All shades of grey (paint).
Grey paint is a very popular paint colour, but getting the right shade of grey can be challenging, especially if you’re working with a low light room – the colour is sensitive to different types of light.
The key here is the grey paint’s undertones; to achieve the right atmosphere and the right shade, we need to start thinking about what else is in the paint colour other than black and white.
Rooms which don’t get much natural light are often cold so you’ll want to warm them up with some yellow undertones, however, you need to be cautious here as it can look green under lots of artificial light. Testing pots and swatches will be essential.
If you do achieve the right grey then your low light room will feel warm, bright and even bigger – greige and brown-grey are a great choice for this.
If you want to create a lot of drama in a low light room, then a charcoal grey would do just that. Often, working ~with~ the low light rather than against it, creates a better atmosphere than trying to make it bright.
Now you know the kind of grey you need, here’s some grey paint colours for low light rooms to get you started:
Elephant’s Breath – Farrow and Ball
Mid-grey with a touch of magenta to heat things up.
Arquerite – Little Greene
A warm grey shade, but still with lots of silvery undertones.
Grey 03 – Lick
A warm grey with a cosy lavender base tone.
Grey 14 – Lick
This grey has a drop of pink to warm things up.
Grey 09 – Lick
A deep dramatic grey that’s moody and warm.
Margot – Coat
Subtle, warm and enticing with its yellow undertones.
Sunday Soul – Coat
A warm taupe with subtle grey and brown undertones.
Big Timer – Coat
A powerful, deep and warm grey.
What colour paint is best for dark rooms?
You could play this either way and go light or dark with your paint colour for a dark room. However, make sure they have warm undertones like pink, yellow, red or lavender – it’ll stop the room feeling cold and uninviting.
What colour will brighten a dark room?
Pale shades of grey, blue, yellow and terracotta will brighten a dark room. Avoid a brilliant white, it will look muddy and dull without any natural light to reflect.
What is the most popular grey paint?
Farrow and Ball is a very popular paint brand and they have a huge range of grey paints, but Skimming Stone is their most popular grey colour to date.
Which shade of grey is best?
This all depends on the characteristics of the room you’re painting; for example, if the room gets lots of light then cool undertones will work, but if it’s dark then a warm grey is best.
What is a good warm grey paint colour?
Pebble Shore by Dulux is a good warm grey paint colour.
What is the lightest Dulux grey?
Polished Pebble is one of Dulux’s lightest grey colours.
Which grey paint for a north facing room?
Any warm grey paint will work for a north facing room to help the room feel warm and inviting.