{50 shades of gray – the paint edition}


 Shades of Gray to Fit Any Room

There is quite the buzz in the air about the movie, 50 Shades of Grey, you can’t help but read about it, hear about it, and see it everywhere. People can’t seem to get enough of it. So welcome to 50 Shades of Gray – The Paint Edition.

Langdon Dove

Langdon Dove by Hirshfield’s |Highmark Builders | Photography by SpaceCrafting

Shades of Gray to Warm A Room

Shades of gray that work well in our cool climate are the warmer grays. These are the grays that have gold or brown undertones as compared to the blue undertones that tend to look too cool for our weather.

Hirshfield’s color expert, Mark Masica says grays work easily in most any room, “ I’m old school and about the only areas I would not use a gray would be in a nursery or young child’s room, where I still like the brighter, more playful colors.”

Mark says the most popular gray neutral color on websites such as Pinterest is Benjamin Moore’s HC-172, Revere Pewter, one of 31 grays in their Historical Colors. It is one of those colors that looks gray under some light but has the warm gold and brown undertones that work so well here in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. Why do people like Revere Pewter? Check out their comments here.

Shark Fin 0574

Shark Fin 0574

Mark’s shades of gray recommendations:

“Some of my favorites are the Hirshfield’s 0197 Thistle Gray, 0561 Indian Hills, 0574 Shark Fin, and 0532 Rand Moon,” he says. “In the Benjamin Moore line, I also like HC-169 Coventry Gray and 1551 La Paloma Gray.”

Other Opinions

Hirshfield’s Langdon Dove is a popular shade of gray at our Coon Rapids store, according to Kelly and Kaylene. “The black, brown and gold undertones create a lovely warm taupe,” they say. “It compliments many warm colors, especially the new Pantone color of the year Marsala (or Hirshfield’s Richardson Brick). Bring in the blue-grey of Metropolis Mood 0526, for a perfect trifecta.”

Whatever shade of gray you fancy, we can help you find it at any of our Hirshfield’s store locations. Don’t worry, we don’t judge!

Additional posts on Gray:

{friday finds: the grays still have it in the midwest}

{bits & pieces: boys’ bedroom in chelsea gray}

{friday finds: gray, grey, greige}

{friday finds: again with the grays}

{friday finds: it’s too red…too purple…too something}

{friday finds: revere pewter hc-172}

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

2 Responses to “{50 shades of gray – the paint edition}”

  1. {choosing colors: going from beige to greige} | Hirshfield's Color Club Says:

    […] before picking out colors, check out some of our other blogs – like this one on the many shades of gray, or this one […]

  2. {color club’s top blog posts of 2015} | Hirshfield's Color Club Says:

    […] {50 shades of gray – the paint edition} There is quite the buzz in the air about the movie, 50 Shades of Grey, you can’t help but read about it, hear about it, and see it everywhere. People can’t seem to get enough of it. So welcome to 50 Shades of Gray – The Paint Edition. […]


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