10 Shades of Cool Grey Paint Colours

Cool grey paint colours continue to be a popular choice in interiors – whether it’s for walls or furniture, grey adds depth and magnitude to room.


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Grey works well with most colours of wood floors, but when considering a cool grey, pair with a cool tone floor such as washed white or a blue-grey tones.

Using cool tones in interiors is extremely popular whether it be for the walls, floors, area rugs or soft furnishings.

Because of this demand for the perfect grey, the market is saturated with tones of grey.


I'm going to streamline the cool grey paint options available out there.


Because of the difference in spelling grey (UK) vs gray (US) in this article I have used 'grey' when describing the colours but as Sherwin Williams is a US company, I have kept their product names where applicable spelt as 'gray'


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COOL GREY PAINT SHADES FROM SHERWIN WILLIAMS


Grey shades work for a slew of spaces, whether it's a dining area or a bedroom design scheme. Curious about the best cool grey paints to consider for your home?

Read on for my roundup of the top cool grey paint colours from Sherwin Williams, from dove feather light grey tones to deeper steel grey shades.

These hues don't disappoint.


10 COOL GREY PAINT COLOURS
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01. OLYMPUS WHITE


Olympus White is the perfect blend of red and blue tones, creating a cool mid grey.

Exposed reveals what's beneath the graphic geometric design, and works as a stunning backdrop for modern and classic decor alike.

Accessorize with rose gold and silver accessories to create a contemporary sanctuary.



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02. REFLECTION


Reflection is a subtle light grey is the perfect contemporary shade.

It has a touch of taupe that provides a wonderful neutral backdrop to modern interiors.

I love how this colour evolves over the day: cooler earlier in the day and a bit more moody at night

Pair up with a block colour for an eye-catching décor, or pair down for a calm, neutral feel.



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03. PASSIVE


This tone sits in the middles of the cool-warm spectrum, it will complement any interior.

I love this colour because of its versatility, and can be used in both formal and casual settings. The colour is always pleasing to the eye.

Use it in a very dark spaces as it brightens up an interior a surprising amount.

It may appear a tad icy because of the lack of natural light.

However, it is not a cold grey and it does have a lot of blue-green in it.


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04. GRAY SCREEN


The hue on this grey paint colour is a true grey with blue undertones, making it cool with a sophisticated edge.


Gray Screen has a distinctive, bold character.

Rich, deep and interesting, this blue grey is classic and will give a timeless finish in any room in your home.



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05. LAZY GRAY


Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray is a perfect mid to lighter-toned paint that has a delightful mixture of blue and grey.

It has deep cool undertones to make your room look enlarged and light – and also soothing and cool at the same time.


I also love it as a trim colour to add sophisticated glamour to your wood-work and mouldings.


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06. MORNING FOG


This shade is quaint, peaceful and sophisticated.

With warm undertones, this beautiful tone has an elegant depth, to create dimension when used in large spaces.

This rich, cool grey is the perfect neutral when you want to create depth in a space.

It works equally well in small spaces to cosy them up, as well as large rooms to make them feel inviting.



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07. NETWORK GRAY

Network grey works as a neutral backdrop wall colour in southern exposure room

Network gray is a medium to darker gray with definite blue undertones. It has more depth and drama, so if you’re looking for a deeper cool gray, it’s a great option.

Or, it can be used as an accent wall to offset Gray Screen (if that’s your base color).

It work well in southern exposure or well lit rooms.

In dark rooms, it can look too heavy.


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08. AFRICAN GREY

This tone is perfect for a deep and tranquil interior, making it ideal for a bedroom.

African Grey has warm blue undertones, which makes one feel right at home.

It’s sophisticated tone makes any space feel chic.

Use this shade on cabinets and vanities because it is the perfect medium-dark grey.

It has warmth, but never looks brown, and has enough pigment to make a statement without shouting.


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09. SOFTWARE

Contemporary, cool and a little moody, Software will add intrigue into any space.

This hue is infinitely versatile and will work within a range of colour palettes.

The matte finish absorbs natural and artificial light allowing the space to come alive with undertones that appear to make the walls gradually change throughout the day.

Use bright, blue toned whites to freshen it up or if you're looking for something cosier, pair with greyed off greens and warmer neutrals. You really can't go wrong with this shade!


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10. SERIOUS GRAY


Soft mid grey, with red undertones, this warming shade will tie in with any modern home.

Serious Grey is strong, reliable and will stand the test of time.

Pair with bold coloured accessories and furniture to really bring to life this warm grey.

Or if you are looking for a cosy, comforting retreat, pair with Eden natural for a flawless finish.



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Interior & image by Juliette Byrne


Choosing a grey colour is never as simple as it sounds!

Grey will have either blue, violet, green or even touches of red, in their undertones.

And it takes the tiniest dab of these undertones to make what looks like a pure grey on the sample to look like something else on the wall.

Sometimes what it looks like on the sample chart is nothing like what it looks like on the wall!

This is why you must always try a tester first and view it in all kinds of lights because the light is going to alter the tone of grey.


Are you thinking of painting your walls in cool grey paint colour?

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