Gray paint colours bring balance to any room, create an elegant and luxurious ambiance to any interior living space and give stunning curb appeal to any exterior painting of a home. 

Grays are a modern and classic versatile neutral paint colour that thanks to all the varying undertones of browns, blues, greens and pinks they tend to blend with just about anything.  From warm to cool, gray paint colours add a sophisticated modern look to any space. 

What Are The Best Gray Paint Colours 

As a neutral, whether you decide on choosing a combination of the gray with beige undertone commonly referred to as greige or going into a darker and bolder shade it will help make your space look modern, elegant and crisp, and because of its versatility it matches and pairs well with any home décor.

Over the past five years or so gray has been one of the most popular paint colours we as a professional painting company in Ottawa have seen home owners choose to paint their homes or condos.  Because it tends to lend itself to blend well with dark or light hardwood flooring, modern stainless steel appliances, and creates a classic yet modern ambiance to any space.

All paint manufacturing companies have a huge wide range of gray paint colours to choose from, the key is finding the perfect shade for your space. 

Here are a few of our favourites from Benjamin Moore Paints for the best gray paint colours to spruce up your home’s interior or exterior.

How To Find The Best Paint Colour

What is the “perfect paint colour” to use is a frequent question we get asked when meeting with home owners for a painting estimate.  Although it can seem and feel daunting to choose the right paint colour it really doesn’t have to be.  

Get inspiration from photos on pinterest or houzz, get help from your local paint store  or if you have hired expert painters they too can help provide you with ideas and suggestions to get to the perfect choice of paint colour that brings harmony to your living environment.

The Best Light Gray Paint Colours  

Gray is the versatile neutral for every room which helps make it an easy choice for hallways and entrances, living and dining rooms, bathroomsbedroom  and nurseries.  It is the perfect alternative to painting a nursery in pink or blue, as it is the perfect gender-neutral paint colour that can grow along with the child from infancy to the teenage years.

Here are a few of our favourite light gray paint colours from Benjamin Moore Paints.gray owl oc-52 paint colour from benjamin moore paintsGray Owl – OC-52 from Benjamin Moore Paints – a soft neutral gray with a hint of green makes it a modern colour to paint any room.  It goes perfectly with stainless steel appliances in today’s modern kitchens, along with deep brown colours seen in hardwood flooring or furniture.  LRV = 65.77 


stonington gray hc-170 paint colour from benjamin moore paints 

Stonington Gray – HC-170 with an LRV – Light Reflectance Value of 59.75 also a soft warm neutral gray is a modern and sophisticated look for those who don’t want something too light and for those not ready to go into a darker and bolder shade of gray. 

revere pewter hc-172 paint colour from benjamin moore paints 

Revere Pewter – HC-172 is a light warm gray with brownish green undertones that create a calm and comfortable space.  Blends well with light or dark furniture and floorings and has an LRV of 55.51 making it an easy colour to work with and especially for open concept areas. 

The Best Dark Gray Paint Colours

These are just a few of our favourite dark gray paint colours from Benjamin Moore Paints that can add the perfect pop of colour for an accent or focal wall. 

stormy monday 2112-50 paint colour from benjamin moore paintsStormy Monday – 2112-50 is the perfect choice for those not wanting a light pale colour yet not quite ready to go into deep bold dark colours.  It has an LRV of 40.87 

steel wool 2121 paint colour from benjamin moore paintsSteel Wool – 2121-20 with an LRV of 19.37 it is the perfect choice for those ready to move into the sophisticated look of a dark paint colour.  It’s the perfect

kendall charcoal hc-166 paint colour from benjamin moore paintsKendall Charcoal – HC-166 is a deep rich gray paint colour that when paired with white paint accents such as in the trim, baseboards or crown molding creates the look and feel of elegance and luxury.  It blends well with most colour schemes in home décor and although dark is still considered to be a versatile neutral.  It has an LRV of 12.96 

These are just a sample of the popular paint colours  we’ve seen home owners choose for their interior painting projects over the past few years.   For more gray paint colour choices visit the selection at Benjamin Moore’s website, then connect with your local painters in Ottawa to schedule an estimate. 

 What Is LRV or Light Reflectance Value

Light Reflectance Value or LRV is the percentage of light that reflects from a surface.  LRV’s range from 0 to 100 with 100 being pure white and 0 being absolute black.  Reading the label on paint cans will give you this information.

It is good information to have to help you know how the different types of lighting can affect paint colours final end result.

When you are ready to get started on a new look for your home and don’t want to do it yourself, find painters near you that can help you harmonize your home with colours.  Connect with a reliable painting company in Ottawa by completing a contact form today.