15 of Our Favorite Light Gray Paint Colors for Every Style

Comfortable living room

D Burns Interiors

While white has been the neutral of choice for years, light gray has quickly become popular with homeowners and designers alike, adding a dose of depth or a sense of serenity to any room. It provides just the right touch of color, while allowing furniture, art, and other decor to shine. It's the ideal choice for those wanting a versatile backdrop.

Greige, a mix of gray and beige, is warm and inviting, while cooler, crisp grays can offer a modern twist. It's all about sampling and finding the right undertones and shades that work for you.

To help you decide on the best light gray paint colors for your next project, we asked interior designers to share their favorite spaces.

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    Parisian Cool

    Light gray living room

    Design: Crystal Sinclair Designs / Photography: Sean Litchfield

    New York designer Crystal Sinclair infused sophisticated Parisian flair into this Manhattan Morningside Heights home for an avid traveler. A custom banquette, Restoration Hardware sofa, and bold black light fixtures are complemented by cool gray walls.

    Paint used: Benjamin Moore Metropolitan

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    Warm and Inviting

    light gray Tornto kitchen

    Ashley Montgomery Design

    Ashley Montgomery used one of her favorite light grays, Stony Ground by Farrow & Ball, a richly pigmented gray, for this Canadian kitchen makeover. With underlying red tones, this greige reads welcoming and classic, a great complement to the brass faucet, over-island pendants, and other accents in the kitchen.

    Paint used: Farrow & Ball Stony Ground


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    The Crowd-Pleasing Gray

    Comfortable living room

    D Burns Interiors

    Benjamin Moore's Gray Owl is one of their best-selling neutrals, and for good reason. While it's classified as a warm gray, meaning it has warm undertones, it almost always appears cool on walls, with a softness that makes it a great alternative to off-white. Here, Gray Owl warms up a vibrant living space with a forest green velvet sofa and geometric patterned rug.

    Paint used: Benjamin Moore Gray Owl

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    Transitional Tone

    Transitional light gray kitchen

    Light and Dwell

    Molly Kidd of Oregon-based design firm Light and Dwell headed to Utah to take on the refresh of a family home. The palette, based around gray, beige, brass, and wood, couldn't be more serene. The light gray kitchen includes an arched stove cove, Carrara marble counters, and bar stools from Kathy Kuo Home.

    Paint used: Farrow & Ball Drop Cloth

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    A Layered Office

    Light gray office

    Design: Arent & Pyke / Photography: Anson Smart

    Australian firm Arent & Pyke went for light gray paint in this tranquil study. The historic home, which includes bright colors like a pink terrazzo kitchen and green-stained timber, is polished with impressive millwork, art, and period details.

    Paint used: Porter's Paints Salt Wattle

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    Modern Combo

    Gray and white bedroom

    Interior Impressions

    Gray and white are a simple yet effective combo in this flex room. Designed by Interior Impressions for a couple downsizing from their suburban home, this condo's guest bedroom also acts an office and makeshift gym.

    Paint suggested: Backrop No Curfew

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    Hamptons Hideout

    Hamptons gray kitchen

    Becca Interiors

    This summer waterside retreat in Southhampton, New York, was designed by Becca Interiors for ease of function and high style. Shiplap walls, blue-gray Shaker cabinets, a substantial island, aged brass hardware, and vintage decor make it a dreamy getaway.

    Paint suggested: Benjamin Moore Beacon Gray

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    A Breath of Fresh Air

    Light gray mudroom

    Britt Design Studio

    Mudrooms can often be hectic, a spot to drop kids' backpacks, shoes, and even the umbrellas on a rainy day but they don't have to be. New Jersey designer Andrea Pietragallo of Britt Design Studio loves this space because of its architectural details like the coffered ceiling, arched doorway, and oval window. Slate tile laid in a herringbone pattern and Shaker-style cabinetry keep the mess at bay.

    Paint suggested: Clare Seize the Gray

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    A Neutral for Maximalists

    Light gray hallway

    Design by Caitlin Higgins / Photo by Sara Liggoria-Tramp

    Caitlin Higgins of Emily Henderson Design looked to Sherwin Williams' 2022 Color of the Year, Evergreen Fog, to liven up her hallway. The subtle gray-green is creamy and rich and as Higgins has said, the goldilocks of paint. Poppy artwork and even bolder wallpaper made picking the perfect pick quite the task.

    Paint used: Sherwin Williams Evergreen Fog

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    An Airy Suite

    An Airy Suite

    Erin Williamson Design

    Light gray is a no-brainer when it comes to choosing a timeless paint color, especially in bathrooms. Erin Williamson Design transformed a historic home in Palo Alto, California, with relaxed and refined furnishings and custom millwork, while the bathroom is equally understated with light gray paint and gray tile.

    Paint suggested: Farrow & Ball Dimpse

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    All-Appealing Gray

    Crisp design office

    Design by Emily Henderson / Photo by Tessa Neustadt

    This simple yet well-curated office space from Emily Henderson proves good design comes down to a handful of choices. The streamlined desk, green overhead sconces, and framed art are that much more effective because of the light wall color.

    Paint suggested: Backdrop Moonstone

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    Gray-on-Gray Primary Escape

    Tonal primary bedroom

    Gray Space Interiors

    Sticking to a unified palette in a bedroom is one way to provide a quiet, sleep-inducing design. Gray Space Interiors chose beige, white, and gray to accompany a grand four-poster bed and romantic curtains in this suburban revival.

    Paint suggested: Farrow & Ball Skimming Stone

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    An Upgraded Classic

    Kitchen flip

    Hannah Tyler Designs

    This East Grand Rapids, Michigan, flip from Hannah Tyler Designs incorporates three of her favorite kitchen must-haves: open shelves, a hood vent, and shiplap. Prefab light gray cabinets aren't too matchy-matchy against gray, beige, and white square tile, while natural light helps to keep the kitchen airy and vibrant.

    Paint suggested: Behr Hush

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    Greige and Cozy

    Light gray neutral bedroom

    Jessica Nelson Design

    Designer Jessica Nelson created a sophisticated Cascade Mountains retreat for an adventurous family of four. For this bedroom, which was inspired by the family's trip to New Zealand, an earthy palette felt like the right decision to accompany relaxed furnishings and framed windows.

    Paint suggested: Backdrop Morning Ritual

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    A Gallerist's Pick

    Cool light gray hall

    LeAnn Baker Interiors

    Designer LeAnn Baker let the art take center stage in this Pacific Northwest home, A modern canvas and metal console table stand out against light gray walls.

    Paint suggested: Backdrop West Coast Ghost