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The Best Sherwin Williams Gray Paint Colors

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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 reviewing every 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 often use in a client’s home and they are gray colors that I often or should I say always recommend.

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How do you choose a gray paint color?

I’d have to think gray is the go-to paint color when painting your home. Like many other neutral paint colors, It coordinates 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 trim in the home. A brushed nickel faucet pairs well with a cooler gray, whereas a red brick fireplace, is complemented beautifully by a  warm gray.

A good rule of thumb is that you want the undertone of your home interior elements to match the undertone of the gray paint color you choose.

Knowing your undertone will help you in picking out the perfect gray shade.

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AMAZING Sherwin Williams Gray Paint Colors

Below, I have compiled a list of the best Sherwin Williams gray paint colors, which I love and which are highly requested by many clients.

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray 7015

Repose Gray is a warm gray with brown-taupe undertones. These undertones can be slightly unpredictable, meaning you might see faint brown or purple depending on where you apply 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. It’s also a regular on Fixer Upper. If Joanna Gaines uses it, you know it’s good!

painted Repose Gray Living Room with couch adn coffee table
Repose Gray Walls


Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray 7016

Mindful Gray is a warm gray. There are no strong undertones making it the perfect neutral. It is another excellent 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 color’s 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.

painted Dorian Gray Bedroom with bed in front of window and two dogs
Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray


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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 undoubtedly darker than some of the other grays I have mentioned.

painted sherwin williams Dovetail barn door
Sherwin Williams Dovetail
Photo Credit: West Magnolia Charm

Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray 7019

Gauntlet Gray is a deep gray with more brown-taupe undertones than black. It works great as an exterior paint color and also well for cabinetry, wainscot, and trim. Because it is 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.

painted Gauntlet Gray Kitchen walls with white cabinets
Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray
Photo Credit: Favorite Paint Colors


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. It is a very sophisticated, clean color.

sherwin-williams-requisite-gray painted walls in master bedroom with bed and window seat
Sherwin Williams Requisite Gray
Photo Credit: Houzz


Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray 7029

Agreeable Gray has a brown/ slightly taupe undertone. The brown undertone keeps it on the warm side, not allowing it to look too cool. As the perfect greige, this color is an effortless neutral that brightens a space, provides warmth, and blends seamlessly with almost any color palette. Agreeable Gray is one of the most popular Sherwin Williams grays. It’s a definite go-to neutral for many people, and it’s another gray paint color I always suggest to customers.

It’s also a great paint color to go with honey oak wood, which is one of the more challenging wood tones to match with.

If Agreeable Gray is a bit too cool for you, consider checking out the warmer Accessible Beige. Don’t be fooled by its name either, Accessible Beige has a little bit of gray in it and can be considered a greige.

painted Agreeable Gray Hallway with doors
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

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Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray 7043

Worldly Gray is a pretty soft color. Its brown and green undertones give the paint color a subtle, greige feel. Depending on the space, Worldly Gray can look more like a greige or gray, giving a room a soft look.

It is also a lovely paint color to go with dark wood features in the home.

Need a white paint color to pair Worldly Gray with? Try Shoji White.

painted Worldly Gray entryway with grand staircase
via @bloomingintheburbs on Instagram

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 several decorating styles.

couch in front of Sherwin Williams useful gray  wall with shelf
Sherwin Williams Useful Gray Image via @designonapenny on Instagram

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 as the dominant color. Analytical Gray is a fantastic neutral color: beige mixed with just the right amount of gray.

Photo by SAB Homes LLCBrowse dining room photos

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Here’s your quick list of the absolute best gray paint colors from Sherwin Williams.

  • Repose Gray
  • Mindful Gray
  • Dorian Gray
  • Dovetail
  • Gauntlet
  • Requisite Gray
  • Agreeable Gray
  • Worldly Gray
  • Useful Gray
  • Analytical Gray

Every space is different. My biggest recommendation is to pick 3 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. 

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Joan Collins

Sunday 30th of October 2022

Hi. We just painted our kitchen cabinets pussywillow by sherwin williams. Now we need to paint the kitchen walls . Any suggestions for a lighter wall color ? Thank you

Cate Griffing

Tuesday 1st of November 2022

Hey Joan, City Loft is a nice light color that would work well with pussywillow.

Candy Knutson

Thursday 25th of November 2021

I read these best grey colors all the time and still my favorite gray is Seattle gray. It started out with Frazee Co. then it was Valspsr but I got .ine at Sherwin Williams. It's extremely changeable. It looks like a different color in every roomand changes with the time of day. I put it e erywhere with alabaster trim and an accent wall or ceiling( 5th wall) in every room.

Jacqueline C. Ward

Monday 18th of October 2021

We are doing Dovetail on our home exterior and trying to figure out a nice modern blue to paint the door with? Any suggestions?

Lisa Murphy

Saturday 2nd of October 2021

We are putting shiplap in our existing kitchen to cover outdated wallpaper. We will be painting the cabinets as well. The trim in our house is white. Our kitchen floor is brick and we have hardwood flooring throughout. We are going to repaint the walls throughout the house with a warm gray. Need to know what color scheme to go with for the shiplap/cabinets to complement the trim and adjoining rooms. I’m stumped.


Saturday 2nd of October 2021

Im looking for a more cream/beige (very light) w/ a hint of gray. My colors are warm. Dark hardwood flooring, white baseboards, sage sectional, dark blue rug w/ hints jewel tones (gold and red/burgundy). I'd like a subtle contrast in the walls and baseboards, but definitely warm. Debating on Worldly Gray and Useful Gray. I don't want to see purple, blue or green in the wall color once painted. Suggestions!

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