Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore Colour Review
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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, OC-52, 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 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
After you watch the video, if you would like all this information conveniently laid out for you in one place and have even more paint colour combinations to use with Gray Owl, take a look at my new Essential Colour Guide. A must have for any colour enthusiast or design professional.
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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 what your source of lighting is.
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.
Stonington Gray HC-170 & Wickham Gray HC-171
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 stripe 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.
Cloud White CC-40
Simply White OC-117
Chantilly Lace OC-65
Chantilly Lace is a bit brighter, but still looks lovely with this blue-green gray. It looks quite blue in the graphic we created below my paint board comparisons.
Fabulous Colour Combinations
Creating timeless colour palettes with Gray Owl is easy. Below I’ve paired it with a fabric that we 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.
Dill Pickle 2147-40, Peacock Blue 2049-40 & Burnt Ember
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.
Hale Navy HC-154 & Edgecomb Gray HC-173
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.
Convenience At Your Fingertips
All of the colour combinations shown above plus more options for you to choose from are included in my Essential Colour Guide for Gray Owl .
Remember, it only takes one mistake to take your home decorating project from divine to disaster. Don’t let the paint be what stresses you out!
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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.