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The Best Gray Paint – No Purple, No Green, No Blue


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I recently discovered the best gray paint for the walls of my home and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!  If you’re struggling to find a true gray paint without any undertones, this post is for you!

true gray paint

True Gray Paint For My Walls

As anxious as we were to move right in to our new home, we pushed back our move date so we could have the entire home painted from flat white that our builder included, to a light gray egg shell paint that would be prettier on the walls and easier to clean. (We have 5 kids, so flat paint was not happening!)

I’ll be honest, choosing a gray paint scared me. I’ve heard (and seen) plenty of horror stories of friends who finally decide on a nice neutral light gray color, only to end up with walls that are too purple, too blue or just too dark.

And some of these people chose their color after seeing it and LOVING it in their neighbor’s home – so they thought it was “safe.” But the amount of natural light in each home can vary so much, that even the exact same color, finish and brand of paint could look totally different from one house to the next.

When I finally decided to tackle the task of choosing a paint color, I walked into the Dunn Edwards paint store and headed straight to the paint chip samples. The nice sales lady must have sensed how OVERWHELMED I was, so she kindly asked if I needed any help.

“I need a true light gray paint that will look good on every wall in my home.”

“Ok, here you go” she said, and she handed me this paint chip sample in less than 4 seconds.

best gray paint colors

Miner’s Dust Paint Color

Then she continued –

“This is a super popular color that stays a true grey, no matter the lighting. I’ve never heard a single complaint about it, and it looks really pretty on every wall.”

Me: That looks more beige than I was thinking.

Her: It has a beige-look, but it isn’t beige at all on the walls. I think the beige keeps it neutral so you won’t see any blue or purple.

I asked her about a couple other gray swatches that caught my eye, but she quickly pointed out the blue or green undertones in each of those gray paint colors. She warned me to be careful of those because they could potentially pick up colors outside of the “true gray” color I was going for.

This lady knew her stuff, and it was weird how much I trusted her and valued her opinion. Still, I left the store with 3 swatches and 3 small paint samples, just to be safe.

Best Gray Paint Colors

Dunn Edwards paint colors

After about a week of staring at these colors and stressing over making the right choice, we ended up biting the bullet. We ordered the grey color the sales lady first suggested and ordered 45 gallons of Dunn Edwards Miners Dust paint so there was no turning back!!!

True Gray Paint with No Undertones

True Gray Paint With No Undertones

You guys. Is it possible to LOVE paint like a member of your family?! Because that’s kinda how I feel about this gray paint color!

We get compliments on the color of our walls all of the time and I am so quick to brag about this perfect gray color, just as a parent would brag about their own child. (Weird, right?)

the best gray paint for walls

(I just LOVE the way this gray pops against all our white trim!)

We have this color on every wall in our home and the lighting varies from room to room. Our Family Room has 4 BIG windows and it gets a ton of natural light, but our laundry room is tiny and only has 1 little window. Both rooms have the prettiest light gray walls you ever did see, the only difference being it looks slightly darker or lighter and neither has a blue or pink undertone! (YAY!)

gray paint for walls

In fact, one day while I was sitting in my Office, the superintendent over the construction of our new neighborhood stopped by after our house was painted and he loved this color SO much! He said he has seen a lot of gray houses lately but this was the nicest color of them all! He told me just last week he ended up painting his entire home this same color and he has recommended it to several new home owners in our neighborhood.

gray paint on walls with no undertones

When we first moved in our loft was empty and I was a little concerned how the gray color would look once we furnished the room.  But once we turned the loft into a Teen Hangout, I couldn’t be happier with the color.

Since we’ve painted the interior of our house, my sister bought this color for her rental property and my cousin is painting her entire home in Miners Dust this weekend.

You guys, I am serious about this, you can’t go wrong with this gray paint color.

Miners Dust Is The Best Gray Paint

Here are a few more rooms in my house for you to see how this true gray color looks with other decor and accent colors.

best true gray paint on walls

So stop by your local Dunn Edwards store and pick up a sample.

And let me know how you like it!

…just try not to treat it any differently than the other members of your family.

Your other kids might grow to resent it. 😉

The Best Gray Paint for Your Walls

Disclaimer: I reached out to Dunn Edwards to see if they’d want to partner with me on a product review. They sent me the paint for my home in exchange for this post, but all opinions are 100% my own. Rest assured I wouldn’t promote this product if I didn’t absolutely LOVE it! 

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