Top Four All Time Favorite Interior Gray Paints

 Farrow and Ball: Elephant's Breath

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

 Benjamin Moore: Balboa Mist

 Benjamin Moore: Sea Salt

photos by Nicole Cohen


  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!

  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.

  3. I have elephants breath in the bedroom and it's very calming

  4. Anonymous5/15/2015

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

  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.


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