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9 Amazing Warm Gray Paint Shades from Sherwin Williams

What are the best warm grays and greiges when it comes to paint colors?

Gray is currently the most popular paint color.  It’s soft, stylish and neutral…the perfect combo.  Gray also works so well with dark hardwood floors (the most popular) as well as light hardwood floor.  It just seems to work everywhere.

9 amazing warm grays and greiges from Sherwin Williams

But, many people who want to paint their walls gray are concerned that their home will look too cold and stark.  Well let me put this fear to rest.  Believe it or not, there are hundreds of grays.  It’s all about choosing the right gray, and it is easy enough to find a warm gray.

 

9 amazing warm grays from Sherwin Williams - best greige shades of paintWhile having a 100+ grays is in some ways a good thing, it can (at times) also make the task of selecting the best gray a bit intimidating.  So, I’m going to help you cut through the clutter.  I’ve narrowed this down to my favorite 9 warm grays.

 

While 9 may still sound like a high number, you’ll see quickly that some are lighter, some are darker (and some coordinate together well for accent walls).  Some are grayer (yes, I think I just made up a word) and some are more beige…in fact, they are greige (a combo of gray and beige).

 

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Warm Gray Paint Shades from Sherwin Williams

9 Amazing greiges and warm greys from Sherwin WilliamsThese are my favorite warm gray shades of paint from Sherwin Williams.  They are popular and tend to go well with most floors and most furniture.  My customers seem to love them, and they just work.  You really can’t go wrong with any of them.

 

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Warm vs Cool Grays

warn gray vs cool gray paintsI know that “warm gray” may sound like an oxymoron.  How can gray (which is a cool color) be warm at the same time?  Well, warm grays are mixtures of warm and cool tones, so that they are relatively warmer and more inviting.  They generally have beige, brown and taupe undertones…as opposed to cool grays which have more blue undertones.

 

warm gray vs cool gray paint colors | Sherwin Williams greige colorsYou can read my article on cool gray tones here.

 

When it comes to choosing a base color for your walls, I prefer to go lighter, so the majority of these warm grays and greiges are on the lighter side.  They also work well with darker gray/greige accent walls.

 

While these colors do work for most homes, I always encourage my customers to get testers and see the color for themselves in their own homes…in their own lighting.  It’s ideal to test on all 4 walls as the lighting is different on all 4 walls.  Look at the samples during the day, early evening and night time, and make sure you love it.  (Learn more here: 5 tips when using paint testers).

 

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9 Fantastic warm gray and greige shades from Sherwin Williams:

These first 3 grays coordinate well together.  So, if you use Silverpointe for you base color, you can use Ellie Gray and/or Stamped Concrete for a darker accent walls.

 

1.  Silverpointe (SW7653)

Sherwin Williams Silverpointe SW7653 - light warm grey - best Sherwin Williams grayThis is probably my favorite paint color because it’s so versatile.  It reads gray, but it’s a slightly warm gray due to some subtle taupe undertones.  Because of that, this color tends to blend in and complement almost any room it’s in.

 

This color is the most popular among our upscale customers in Westchester County (just outside NYC).  It’s trendy and classic at the same time.

 

And, Silverpointe is light enough to work with dark hardwood floor and versatile enough to work with light hardwood floors.  It works with most pieces of furniture, too.  I absolutely love it.

 

Would you like to see this color in your own room? If so, you can get a sample here.

2.  Ellie Gray (SW7650)

Sherwin Williams Ellie Gray SW7650 - warm gray accent wallEllie Gray is a deeper version of Silverpointe and works very well for an accent wall.  This work great as a full accent wall or if you have a chair rail, it looks great with Silverpointe on the top part of wall and Ellie Gray on the lower portion.

You can see this in your own home.  Grab a sample here.

3.  Stamped Concrete (SW7655)

Sherwin Williams Stamped Concrete SW7655 - warm gray paint shadeStamped Concrete is great for an even deeper and richer accent wall for a larger contrast with Silverpointe.

 

You can find a sample here.

 

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These next 2 paint colors also coordinate.  You can use Repose Gray as your base color and Mindful gray as a darker shade for an accent wall.

 

4.  Repose Gray (SW7015)

Sherwin Williams Repose Gray SW7015 - popular greige paint colorRepose gray is another gorgeous warm gray.  It’s a bit darker and a bit more beige than Silverpointe.  It’s one of Sherwin Williams best sellers.

 

It has a brown and taupe undertones with the slightest hint of purple.  The purple is so subtle that most people don’t notice it, but they do notice how it makes them feel – at peace.

 

Repose gray goes especially well with dark hardwood floors, and it also looks amazing with very light hardwood floors.  And, interestingly enough, due to its taupy undertones (taupe is a mix of gray, green and brown) it also does well with dark brown floors with red undertones. Greens and reds are complementary on the color wheel, so that’s why these can work together.

 

Would you like to see this color in your own room? If so, you can get a sample here.

 

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5.  Mindful Gray (SW7016)

Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray SW7015 - Greige accent shade of paintMindful gray is a nearly perfect greige.  It’s a beautiful blend of gray and greige for a truly balanced warm gray. It’s super neutral and really doesn’t appear to have any other undertones.

 

Mindful Gray is a great contrast color for Repose Gray so it works well for accent walls as well as kitchen cabinetry.

 

Before I cover the final 4 greige paint colors, I wanted to share a VERY helpful video from Sherwin Williams, with some quick and super useful DIY painting tips.  It’s just 2 minutes and covers types of brushes and painting techniques.  Also, towards the end of this article, I share the painting tools and accessories that we use (with links to buy them on Amazon).

 

Would you like to see this color in your own room? If so, you can get a sample here.

 

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These next 4 shades are meant to be base colors.  They all have coordinating accent colors and you can find those on Sherwin William’s website of if you buy the fan deck (all sheets are color coordinated).

 

6.  Useful Gray (SW7050)

Sherwin Williams Useful Gray - warm greige paint shade and best greysUseful Gray has yellow and green undertones.  It looks great with natural wood because it’ light and fresh.

 

It’s both warm and sophisticated.  It’s probably the warmest of the bunch.

 

Would you like to see this color in your own room? If so, you can get a sample here.

 

7.  Popular Gray (SW6071)

Sherwin Williams Popular Gray SW6071 - warm greige paint shadePopular Gray has some brown undertones.  It reads a bit more beige than gray.  It pairs well with Versatile Gray and Perfect Greige for accent walls.  The darker you go on this color strip, the browner you’ll see the tones.

You can get a sample here.

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8.  Agreeable Gray (SW7029)

Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray SW7029 - warm greige paint colorThis is a fabulous gray with beige/brown undertones to soften it.  The overall read on the walls is a soft gray.  It’s a bit warmer than the others shown above, light enough and neutral enough so that it won’t take over a room.

 

Lately, my customers have fallen in love with this warm gray.  It just works in almost every room of the home.

 

Would you like to see this color in your own room?  If so, you can get a sample here.

 

agreeable gray in bathroom - warm grayAlso, check out this article on Agreeable Gray that goes in depth on the color and coordinating shades.  This is one of the most versatile paint shades on the market.

 

 

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9.  Worldly Gray (SW7043)

Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray SW7043 - warm greigeWorldly gray is very similar to Agreeable Gray as they both share the same foundation of beige/brown.  Worldly gray tends to pick up a hint of green giving it a softer/smoother look even though it’s a tad darker.

 

It tends to blend and complement many beige and greige tiles, so Worldly Gray is often a great option for bathrooms…or kitchens, if you have a beige backsplash

 

Would you like to see it in your home? If so, you can get a sample here.

 

Is it gray or grey?

best painting tools on Amazon to make the job easierWell the answer is that both spellings are acceptable.  American English uses “gray” and British English uses “grey.”  So, you will Canadians and those from UK using “grey” and most Americans use “gray.”

 

You will find that most American manufacturers, such as Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore, use “gray” for their color choices.  But, either way, the meaning is the same.

 

 

What is greige?

As the name implies, greige is a combo of gray and beige.  It’s basically a warm gray (or said another way…a cooler beige).  It’s actually a spectrum of shades with some closer to gray and some closer to beige.

 

warm gray and greige paint shades from Sherwin WilliamsPersonally I prefer those that are closer to gray as gray seems to be more stylish and contemporary…and these shades tend to coordinate better with more items, whether it’s the floors, area rugs, window treatments, pillows, paintings, etc.

 

Paint Samples

Now, let’s talk about samples…

It’s always best to test the paint colors in you own home and own lighting.  The colors do look different pending your lighting and can even look different room to room.

 

You can definitely go to your local painting store to buy some samples (and a brush…be sure to paint with 2 coats), but I have a MUCH EASIER way for you.  Check out SAMPLIZE.

 

paint sample from samplize

Samplize offers 12” x 12” peel and stick paint samples that are EASIER, AFFORDABLE and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY.

 

Here are a few reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients:

  • Samples come right to YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, pending on location
  • At $5.95, they’re more affordable than the samples/brushes/foam boards than traditional samples…and of course easier and way less messy
  • If you keep the samples on the white paper, you can move them from wall to wall and room to room

 

They are amazingly accurate as they are made with 2 coats of real paint, so they are color correct.

 

Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE.

 

Conclusion:

I hope you love these warm grays and greiges as much as I do.  These colors tend to be very neutral and forgiving.  Do not stress about the nuances among them.  Just choose one that you love. And, I want to remind me that no matter what I think or others think, in the end, it really only matters what you think.  It’s your home.  Choose what you love.

 

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Helpful tools if you are going to paint yourself

Here are some painting tools that may come in handy if you’re going to do the painting yourself. Also, be sure to check out my article on the Top 10 DIY Painting mistakes and how to avoid them. The products below can be found on Amazon and delivered straight to your door.

  • Painting brush – this one costs a bit more, but it’s totally worth it. It will help you paint faster and more accurately. If you’re going to paint yourself, don’t skimp here. Incidentally, this is Amazon’s Choice as well.
  • Painter’s tape – a must have. Use for all the trim as well as ceiling area
  • Paint roller kit – this includes a tray. Use the brush for the edges and the roller for main areas of the wall (and ceiling).
  • Drop cloths – Yes, you’ll need them for sure. Some people have some on hand, but often not enough if you are doing many rooms.

 

Do you need any paint shade fan decks?

Amazon can help with that. It’s so much easier when you have the full color wheels and can see all of these in your own home (vs. going back and forth to the store MULTIPLE times).

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75 thoughts on “9 Amazing Warm Gray Paint Shades from Sherwin Williams”

  1. Hello i search the perfect gray to paint basement and staircase to go on the basement, do you have suggestion sherwin william color ? Thank you for your help i am not able to make a choice since 2 weeks

    1. I would try Sherwin Williams Gray Screen. It’s a cool gray…which is what I think you mean by a true gray. Also, SW Reflection could work…it’s a bit lighter, but still a cool gray.

  2. Hi I’m looking for recommendations
    I’m thinking agreeable gray for my family room it has dark brown floors, I’m debating in a color for an accent wall. I’m thinking Chelsea gray by Bm but I’m not sure
    What color do you think will look good with agreeable gray?
    Thank you

    1. If you use agreeable gray, then for an accent wall, I’d d Mega Griege or if you want a bit darker, Key Stone Gray. I don’t have my Benjamin Moore set here (it’s in the car, but it may clash…you would need to look at the colors together, but each manufacturer has their own coordinating colors and changes are chelsea gray may be a slightly different tone.

  3. Your thoughts on sw skyline steel SW7015. Considering using in my bathroom with light cabinets and gray, black, brown granite countertops and gray and light brown tile flooring. I am afraid this will look to light. Looking for a warm gray, any suggestions? Also considering using skyline steel in kitchen, living and dining room, dark hardwood floors, is this a cool gray or a warm gray color? Help please

    1. Linda – You will have to look at the colors vs grays you already have. In general skyline steel isn’t too light for a bathroom and usually you err on the side of a lighter color in the bathroom as it’s a small space and often has less light than other rooms.

      Personally, I prefer Colonade Gray as it’s a bit grayer (or greige) while skyline steel is a bit more beige. Other warm grays to consider would be agreeable gray, silverpointe, repose gray. You’ll have to see what works best with the countertop and/or other grays that are already in the room.

  4. I have a LR with Early Am stained chair rail and hardwood floor. I want to paint the walls gray. What would you suggest to match the stained wood?

  5. I have dark floors, ivory cabinetry, beige back splash, and granite black, gray, and white. Also Island is dark wood. I was thinking of edgecomb gray but not sure if it would clash with the cabinetry- what greige do you think would look good? Thank you!

  6. My living room has a 20’ ceiling. It gets plenty of sunlight. What is a good accent color paired with Kelly Moore, Barking Prairie Dog?

    1. Hi Gayle. I’m sorry I’m not familiar with Kelly Moore paints and I don’t have those samples. The colors always look different online anyway. It looks very beige online, so I would guess a darker beige or light brown. I would see if they have any tools on their site to color coordinate so you have the right undertones.

  7. I’m redoing a cabin in Idaho which has Oak laminate downstairs as well as Cherry laminate in all the bedrooms. Any suggestions as to which shade of gray would coordinate with both flooring colors? Or… I’m open to suggestions for any other color for the bedrooms which would look even more fabulous than gray?

    1. Kathy – It’s the cherry that makes it more difficult, but I would try Silverpointe, Agreeable Gray and Repose Gray as they are warmer and have a bit of green undertones in them (green and red are opposite on the color wheel).

    1. Yes, this is extremely odd. These are some of their most popular paint shades. And, they also make all the paints on-site (they have formula cards for all of them). This is very strange. Was it a real Sherwin Williams store, or just a hardware store (or something similar) that has cans of paint (and therefore very limited selection).

  8. I am painting my basement which has minimal light. We changed the flooring to a light mostly white/grew marble porcelain. Looking for a grey paint with a modern edge but warm and does not look too dark in poor light conditions. Suggestions appreciated!

    1. Lori – I would try the following grays as they tend to be lighter and have a higher LRV (light reflective value): silverpointe, reflection, olympus white, nebulous white, eider white..and then see which goes best with your tile (as tiles vary in the grays – some warmer, some cooler

  9. Open concept kitchen/dining/family room, white shaker kitchen cabinets, steel gray granite counters and Carrara marble backsplash; Greige furniture, area does not have a lot of natural light -what Greige color for the walls would you suggest – l lean toward a warmer Greige but worried about alienating the Carrara backsplash

    1. Pat – when you have several grays, you must look at the samples in person. I would tend towards a cooler warm gray (if that makes sense) as it’s more likely to go with the Carrara, but carrara is a natural product so it varies. If you go too warm, it will clash. You can get the cards from the store (for free) to see what works. I’d try agreeable gray (probably the warmest that will work), repose gray, passive, silverpointe. Lately, I’ve been finding that agreeable gray seems to blend well with the colors you’re describing.

  10. Might be a tough one but I’m unable to visualize things.
    In our 2 full baths upstairs, we have blue steel granite countertops, white vanities with light gray tile board above tub/shower stall. We want gray paint….someone recommended SW knitting needles.
    *the paint we pick here will also be used in our dining room above the chair rail and into the living room throughout.
    A lighter gray going up the stairs as it’s darker there.
    Also need a color(not gray) below chair rail in dining room
    Thank you so much for any guidance

  11. Suggestions for gray paint color for tween bedroom. Comforter has teal, purple, pink, etc and all furniture is white. Will have those same colors as art pieces on walls

  12. I am getting ready to do a flip house and looking to paint. It doesn’t have much natural light. Think of doing a repose grey and dark hardwood vinyl planks. ( couldn’t find a light color I liked) The upstairs will be carpet. Will grey carpet be to much grey or should I go with a tan carpet?

  13. I am looking for a color to paint basically our entire house. Kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities are white with coretec barnwood rustic pine floors throughout (minus the bathroom). Neutral tile will be in our bathrooms. Any paint suggestions would be much appreciated.

  14. I’m looking for a gray that won’t look blue in my condo’s dining and living room, it has good natural light. My trim is Chantilly Lace and accent wall and doors are black beauty.

  15. I was at Lowe’s and they had Sherman Williams paint but i did not see any of the shades you mention like Silverpoint, Repose gray or agreeable gray. Is it the same paint or not?

    1. Vicki – I can’t tell you that as I can’t see what you have. If it is Sherwin Williams on the label, I would assume it is Sherwin Williams. But, they often have a limited variety of paints at Home Depot. I would go to a Sherwin Williams store to see the full selection (and to get samples). They make them all fresh in the store.

  16. Hi! We are looking to paint a 1200 square foot hair salon ,black and white checkered floors.any recommendations on the perfect grey?

    1. Rebecca – I would try Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray or Repose Gray. Agreeable Gray is a bit warmer. I think having a warm gray will help with mood and make people’s hair look better because it’s slightly brighter, if that makes sense.

  17. Hi! I am painting tween boy bedroom that is small with light honey oak flooring, and works well with red without being too dark. Thank you!!

  18. I’m deep in gray samples and just can’t find anything that works. Semi-open concept (mainly) but the front of my house gets a ton of natural sunlight and the back gets none.

    Light French – too blue
    Repose – too green
    Mindful – too muddy
    Grayish – too purple

    I haven’t tried Silverpoint but is there anything else that you would recommend that’s warm?

  19. I have st. cecillia granite, light gray subway backsplash, black lower and frost white/gray glaze uppers. What color walls would look best? This sounds busy, but its really not. Also med. oak floors.

    1. Well first, warm grays may not work…it all depends on the gray subway tile which is usually a cool gray and the white/gray on uppers, but not always a cool gray. Out of the warm grays here, potentially agreeable gray, repose gray and passive gray. these way work or they may look horrible. You’ll need to look at the paint swatches with all of your colors (or if you have samples bring them to the paint store). Then get the paint samples to validate. Or buy the fan deck and bring it home (or order from Amazon. Since you have a lot going on from a color perspective (i.e. combo of warm and cools, you may find it easier to just do a version of white w/ pale gray undertones or a very pale blue (e.g. mild blue).

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  20. Help! I’m in stress mode for the last month picking a paint color. I’m having my kitchen and family room (open concept) painted soon. My kitchen cabinets are a beautiful medium maple with brown/black granite counter tops and light flooring. I “think” i’ve picked “wool skein” but I have another issue. A back wall in the family room, opposite the kitchen, is all brick where the fireplace is with a medium maple mantle. I’m looking for a coordinating color for that brick wall. A tad darker maybe? Any ideas?

    1. So I can’t see your countertops, but based on the other info and “wool skein,” you can either continue same color on brick, go white or choose Universal Khaki or urban jungle if you want to go darker (relaxed khaki is not as much of difference and would look like a mistake). I hope that helps.

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  21. I have mahogany bedroom furniture. I want to paint bedroom a mid tone gray. Like sherwin Williams. What color gray do you recommend?

    1. I would try agreeable gray, since it’s a warm gray and can work with the mahogany. My other 2 picks would be repose gray and silverpointe. Silverpointe has some green undertones, so it may work well as green and red are opposites on the color wheel.

  22. I have checked put many different resources through pintrest regarding paint colors and this has definitely been the most helpful. Just jotting down ideas at this point, but I love your explanations of the undertones of these colors. Repainting choices made from 2003-2006 so going grayer to update. Will comment again when complete. Live in the Chicago suburbs so unfortunately can’t take advantage of your services in person.

    1. Cary – Thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate it. That means a lot. I lived in Chicago for a couple of years. Great area. Good luck with your paining project.

  23. My kitchen cabinets are a cream color that tends to go more yellow tones instead of off white. My granite is brown, gray, cream, and beige. What gray could I pull off without it looking lavender?

    1. I would try Agreeable gray and Repose Gray. Hopefully that will work. Or else go to Sherwin Williams store and get all 9 warm grays that I mention in here and bring the swatches home. The countertop is what makes this one a tad tricky.

  24. We are painting walls with SW Agreeable Gray in GR & Hall. Kitchen has Kraftmaid painted offwhite with glaze over top. Will SW Alabaster for trim work with this ?

  25. hi! i love your page! painting a teen boy bedroom. bedding is gray and navy. carpet is beige and furniture is dark brown like an expresso color. what color gray would you suggest? The room is 13×14 Thank you:)

  26. Great article! I’m about to paint my living room. We have high ceilings – 18’ and it faces south. I bought several samples – Mindful Gray, Amazing Gray and Anew Gray. I’m still undecided between these colors because of its tones especially green. I’m leaning more on Anew Gray. Still undecided on kitchen color that’s next to the living room – thinking of agreeable gray but afraid it’d be too bland with with white cabinets and medium dark flooring. What are some of the best complimentary colors for the kitchen that goes well with Anew Gray?without making it look too brown next to eachother and I’m trying to avoid green tones here.

  27. Good afternoon! I purchased your paint color tracker over this past weekend but have not, as yet, received an email with the PDF download attached. Can you please check on that? Thanks!

  28. I decided to go with Modern Gray in stead of Agreeable Gray in the dining room and living room. Rooms are separate from each other . Family room is Olive. Any thoughts on modern gray?

    1. Amanda – I’m not quite sure what you’re asking me. Are you asking if Modern Gray can work in the Family room? If so yes, and more color consistency you have the better Or, are you asking for a different shade and if so, what are you looking for?

  29. I’m going to paint my living room/dining area and the office. The ceiling and baseboard will be white. The floor is ceramic LU05 gray . It looks like wood and the color has a tan undertone. I though of painting the wall light grey. What color should I use? Will it clash. Help!!!

    1. Rosa – I would try Agreeable Gray or one of the similar colors. Tan and Gray are very challenging to work together and they often do clash. But try agreeable gray, worldly gray and maybe even repose gray. I hope that helps. Get testers for sure.

  30. I love your site! I am remodeling a bathroom. I have used Iron Ore for the cabinets. My trim is Dove White. I want a gray tone for the walls. So far I have Knitting Needles and repose gray. My floors are a dark grayish purple hue. Any suggestions?

  31. Hi, I am getting my red oak hardwood floors stained a cool grey. What color walls will go well with grey floors and white trim?

    1. Jay-First, be sure they bleach the floors (since it’s red oak) or else go a darker gray. Gray walls generally do not go with gray floors. I would probably do a white or pale cool blue. Choose the paint color after the floors are done.

  32. Hi! I am having my kitchen cabinets painted and I am having to keep my existing granite counter tops (which have a cream/beige undertone). My walls are closer to a repose gray color and we have dark floors. i would love to go a shade of gray with the cabinets. I am leaning towards Mindful Gray – do you think that will be enough of a contrast with the wall color?

    1. Susan – probably not. You’ll have to look at the colors next to each other. It will probably be easier to go darker gray on the cabinets. I’d be more inclined to do Dorian Gray (the one from Sherwin Williams; Benjamin Moore has a Dorian Gray which is nice, too but not color coordinated with repose gray).

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