Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore colour Review

With so many gray paint colours out there, it can be difficult to determine which is the best gray paint colour for your home renovation or interior decorating project.

Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore is a go-to for many interior designers. But is it the best colour with the right undertone for your space?

This week in Episode #4 of my TNT – THE NAKED TRUTH – paint colour reviews, I walk you through Gray Owl and show you a commercial project where we used it and you’ll see why it was the perfect choice.


  • Undertones of Gray Owl
  • Colour Comparisons to this popular Benjamin Moore paint colour
  • Best Whites for Ceilings, Doors and Trim to pair with it
  • Fabulous Colour Combinations

Are you ready? Let’s do this!

Colour Review of:

Gray Owl OC-52 or 2137-60 by Benjamin Moore.


This calming gray has undertones that are a blue-green.  Whether it goes more one way than the other, will depend on what you pair it with and your source of lighting.

Gray owl OC52
Gray owl OC52

Colour Comparisons:

Take a look at the image below. Gray Owl is the painted colour board in the middle.

Stonington Gray HC-170 is on the left and Wickham Gray HC-171 is on the far right.

Colour comparisons to Gray Owl
Colour comparisons to Gray Owl

If there was a ‘true gray’, for me it would be Stonington Gray. In fact, that’s often how I refer to it when I’m showing colour comparisons with my interior design clients.

While it has a slight blue undertone, it’s not nearly as obvious as the other two grays. Check out these three popular gray paint colours used in our different home design projects  below.

Stonington Gray

Stonington Gray on walls in our clients custom kitchen banquette
Stonington Gray on walls in our clients custom kitchen banquette

Gray Owl 

I used Gray Owl here in a Dental office in my home town of Burlington, Ontario. There is a hint of blue within the strie of the carpet floor tiles we selected for this space, and Gray Owl complimented it beautifully.

Gray Owl in a Dentist waiting room
Gray Owl in a Dentist waiting room. The chair fabric we selected is also a very light gray, with the slightest hint of blue.

Wickham Gray

On the walls in my Grimsby clients living room, Wickham Gray took on a more of a blue-green tone. It’s very subtle, but you can see that right? As an FYI – the custom cabinetry I designed is painted Cloud White by Benjamin Moore.

See more of this project, including our clients elegant dining room painted Pashmina by BM, here in our portfolio.

Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore on the walls. The custom cabinetry is painted Cloud White.

Best White Paint For Ceiling and Trim

As mentioned above with Wickham gray in the interior decor of my clients living room, Cloud White by Benjamin Moore looks wonderful with Gray Owl too.  You can see them side by side here on my large painted boards.

Cloud White with Gray Owl. Creamy and dreamy.

Simply White by BM (below) also works wonderfully with this gray paint colour.

Simply White by Benjamin Moore with Gray Owl

Chantilly Lace is a bit brighter, but still looks lovely with this blue-green gray.

Chantilly Lace – more than just a pretty face. haha!


Creating timeless colour palettes with Gray Owl is easy.  Below I’ve paired it with a fabric that we actually used in the clients living room shown earlier in this post where we painted the room Wickham Gray.

But as you can see here, the Gray Owl pairs nicely with it too and I pulled out the darker neutral in the fabric to show you what it looks like with Anew Gray by Sherwin Williams.  If you are looking for a Benjamin Moore colour that is similar to SW’s Anew Gray, you can try Revere Pewter or Pashmina.

Anew Gray by Sherwin Williams shown above here with Gray Owl


A more bold and fun colour palette shown here

As a side note, we actually used that fabric for a teen girls bedroom on her cascading roman blind window treatment -see below.

Peacock Blue Walls shown here in a teen girls bedroom

Okay, back to Gray Owl!

You can see below how you can warm it up and cool it down at the same time.

Edgecomb Gray, Gray Owl and Hale Navy
Edgecomb Gray, Gray Owl and Hale Navy

Inspiration Photo

My clients already had their bathroom done and painted in Gray Owl when I arrived on the scene to create the master bedroom of their dreams.  I also helped with the final decorating touches in their ensuite, by adding artwork and this custom window treatment which is a flat roman blind.

You can see that here the painted walls look more green than blue.

Ensuite bathroom in Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore
Ensuite bathroom in Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore


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If you’ve used a paint colour that I’ve reviewed or you;  want to ask a question: or even if you have a different point of view to mine, please comment below to let me know.

For colour advice, please note that I can’t always give advice based on simply reading about a scenario.  If it were that easy for me to recommend the perfect paint hue, without knowing more about the specific space; the lighting situation; what other fixed elements to consider etc, then I really would be even more magical than I already am. HAHA!

Nine times out of ten, I will always recommend that you either seek advice from a local Colour Professional or I might be able to hook you up with an online colour consultation.

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