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Our favourite shades of grey

There is so much more to grey than grey. Grey has many shades, and each shade of grey paint will add something unique to the space where it is applied. Some shades will work in certain places while others work better elsewhere. So, before your wife or client sends you to the paint store to buy grey paint, let’s explore some of the different shades you can choose. Here are some of our favourite shades of grey. Let’s look at how they compare with one another.

Star Paint’s Favourite Shades of Grey


The colour pewter is named after a grey alloy of tin with copper and antimony. It is usually a bluish or silvery grey shade that is considered cool and neutral. It is therefore often used as an exterior paint colour on window and door frames. As an interior paint, it can be used as the main wall colour or as an accent colour.


Charcoal paint is a classy alternative to black and is more dramatic than lighter greys. Dark greys, like charcoal, can be used for accent walls or as a main paint colour if the lighting in a room is bright enough, and if the furniture and decor is light. Make sure you find a charcoal paint that does not have any brown or green undertones.


A cloudy paint colour is a softer, lighter grey and the closest to white. It can therefore be applied in almost any space as it goes with almost anything, and is particularly popular as a companion to pastels. Cloud grey is a timeless colour that is a favourite amongst homemakers and interior designers.


The colour slate is derived from a grey metamorphic rock, with blue or purple undertones, that splits into flat plates. It is an elegant colour that isn’t as overwhelming as black, but gives off an air of aristocracy. The blue or purple undertones must be considered – lighter furniture and decor items that compliment, rather than clash with, these undertones is important.


A dove paint colour gets its name from a grey dove, of course. And just like a dove, this light grey with a purplish undertone communicates peacefulness. This adaptable, enigmatic colour changes moods depending on the light and texture that surrounds it. Add deep blues or crimson reds for a rich atmosphere or softer aquas and pinks for a cool, calm scheme.


Add a bit of sophisticated shine to any room with silvery grey paint. If you like a cloud grey paint colour then think of this as the silver lining. Otherwise known as metallic grey, this colour gets its name from polished silver. Silver will give your walls a dramatic mirror effect that will create the illusion of abundant light and space.


Pebble grey paint is on the darker side of the greys, so it works well as an accent colour when paired with lighter colours. Just like pebbles strewn across a beach or river bank it adds a beautiful and intriguing texture to any space. Pair this pebble grey with white and black for a serenely sophisticated look.


A coin coloured paint is a lighter grey, somewhere between silver and cloud, so it has the shimmer of silver with the gentleness of cloud. With a hint of antiqueness, it is a colour that will add classic character to any area. Its blue undertone makes it a cool colour that is the perfect choice if you want to create a cool, spacious atmosphere.

We could continue with many more colours, but these are our favourite shades of grey. The great thing about being able to mix colours is that there really are endless colours of grey paint available. What is your favourite shade of grey? Chat to us about finding the perfect grey for you.

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