Warm grey paint tones have become more popular over the last few years, especially with the arrival of ‘greige’ meaning a colour between grey and beige.
Grey is a mixture of black and white and does not appear on the colour wheel as it is regarded as a neutral tone, meaning that it works with all colours.
Easy right? Not always!
Grey can actually be one the most difficult colours to get right!
The trick to finding the perfect grey (if such a thing exists?!) is to pick the correct undertone.
Often, the incorrect undertone and lack of pigments in the paint will result in the colour looking flat and cold on your walls.
In this article I am going to concentrate on warm greys which tend to have a yellow or beige undertone.
But first let’s look at undertones in cool and warm greys:
Cool greys will normally have a blue undertone, resulting in a fresh and soothing colour in the room. Some shades of cool grey even have a touch of a pink to them.
Pair cool greys with soft pinks and with richer colours such as plum and teal for a punch of colour.
Warm greys will usually consist of yellow, taupe and brown undertones, giving a warm base colour to your interior.
Pair with tones such as copper, moss green and beiges.
NORTH TO SOUTH
The natural light is always important when choosing a colour for a room.
Especially in a country like England, where we have a cool Northern light and often a grey sky.
With north and east facing rooms it’s often better to embrace the rooms direction and decorate it in a darker colour.
If you prefer to go light steer away from blue and lilac undertones as these will be too cool (for school! - just joking!😉) opt for warmer greys with yellow or reddish undertones.
South and west facing spaces are far easier to decorate because of the natural light, you can use any tone of colour.
Cool greys are an exemplary choice in these spaces and will create a light and airy interior whereas warm greys can create a relaxed space and a perfect backdrop for other colours.
When choosing paint, we as consumers are generally driven by colours, quality and price but few of us stop and think about the chemical composition of paints.
One of the main chemicals in paint is a man-made, carbon based agent known as volatile organic compounds (VOC’s).
Even once your paint has dried, it will continue to give off these harmful VOC’s into the atmosphere, in some cases for years afterwards.
Where possible I would recommend using a low or zero VOC paint.
Made have teamed up with a great company called Lick who produce low VOC paints resulting in Made x Lick Paint.
If you can’t find a low VOC option, opt for a water-based paint as this usually has less harmful ingredients.
Graham & Brown have a double matt emulsion range which is water-based.
Keep in mind that the pigment percentage in paint will have an effect on the finished result.
The pigment percentage of paint should be in the 30-60% range.
As a rule of thumb the cheaper the paint the less colour pigments it contains.
Always order a tester of the paint colour (or colours) you like before committing.
If you have newly plastered walls, use a primer, but also paint the sample on your wall for reference as your wall may be more porous than painting it on a piece of paper.
View the sample at different times of the day in the space to see how the light affects it.
Made x Lick also offer colour accurate peel-and-stick samples which I've noticed a few other suppliers doing too - this may be the future!
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I've put together this list of warm greys from Graham & Brown and Made x Lick Paints to help you choose the right warm grey paint.
WARM GREY PAINTS
This warm grey colour has a hint of a lavender undertone making it versatile and a perfect option for those who want to keep their interior light and airy.
You can easily pair this colour with darker shades of grey and colours such as navy and aubergine would sit well with this colour.
Much like its name describes, this colour represents the grey tone of wood that is washed ashore.
A warm grey tone that is the ideal balance of beige and grey creating a calm and gracious interior.
A soft feminine shade of grey works amazingly with dusty pink tones or sage greens.
Beautiful in bedrooms or even used on kitchen cabinets.
This is a good option for those who want to create a muted grey interior.
This light, earthy tone makes the ideal background colour: warm, soft with a light brown-beige undertone which creates it's taupe colour tone.
Pair with blue colours (denim, chambray, navy) or with olive green for a neutral scheme.
Because of its undertone pairing it with light soft whites and pastel tones.
This is a perfect tone of grey, with its soft lavender undertone, this is a neutral, warm grey that sits in the middle of the grey colour spectrum.
This subtle and chic colour catches the light beautifully, making it a perfect complement when used with other neutral shades.
The Hygge paint has yellow-brown undertones giving it a warmer colour.
This warmer tone is especially apparent when grouped with a natural hardwood floor.
Pair with blush pink and lighter greys accent colours.
Derived from the Japanese word boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired, boro refers to the practice of reworking and repairing textiles.
This balanced and warm luxuriant grey paint shade is stunning in a room with white woodwork and crystal chandeliers. Pop it with zesty colours like lime, yellow or coral.
The Shoji colour is rich tone with a touch of green in its undertone, resulting in a warm green-grey finish.
Use with deeper toned greens or dark blues and silver metallics for a statement look with warm grey paints.
This neutral grey tone paint will add a touch of moodiness to any interior space.
The combination here of bright pink, the lighting and the warm tone from the floor work really well with the Vector colour.
Contemporary, cool and a little moody, Grey 07 grey paint can be a good option for those wanting to use a dark colour in a dark room as its greeny undertone provides a warm tone.
It pairs well with a wide variety of colours including neutrals like brown and grey, as well as vibrant shades of yellow and earthy oranges.
I hope this post on warm grey paint shades has been informative and remember that colours will show up differently on everyones computer screens so be sure to order a tester!
Feel free to get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a paint consultation for your interior or more information regard warm grey paints.