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Fifty Shades of Gray Freed - Top Paint Colors

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Okay, so maybe not fifty, but enough examples of tried and true grays that always work when selling...or staying.    

While grays are trending, it can be very tricky choosing the right one because most have undertones or can look different depending on how much natural light they get.

I’ve compiled a list of NJ's Elite Staging's tried and true grays that work every time.

One note: While computer screens can be off and paint chips are too small to know what the color actually looks like, we use these colors over and over and they always look amazing. Buyers love the following colors:

BM Sterling 1691 is one of my favorite grays which is why I painted my living room this color after my renovation.  It has a very slight bluish undertone making it on the cooler side. I love how elegant it looks:  

For a very light, soft gray, we love BM Balboa Mist 1545. It’s soft, subtle and beautiful - see both photos:

Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC-170  is the most tried and true light gray because it has no undertones. It’s light and crisp and looks gorgeous day and night:

Benjamin More Gray Owl: 2137 – 60 is bright and works well in rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light.

Warmer Grays:

Benjamin Moore Abalone  2108-60 is a warmer gray making it very versatile. It pairs well with browns, blues, beige, and other shades of gray.

Another warm gray, Revere Pewter HC-172 is still going strong!  It works with any color furnishings. 

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The Trend for dining rooms are dark, dramatic shades of grays.

Kendall Charcoal: HC-166 is very popular and looks great with white molding:

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Another favorite color that’s a little less dramatic, but is equally gorgeous is Benjamin Moore Storm AF-700.

A great way to add contrast and sophistication without over powering the room is by painting the ceiling a dark gray.

This family room is Stonington Gray HC-170, and we painted the ceiling Kendall Charcoal HC-166

If your home has coffered ceilings, we recommend you paint the same color in between the molding to make it pop and add sophistication. This works best in living and dining spaces with lighter grays. 

BM Metropolitan AF-690 is a great choice if you like a slight blue undertone.

If your selling in North Jeresey and need an expert stager and/or paint color expert call Kristine Ginsberg of Elite Staging: 201-602-2562!

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Hi Kris! I not only love gray but, your photos are amazing...as is your staging! Great job on all fronts.

Hope you have a great week ahead!

Oct 01, 2018 09:36 PM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

I see more and more homeowners using various shades of gray.  The use of photos really drove home the points you wanted to make. 

Thanks for sharing.

Oct 01, 2018 11:47 PM
Gordon Crawford
Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team - Morristown, NJ
Your Morris County Specialist!

Great post Kristine!  Wonderful info to give clients.  

Oct 02, 2018 05:08 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

this is wonderful advice to share with clients who are getting their homes ready for market or someone who has just bought a new home and needs help picking colors

Oct 02, 2018 05:17 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

You do beautiful work! I'm glad Revere Pewter is still on your list - it was my introduction to grays and I've had many clients use it to spruce up rooms. Now I've got a bigger selection to offer!

Oct 02, 2018 05:44 AM
Kasia Zajac, GRI, SFR
Baird & Warner - Lake Zurich, IL

Thank you for the tips and for sharing your paint color suggestions. The pictures are worth 1,000 words, and they are beautiful.

Oct 02, 2018 07:25 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

I like how the grays and darks work with the whiter trim and moldings.  A subtle contrast may be more elegant than darker body color to whites.  I think the latter works very well in contemporary schemes.  Thanks very much for posting, and the photos.

Oct 02, 2018 08:33 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Have always loved the grays, Kristine Ginsberg ... and your photos only reinforce my opinion of their versatility.  Each one is stunning!  Thank you for providing the information and numbers on each one too ... that will be very helpful moving forward ...

Congrats on the Feature ... well deserved!


Oct 02, 2018 11:16 AM
Sondra Meyer:
EXP Realty, LLC - Corpus Christi, TX
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Thank you for taking the time to include all of the photos with this post.    I have enjoyed having rooms painted in grey.     You are correct - the undertones can have a big impact on how different shades of grey look on a wall. 

The dining room painted with the Kendall Charcoal is my favorite in this set of photos.   



Oct 02, 2018 02:50 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Wonderful examples as greys are so tough to match together. 

Oct 02, 2018 03:06 PM
Marney Kirk
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Towson, MD
Towson, Maryland Real Estate

Kristine, all of those rooms look gorgeous! I love the grays - particularly the warmer ones that go with browns and beiges of past years! What a great post!

Oct 02, 2018 05:03 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Clever title Kristine Ginsberg Congratulations on the Feature, well deserved!

Oct 02, 2018 08:46 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I'm ready for something new.  I've lived with grey for 16 years.  I'm ready to be the next trend setter.

Oct 02, 2018 09:44 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Those photos are amazing Kristine.

Oct 03, 2018 05:51 AM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Gorgeous colors and pictures, Kristine! I hope you're doing very well.

Oct 03, 2018 03:45 PM
Kevin Vitali
EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates - Middleton, MA
Helping Massachusetts Home Buyers and Home Sellers

Nice examples Kristine Ginsberg 

Oct 04, 2018 07:50 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Kristine,

Very popular where we are too. In addition, a pale bluish gray seems common.

Oct 19, 2018 04:44 PM
Robert Rauf
CMG Home Loans - Toms River, NJ

Grey  is still the new Beige??   (time to paint, again)  Will you be down at the Convention this week?

Dec 03, 2018 11:05 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kristine, I email this to my wife and me since someone will be taking a day off and lots likes painting and gray is the future colloe to go with.

Dec 17, 2018 08:35 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Hello Kristine - just saw Roy Kelley's re-blog of this post and had to stop by. I'm a big fan of Gray's...just painted my home with S.W.'s Agreeable Gray.

Dec 17, 2018 04:44 PM