Pavilion Gray by Farrow & Ball: An Amazing Paint Color for a Serene Silvery Mood!

Don’t you love it when you fall in love with a paint color that you know you will never bore you? I know it’s a subjective thing for sure. But that’s how I feel about Pavilion Gray by Farrow & Ball: An Amazing Paint Color for a Serene Silvery Mood. It’s one of those timeless greys that for me feels suggestive of age, beautiful Swedish antiques, and serene rooms in which I want to linger. Let’s take a closer look at how interior designers and homeowners are enjoying this gorgeous paint color.

Pavilion Gray (Farrow & Ball) paint color on trim in a beautiful Connecticut home with antiques - Giannetti Home (photo: Lisa Romerein). #paviliongray #graypaintcolors
Giannetti Home – Photo: Lisa Romerein

Pavilion Gray Paint Color: Serene Silvery Goodness

What is the Color Pavilion Gray Like?

“This classic mid grey was originally created for a bespoke pavilion, but is also reminiscent of an elegant 18th century Swedish colour. One of the Architectural Neutrals, the subtle blue undertones of Pavilion Gray add a contemporary touch and sense of spaciousness. Combine with Dimpse, Blackened or Manor House Gray in any combination for a scheme that is perfect for the modern family home.” – FARROW & BALL

Where am I Using Pavilion Gray Paint Color in My Home?

I shared our new sink the other day and then a few peeks of how the kitchen renovation is progressing. We need to install the window treatments, unpack boxes, and decorate, but it’s almost there. And I mentioned that I hate to divulge the paint color name for the kitchen cabinets because there is always a chance I will change my mind!

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When you are the painter, you can indeed be that fickle! In fact, I haven’t yet sealed or waxed the cabinets so I can be sure I have the color right. At this moment, the color is Pavilion Gray at 66%!

Hello Lovely's farm sink (Hyannis-30 from Nantucket Sinks) in renovated kitchen with Viatera Muse counters and Waterworks Julia faucet. #farmsinks #farmhousesink
Hello Lovely Studio – the new kitchen is coming along!

I found the full strength of Pavilion Gray a little too dark for this kitchen so I mixed 2/3 of it with the white paint color used on all of the trim (Sherwin-Williams Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel in Satin). Hence, it’s a custom light grey that I plan to call HELLO LOVELY SWEDISH GREY. Who knows? Maybe it’ll be a thing! I’m down with starting a revolution.

Pavilion Gray (Farrow & Ball) paint color on bookshelves in a cozy reading nook of a beach house living room (photo: Douglas Friedman; Interior Design: Kate Lester). #paviliongray #graypaintcolors
Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray on built-in shelves at the home of Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach – AD

The reason a post like this is so important is that it clearly illustrates how the same paint color can appear different across settings. Sometimes it’s simply the way photos were edited. But there’s also the interplay with natural light and even the geographical location of the interior. In Glennon and Abby’s home above, the color feels taupe-ish and Parisian to me.

Pavilion Gray Farrow & Ball paint color on kitchen cabinets - Cheshire Furniture.
Cheshire Furniture

However, in this kitchen above, the gray looks like stone and putty-ish. Cabinets in my own kitchen to my eye appear light blue-grey–just the look I was going for and not at all like a warm limestone.

Beautiful front door painted Pavilion Gray by Farrow & Ball - @Tina. #paviliongray
@tina

How to Know Whether This is the Right Grey Paint for You?

The thing is, Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray indeed has subtle blue undertones so it makes sense I see the blue in it. If you use it on an exterior like the front door above, yellow sunlight may warm the color. Your best bet is to order a sample and live with it!

Pavilion Gray (Farrow & Ball) paint color on kitchen cabinets in a beautiful holiday decorated kitchen by @my_midcenturymakeover. #paviliongray
F&B’s Downpipe no. 26 is the paint color on island – @my_midcenturymakeover

I’m crazy about how Gemma used it in her kitchen (above) with the dark painted island. The light floors look so amazing with Pavilion Gray!

How Does This Gray Look on Walls?

Who needs a lengthy discussion? It is perfect for interior walls. In fact, I sampled Pavilion Gray with the existing Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray in our dining room and entry, and they are almost identical. So I am essentially living with a lot of this color on the walls with bright white trim.

Pavilion Gray (Farrow & Ball) on living room walls - @dehuisgoden. #paviliongray #farrowandballpaviliongray
@dehuisgoden – Pavilion Gray

What Mood Does Pavilion Gray Create?

I think it’s so important to hear feedback from people living with a particular color like this. Since I did not have experience living with any grey walls before this house, I feel like I am particularly objective. And the thing is, I thought it would feel dreary or gloomy, but it doesn’t!!!

If you’re after a calm and serene mood, bet you’ll find it swell.

Why is that? Wondering why some grey paint colors can feel dingy or cold or ewwwww and others feel elegant, serene, and fresh?

Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray in a Scandinavian Woodland kitchen by Sustainable Kitchens. #paintcolors #farrowandball #paviliongray #graykitchen #graypaintcolors
Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray – Sustainable Kitchens

Special Qualities of Pavilion Gray?

In a word, undertones. A top notch firm with a rich history like Farrow & Ball went to great lengths to get it right. What makes a grey like this so utterly successful is how it magically looks beautiful across a range of different spaces.

This serene and classic kitchen with modern minimal style by Lauren Bradshaw sports cabinets painted Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray.
Design: Lauren Bradshaw. Kitchen cabinet paint color: FARROW & BALL Pavilion Gray

I think the reason I am drawn to this grey is because it reminds me of:

sterling silver,

my favorite timeless rooms,

Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray on kitchen cabinets in a gorgeous space with farm sink. #farrowandballpaviliongray #graykitchens #farmhousekitchen #paintcolors
Farrow & Ball

winter trees,

Pavilion Gray painted cabinetry in a pantry with glass and steel by Giannetti Home. #modernfrench #kitchendesign
Giannetti Home/Velvet and Linen

and the Giannettis and Patina Farm! Wait. A farm? Yep. The farm where I first learned about this grey paint color.

Dressing room in master - Patina Farm (Brooke Giannetti) European country farmhouse in Ojai. #patinafarm #vintagemodern #modernrustic #dressingrooms
Velvet and Linen

When Brooke and Steve Giannetti were building their modern farmhouse in Ojai years ago, they used a custom grey she mentioned was similar to Pavilion Gray. The Giannettis used that light grey color on steel doors and windows (above) and for exterior elements as well.

Pavilion Gray paint by Farrow & Ball on cabinets in a gorgeous kitchen by Cynthia Carlson Associates. #paviliongray #paintcolors #farrowandball #graykitchen #traditionalkitchendesign #bespokekitchens
Cynthia Carlson Associates

The color makes perfect sense given their passion for Swedish antiques and was enough of an endorsement for me!

Pavilion Gray paint color by Farrow & Ball on built-ins and window seat in a glorious kitchen by Cynthia Carlson Associates. #paintcolors #paviliongray #farrowandball #builtins #mudroom #windowseat #graycabinets
Cynthia Carlson Associates

If you have a moment and wish to escape into a traditional and timeless English home, let yourself be soothed by this tour:

Here’s another gorgeous color from Farrow & Ball that can be beautiful for a timeless kitchen:

And here are a few more possibilities for you to sample:

Ready to take Pavilion Gray for a spin?

Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray on my kitchen cabinets - Hello Lovely Studio. #graypaintcolors #paviliongray
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French Stripe Seagrass Basket Set
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
White Matelasse Quilt on MY BED
THE BEST Energy Bars!
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Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcovered Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
White Cotton Crochet Bed Skirt
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Rattan Basket With Lid
White Ruffle Bedding
Seagrass Basket Set
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Slipcovered Sofa
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
Tree Mural Wallpaper
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slipcovered Linen Chair
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Laurel Wreath Mirror
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
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French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
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Rattan Armchair
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Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
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French Country 6-Light Chandelier
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Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
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