Today I am answering a paint color question that I received from a reader.
Gigi asked me, ” Currently, we have SW Unusual Gray on the walls, but after three years it has just gotten too green for me. I’m looking for a really silvery gray…any suggestions?”
Today I am answering that with four of my favorite Silvery Gray paint colors.
One of my very favorite true gray paint colors is Gray Owl. We used it upstairs in my daughter’s room and the playroom and I truly love it. The biggest reason? It is a true gray and doesn’t have any weird undertones. I was a little skeptical at first, because when I sampled a bunch of paint colors, Gray Owl looked very BLUE.
When we were trying to decide paint colors (from this post), Gray Owl was #2, and as you can see it doesn’t look very gray. I didn’t want anything that blue, so I was hesitant in using it, but I had seen Gray Owl in some homes before and was pretty confident that it would not look as blue as it did in this sample. I also knew that anytime I painted samples directly on the wall, they ALWAYS look different because of surrounding colors or the color of the wall. (Note to self: always paint your samples on white poster board.)
Here are a couple of pictures of my daughter’s room with Gray Owl. It’s a perfect silver gray and goes well with so many different colors. It’s the lightest color featured today with an LRV of 74 and makes darker colors pop. I especially love it with a pure white and dark grays/blues.
A few other pictures of Gray Owl…
This is another favorite true gray paint color. Out of the four colors I am featuring, this is the warmest color of all, but doesn’t look beige or tan. It has an LRV value of 58, which will add color to your room without it becoming too over bearing.
Here are a couple of photos of rooms painted Repose Gray.
This has become one of the best selling Benjamin Moore paint colors, and there is a good reason why. Silver Chain is a great mid-tone gray, that has a LRV of 56. Silver Chain is also known as Harbor Gray by Benjamin Moore, which may be more familiar to you.
Last but not least is Silverpointe by Sherwin-Williams. Silverpointe is right in between Repose Gray and Gray Owl, with an LRV value of 64. This makes it great for darker and smaller spaces. I have seen it in a lot of bedrooms and bathrooms and it tends to make these smaller rooms more open.
My Favorite Silvery Gray Paint Colors (sampled)
Here are all four colors together on a posterboard. You can see that they are all true, silvery grays and don’t have any weird undertones. Of course, lighting can change that so it is important to sample in your own home, but if you are looking for a true gray “silver” color, these are my go to recommendations.
Top left: Silverpointe by Sherwin-Williams
Top right: Silver Chain by Benjamin Moore
Bottom left: Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore
Bottom right: Repose Gray by Sherwin-Williams
I hope this post helps in your search for the perfect silver gray paint color. Do you have a paint color question? Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for suggestions. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!