It can feel overwhelming to look at all the gray paint colors on the market. The options are incredibly diverse. Luckily, we went through the best gray paint colors for you and narrowed the field down to these best bets for home exteriors. Here are the 9 best gray exterior paint colors of 2021.
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#1 // Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams
Gray days don’t have to be boring. Every shade of gray has a cool or warm undertone. Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams has warm undertones that shine in sunny weather. Pair it with a cool white paint for an industrial or contemporary look. Or, try it with a wood trim or lighting for a more organic feel. With a strong ability to transition into its surroundings, Repose Gray is a true chameleon, which is part of why it makes our list of the best gray paint colors.
#2 // Thunder by Benjamin Moore
If you’re looking for a moodier vibe than off-white or beige, consider a warm greige-meets-light-gray. Thunder by Benjamin Moore is a great pick in this genre. With many other colors at play in it, Thunder is versatile and easy to coordinate with. You may event detect hints of both purple and green in it. Boasting warm and earthy vibes while remaining decidedly refined, Thunder is a light gray that serves as a timeless home exterior paint color.
#3 // Shou Sugi Ban by James Hardie
A bit of a departure, Shou Sugi Ban is part of the James Hardie Dream Collection. If you’re thinking about trying fiber cement siding with a unique color, Shou Sugi Ban gives a home a bold sense of character. The rich, dark finish is derived from the ancient Japanese practice of preserving wood by charring and finishing it with a natural oil.
#4 // Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore
A perfect medium-toned gray, Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore is the epitome of sophistication. With tremendous depth, it functions exceptionally as an exterior field color. Keep in mind that its LRV of 23 means it can appear a bit dark in shaded environments.
#5 // Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore
One of our favorite dark grays is Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore. With the rise in popularity of nearly-black grays, this charcoal gray is a trendy color that’s having a moment. A bold, saturated color that brings a home to life, it provides a striking combination when used in contrast with lighter tones. It’s no wonder we named Wrought Iron one of the exterior paint colors that are on-trend for 2021.
#6 // Aged Pewter by James Hardie
There’s good reason why pewter is becoming a popular exterior paint colors. James Hardie’s Aged Pewter is a weathered gray that’s warm and adaptable. Though it’s considered a neutral, it’s filled with personality and complements beige and other grays extremely well. (Check out more of our favorite Hardie Board siding colors here.)
We always recommend sampling and testing paint colors before committing. Factors such as natural lighting, undertones, and your property’s fixed elements will have a significant impact on how a color will appear on your exterior. Our friends at Samplize offer extra-large 9 x 14.75 inch peel-and-stick paint samples of the colors we love for exteriors. Order your ‘Real Paint, No Mess’ samples from Samplize here.
#7 // Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore
A light gray with warm undertones, Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore is a classic shade that exudes a sense of calm. As an exterior color, it will appear warmer on a sunny morning then a cloudy afternoon. One of the most popular gray paint colors for several years, Revere Pewter is a “greige” that looks great on brick or siding. It’s also an ideal pick for accents, like on the shutters featured above.
#8 // Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams
The almost-black trend is riding high. Still deliciously dark, Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams plays into the trend. Softened by lighter tints that lend a more natural feeling, it’s an ideal home exterior color. Iron Ore is a rich charcoal shade that can create a sense of drama from the curb. Plus, the deep, shadowy color can emphasize a home’s various textures and levels.
#9 // Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore
If you want to make a statement without going too dark, Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore will do it. A versatile neutral that has a deep warmth in direct sunlight, it appears more of a darker greige. It contrasts well with other warm paint colors, such as whites, creams, taupes, or light browns. With a somewhat surprisingly dramatic effect when applied to an entire house, Kendall Charcoal is a rich, deep shade with a strong natural base.
The Bottom Line on the Best Gray Paint Colors
Gray is so universal. It’s easily adaptable to a variety of environments. Certainly, there are tons of options in the world of gray tones, and that can feel like a lot to sift through. However, we hope this list of our favorite gray colors helps with your dreams of a new, beautiful home exterior.
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