The 12 Best Gray Paint Colors for Your Living Room

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While vibrant fuchsia and fiery red are certainly eye-catching, there's something to be said for a more subdued shade, like gray. Once associated with dreariness and boredom, this versatile neutral has seen a massive spike in popularity over the past few years and is now enjoying its well-earned place in the proverbial sun. Curious how to showcase this haute hue in your home? Take a look at these 12 stylish living spaces.

1. Farrow & Ball Lamp Room Gray

A soft, bluish-gray shade gives this London apartment a more lived in appearance that pairs perfectly with the eclectic accessories — a mix of global finds and vintage treasures — seen throughout.

2. Benjamin Moore North Cascades

Pale gray walls exude enduring allure, while a crystal chandelier infuses old-school glamour. More modern elements — black-and-white artwork, a low-profile coffee table, and nesting side tables — keep the vibe au courant.

3. Sherwin-Williams Mega Greige

This character-rich cottage retains its historic charm without feeling stuck in the past. The secret is a mix of neutral hues, thrift store finds, and coastal accents.

4. Sherwin Williams Grizzle Gray

Modern luxe with midcentury flair. Plush sofas and a Warren Platner coffee table stand out against the saturated gray walls, while a Serge Mouille floor lamp and a sputnik-style chandelier illuminate this cozy living room.

5. Sherwin-Williams Exclusive Plum

Choosing paint for a more casual space? Perhaps a retro pad? Dark gray with purple undertones can stand up to the saturated shades made popular in the past.

6. Benjamin Moore Yukon Sky

Craving a streamlined effect? Take a cue from this lofty Brooklyn abode: Paint walls a milky blue-gray and swap out an overstuffed sofa for a sleek, low-profile piece.

7. Benjamin Moore Athena

Kim Scodro Interiors relied on a monochromatic palette and refined furnishings to create this sophisticated sitting area. Horizontal striped, floor-to-ceiling drapery panels add that wow factor!

8. Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray

Muted gray walls set the stage for this contemporary-cool sitting room that marries formality with comfort (a feat few can claim success). Standout features include a pair of blue velvet chairs and an intricately carved console.

9. Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray

This Spanish-style home located in West Hollywood is an artful study in layering textures. The light gray walls, comfy velvet sofa, worn leather club chairs, and geometric print flokati area rug work together to create a cozy and masculine respite perfect for kicking up your feet at the end of a long day.

10. Behr Anonymous

No one would dare accuse this Virginia rental of being boring. Bold colors, geometric shapes, cartoon trinkets, and graphic artwork beget fun and creativity — the perfect digs for a designer and animator.

11. Benjamin Moore Shadow

Short on square footage? Sleek furnishings, lots of natural light, and a bold accent wall make this Dallas living space feel much larger.

12. Farrow & Ball Down Pipe

Ready to rev up the drama? Give your walls a wash of dark-lead gray. Pro tip: Because this space is drenched in sunlight, the charcoal sofa works. However, if your pad is not so lucky, consider a lighter color for your upholstery fabric.


​Lindsay Cohn is a freelance writer with a penchant for design and travel. Follow her on Instagram @​lindsay_cohn.

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