Looking for that perfect blend of gray and beige? Well that my friend is greige paint! The mix between the two colors is the perfect marriage of gray and beige and is quite possibly one of the best neutral paint colors there is. The hundreds of colors can have you wondering which is best, so let’s take a look at some of the most common greige paint colors used by designers worldwide.
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What is Greige
Greige is a mix between the colors gray and beige. They can be lighter or darker and more gray or more beige depending on the mixture. Greige has become very popular among interior designers throughout the years and makes for a beautiful neutral color that works for all home styles.
For everyone that felt like gray was too cool and beige was too warm or yellow, say hello to your new favorite color….greige!
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Why Should I Choose Greige Paint
First, the perfect shade of greige is the best backdrop for your home decor and furnishings. They don't come off too cool or yellow and compliment most home decor and accents very well.
Second, the are very popular and still a very “in” color! If you plan to sell your house anytime soon you can't go wrong painting your walls a beautiful shade of greige.
Lastly, your greige paint choices can either give you a calm subtle look with a lighter shade or you can go bolder with a darker shade. They are so versatile and don't disappoint.
Best Greige Paint Colors by Sherwin Williams
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray – one of Sherwin William's most popular colors, Agreeable Gray tends to lean more towards the lighter gray colors and tends to work very well with almost anything you would like to pair with it.
Agreeable Gray has a LRV of 60 which means that it reflects a pretty good amount of light. Sherwin Williams puts it in its light category. Even though it is in the “light” category, it is still considered warm light paint color. This is the color that I have used in my son's room as well as the spare bedroom upstairs and seems to pair well with anything I put against it.
Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray (my personal favorite) – Mindful Gray is considered more of a warmer/darker gray on Sherwin Williams color charts. To me, this color is one of my favorites due to the fact that it can make any room feel warm and cozy without making it seem too dark.
Mindful Gray has a LRV of 48 which means it doesn't reflect as much light as Agreeable Gray, but still reflects a good amount of light. One of my favorite places to use Mindful Gray is in dining rooms or as an accent wall or feature in a main room.
Sherwin Williams Repose Gray – Repose Gray is another very popular gray color for Sherwin Williams. It has more gray in it than beige so will a lot of times come off more on the gray side and some even say in certain lights it can have a bit of a purple undertone.
The LRV of Repose Gray is 58 which means it does reflect a good amount of light and is considered more on the light medium side of the color wheel.
Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray – Worldly Gray is a very rich greige color with a hint of a green undertone. These green undertones won't always show, but you will need to know that certain other colors when combined with Worldly Gray it can bring out the green undertone.
The LRV of Worldly Gray is 58 which means it has the same reflection of light as Repose Gray.
Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige – like the name, Accessible Beige leans more on the beige side even though it is still considered a greige paint color. The small touch of gray in the color makes it come off warm and gray enough to make it not come off brown.
The LRV of Accessible Beige is 58 and reflects a good amount of light. It is not as popular as Mindful Gray or Repose Gray, but still a great color option for your home.
Sherwin Williams Colonnade Gray – the opposite as Accessible Beige, Colonnade Gray is more gray than beige but still a true greige color.
Considered a light medium shade, Colonnade Gray has a LRV of 53 and is great anywhere that you need/want a great medium shade without making the room look too dark.
Sherwin Williams Messenger Bag – Sherwin Williams Messenger Bag is considered a timeless paint color by Sherwin Williams. It is quickly becoming a new favorite of designers for a true greige color that is very warm and perfect for a bold statement.
The LRV of Messenger Bag is 18 which means it really doesn't reflect a lot of light and can make a room appear dark.
Best Greige Paint Colors by Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (my favorite greige color) – another one of the most popular greige colors, Revere Pewter is popular for walls, cabinets, and even room accents. It has both warm and cool tones and plays off of the decor and surroundings.
The LRV of 55 which means it reflects a good amount of light and enough to not make it seem too dark for a room.
Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray – leaning more towards the beige side of the color chart, Edgecomb Gray comes off as a soft and warm paint color. With a LRV of 63 it is one of the lightest colors we have talked about so far which makes it a great paint color for most of your main rooms.
Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist – Balboa Mist has almost both equal amounts of gray and beige. It is a lighter greige color and will look great throughout any home. With an LRV of 67 it reflects a lot of light.
Benjamin Moore Pale Oak – with an LRV of 70 Pale Oak reflects a lot of light and makes it one of the prettiest light greiges we have talked about.
Best Greige Paint Colors by Behr
Behr Stonewashed – Stonewashed has a LRV of 68, so takes in a lot of light. To me this light leans more on the beige color, but doesn't come off yellow like some beige colors do.
Behr Ashen Tan – more on the gray side of greiges, Ashen Tan has a LRV of 60 and is a great overall color. Sometime this color is so light it can come off more of cream or white.
Behr Sculptor Clay – with an LRV of 55, Sculptor Clay is more of a true greige. Depending on the room it can be warm or cool and is one of my favorite greige colors by Behr.
Behr Graceful Gray – Graceful Gray is one of those greige colors that can be accompanied by many different colors and they will compliment it very well. With an LRV of 47 it still reflects a good amount of light and is a little bit warmer than Sculptor Clay.
Best Greige Paint Colors Home Depot
Behr is the paint brand that Home Depot carries, and it is great place to go grab a can of your favorite color or pick up a few samples. Since we are talking about greige paint colors I will share some photos of my favorite greige colors carried at home depot. I really love the Behr Marquee the best and think it provides a beautiful finish.
Behr Stonewashed – one of the lightest greige colors from Behr, Stonewashed can be a great option for an all over color.
Behr Sculptor Clay – I really love how beautiful this bedroom looks in the color Behr Sculptor Clay. I think it is the perfect warm greige for a bedroom.
Source: Liz Marie Blog
Best Greige Paint Colors for 2021
There have been a few tried and true greige colors that still seem to come out on top year over year! Here are a few greige colors that are still some of the most popular greige paint colors used by designers in 2021.
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray – This beautiful entryway shows why Agreeable Gray is one of the most popular overall colors for your home.
Source: Maison de Pax
Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray – I love that Mindful Gray has enough warmth to make this bedroom very cozy, but also reflects enough light to not make it dark.
Source: Made by Mood
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter – Revere Pewter is not only a great color for wall and accent walls, as shown by this photo it is also stunning as trim and door color!
How to Choose the Perfect Greige Paint Colors
- Get Samples – Not sure which greige paint color is going to be the best for your home? There is a company called Samplize that sells 12×12 stick on paint squares that you can just peel and stick to the wall! One thing I love about Samplize is that you can easily peel and stick and peel off when you are done without worrying about messing up you wall or current paint. The squares are made of real paint which will let you truly see what the color will look like in your home. You will be able to see it in different light and rooms to be able to make the best decision for your home. You can get free shipping and $5 off your first order, which is basically getting one free square!
- Know you undertones – one part of picking a paint color that is very important is knowing your undertones. Undertones play an important in how your paint color looks in your home. Everything from the light bulbs you use to what direction your room faces can change the way the color looks. Do you research on these things before fully deciding on a color for your room.
- Understand your LRV (Light Reflective Value) – I have shared all of the LRVs for the greige paints in this post so be sure to take that into account when choosing your final color. LRV ranges from 1-100 with 70 – 90 reflecting a lot of light. The lower the LRV the darker the room will feel due to less light being bounced off the walls.
- Lighten the color – if you have found the perfect shade but still feel like it needs to be lighter, know you can lighten up any paint color. You can ask the associate to lighten up the color by 25% or 50%.
- Check out Pinterest – if you're looking for photos of the colors in real spaces, check out Pinterest. Yes, I said to check out Pinterest! It really is a great option when trying to decide between colors.
FAQs | Best Greige Paint Colors
Still unsure on if greige paint is the right color for you? Here are some commonly asked questions when it comes to using and picking our greige paint!
Is Greige Paint Still Popular
You hear this a lot. Is greige paint a trend? Since I am all about a timeless home here at Life on Southpointe Drive, I think that greige is a safe classic and timeless color.
What is a Good Accent Color for Greige Paint
Looking for colors that compliment greige paint? Warm and neutral paint colors and great choices when trying to compliment your greige paint colors. When it comes to trim colors, you can check out some of my favorite white trim colors and think really any of those white paint colors would compliment greige very well.
What is the Most Popular Greige Paint Color
If you have spent any time on Pinterest and searched this topic, you can probably guess a few of the contenders. I still feel that Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter is one of the most popular greige paint colors. Not only is this color stunning in almost all situations, but it is also a great color for trim and even kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities!
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- The Most Popular Exterior Paint Colors
- The Best Gray Paint Colors
- The Best White Paint for Trim
- The Best Shades of White for Interiors
If you're looking for more FREE home decor tips and tricks, the Creating a Timeless Home Guide will help you create a home you love that will never go out of style! Also check out a couple of helpful cheat-sheets to help you out along the way. The Decorator's Cheat Sheet has all the home decorator's measurements you need to design a room you love and the Guide to Picking Perfect Paint Colors will ensure you always choose the best paint color for your space!
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