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.
I WILL SHOW YOU:
- 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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Simply White by BM (below) also works wonderfully with this gray paint colour.
Chantilly Lace is a bit brighter, but still looks lovely with this blue-green gray.
FABULOUS COLOUR COMBINATIONS
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.
As a side note, we actually used that fabric for a teen girls bedroom on her cascading roman blind window treatment -see below.
Okay, back to Gray Owl!
You can see below how you can warm it up and cool it down at the same time.
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.
HAVE YOU USED GRAY OWL IN YOUR HOME?
I LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!
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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