23 Colors That Go Perfectly With Gray: Color Pairings to Try


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Crisp White

bambi costanzo's home
Brie Williams

The dark gray exterior with crisp white trim pairing on this 1920s cottage sets the perfect scene against the forest of Sycamore trees behind it. Homeowner Bambi Costanzo has been renovating her tiny home and filling it with vintage treasures for over 25 years. The front porch originally extended all the way across the house, but Bambi co-opted one half to get extra room for a new library inside.

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Siding Paint Color: Evening Hush by Behr
Trim Paint Color: White by Glidden

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Denim Blue

pretty blue and white bedroom with twin beds
Gridley + Graves

The gray-washed wood plank walls of this bedroom provide the perfect backdrop to let the vintage denim-and-white pieced quilts stand out. An antique bobbin nightstand and stool in other shades of blue add charm. The locally made rag rug brings the blue, gray, and white tones together.

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Wall Paneling: For similar, Gray Skinny Planks Wallpaper

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Varying Shades of Gray

betsy and tim williams lake house
Max Kim-Bee

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Weathered Wood

home of nancy fishelson in orchard park, new york white decor dining room
Helen Norman

Architectural designer Nancy Fishelson swears by using neutrals in her work. Although she mostly chooses white paints with subtle black or gray undertones, for this pretty dining room, she used a light gray paint color on the fireplace mantel to add some contrast against the white walls. The weathered wood dining chairs add grounding so the whole room doesn’t feel too one-note and floaty.

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Mantel Paint Color: Repose Gray by Sherwin-Williams


Sky Blue

gray and blue surf shack
Raymond Forbes LLC

Butter Yellow

bathroom with yellow walls and white vanity
Max Kim-Bee

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Bold Red

bedroom with two red twin beds and tennis racquets turned into mirrors
Stacey Brandford

Tomato red really makes a bold statement when used with a mix of white and softer grays on the walls and textiles. Plus, the twin beds are not an exact match, but painting them the same hue makes them the perfect “pair.”

Get the Look:
Bed Paint Color: Stop by Sherwin-Williams
Wall Paint Color: Origami White by Sherwin-Williams


Slate Black

small laundry room with gray green cabinetry and slate sink
Brie Williams

Indigo Blue

a gray spool bed with blue and white striped bedding
Alec Helmer

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Bright Yellow

gray home exterior with yellow front door
Jeff McNamara

Soft White

attic bedroom with bird patterned wallpaper
David Tsay

A pretty bird-patterned wallpaper transforms this awkwardly shaped space under the eaves into a dreamy bedroom in the trees. The airy white and gray colorway keeps the room feeling ethereal instead of claustrophobic.

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Wallpaper: A-Twitter by Schumacher


Lime Green

open bookcases filled with books and objects in front of a room with lime green painted floors
Annie Schlechter

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Classic Red

gray house with a red front door and window trim
diana paulson

Cobalt Blue

white dining room with a blue patterned rug and wood dining table with gray painted chairs
David Tsay

Wrought Iron

a black iron bed in a white bedroom
Helen Norman

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Barn Red and Black

kitchen with gray cabinetry and red patterned tile floor
Thomas Kuoh

If you think “neutral” is only synonymous with “white,” think again. A timeless gray is the perfect hue for kitchen cabinetry, and a nice alternative when you want something light, but different than white. This soft gray is a lovely match for a bold pattern like the quilt-block like tile floor in this kitchen by designer Grant K. Gibson.

Get the Look:
Wall Paint Color: Grayish by Sherwin-Williams
Flooring: for similar, Patterned Tile Decals by FloorPop



small all white galley kitchen with a graphic tile backsplash

Soft Yellow and Bright Blue

bedroom with a gray upholstered headboard, yellow quilt, and bright blue rug
Brian Woodcock

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Verdant Green

gray living room with dark gray sofa and lots of plants
Rikki Snyder

Natural Woods

Gray White Bedroom

No one can deny how great a medium gray sets off white shiplap, and, as this room shows, gray and white also make a pretty pairing on a bed. But to keep the look from feeling too one-note, mix in wood pieces in a lighter tone. The warm wood gives your eye a place to land without distracting from the rest of the room.

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Alison Allsopp is the Style and Market Editor at Country Living.


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