9 Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You’ll Love + Interior Design Inspiration Photos

9 Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You’ll Love + Interior Design Inspiration Photos gives you a brilliant place to start when you’re seeking paint color inspiration for greys. There is so much trial and error when it comes to arriving at the perfect hue, so don’t rush it. Buy samples before investing time and money into a whole gallon. (In fact, CLICK HERE and Home Depot will ship those convenient 8 oz. samples for free…SCORE!).

Lamp Room Gray Farrow & Ball painted cabinets in a timeless and classic kitchen by Park and Oak. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos.
Design: Park & Oak. Paint color on cabinets: FARROW & BALL Lamp Room Gray

The other day we looked at blue-grey paint colors in particular.

If you don’t already have a Pinterest board devoted to awesome paint colors to try, create a board and click here to PIN THIS POST so you’ll have paint names at the ready when you head to the store to buy samples to try on your walls.

9 Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You’ll Love + Interior Design Inspiration Photos

Bear in mind that some of these gray paint colors to inspire may read “medium” or even slightly dark gray, depending on the lighting in your space.

For example, this first gray, BEHR Classic Silver is the grey I painted the cabinets in our second home in sunny Arizona. Because of the intense sunlight, the color reads as light grey in the space.

As real life renovators, we made over our ugly Arizona kitchen with no demo or dust with smart upgrades and swaps. Light grey cabinets, Viatera quartz counters (Soprano), and calacatta marble hex accent wall. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos.
Hello Lovely Studio – BEHR Classic Silver on kitchen cabinets…certainly soft and tranquil indeed.

1. BEHR Classic Silver

Behr Classic Silver grey paint color that is very close to Annie Sloan Paris Grey chalk paint. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors #classicsilver
Paint color: BEHR Classic Silver, The Home Depot…certainly classic indeed.

I love how serene this grey feels in the kitchen, and the blue undertones gave those builder-grade plain ol’ cupboards a very sophisticated, timeless boost.

Classic Silver Behr painted kitchen cabinets - Hello Lovely Studio. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
Hello Lovely Studio – BEHR Classic Silver painted kitchen cabinets…certainly serene indeed.

For this art work in a bathroom, the canvas is painted BEHR Classic Silver (and wall color is VALSPAR Salute).

French script stenciled canvas in a serene bathroom by Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on canvas is Behr Classic Silver and on walls is Valspar Salute. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
Hello Lovely Studio – 9 Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You’ll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos.

2. BENJAMIN MOORE Pashmina

When a designer reveals the paint colors used in their own home, I’m all ears! Lisa Furey painted her white interiors and exterior in the same color I used here at home…Benjamin Moore White.

For the gorgeous mushroomy taupe-ish Parisian style grey painted kitchen island in her coastal cottage, she painted it BENJAMIN MOORE Pashmina.

Lisa Furey's white coastal cottage kitchen in Palmetto Bluff inspires with its colorful tile, quiet grey island, and modern black wall sconces. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
Lisa Furey Interiors – kitchen island painted BENJAMIN MOORE Pashmina. 9 Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You’ll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos.
Pashmina Benjamin Moore paint color. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
BENJAMIN MOORE Pashmina

3. SHERWIN WILLIAMS Tinsmith

Another light grey suggestion hailing from Lisa Furey is SHERWIN WILLIAMS Tinsmith, a cooler and gentler grey which was used on bathroom vanities.

Coastal bathroom with vessel sink, shiplap, and round mirror. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
Design: Lisa Furey – SHERWIN WILLIAMS Tinsmith paint color…certainly tranquil indeed. 9 Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You’ll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos.
Sherwin-Williams - Tinsmith SW7657 by Sherwin-Williams. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors #sherwinwilliams #tinsmith
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Tinsmith
This bathroom vanity in a coastal cottage is painted Tinsmith by Sherwin Williams. Designed by Lisa Furey.Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
Designer: Lisa Furey – Paint color on bathroom vanity: SHERWIN WILLIAMS Tinsmith.

4. SHERWIN WILLIAMS Dorian Gray

Sometimes word gets around about a certain paint color, and you see it crop up everywhere…which was certainly the case with this popular one!

Dorian Gray Sherwin Williams paint on kitchen cabinets - Stacy Risenmay. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
Paint color on kitchen cabinets: SHERWIN WILLIAMS Dorian Gray – Design: Stacy Risenmay...certainly a lovely kitchen transformation indeed.
Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray paint color. #bestgray #paintcolors #interiordesign #doriangray
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Dorian Gray

The thing is, it’s popular for good reason!

Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams paint color on the siding and Dorian Gray painted front door by Bell Sheep Studio. #paintcolors #bestgrey  #doriangray #reposegray #interiordesign
Design: Bell Sheep Studio – Front door paint color: SHERWIN WILLIAMS Dorian Gray – Siding paint color: SHERWIN WILLIAMS Repose Gray. 9 Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You’ll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos.
Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams paint color on the siding and Dorian Gray painted front door by Bell Sheep Studio. #paintcolors #bestgrey #doriangray #reposegray #interiordesign
Design: Bell Sheep Studio – paint color on front door: SHERWIN WILLIAMS Dorian Gray…certainly charming indeed.

5. BENJAMIN MOORE Stonington Gray

I love how atmospheric, neutral, and balanced Stonington Gray is – almost like a tranquil overcast day where you cozy on down with a book.

Modern farmhouse bedroom painted Stonington Gray. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE Stonington Gray – Photo: Hello Lovely Studio…certainly quiet and atmospheric indeed. See this decidedly minimal modern farmhouse RIGHT HERE.

BENJAMIN MOORE Stonington Gray

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
Paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Stonington Gray…certainly a versatile grey indeed.
Stonington Gray Benjamin Moore on walls going up stairs. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
BENJAMIN MOORE Stonington Gray paint color on walls – Hello Lovely Studio…certainly crisp and handsome indeed.
Stonington Gray Benjamin Moore paint on walls of mud room. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE Stonington Gray – Hello Lovely Studio…certainly a glorious mud room indeed.
Serenely quiet minimal bath design with Stonington Gray Benjamin Moore paint on walls. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
BENJAMIN MOORE Stonington Gray paint on walls – Hello Lovely Studio…certainly a spa-like bath indeed.
Serenely quiet minimal yet industrial farmhouse bathroom with light grey walls, Stonington Gray.
Paint color on walls: BENJAMIN MOORE Stonington Gray – Hello Lovely Studio…certainly classic and timeless indeed.
Serenely quiet modern farmhouse bedroom with walls painted Stonington Gray (Benjamin Moore). #stoningtongray #paintcolors
BENJAMIN MOORE Stonington Gray on bedroom walls – Hello Lovely Studio…certainly charming indeed.
Breakfast dining nook in a modern farmhouse with black hardwood floors and Stonington Gray wall color.
Paint color in breakfast nook: BENJAMIN MOORE Stonington Gray – Hello Lovely Studio…certainly a modern vibe indeed.

6. FARROW & BALL Strong White

Here’s the thing about paint color names: sometimes they contain “white” in them when they live large as a grey.

Serene, quiet, and timeless, this girls bedroom in a French farmhouse has ancient windows allowing the fresh air in, Farrow and Ball Strong White paint color on the walls, and pink accents from Pottery Barn. Vivi et Margot.
Vivi et Margot – paint color on bedroom walls: FARROW & BALL Strong White. 9 Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You’ll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos.

FARROW & BALL Strong White 2001

Farrow & Ball Strong White. #farrowandballstrongwhite #strongwhite #paintcolor
Paint color: FARROW & BALL Strong White 2001
Quiet and timeless hues in a French farmhouse bathroom by Vivi et Margot.  fClick through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
Vivi et Margot – paint color on bathroom walls: FARROW & BALL Strong White...certainly timelessly tranquil indeed.
An authentically renovated French farmhouse kitchen near Bordeaux, France, by Vivi et Margot features reclaimed terracotta hex tile floors, rustic ceiling beams, and a custom kitchen by Neptune. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
Paint color on kitchen walls: FARROW & BALL Strong White – Vivi et Margot…certainly a gorgeous kitchen indeed.
Breezy and unfussy with Belgian linen curtains from Pottery Barn, this French farmhouse living room with white (Farrow and Ball's Strong White) and French Gray accents is as timeless as it is refreshing - Vivi et Margot. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
Vivi et Margot – paint color on living room walls: FARROW & BALL Strong White...certainly a gentle hue indeed.
French farmhouse bathroom with Farrow and Ball French Gray painted trim, Strong White on walls, clawfoot tub, beamed ceiling, and antique terracotta floor tiles. Vivi et Margot. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
Wall Paint Color: FARROW & BALL Strong White 2001; woodwork paint color: FARROW & BALL French Gray. Design/photo: Charlotte Reiss of Vivi et Margot…see her French farmhouse near Bordeaux HERE.

7. SHERWIN WILLIAMS Repose Gray

Elegant white farmhouse kitchen with Benjamin Moore Repose Grey cabinets, subway tile, gold accents, and reclaimed barn wood. Design: Finding Lovely. Wall color: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.
Paint is SHERWIN WILLIAMS Repose Gray on kitchen cabinets. Design: Finding Lovely – Photography: Madison Rae Photography. 9 Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You’ll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos.
Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. Click through for Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You'll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos. #bestgreypaint #paintcolors
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Repose Gray
Elegant white farmhouse kitchen with Benjamin Moore Repose Grey cabinets, subway tile, gold accents, and reclaimed barn wood. Design: Finding Lovely. Wall color: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.
Paint color: SHERWIN WILLIAMS Repose Gray on kitchen cabinets. Design: Finding Lovely – Photography: Madison Rae Photography.
Elegant white farmhouse kitchen with Benjamin Moore Repose Grey cabinets, subway tile, gold accents, and reclaimed barn wood. Design: Finding Lovely. Wall color: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS Repose Gray on kitchen cabinets. Design: Finding Lovely – Photography: Madison Rae Photography. 9 Perfect Light Gray Paint Colors You’ll Love as Well as Interior Design Inspiration Photos.

8. BENJAMIN MOORE Classic Gray

If you’re looking for a perfect white for your room, it just may be a barely there, light grey like this one which I used in a bathroom.

Classic white bathroom with console sink, Venetian mirror, Thibaut wallpaper (Lizette), and simple decor - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE Classic Gray...certainly a whispery grey indeed.
Benjamin Moore Classic Gray actually reads like a white since it is the lightest, quietest of light greys to add atmosphere but not drama to your walls.
BENJAMIN MOORE Classic Gray
Classic white bathroom with console sink, Venetian mirror, Thibaut wallpaper (Lizette), and simple decor - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – paint color is BENJAMIN MOORE Classic Gray.

9. KILZ Wedding Band

For a soothing grey paint color, Joanna Gaines has gone on record and given a thumbs up to KILZ Wedding Band.

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Magnolia Home – KILZ Wedding Band paint color…certainly a winning grey indeed.
Wedding Band by Kilz is a light grey paint color Joanna Gaines likes using in projects seen on Fixer Upper. #bestgreypaint #kilz #weddingband #interiordesign #paintcolors #joannagaines
KILZ Wedding Band

Great Grey Paint Color Tips

1. Consider all the various nuances of light grey paint colors (is it cool, warm, bluish, mushroom-ish?).

Serene white kitchen with window seat and BENJAMIN MOORE White paint color on walls. #hellolovelystudio #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #windowseat #benjaminmoorewhite
Paint color in kitchen: BENJAMIN MOORE White – Hello Lovely Studio…in case you are also searching for whites!

2. Decide whether objects in the room are cool (choose a cool grey) or warm (choose a warm grey).

Round wood dining table with farmhouse style.
Find a similar round dining table RIGHT HERE.

3. Assess the lighting in your space…does it receive a ton of natural light (go with a less pigmented hue) or very little sunlight (go with a more pigmented option).

Hello Lovely Studio's serene white kitchen with window seat and dining room with lantern. #hellolovelystudio #interiordesign #kitchen #windowseat #serenedecor #whitedecor #benajminmoorewhite
Paint on trim and walls: BENJAMIN MOORE White – Hello Lovely Studio.

4. Choose a few grey paint color to test large swatches on the walls.

But which greys?

Linen slipcovered chair
Linen slipcovered chair: FIND HERE

It’s Smart to Start Your Search Online

We all understand how the perfect white paint color at my house in Chicagoland may come off completely different for someone trying it in New Mexico.

Agda Classic Elegant Traditional Upholstered Dining Chair
Louis Style Dining Chairs: FIND HERE.

A room’s exposure, geography, and other factors come into play.

Jonesboro Outdoor Hanging Lantern
Similar lantern: HERE.

Additionally, photos we view online are often edited and tweaked so the the actual color may vary significantly!

Romantic French Country bedroom with knotty alder door and shiplap wall #hellolovelystudio #romanticdecor #FrenchCountry
Hello Lovely Studio – bedroom wall paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE White; paint on mirror frame: BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter.
BLUECC Small Stool 100% Solid Reclaimed Wood Dench Home Decor (Style 2)
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool…in case you need a rustic stool.

So why should you even bother?

Hello Lovely Studio bedroom with Stikwood (Hamptons) statement wall, cottage style furniture, and Belgian linen slipcovered chair. #hellolovelystudio #stikwood #sthiplap #bedroomdesign #cottagestyle #belgianlinen #frenchcountry #interiordesign #bestwhitepaint
Light grey paint color on furniture: BENJAMIN MOORE Revere Pewter – Hello Lovely Studio…certainly a putty-like warm gray.

Well, it’s still a good idea to pay attention to images online and info as to what designers and folks in the industry suggest as a place to start because it saves time and launches your quest.

Hello Lovely Studio's living room with egg chair upholstered in Belgian linen and Benjamin Moore White Sand paint color on walls. #hellolovelystudio #livingroom #whitedecor #benjaminmoorewhitesand #eggchair #belgianlinen #serenedecor
Paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE White Sand on the walls in our former living room…certainly tone on tone indeed.

Try a Handful of Samples

It is wise to begin your search for the perfect light gray paint with a handful of possibilities because the differences between them will give you valuable information.

View of hall in country cottage with Benjamin Moore White walls and European inspired farmhouse style interiors by Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio – paint color is BENJAMIN MOORE White…in case you are also searching for white paint colors.

While it’s possible to paint on just one sample and decide it’s all wrong or (yay!) perfect, typically you need to see multiple tones to tease out why it works or doesn’t work.

Knotty alder door in serene white bedroom by Hello Lovely Studio #whitewalls #BenjaminMoore
Hello Lovely Studio – wall paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE White…in case you are seeking the best paint colors.

When you view three or more shades of grey in your space, you’ll be able to easier identify undertones coming forward or how one or more may feel too dirty, too green, too cool, or too brown.

Accordion style side table
Accordion Style Side Table…in case you need an accent table.

Need a Moody Darker Grey?

OMG. I just spotted this grey on a door in Leanne Ford’s IG (are you following me there yet?), and it’s gorgeous!

PPG Diamond 1 Qt. PPG1036-6 Phantom Flat Interior Paint with Primer
PPG Phantom…in case you need a gorgeous deep gray.

She paired it with walls painted this white which is super similar to the white throughout my own home:

PPG Delicate White paint color is a perfect white paint to use for your walls and a favorite of Leanne Ford of HGTV's Restored by the Fords. #delicatewhite #perfectwhite #paintcolor #leanneford #ppg
PPG Delicate White…in case you need a lovely white.
Hello Lovely Studio's kitchen
My Kitchen paint color: BENJAMIN MOORE White…in case you also need suggestions for white paint.

Here’s an infographic with a few more of my favorite white and neutral paint colors from BENJAMIN MOORE (including Classic Gray mentioned above)…click it to discover how to choose a great white paint:

Just right white paint colors. Ultimate Guide to Best White Paint Colors! #bestwhite #whitepaint #choosingwhite
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Paris apartment with Louis dining chairs. Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #parisapartment #diningroom
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly a lovely grey and white combination.

YOUR TURN! Have a favorite go-to light grey or neutral paint color? Why do you love it?

Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
Helmsley Bronze Door Hardware
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Gertrude Wood Bench
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
San Jose Handleset for Front Door
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Rustic Wood Candleholders
French Linen Dining Chair
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
PARIS Framed Print
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
Oak Accent Stool
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute Area Rug
Leather Club Chair
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
French Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Round Woven Placemat Set
French Country Wood Mirror
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Boheme Madera Bench
Round Marble Side Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool

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-michele

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4 Comments

  1. Smart Home Blogger
    September 12, 2019 / 8:44 am

    Good tips on interior color tips. Thank You for the article

    • Michele
      Author
      September 12, 2019 / 4:27 pm

      Thanks so much for reading. 🙂

  2. elle
    September 12, 2019 / 8:44 am

    Great article since grays are still so popular 🙂 Could you do a post on some popular beige tones? That would be great too!

    • Michele
      Author
      September 12, 2019 / 4:26 pm

      You bet! Thanks so much for reading. 🙂

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