Gray. It’s come a long way from being the color that’s synonymous with ambiguity and dreary weather. In fact, it’s one of the hottest home colors in 2017, no matter which of the 50 shades (and counting) you prefer.
But if you’re still not sure which shade of gray belongs inside, or outside, your home, Apartment Therapy’s new guide is just the thing for you. For the guide, writers rounded up their top 15 favorite gray paint colors, all home-tested. Because what you see on the paint chip in the store can often look very different from what ends up on your walls.
Among the most lauded shades of gray:
Seagull Gray (Behr)
This gray is described as “a great middle-of-the-road gray” that’s not too warm or cool, dark or light. “It’s crisp and modern without demanding too much attention,” according to the guide.
Shoreline (Benjamin Moore)
The folks at Apartment Therapy see this shade as a slightly warmer alternative to the above-mentioned Seagull Gray.
Thundercloud Gray (Benjamin Moore)
This shade is beloved for its darker tone, described as “cooler and moodier” than Seagull Gray and other, more neutral tones. It’s recommended for furnishings or cabinets.
Cornforth White (Farrow & Ball)
Named in memory of John Cornforth, the revered architectural historian, this gray works great in any room for those who want to do something different than the usual off-white wall. Or, as Farrow & Ball put it, this gray is “totally understated and extremely versatile [and] sits contentedly between Ammonite and Purbeck Stone to create a hushed and calming retreat.”
Modern Gray (Sherwin-Williams)
Love beige? Then you’ll love this beige-y shade of gray (which would add some welcome warmth to a kitchen remodel).
Vessel Gray (Valspar)
This gray is so cool and dark—and super crisp, too. It’s the perfect statement color for the outside of your home.
Which shade of gray is your favorite? And will our own houses ever look this glam? Maybe with a bit of Cornforth White…
You can see all of the favored grays over at Apartment Therapy.