When it comes to picking the perfect nursery neutral, gray is an easy win. It’s clean, modern, versatile, and will stand up to just about anything your toddler can dish out. But when it comes to choosing that perfect shade of gray for your space, the process can be anything but black and white.
Colorful undertones, like blue, green, and even pink, give gray its surprising depth and versatility, but can result in color clashes if not considered carefully. Natural light can also have a significant effect on gray paint, bringing out certain tones while burying others—a factor that can mean the difference between a cool, soothing space and a dark, dreary one.
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Need a gray that does it all? Repose Gray by Sherwin-Williams is exactly what you're looking for. Not quite brown enough to be considered greige, this light gray shade boasts very subtle brown and purple undertones—just enough to soften the color, adding depth and warmth. This warm and cozy neutral works particularly well in bright and airy nursery rooms, where light exposure tends to blanch out cooler grays, exposing cold, gloomy tones. That said, it is light and bright enough to work even in smaller, darker spaces.
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In search of something more neutral? Benjamin Moore's Stonington Gray is a passive shade that almost always manages to maintain its “cool gray” look, despite some subtle stormy blue undertones. It looks clean and beautiful against cool white walls and pastel accents, and it's a great choice for a modern nursery.
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Dreaming of a vintage industrial nursery for your little man? Cool Metalwork Gray by Glidden is your go-to gray. This striking hue is a medium, ash gray with a definitive blue-gray wash. It works well by itself set against a lighter gray and pairs well with dark woods and metal accents.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Crushing on the navy nursery trend? If you’re looking for the perfect gray to help you pull off that dramatic navy accent wall, you can’t go wrong with Gravity by Valspar. This popular gray has the perfect combination of cool blue and green undertones to rock a rich navy or a slate blue. Try pairing with Valspar’s Royal Navy or even Smoky Pitch for an easy, no-fail nursery palette you’re practically guaranteed to love.
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Need the perfect gray for your little girl’s room? Try Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore. This romantic gray boasts faint feminine undertones of pink and purple, softening and the tone and creating a warming effect without making the shade seem muddy or gloomy. It’s a great choice for darker rooms, which may be overwhelmed by a more traditional greige.
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Looking for a soothing shade for the nursery? Try The Spruce Best Home Calming Gray. This medium silver gray boasts a bevy of calming blue undertones, giving it a clean, almost iridescent quality. Pair with soft pastels and metallic silver accents for a nursery that really shines.
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On the hunt for a true “neutral” nursery gray? Valspar's Notre Dame is just about as neutral as them come. Not too light and not too dark, this simple shade has very little in the way of noticeable undertones. It’s a soft, somewhat cool gray that will work with anything.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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If you’re looking for a beautiful, understated shade, Sherwin-Williams' First Star might be the color for you. This soft and versatile gray offers cool undertones that can flex blue or blue-green, while maintaining it’s subtle, barely-there charm.