Behr’s 50 Shades of Grey

by Erika Woelfel

Even if you haven’t read the books or are planning to see the movie 50 Shades of Grey this weekend, there are plenty of grey shades out there to pique your interest! In honor of the movie’s release, I’ve gone out and painted my nails today in an intriguing shade of grey…If you’ve ever lived with a grey before, you know it makes rooms feel very chic and glamorous. Grey is a color that adds instant polish and even an air of mystery to a space. They aren’t really demanding, but they do command attention. They set any tone you like from light and spacious to smoky and mysterious. I like tone on tone greys because it is easy to mix in other colors and change the mood of the room.

Layer shades of gray in the bedroom for a comfortably masculine look.

Grey ranges in value from cool to warm shades. Steel grey may be considered on the cool side, while mushroom can feel warmer. Layering warm and cool greys gives bedding a sophisticated and masculine look.

 Grey ranges in value from cool to warm shades. Steel grey may be considered on the cool side, while mushroom can feel warmer. Layering warm and cool greys gives bedding a sophisticated and masculine look.

Mix and match textures when using tone on tone greys in a room.

Light to dark variations of grey works well too. Be sure to keep it interesting by using mix and match textures in a room that predominantly uses grey.

Light to dark variations of grey works well too. Be sure to keep it interesting by using mix and match textures in a room that predominantly uses grey.

 

And here they are: Behr’s complete range of popular greys! They vary in subtlety from warm to cool and light to dark. Some even carry nuances of other colors like green, blue or even violet – but all are fascinating and unqiue!

Is there such thing as a “true grey” that perfect balance between warm and cool? We like to think it is Classic Silver PPU18-1.

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Colorfully yours,

 

Erika

31 responses to “Behr’s 50 Shades of Grey”

  1. Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Looking through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He constantly kept preaching about this. I am going to forward this post to him. Pretty sure he’s going to have a very good read. Thanks for sharing!

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      With so many different shades of Gray there is a perfect gray for just about anyone! 🙂 Thank you for reading our article and passing it along we appreciate it!

  2. Kimberly Davidson says:

    What color gray would be ok for walls and ceiling small room?

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Kimberly,
      Thank you for your interest in Behr Paint!
      We will recommend the following grays for an entire room – Evening White N460-1, Seagull Gray N360-1, Silver Marlin N360-2, or Painter’s White PPU18-08.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  3. Donna Whitford says:

    I WANT TO DO MY KITCHEN CABINETS IN GRAY WITH A DIFFERENT SHADE OF GRAY ON THE WALLS. I’M STUCK!! THE KITCHEN AND DINING AREA ARE TOGETHER. MY CABINETS ARE DARK STAINED AND I HAVE SHIPLAP WALLS. I WANT TO LIGHTEN THE WHOLE AREA UP. CAN ANYONE HELP ME?

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hi Donna,
      Thank you for your interest in BEHR Paint!

      Here are some recommendations for cabinet/wall color
      Classic Silver PPU18-11/Evening White N460-1
      Cosmic Quest N460-4/Planetary Silver N460-2
      Still Gray N360-3/Seagull Gray N360-1
      We also offer 8oz samples so you can test these colors on your walls to see how they appear at different times of the day.

      Colorfully Yours,

      Deanna

  4. Heather Owen says:

    I’m looking for a warm grey with a touch of brown in it…. I’m having a really hard time finding the perfect shade. Any ideas?

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hi Heather,
      Thank you for your interest in BEHR Paint!
      Here are some perfect warm gray hues: Rustic Taupe N200-4, Shiitake N220-4, Smokestack N220-3, Nightingale Gray N200-3 or Ashen Tan N220-2.

      Colorfully Yours,

      Deanna

      • rd says:

        any recommendations for a gender neutral nursery color? we have gray shimmer on our hallway walls, looking for something that will complement gray shimmer but not with such “blue” undertones. also looking for something on the lighter side…white metal and loft space come to mind. would love your input.

        • Deanna Torrez says:

          Yes of course, White Metal will work perfectly. Although if you want less blue then I will suggest Seagull Gray N360-1 or Evening White N460-1.

          Colorfully Yours,
          Deanna

  5. Lee says:

    I’m looking for a white paint with just a touch- a hue- of gray in it. Which light grays would be good to try?

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hi Lee,
      Thank you for your interest in BEHR Paint!
      You can take a look at Painter’s White PPU18-08 or White Moderne PPU24-14.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  6. Lance Gamlin says:

    Light french gray is the way to go when painting kitchen cabinets. ..not too dark but just enough color

  7. Sue Tunstell says:

    i need a warm grey, is flaanel grey a warm grey would like a grey with violet undertones?

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hi Sue,
      Thank you for your interest in BEHR Products!

      Flannel Gray depending on lighting may have a lilac tone. It all depends on the lighting, house facing, décor and other factors. I will recommend testing it on your walls.

      Due to differences in monitors and technical factors, the colors here cannot be represented with
      their true qualities. These color samples should only be considered a guide. Please refer to actual swatches for true color. We strongly recommend beginning with an 8 oz. sample container of the color you choose and apply it to a small area on your wall to ensure your satisfaction with the color choice. It is always a good idea to see how the light and ambient conditions affect the color at different points in the day.

      Colorfully yours,
      Deanna

  8. Ruth Yoder says:

    I am looking for 2 exterior paint colors. I found the image on the internet and screen shot it but now I can’t find the image in the internet to see if it has any info on the name of the colors.. can u help me please? I tried to post a pic on this comment but can’t figure out how to do it….. I can always email it if I have an email address.

  9. Susannah Anezquita says:

    Hello I am looking for a blue grey for my bedroom walls. I don’t want anything g too dark… I live in the PNW where there is a lot of dark in the winter. Thank you!

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Susannah,

      We will recommend the following blue grays for your bedroom – French Silver PPU18-05, Classic Silver PPU18-11, Evaporation N450-1, Evening White N460-1, Misty Coast PPU25-13.

      Due to differences in monitors and technical factors, the colors here cannot be represented with
      their true qualities. These color samples should only be considered a guide. Please refer to actual swatches for true color. We strongly recommend beginning with an 8 oz. sample container of the color you choose and apply it to a small area on your wall to ensure your satisfaction with the color choice. It is always a good idea to see how the light and ambient conditions affect the color at different points in the day.

      Colorfully Yours,

  10. Dee says:

    I am looking for a dark deep grey(not blue or green undertones) for walls in my dining room, it has white crown moundings, chair rails, door trims and 6″ baseboard. There are two doors on one side of room, the other has no windows but has a large gas fireplace inset and a patio door at the end that opens to a sunroom with southern exposure. The furniture is a mixture of dark and light cherry wood and floors are a blend of light and dark grey tones. Currently under construction so I cannot send photos. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Dee,
      Thank you for visiting our blog!

      Thank you for the information! Here are some dark deep grays that will coordinate – Intellectual PPU18-19, Imperial Gray PPU26-02, Slate Rock N460-5, or Iron Mountain N520-5.

      Due to differences in monitors and technical factors, the colors here cannot be represented with
      their true qualities. These color samples should only be considered a guide. Please refer to actual swatches for true color. We strongly recommend beginning with an 8 oz. sample container of the color you choose and apply it to a small area on your wall to ensure your satisfaction with the color choice. It is always a good idea to see how the light and ambient conditions affect the color at different points in the day.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  11. Mitchell says:

    I am looking for a gray for my living room that does not look blue. Any suggestions?

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Mitchell,
      Thank you for visiting our blog!

      We will recommend the following gray tones without a blue hue – Moth Gray N200-1, Doeskin Gray N200-2, Chic Gray PPU26-10, Graycloth PPU26-09.

      Due to differences in monitors and technical factors, the colors here cannot be represented with
      their true qualities. These color samples should only be considered a guide. Please refer to actual swatches for true color. We strongly recommend beginning with an 8 oz. sample container of the color you choose and apply it to a small area on your wall to ensure your satisfaction with the color choice. It is always a good idea to see how the light and ambient conditions affect the color at different points in the day.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  12. Monta McCauley says:

    I have blue tinted windows all throughput my home with lots of natural light. What color of gray would you sugges!!

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Monta,
      Thank you for visiting our blog!

      We will recommend the following grays – Classic Silver PPU18-11, Planetary Silver N460-2, White Moderne PPU24-14, Chic Gray PPU26-10 or Evening White N460-1.

      Due to differences in monitors and technical factors, the colors here cannot be represented with
      their true qualities. These color samples should only be considered a guide. Please refer to actual swatches for true color. We strongly recommend beginning with an 8 oz. sample container of the color you choose and apply it to a small area on your wall to ensure your satisfaction with the color choice. It is always a good idea to see how the light and ambient conditions affect the color at different points in the day.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  13. tif1031@sbcglobal.net says:

    I need help! I am looking for a gray not a blue gray or anything like that we like the casual gray but want it to be lighter then that is there like a sister color to that?

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello there,
      Thank you for visiting our blog!

      A light hue would be Pewter Mug 770E-3.

      Due to differences in monitors and technical factors, the colors here cannot be represented with
      their true qualities. These color samples should only be considered a guide. Please refer to actual swatches for true color. We strongly recommend beginning with an 8 oz. sample container of the color you choose and apply it to a small area on your wall to ensure your satisfaction with the color choice. It is always a good idea to see how the light and ambient conditions affect the color at different points in the day.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  14. Sherry Watson says:

    I am looking for a light gray with no blue undertones to do hall and living room with black/white decor

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Sherry,
      Thank you for visiting our blog!

      We will recommend the following gray tones – Seagull Gray N360-1, Silver Marlin N360-2, White Moderne PPU24-14, Painter’s White PPU18-08.

      Due to differences in monitors and technical factors, the colors here cannot be represented with
      their true qualities. These color samples should only be considered a guide. Please refer to actual swatches for true color. We strongly recommend beginning with an 8 oz. sample container of the color you choose and apply it to a small area on your wall to ensure your satisfaction with the color choice. It is always a good idea to see how the light and ambient conditions affect the color at different points in the day.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  15. Sandra Box says:

    I’m looking for a medium true grey for living room, dining room, foyer and maybe kitchen… thought pewter mug would work but too blue. May go a lighter shade in same hue for kitchen. Using marquee paints. Any recommendations?

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Sandra,
      Thank you for visiting our blog!

      For a medium gray in a one coat hide we will recommend – Silver City MQ2-59, Laid Back Gray T17-09, Graycloth PPU26-09 or Greige PPU24-11.

      Due to differences in monitors and technical factors, the colors here cannot be represented with
      their true qualities. These color samples should only be considered a guide. Please refer to actual swatches for true color. We strongly recommend beginning with an 8 oz. sample container of the color you choose and apply it to a small area on your wall to ensure your satisfaction with the color choice. It is always a good idea to see how the light and ambient conditions affect the color at different points in the day.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

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