To Paint Gray or Grey . . .

March 23, 2017

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The recent trend in paint color has been gray.  However, grays can be tricky!  It is a hard color to get right, because if you are not careful it will turn out looking blue or purple.  I always recommend that you paint a large swatch on the actual wall that you plan to paint, because the type of lighting and the amount of light in a room can make the color appear much differently than expected.  Another suggestion is to avoid color matching . . . for instance, if the color you like is a Sherwin Williams color, then use Sherwin Williams paint.  When you have a different vendor “match” the paint color, they are customizing it, and you can almost guarantee that your future cans of paint will not match exactly. 

Sherwin Williams’ TOP THREE Requested Gray Colors and my personal recommendations:

 Agreeable Gray SW 7029 (see photo below)

Agreeable Gray SW 7029*** Photo courtesy of

Popular Gray     SW 6071 (slightly lighter than the photo below)

Popular Gray SW 6071*** Photo courtesy of

Amazing Gray   SW 7044 (slightly darker than the photo below)

Amazing Gray SW 7044*** Photo courtesy of

These are true gray colors that will not look blue or purple.  As to the type of paint, I like to use eggshell, because it is durable, washable and does not show the roller strokes.  There are some new scrubbable flat paints that can be less expensive and may also be a reasonable alternative, but whatever you do . . . just say, NO, to using satin or semi-gloss paint.

 Gray Neutrals from Sherwin Williams

Gray Neutrals from Sherwin-Williams

Good Luck and Happy Painting!

***Due to individual computer monitor limitations, colors depicted here may not accurately reflect the actual paint color.