All Time Favorite Interior Gray Paints (Top Four)


Favorite interior gray paints – excited to talk about these here today!

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. 


antelope stark runner on stairs

 Farrow and Ball: Elephant’s Breath

Top Four All Time Favorite Interior Gray Paints


Last week I did a few Instagram stories in my kitchen. Afterwards, I got several direct messages asking about the paint color we have on the walls.

The answer is, it’s a diluted version of Farrow and Ball’s Elephants Breath. In other words, we lightened it by adding white paint!  

Farrow and Ball is known for gorgeous paint colors. You can find one of my favorite books showcasing this company’s best paints here!


Some of these gray interior paints we’ve used for years and in several different projects, so when I say they are a favorite, I’m not understating it!

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.

This is great for coordinating rooms which flow into each other.

Because they are different variations of the same color, you know for sure they will work perfectly together.

However, because they are a bit different, you still get the visual interest of different shades, instead of one paint color through out.

Makes sense, right?




Top Four All Time Favorite Interior Gray Paints

1. Farrow and Ball Elephant’s Breath Gray/ Taupe Paint

We have this stunning taupe/gray paint in on our kitchen walls and also in our back hallway and mudroom area.

The top image in this post is the mudroom area/back staircase.

I’m such a HUGE fan of this chic and versatile paint color.

Top Four All Time Favorite Interior Gray Paints
favorite interior gray paints

2. Benjamin Moore Cape Hatteras Sand – a beautiful pale gray paint.

basket  //  fur lumbar pillow  //  sconces
You might’ve noticed in my living room, we’ve complimented the gray wall paint with a beautiful blue ceiling paint.
Since I get a lot of questions about ceiling interior paint colors – I have a whole post on this subject here!
Top Four All Time Favorite Interior Gray Paints

 3. Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist – a lovely neutral gray color.

For my husband’s home office we wanted something light, bright a bit more modern.

After trying out several different neutral paint colors, we chose Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore.

It’s become one of our favorite gray paint colors, I would use this again.

Top Four All Time Favorite Interior Gray Paints

 4. Benjamin Moore Sea Salt – the faintest grayish tint.

galvanized metal star


Last, but not least at number four, is Benjamin Moore’s Sea Salt.

We have this pale gray paint color in my son’s room.

It’s such a great neutral wall color – one I’m sure he will happily live with for years to come.


Side note: Don’t you just LOVE all the names of these colors?!


Anyway, I really hope you enjoyed this quick round up of my favorite interior gray paints!

I always love to answer you interior design related questions!

In fact, they tend to be the inspiration behind some of my best and most informative posts around here.

For example, I’ve dedicated a whole post to the best white paint trim colors to use, if you’re looking for ideas and inspiration!

Another GREAT thought: I haven’t personally tried these, but the idea of large self sticking paint samples sounds brilliant!

If you’re at all curious, you can check them out and order them here!


If you do end up using any of these paint choices in your home, let me know! I’d love to see it.

You can always see more of our current home here.

And, I’ve answered the most popular questions asked about the decor in our home here.

If you have any other questions, please shoot me an email or leave it in the comments below.

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photos by Nicole Cohen

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