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Architects’ 8 Favorite Warm Gray Paints

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Architects’ 8 Favorite Warm Gray Paints

March 20, 2017

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When it comes to choosing gray paint, looks can be deceiving: Often grays that look fine on a swatch end up being too blue-toned on a wall, making the room feel cold. For warm grays without the guesswork, we rounded up the eight most popular grays from our experts in the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory. Here are their picks.

Photography by Mel Walbridge.

FB Cornforth White

Above: London-based interior design firm Imperfect Interiors loves Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White. Designer Beth Dadswell says, “It’s a bit of a chameleon and can look warm in a sunny room or cooler in a north-facing room. It always looks elegant, particularly if used on skirting, woodwork and cornicing.”

Donald Kaufman DKC 99

Above: Kevin Oreck Architect in Los Angeles likes Donald Kaufman’s KC-99: “A great paint is marked by its depth and resilience under shifting light conditions,” they say; DKC-99 adapts “as light changes and shadows deepen.”

Sherwin-Williams-Passive

Above: San Francisco–based Jeff King & Co. recommends Sherwin-Williams’s Passive, one of the more silvery options on this list.

Benjamin Moore Graystone

Above: Studio One San Francisco recommends Benjamin Moore’s Graystone for its suede-like quality and “not too light or too dark” tone. Designer Lisa Collins says, “I find it a very soothing color. I have it in my office and have used it in bathrooms and bedrooms as well.”

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl

Above: Lauren Rubin Architecture’s favorite warm gray is Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl. “It is light, subtle and warm and compliments white as well as bolder hues perfectly. We love it so much we all have it somewhere in our own homes,” they say.

Benjamin Moore Mombasa mist

Above: Portland, Oregon, architecture firm Emerick Architects loves Ralph Lauren’s Mombasa Mist. “It adds a nice grounding, earthy element to projects without being too heavy,” says Melody Emerick, who uses it for both interior and exterior projects.

FB Elephants Breath

Above: NelsonDaly and Turett Collaborative Architects both recommend Farrow & Ball’s Elephant’s Breath, a “warm contemporary gray” that looks beige but goes on gray.

Benjamin Moore November rain

Above: Aamodt/Plumb Architects loves Benjamin Moore’s November Rain. Mette Aamodt recommends this hue for its versatility: “It goes with everything. We have it in at least half the rooms of our house. It is sophisticated and subtle.”

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