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With so many Sherwin Williams gray paint colors, how do you decide which one is best for you?
Instead of painstakingly going through each and every single gray paint color check out the 10 best grays from Sherwin Williams.
I have done the work for you and picked out the best of the best so you don’t have to. These paint colors are ones I use in clients homes often and they are gray colors that I often recommend.
How do you choose a gray paint color?
I ‘d have to think gray is the go to paint color when painting your home. It meshes with everything and it’s the perfect paint color for any home decor style you have. Now one would say “sure, let’s paint the walls gray”
Ok, hold up Becky! It's not that simple.
There are so many shades of gray to choose from. Warmer shades tend to have a more brown or yellow base, while cooler shades have more of a blue base.
How do you decide between a warmer gray or a cooler gray?
Look at the fixtures, cabinetry, floors, and the trim in the home. A brushed nickel faucet pairs well with a cooler gray, where as a red brick fireplace is complemented beautifully by a warm gray.
A good rule of thumb is you want to have the undertone of your home interior elements match the undertone of the gray paint color you choose.
Knowing your undertone will help you in picking out the perfect gray shade.
The Best Sherwin Williams Gray Paint Colors
Below I have compiled a list of the best Sherwin Williams gray paint colors that I personally love and that are very highly requested by many clients.
Sherwin Williams Repose Gray 7015
Repose Gray is a warm gray. It has brown-taupe undertones. These undertones can be slightly unpredictable meaning you might see faint brown or purple depending where you apply this it.
This color is perfect because it is light enough to work in almost any space with any decor style. Repose Gray is one of the most popular Sherwin Williams gray paint colors and it’s also a regular on Fixer Upper. If its used by Joanna Gaines, you know its good!
Mindful gray is a warm gray. There are no strong undertones making it the perfect neutral. It is another great light color but a bit darker than Repose Gray. Mindful Gray is also a Sherwin Williams Gray that is often used color on Fixer Upper.
Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray 7017
Dorian Gray is a gray that’s a medium-toned color, with a slightly greige undertone. This paint colors warmth pairs well with medium to dark flooring and bright white trim. I personally use SW Dorian Gray in my master bedroom. Dorian Gray can look dark in some lighting however in a larger room with a ton of natural lighting, this Sherwin Williams gray stands up well.
Sherwin Williams Dovetail 7018
Dovetail is a great charcoal gray with a hint of a blue undertone. It is a dark almost masculine color that makes your whites really pop. I used Dovetail for all the interior doors in my home. This Sherwin Williams gray is certainly darker than some of the other grays I have mentioned.
Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray 7019
Gauntlet Gray is a deep gray that has more brown-taupe undertones than black. Gauntlet gray works great as an exterior paint color and also works well for cabinetry, wainscot, and trim. With it being a darker gray, it’s a great color to use on an accent wall in a room with a lot of natural light. If you’re looking for a gray charcoal color Gauntlet gray could be the winner.
Sherwin Williams Requisite Gray 7023
Requisite Gray is a lovely medium tone Sherwin Williams grey paint color. It has a nice mix of warm and cool undertones, not too green and not too purple. This makes Requisite gray a phenomenal choice, working well in almost any home. This is a very sophisticated clean color.
Agreeable gray has a brown/ slightly taupe undertone. The brown undertone keeps it on the warm side, not allowing it looks too cool. As the perfect greige, this color is an effortless neutral that brightens a space providing warmth and blending seamlessly with almost any color palette. Agreeable Gray is one of the most popular Sherwin Williams grays. A definite go-to neutral for many people and it's another gray paint color I always suggest to customers.
Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray 7043
Worldly Gray is quite a soft color. It has brown and green undertones that gives the paint color a subtle beige feel to it. Worldly Gray can look more like a beige rather than a gray, giving a room a soft look to it.
Sherwin Williams Useful Gray 7050
Useful Gray is a warm and sophisticated neutral color with beige undertones. This gray brings the perfect amount of warmth if you love gray, but are not fond of the coolness some gray paint colors can have. Pairing Useful Gray with an off white, and deep espresso brown will give you that classic and timeless pallet, working well with a number of decorating styles.
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Sherwin Williams Analytical Gray 7051
Analytical Gray is mildly similar to Useful Gray but with a certain depth to it. Both colors are light and warm with beige standing out to be dominant. Analytical Gray is a fantastic neutral color, beige mixed with just the right amount of gray.
Every space is different. My biggest recommendation is to pick 3 Sherwin Williams gray paint colors you are drawn to, get samples, and paint swatches in the rooms you want to paint.
Don’t paint small dinky swatches either.
I’m talking big, large, monster swatches so you can actually see the color. Then live with them for a few days checking the swatches in different lighting. You want to make sure you are covering all bases before choosing your perfect gray.
No matter the gray you choose, finding balance is key. Bringing in texture and warmth with your decor pieces such as, fabric, wood, and fixtures will help make the room not feel cold and bleak.
Looking for an easier way to swatch paint colors? Try Samplize Peel & Stick paint samples. These peel & stick paint samples let you test a paint color in all different areas of a room. You know how I feel about testing paint colors in all lighting situations. And the best part about Samplize? They are mess-free! Check them out for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.
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