Top Four All Time Favorite Interior Gray Paints

favorite interior gray paints
 Farrow and Ball: Elephant’s Breath

Top Four All Time Favorite Interior Gray Paints

 

After I did a few Instagram stories in my kitchen last week, I got several DMs and emails asking about the paint color we have on the walls. The answer is – it’s a diluted (we lightened it with white paint) version of Farrow and Ball’s Elephants Breath.  Farrow and Ball is known for gorgeous paint colors, you can find one of my favorite books showcasing this company’s best paints here!

After sending quite a few people to this post from 2015, I decided it was time to dust it off and re-post here today. The best part is I still stand by all these paint decisions.

Based on the popularity of my favorite interior white paints post, I thought I’d do another round up here today of some of my favorite gray interior paints.  A few of these shades are new to us with this house (thanks to Muse Interiors) while some of these grays we’ve used for years and in several different projects, so when I say they are a favorite, I’m not understating it.

I’m doing my best not to make any shades of gray puns or jokes here…finding the right paint color, while not exactly serious business, can be extremely frustrating if you get it wrong (trust me, I know.)
However, these colors here are all fairly fool proof. Pro tip: you can always ask the paint store to add some degree of white paint to soften the look- try experimenting with 25% and 50% white.

For example, in the image above we used Farrow and Ball Elephant’s Breath in our back stair case, but when we used it again in our kitchen (seen below) we added quite a bit of white paint to the mix.

 

Farrow and Ball: Elephant’s Breath

 

walls: Benjamin Moore: Cape Hatteras Sand
basket  //  fur lumbar pillow  //  sconces
 Benjamin Moore: Balboa Mist
side table  //    magazine holder
 Benjamin Moore: Sea Salt
galvanized metal star
photos by Nicole Cohen

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15 Comments

  1. I have a sample of Balboa Mist sitting on my non existent counter right now as its in the running with Edgecomb Gray for cabinetry! I love elephant's breath too!

    Published on 5.14.15 · Reply
  2. I love the elephants breath and have used it in a bath. Great tip for adding more white to it is give it a new look.

    Published on 5.14.15 · Reply
  3. I have elephants breath in the bedroom and it's very calming

    Published on 5.14.15 · Reply
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    I just used Benjamin Moore's Gray Owl in an office and it looks DIVINE, a perfect neutral but so elegant!

    Published on 5.15.15 · Reply
  5. I also used Elephant's Breath in my project before. It's a great backdrop paint which you can build on and create a scheme unique to your client! Can I just ask? Valspar just entered the UK market . Have you got any experience with this brand? Thanks.

    Published on 5.24.15 · Reply
  6. Hannah wrote:

    Hi! Where is your beautiful coffee table from?

    Published on 6.13.18 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Hi! Thanks, its from Lillian August:)

      Published on 6.14.18 · Reply
  7. Jill wolder wrote:

    So pretty and sophisticated. Can you give me any info on art piece over fireplace. Thank you. Jill wolder

    Published on 4.18.19 · Reply
    • Sue wrote:

      Yes. Thanks, the artist is Amanda Talley.

      Published on 4.18.19 · Reply
  8. Jill wrote:

    Hi, I love your carpet or stair runner in the first photo. Can you tell me where to find it? Thanks!

    Published on 4.18.19 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Thanks!Its from Stark Carpet! more info is on a post called Frequently Asked Questions!:)

      Published on 4.19.19 · Reply
  9. Pamela wrote:

    Balboa Mist is my fall back color. I have used it in both of our own homes as well. It has just enough warmth to keep it from going cold and just enough depth to give it a nice contrast to white trim.

    Published on 4.18.19 · Reply
  10. JoInCt wrote:

    Have used Edgecomb Gray all over the house! First in entryway and up the stairs and the upstairs hallway. Then while going crazy selecting a color for the redone master bath, I leaned some samples of tile and flooring against the wall, and there it was! It reads taup-y in the hall, pinkish up the stairs and gray in the bath! Very versatile color!

    Published on 4.18.19 · Reply
  11. Idasco wrote:

    Thank you for sharing this amazing post with us and I really liked all the pro tips shared by you. Keep posting!

    Published on 4.19.19 · Reply
  12. Balboa Mist is one of my favorite colors to use as well! I’ve also used the 50% white trick before too; as an interior designer I recommend it to clients all the time when they love a color, but are afraid that it will be too dark for their room.

    Published on 6.11.19 · Reply