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

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’re not crazy about?” and I was surprised by some of the answers. A few responses contained the gray trend, which, I’ll admit, 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 color and pattern began to flourish).

I’ve 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 an audacious statement to make. The perfect gray? What even makes up a perfect gray paint?

Using my powerful creative abilities, I wrote 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.

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 I believe 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, and is crucial to understand in order to choose paint for your home. Shameless plug – if you want to learn more about LRV, download my free guide to choosing the perfect paint here.

Anyway, 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 gorgeous home and you can see how much lighter it appears with all that natural light just pouring through.

IT GOES WITH EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING. 

Repose rarely ever 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.

I 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 nearly 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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88 thoughts on “Why This Is the Only Gray Paint Color You’ll Ever Need”

  1. 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

  2. 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.

    • 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

      • 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 🙂

  3. 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!!

    • 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!!

  4. 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?

    • 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!

    • 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

  5. 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?

    • 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!

  6. 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!

    • I also have some beigey colors in my kitchen. I used Gracious Greige (it’s either SW or Behrs) on the walls and Valspars Aviatrex on a built in buffet. It’s very nice. Soft and soothing with a pop of white trim.

      • I painted my last house repose gray and loved Went well with any accent color. Sold that home last October. Bought a townhouse, it was painted a very light gray but it’s just not the right gray. Cabinets were left light brown stain color. The woodwork and doors are in need of painting , plus cabinets. Can you please help me with the color of white for the woodwork and cabinets. That just has the right contrast with Repose Gray.

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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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! 🙂

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

    • 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

    • 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 🙂

  16. I really liked the photos I’ve seen of this color but it looks horrible in my house.
    It looks like cement. I hate it. I tried it in my son’s room and bathroom with a couple swatches painted elsewhere to see if it looked any better…nope it doesn’t.
    I need to repaint these rooms as soon as I get a chance.
    My sister said it looks dull and sickly and reminds her of a moth lol.

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  18. What do you think of the Repose with the light beige trim? Our ceilings, doors, waistcoat and crown moldings are a cream color. Also an accent color of blue/green shade (muted)? Our floors and cabinets ate Expresso with dark black, grey with pearl speckled granite. It’s a large open floor plan but not a ton of natural light.

  19. My favorite is SW Alpaca. Doesn’t seem to have any green tones, blue or purple. This is a warmer gray though. I’ve used it in dark rooms and light rooms and it looks great.

  20. I was suggested this web site by my cousin. I am
    not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such
    detailed about my problem. You are amazing! Thanks!

  21. Repose was my first love for a few years. But about a year ago, I met BM Edgecomb Gray…in some light it’s gray, others it’s beige but in most, it’s completely greige. It pleases everyone in the crowd, even the gray and beige haters. Repose is still my second love, but Edgecomb is now my first!!! Appreciate the repose love in your post.

    • Hi Kay!! Ahhh yes Edgecomb gray is a gray that I’m looking to use in my bedroom soon – I’ve read great things about it. I love the fact that it’s a light greige. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  22. When I saw this blog- I thought for sure (when you said drumroll) lol that you were going to say SW Mindful Gray! This is what I tell people all the time – it’s my ABSOLUTE favorite Gray! I’ve used repose gray before & I also love it but it’s tooooo light for my house, I couldn’t even tell I had much of a color after painting, even with 2 coats! I like it for rooms that are dark & you want to add a lot of light with a hint of color but I can’t say enough about SW mindful gray- Its a TRUE gray & comes on silky smooth & true to its color without the undertones. Your crown molding really pops with MG! Any of the homes I’ve seen it in, look great! Instagram even gave it its own page lol Anyway just wanted to share my thoughts! Love your blog- BTW! 🙂

    • Hi Marianna!! That’s so funny because I would say that Mindful gray is one of my top gray choices too – it’s the color of my husband’s office! It’s a beautiful gray that I believe is one or two shades lighter than Repose. I’m so glad you enjoyed this post! Have a great week! xox <3

  23. Well the trend of today will be hated eventually. I think we need to go with our hearts and what we love so really don’t care about the trend but I am always interested in nice Gray color. Five years ago, today and probably in the future. Thanks for your information.

  24. These pictures are beautiful with the repose gray. Do you have any thoughts on SW Collinade gray for a room with northern light and warm medium wood floors? Thanks!

  25. So relieved to stumble upon your page (scrolling Pinterst–score!) and realize I’m not the only woman going crazy trying to find the right grey. I now have a few dozen swatches all over with no luck. Headed to Sherwin Williams tomorrow for Repose! And thank you SO MUCH for explaining LVR. Sherwin Williams should give you props. Best….

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  27. Just painted. the master bedroom in my newest ‘old house ‘ this color today, then saw your post . Spot on. I think this may be my whole upper level. Its lovely. Even my husband who is ‘sick of gray’ likes it!

  28. This was a great find for me on Pinterest!! Been going through hell trying to narrow down the right color – after living a couple years with revere pewter on our walls – it’s too warm in our home and appears a tanish beige 😫 which I was not expecting. Finally I’ve narrowed it down – and like this color a lot. I was leaning toward stonington and light French gray but something was saying no and I realized it’s because they’re cool and look blue/purple toned. I like warm grays better but revere pewter has scared me off warm grays. I really think, though, that repose as a warm gray may work bc it’s not as warm as revere pewter is. I HOPE. Lol – I even was thinking screw it and almost wanted to go all white – but that is too plain for me too. I love how repose appears almost as a white in bright lighting and fades to light medium gray in darker – I think this may be exactly what I’m searching for.

  29. Hi! The interior of our home is SW repose gray and I’m getting ready to paint the exterior of our home as well. After several different swatches we have decided to go with repose gray on the exterior also! BUT, I need opinions for a trim color to go with?? Thank you in advance!

  30. Hi there
    Thank you for sharing, very helpful
    Sherwin Williams needs to see your posts …
    I have always been told Benjamin Moore is the way to go, even by my painters…
    I am painting 3 bedrooms with lots of light and was going to go Gray Owl, but now I will look at Sherwin Williams Respose grey as u suggested

    • Thanks Jas!! I love Gray Owl as well. Since writing this post I’ve grown a fondness for Benjamin Moore and Farrow and Ball, but Sherwin Williams is still great!! Good luck with your rooms!!!

  31. Not sure if anyone mentioned but the pictures you showed on Mytexashouse are actually Repose Grey 50% lighter! I actually went with Edgecomb Grey 25% lighter by Benjamin Moore which is beautiful. It has a LVR of 63

  32. I’m embarrassed to say how many samples of paint I have tried on my lower level of my split level house. It’s in the corner and has north and west windows, light is limited. I have agreeable gray and gray owl in my upstairs and they look great. They both look super muddy along with the repose gray in my downstairs. I tried Olympus white and gray screen from SW but they looked powder blue. I then tried seagull gray and silver marlin from Behr and they read just a touch of green but I like them the best so far. It seams whatever the undertone is is heavily exaggerated. Any thoughts? Any grays with several undertones? I’m considering painting white at this point hah!

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