Gray paint has been trending in the design world for several years and it’s easy to see why. The color acts as a neutral but has a bit more depth than white or beige. But choosing the perfect gray can be a challenge given the number of shades available—way more than 50, by the way. It’s helpful to think of grays in terms of undertones. Like white paints, grays have subtle hints of color that can affect how they appear in a room. Some of our favorite shades of gray feature a bit of blue. A few coats of blue gray creates a cool, sophisticated space, and the hue is a great complement to bright colors and bold art.
The versatile paint color has become a favorite of designers as well. Many of the industry’s top talents have chosen various shades for client projects and even their own homes. Designer David Kleinberg used Benjamin Moore’s Fog Mist in his Hamptons retreat, and the cool shade is the ideal backdrop for a large black-and-white photograph. Darker blue grays, such as the shade in Brooke Shields’s Manhattan living room, can give a room a dramatic look, while lighter tones work well in bedrooms and kitchens.
Blue gray is also a color that looks great in several different finishes. For a Manhattan apartment, architect Lee F. Mindel painted the bedroom walls in Benjamin Moore’s Sterling and chose a glossy finish that reflects light from the adjacent windows. Designer Joe Nahem used a medium blue-gray paint to create a neutral backdrop for an vivid Andy Warhol print and a pair of bright turquoise chairs. These rooms from the AD archive range from traditional to contemporary, proving that blue gray is a color that suits any style. Discover the paint colors used in each of these spaces and find inspiration for your next project.