Why This Is the Only Gray Paint Color You’ll Ever Need

A few days ago I asked via IG stories “what’s a home design trend you HATE” and boy oh boy I got some great answers. About 80% of the responses had to do with all farmhouse-related trends.

You mean people are actually sick seeing cotton stems in hammered tin buckets, all-things-Rae Dunn and distressed EVERYTHING? Damn. What a surprise.

But one or two people replied, “people who decorate and paint ALL THINGS GRAY.” I’ll admit – that was totally me about a year ago. Our house needed to be painted 51 shades of gray and there was nothing stopping me from doing so (until my love for black walls and dark green began to flourish).

I learned a ton about paint colors during my hunt for the perfect gray(s) last year after we bought our house. After a few weeks and 14 sleeves of cookies, I eventually found the perfect gray paint, which I recommend to clients when they’re also on the hunt for justtttt the right gray.

What a ballsy statement to make. The perfect gray? What even makes up a perfect gray paint? Using my powerful creative energies, I created a poem for you to comprehend just how perfect this gray is:

Not too warm

Not too cool

Not too dark

Not too light.

Just. right.

(no need to acknowledge my poem creating abilities)

Drumroll, please……

repose gray

I talk about Sherwin William’s paints so much, it’s almost offensive that they don’t sponsor my posts (luckily their paints are always on sale).

It’s a creamy, pale gray and I’ve never seen a photo I didn’t like with Repose on the walls.

These are the reasons why Repose is the perfect gray…

LIGHT + NEUTRAL

We don’t get a lot of light in our house, so I had to factor in the Light Reflective Value of the paint I chose.

LRV is essentially how much light the color will reflect on the walls (if you really give a shit about LRV, read more here). Repose has an LRV of 58, which is fairly light, but it can appear darker in rooms that don’t have a lot of light.

A good example of how Repose looks in rooms that get little light vs. a ton of light:

gray living room color

This photo of our living room is completely unedited and you can see that there’s little natural light coming through. The walls appear to be a neutral light-medium gray.

 my texas house

my texas house

my texas house

MyTexasHouse uses this color in essentially every single room of her drop-dead gorgeous home and you can see how much lighter it appears with all that natural light POURING through.

IT GOES WITH EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING. 

Repose never looks too warm or too cool. But, I do want to note that the LIGHTBULBS you use can drastically change the colors of your walls. To avoid the walls appearing too warm or cool, I always use neutral 3000K bulbs.

repose gray

One of my biggest concerns when choosing the perfect gray was picking a color that looked too blue or too yellow, but Repose is as neutral as it gets, even with its slightly warm undertones.

Also want to note that if your floors and furnishings are on the warmer side, then your walls may appear warmer as well, but that goes for any color.

repose gray

If you’ve been on the hunt for a beautiful, pale light gray that goes with EVERYTHING, this is the color for you.

Sherwin Williams pls respond to my DMs.

How do you feel about choosing paint colors? Have you found that “perfect” color that you love to use throughout your home?

Have a fantastic week my friends! <3

xo

Alisa

 

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42 Comments

  1. Delma
    4 months ago

    I have been looking for a gray for my Small 3 bedroom house that I am trying to furnish with antiques and I love these gray thank you. I am so glad I found your website. Thanks Delma

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    1. aglassofbovino
      4 months ago

      Aw of course Delma!! I’m glad you found this helpful 🙂

      Reply
  2. Alicia
    4 months ago

    Beautiful and very helpful, what white trim did you use.

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  3. Dee
    4 months ago

    I have completely lost it, looking for the perfect gray paint in the last 3 months. We actually though we had the perfect gray, painted my small bedrooms Gravity by Valspur and they totally turned out Blue. Since, I’ve been buying samples of Gray paint and it’s has driven me insane. I’ve sampled Cityloft Gray, Agreeable Gray, Collonade Gray, Grayish, Modern Gray, Balboa Mist, and finally Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore. Gray Owl came the closest to what I want but it still didn’t Woo me. Looking at this Repose Gray excites me! This is exactly what I want, just a hint of Gray. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be going for Repose Paint today.

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    1. aglassofbovino
      4 months ago

      Hi Dee!

      Trust me – I know what it’s like to “lose it” over finding the right paint colors. I’ve tried most of those grays you tried, actually. My kitchen was City Loft for a week, my downstairs is Agreeable, I loved Collonade but didn’t move forward. And of course I tested the ever popular Gray Owl. I hope you like and end up using Repose Gray! 🙂 Good luck!

      Alisa

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    2. Verónica
      2 weeks ago

      Hi, I’m curious to know how did the Agreeable gray looked like? Would you let me know?

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      1. aglassofbovino
        11 hours ago

        Hi Veronica! That’s the color of our bedroom and basement and I love it. In rooms that get a lot of natural sunlight, it’s a gorgeous light gray with a hint of warmth. I highly recommend 🙂

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  4. Karen
    3 months ago

    Article was informative but the foul language was totally uncalled for.

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    1. Tricia
      3 months ago

      Actually, I found the cursing well placed and not overdone. Love your decor dahling!

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    2. Susan
      2 months ago

      What foul language?

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    3. Margo
      2 months ago

      I will definitely be putting Repose Gray in my new house! Thank you! What other colors will compliment this gray? Don’t want an all gray house lol

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    4. Judi
      1 month ago

      You must have been reading a different article than I did…what foul language? Great insight.

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      1. aglassofbovino
        1 month ago

        I removed the foul language because it was offensive to others. But I’m glad you liked the post Judi!!

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  5. Rebecca
    3 months ago

    You crack me up!!!! 😃😂😃 I love your post and sense of humor! With you help I’ve finally found my perfect grey.

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    1. aglassofbovino
      3 months ago

      LOL! Thanks Rebecca! I never take myself too seriously. I’m so glad you found the perfect gray!!

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  6. Kelley
    3 months ago

    Hi, I was also on the hunt for the perfect neutral gray a couple of years ago and settled on SW Agreeable Gray. It’s in that same “greige” family. I’m in the process of turning a large/wide coat closet into a mudroom/landing area with shiplap and stained wood. I think Repose Gray might be a good compliment to the areas not shiplapped. Thanks!!

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    1. aglassofbovino
      3 months ago

      Kelley – so funny you chose Agreeable because I used that for the other half of my house, LOL! I wanted to break it up and I think it’s definitely on the “greiger” side of Repose. But certainly a beautiful color!!

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  7. Nicki
    3 months ago

    I lo fee this color, but when I painted it in my daughter’s bathroom it looks like a completely different color. I tried to change the light bulbs but still no luck. We are moving, and I really wanted to use this as my color for my house but I fear that out will turn blue/ green like in my daughter’s bath. Oh one more question the neutral 3000k lightbulb, I never heard of that before. Are you in the UK? If not what is that and where do I find it?

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    1. aglassofbovino
      3 months ago

      Oh no I’m sorry to hear that! Does her bedroom get any natural light? And I’m not sure how lightbulbs work in the UK, but essentially a 3000k lightbulb is a very neutral type of light. It’s not too warm and not too cold. Hope that helps!

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  8. Karen Morrell
    3 months ago

    Does repose gray work as well on the exterior(stucco)?

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    1. aglassofbovino
      3 months ago

      Yes – Sherwin Williams offers their paint colors for exterior as well. I’m not positive about stucco, but the reps at Sherwin Williams are very helpful and will probably be able to tell you whether you can use it on Stucco or not! <3

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  9. Lan
    3 months ago

    We are repainting our whole house in a couple of weeks and I am stuck between repose or agreeable gray. Like you, our house doesn’t get a lot of natural light. Since you used both colors, which one did you think gives a fresher, brighter overall feeling?

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    1. aglassofbovino
      3 months ago

      Hi Lan! I think that Repose gives a fresher, brighter feeling. However, if your house doesn’t get a lot of natural light you should consider lightening Repose by about 25%. Hope that helps!

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  10. Bonnie Grant
    2 months ago

    Do you think this will go with Cream kitchen cabinets, granite with predominately beige,brown tones and a beige,brown oblonged tile backsplash? My kitchen gets alot of natural light andI ask because I painted repose gray on one wall of my coffee bar and it is really light and I’m thinking I need darker in this area? I have already gone crazy and in recovery, now trying again… lol!

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    1. aglassofbovino
      1 month ago

      HI Bonnie! It sounds like it might work with what you have, but if you get a lot of light in your space then Repose may be too light for you.

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  11. Sandra
    2 months ago

    Also love Sherwin Williams Silvermist…a favorite for inside and also outside for beach cottage, which makes the white “pop”!

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    1. aglassofbovino
      1 month ago

      Yes Sandra, I totally agree. Silvermist is a great gray!!

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  12. Chevette
    2 months ago

    Going crazy trying to find the right color for the home. Kitchen cabinets are nutmeg by Timberlake. The house has very little natural light but has some natural.light in the kitchen. Will repose gray work with the cabinet colors? Floor colors are light colored hardwood tile

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    1. aglassofbovino
      1 month ago

      Hmm… that depends. Are you looking to paint Repose in a northern facing room?

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  13. Samantha Hess
    2 months ago

    I painted the entire exterior of my house Repose Gray. I love it. I do have white trim, but am now considering painting my shutters and awnings in either the same color or one shade darker. I’m going for a monochromatic look. I’m having a hard time with people seeing my vision. I don’t have much time to get it right, as insurance is paying for some of it. Thanks for your post on SW Repose Gray.
    Samantha

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    1. aglassofbovino
      1 month ago

      Hi Samantha! Ugh, I’m so jealous of the exterior of your home – I’m sure it’s beautiful! I’m glad you enjoyed this post – good luck with your project! <3

      Reply
  14. Anne
    1 month ago

    We are building a new home and just finished our design meeting with builder and we selected Repose Gray for the walls in main part of house. Hurray!

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    1. aglassofbovino
      11 hours ago

      That’s great news Anne!!! I know it will turn out beautifully 🙂

      Reply
  15. Tami Palmer
    4 weeks ago

    We are trying to pick out paint for our basement family room which is a pretty large area with a small bar area. I am leaning towards Repose Gray! Would you have any suggestions as far as what color wood floors and cabinets would look good? I am going for a modern look. I was thinking maybe the really light wood floors, but want some opinions! 🙂

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    1. aglassofbovino
      3 weeks ago

      Hi Tami! I have light wood floors with repose and love it. However, I’ve seen repose work with both dark and light floors beautifully!! Good luck 🙂

      Reply
  16. Verónica
    2 weeks ago

    Hello,
    I tried the Elderly gray which is the lighter tone before the Repose grey and it showed a very purple undertone
    which I did not liked at all! Why do you think is that?
    Will Repose grey have the same undertone? Thanks!

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  18. Jane
    5 days ago

    We too have been in search of the perfect gray and LOVE this suggestion of repose gray – but are considering it for the EXTERIOR of our home. Do you have any photos of repose gray as an exterior choice? Our home is a contemporary style and mostly glass with few solid wall areas (approx 75-80% glass aside from one area at the front, plus the roof, soffit/overhang, garage, and exterior doors). Would appreciate your thoughts! Thank you in advance.

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    1. aglassofbovino
      5 days ago

      Oh that’s amazing! I think I remember reading somewhere that someone used Repose on the exterior and it came out beautifully. I think it might appear lighter outside than it would inside, but I recommend testing it out first just to be sure. Hope that helps!! <3

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  19. Ashley
    2 days ago

    I’m wanting to repaint my entire hluse and need help with color on my walls . my living room I have a brown leather couch and my decor is farm house . coffee tables are homemade stained wood . what color would you use ?
    My kitchen has dark cabinets with a blackish counter top appliances are black I have a nook area with a big open window and have farm house counter top items but only a bread box and and large pale holding my utenail .
    Then its my dining room I have a huge fancy dark brown table with 6 chairs and a large open window . the only decor ive got so far is a lords prayer in a hand made large frame . the decor is all mainly farmhouse . the owners panted those three rooms blue but its a little much for the dark brown

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  20. Janine Preston
    11 hours ago

    I LOVE THIS COLOR SO MUCH, but am curious to know which White you used for the trim and for the ceiling colors???? It all looks so crisp and refreshing…also, dod you use gloss or matte, etc…. Thanks so much in advance for your keen eye and decorating expertise!!

    Janine

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    1. aglassofbovino
      11 hours ago

      Hey there! We actually bought the house with the ceiling and trim already painted, unfortunately. But my favorite go-to trim color is Chantilly lace and for trim I’d stick with gloss, ceilings stick with matte. It’s the same color as my cabinets and it pairs wonderfully with Repose! Hope that helps 🙂

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