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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 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 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 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.

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The Best Sherwin Williams Gray Paint Colors

Below, I have compiled a list of the best Sherwin Williams gray paint colors that I love and 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 on where you apply this.

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 it’s used by Joanna Gaines, you know it is good!

Repose Gray Living Room
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 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.

Dorian Gray Bedroom
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 certainly darker than some of the other grays I have mentioned.

Dovetail barn door
Sherwin Williams Dovetail
Photo Credit: West Magnolia Charm
Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray

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.

Gauntlet Gray Kitchen
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. This is a very sophisticated clean color.

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 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. It’s a definite go-to neutral for many people and it’s another gray paint color I always suggest to customers.

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.

Agreeable Gray Hallway
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

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Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray 7043

Worldly Gray is quite a soft color. It has brown and green undertones that give the paint color a subtle greige feel to it. Worldly Gray can look more like a greige or gray depending on what’s going on in your space, giving a room a soft look to it.

Worldly Gray entryway
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.

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 to be dominant. Analytical Gray is a fantastic neutral color, beige mixed with just the right amount of gray.

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

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

Use Samplize Peel & Stick Paint Samples for a mess-free way to test paint colors!

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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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!

Cheryl Brieman

Sunday 15th of August 2021

I'm wondering if you can tell me a little about SW9624 Winsome Grey? Undertones and what LRV it has. I'm thinking of painting the walls in my bedroom with it. My drapes are tan. The bedspread is by Levtex called Solano. It's made up of grays, tan, black and white. My bedroom faces west so I get a lot of light in the afternoon and early evening.

Cate Griffing

Wednesday 18th of August 2021

Hey Cheryl, Winsome Grey is one of the newer paint colors Sherwin Williams added. I haven't personally used it yet but I can tell you that the LRV is 81 which is pretty reflective. It is in the green hue family. It looks to have a slight green hue to it. Best bet is to swatch it in your room to see how it will look. Hope this helped!


Monday 26th of April 2021

I'm painting my kitchen cabinets and trying to decide between Mindful Gray and Dorian Gray. I plan on painting the walls Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud. Any thoughts on which of the grays would look best on the cabinets with Storm Cloud on the walls?

Erin Maguth

Thursday 11th of March 2021

We are painting our brick and trim Creamy by Sherwin Williams. We have a north facing house. Trying to decide what gray to paint shutters? Too many grays to narrow down and I want to be a lighter gray. Have a stained light mahogany wood front door.

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