Gray is a very elegant neutral, adding depth to subtle colors and makes bold colors pop. When choosing gray colors, you want to get it right the first time. Its the temperature that’s important, cool or warm depending on which mood you want to create for your space. First step is to check on how much natural lighting is your room. Grays look different in different lighting. Furthermore, pick your gray tone based on your existing furniture. For example, a gray paint with purple undertone is the least common as most do not have purple shades in their current decor. Gray colors carry undertones of charcoal, blue, purple to lavender, blue or green, yellow, red or brown.
Once you pick the tone, next step is to pick from flat, eggshell, semi-gloss and high gloss. Gray colors looks best when using flat paint, however may not be recommended in some rooms, such as, kitchens and bathrooms.
Once you have chosen your paint color consider the main accent color you want to use. Almost any color can be used for your accent color and again, this depends on the mood you are trying to create. Reds and yellows will pop and add energy to the room. Blues and purples will adding a calming effect. If picking the paint color first, then accent color second is too difficult, then reverse the order. Most people start with one inspirational piece and build the room around that particular color. This method will guide your choices on undertones, accent colors and paint colors.
If you find it difficult to pick out the exact gray color to use, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Paint stores have associates that can assist you in choosing the perfect paint.