One day you are going to be standing in front of the paint chip section in the paint store…..paralyzed with indecision because you come to the undeniable conclusion….
…..that a gray is not always a gray.
I know….totally earth shattering.
And that sometimes a gray looks perfect in the store….so you gleefully order a gallon and rush home to paint your dining room…..
…..only to realize that it’s too pink.
Or too green.
Or too light.
Or too dark.
And you will hang your head and sigh with frustration.
That sigh is EXACTLY why I wrote this post.
Because all grays are not…..nor ever will be…..created equal.
And I’ve spent more hours painting grays on a wall than I even want to think about and along the way I’ve learned a few things.
So here….in no particular order….
….are 5 of the best gray paint colors in the universe.
1. Mindful Gray SW 7016
When you look at the paint chip in the paint store….it will look khaki.
This is my go-to gray. This is the gray that trumps all others when you just don’t know where to turn. It’s the perfect not-too-green-not-too-pink gray…..just right in the middle of the color spectrum.
Otherwise known as the equator of grays.
2. Jogging Path SW 7638
Start with SW Mindful Gray and add a hint of khaki and you have Jogging Path.
I love it as a base coat for any painted furniture project.
It looks amazing with navy and white and reminds me of the stones down by the lake.
hint: when you paint it in a room with white moldings it looks darker than the paint chip.
3. Fawn Brindle SW 7640
This is the darkest of all of my favorite grays.
It’s perfect as an accent color to create the look of weathered wood and you can layer it with SW Rice Grain for the perfect gray/khaki combination.
4. Sedate Gray SW 6169
This is my stripes paint. It makes the perfect gray stripes when you paint it on a white background.
It also has a hint of khaki and it’s the perfect light gray when painted on a wall in a room with lots of sunlight.
hint: when you paint it alone without the white it tends to go beige.
5. Accessible Beige SW 7036
This is really more of a beige than a gray….but I love it. When you paint a wall….it takes on that perfect almond gray color that looks so fresh and current.
It’s a great option if you aren’t really sure if gray is your thing….and you like a hint of color without it being too overwhelming.
And there you have it.
The best gray paint colors in the universe.
The honor roll of gray paint right at your finger tips.
So pin it and face that paint chip stand with confidence and remember….
….there’s no sighing in painting. 🙂