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Gray, Grey or Greige {Finding the Perfect Gray}


Work is progressing in the kitchen and I finished painting the upper portion of the wall a very light greige (a cross between beige and gray.)


Light Greige
Our Kitchen Command Center – Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White

With the abundance of light colors in the kitchen, I was craving a little dark paint for some drama. A small accent wall near the mudroom and pantry seemed like the perfect spot. I knew I wanted a chalkboard wall, but my sister (my interior design consultant) worried that black might be too dark. I filed her feedback in the back of my head as I headed to Lowe’s to buy primer. The paint gal tinted my primer with black to achieve a 50% shade of gray. (It is easier to paint dark colors if your primer isn’t a stark white.)

After applying the primer, I thought, “Hmmm, I kind of like this.” But decided to sleep on it. In the morning, that wall had a message for me:


The gray primer was a bit too blah for me. Simple black and white is like vanilla when there are more flavors of gray that have color undertones:


Warm Greige
Our Home Office – Benjamin Moore Hot Spring Stones


 Light Greige
Decor Chick’s Living Room – Sherwin Williams Balanced Beige



Light Greige
Our Bonus Room – Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (at 75% strength)


Young House Love's Living Room

Light Gray
Young House Love’s Living Room – Benjamin Moore Moonshine



Light Blue/Green Gray
Centsational Girl’s Master Bedroom – Custom Color mix of ½ Benjamin Moore ‘Camouflage’ and ½ Benjamin Moore ‘Misted Green’


Olive Gray
Abby’s Kitchen via Two Story Cottage – Benjamin Moore Nantucket Gray


Greenish Gray
Our Humble Abode  Master Bedroom – Restoration Hardware Bay Laurel


Light Blue/Green Gray
Sand & Sisal’s Kitchen/Family Room – Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray


Blue Gray

Traditional Kids by Kansas City Interior Designer McCroskey Interiors – Benjamin Moore James River Gray


Light Blue Gray
Bits of Splendor – Glidden Quiet Rain

Which gray did I end up using? Chalkboard gray! The color of a black chalkboard after it has been perfectly seasoned


It may not have any colored undertones, but I really like the texture and movement in the eraser marks. Plus, I can achieve a lighter gray by wiping more chalk dust on it.

Now, if you are looking for the perfect white, The Shabby Creek Cottage has you covered!

Do you have a perfect gray, grey or greige? I’m always looking for more “perfect” grays (and less gray hairs.) Have a great weekend! I’m in the final push to get the kitchen painted and install the flooring by the middle of next week. I either need a lot of good luck wishes or more caffeine.



Want more tips on how to pick the perfect color for your room? Read: Isn’t it Amazing What a Little Paint Can Do

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  1. Kaara
    Kaara says:

    I love greige and have found one that I like in certain light, but not all over. It’s so hard to find a true-greige or true grey ! I don’t want undertones that are too brown, blue or pink or green! If I were to get any I prefer I guess that they were on the brown side. What are our suggestions? I’m considering revere pewter for our dining room, but afraid that it might be too dark, but seeing yours at 75% looks pretty light. I’m so confused!
    Would love any color suggestions. Love using BM 😉
    xoxo- Kaara

  2. Brittany Coleman
    Brittany Coleman says:

    I love the combination of Green and Grey. I usually wear dress of this combination but never tried Painting whole room. after going through your work i love to try this combination at my place..

  3. Paula
    Paula says:

    I LOVE COLOR! I love your blue shelves–did you make them? I am looking for cool ideas to store sewing/crafting in my bonus room (homeschool empty nest> Art Studio!) When we moved in our house 12 years ago I painted the whole thing in Tobacco Road. My paint store went out of biz, but they looked it up and matched it at SW (for touch-ups) It is time to redo, so I loved looking at all of your choices. I may even do a chalkboard wall somewhere 😉

  4. Russell
    Russell says:

    The one with the absolute “WoW” factor for me is the stairs. the finish is brilliant. Furniture and carpet are the perfect match. well done, it is certainly inspiring.

  5. Christine
    Christine says:

    I’ve been searching for the perfect gray/green/sage that doesn’t turn turquoise in natural light. I’m on my 6th sample. My kitchen cabinets look like a patchwork quilt. In the meanwhile, you might en joy this board: http://pinterest.com/greigedesign/greige-guest-pinner-gallery/.
    I recall a blog called For the Love of Griege or something similar, but don’t know where I saw that. Now, of course, I can’t rest until I do! Thanks for sharing your fabulous ideas and work.

  6. Erin @ Two Story Cottage
    Erin @ Two Story Cottage says:

    Love that WordPress alerts me to this stuff! Thanks for the link to my blog. My friend Abby just moved from her house and she was sad to leave her pretty white kitchen.

    Love gray in all forms. I’m attracted to gray with a little green or blue though. 🙂 Love following your progress…

  7. Britney Mills
    Britney Mills says:

    I love that you call it greige! Pics look great. It’s amazing how a coat of paint can change things (not that I know what yours looked like before, I was just thinking about when we first moved in and how the paint changed everything for the better.)

  8. Emilie Richards
    Emilie Richards says:

    I painted my study (looks over a marsh) Sherwin Williams Sea Salt which makes me feel serene and creative every time I walk through the door. Loving it. Blue/green/gray. I may use it in a cottage kitchen, too. I always enjoy your blog.

    • Tricia
      Tricia says:

      I have Sherwin Williams Sea Salt in my living room and my bathroom. I just love that color! It looks different at different times of the day. Sometimes blue, gray, or green.

  9. meryl rose
    meryl rose says:

    Our front room is gray (Behs’s Ashes and the darker gray detail is Martha Stewart Cement Gray)

    Our TV room is a dirty blue gray (Behr’s Rhino)

    And my old office (soon to be nursery) is a really light blue/gray (Martha Stewart Dolphin)

    Obviously I have an obsession with the color 🙂 Good thing my boyfriend doesn’t mind 🙂


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