Avoid painter's remorse with these popular gray paint colors.

By Katie Holdefehr
June 30, 2020
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There's a reason (OK, multiple reasons) why gray is such a popular paint color. It's neutral, yet adds more depth and interest to a room than white. It's timeless—and you can rest assured it won't go out of style anytime soon. And there are way more than 50 shades to choose from, so you're sure to find one that matches the look you're going for. The only problem when choosing gray paint colors? Narrowing down all of the options. So we asked the paint pros at major paint companies to reveal their bestselling and most popular gray paint colors. Choose one of these 6 expert-approved gray paint colors and skip the painter's remorse.

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Agreeable Gray, by Sherwin-Williams

"Agreeable Gray SW 7029 is our most popular gray paint color because it’s the perfect hue for any living space, whether it be a family room or bedroom," says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams.

"It’s less cool than other grays, which bodes well for the resurgence of warmer hues and beiges that we’re seeing homeowners gravitate towards." Want a gray that's on-trend for 2020? You can't go wrong with this warmer shade. 

To buy: sherwin-williams.com

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West Coast Ghost, by Backdrop

Not into the warm paint color trend? Keep your cool with Backdrop's favorite gray: West Coast Ghost. "People have always really loved West Coast Ghost," explains Natalie Ebel, Backdrop's co-founder. "The gray with cool undertones is elevated and also has an architectural feeling that can really brighten and open a space." 

Want to make your room look instantly larger? Brush on a coat of this can't-go-wrong gray. 

To buy: $59 per gallon, backdrop.com

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Seize the Gray, by Clare

"Seize the Gray is the perfect shade of gray and one of our bestsellers," says Nicole Gibbons, the founder and CEO of Clare paint.

"Other paint brands offer so many options and grays can be hard to get right. At Clare, we wanted to make sure we had a tried-and-true gray in our palette and Seize the Gray is it! It’s a clean, neutral gray with no undertones and is very versatile and calming." 

To buy: $54 per gallon, clare.com

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Balboa Mist, OC-27, by Benjamin Moore

"One of our most popular grays, this hue has just a touch of warmth that makes it very appealing for its ability to pair beautifully with a wide range of other colors from white to pales to deeps," says Andrea Magno, director of color marketing and development for Benjamin Moore. For an open floor plan where you want the paint colors to flow seamlessly together, this gray will go with everything. 

To buy: benjaminmoore.com

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Cornforth White, by Farrow & Ball

"One of our most popular grays at Farrow & Ball is Cornforth White, named after the revered British architectural historian John Cornforth," says Patrick O’Donnell, international brand ambassador at Farrow & Ball. "It sits in our ‘Easy Neutral’ palette, a soft family of grays which all have an underlying brown tone, making them never appear too cool when used indoors and therefore easy to use throughout the home. They can be teamed effortlessly with our Strong White for a clean but calm gray interior scheme and layered with accents of caramel & chocolate shades."

For those who want to design a home that's both warm and sophisticated, they'll never regret this timeless shade of gray. 

To buy: farrow-ball.com

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White Metal, by Behr

"Among Behr’s top selling hues is White Metal N520-1. This hue is a fan favorite and one of Behr’s most popular gray paint colors," says Erika Woelfel, Behr color expert. "The hue has a way of making spaces feel large and expansive and it provides a chic, neutral backdrop for any room in the home." 

Woelfel says that she's seen this versatile shade of gray used everywhere, from the garage to the bathroom. It is truly the ideal gray paint color for every single room in the house. 

To buy: behr.com