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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. Jessica Gremillion
    Jessica Gremillion says:

    You have a beautiful home! On the command center pic, you mention that one of the colors is Aesthetic White. We recently picked this as our whole-house wall color and I’m worried it will be too light. Is the Aesthetic White the beadboard color or the darker color on the top?


  2. Donna
    Donna says:

    So on the way to red, I painted the upper port of my dining room with my fave gray primer, Kilz tinted black (leaving it a medium gray, because they can only put two ounces of tint in). My husband saw the room with the blue-gray wall above the creamy beadboard wainscotting and was like, “I like THAT!” Realizing that a, we only have a bit of light and needed a warmer gray and b), the Jerusalem Gray floor would look nicer with a warmer gray, I washed on a 50/50 mix of the gray Kilz primer and BM Cotswold, a nice beige, with plenty of water. Warmed it up GORGEOUSLY to a beautiful greige / green-gray! It’s warm and fashionable, yet not just blah “beige”. Sometimes the best gray is a combination!


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