the absolute best gray paints
Gray is having a major moment—actually, it's having a major year. After all, a shade of the color, Ultimate Gray, was named one of Pantone's two Colors of the Year 2021. But designers have long been reliant on the neutral to balance out bright colors (like Ultimate Gray's sidekick, Illuminating, a Pantone yellow that also claimed Color of the Year fame), and imbue a space with calm. How can you know which of the many grays are right for your space? We polled some of our designer friends on their favorite shades of gray to sample.
Designer Alison Rose, of her eponymous firm, calls out Farrow & Ball’s Purbeck Stone for being "not too warm, not too cool." Want something a bit warmer? Kirsten Grove of We Three Design says, "I am a huge Dimpse by Farrow & Ball fan. It's a light gray that is way more warm than cool."
Just be sure to sample different variations of the shade. As designer Molly Ballard of Castle Design says, "Gray is hard because the undertones are so important. No one wants to end up with a lavender laundry room when they wanted light gray!" Her choice? "Sherwin-Williams's Amazing Gray is a sure bet when you want a little more depth of color."