of its versatility, and can be used in both formal and casual settings. The color is always pleasing to the eye." -

Green Grays
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Benjamin Moore
Stonington Gray, Benjamin Moore
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Benjamin Moore

"I've found that this hue looks pure and fresh at any time of day or in any type of space. It's not too dark, not too light…it's just right." -

Stonington Gray, Benjamin Moore
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Benjamin Moore

"Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC-170 is my tried-and-true favorite gray. Subtle enough in tone, with just enough depth of color to add personality to any interior. It works perfectly as an “up and over” color, encasing a room in a solid hue. And it's sophisticated and modern—all the while being classic and cool." -

Graystone, Benjamin Moore
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Benjamin Moore

“I love the way this gray dresses up a room! You’ll find me rolling this handsome hue from the walls up through the ceiling for a seamless, sophisticated look that never goes out of style.” -

Lamp Room Gray, Farrow & Ball
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Megan Tatem

"This shade of gray is pretty because it has a little taupe in it that makes it very chic. It can be beautiful in a living room, dining room, or bedroom." -

Horizon Gray, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"I like that it is light and airy. It is a whisper of barely there color. This gray doesn't go green, blue or lavender. It is a perfect neutral backdrop!" -

Sleigh Bells, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"This color is warm without being muddy, and it has just the perfect amount of pigment–dark enough to be sophisticated and crisp, light enough to be bright and airy." -

Gray Owl, Benjamin Moore
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Megan Tatem

"This gray is super classic and sophisticated, but not boring AT ALL. It's a very, very warm gray–meaning that it's still a cool tone, but has more yellow in it than blue." -

Gray Owl, Benjamin Moore
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Benjamin Moore

"This fabulous gray reminds me of French porcelain—cool with a slight hint of green. Great for morning light! Try it in a white kitchen to lacquer barstools and pop them with shades of buttercup." -

Moonshine, Benjamin Moore
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Benjamin Moore

"I like Benjamin Moore Moonshine because it’s a pure-toned gray, not too yellow, not too blue. It can go from moonlight shimmering over water to stormy seas and it goes with literally EVERYTHING. I can’t think of one other color it wouldn’t complement, coordinate with or support." -

Gray Cashmere, Benjamin Moore
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American Artist/Benjamin Moore

“For me, this is a no-fail selection. I’ve used it in bathrooms, kitchens, garden rooms, and bedrooms—all with beautiful results. It has the perfect amount of blue saturation to pair with bronze, green, periwinkle, or even spice. I prefer it EXTRA glossy on paneling!” -

Whisper, Benjamin Moore
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Benjamin Moore

"It's a super soft and subtle shade of gray that feels fresh, light and airy. It reflects light beautifully to really open up a space, and serves as the perfect neutral backdrop." -

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