Gray paint colors used to be considered dull, cold and boring, but not anymore.
Now gray is officially the new beige and it's just as popular - it is everywhere.
When viewed individually and without a context, it can be hard to tell what makes each shade different and special because they often appear just bland, flat tones.
But when you compare them to other grays in a color deck, their true "personality" and character becomes more obvious to the eye.
And depending on the undertone, each gray also has its own distinctive characteristics.
For example, pure grays with no undertones are clean and crisp but can look a bit too industrial and underwhelming for some decorating styles;
bluish grays are pretty and light-hearted but it's a fine line between a bluish gray and a blue;
green-based grays are more serious and grounded but can seem too cold and unfriendly - depending on the overall room color scheme...
while grays with pink undertones add a touch of mystery and warmth to a room, but they can often read too pink in some lighting conditions.
All that is to say that it's not only about the particular shade of gray you choose; it's also how and where you use it, that matters in the final result.
Complex grey wall colors look classy, elegant and sophisticated, and they can have a peaceful, calming effect on a room.
Light gray paint colors need touches of black (via accents), and work best in chic bedrooms, classic living areas and contemporary kitchens.
Deep, dark gray color is stunning in powder rooms, formal dining rooms and dramatic bedrooms (but it needs to be balanced with white or cream to keep it from looking too gloomy).
All shades of gray need plenty of natural and artificial light to warm them up and bring out their complexity.
If you want to create classic, understated color combinations, keep accent colors muted rather than bright.
But if you are going for a more contemporary look, use citric shades of lemon and lime, or fuschia and orange.
Also, keep in mind that grey walls look best when they have a chalky, flat finish.
A glossy sheen does look sleek, but it also brings out the coldness in grays.
And finally, to prevent gray-based monochrome color schemes from looking too monotonous and boring, add lots and lots of texture to the decor - rich fabrics, aged finishes, as well as metallic and shiny accents will create a multi-dimensional, connected and layered effect.
For the best 8 proven, tried and tested gray paint colors, see the Paint Color Cheat Sheets and get right to painting!