Guest Post – Gray Walls

Hello! I’m Susi and I write as a guest blogger for Design Shuffle, a fabulous social media site that promotes the work of interior designers from around the country. My writing focuses on things I’m passionate about: interior design, decorating ideas, home furnishings, gardening, travel and art. I get to look at gorgeous things all day and write about them. I’m a very lucky girl!


Thank you for inviting me and Design Shuffle to visit Hyphen Interiors today. I am very excited to showcase various gray wall interiors that exude serenity and style at the same time.

Gray is the new white for walls. It is a graceful neutral color that adds subtle drama to the interior design of a space. They range from white shades with grey undertones to deep charcoal that border on black. Available in colors ranging from cool to warm hues, greys can both add drama or a sense of serenity to a space.  Paired with white trim, bright lighting fixtures or bold accents, greys are versatile. They work for the bedroom, living room, dining room or powder room. We’re inspired by the rooms below and hope you will be too.

Gray Wall Living Room

Décor Pad (via)

Varying shades of gray in a room provide a soft background for stronger accent colors. We like the two different color grays on the walls and the light gray painted floor.

Gray Wall Living Room

In Decorat (via)

This space by Jennifer Helgerson has graceful gray walls in two shades with a modern stencil over the opening between the rooms. The white sofa and red Womb chair stand out against the cool walls.

Gray and Yellow Interior

Triangle Honeymoon (via)

Gray and yellow are a classic pairing. The frame gallery stands out on the gray wall more than it would on a white wall. Additionally, the gray hanging light completes the entire bedroom design with the diamond-shape cutouts.

Gray Wall Detail

Simply Decoration (via)

A deep gray wall is even more dramatic with a contemporary stencil or wall decal. The difference between the bold wall decal and the tiny wall sconce is a clever use of contrast.

Gray Wall Interior

Katy Elliot (via)

We like how the gray stops three-quarters of the way up the wall, making the ceiling feel even higher.

Gray Wall Interior

View Home Trends (via)

The subtle interlock pattern on the gray wallpaper suits the contemporary space. Neutral wallpapers can add great pattern to a space.

Gray Wall Wallpaper

View Home Trends (via)

We like the bold modern herringbone leaf pattern wallpaper on the accent wall combined with the charcoal gray wall. One of the best living room design ideas is to use bright colors and whites that stand out against the dramatic background.

Gray Living Room

Elle Decor (via)

Playing off the grey fireplace, pale grey walls create a cohesive space. White would be too stark and color could compete with the architectural elements.

Thanks so much for sharing with us, Susi.  I agree, gray is the new neutral paint color.  It’s chic and contemporary.  Have youused gray in your home?  What paint color (shade of gray) did you use? 

And, as a reminder, today is the last day to enter the RamSign giveaway.  The drawing is this evening at 6pm PST.  Good luck!



  1. loved this guest post- grey is a favourite of mine. I have been saying lately that grey has replaced beige/taupe as the popular neutral. I have purchased grey paint for my bedroom walls but have yet to start that job. I have used a glossy grey on my bathroom cabinet door, added grey towels & shower curtain, just painted my exterior door in a dark grey, white-washed (grey-washed) a wooden trunk for my deck and started painting my sofa chair (as inspired by your chair). I am seriously obsessed with grey. I love how well white & grey work together as a background for a contemporary look with bold colour accents. I have painted most of the walls & furniture white in our house and am now adding grey everywhere as my neutral. My kids are little afraid to sit still lest they get a coat of white or grey paint. As I recall, I believe you got me interested in grey first with your bedroom storyboards- you had created 1 w/ yellow & aqua and 1 w/ purple & aqua with a grey bedspread. That’s when I decided on grey/yellow/aqua for my master. Love that combo.

    • Thanks so much for your awesome comment! Gray is such a fantastic neutral. It feel a little more hip than just beige. Another huge thing right now is an in between color being referred to as greige. I use greiges in a lot of my house. They have a taupe like tent to them and seem a little more gray in some lights, a little more beige in other light. Sounds like fabulous combos that you are using in your home!

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I have been digging on grey walls for awhile now! In the new home that we build last year we used Sherwin Williams Pussywillow Grey in our Master Bedroom/Bath, Office and Mud Room… It is the perfect shade of grey, just dark enough not to look like “dirty white” but light enough not to suck all the light out of the room. In the bedroom I used Red as an accent (OSU colors, nerdy I know) In the Mudroom I paired it with Blues and Tans and in my office White and Yellow! The great thing is that no matter what you pair with grey it always looks great! Enjoyed your post!

  3. Oops…forgot a room…our second floor bathroom is Grey and purple and it looks dynamite!

  4. I LOVE gray! Our house is a mix of Sandlot Gray, Driftwood (one shade darker than the Sandlot gray) and Marina Gray from Benjamin Moore.

  5. Kristen Crosby

    Thanks so much for allowing us to guest post on your wonderful blog! It has been a pleasure!

  6. Love the gray walls with a pop of colour! especially the reds and oranges! just made to be together.

    Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog! :-)

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