Behr’s 50 Shades of Grey

A close up detail of a silk tie and multiple gray-toned paint swatches.
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.

Layered 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 grays 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.
Fifty paint spills showcasing different tones of gray.
Colorfully yours,

Erika

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  • Judy Bonneaux says...

    My problem, it is already a chaos, is to paint my house outdoors with a combination of gray combined with a stone wall … can you help me?
    I’ve been circling over shades like Cool ashes, Asphalt gray, Catwalk but I’m not convinced. Can you help me. Thanks

    • Deanna Torrez says...

      Hello Judy, thank you for reaching out!
      We are happy to help with color advice.
      Catwalk may be a bit too purple so I would recommend Cool Ashes or Asphalt Gray. You can also take a look at Shadows PPUPPU25-03 or Dark Ash 770F-5.
      We do offer 8oz samples so you can test each one and see what you like the best!

      Hope this helps!
      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  • Leslie Clay says...

    Hello! I have a small windowless bath (57″x57″)…the vanity is off white with nickel fixtures, the floor is pale grey with specks if white and yellow..trying to brighten and visually enlarge the room I was thinking of behr white metal. Also because the bathroom is so small I’m toying with the idea of painting the walls and ceiling the same color? What are your thoughts? I need HELP!!!

    • Deanna Torrez says...

      Hello Leslie, thank you for visiting our blog!
      If you want to open the space and brighten it up then I definitely recommend a white tone. White Metal could work it is just a little more gray than white but you can give it a try.
      Other recommendations are Silky White PPU7-12, White Moderne PPU24-14 or Melting Icicles BWC-20. You can find 8oz samples at your local Home Depot so you can test these out and see what you like best. You can indeed paint walls/ceiling in same color if you go with a white tone.

      Hope this helps!

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

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