Best Greige Paint Colors

Our Favorite Greige Paint Shades for Your Home

Greige paint on walls of family room with vaulted ceilings and wood beams

Tired of too-cool greys, but not quite into too-warm beiges and browns? Then it’s time to embrace a little “greige” in your life. 

What is greige? Like its name suggests, greige is a blend between grey and beige, making it an oh-so-perfect color that has just the right amount of balance between warm and cool tones. And before you think there’s a one-size-fits-all greige out there, it’s got a range of hues as diverse as any other category on the market.

As an added bonus, greige is a perfect color to use when updating your 90s-era home! The shade works wonders with honey oak, oak-colored trim, and cabinets by contrasting those warmer tones with splashes of cooler grey. 

Now, you may be wondering – what is the perfect greige? Read on for our votes on the best greige colors. You’ll have a foolproof color solution for your home’s remodel in no time. (Oh, and P.S. – if you’re unsure what your own personal home style is, we recommend starting with our Design Style Quiz so you know exactly which shade of greige is right for you!)

#1 – Revere Pewter (Benjamin Moore HC-172)

What is the most popular greige paint? We love Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter so much, it immediately took spot #1 on our list. Why? Well, it’s subtle, it feels like a true neutral, and it manages to infuse plenty of warmth while still retaining a hint of grey. For modern and contemporary lovers out there, Revere Pewter is an ideal backdrop to cooler colors like blacks, charcoals, and deep blues.

Luxurious bathroom with greige walls and black vanity.

In this contemporary entertainer’s basement, a luxurious bathroom awaits guests. The Revere Pewter greige walls by Benjamin Moore add a warmth and softness, perfectly contrasting with the cooler black vanity and shelves. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)

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A neutral haven, this spacious lower level’s bar area with charcoal cabinetry pops against the walls painted in Revere Pewter. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)

Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore

#2 – Balboa Mist 1549 (Benjamin Moore)

Our #2 choice for greiges is Balboa Mist. It’s a much more white-toned paint color than some of its other greige compatriots, so if you like things to swing a bit brighter in your home, this is a great option for you. But what exactly makes it a greige? Well, unlike true whites, Balboa Mist is more pared down and subtle, getting a much-needed dose of both brown and grey undertones to make it creamier and oh-so-soft and natural.

Spacious lower level with reclaimed wood barn doors and greige walls.

With walls in Benjamin Moore’s timeless gray and one of our favorite modern farmhouse paint colors, Balboa Mist, this modern basement feels both bright and earthy. Complemented by infusions of wood and natural elements, it’s the perfect place to relax. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)

Cowhide stools and a reclaimed wood bar.

A basement bar with all the vintage and farmhouse vibes you could ask for comes to life thanks to an infusion of one of our favorite modern farmhouse paint colors: Balboa Mist. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)

Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore

#3 – Amazing Gray (SW 7044)

Amazing Gray is nothing short of perfection. It definitely swings a bit more towards grey than beige, but when paired with elements of grey and black peppered throughout a room, those grey tones pull through beautifully. This shade is a touch brighter than others, too (just like Balboa Mist), so it’s great for darker spaces like lower levels that may need some lighter color palettes.

Open and airy remodeled basement with greige walls and a TV and fireplace wall.

With a paired TV and fireplace wall and a backdrop of Sherwin Williams’s Amazing Gray, this basement has all the contemporary and cozy vibes you could ever need. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)

Amazing Gray by Sherwin Williams

#4 – Anew Gray (SW-7030)

Anew Gray takes the cake when it comes to the greige lineup. For those who love a warmer aesthetic all around, this is your perfect shade. Not only does it blend in seamlessly with vintage elements like exposed wood ceiling beams and red brick fireplaces, but it has an inherent sense of class that gives it a timeless vibe. It’s an excellent choice for living room paint color ideas! You simply can’t go wrong with this one!

Lower level living room with exposed brick, a fireplace wall, and a greige-painted wall.

With just a touch of vintage charm, this spacious lower level is ultra inviting, and its greige walls, courtesy of Sherwin Williams’s Anew Gray, serve as the perfect backdrop to an array of natural textures throughout the space. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)

Anew Gray by Sherwin Williams

#5 – Dovetail (SW-7018)

Love a bit more of a bold and saturated look? Dovetail is your perfect greige. It feels like a rich charcoal, but doesn’t have quite the same level of black undertones, making it appear lighter and brighter all around. Plus, the touch of brown in the hue means it stays warm despite its truly grey appearance. It’s an ideal color for kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms, and more!

Dining room gallery wall with greige wall paint.

A gallery wall of antique bread boards pops against a backdrop of Dovetail, a cool greige by Sherwin Williams. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)

Dovetail by Sherwin Williams

#6 – Agreeable Gray (SW-7029)

Like many of its counterparts, Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams is gorgeous. It’s much more of a beige shade overall, but still falls into the greige category thanks to a slight undertone of grey in its hue. And because of its warm and inviting color, it’s a great fit for anyone looking to keep things classy and refined. Traditionalists, this is for you!

With a coat of Agreeable Gray above the white wainscoting in this mudroom, the entire space feels fresh and contemporary, offering guests a welcoming space to hang their coats and wipe their shoes (and paws).

Source: Sherwin WIlliams

Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams

#7 – Repose Gray (SW-7015)

And finally, we have Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams. This true grey (with brown undertones, of course) is naturally relaxing and rejuvenating. If your home needs a bit of calm to balance out the daily activity it usually hosts, then a few coats of this beautiful color may be just what you need. Don’t believe us? Give it a try! You just might fall asleep while admiring it from the doorway.

A layer of Repose Gray transforms this home office into a tranquil retreat that is perfect for blossoming creativity, focus, and innovation.

Source: Sherwin WIlliams

Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams

When it comes to paint colors, it doesn’t get much better than a shade that blends two neutrals together for a smooth and effortless look. And in case you’re thinking – is greige going out of style? Think again! Greiges may be trendy, but trust us when we say that they’re here to stay. With our breakdown of the top shades available, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for whatever your home needs.

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By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Carla Bast Design

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