Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore Colour Review

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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, 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.


  • 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.

Ecg Cover Gray Owl

Are you ready? Let’s do this!

Colour Review of

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

Gray Owl


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.

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 Gray Owl
Colour comparisons to Gray Owl

Stonington Gray HC-170 & Wickham Gray HC-171

Gray Owl Colour Review Alt Graphic

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

Kithen Banquette With Avant Garde Seating And Pillows
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 stripe of the carpet floor tiles we selected for this space, and Gray Owl complimented it beautifully.

Mary Picture 1
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.

White Custom Cabinetry With Art Wall Over Fireplace And Built In Tv And Custom Fabric On Side Chair In Elegant Living Room
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 CC-40

Gray Owl And Cloud White Benjamin Moore
Cloud White with Gray Owl. Creamy and dreamy.
Gray Owl Cloud White Comparison

Simply White OC-117

Gray Owl And Simply White Benjamin Moore
Simply White by Benjamin Moore with Gray Owl
Copy Of Gray Owl Cloud White Comparison

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.

Gray Owl And Chantilly Lace
Chantilly Lace – more than just a pretty face. haha!
Chantilly Lace Gray Owl Comparison

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.

Colour Comparisons With Fabric Gray Owl Benjamin Moore And Anew Gray Sherwin Williams
Anew Gray by Sherwin Williams shown above here with Gray Owl

Dill Pickle 2147-40, Peacock Blue 2049-40 & Burnt Ember


Colour Comparisons With Fabric 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.

Emma Bedroom
Peacock Blue Walls shown here in a teen girls bedroom
Peacock Blue Dill Pickle Burnt Ember Gray Owl Comparison

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

Colour Combination Fabric Hale Navy Gray Owl Edgecomb Gray
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 With Bathtub And Artwall With Window Treatment With Pattern
Ensuite bathroom in Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore

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 .

Gray Owl is now part of my Benjamin Moore Grays and Blue-Green Collection showcasing all 10 of my Benjamin Moore grays and blue-green essential colour guides.

Benjamin Moore Grays Blue Greens Collection

My Essential Colour Guide library is expanding and I now have over 30 paint colours to select from! Click here to see all them all.

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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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