Colors that go with gray

If you’re looking to redecorate with a stylish neutral, it might be time to consider gray. Whether you go for pale and lilac-toned grays to create a cool environment or prefer warmer grays with yellow or brown undertones, it’s an incredibly versatile color. Plus, it can provide the perfect backdrop for a variety of design schemes, from minimalist to maximalist. Ready to experiment with the shade in your own abode? Here, we’ve rounded up plenty of helpful tips and advice on what color goes with gray. Discover the best color pairings for gray below…

The psychology of the color gray

The color you choose to decorate your home with has the power to affect your well-being and can have a dramatic impact on the atmosphere of a space. Gray is typically associated with safety, security and intelligence, making it ideal for a living room or home office. It’s also considered to be calming and soothing, so it’s perfect for a child’s bedroom, too.

Gray color schemes

From soft, light hues like pewter and ash, to charcoal and graphite shades, a gray palette can effortlessly transform any area. Yet choosing the right tones to complement gray can sometimes be tricky. Fortunately, the search is over. Ahead, find the five color combinations you just can’t go wrong with.

Grey Paint

Earthy neutrals

When it comes to what color goes with gray, earthy neutrals are ideal. Rich, warm hues such as beige, taupe, khaki, olive, moss and rust not only create a natural-looking palette, but elevate gray without feeling out of place. Consider accenting a lighter gray wall with neutral paint colors such as our Military Operation paint. With its higher pigments of red and yellow, this stunning khaki shade pairs well with other warm tones.


Another pairing that ranks high on the list is monochrome. Black and off-white can offset and lift tones of deep charcoal gray for a dark, moody interior. A stylish option for your living room, this color combination is sleek and sophisticated. Why not team painted walls with a gray wallpaper as a feature? With its large-scale geometric print, our Atelier Stone Geo wallpaper will add a modern edge, too. To prevent the space from feeling cold, try adding colorful accessories.

Atelier Geo Stone Wallpaper

Emerald green

What better way to enhance the beauty of gray than with this vibrant jewel tone? Emerald green provides a powerful grounding effect and it's versatile enough to pair with nearly any neutral, including gray. With its fresh blue undertones, try our luxurious Glasshouse paint on walls to energise and add depth to a gray-toned space.

Burnt saffron

Teaming burnt saffron a bold yet earthy shade of yellow with gray will bring a touch of spice to any modern home. These two colors contrast beautifully to create a distinctive, lively aesthetic in a bedroom, dining area or living room. To get the look, go for our Burnt Saffron paint.

Burnt Saffron Paint

Light pastel blues

Who says a gray and pastel color combination can’t wow? Mixing a soft palette of light pastel blues with gray will introduce a fresh feel to an interior. Adding subtle splashes of chalky blue to a gray color scheme prevents the design from feeling monotonous. Opt for a light, cool-toned gray as the neutral backdrop and decorate other walls with our Bluebird paint.

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