7 Gray Paint Colors That Are Far From Bland

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If you need convincing that gray paint colors don't simply increase the gloominess of a room, there's a ton of evidence to the contrary. In fact, the hue is one of the most calming on the spectrum. And lighter shades of gray paint can instantly open up small spaces. It's difficult to find a gripe with a tone that can increase the likelihood of better sleep and create an overall state of zen, all while tricking the eye into perceiving more square footage.

Want some proof? Get into these gray paint colors to see just how versatile this oft-misunderstood hue can be.

1. Soft Gray

The soft gray paint in this bedroom is a pastel lover's dream. To replicate this delicately rustic look, accentuate the muted shade with floral curtains, light-colored bedding, and reclaimed wood furniture. Maintain an elevated country design by keeping the wall decor to a minimum.

Get the look: Farrow & Ball Peignoir

2. Charcoal Gray

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At first glance, the luxe gray paint color in this living room could be mistaken for black. Upon closer inspection, however, the beautiful charcoal hue reveals itself. The boho decor, paired with the lighter gray floors and sofa, nicely balances out the bold wall color.

Get the look: Dunn-Edwards Black Spruce

3. Green-Toned Gray

Want to add a personalized twist to glam up your gray? Go with a green-toned hue, and incorporate a plaster finish. We absolutely love the verdant undertones in this monochromatic bedroom. And the crisp white ceiling stands out against the deeper walls and linen bedding.

Get the look: Dunn-Edwards Botanical Garden

4. Mossy Gray

To achieve a calm vibe that's reminiscent of nature, choose a gray paint color with hints of moss. In this home office, the muted walls are a little modern mixed with traditional. And we'd want to work in here all day. Plus, the light wood floors and minimal desk are impactful but not overwhelming.

Get the Look: Benjamin Moore Gray Cloud

5. Blue-Toned Gray

Certain gray shades can come off as relatively stark or sterile. This wall paint, however, feels a lot cozier, thanks to its blue undertones and the bright furniture in the room. You can't go wrong with colorful throw pillows and a rich vermillion rug.

Get the look: Farrow & Ball Downpipe

6. Greige

Calling all indecisive decorators: If you don't want to choose between your two favorite neutral colors, you don't have to! Feel free to mix it up with a combo of shades like this industrial kitchen does. Set off your main greige wall with stainless steel appliances, wood cabinetry, and concrete flooring.

Get the look: Behr Light Truffle

7. Classic Gray

This classic gray bathroom from Chango & Co. is an absolute win. The white ceiling and molding work perfectly with the marble for a modern, sophisticated aesthetic. And the paint is subtle without feeling bland.

Get the look: Benjamin Moore Metropolitan


Kenya is a freelance writer from Dallas. She currently contributes to Apartment Therapy and has written for various online publications, including Playboy, Essence, Bustle and more.

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