What is “greige”?
Greige is a color that is a blend of gray and beige. Some greiges can look more beige, and some greiges can look more gray, depending on the mix of the two colors.
As a paint color, greiges have become increasingly popular among homeowners and designers because they are versatile, neutral, and easy to pair with many different styles.
Why should I choose greige paint?
If you’re looking to paint your walls, greige is a color that should be considered for a number of reasons.
First, greige colored paint blends with most any color accents. Because they straddle the line between gray and beige, they are the perfect neutral.
Second, greige paint makes a statement without being loud. Among greige paint colors there are super light colors all the way to very dark. For subtle, easy neutral look, a light color will work wonders to update a room. For a dramatic, bold look, a dark greige will make the room pop without being bright.
Third, they are hugely popular. Greige paint colors are the best sellers from all the major paint companies, including Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore.
Here are some of the most popular greige paint colors, to help you decide which color is right for your home.
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Best Greige Paint Colors from Sherwin Williams
Agreeable Gray is a gorgeous greige paint color by Sherwin Williams, and may just be their most popular color of all. It is a mix of gray and beige, and leans slightly more towards gray with a touch of yellow undertones.
In a room with bright white LED lighting or lots of natural light, it will look a bit more gray. In a room with incandescant or warm LED lights, the beige in Agreeable Gray will appear more prominent.
Agreeable Gray has an LRV (Light Reflectance Value) of 60, meaning it reflects a fair amount of light. While Sherwin Williams puts it in the “light” category of their colors, I would say its more of a light medium shade.
Because it is a warm paint color, Agreeable Gray serves as a great backdrop for other warm shades. It works well in any or all rooms of your home.
I have used Agreeable Gray in several homes and it has been great in them all. It goes well with white or wood trim, and is the perfect light color to give a room some interest, but not appear overstated.
For more information about Agreeable Gray, to view how it looks in a room, or to see color palettes with Agreeable Gray, click on the link.
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Repose Gray (SW 7015) is another extremely popular greige. It is frequently recommended by realtors when selling a home because it is so widely liked. When compared to Agreeable Gray, it is going to look more like a true gray, though it definitely has beige and a hint of purple undertones in it.
Repose Gray has an LRV of 58, and I would again consider it to be a light medium shade. It goes well with both wood and white colored trim, and works with bright accents just as well as it does with other neutrals.
Similar to Agreeable Gray, Repose Gray can be used in any of the rooms of your home.
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Mindful Gray is directly below Repose Gray on Sherwin Williams’ color wheel, and has similar undertones. However, Mindful Gray is darker and looks as though it has a touch more beige in it than Repose Gray does.
Mindful Gray has an LRV of 48, and while it is still considered to reflect a lot of light, it is darker than the other two greiges listed above. It, too, truly is a greige color, and carries the versatility that most griege paints do.
Mindful Gray can be used in any room of the house, but unlike Agreeable Gray and Repose Gray, I find it a bit too dark to be the only color used in a home. I would use it more readily in a large room or a room with a lot of natural light.
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Mega Greige is a dark greige that is very similar to Agreeable Gray. It has a good mix of gray and beige, but favors beige a bit more than some on this list.
Mega Greige has an LRV of 37, which puts in it the “medium” range of Sherwin William’s colors. My personal opinion, though, is that Mega Greige is a pretty dark color for walls. I like it as an accent wall, or in a room where you want the walls to make a bold statement. I don’t think it is a good choice for an all-over paint color.
I used Mega Greige as a coordinating color to Agreeable Gray in my entryway. It was the perfect dark greige that wasn’t too overpowering. To see Mega Greige in a room, click on this link.
Find out if Mega Greige will work in your space with a Samplize square found here.
Accessible Beige is the most popular beige at Sherwin Williams, and it is actually a greige. Accessible Beige is a warm paint color that heavily favors beige, but has a touch of gray in it, keeping it from looking too brown.
Accessible Beige has a LRV of 58, meaning that it reflects a good amount of light. Accessible Beige is a good color the common areas of a home, but is a slightly less current shade of greige than the others on the list.
If you want to try Accessible Beige in your home, pick up a Samplize square here!
Colonnade Gray is a greige that comes off as more of a true gray than a beige.
When compared to other greiges, Colonnade is actually on the lighter side. Colonnade Gray has an LRV of 53, which I categorize as a light medium shade. While it will have a bit more depth than the popular Agreeable Gray, Repose Gray and Accessible Beige, it won’t make the room feel smaller.
I used Colonnade in a finished basement and it was a great medium shade. If you want something that is going to have a bit more punch to it, without being dark, Colonnade Gray is a good bet.
For more information on Colonnade Gray, click here!
If you want to see Colonnade in your own home, get your Samplize square here.
Best Greige Paint Colors from Benjamin Moore
Edgecomb Gray is a soft, warm paint color that leans more strongly towards a beige than a gray. It looks almost creamy (but not yellow) in a bright room, but will look more grayish in a less well lit space.
Edgecomb Gray has an LRV of 63, meaning it is one of the lightest colors on this list. It is perfect for any room of the home.
I currently have Edgecomb Gray in my dining room and hallways. It is my few favorite shade – perfectly light and slightly beige, but the gray in it pulls it back from being too beige. In evening light it looks gray, but in bright sunlight, it the perfect light greige.
For more information on Edgecomb Gray, click here!
To see how Edgecomb Gray looks with your lighting and accents, get your Samplize square here.
Revere Pewter is a very popular Benjamin Moore color chosen by homeowners and designers. It is included on almost all lists of the most popular gray paint choices (even though it is a greige).
Revere Pewter has a bit more beige in it than gray, but is a good neutral shade that can go in any room of the home.
With an LRV of 55, I classify Revere Pewter as a light medium paint color.
If you want to see if Revere Pewter will work in your space, get your Samplize square here.
Pale Oak is another gorgeous, soft shade by Benjamin Moore.
Pale Oak has an LRV of 70, which puts it on the lighter end of the greige spectrum. Some even classify Pale Oak as a “white” because it is so light. Pale Oak is similar to Edgecomb Gray, but will be less pronounced on your walls.
Pale Oak has more beige in it than gray, and has soft yellow undertones.
Find out if Pale Oak will work in your home with a Samplize square.
Balboa Mist is a good light true greige. It has beige and gray undertones in pretty similar amounts.
Balboa Mist has an LRV of 67, which means it is a light color, but will still show up nicely on your walls. Balboa Mist is similar to Pale Oak, but where Pale Oak leans beige, Balboa Mist leans gray.
Find out how Balboa Mist will look in your home but getting your Samplize Square here.
Other Amazing Greige Paint Colors
Clare is a newer paint company with a modern business model.
Instead of going to a store and looking through hundreds of paint swatches, Clare’s paint colors have been curated designers to be just right for most people.
For many people, if you want a medium depth greige, choosing between Mindful Gray, Revere Pewter, Wordly Gray, and Agreeable Gray can be difficult. They’re all warm colors, they’re all a good mix of gray and beige that lean more toward gray, and they’re all super popular.
Clare takes the indecisiveness away by only selling a four greige paint colors.
Additionally, Clare is an online paint store. This means that you order the paint online and it arrives at your home in a few days. I got mine in 2 days! I fell in love with the way the paint goes on, and the “Perfect Eggshell” finish is just that – perfect. It’s not shiny, but not dull, and cleans up really nicely.
For more about Clare paint, check out the link.
For a medium depth greige, Clare offers a warm paint color simply called Greige.
Greige is a nice mix of gray and beige. With an LRV of 42, it will look dark on the walls. It would work well in a room that you want to give a dramatic look, or as an accent wall.
Like Samplize, Clare also offers 8×8 swatches for $2 a piece. Pick up your removable stick-on square of Greige here.
Windy City is slightly lighter than Greige, with an LRV of 59, but is still going to appear as a medium toned greige on your walls.
Windy City leans more towards gray and beige, and will go best in a room with lots of light. It is mostly cool with a touch of warmth to make it a good fit in many rooms.
Get your 8 stick-on swatch of Windy City here.
Penthouse is a very pale greige that looks sophisticated and understated. While it looks mostly like a light gray, this warm greige also has beige undertones as well.
Penthouse will go nicely in all rooms of the home. It has an LRV of 70, which means it will reflect a lot of light. It is a good choice for both sunny and dim rooms, and will pick up more gray or beige depending on the lighting.
To see how Penthouse will look with your lighting and furnishings, pick up a stick on square here.
Or, order a few cans and have it delivered to your door this week!
A Few Words About Lighting and Greige Paint:
- North Facing Rooms: In a north facing room, the cool tones of a color will appear more prominent. Dark paint colors appear darker, and light paint colors appear more subdued.
- South Facing Rooms: In a south facing room, the light is warm and more intense. Dark paint colors will look brighter, and light paint colors will give a soft, open feeling.
- West Facing Rooms: West facing rooms have cooler light in the morning, and warmer light in the evening. This will produce more shadow in the morning, making paint colors appear more muted then. Choose your paint shade for the time of day when the room will get the most use.
- East Facing Rooms: East facing rooms have warmer light early in the day, and cooler light in the evening. Again, a good rule of thumb is to choose a paint color based on when you’re most likely to be using the room.
- Incandescent Light Bulbs: Incandescent light bulbs emit a yellow light and will warm up the paint colors in a room. Edison bulbs are a type of incandescent light bulb that typically have a strong yellow or amber glow, increasing the warmth in the paint color even more.
- Fluorescent Light Bulbs: Fluorescent light bulbs give off a cool light. They will emphasize the green and blue undertones in your paint color.
- LED Light Bulbs: LED light bulbs can be warm or cool. A warm LED light bulb will bring out the red, orange and yellow tones in your paint color, while a cool LED light bulb will bring out the blue and green tones.
- Halogen Light Bulbs: Halogen light bulbs give off a warm, yellowy light, similar to daylight. They will make your paint color look bolder.
Final Thoughts on Greige Paint Colors
Greige paint colors are a great choice for the home. They are neutral, range in depth from very light to very dark, and are easy to pair with accent colors.
Additionally, greige paint is very much in style right now. It is recommended by designers and realtors due to its versatility, and is favored by homeowners. Warm greiges aren’t going out of style any time soon, so pick up some paint today!