The Perfect {Barely There} Gray

I’ve been searching for the perfect gray.

My first purchase was of Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl. I’ve seen it several places online and I was excited to give it a try.



Cozy.Cottage.Cute used Gray Owl and lightened  it by 50%.

I tried that color sample too.


via cozy.cottage.cute

That colored looked PERFECT on my computer.  I don’t know if it’s my eyes, or the lighting in my house, but my Gray Owl did NOT look like that in my house! I first sampled Home Depot’s mix of the color. After finding the color a bit too green for me {yes, green!}, I went to Benjamin Moore.  Their color sample was the same! It did not look like the color above.

I sampled many, many colors.  The picture below is simply a small representation….


Through the process, I realized that I was looking for a ‘barely there’ gray. Not a deep, solid, rich gray that you may paint the outside of a house. But a nice subtle, almost-white-with-a-bit-of-gray type of gray.

Finally – yes finally – I found it!  It took some perseverance, but I did it.

the perfect barely there gray

Benjamin Moore’s Shoreline looked great in my house.  Just a touch of gray. Not too green. Not too blue. Just right.

So I painted Emmie’s room painted last week.  While I don’t have any pictures to share of her room yet, here is a nursery I came across on Houzz that used BM Shoreline…

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I love it!

It took me awhile, but I persevered and found my perfect gray!

There is still plenty to be done in Emmie’s room.  So stay tuned for progress pictures in the future!


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  1. I love stories about the sometimes difficult road to finding the perfect paint color – looking forward to seeing the completed room!

  2. What a adorable baby room….hmmmm!
    Did you see we are having a girl!!!

  3. oops can I delete that…I hate that…
    AN adorable.

  4. Looks like you found a good color. Looking forward to seeing the room when you’re done. 🙂

  5. I wish I had found your blog a few months ago! I was looking for a barely there gray, bought 10 different samples and the one I ended up picking looks more like light blue! I will live with it for now but will definitely try BM Shoreline when I decide to repaint!


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