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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  • Janice says...

    Hi, Deanna – In the main bath upstairs the walls are Sparrow (780F-4). Now I would like to paint the adjoining hallway. Should I paint the hallway walls Sparrow, too? Or will it be too much? Hallway is pretty long with four bedrooms off from it, but there is a skylight and the trim is white, so it’s reasonably bright . What would you recommend? Thank you ~

    • Deanna Torrez says...

      Hello Janice, thank you for visiting out blog! 🙂

      It would be great to paint your hallway in Sparrow too especially since you have a skylight which brightens it up so your hallway will not appear dark.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  • Laura says...

    Hi There, can you suggest a grey Color that would go with Cracked pepper.
    Thinking of doing an accent wall with cracked pepper and the other walls grey.

    • Deanna Torrez says...

      Hello Laura, thank you for visiting our blog!

      For the remaining walls we recommend Classic Silver PPU18-11. That will coordinate nicely with Cracked Pepper as your accent wall.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

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