the best gray paint colours

Best Gray Paint Colours by Benjamin Moore

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I’m reviewing eight different gray paint colours today that all from Benjamin Moore.

You’ll learn: the differences between each gray paint colour; what the undertones are; and how I’ve used some of them in different interior decorating projects.

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Grays are still a very popular neutral that we’re seeing a lot of in Interior Design. This tone works great with pops of color. I know we hear that all the time, but it really is so true.

I’m starting with Titanium by Benjamin Moore.This gray paint colour has a blue-green undertone and is quite light in terms of the actual intensity of the colour.


TITANIUM OC-49 by Benjamin Moore

Wickham Gray is up next.  This gray paint colour has a blue-green undertone but can often look more green. Remember, the undertone that comes out and is more predominant is going to greatly depend upon the lighting that you have in your space & other decorative accessories you pair with it.

Wickham Gray HC 171 by Benjamin Moore

Below you can see where I used Wickham Gray in a fabulous living room design of my client’s. We used Cloud White by Benjamin Moore on the built ins. Cloud White goes well with most of these grays I’m sharing with you in this post. See more of my clients custom living and dining room in my portfolio here.

Design by Claire Jefford. Photography by Stephani Buchman.

Next up is Benjamin Moore Gray Owl. Gray Owl is pretty similar to Wickham Gray and it too is a blue-green gray.

Gray Owl OC-52 by Benjamin Moore
Gray Owl OC-52 by Benjamin Moore

I used Gray Owl in a dental office and it really brightened up the waiting room.

Dental Office by Claire Jefford. Painted Gray Owl.


Gray Owl in the Reception Area

Moving on now to Stonington Gray.

Stonington Gray HC-170 Benjamin Moore

This is a blue gray, so we’re not seeing any green undertones here. Below you can see where we used Stonington Gray in a clients kitchen with orange accents.  Boy, how I still love this eat in kitchen design with the pillows and isn’t the base of that table we sourced for our clients super cute?!

Stonington Gray HC-170 Benjamin Moore

In the same clients home, we also used Stonington Gray for the front foyer paint colour with Cloud White on the custom wainscoting.

Front Foyer painted Stonington Gray HC-170 by Benjamin Moore

Same client entry, but the opposite side.

I often refer to Stonington Gray and this next gray paint colour, Coventry Gray, as the two true grays. Obviously we’re always going to get undertones in neutrals, but when I’m comparing colour to show clients the differences in tones, I like to show these two colours as comparisons to other grays.

Coventry Gray HC-169 Benjamin Moore

The next gray paint colour from Benjamin Moore I’m highlighting is HC 165, Boothbay Gray. This gray is much more blue than a lot of the other ones.

Boothbay Gray HC-165

I used this Benjamin Moore paint colour in one of my favorite rooms that I’ve done to date, which is a secret Xbox room! We pulled this colour from the super cool graffiti tile which we used on one of the walls.  See more of that secret room here.

Graffiti Wall in Secret Xbox room. Photos by Stephani Buchman.


Here you can see Boothbay Gray on the back wall.

Now we’re getting a little more dark and we have this color here, which is Storm, AF-700 from the Benjamin Moore Affinity line.

Storm AF 700 Benjamin Moore

And lastly, we have HC – 166 Kendall Charcoal. This is really deep in tone, it’s intense and has more of a green undertone to it. This gray is  great for exteriors like a bold front door or garage doors. It’s also a wonderful way to add drama to any interior design space.

Kendall Charcoal HC-166 by Benjamin Moore

I featured this colour as a great pairing with White Dove by Benjamin Moore in my ‘Three Best Whites’ post here.

There you go! Those are just some of the best gray paint colours from Benjamin Moore. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and know that I do this because I want you to love where you live! I believe that when you love where you live, you live a better life.

Which is your favourite gray paint colour? Comment below to let me know!


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