Choosing the Perfect Shade of Grey Paint

Choosing the Perfect Shade of Grey Paint

Grey is a super versatile colour that lends itself as easily to creating a warm and cosy space, as it does a cool and airy feel. No wonder it is such a popular choice.

We have used a grey paint of some description in most of the rooms in our house. It works well with the traditional style of our Edwardian home, whilst still feeling fresh and modern. I also love how it complements both feminine and masculine styling. In fact, its hard to think of any interiors schemes where grey wouldn’t be complementary, which is why it’s our go to colour.

Naively, I tried to move away from shades of grey in some of our more recent home renovation projects. I thought we needed a change, but having painted Noah’s bedroom in a very pale blue and our hallway in a neutral white, with a hint of grey/green paint, I have to say I regret the decision. I plan to pick out some grey paints to cover up this mistake asap, which goes to show that in some instances, variety is not the spice of life.

The many variations of grey paints available can make choosing the right shade for your home feel like quite a daunting task. I have spent more time than I care to think about pouring over paint colour cards, only to realise that the chosen grey bears no resemblance once painted on the wall.

We’ve all been there, right? Picked out the perfect paint, only to find that in reality, it looks nothing like you envisioned?

In the quest to find the perfect shade of grey, I have asked some one my favourite bloggers to show me how they’ve used grey in their homes.


Emma – Life at the Little Wood

Emma blogs at the Life at the Little Wood and I have admired her home from afar, for some time now. Her family’s self-built home is immaculate and beautifully styled.

Emma Martin Little Wood Life Grey Bedroom Paint

Here is what Emma has to say about the shades of grey used in her home:

“The paint that we used in our hallway and bedroom (walls) is a discontinued one called ‘Parfait’ by Crown. We got it mixed at a paint supplier recently in order to repaint, so it’s still available in some shape or form! On the bedroom chest I used Mole’s Breath by Farrow and Ball.

In terms of why I like grey in our home, I’d say that it’s a really good, soft neutral to pair with other shades.  I love it with dark woods and tan leather for a really 1920’s, ‘gentleman’s club’ type look, but equally with white, soft pink and gold for a fresh, mid century feel.  It is slightly warmer toned than stark white, but yet gives that clean, fuss-free, airy feeling that I enjoy.”

You’ll also find Emma and her immaculate home on Instagram.


Caro – The Twinkle Diaries

If I had to pick two words to describe Caro, they would be charismatic and fun, so it comes as no surprise to me that she might enjoy experimenting with bold colour in her home.

Here’s what Caro had to say about recently decorating her home using the dramatic Farrow & Ball paint, Down Pipe:

“The room had been a mid-dark grey for quite a few years, but in a fit of wanting something lighter and brighter. And being swayed by all-white interiors over on Instagram, I painted the room in an icy (almost white) grey, just before Christmas.



Not one of my best moves.

Never one to do things by halves, I decided to buck the trend and go the polar opposite — dark, dark walls. To which everyone, that I ran my idea past, solemnly shook their heads.

Well. It’s the strangest phenomenon. You’d assume that very dark walls would make a fairly small room — that doesn’t get a great deal of light — feel even darker and even smaller.

But quite the opposite has happened.

The room feels larger.

The inky tones have the added benefit of making our tired old sofa — whose cover’s have been through the wash more times than I can count on both hands — look brighter and less grubby.

And the teals and chartreuse accents, that were so lost against the pale walls, look vivid and vibrant.”

You’ll also find Caro being her lovely colourful self over on Instagram.


Natasha – The Milk Stand

Natasha is one super cool and stylish Mama, who would never let a small thing like childbirth prevent her from regularly dropping the f-bomb. Her home is impeccably styled and super modern.

Here’s what Natasha had to say about the shades of grey she has chosen to use in her family’s home:

“In my hallway – along the stairs is Dulux Urban Obsession. It is a dark charcoal and a dramatic contrast to the white everywhere – we wanted the hallway to be light and well, we see it as the fork in the road if our house was a map – this is where you would are when you’re wondering where to go next. Bedrooms? Bathroom? Lounge? Kitchen? We have gone for dark wood flooring and wanted that to be dramatic, but as our hallway is long and we have the dado rail we decided to go with a contrast tone to the white to give the entrance a dash of drama and luxe. We have just added a grey carpet upstairs and on the staircase and it looks fabulous with the dark grey walls.

In the Lounge is Farrow & Ball Pavilion Gray. It was so hard deciding on this tone, we didn’t know whether to go super dark or super light and this was our first time experimenting with color as we have always lived in small flats and everyone knows that the trick is ‘white makes it bigger’ so we thought we were being so daring with pavilion gray, but now I really want to go dark. Pavilion gray looks incredible in this very open space and is very light. It gives the room a warmer feeling than stark white, but it still keeps it fresh and bright. This grey tone also looks great as a contrast to lots of white wood, which we have in this room from cupboards, bookcases and shelves. I have also accessorized a lot with metallic tones, lots of brushed brass accents, gold colored ornaments and copper lamps are dotted around, mixed with the grey they give the room a real luxurious vibe.”

You’ll also find Natasha mucking about on Instagram. Her Instagram stories, in particular, will brighten your day.


My Home

In direct contrast to the washed out shades we recently chose to paint our home in, Chris and I opted for a dark and dramatic shade of grey for our dining room makeover.

I have to admit, when we first begun painting this dark grey (Dulux, Gallant Grey) onto our dining wall, I did have a ‘what have we done’ moment. It is a much darker colour than we have used anywhere else in our home, but after a little adjustment, I have come to really like it.

We used the grey on one feature wall and have kept the other walls neutral (painted in Dulux Jasmine White). I like the contrast between the two shades and the white keep the room feeling bright and fresh. We also painted the dining chairs in Jasmine White and Gallant Grey. The chairs are a collection of second hand finds and I like how painting them in the same colours makes them appear like they belong together.

Gallant grey has a blue tone to it, so I paired it with a few blue accessories to complement the grey and white.

You can see what the room looked like before the makeover in my recent dining room decor inspiration post.

I am so looking forward to repainting our hallway in a complementary pale shade of grey. I think this will help the rooms to flow nicely from one room to another.

* Thanks to Natasha, Emma and Caro for letting me share how you’ve used grey in your homes.



  1. April 12, 2017 / 10:19 am

    Oh, now I LOVE everything about this post. As a fellow grey fanatic it’s so interesting to see how others have used it in their homes. I’ve yet to try a darker tone but think I’ll be braving it soon! xx

  2. Sarah Petals
    April 12, 2017 / 10:59 am

    I love grey paint, I have recently helped my sister choose her perfect shade for her living room. When we move house I plan on grey for my son bedroom. xx

  3. April 12, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    Love all the greys! It’s my favourite too. We’ve just had our hall and landing repainted in a soft, bluey grey which I love. We have ‘French grey’ by Little Greene in our sitting room. I wish I was brave enough for dark grey, but our house is so dark I worry it would be awful. But maybe it’s better to embrace the gloom rather than hide from it! #HomeEtc

  4. April 12, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Loving all of these and interesting as I’ve always backed away from grey. I love it when I see it but have never taken the plunge here. Silvers yes but no grey walls of which to speak. Perhaps I’ve been missing a trick. She says sitting in the dining room which is next on the list. Could this be the moment. I have absolutely no idea with this room currently. Food for thought! #HomeEtc

  5. April 12, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    Actually I’ve just realised that’s a big fat lie! We did have an all grey deep charcoal room before my daughter moved in. Yes it was blooming beautiful – and then I came to paint it. We’d used vinyl silk and as I lovingly painted pale green matt over the top, I returned to find the whole room crackle glazed with the grey seeping through. Turns out it’s a decorating no no. Tried sanding, yes it’s all coming back – it was a dark day. Had to redo the whole lot again in vinyl silk. It’s obviously scarred!!

  6. April 16, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    I am a bit fan of grey too, definitely wins over beiges and browns. It’s great to contrast with bright colours too, like I have painted our coffee tables with neon tops and grey legs. We have’t touched the walls as we are in a new build. If I had a period house though, that would be a different story! x

  7. April 20, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    Love all the grey, but I’m really loving the non-matching handles on that chest of drawers. Gorgeous. Thanks for hosting #HomeEtc xx

  8. April 25, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Aaaaah I LOVE this post Kerry!!!! Thanks so much for featuring our snug!!! It’s really interesting to see how grey works in other people’s spaces — and the range and breadth of shades and tones too!! Fabulous!! LOVE your new dining room — it looks gorgeous. Love the chocolate and wood tones against the grey. A really, really good choice!!!! Looks so fresh, paired with the white walls xx PS — thanks for being a brill co-host #HomeEtc

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