Havenly Designers’ Love Letter to Benjamin Moore Gray Mist

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WORDS BY Rebecca Deczynski

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Published on September 29, 2020

As much as we love a good splash of paint, sometimes, there’s no better foundation than a neutral. The only problem is, with so many white, gray, and cream paints to choose from, where do you even begin? Havenly’s interior designers have got you covered. Our designers have their favorite paints they turn to again and again, and one such hue is Benjamin Moore Gray Mist.

Not quite white and not quite a true gray, Benjamin Moore Gray Mist is a versatile option. “This greige shade is a favorite in bright rooms and all styles of interiors,” says Havenly designer Toussaint Derby. This hue can work just as well in a dining room as it does a bedroom—and not only that, it can pair harmoniously with a wide range of color palettes.

Here, Derby shares his advice for how to incorporate Benjamin Moore Gray Mist in your own space. Spoiler alert: It’s very easy.

Why is Benjamin Moore Gray Mist a designer favorite?

Benjamin Moore Gray Mist

“Gray Mist is one of those stellar neutrals that complements so many other tones really well,” Derby says. You can use this off-white paint color in a space that’s filled with a range of neutrals for more of a monochromatic look, or you can use it as the ideal blank canvas for a room filled with more impact-making hues. 

Is Benjamin Moore Gray Mist warm or cool?

While you might think of grays as being far more cool-toned than warm, Benjamin Moore Gray Mist is more of a greige—aka, a midway point between gray and beige. Essentially, it’s an off-white that leans towards the warm side of the spectrum, but it can also work with cool colors. In this way, it can help to create a sense of balance in your color scheme.

What colors go well with Benjamin Moore Gray Mist?

Benjamin Moore Gray Mist

“Since Gray Mist is so flexible, it really pairs well with just about any color,” Derby says. Really! The natural warmth in the color will help to emphasize an already warm color palette. And if you bring in cooler-toned furniture and decor, Gray Mist will lend a touch of warmth to the space, preventing it from looking too cool or sterile. 

Benjamin Moore Gray Mist

How to use Gray Mist in the Living Room

Benjamin Moore Gray Mist

Especially if your living room gets a ton of natural light, Gray Mist can create an amazing foundation for your interior. Because it’s not a true white, the paint color helps to brighten a space without making it feel clinical. Pair this greige hue with a bright white (like Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace, another of our favorites, or Simply White) on your trim for a clean, refined look.

How to use Gray Mist in the Dining Room

Benjamin Moore Gray Mist

Because the dining room is a place for gathering and having amazing meals and conversations with your loved ones, you probably want the space to feel nice and cozy. And Gray Mist is a great way to set the scene. It works just as well with bold black or dark brown furniture as it does with Scandi-inspired light wood elements. 

How to use Gray Mist in the Bedroom

Benjamin Moore Gray Mist

If you want your bedroom to be bright and relaxing, Benjamin Moore Gray Mist is up to the task. This greige paint plays nicely with other neutral hues (for an upscale hotel vibe), but if you want to bring in any vibrant accent colors, it also makes a great complement.  

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Words by Rebecca Deczynski