Benjamin Moore Gray Owl: Looking for a light gray paint color that looks fantastic in any room? BM’s Gray Owl is a beautiful, light gray with a slightly blue tint. It is the perfect cooler gray! See how it compares to other Benjamin Moore gray paint colors and what you need to do to decide if it’s the right paint color every time! Plus, see it in living rooms, hallways, bedrooms, and bathrooms!
BENJAMIN MOORE GRAY OWL
Picking light gray colors is really tricky! Believe me, I’ve looked at every single light gray paint color known to man. Well, not all of them but a lot of them! So much so that it’s the most common question I get on my blog! After painting almost every single room in our house over the past four years (and making lots of mistakes along the way,) I’ve developed a system. See all my tried and true favorite gray paint colors here in this comprehensive guide and the trick that helps me pick out the perfect paint color the first time every time!
You are likely looking at other gray paint colors in addition to BM Gray Owl, so I’ve shared the most popular light gray paint colors side by side so you can see the differences.
GRAY OWL VS. BALBOA MIST
Here you can see how Benjamin Moore Gray Owl compares with one of my favorite Benjamin Moore light gray paint colors, BM Balboa Mist. You can see my complete review of Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist here. Side by side, Owl Gray has more green undertones than Balboa Mist. It’s similar darknesses, so both work well in a variety of rooms.
BENJAMIN MOORE GRAY OWL VS WICKHAM GRAY:
Wickham Gray is very similar to Balboa Mist. You can see Gray Owl’s greenish undertones, whereas Wickam Gray almost have bluish undertones. Both are beautiful light gray colors that look terrific in great rooms, family rooms, entryways, and bedrooms!
GRAY OWL VS. STONINGTON GRAY:
Two of Benjamin Moore’s most popular light gray colors go back to back. Stonington Gray is a bluer gray and reads more as a “true gray” than Gray Owl. However, I think that makes Gray Owl more sophisticated and versatile.
GRAY OWL VS REVERE PEWTER:
While Gray Owl makes Wickham Gray blue, you can see how brown it makes Revere Pewter look. If you want a deeper and warmer gray color, then go with Revere Pewter (see my complete review of Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter here.)
BENJAMIN MOORE GRAY OWL VS. PALE OAK:
Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak and Gray Owl are very similar as far as saturation goes; however, Gray Owl has more green undertones than Pale Oak which has more beige (greige you might call it.) I’ve also heard Benjamin Moore Pale Oak considered a white, so whichever you prefer.
GRAY OWL VS. METROPOLITAN GRAY:
Here you can see how different Gray Owl and Metropolitan Gray are compared side by side. If you want a moodier room go for Metropolitan Gray; and if you want an airier room, go with BM Gray Owl.
BENJAMIN MOORE GRAY OWL VS. EDGECOMB GRAY:
Here you can see Benjamin Moore Gray Owl and BM Edgecomb Gray head to head. Edgecomb Gray has a lot more beige in it than Gray Owl, and is a much warmer gray. For rooms that have more Southern exposure (and more light) I like to use bluer tones, and in rooms with Northern light exposure, I use warmer tones. However, both look nice side-by-side.
BM GRAY OWL VS. CLASSIC GRAY:
Last, you can see two of my favorites, Benjamin Moore Classic Gray and BM Gray Owl side by side. Classic Gray is my go-to light gray paint color and I use it all over my house (see my post on BM Classic Gray here.)
Now let’s see Benjamin Moore Gray Owl in real rooms! You will see how different DIY home decor bloggers have used it in a variety of rooms from hallways to bedrooms, sunrooms to masters!
Jaime Costiglio shares her DIY Handrail Makeover in her hallway painted BM Gray Owl
The VanderVeen House shows BM Gray Owl master bedroom
Cribs Style shared her Benjamin Moore Gray Owl painted shiplap entryway
Chatfield Court shows how stunning Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl is in a sunroom
Home with Keki shares this bedroom in BM Gray Owl
DIY Playbook shows how fabulous Benjamin Moore Gray Owl looks in Casey’s bedroom and family room.
You’ll also love these posts on light gray paint colors:
Best Gray Paint Colors You Can’t Mess Up
Best Interior Colors: How to Choose a Whole House Color Scheme
Keki Cannon says
Thanks for the share! I remember that client well, she loved the gray we placed throughtout her home. Have a blast Style Maker!