My Favorite Paint Color Strip

Home Builder with West Magnolia Charm

While going through my Sherwin Williams paint deck the other day I realized something. There is one particular paint strip I always go back to. This strip is home to some of the greats,  Eider White, Repose Gray, Mindful Gray, Dorian Gray, Dovetail, Gauntlet Gray and Black Fox. 

Yes there are a ton of neutral gray options in the paint deck and yes they are amazing colors but why do I tend to always go back to this one strip?

First of all, these colors are in the neutral gray family which of course is great for home sellers and buyers alike. Neutrals are always a safe paint color choice, especially grays. It makes it easy for homebuyers to envision themselves and their decor in the home without any crazy wall color distraction. This is why, if you are selling a home it's wise to choose a neutral color for the walls.

Secondly, the colors on this paint strip are all neutral grays. Meaning, they don't have any strong or overwhelming undertones like blue, or yellow. In terms of warm and cool color, they are on the warm side however,  they are balanced enough with the cool tones that they never look overly warm. Just a hint of warmth and that warmth helps keep any of the colors from looking cold or icy. They are all perfectly balanced with warm and cool tones.

I love these colors so much that I used them in my own home. One day I decided it was time for a paint color change and I ended up using Repose Gray on all my downstairs walls and hallways, Dorian Gray in the master bedroom, Mindful Gray in the Guest room and Dovetail on all the interior doors. I couldn't be happier with the results.

The other thing I love about these colors that since I have used then in my own home as well as in customers' homes, I know they work in many different decor settings. For example, my home is more of a vintage farmhouse style and these colors blended in beautifully. A recent customer's home was very traditional and we used Mindful Gray and it made for a gorgeous background to the furnishings.

It's safe to say I'll continue to use these amazing colors. I also highly suggest checking them out if you are in the market for a few fantastic neutrals.



Comments (11)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Cate and welcome to ActiveRain. You've mentioned some of my favorite colors as well. What I love about the greys is that when paired with white trim it gives the room a clean and classic look. 

Sep 05, 2019 07:02 PM
Barbara Todaro

depending on the shade, it can be a clean classic look and it can be dynamic when used on handrails with white spindles....

Sep 08, 2019 05:44 AM
Cate Griffing

Hi Kathy! I agree it's such a beautiful classic look. So timeless too.

Sep 11, 2019 06:06 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign


                             Thank you, Cate. Included you in my Sunday Series!

Sep 07, 2019 07:19 PM
Cate Griffing

I really appreciate that Kathy!

Sep 11, 2019 06:06 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Cate Griffing I love gray tones of all shades.... my paint of choice has always been Benjamin Moore.... and Silver Dollar Gray and Anchor Gray are in my house in two bedrooms... I had the handrail painted Anchor Gray in a semi-gloss.... it's beautiful..

Sep 08, 2019 05:43 AM
Cate Griffing

Hi Barbara Todaro! I am such a fan of Benjamin Moore Silver Dollar! I love the idea of painting the handrail in Anchor Gray. I'm sure it's gorgeous!

Sep 11, 2019 06:09 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I'll have to go check out those gray tones. My go to grey color has been agreeable grey for a while now.

Sep 08, 2019 06:12 AM
Cate Griffing

Hey Nina, you cannot go wrong with Agreeable Gray. That's a classic.

Sep 11, 2019 06:10 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You've chosen some great grays to highlight. Looking foward to more of your posts. 

Sep 08, 2019 09:03 AM
Cate Griffing

Thank you very much!

Sep 11, 2019 06:11 AM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Yes, the neutral colors do very well with almost any kind of furnishings.  They provide a backdrop and can be trimmed with an eggshell white on the moldings.

Sep 08, 2019 09:07 AM
Cate Griffing

I agree, they always look fresh and up to date too.

Sep 11, 2019 06:12 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose to highlight your post this week!  

Sep 09, 2019 05:04 AM
Cate Griffing

Thank you, Kristin. I appreciate that!

Sep 11, 2019 06:12 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Cait:

Gray has become one of my favorite colors, too!

Welcome to ActiveRain - glad to see you geting started with blogging. I hope we will see more of your writing, and participating in this wonderful community!


Sep 09, 2019 05:15 PM
Cate Griffing

Hi Jeff,  

Can't go wrong with a gray. 

Thank you, this community has been so wonderful!

Sep 11, 2019 06:14 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

and Cate Griffing , I forgot to welcome you to ActiveRain.... I hope you enjoy it here as much as I have over the past 10 years.... it's a great place to learn, share, market and network.... and I hope you benefit from all of it..... BT

Oct 28, 2019 10:49 AM
Cate Griffing

Thank you so much, Barbara. 

I am enjoying and learning as I go!

Oct 28, 2019 11:28 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for telling us about some of your favorite selections and for your advice.

Nov 07, 2019 10:27 AM