Gone with the Beige. Hello Greige!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend!  Did the early signs of Fall start creeping through in your neck of the woods?  It did here in Upstate NY and we enjoyed the slight chill + sun by doing a Fall favorite, apple picking.  All day yesterday I was baking away.

Aside from the outdoor fun, I also got my groove on with the foyer.  I shared on Friday that my next room remodel is the foyer / entry / mudroom…  In my home, all the same space.  It’s not huge, but an inviting space that I wanted to give a new look.  One of the most playful new elements in the room is the addition of wide horizontal stripes.  But before the ‘wow’ factor could be added, a new fresh coat of pant was needed.

The ‘before’ space was a beige-y color (in eggshell) with a tone-on-tone (in gloss) stencil design on the main wall.  As of late, I’ve been veering towards cooler colors and the beige hue was too orangey, especially next to the new blue walls of the office and the powder room.  Instead of touching up the beige walls, I chose a new color that was a mix of gray + beige, known as greige!

Designer Advice: If you want a neutral wall color, go with Greige!  It's the perfect combo of warm + cool tones. @Jenna_Burger

For my walls, the depth of color didn’t change, but the tone certainly did.  It was amazing painting over the beige because the new grayer hue (that has a tinge of blue/purple undertone in it) made the old color look very orange (something that I never realized before).  It instantly works a lot better with the adjacent spaces.

Old Beige, New Greige - Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Gallery Buff on the walls of the foyer

I’m adoring greige hues because you really can’t go wrong.  Whether a space has cooler or warmer tones, the ‘greige’ will go in that direction.

My advice: If you are wanting neutral, go with greige!  While I’m in the midst of finishing up the walls + stripes, I thought I would share with you my Top 10 Favorite Greige Colors…

Top 10 Greige Paint Colors for Walls by @Jenna_Burger

Colors Include:
1. Sherwin Williams Mega Greige
2. Valspar Woodrow Wilson Putty
3. Benjamin Moore Hazy Skies
4. Sherwin Williams Canvas Tan
5. Behr Granite Boulder
6. Glidden Martha Stewart Sharkey Gray
7. Benjamin Moore Gallery Buff (that’s my color!)
8. Valspar Bay Sands
9. Behr Mineral
10. Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige

All of these colors are a perfect mix of beige + gray = greige, but keep in mind when choosing the ideal hue for your space that every color has different undertones (red, blue, green, etc).  The best step for choosing the right color for your space is to select a few samples and test them out.  Don’t forget to try the same color on different walls and also look at them at different times during the day.  As the light changes, the color will too.

Here are a few spaces with my favorite Greige Colors

Valspar Woodrow Wilson PuttyValspar Woodrow Wilson Putty (interesting name…) on the walls of the living room by Bryn Alexandra

Sherwin Williams Perfect GreigeSherwin Williams Perfect Greige on the walls of the dining room by 2 Vintage Sisters

Benjamin Moore Hazy SkiesBenjamin Moore Hazy Skies on the walls of the home of Kirsten Krason

Behr Granite BoulderBehr Granite Boulder on the walls of the dining room by Sappy Apple

Now that I’ve got my new greige paint color on the wall, I am ready to add the bold + dynamic stripes.  More on that later this week + I’ll be sharing a new handy dandy tool that I just discovered to make painting a bit less daunting – Holla!  In the meantime, enjoy and be inspired by the new greige colors I shared.

What is your favorite color greige?  Do you have a greige wall in your home? 

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  1. Jackie says

    Hi Jenna, thanks for the great color tips. I am wondering how these colors would work in a house FULL of natural gumwood. All the pics I see have white trim. Our woodwork is beautiful, but can feel dark/heavy. In the family room we also have a large dark brown leather couch! ;0 I’d love to lighten things up in there. Any tips/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    • Jenna says

      Light colors look nice with natural wood mouldings, but they really ‘pop’ against the white. My mouldings used to be natural stained, but a few years ago, I painted everything. It made a huge difference and now with the greige color, it looks beautiful. Would you ever consider painting the trim? Even though you may like it, it sure would lighten and brighten the space! Just something to consider…

  2. Olivia says

    This is right up my alley. I just finished up a remodel and went with BM’s Rodeo on the walls and Marth Stewart’s Tailor’s Chalk for the trim. A wonderful neutral and I love how creamy it feels. Funny, I found the color by accident at the Benjamin Moore store while picking up some samples that were not in my color book. Doesn’t look as good on the swatch as it does on the walls. It wasn’t luck. It was fate! ;)

  3. Carol says

    What do you think of Benjamin Moore Wind’s Breath ,….I have a sunny west-facing room and this colour looks nice to me with no sunlight, but looks very muddy and depressing in full sunlight.

  4. Matt K says

    I’ve been flipping houses for a long time and have been using Sherwin Williams Softer Tan for the last 10 years.

    I found your site after doing a google search for Sherwin Williams Greige. I am thinking about making this my new color…… after 10 years of Softer Tan I am looking to mix it up a little.

    Can’t decide between the Mega Greige or the Perfect Greige. Did you sample these two? What are the differences between these two Sherwin Williams choices?

    • Leslie Turner says

      I have! Revere Pewter is one of the most beautiful colors! I have had several clients build houses and use that color as their main neutral and I absolutely am in love with it! I wish I could use it in my home, but I need something that leans more to the “beige” than the “grey”….but definitely get a sample. It was Benjamin Moore’s #1 selling color for a reason! Another beautiful color is BM Edgecomb Grey. Gorgeous!

  5. Amy says

    We happened upon a color called Shiitake by Behr (truly by accident since it’s not a color on any of the paint chips on display) – it’s a perfect taupe-grey!

  6. Chantal says

    I realize this is an older post, but thanks for making greige recommendations. I wanted to paint my bedroom greige but messed it up and ended up painting it a purpley-grey colour. That said because I bought Benjamin Moore Origins paint, a line available in Canadian Tire stores in Canada, it was a good “mistake” because the colour is very nice for a bedroom, and, painting the whole house the same colour would have been boring anyway! For the rest of the house I decided I wanted to be sure it would actually end up as a proper greige, and bought some tester paint, finally ending up with a combo of Benjamin Moore Origins “Polished Pewter”, and a darker but similar greige called “Urban Jungle” for accent walls. The ugly mustardy yellow that was put on the walls before we moved in is almost all gone, and it is starting to look great, or I should say, “greige” throughout the house.

  7. Kevin says

    I just did this 2 days ago painted an extra bedroom / sitting / media room Behr Granite Boulder. We’re using a white framed daybed and all white ceiling and moldings and curtains, and some sort of pink pillows and bedding and other room accents to soften up the room and feminize it a little. I can see how just by changing the accents we could have masculinized the room if we had wanted to. I see the other comments are from 2013 so we’re 2 years behind. :)

  8. Chance says

    ive had my eye on Gallery Buff for a little while now, but really want to stay away from prominent blue undertones. For some reason in my east facing kitchen, everything looks blue. So, I guess my question is does Gallery Buff seem to turn blue eoughout the day or does it stay warm?

    Thanks so very much

    • Jenna says

      I really think Gallery Buff is a great beige, gray mix with no blue undertones. Even in the evening it’s more warm than cool. I think it would be a wonderful choice!