50 shades of gray is an understatement. The popular hue encompasses a broad spectrum and even spawned greige — one of our favorite neutral paint color families. These gray-meets-beige tones are more dynamic than a standard gray or tan. Complex undertones can make them read differently depending on factors like sunlight and color pairings. Because of their versatility across design styles and textures alike, greige paint colors are great for exteriors. Take a look at some of our go-to greiges below!
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#1 // Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter is a soft and welcoming greige paint color. The popular shade translates beautifully on brick, siding, and stucco. Part of what makes the color so good for exteriors is that it can read as warm or cool depending on the lighting. It’s supremely versatile. To draw out warmer undertones, our designers have paired Revere Pewter with copper accents. White trim and black accents can bring out the shade’s cooler notes, as demonstrated in the rendering above.
#2 // Alpaca by Sherwin Williams
If you’re looking for a greige paint color with taupe undertones that pairs well with wood and other natural elements, look no further than Sherwin Williams’ Alpaca. Our designers love to use shades of brown and copper to enhance the warmth of Alpaca. Since it is a true neutral, the color also works with either dark or light accents, making it ideal for exteriors.
#3 // Thunder by Benjamin Moore
This greige paint color leans into its gray roots but still maintains some warmth. Benjamin Moore’s Thunder is versatile and, like many other greige options, it can read differently depending on the amount of sun a home gets. Not to mention, certain color pairings can change the way Thunder translates. If you’re wanting an exterior that reads as a true greige, try pairing Thunder with off-white. Or, use darker accents and trims to make the paint color appear more gray.
#4 // Rockport Gray by Benjamin Moore
While this greige paint color has “gray” in its name, it’s not actually a true gray. Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray is one of our favorite neutral shades to use for exteriors whether on stucco, siding, or brick. Rockport Gray pairs best with other warm shades, and its middle-of-the-road hue works beautifully with pops of color, like the front door above, painted with Benjamin Moore’s Galápagos Turquoise.
#5 // Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore
Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal should be on your radar if you’re hunting for a greige paint color with more depth. The color is much darker than the typical greige, but it also has some warmth to it, especially in direct sunlight. Kendall Charcoal works well on any building material, and our designers have paired it with wood and other natural elements for a rustic feel. White trim also makes the color appear more bold.
#6 // Jogging Path by Sherwin Williams
Next, we have a more subdued greige paint color that is a beautiful neutral: Sherwin Williams’ Jogging Path. The color’s khaki undertones are ideal for exteriors — the shade looks striking with elements like iron, red brick, and wood. Its warm tone works well for both modern or traditional design styles.
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 // Gray Area by Sherwin Williams
We love this next greige paint color so much that we had to include it on our list of the best Sherwin Williams paint colors for 2022. Gray Area by Sherwin Williams has strong tan undertones and reads as taupe on exteriors. A true versatile neutral, this color works with either light or dark accents and lends itself to pops of color, too.
#8 // Pale Oak by Benjamin Moore
Are you after a greige paint color to give your home an inviting vibe? Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak might be just what you’re looking for. This elegant shade is a great choice for exteriors because it is flexible and works on any style of home. Not only is Pale Oak a great main character for exterior color palettes, it also works as an accent. (Noticing a trend about greige paint? Versatility is a major benefit!)
#9 // Jockey Hollow Gray by Benjamin Moore
Part of Benjamin Moore’s Historic collection, this greige paint color looks incredible on modern homes, too. Benjamin Moore’s Jockey Hollow Gray is a deeper greige and works best with gray, black, or brown accents.
Have you found your ideal greige paint color?
Greige is a fantastic paint color option if you want a neutral exterior, and there are so many different shades of this tone to consider. Whether you want something warm and inviting or you’re after a hue that’s deeper and more saturated, there’s a greige out there to satisfy your design goals. And we’ll help you see it on your home so that you can visualize your updated look before you commit to the costly investment of new exterior paint.
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