Not 50, But 4 Shades of Grey

Not 50, But 4 Shades of Grey

It is no secret, I LOVE the color grey!  If you look at my interior design portfolio, you will see grey peeking through a great many of the photos.

I find grey to be the perfect neutral.  Beige has been so overdone its become “blah” and in its place, grey has immerged as the new go-to wall shade.  Its clean, crisp, refreshing, and ultra contemporary.  It works in spaces designed for both men and women and it carries a subtle hue of relaxation that seems to fit in perfectly within most spaces.  Its kind of like that multi-functional scarf you have that you can casually wear to a music festival on a summer day that also transitions into the ultimate accessory for an uptown cocktail hour Wednesday evening. – Grey serves many purposes and seems to be voted “most popular” wherever it goes these days.

I’ve been receiving a lot of comments and questions about the shades of grey chosen for the spaces I’ve designed recently.  Because grey has become such a staple in modern day design, its seems as though THOUSANDS of shades have arrived in the paint sample aisle.  Its overwhelming.  And confusing.  And downright stressful to pick the right shade!

So, I am unveiling (drum roll, please) my 4 FAVORITE shades of grey.  I’ve hand picked these shades, seen them painted in person, and spent a lot of time in their presence, so these are what I would call “trusty go-to’s.”  They are absolutely gorgeous and I think you will find, they are the cream of the quickly growing “grey crop.”

Without further adieu…

1. Dovetail by Sherwin Williams

This is a nice warm grey.  Its great for a space that needs a contemporary feel while still being cozy and welcoming.

Dovetail Grey by Sherwin Williams

Dovetail Grey by Sherwin Williams

2. Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore

This is a dark grey with a green undertone.  Its great for an office, a creative space, or a bedroom.  Its slightly moody and mysterious while still being ultra chic.

Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore

Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore

3. Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore

This is a shade I would call “greige” – a cross between grey and beige.  So, if you are a devoted beige lover wanting to take a leap into the more modern world of grey, this one is for you.  Its warm, but still feels contemporary.

Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore

Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore

4. Mindful Grey by Sherwin Williams

This is a nice green grey.  It adapts well to most spaces and has neutral, yet still contemporary feeling that so many of my clients are desiring.

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Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams


Still finding yourself lost in shades of grey? For additional trouble shooting and design help, email me at  My team and I are at the ready to solve all your design dilemmas!

Tell me, do you like these shades of grey?  Did you find this post helpful?  Leave me a comment and let me know – I would LOVE to hear from you!

I wish you great luck in finding your perfect shade!

There are 2 comments

  1. I’ll be using Sherwin-Williams Palisade. Moved into a Duluth house where the previous owner had everything painted in light brown semi-gloss paint, it was like a cave! I’ve had it painted with a white primer (so far) but the foyer will be done in Palisade with custom stencil of an expanded Moroccan stencil design in metallic taupe. Palisade doesn’t come off with greenish shades and I think it’s closer to the mushroom that I wanted for that “smoky” soft feeling and a gorgeous light fixture with dropped crystals balls hung on filaments.

    Comment by Alice Crawford on May 19, 2015 at 12:55 pm
  2. It sounds like you have a great plan in place and the house will no longer be a cave-like. I would love to see some pictures when you get it all completed.

    Comment by Minhnuyet Hardy on May 22, 2015 at 1:45 am