10 Gray Paint Colors to Try Instead of Beige

Gray is the Perfect Neutral Paint Color

Gray is not the new black; it's the new beige. Wherever beige paint is used in decorating, the right gray can take its place. Gray is so versatile because of its wide range of undertones. A warm gray or greige paint color most closely resembles a beige, and can be used almost interchangeably. Cool grays, with more blue, are the right choice when beige is too pink or yellow for your space.

The beautiful secret about gray as a neutral is that you can go...MORE much darker with it than most beige or taupe colors. The brown-based neutrals can get heavy quickly, once you venture to the other end of the paint strip. Gray somehow manages to stay crisp, even in the darker shades.  The key is finding the right gray for your space and sampling colors thoroughly. 

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    Top 10 Gray Paint Colors | Color.About.com. Image: ©Benjamin Moore

    Ally's Earring by Benjamin Moore is a stylish alternative to off-white or pale beige. This is a creamy pale gray, with warm undertones. If you love light look of white walls but want a warmer color, Ally's earring gives you that light glow of white paint, but with a touch of color to warm up your space.

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    Repose Gray SW 7015 paint color

    Sherwin-Williams Repose Gray is a cool gray with just the slightest hint of green undertone. The undertones make Repose Gray a beautiful option with other cool colors and green decor. Used near a window, Repose Gray will pick up the color of the foliage outside, intensifying the green undertones so you'll need to sample it thoroughly before committing. 

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    Sheer Mist N-C9 paint color

    Sheer Mist by Clark+Kensington is a soothing and pure gray. This cool, light, gray can take the place of a pale neutral when you need to tone down the warmth of a color scheme.

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    Irish Mist 790C-1 paint color

    Behr Paints Irish Mist has an airy quality making it the perfect paint for a dark room. There is a slight warmth to this pale gray that makes it much more versatile than a traditional beige neutral. The crisp white trim defines the color of Irish Mist.

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    Gateway Gray SW 7644 paint color

    Gateway Gray of the HGTV Home Collection by Sherwin-Williams is a wonderful alternative to taupe. Using taupe as a neutral can be so tricky with its habit of turning pink or mauve when you least expect it. Gateway Gray has the depth of taupe, without the unexpected undertones.

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    Charcoal Cashmere N-C14 paint color

    If you're looking for a darker shade of neutral, and dark brown feels too heavy, it's time to sample a charcoal gray. Clark+Kensington's Cashmere Charcoal has a depth and neutrality that most dark browns cannot match.

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    Linen EB12-2 paint color

    No list of gorgeous neutral grays would be complete without a greige paint color. Valspar's Linen is extremely versatile, and a livable marriage of gray + beige.

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    Natural Gray PPU18-10 paint color

    Warm grays, like Behr Natural Gray, make the smoothest transition from beige and taupe neutrals. Natural Gray is a full-bodied gray, with a hint of warmth. This is a good choice if you love the look of a pure gray, but will be using it in a room full of warm colors and surfaces.

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    Cosmopolitan CSP-100 paint color
    Benjamin Moore

    Benjamin Moore Cosmopolitan is a soft gray with warm undertones. This is a sophisticated paint color that is neutral enough for any decorating style.

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    Oatlands Subtle Taupe 6005-1B paint color

    Valspar Oatlands Subtle Taupe is a rare breed of warm neutrals. This taupe skirts around the typical pink or green undertones, with a neutral gray base. You may find that Oatlands Subtle Taupe is the warm neutral you've been searching for all these years.

Do's and Don'ts of Using Gray

Learn the right way to use gray in your home. Warm gray or cool gray? Knowing the difference can change everything in a room. Find out the secrets of gray with these easy Do's and Don'ts.