If you cannot decide between a cool or warm neutral paint color for your home, say hello to greige. It is the hue you get when you mix gray (a cool tone) with beige (a warm shade). The result is a painted surface that strikes a balance between two extreme color temperatures.
The color works well with the modern farmhouse style design popularized by Chip and Joanna Gaines. Being both trendy and classic, greige doesn't limit what you can do—it frees you to experiment with creative color combinations and bold pops of color. The best greige paint colors pair nicely with white and black, as well as warm brown tones.
- Color family: A combination of beige and gray
- Complementary colors: Warm brown tones as well as lighter tones of white, black, and gray
- Pairs well with: Pops of bright color, farmhouse style, reclaimed wood
- Mood: Calming
- Where to use: Great in any room including dining rooms, foyers, bedrooms, and bathrooms
Take a look at this selection of our favorite greige paint colors.
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The warmer undertones in this griege err on the yellow side of the color spectrum. This makes it the perfect shade for making a room feel cozier, but it refrains from making it feel smaller. Test Revere Pewter out in a dining room or try it in a guest bedroom for an inviting muted neutral.
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Chip and Joanna Gaines, the design team duo behind the modern farmhouse trend and the hit renovation show Fixer Upper, created this enticing shade of greige. The neutral hue feels crisp, bright, and inviting thanks to a subtle hint of gray. A pinch of beige keeps things from looking drab or feeling stark or cold, which can happen with cool paint colors.
Rustic accents can strengthen a neutral color scheme. Natural elements such as furniture with a distressed finish or wooden ceiling beams are a way to add style without necessarily adding more color.
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Alicia Weaver of Florida-based Alicia Weaver Design mentioned that the small nuances between different shades of white, gray, or greige can have a significant impact on your home. When searching for that perfect neutral, she suggests Gray Mist. It is a soft hue that complements bolder accent colors. Paired with similar colors, it works just as beautifully.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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The couple behind Utah-based interior design firm Studio McGee picked a welcoming shade of light greige for their family room called Silver Drop, as seen in the room image at the top of this article. The duo says if you are looking for a subtle neutral paint color, this one is it because it adds a splash of warmth without feeling too beige.
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New York City architect John Mochelle is partial to a paint shade called Elephant's Breath. "The color's warm beige undertone makes the hue extremely versatile—it can work in many different rooms including the living room, bedroom, and kitchen. The shade pairs perfectly with other neutrals, especially bright whites. It also works with vibrant shades of green."
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Kymberly Redmond, a décor expert with Breslow Home Design Center out of New Jersey, suggests using Edgecomb Gray in open spaces because the hue is rich enough to stand up to high ceilings in bright interiors, but it will not make large rooms without much sunlight feel unwelcoming. She says her favorite places for this color include hallways, open staircases, and double height foyers.
Redmond also offers this juicy tidbit—rumor has it Meghan Markle used various grays and warm whites for her nursery, so in Redmond's humble opinion, greige is fit for royalty.
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Darker shades of greige can turn any room in the home into a calming space that drowns out the stress associated with busy lives. "A comforting color like Cadet Gray especially in the living room or bedroom can feel very restorative," says New York City architect John Mochelle.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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"One of my favorite paint colors to use in traditional kitchens with dark wood floors and marble countertops is Anew Gray," says interior designer Tara Polony, who's based in Dallas, Texas. "It has just enough beige to coordinate with walnut or dark stained floors, and just enough gray to pick up the cool veins in natural stone."
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Stonehenge Greige is an earthy shade that does not feel heavy or muddy. It creates an ideal backdrop for cool toned furnishings. Are you looking to build a little depth to a room? Then pair the color with a bright white ceiling or crown molding.