The color gray comes in a multitude of shades. Many contain traces of white or black, while some have various other colors in them. Let’s look closer at some popular shades of gray with their names, Hex, RGB, and CMYK codes, so you know how to find and incorporate the colors in your designs.
Arsenic is a darker shade of gray that contains some traces of blue.
RGB 59, 68, 75
CMYK 21, 9, 0, 71
Ash gray is named to represent the color of ashes.
RGB 178, 190, 181
CMYK 6, 0, 5, 25
Battleship gray gets its name from the paint used to rustproof both steel and iron battleships.
RGB 132, 132, 130
CMYK 0, 0, 2, 48
Black coral is named aptly after the soft, deep-water corals known as either black coral or thorn coral.
RGB 84, 98, 111
CMYK 24, 12, 0, 56
Blue gray is a straightforward color representing a standard blue color with heavy traces of gray.
RGB 152, 175, 199
CMYK 24, 12, 0, 22
Cadet gray has a blue-like tint, and the word was historically used to refer to some military uniforms.
RGB 145, 163, 176
CMYK 18, 7, 0, 31
Carbon gray is a darker gray with a slight warm temperature.
RGB 98, 93, 93
CMYK 0, 5, 5, 62
Charcoal is colored much like its name sake: the dark gray tones of burnt wood.
RGB 54, 69, 79
CMYK 32, 13, 0, 69
Cinereous color is a warmer shade of gray that is tinged with some copper brown tones.
RGB 152, 129, 123
CMYK 0, 15, 19, 40
Cool gray is closer to a light gray color that’s been mixed with some blue.
RGB 144, 144, 192
CMYK 25, 25, 0, 25
Dark gray color is simply light gray with a darker tint applied.
RGB 169, 169, 169
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 34
Davy’s gray is a deeper, darker gray color typically made from slate, carbon black, and iron oxide.
RGB 85, 85, 85
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 67
Deep Space Sparkle
Deep space sparkle derives its name from outer space, yet the color tone is a bit lighter with bluish or greenish tints.
Deep Space Sparkle
RGB 74, 100, 108
CMYK 31, 7, 0, 58
Dim gray features darker tints of the common gray color.
RGB 105, 105, 105
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 59
Gainsboro is a paler tone of gray and it stands as an achromatic color as it lacks any hue.
RGB 220, 220, 220
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 14
Gray color is a tone that lands right between white and black.
RGB 128, 128, 128
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 50
Gray cloud is a light gray color that can resemble darker clouds in the sky.
RGB 182, 182, 180
CMYK 0, 0, 1, 29
Gray dolphin features a color tone that resembles that of a dolphin, which is where it gets its name from.
RGB 92, 88, 88
CMYK 0, 4, 4, 64
Gray goose is a deeper gray tone, and the name is a play on the drink known as Grey Goose.
RGB 209, 208, 206
CMYK 0, 0, 1, 18
Gray-green, also referred to as emerald-gray, is gray with tones of green in it.
RGB 94, 113, 106
CMYK 17, 0, 6, 56
Gray wolf takes its name from the gray wolves found in North America and Eurasia, and the color tone is generally darker.
RGB 80, 74, 75
CMYK 0, 7, 6, 69
Glaucous is a color that features tints of blue, and its name is typically used on the surface of some plants that are bluish or pale gray in appearance.
RGB 96, 130, 182
CMYK 47, 29, 0, 29
Gunmetal is a deep, dark shade of gray with purple or bluish tints.
RGB 42, 52, 57
CMYK 26, 9, 0, 78
Jet is a color that’s almost black in appearance, and it shares its name with the similarly colored mineraloid jet.
RGB 52, 52, 52
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 80
Jet gray has heavy tints of blue alongside gray to create a lighter, cooler shade.
RGB 97, 109, 126
CMYK 23, 13, 0, 51
Light gray is a gray color that leans more toward white to create a paler appearance.
RGB 211, 211, 211
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 17
Light Slate Gray
Light slate gray features some cool tints of blue and is generally on the paler side of slate gray.
Light Slate Gray
RGB 109, 123, 141
CMYK 23, 13, 0, 45
Marengo is often used to describe wet asphalt due to its blackish gray tone.
RGB 76, 88, 102
CMYK 25, 14, 0, 60
Medium gray color is slightly lighter than a regular gray tone but darker than light gray.
RGB 190, 190, 190
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 25
Nevada is a slightly cool tone that’s among the darkest shades of gray.
RGB 102, 106, 109
CMYK 6, 3, 0, 57
Nickel resembles the color of the metal known as nickel, which it also receives its name from.
RGB 114, 116, 114
CMYK 2, 0, 2, 55
Old silver color is a tone of silver that is darker and warmer in appearance.
RGB 132, 132, 130
CMYK 0, 0, 2, 48
Outer space gets its name from the dark color of space that may have tints of blue.
RGB 65, 74, 76
CMYK 14, 3, 0, 70
Rocket metallic is a warm gray that is more purplish in tone.
RGB 138, 127, 141
CMYK 2, 10, 0, 45
Scorpion color is much like a brownish gray although not quite as warm as the creature it gets its name from.
RGB 94, 94, 94
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 63
Silver is representative in name and color to the metal silver.
RGB 192, 192, 192
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 25
Silver chalice is a softer, more neutral tone of gray.
RGB 172, 172, 172
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 33
Slate blue is a cool shade of gray with a heavy blue tint.
RGB 115, 124, 161
CMYK 29, 23, 0, 37
Slate gray has flecks of blue, but tends to be darker in tone.
RGB 101, 115, 131
CMYK 23, 12, 0, 49
Smoke color is a shade of gray with a bit of green in it. It slightly leans closer to the darker end of the spectrum.
RGB 115, 130, 118
CMYK 12, 0, 9, 49
Smokey gray is a gray color that resembles dark smoke.
RGB 114, 110, 109
CMYK 0, 4, 4, 55
Sonic gray has a neutral color temperature and leans more toward the darker side of gray.
RGB 117, 117, 117
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 54
Spanish gray is referred to as gris in the Spanish color dictionary called Guía de coloraciones (Guide to colorations), and it is just slightly off-color of the normal gray tint.
RGB 152, 152, 152
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 40
Stone gray is a darker shade of gray that resembles a common stone color.
RGB 146, 142, 133
CMYK 0, 3, 9, 43
Stormcloud color takes its name from the dark tint that storm clouds have.
RGB 79, 102, 106
CMYK 25, 4, 0, 58
Taupe gray features tints of brown, but leans far more to the lighter end of the spectrum.
RGB 139, 133, 137
CMYK 0, 4, 1, 45
Timberwolf color is a light gray tint, and it gets its name from the Eastern wolf, otherwise known as the Timber Wolf.
RGB 219, 215, 210
CMYK 0, 2, 4, 14
Onyx color is one of the darkest shades of gray with it heavily resembling the gemstone onyx.
RGB 53, 56, 57
CMYK 7, 2, 0, 78
Payne’s gray has bold tints of blue, and it’s named after the painter William Payne.
RGB 64, 64, 79
CMYK 19, 19, 0, 69
Platinum is a gray-white, paler color that looks much like the metal known as platinum.
RGB 229, 228, 226
CMYK 0, 0, 1, 10
Pink gray is a shade that resembles an even blend of pink, white, and gray tones.
RGB 231, 218, 218
CMYK 0, 6, 6, 9
Purple gray is a lighter purplish-gray shade with a cooler temperature.
RGB 167, 166, 186
CMYK 10, 11, 0, 27
Rose quartz is a grayer shade that stems from the rose color.
RGB 170, 152, 169
CMYK 0, 11, 1, 33
Vampire gray is also referred to as just “vampire”, and it is a darker, warmer shade that tends to represent the Halloween season.
RGB 86, 80, 81
CMYK 0, 7, 6, 66
White smoke is one of the lightest shades of gray and a few tones darker than pure white.
RGB 245, 245, 245
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 4
Xanadu is a color that’s closer to greenish-gray, and its name comes from a plant known as Philodendron.
RGB 115, 134, 120
CMYK 14, 0, 10, 47
Just like its name suggests, Bright Gray is a gray shade with a lot of white. It is especially good as a wall color if you want something that has a slightly cool energy without being overly dark. Bright Gray is also a pleasant, pale neutral that is a great color for cardstock or regular paper.
RGB 232, 233, 235
CMYK 1, 1, 0, 8
This pleasant and relatively pale shade of gray is a bit darker than Bright Gray. It’s a bit warmer than many shades of gray and it has more yellow than it does cyan. X11 Gray makes a good backdrop color, but it also works well with assorted neutrals, especially somewhat warmer ones like khaki.
RGB 187, 188, 182
CMYK 1, 0, 3, 26
Dark Silver is a color with a very accurate name. It’s roughly between the color of silver and the color of tarnish. It’s an unusual shade that has no cyan, but it does have both yellow and magenta. That combination makes it a warmer gray with a reddish undertone. It isn’t quite rose gray, but it does have a bit of a rosy undertone.
RGB 116, 109, 105
CMYK 0, 6, 9, 55
The word “pastel” might make you think of calm, muted colors. But Pastel Gray is more reminiscent of bright, shining silver. It has a very small amount of yellow, so there’s just a hint of warmth. Pastel Gray is a good color choice if you’re looking for a shade of gray that’s close to being white.
RGB 204, 205, 198
CMYK 0, 0, 3, 20
As a neutral color, gray looks great when it’s infused with little hints of other colors. Dusty Gray is a light gray shade that has a touch of lavender. It’s a cool gray that looks a lot like the color of lilac blossoms after dusk.
RGB 178, 156, 162
CMYK 0, 12, 9, 30
Mist is probably one of the first things you picture when you imagine gray things in the natural world. And just like mist you typically see in an early morning sky, Misty Gray has a touch of blue. It looks especially nice as a wall color if you can’t decide whether you want to be surrounded by gray or blue.
RGB 188, 194, 194
CMYK 3, 0, 0, 24
You can’t really see luster through a computer screen, but White Gray has a look that is almost pearlescent. It’s pale enough that it works beautifully as an alternative to white in traditional black and white patterns. This combination gives patterns a slightly cooler, decidedly modern look.
RGB 242, 243, 245
CMYK 1, 1, 0, 4
Most shades of gray have a little bit of a vintage vibe about them. The color probably makes you think of black and white photos. If you’re creating a grayscale design, Vintage Gray gives a beautiful, old-world vibe alongside Spanish Gray, its complementary color. It’s a deep, present shade that really makes a statement, especially when it’s compared to much paler grays.
RGB 152, 150, 146
CMYK 0, 1, 4, 40
Just like its name suggests, Gentle Gray is a soft, mild shade of gray that’s similar to the color of the paler lines on heather gray fabric. And when it comes to RGB and CMYK values, it is one of the more balanced colors on the list. Its values for blue, red, and green are all equal. And of the CMYK values, it only has a numerical value for K.
RGB 218, 218, 218
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 15
Just like the old, rotting flesh on a zombie, Zombie Gray has a greenish undertone. However, the amount of green isn’t excessive, and it isn’t necessarily unpleasant. Zombie Gray is darker and more intense than many cool grays on the list. It’s dark enough to be used in color patterns where it contrasts with white or very pale gray shades.
RGB 99, 100, 94
CMYK 1, 0, 6, 61
Lavender and gray are two colors that look great together, and Lavender Gray is a lovely, gentle mixture of the two. Its complementary color is the soft, pearl-like Pastel Gray. These two colors look especially nice together, and Lavender Gray also works well alongside ivory and other shades of off-white.
RGB 196, 195, 208
CMYK 6, 6, 0, 18
Perfect Gray’s name fits. It’s an average, medium gray that is an exceptionally balanced shade. This color has a large amount of black without any influence of yellow, magenta, or cyan. Green, blue, and red are all the value of 161.
RGB 161, 161, 161
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 37
The graphite lead of a pencil is a familiar sight, and this dark, bluish shade of gray does it justice. Graphite Gray has an impressive presence, and it looks great as the darkest shade in a grayscale palette. Or, if you prefer a statement-making wall color, it’s an elegant and non-traditional choice.
RGB 75, 78, 83
CMYK 10, 6, 0, 67
Rustic shades of neutrals can add a certain charm to a whole range of projects. And Rustic Gray is no exception. This shade looks a lot like weathered wood that has been whitewashed. It has a bit of a silvery glow about it. Try combining it with deep navy blue or black for an understated yet elegant look.
RGB 166, 171, 165
CMYK 3, 0, 4, 33
This dignified, pewter-like gray has a hint of a green undertone. It looks good with brownish shades of gray, as its complementary color is Taupe Gray. Like many similar shades, Echo also works well beside quiet yet saturated cool colors like navy and hunter green.
RGB 137, 141, 134
CMYK 3, 0, 5, 45
Window Gray is a somewhat strange name for a gray shade. After all, most people think of clear glass when they picture windows. It can be found on the Classic list curated by RAL, a European color-matching system that is a lot like Pantone. Window Gray is a pleasant, medium gray that works beautifully in patterns with various shades of blue.
RGB 152, 158, 161
CMYK 6, 2, 0, 37
Silk Gray is another gray variant that can be found on the RAL Classic list. As a soft, whitish gray, it’s close to the color of a shiny, off-white pillow. Silk Gray is a warm-leaning gray that contrasts beautifully with the cooler Metallic Silver, its complementary color.
RGB 182, 179, 168
CMYK 0, 2, 8, 29
If your project requires a cool-leaning gray shade that’s more intense than most, Light Gunmetal is the ideal choice. It looks somewhat like a mixture of cobalt and silver. Not surprisingly, it has a fairly large amount of both blue and black. Light Gunmetal is especially striking as a dark background for white text.
RGB 52, 65, 72
CMYK 28, 10, 0, 72
Silver Pink is essentially the cool counterpart to rose gold and similar shades. It looks a little like Dusty Rose. Silver Pink is a popular interior design color, and it is included in the Plochere system of colors.
RGB 196, 174, 173
CMYK 0, 11, 12, 23
Of course, you can’t really show metallic colors on the screen. But matte colors like this one are designed to look like the opposite. They are somewhat flat and dull. Matte Silver is a little dull, but its touch of blue stops it from being overly boring. It’s an understated, modern gray that adds the finishing touch to all sorts of projects.
RGB 165, 165, 168
CMYK 2, 2, 0, 34
If you like uncommon shades of gray, Rhythm is certainly worth checking out. It’s hard to tell at first glance if this color is a type of blue, gray, or purple. But technically, Rhythm is considered to be a shade of gray with elements of blue and purple. It’s part of the list of colors published by Resene, a color matching system like Pantone that is especially popular in Australia and New Zealand.
RGB 119, 118, 150
CMYK 21, 21, 0, 41
Silver’s metallic luster is one of the most beautiful gray things in nature, and Pure Silver gets close to capturing it. This relatively faint gray is a good substitute for white if you’re looking for an original alternative. Since Pure Silver is a cool yet pale gray, it has a calming energy that makes it good for incorporating into your living space.
RGB 195, 199, 199
CMYK 2, 0, 0, 22
While charcoal itself is usually black, the color charcoal typically describes a very dark gray. Dark Charcoal finds the middle ground between gray and black, and it has a great balance of color as well. Its values for green, red, and blue are the same. It also has a much higher black (K) value than most grays.
RGB 51, 51, 51
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 80
As grays go, Best Gray is a fairly energetic hue. It’s pale enough to be closer to white than it is to black. It also has more yellow than cyan. Best Gray is just about the color of a rain cloud, and as you may have guessed from the name, it’s a versatile and classic shade.
RGB 150, 152, 146
CMYK 1, 0, 4, 40
Agreeable Gray is a pleasant, rosy gray shade that has some warmth to it. Its reddish undertones give it a little more energy than most cooler gray shades. Its classic, slightly dusty appearance looks good with ivory and other warm-leaning off-white shades.
RGB 209, 203, 193
CMYK 0, 3, 8, 18
This cool, denim-like gray gets its name from the imposing gray towers of Oxford University. Thanks to the presence of black and cyan, this gray shade has a bluish appearance close to that of water on a cloudy day. Oxford Gray is an especially useful gray color for clothing.
RGB 131, 145, 161
CMYK 19, 10, 0, 37
The soft, dignified shine of pewter is more muted than that of silver. And like its namesake, Antique Pewter has a vintage appeal that makes it a great choice for projects that need a medium, cool gray. In an all-gray palette, it offers a pleasing contrast with its complementary color – a warmer shade called Middle Gray.
RGB 128, 137, 146
CMYK 12, 6, 0, 43
Warm Gray is a unique color that sits somewhere between rose gray and taupe. It creates a dynamic all-neutral palette when paired with gray shades that contain a lot of blue. Alternatively, you also may find that you like diluted versions of Warm Gray. These paler colors have a pinkish hue.
RGB 110, 98, 89
CMYK 0, 11, 19, 57
Shades of blue-gray may be fairly common, but it can be hard to find a shade of gray-green that is pleasing without looking sickly yellow in color. Sage Gray is a soft, alluring gray that splits the difference between a green and a neutral. Since it’s about the color of sagebrush, it’s right at home with reddish shades of tan that look like desert sand.
RGB 181, 189, 165
CMYK 4, 0, 13, 26
Dull Gray certainly doesn’t have the most enticing name, but it’s a useful neutral that is close to the color of many gray rocks in nature. Its reddish undertones are readily apparent, but this color still avoids being overly warm or too energetic.
RGB 139, 131, 126
CMYK 0, 6, 9, 45
Rich Gray is an interesting and unique dark gray shade that is essentially a mixture of charcoal, slate, and blue-gray. Since it’s so close to black, it makes a great text color against pale backgrounds. It’s also an excellent border color for stationery, flyers, or cards.
RGB 31, 32, 34
CMYK 9, 6, 0, 87
You’ve heard of Ice Blue, but Ice Gray is an alternative if you’re looking for the same energy in a more neutral shade. It has just a hint of blue, but it’s closer to being a very pale pastel gray. If you need a neutral that manages to be both bright and cool, Ice Gray just might be the right color for your project.
RGB 190, 195, 198
CMYK 4, 2, 0, 22
The name of this color indicates that it’s close to the CMYK color model’s version of pure gray. Just as you would expect, Gray CMYK has a very high K value. And since it has just slightly more cyan than magenta, Gray CMYK is just a little cool in nature.
RGB 147, 149, 152
CMYK 3, 2, 0, 40
Solid Gray is an average gray shade that works well as a backdrop. Because it’s truly neutral, it also pairs equally well with warm colors, cool colors, and other true neutrals. And because it sits right in between the light grays and the dark grays, it’s a classic and all-purpose color.
RGB 151, 151, 151
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 41
Electric Gray might seem like a strange color name. After all, electric yellows and greens are usually neon-like colors that seem to radiate energy. Electric Gray isn’t quite that high energy, but it does have an icy, piercing quality that makes it captivating to look at. It makes especially striking patterns on white or slightly off-white backgrounds.
RGB 165, 173, 173
CMYK 5, 0, 0, 32
This cool, dignified gray is one of the more popular gray paint shades offered by Benjamin Moore. It has a peaceful, almost oceanic blue-green undertone. As a wall color, it offers a welcome departure from your more typical shades of flat, average gray. It does well with baseboards that are painted a cool shade of white. Alternatively, Templeton Gray will be right at home alongside cool, seaglass-like blues and greens.
RGB 120, 135, 135
CMYK 11, 0, 0, 47
In real life, chrome is a dazzling metallic color that’s even brighter than silver. But as a color on the screen, Chrome is closer to being a very pale bluish gray. It looks a lot like the faint gray cast of the morning sky. It has a fairly high amount of blue and cyan, but its paleness makes it look just a little icy.
RGB 219, 226, 233
CMYK 6, 3, 0, 9
Depending on the weather, the ocean can look green, blue, gray, or any combination of the three. Sea Gray is the color of the ocean under a cloudy sky. Though it is still a neutral color, it has pronounced blue undertones. It looks good alongside sea green and other cool pastels.
RGB 154, 162, 164
CMYK 6, 1, 0, 36
You can’t really see the gloss on a computer screen. But Glossy Gray is a color that is often used for glossy gray paints. Though it’s slightly warmer than average, Glossy Gray is a fairly nondescript color that is a good choice if you need an average-looking gray that doesn’t draw too much attention to itself.
RGB 175, 173, 169
CMYK 0, 1, 3, 31
Anvil Gray is both one of the darkest and one of the most balanced gray shades on the list. It has a much higher K value than most of the gray shades listed here. Additionally, if you look at the RGB values, you can see that all values are equal – 33% blue, 33% red, and 33% green.
RGB 107, 107, 107
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 58
This rich, medium-dark gray is an ideal choice if your project requires a gray shade with considerable presence. And though this color is a fairly well-balanced one, it is slightly cooler than it is warm. Because of its cool nature, Chameleon Gray looks good mixed with various shades of blue and blue-gray. But since it does have a decent amount of yellow, this color also has enough warmth to be comfortable among an assortment of warmer shades.
RGB 104, 105, 101
CMYK 1, 0, 4, 59
Cement Gray is close to the color of wet cement, although it is slightly darker. It’s made up of more green than it is red or blue, but the green undertone is not overly pronounced. It’s also a fairly dark gray shade. Try combining this one with various green shades. On its own, it has a businesslike cast, but green surroundings help to bring out its cool energy.
RGB 133, 138, 126
CMYK 4, 0, 9, 46
Steel Gray is probably one of the most commonly-used names used to describe various gray shades. But this particular version gets very close to the actual color of steel. Though it isn’t especially dark, Steel Gray does have a relatively large amount of blue that gives it a somewhat soothing bluish cast.
RGB 136, 139, 141
CMYK 4, 1, 0, 45
This shade of gray gets its name from the Oscar Wilde novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. The book is about a portrait of a man named Dorian Gray. Instead of aging as humans naturally do, Dorian Gray stays looking the same, but the picture of him in the portrait gradually appears older and older.
RGB 172, 167, 158
CMYK 0, 3, 8, 33
Gun Smoke Gray
You’ve heard “gunmetal” and its variants used to describe various colors of gray. By contrast, Gun Smoke is a bit paler and smoky-looking. It’s a darker alternative to Misty Gray and similar colors, and it’s a good choice if you need a cloudy, smoke-like gray that has a little more depth and presence. This color has a good balance of warm and cool.
Gun Smoke Gray
RGB 138, 134, 142
CMYK 3, 6, 0, 44
You already know that camouflage comes in a whole range of colors. Tan variants help you blend into desert surroundings while greenish versions work well in forests. For gray or rocky environments, gray to black camouflage shades work well. Camouflage Gray is one of the shades found in this type of camouflage. But even on its own, it’s an interesting color to choose. Though a burst of yellow keeps it from being overly cool, it has a slight green undertone that helps keep it harmonious with natural environments.
RGB 84, 88, 81
CMYK 5, 0, 8, 65
Chances are good that you have at least one item of Fashion Gray clothing in your closet or dresser. This is a color that is very commonly used when making gray socks, shirts, blazers, and more. It’s a fairly light, relatively neutral gray shade that has just a hint of warmth to it. It looks good with most other colors, so it is suitable for use in patterns, too.
RGB 142, 141, 140
CMYK 0, 1, 1, 44
As its name indicates, Neutral Gray is a versatile and neutral color. It looks a bit like Fashion Gray, but it is a bit cooler in nature. It has more blue and green than red. It is peaceful and soothing with a medium amount of presence, and it does especially well when used to make patterns on paler backdrops.
RGB 137, 142, 140
CMYK 4, 0, 1, 44
There’s a whole wealth of beautiful gray paints out there, and Revere Pewter is one. Offered by Benjamin Moore, this vintage-inspired pewter shade is a lovely, warm, and soft gray. Thanks to its relatively low K value, Revere Pewter is one of the paler shades on the list. Its reddish undertones give it a slightly warm cast, too.
RGB 204, 199, 185
CMYK 0, 2, 9, 20
As we saw with Zombie Gray, green undertones aren’t always the most beautiful. But Olive Gray incorporates just a hint of olive green to give it a subdued warmth that makes it look great in just about every application.
RGB 160, 159, 141
CMYK 0, 1, 12, 37
We’ve already mentioned the fact that you can’t really see a metallic sheen on digital colors. But Metallic Gray is roughly the color of most shiny, silvery gray colors. This color is light, cool, and refreshing. It looks great surrounded by modern-looking blues and other cool colors.
RGB 168, 169, 173
CMYK 3, 2, 0, 32
French Gray is one of the nicest-looking warm grays on our list. It has a pleasant, vintage-tinged woolly appeal. Much of its warmth comes from the fact that it has a lot of yellow – its Y value is almost half of its K value. But some of that warmth is tempered by green and blue undertones, and the color is not too warm or too cool.
RGB 180, 177, 154
CMYK 0, 2, 14, 29
Iron is probably one of the best-known gray metals, and this particular shade is a highly versatile one. It has a decent amount of influence from both warm and cool undertones. But on average, Iron is just a bit more warm than it is cool. It has a medium-to-high K value, so it sits pleasantly between light grays and darker shades.
RGB 165, 156, 148
CMYK 0, 5, 10, 35
This is another of the cool gray paint colors offered by Benjamin Moore. It’s often described as being “moody,” and it’s easy to see why. This wispy gray has greenish-blue undertones that keep it cool. But since it has a low K value, those undertones are easier to see than they are in darker grays.
RGB 202, 212, 209
CMYK 5, 0, 1, 17
Most of us probably think of bone as being white. But truthfully, most bones are off-white in color. This particular shade is really more gray than it is white. And because it has significant red and yellow undertones, it has an orangey glow that sets it apart from other gray shades. Thanks to its aged look, Bone makes a great background color for signage and stationery.
RGB 215, 210, 203
CMYK 0, 2, 6, 16
Heather is one of the color names that is frequently used to describe various shades of gray fabrics. Most heather grays are made up of a mix of dark gray and light gray, so this particular shade strikes a nice medium between them.
RGB 154, 162, 151
CMYK 5, 0, 7, 36
True Silver is really more of a true dark gray. But nonetheless, this cool shade does a great job taking the place of black in softer color schemes. Its steely cast gives it an authoritative look, but it still manages to not be overly bold.
RGB 138, 141, 143
CMYK 3, 1, 0, 44
You probably don’t think of gray when you imagine a power color. But Power Gray has a remarkable presence. It’s very balanced in terms of warm and cool influences, and it can hold its own against neons and other bright colors. Power Gray works very well when used in workout clothing since it helps bright colors pop.
RGB 112, 114, 114
CMYK 2, 0, 0, 55
Many shades of gray are named after storm-related things. Storm Gray is one that’s especially accurately named. It comes from Pantone’s Textile Cotton eXtended list. It’s a pleasant, neutral gray that pairs well with both warm and cool textile colors.
RGB 181, 186, 182
CMYK 3, 0, 2, 27
Ultimate Gray is another member of the Pantone Textile Cotton eXtended list. And along with Illuminating yellow, it’s the Pantone Color of the Year 2021. Like Storm Gray, it is an especially suitable color for sheets, towels, and other household goods. It’s a great choice if you want a standard gray color that’s a bit darker than average.
RGB 147, 149, 151
CMYK 3, 1, 0, 41
This accurately-named color is just about the color of a rhino. It’s a soft gray with some blue-green undertones. Its RGB value for green is more than its red or blue value. Though its K value is somewhat high, Rhino isn’t an especially dark gray shade. It looks good with other greens and cool colors.
RGB 185, 187, 182
CMYK 1, 0, 3, 27
The look of a tranquil harbor at sunrise is a common gray sight in nature. And this relatively pale gray definitely does that sight justice. You might expect a color like this one to be more cool in nature. But as you can see from its values for yellow and red, Harbor Gray is actually somewhat warm.
RGB 199, 198, 193
CMYK 0, 1, 3, 22
The sight of a glossy gray seal leaping out of the water is a memorable one. And this color is virtually the same as the darkest gray on a seal’s body. Though it may be too dark for a wall color, Seal does wonderfully as the background for bright white or off-white text.
RGB 129, 131, 128
CMYK 2, 0, 2, 49
Most new anchors are a bright steel or iron color. But over time, they start to turn much darker. This deep, intense dark gray is the color of an anchor that has begun to weather over time. And thanks to its very cool nature, it contrasts beautifully with loud, bright warm colors.
RGB 62, 66, 75
CMYK 17, 12, 0, 71
Commercial abalone is beautifully purple-green and iridescent. But this pale, warm gray is the color of the outside of the abalone shell. Even though it’s much less interesting than the interior color, this gray shade makes a peaceful yet energizing wall color. It also looks nice when used for pillows on either pure white or very dark furniture.
RGB 214, 207, 199
CMYK 0, 3, 7, 16
Finding a fossil is an exciting event, especially if it’s unexpected. However, this particular gray shade is not too exciting. It’s a fairly standard medium gray that is very versatile. Fossil is very slightly more warm than it is cool, and it’s equally at home with warm colors, cool colors, and neutrals.
RGB 120, 114, 118
CMYK 0, 5, 2, 53
Shiny, luxuriant mink is one of the most popular types of fur in the world. It comes in many colors, but this lovely gray shade is a common color of gray mink. It is warm and slightly dusty in nature, and it looks especially nice with both copper and pale pink.
RGB 136, 128, 120
CMYK 0, 6, 12, 47
You might have heard of rainbow trout, but even these colorful fish do have some level of gray in their scales. This soft gray has an equal amount of red and green undertones. That’s fitting as most rainbow trout have some level of pink and green on their sides.
RGB 151, 151, 136
CMYK 0, 0, 10, 41
This is a rosy, relatively warm gray shade with fairly prominent red undertones. It is about the color of a stormy sky right before the lightning starts. Thunder is a medium-dark shade with a K value of 26. Its somewhat high degree of yellow and green may mean it’s not quite right for all applications, but it’s nonetheless a great color to go with greens and similar shades.
RGB 189, 183, 171
CMYK 0, 3, 10, 26
This deep yet energetic darker gray is just about the color of the world if you’re wearing sunglasses. It’s a paint color offered by Behr. Shades On has equal amounts of red, blue, and green. It also has one of the highest K values of the colors that we’ve mentioned here.
RGB 96, 96, 96
CMYK 0, 0, 0, 62
Real lava is a fiery reddish orange. After all, it is molten rock that flows over the ground. But when it cools, it sometimes becomes roughly this color. Lava is a great color choice if your project needs a pale, ash-like gray. It has slightly more blue and cyan than other colors, so it is a bit cool without becoming icy.
RGB 128, 133, 136
CMYK 6, 2, 0, 47
Stone animals are somewhat common in gardens around the world. And if you want to add a touch of majesty to yours, a stone eagle is a great addition. Most stone animals like this one are very pale, making Stone Eagle a highly accurate color. It is pale and soft, and it looks especially good beside powder or pastel blues.
RGB 216, 217, 218
CMYK 1, 0, 0, 15
If you like cooler colors with some real energy, Ice Cube is worth checking out. It’s a paint color offered by Sherwin Williams. As a wall color, Ice Cube looks very good with cool white ceilings and baseboards.
RGB 227, 228, 224
CMYK 0, 0, 2, 11
This color is close to that of a dolphin, although it’s darker than some. Porpoise is somewhat between navy and medium gray, making it a versatile shade that fits into a variety of color schemes. You can work it into a neutral palette with shades of brown or shades of gray. Alternatively, it looks nice alongside warmer jewel tones.
RGB 77, 77, 92
CMYK 16, 16, 0, 64
Though more blue than natural flint, Flint is nonetheless an intriguing color. Against yellow, it creates a high-energy contrast. But because it sits between blue and gray shades, Flint also works beautifully in gradient palettes going from gray to blue.
RGB 126, 125, 156
CMYK 19, 20, 0, 39
Most people think of doves as being white, but they actually come in many different species. This color is like that of a mourning dove, a gray-brown wild bird with a distinctive, sad call. Unlike many of the grays on the list, this one has a purplish tint to it.
RGB 124, 110, 127
CMYK 2, 13, 0, 50
Gray Owl is another subtle gray paint color offered by Benjamin Moore. It’s a great alternative to white paint in an office environment, but it also lends a cool, modern look to just about any living space.
RGB 213, 213, 205
CMYK 0, 0, 4, 16
Though it’s much more blue than most silver-hued coins, Coin is a pretty gray shade that is a little like Lavender Gray and a little like Blue Gray. It’s certainly different, and it can make a dramatic statement as a wall color. Alternatively, it’s a useful and harmonious accent color for rooms with pale, demure color schemes.
RGB 152, 151, 169
CMYK 10, 11, 0, 34
This unique color is certainly darker than most fog, but it is close to the color of fog as the sun begins to set. It has a distinctly purple look, making it one of the less common gray shades out there. It looks good alongside other shades of bluish gray. But for an odd pop of color, try pairing it with yellow, purple’s complementary color.
RGB 101, 89, 103
CMYK 2, 14, 0, 60
Laid Back Gray
The color gray comes in many different energies. One of the most common ones is a calm, collected energy. Laid Back Gray certainly captures this energy. It’s a Behr paint color, and it makes a quiet, relaxed room color if you’re looking for a calm neutral.
Laid Back Gray
RGB 180, 175, 169
CMYK 0, 3, 6, 29
Shades of Gray Color
As you can see, you won’t run out of shades of gray anytime soon. Look through this list, find your favorite gray and use it to transform your design into a work of art. You’ll soon discover that there are several colors that compliment gray shades nicely.
These colors can also be found in nature. Here’s a visual list of things that are gray.