You might be thinking light gray walls sound like a snooze fest. But, we promise, that could not be further from the truth. Sure, gray is a neutral color; however, you may not know it comes in a broad range of beautiful shades in both cool and warm tones. Even if you are not a fan of neutral room colors, light gray walls provide the perfect backdrop for colorful décor and lively wall art. Still not convinced? We want to get you on board with the hue's decorating powers. To prove our point the following ideas share how light gray walls can enliven your space.
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Walls Painted a Cool Shade of Blue-Gray
Interior Design, Julia Goodwin, the blogger behind My Manicured Life painted her living room a cool shade of light gray that resembles Gravity by Valspar Paint. The pale blue-gray works beautifully with white, wood tones, watery shades of green, and dark blue.Continue to 2 of 15 below.
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Greenish Gray Walls in a Kid's Bathroom
Light gray may not seem like the go-to color for a kid's bathroom. But here a pale shade of greenish-gray appears in a child's space by California based Vidal Design Collaborative. The wall color reminds us of Aregent by Pratt and Lambert. The hue allows the colorful tile on the walls and floors to pop without feeling too busy.Continue to 3 of 15 below.
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Add Depth to a Small Space With Light Gray Walls
Decor Aid an interior design firm out of New York City added depth to this narrow living room by painting the four walls a very pale shade called Gray Tint, by Benjamin Moore. The paint color adds a hint of gray to the room making it feel instantly modern. Keeping the ceiling bright white makes the small space feel a tad bigger.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Refresh a Brick Fireplace With Gray Paint
When it comes to refreshing old brick, white paint is typically the go-to choice. But this idea by Cindy, the do-it-yourselfer behind Edith & Evelyn Vintage breaks with tradition. She painted her brick fireplace the same color as her walls—a shade of gray called Pavestone by Sherwin-Williams. The lovely hue is a rich tone that feels more light and airy and than dark and moody. Keep in mind, if you have a working fireplace you will need to use a heat- and fire-resistant paint.Continue to 6 of 15 below.
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White and Gray Contemporary Bedroom
One of our favorite shades of soft gray for walls is Gray Cashmere by Benjamin Moore as shown in this contemporary bedroom by Martha O’Hara Interiors based in both Minnesota and Texas. The soothing paint color has a hint of blue that glows in sun-drenched spaces. The design team painted the crown molding a bright shade of white for room brightening contrast.Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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Pale Color Scheme With Warm Wood Tones
In this light and airy open concept home by Benni Amadi Interiors, a San Francisco, California based interior design company, walls in a paint color that resembles Passive by Sherwin-Williams throw focus on the pale furnishings. What we love best about this slightly taupe-y shade is that it pairs beautifully with warm wood tones as shown. Painting the ceiling and door white adds a little architectural interest to the boxy space.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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How to Add Depth to a Room With Gray Paint
From the walls to cabinetry gray is the dominant color in this traditional cooking space by Kate Roos Design out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Combining different shades of gray add depth to the kitchen. The walls and floor are a lighter shade of gray, which makes the narrow space appear wider.Continue to 10 of 15 below.
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Casual Dining Room With Pale Gray Walls
We adore this modern farmhouse inspired dining room by Studio McGee based in Utah. The walls are a shade called Classic Gray, and on the crown molding is Simply White both by Benjamin Moore. The pales hues provide a subtle backdrop which does not upstage the furnishings. The design team did not want the space to feel fussy, so they went with a casual, wood dining table set and a simple, shabby chic inspired chandelier.Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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Greenish-Gray Walls in a Guest Bedroom
Greenish-gray walls transform a basement guest room into a welcoming space in this home remodeled by Utah based interior design firm, Studio McGee. The paint color beautifully unifies all the colors in the room from the neutral furnishings and green and blue decorative accessories. It might surprise you, but the shiplap ceiling is on the low side, but painting it white creates the illusion of extra height.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Gray Walls Set the Tone for a Gallery Wall
Here light gray walls create a backdrop for an eclectic art collection in a home by Michelle Gage, an interior designer based in Villanova, Pennsylvania. The walls have a pinch of blue, which subtly picks up the blue, green and yellow tones throughout the room.Continue to 14 of 15 below.
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Combine Gray Walls With Wallpaper
If covering all of your walls with wallpaper sounds overwhelming you can split the difference with paint. In this vintage-inspired bedroom by Michelle Gage half the room was covered with patterned wallpaper while the other half was painted light gray. The result creates an eclectic vibe that does not overwhelm the space with pattern.Continue to 15 of 15 below.