Greige Week – Go-To Greiges – Part 1

On Sunday, we talked about greiges and undertones.  And, the explanation of what composes a greige helped explain why it can be so hard it can be to find that perfect greige.  I highly encourage you to read that post if you haven’t.

“Greige” is a term coined that represents a mix of gray and beige.  Essentially, it is a warm gray.   This week, I’ll have bloggers share their favorite greige(s) with my readers.  Today, we have six awesome bloggers sharing!  And, more will share on Wednesday and Thursday!

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Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray

It’s a darker moodier greige, so because it’s not as light and airy, it’s a little more smoky and sophisticated – especially when paired with crisp white trim, and accented with some happy pops of color to keep things interesting

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Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

I just completed the search for the perfect greige for my living room. It can be a challenge, I practically cleaned out the paint stores of their gray swatches. In the end, I chose Revere Pewter.

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LOVE how the color turned out. It’s the perfect gray for our home. It has more of a brown undertone to it which warms it up and keeps it from looking blue, green or pink when up on the wall. The paper swatch can be a bit deceiving so I definitely recommend purchasing a small paint sample and seeing it up on a couple different walls. Also (I’d recommend this with any paint sample) watch how it changes throughout the day based on the amount of sunlight the room gets before you make a decision.

Another gray I’ve used in our home is Martha Stewart Nimbus Cloud.

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This gray has a blue undertone to it. It works really well in my daughter’s room with the turquoise and pink accents. I gave it a shot in our living room and it ended up being too cold against the black and yellow, so I’d recommend using it in a room that has other cooler colors in it.

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Restoration Hardware Stone

My go-to greige is Restoration Hardware’s Stone. It is the perfect blend of gray/beige and makes a great backdrop for any room in your home. I have used it in my personal home as well as homes of my clients.

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Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray #HC-173

I used it in a project in Brooklyn and we were thrilled with the results – the color adds warmth and atmosphere but is not too strong. One of my favorite paint tips is using the same color twice or more in a home, but cut it with Ben Moore Super White in some spaces. Here we used Edgecomb Gray at full strength for the entry and then again in the nearby dining room, but mixed 75% Edgecomb Gray with 25% white. That way the rooms flow beautifully together but you can have more intensity of color where you want it!

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I also really love Stonington Gray #HC-170 by Benjamin Moore for a gray that has a bit cooler hue but still works with sand and beige tones and Perfect Greige #SW6073 by Sherwin Williams, an obvious name I know but it’s true!

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Cymric Silver by Ralph Lauren

My favorite Greige is Cymric Silver by Ralph Lauren, and almost identical, but more widely used Benjamin Moore’s Pashmina. I used Cymric Silver in my son’s room and just repainted after seven years (definitely a record), and all I could think of while I was covering it up was, “I love this color, where else can I use it?”

Both are warm grays, almost a light taupe.

This dining room is grasscloth, Cymric Silver is just beyond in the foyer.

This photo from Traditional Home reads more cool.

Ralph Lauren Cymric Silver TH09 Amy Bergman   Traditional Home Mag  Gorgeous dining room design with gray grasscloth wallpaper, white wire chandelier, arched doorway, glossy black round dining table, white Tissage Chandelier, Urban Electric Co. Olga Sconces, baker turquoise blue tufted chairs with nailhead trim, gray & blue circles window panels curtains and vine rug.  Ralph Lauren Cymric Silver

A truer representation in my home.


Another greige that I like is Pashmina by Benjamin Moore


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Paint Color- Benjamin Moore Pashmina, Curtains - Ikea
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Oatbran by Valspar

I love this color in my home because it makes my space super light and fresh. I have a lot of windows downstairs and when the light hits this wall color is makes for the perfect neutral backdrop! As you can see in the photos below, sometimes it’s a gray and sometimes its more beige. Which makes it the PERFECT griege in my book!!  You can check out more here on my projects page!

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Other favorite grieges…Sherwin Williams Realist Beige and Behr Ultra Mineral!
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I hope that gives you a few good places to start when finding that perfect color for your home.  What is your favorite greige?

Time to confess – how many paint samples have you gone through when choosing that just right greige?

More go-to greiges tomorrow!

Part 2
Part 3
Favorite Greiges by Brand
Tried Some Ben Moore Greiges on My Wall
Paint Color Suggestions, Listed By Color  (greiges are on here listed by light greiges, medium to dark greiges and grays are listed separately)

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25 Comments :

  1. Kristy, what a great series – I love reading about what paint colors others have had success with, especially the greige family!! Thanks for sharing all these great bloggers and their advice!

  2. Love hearing everyone’s favorites. I definitely could have benefited from this post when I was on my search. My purse was LOADED with swatches :)

  3. This is fun to hear about favorite grays and their uses… Great series Kristy!
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

  4. these are all great! i love that nimbus cloud! and seeing this i realized i used greige in my home- on sawyer’s walls! :) wow, i did it!

  5. Thank you Kristy, this post is perfect timing. I’m looking for a great new color for my master BR and I can’t wait to try some of these!

  6. I may have some new favorites! Thanks for having us Kristy, it’s such a helpful series!

  7. I love GREIGE! It does take forever to find the perfect one for each space. I used collonade Gray from Shermin Williams in my recent living redo. I tried a lot of the great ones listed here before settling with my color. Great series!

  8. Greige is a difficult thing to get right. This post is very helpful. My mom picked a greige and it ended up looking purple. Entire house reading purple. It was very sad – I laughed a little – but not where she could see me.

    • Oh, no, that’s too funny (or not). Check out the post before this as it’s about undertones and may help some as well! Glad it was helpful to hear what others are choosing.

  9. Kristy thanks for having me on the blog today. Its so fun to see others favorites too! I am loving that Edgecomb gray from Spier & Bank.

  10. Inspired in Arvada

    Thanks for the great paint education. This is my first visit (I learned about you from Simple Details). Love your photos and advice!

  11. GREAT GREAT post! My favorite greige is Dove Wing by Ben. I love it – its just a whisper!

  12. Nice suggestions! I also like Hot Spring Stone by Benjamin Moore, although it reads slightly more beige. I know a ton of people love Revere Pewter, but I used it my bathroom and HATED the yellowy undertone. I guess other people have different light? It tortured me, but not enough to repaint it myself!

  13. Loving this series. I don’t have any greige in my home (yet), but this is putting me in the mood to try. The B.M. Pashmina looks beautiful in these pictures. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  14. Blog hopped over from Pam’s! Enjoyed browsing over your blog! And I really appreciate this post! I have a bedroom that needs refreshing, but have been stumped with the paint color! I’m going to try some of these wonderful suggestions!

    ~Newest follower!

  15. I have bookmarked all of these wonderful colors!!! Great idea Kristy!!! Thanks for putting this together.

  16. Awesome list!! Thanks so much for including me! I must go out and check out all these new ones!!

  17. Just hopped on over from Amanda Carol’s blog. Love all of these suggestions. I’m always looking for great paint colors to suggest to clients. Thank you!

  18. Thank you SO much! This was very helpful. There are so many choices I am glad you have paired down some selection. This may be worse than choosing cereal.

  19. We did our master bedroom in Revere Pewter and we absolutely love it! Depending on the time of day, it can look beige to med. grey to very light gray & sometimes I see khaki! It’s a very interesting color, beautiful & sophisticated with deep baseboards semi-gloss and crown mouldings in BM Simply White flat. We’re considering using it as our all over neutral in our next house – it’s just so easy on the eyes.

  20. Just found this site and it is awesome. need advice I have a totally open concept house and need to paint it all in one colour. my kitchen cabinets are dark brown as is my hardwood floor, counter is granite with lot of gray with black and brown veining. We also have extreme sunlight. so I think I need a cool Greige Thinking of Pashimina or Revere Pewter. If I don’t get this right going to have to move LOL

    HELP

    • That sounds like it’d work. I’d buy a few samples in that color range, as well as some slightly warmer ones like Senora Gray and try them out in your space before deciding. Hope that helps!! Feel free to email pics.

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