The 10 Best Greige Paint Colors: Readers’ Favorites!


On the hunt for a great greige? I’m sharing the ten best, tried and true greige paint colors to help you make the perfect choice!

I’m on a mission to lighten up the look and feel of our living room and have been on the hunt for the perfect greige for repainting this space. Luckily for me, I have this huge group of home decor lovers (you guys!) who were willing to share your go-to greige paint colors! I asked for your favorites on Instagram and Instagram Stories and compiled the 500+ responses to come up with the ten best greige paint colors – these are the go-to’s that so many of you have used, love, and would recommend to others.

Before delving into these ten great greiges, I wanted to give a few words of caution – the same paint color in your home won’t necessarily look exactly like it does in someone else’s home. I absolutely recommend getting samples of a few favorites and trying them (do two coats!) up on the wall or on poster board so you can see how they look in the room that you’ll be painting. The amount of light, the direction your room faces, and the furnishings in the room can all have a big impact on how a paint color looks and it’s best to find that out by sampling your paint color instead of realizing it once you’ve painting an entire room. Usually I narrow it down to 2-3 favorites but in this case I put nine of the ten favorites up (all but the lightest greige) so I could share them with you – it’s pretty crazy how ten colors that are all greiges are actually so very different from each other (FYI I realize this image looks a little shadowy but I kept it this way because I think it represents the true colors much better than if I brightened it):

I’ll go through each color one by one but so you can reference back to my samples above, here’re the details on which color is which:

Top Middle: Worldly Gray

Left Column (from top to bottom): Anew Gray, Alpaca, Repose Gray, Agreeable Gray

Right Column (from top to bottom): Wheat Bread, Silver Drop, Revere Pewter, Balboa Mist

I’m sharing them in order from darkest to lightest, using each paint color’s LRV (Light Reflectance Value) as my guide. The lower the LRV, the darker the paint color will look and feel once up on the wall. My current living room paint color, a tweaked version of Sherwin Williams Keystone Gray, has an LRV of 29 so even the darkest of these ten will really lighten things up!

1. Sherwin Williams Anew Gray (7030) LRV:47

I’m a huge fan of Anew Gray and it’s one of my final contenders for our living room. It’s a very warm, midtone greige that has the most depth of the greiges on this list. If you’re looking for a greige that’s rich in color without being too dark, this might be the one for you. And in my finicky space where weird undertones tend to come out with a lot of greiges, the Anew Gray sample that I put on the wall threw no surprises. A gorgeous example of Anew Gray is {this beautiful farmhouse chic bathroom} by Mandy of Country Dog Homes:

Country Dog Homes

You can see more of Mandy’s Nashville fixer upper by following her on Instagram at @country_dog_homes {here}.

2. Behr Wheat Bread (720C-3) LRV: 55

Behr Wheat Bread was one of the new-to-me greige paint colors that many of you have used and rave about! It doesn’t surprise me that it has the same LRV as Revere Pewter because these two colors are almost identical in color intensity but Behr Wheat Bread definitely leans a lot more toward the beige side than Revere Pewter. I love it in this beautiful shabby chic home office makeover by Sarah Melito:

Sarah Melito

You can check out the rest of Sarah Melito’s home and follow her on Instagram {here}


3. Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (HC-172) LRV: 55.5

Revere Pewter was voted the #1 best greige paint color among readers and is a favorite of mine too. There’s no one paint color that’s a “no fail” color but Revere Pewter is as close as it gets, looking great in almost any space. A few years back when my sister called me in a panic that her painter was there and she didn’t like how things were looking with the paint color she chose for her living room, Revere Pewter is the color I recommended she try since she had to chose something else on the spot. Sure enough, it worked beautifully. A real-life example of Revere Pewter can be seen in Fridley Homes’ beautifully light and airy foyer:

Fridley Homes

What a pretty space to walk into! You can see more of this home and follow Fridley Homes on Instagram {here}


4. Sherwin Williams Alpaca (7022) LRV: 56.5

Alpaca goes a little more gray than beige and in some spaces can throw purple undertones (which it actually does when sampled in my living room). But it’s worked beautifully for several of my readers and looks like the perfect soothing neutral in Emily from Table and Hearth’s fabulous gender neutral nursery:

Table and Hearth

Emily used it in conjunction with Sherwin Williams Peppercorn in this space and I just love the result – see for yourself {here}.


5. Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray (7043) LRV: 57

Worldly Gray is a not too warm, not too cold, not too dark, not too light greige paint color that’s high on my list of favorites! I love it so much in this fabulous farmhouse bathroom from Shannon of Fox Hollow Cottage:

Fox Hollow Cottage

See more details of Shannon’s beautiful bathroom makeover {here}.


6. Sherwin Williams Repose Gray (7015) LRV: 58

Repose Gray is a color I’ve seen in person and love and it’s also one of your favorites. It can at times have some pinkish undertones depending upon the type of light it’s getting. I love this image of Repose Gray in Marnie Hansen’s fabulous foyer because it shows how the color can change quite a bit much depending upon how much light is hitting it:

Marnie Hansen

You can follow Marnie Hansen on Instagram and see more images of her beautiful home {here}.


7. Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray (7029) LRV: 60

Agreeable Gray is a color that has come up time and time again as being well-loved and working in a variety of spaces. It’s fairly light but still has enough depth to make it interesting and is a go-to color for several of my decorating friends. It’s just like the name of it says… agreeable in almost all spaces. Linda of The Home I Create used Agreeable Gray in her office guest bedroom and it looks like the perfect choice:

You can check all the details of Linda’s beautiful office guest bedroom reveal {here}.


8. Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist (OC-27) LRV: 67.37

Of the nine paint samples I put up on the wall in our living room, Balboa Mist had the second most purpley undertones of the greige paint colors (the most was Alpaca) but again, my space tends to bring out those undertones more than most. It was listed as a favorite of yours time and time again so obviously in most spaces, it works beautifully. I absolutely love it in Annie of DIY Decor Mom’s living room:

You can hop over to DIY Decor Mom {here} to see more pics of Balboa Mist in this beautiful space!


9. Behr Silver Drop (790C-2) LRV: 69.7

Behr’s Silver Drop is a light gray with just the smallest touch of beige to warm it up. It looks like a true gray in some spaces and more of a greige in others. It’s definitely a stunner in this gorgeous living room by Studio McGee that you can see more of {here}:

Studio McGee


10. Benjamin Moore Classic Gray (1548) LRV: 74.8

Classic Gray is the lightest of the bunch and is a beautiful, simple light gray without being cold – its name is actually an excellent description of it! This is the one greige paint color on the list that I didn’t sample on my living room wall, only because I knew that it was going to be too light for what I was looking for. But it was definitely a beautiful choice for the wall color in this great room by Studio McGee that you can see more of {here}:

Studio McGee


Runners Up

There were several runners up worth mentioning since they all got quite a few votes including Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray (7044), Sherwin Williams Knitting Needles (7672), Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige (6073), Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray (HC-173) (I’ve used this color with mixed success – one room I painted with it looked amazing and the other had purple undertones that I didn’t care for), Benjamin Moore Gray Owl (OC-52), and Benjamin Moore Pale Oak (OC-20).

So which greige am I going to go with for our living room? I threw my four final contenders up on the wall above my fireplace (from left to right: Worldly Gray, Anew Gray, Revere Pewter, Agreeable Gray) to help me decide:

Sources for coffee table accessories available {here} | Fireplace details available {here}

I ended up going with Anew Gray (second from left) and love it! It’s much lighter than my old color but still with lots of depth – so pretty! Thank you all for all of your great paint color input!

Want some other paint color inspiration? Check out my post on the best white paint colors {HERE}:

or the best blue paint colors {HERE}:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

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