Shades of Gray: Architects' Top 10 Paint Picks by

Issue 90 · The Modern Root Cellar · September 16, 2013

Shades of Gray: Architects' Top 10 Paint Picks

Issue 90 · The Modern Root Cellar · September 16, 2013

There are at least 50 million shades of gray. Which one will look best on your house? We asked members of our Architect/Designer Directory to reveal their favorites. Here are the ten exterior gray paints they pick most:

Deciding between gray and white? See the 10 Best White Exterior Paints chosen by members of our Architect/Designer Directory. 

Swatch photographs by Katie Newburn for Gardenista. 

Best Outdoor Gray Exterior House Paint Colors, Gardenista

Above: Top row, left to right: Benjamin Moore Sag Harbor Gray; ICI Grey Hearth; Dunn-Edwards Vulcan; Benjamin Moore Graphite; Benjamin Moore Bear Creek. Bottom row: Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain; Benjamin Moore Gravel Grey; Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn; Farrow & Ball Down Pipe; and Benjamin Moore Graystone.

Best Exterior Gray House Paint Color, Dunn Edwards Vulcan, Gardenista

Above: LA-based SIMO Design painted this home in Dunn-Edwards Vulcan, a cool blue-gray and the bluest of the shades in our top ten.

Best Exterior Gray Outdoor House Paint Color, Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain, Gardenista

Above: Los Angeles designers Nickey Kehoe Inc. had this house painted in Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain, a dark gray with a rich brown undertone. The shade is also a favorite of SF Bay Area-based Geremia Design and Klopf Architecture. Photograph by Amy Neunsinger.

Best Exterior Gray Outdoor House Paint Color, Benjamin Moore Sag Harbor Gray, Gardenista

Above: Chatham, NY-based architect James Dixon chose Benjamin Moore's Sag Harbor Gray for this Hudson Valley farmhouse. The light green-gray is part of Benjamin Moore's historic colors series.

Best Exterior Gray Outdoor House Paint Color, Benjamin Moore Graphite, Gardenista

Above: SF Bay Area-based Ana Williamson Architect used Benjamin Moore Graphite on the siding of this modern home; the color is a true dark gray with just a hint of blue. On the trim, Williamson used Benjamin Moore Gunmetal and had the stucco integrally colored to match Benjamin Moore Timber Wolf.

Best Exterior Gray Outdoor House Paint Color, Benjamin Moore Bear Creek, Gardenista

Above: SF Bay Area-based interior designer Kriste Michelini chose Benjamin Moore Bear Creek as her favorite gray. Bear Creek is also rich in brown tones; lighter than Iron Mountain but darker than Grey Hearth. Photograph via Pinterest.

Best Exterior Gray Outdoor House Paint Color, Farrow & Ball Down Pipe, Gardenista

Above: Both LA-based DISC Interiors and SF-based Nicole Hollis chose Farrow & Ball Down Pipe as their favorite exterior gray. The popular color is a complex mix with hints of blue-green. Photograph via Farrow & Ball.

Best Exterior Gray Outdoor House Paint Color, Benjamin Moore Gravel Gray, Gardenista

Above: NYC-based architect Alex Scott Porter has used Benjamin Moore Gravel Gray on several house exteriors, including the Maine island home shown here. Gravel Gray is the darkest of the shades we've recommended.

Best Exterior Gray Outdoor House Paint Color, ICI Grey Hearth, Gardenista

Above: LA-based Kevin Oreck Architect painted this new home in ICI Grey Hearth

Best Exterior Gray Outdoor House Paint Color, Sherwin Williams Peppercorn, Gardenista

Above: Interior designer Laura Clayton Baker of LA-based The Uplifters Inc. used Sherwin Williams Peppercorn on this Washington, D.C. home. Peppercorn is the truest gray of those listed here, and pairs well with Clayton Baker's other picks on this exterior: The trim is Sherwin-Williams' Pure White and Tricorn Black, and the door is Benjamin Moore Vermilion in a high gloss finish.

Best Exterior Gray Outdoor House Paint Color, Benjamin Moore Graystone, Gardenista

Above: SF-based Klopf Architecture has used Benjamin Moore Graystone on several home exteriors; it's a flattering shade in all kinds of light.

Don't miss our designer-approved outdoor paint picks in white, gray, and black. Here, Architects' White Exterior Paint Picks.



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