FAQ: Warm Gray, Cool Gray

This image shows a warm gray in Chic Gray  and a cool gray in French Silver painted on the wall. 
This is a seating area with mid century modern furniture with a chair and table with candles, a small lamp and books.

We receive many, many questions regarding grays.  One of the most frequently asked is how to difference between warm and cool grays, and their respective influence on a space. 

Cool grays will have a blue, purple and green undertone, while warm grays will have a yellow, red, or brown undertone to them.
If you paint an area in your home a cool gray, like French Silver PPU18-05, you’ll give your space a more light, airy and relaxed feeling. Warm grays, such Chic Gray PPU26-10 are the perfect background for a cozy, earthy, and sophisticated feel.
Colorfully Yours,

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Comments (4)

  • Valerie johnson says...

    I have bought 8 little pots of paint to try and borrowed two from friends. I am looking for a light grey between the cool and warm range. Not a fan of a too blue undertone or a too brown undertone. This is turning into a nightmare!

    • Larayne Boaz says...

      Valerie – I am so sorry you are having a tough time finding the right color. Unfortunately, there is no way to formulate a true gray but here are a couple grays that I will recommend which come close – Sonic Silver HDC-MD-26, Classic Silver PPU18-11 or Silver Marlin N360-2.
      I hope one of these works for you!

  • Tish says...

    I love chic gray but I’m having hard time finding the right color to to paint my cabinets; with chic gray paint wall. any advice on which paint color other than white will go with chic gray when you have black granite countertops.

    • Deanna Torrez says...

      Hello Tish,
      Thank you for visiting our blog!
      We recommend the following colors for your cabinets.
      Elephant Skin PPU18-16, Dark Ash 770F-5, Dolphin Gray HDC-NT-10A, or Legendary Gray PPU26-03.

      Hope these help!

      Colorfully Yours,

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