Benjamin Moore Gray Owl Review & Inspiration

What We Love About Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52

Gray Owl is one of Benjamin Moore’s best-selling neutral colors and a popular choice among interior designers. It’s a versatile light gray with barely-there warm undertones; the warmth may recede under certain lighting conditions, leaving a pale gray that’s slightly cool. It’s part of ‘Color Preview’, a collection that complements Benjamin Moore’s Classic Colors.

Gray Owl Is A Versatile Neutral With Warm Undertones

Gray Owl has distinctly green undertones that place it strongly in the warm gray category. However, on some naturally-lit walls a hint of blue may appear, giving the impression that this warm color is actually a cool gray! This ability to respond to its surroundings makes Gray Owl a designer favorite. In a large room, it may appear warmer on one wall and cooler on another, in a subtle way that brings interiors to life.

To take full advantage of Gray Owl’s versatility, paint a large test swatch on each wall of the room. This is a gray paint color that will surprise you with subtle variation between bright, sunny rooms and cool, shady ones. You can see it evolve as the light changes throughout the day. Gray Owl has less light reflectance than an off-white, so it retains its gray character and creates a soft contrast when paired with white trim.

Gray Owl Loves Open Floor Plans And Farmhouse Kitchens

A popular choice for farmhouse-style homes, Gray Owl thrives in open floor plans. Its ability to change with the light makes it the perfect neutral wall color for the entire home. Use it to set off white trim paint in a great room, lighten up a dark hallway, and create a serene bedroom space.

A gray that’s simultaneously on-trend and timeless, Gray Owl is a neutral color you can live with for years. It blends beautifully with marble and stone finishes, making it an elegant choice for kitchen or bath cabinetry. It’s the perfect complement to stainless steel finishes, and even provides an ideal backdrop for a pop of bright color like teal blue, apple green and yellow. See how it complements the bright colors in this beachy farmhouse kitchen:

Benjamin Moore Owl Gray OC-52 cabinetry with blue-green and yellow accents.

Benjamin Moore Owl Gray OC-52 cabinetry with blue-green and yellow accents.

Gray Owl’s subtle green undertones create a serene backdrop for the bright shades of green in this airy dining room:

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl dining room walls enhance the bright citrus-green chairs.

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl dining room walls enhance the bright citrus-green chairs.

Gray tones are naturally complementary to yellows, and Gray Owl helps the yellow to shine in this brightly lit entry:

Exterior colors are often washed out by natural daylight, but the Gray Owl trim on this porch is the perfect foil for deep gray shingles, navy doors, and a sunny yellow ceiling:

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52 trim appears almost white against dark gray exterior paint.

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52 trim appears almost white against dark gray exterior paint.

Buy Gray Owl Paint & Samples

Gray Owl is available at Ring's End in a variety of paint sheens and sizes. Buy it in our best-selling Benjamin Moore paint line today!

Want to see how Gray Owl looks in your home before deciding if it's the right color?

Try our 16 Oz Paint Color Samples that are used by professional interior designers. Alternatively, our Peel & Stick Color Samples are quick, easy, and can transfer between rooms.

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Want to explore more shades of gray by Benjamin Moore? You'll find an impressive selection ranging from palest silver to warmest greige, cool blue-gray, and deepest charcoal. For a classic light gray with muted blue-green undertones, check out Wickham Gray. Another Benjamin Moore favorite, Stonington Gray, is a cooler gray that has blue-purple undertones. Whichever gray you decide to try, be sure to test swatches with your home’s lighting conditions. Complement your Gray Owl walls or cabinetry with a crisp white for contrasting trim; we recommend Cloud White, Super White or Chantilly Lace.