02/13/2015

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

72 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

      • Morghana L Cofield says:

        Hi I’m looking for two shades of gray for a small teen boy bedroom.

        • Deanna Torrez says:

          Hello Morghana,
          Thank you for visiting our blog!

          We will recommend these two shades – Evening White N460-1 and Lunar Surface N460-3.

          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

  16. Dharshi says:

    Hi need a gray almost whitish for my living, what gray would you suggest

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Dharshi,
      Thank you for visiting our blog!

      We will recommend White Moderne PPU24-14.

      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

  17. Jess says:

    Hello, I love your color white metal but looking for a tad lighter to do all the walls in the house but bedrooms and bathrooms. Any suggestions ?

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Jess,
      Thank you for visiting our blog!

      We will recommend the following to be a tad lighter – 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

  18. Gertie Marchione says:

    Hi,I’m looking for a cool gray for my entryway and dinning room. I want the same color in both spaces. In between both rooms is an ivory painted family room. The problem is, I’ve seen so many grays that I’m now confused. Also, both rooms have low lighting. I don’t know if it’s the right choice of color, so I’m also open to suggestions. Can someone please help me?

    • Quinn Larson says:

      Hi Gertie,
      If the adjoining room in an ivory color, we would actually recommend that you go with a warm gray. Keeping the undertones (yellow in this case) consistent will help unify your space. Here are some suggestions: Eon N370-2, Silver Marlin N360-2, Toasty Gray N320-2, and Silver City MQ2-59.

  19. Laura Proctor Rehder says:

    Hello. I am looking for a true LIGHT Grey/Beige. Greige is too dark for my room with one little window. What would you suggest?

  20. Ruth says:

    Hi, I’m renovating my bathroom. I have grey large tiles for the shower and tub walls. Floor is wood like tiles. I’m looking for blue grey tones for the walls and ceiling. Any suggestions?

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hi Ruth,
      We recommend the following grays with blue undertones.
      Meteor Shower N450-3, Zero Gravity N450-2, Planetary Silver N460-2 or Evaporation N450-1.

      Colorfully Yours,

      Deanna

  21. Cat says:

    We just moved into a house where the kitchen cabinets are painted chic gray. Do you have a recommendation for the wall color? We would like to stay in the gray family, potentially lighter. Thanks!

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Cat,
      Chic Gray is an excellent choice! Here are some recommendations for a lighter wall color.
      White Moderne PPU24-14, Painter’s White PPU18-08 or Silky White PPU7-12.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  22. cbrosengarten says:

    I am having trouble picking a gray for my walls my kitchen cabinets are white and most of the samples of gray have blues in them I want a light gray for my walls and 1 accent wall to be a dark gray can Hulu help me

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello there,

      I will be more than happy to help! Grays inherit undertones from their parent hue so depending on lighting and other factors can play a part in what undertones will appear.
      Here are a couple grays that are a bit more neutral.
      Classic Silver PPU18-11 or Chic Gray PPU26-10.
      Depending on which one you go with we can always recommend an accent color.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  23. Christina Cox says:

    I am looking for a true gray, that has no blue or violet undertone, to paint the interior of my house. I have tried Silver bullet, Hailstorm gray, whitewash oak, and Classic silver. They all do not look like a true gray and have undertones to them. Do you have any suggestions?

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Christina,

      Grays will inherit the properties of their parent hue. For more of a neutral gray we recommend Chic Gray PPU26-10.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  24. Cheryl Whipple says:

    I would like to choose two contrasting shades of gray for a front to back bedroom that is west facing in front and east to back. The back side is an alcove that is a sitting area with fireplace and tv. The furniture is cherry and floor will be a light neutral maple. Thanks for any suggestions!

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Cheryl,
      Thank you for visiting our blog!

      We recommend the following contrasting gray combinations,

      Planetary Silver N460-2/Slate Rock N460-5
      Chic Gray PPU26-10/Fashion Gray PPU18-15
      Silver Bullet N520-2/Iron Mountain N520-5

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  25. Kelli Martin says:

    East facing 2 story foyer with shaker style white trim 1/2 way around the room. Thinking of something to contrast and also connection with family room that I want to try Tsunami for a more modern farmhouse feel. Thoughts if I want to keep depth in family room but afraid of bold color with 8 ft ceiling. Also facing east but gets back sunlight in sfternoon

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Kelli, thank you for visiting our blog.

      Tsunami is a deep bold color which may be best used as an accent wall in your family room if you want some bold but still want to keep it light.
      You can use Tsunami as accent wall and remaining walls in a lighter hue such as Classic Silver PPU18-11, Planetary Silver N460-2 or Seagull Gray N360-1.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  26. Debbie French says:

    Hi, I am looking for a true light gray for my walls. We are painting all the trim, doors, Fireplace mantle and Kitchen cabinets in a darker gray. Any recommendations on 2 colors light and dark that would coordinate? Open floor plan with lots of light. Thank you.

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Debbie,
      Thank you for visiting our blog!

      Sounds great! Here are two gray tones will that coordinate nicely.
      Painter’s White PPU18-08 and Hematite N460-6.

      I recommend purchasing 8oz samples first to see how it appears in your home at different times of the day.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  27. Lea Zaid says:

    Hi, I would like to paint my house with a light gray color (to give some colors to the walls) and paint the trims white. My furniture, kitchen and bathroom cabinets are white. Please note: I like to play with my decor – according to the season. What color gray would you recommend? Thank you!

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Lea, Thank you for visiting our blog! Sounds great! We recommend the following light gray tones that will be timeless through any season!
      Chic Gray PPU26-10, White Moderne PPU24-14, or Painter’s White PPU18-08.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  28. Taurus says:

    I have a guest bathroom that I want it to be striking. I was thinking of a dark grey with a white wooden shutter for the only window and white stonework on the splash. Can you tell me what you would recommend for a small guest bathroom, and will grey make the room look smaller?

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Taurus,
      Thank you for visiting our Blog! A dark gray color will make the bathroom feel a bit smaller but it will add a nice modern striking look if that is what you are going for. The white wooden shutters and white stonework will balance it all out.
      Here are some recommendations, Classic Silver PPU18-11, Slate Rock N460-5, Shadows PPU25-03 or Imperial Gray PPU26-02.

      We also offer 8oz samples for you to test on your walls to see what you prefer the most.

      Colorfully Yours,

      Deanna

  29. Andrea says:

    We are painting our bathroom and it has light peach shower wall tiles. Looking for a very light gray to paint the walls and ceiling that will go well with the light peach tiles. We want to trim in ultra pure white. Are there light grays you could recommend that would not look dirty yet complement the light peach?

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Andrea, thank you for visiting our blog!

      Sounds great! Here are some great grays that will compliment the peach tiles.

      Evening White N460-1, Seagull Gray N360-1, Painter’s White PPU18-08 or Chic Gray PPU26-10.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  30. Deborah Cabrera says:

    Hi we want to paint our bedroom a lighter warm grey, the lighting isn’t great . Any suggestions ?

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Deborah,
      Thank you for visiting our blog!
      We recommend the following lighter warm grays.
      Chic Gray PPU26-10, Burnished Clay PPU18-09, Ashen Tan N220-2, or Moth Gray N200-1.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  31. Judy says:

    What’s a gray that works well with marble? Guest bath gets bright East- SE exposure. Floor is marble, shower is white subway tile. Vanity will be black. 10 ft ceilings.

    The master has N-NE exposure. White subway in shower, marble floor, white vanity.

    I also have a long, tall, narrow toilet closet. I would like to paint the short wall behind the toilet a darker shade than the rest of the walls.
    Can you recommend a compatible color?

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Judy,Thank you for visiting our blog!

      Appreciate the information! Here are some lighter/darker gray combinations that will coordinate.
      Classic Silver PPU18-11/Dark Ash 770F-5
      Silver City MQ2-59/Grant Gray HDC-AC-19
      Sterling 780E-3/Imperial Gray PPU26-02

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  32. Carol says:

    Can you recommend a neutral gray for the exterior of a 2 story house with a stucco front and siding on the sides/back? I’m having difficulty finding something that’s not too light, blue, or muddy. The trim will be white, and there are just a couple of black shutters. Thank you.

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hello Dawn, thank you for visiting our Blog!
      We recommend the following gray tones –
      Greyhound PPU24-21, Welded Iron HDC-AC-17, Dark Ash 770F-5, or Imperial Gray PPU26-02.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  33. John Roberts says:

    Hi Deanna, we decided on Fashion Gray for our house to update to gray, while still tying into our 1990’s era oak floor color. It works perfectly in the bigger rooms of our house with lots of natural light, but we have a couple bedroms that are small and on the north side of the house.

    Do you have a recommendation for a lighter shade with a similar color profile to Fashion Gray?

    • Deanna Torrez says:

      Hi there again John,
      We are happy to you found the perfect gray!

      Here is a lighter version of Fashion Gray –
      Graceful Gray PPU18-12 or Chic Gray PPU26-10.

      Colorfully Yours,
      Deanna

  34. John Roberts says:

    Thanks Deanna, we actually happened to buy a tester of Chic gray for a different use (potential color for repainting kitchen cabinets), but it’s very blue by comparison.

    I’ll check out Graceful Gray today though!

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