Best of bossy’s colors: Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray

It’s been a while since I did a “Best of bossy’s colors” post. It’s nice to be back.

If you’re looking for an extremely subtle gray, a lovely, muted gray, a gray so complex and sophisticated that it fluctuates between cool and warm, look no further than Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray, HC-173.

This is a color you absolutely must test – and on more than one wall. Promise me you will. It can go gray or it can go beige…I haven’t seen it go yellow, but you don’t want to take that risk.

Give gray a chance, Gentle Readers. Cast your preconceived notions aside and pick up a sample jar today.

Picture is from Style at Home via Blossom Residential Design’s blog.


  1. Annie Pazoo says

    That is delightful. Off to find a sample pot as directed.

    P.S. the captcha for my comment is "noirist". Love that – guess that makes me a lady of the night.

  2. Sheila says

    I used a soft gray in my preteen and teen's room, paired with vibrant pink and red in one room and IKEA's Lusy collection in the other. I can't say enough about how the gray provided a wonderful canvas and level of sophistication for those combinations. Even in the dreary post-holiday months, the walls sort of "glow" and breathe out a big sigh of welcome.

  3. Tammy@InStitches says

    I'm completely open to gray as well as a big fan of BM paint but I'm afraid it won't flow with the rest of my house.

  4. Annie, bossy color says

    Thanks for commenting, guys! Tammy – you might be right; you'll have to trust your instinct on that. If you like the color and really want to use it, you could try it in one of the more isolated "private" spaces such as a bedroom or bath.

    Sheila, those combinations sound FABULOUS! Very sophisticated for kids that age!

    Thanks again, all!

  5. Annie, bossy color says

    From another reader, sent to a different e-mail:

    I need a color to paint my daughter's small townhouse, which she will be selling. I was considering gray. Is this color gray a good neutral if you end up using green as the accent color? Blue as the accent color?
    Thanks for any help.

    My response:

    Yes to the accent questions, but the bigger consideration is whether cream might be a better choice for mass appeal (putting a house on the market).

    If a house already has some clever wall colors, I don't think it's always necessary to repaint before listing it. But if you HAVE to paint for some reason, a rich cream will look warmer and cheerier if you're using it throughout the whole house. I hope this helps.

  6. recycledhousewife says

    I am dying to paint my dining room gray and have considered BM Revere Pewter and BM Edgecomb Gray. But the room gets very little natural light, as its north facing. I am scared this will make the paint look dingy and dark and not beautiful and fresh!!

  7. Anon says

    I painted my living and dining room with edgecomb gray and love it, but I think it needs an accent wall. Can you suggest a darker color that compliments edgecomb gray? I was thinking of maybe something in the blue/slate category.

  8. cmorris says

    Annie–I love your blog! So impressed. I am intrigued by this coffee table, too. Am obsessed with finding the ultimate coffee table…
    I am now an avid follower of your site!

  9. Jennifer says

    I love this photo and you blog! I am considering painting a few of my rooms and my hallway a subtle gray to avoid beige. I was looking at ben moore light pewter, but now I think edgecomb may be more timeless. What do you think?

  10. Annie, bossy color says

    Jennifer – I think the warmth of the Edgecomb Gray is the ace in the hole. Test first, but I have a good feeling about that one.

    Thanks for all the great comments, everyone!

  11. Anonymous says

    I love the look of edgecomb. I have been looking for something that works with carpets that have a pinky undertone. Do you think this grey is neutral enough?


  12. Marilena says

    I had used Edgecomb Gray in my entry and loved it. Brought out some warmth in the gray tile. Then thought to use it throughout the whole house, sampled it on multiple walls. For some reason I kept seeing this pinky/red sort of undertone. Still beautiful, but tried another gray or a better word might be greige called Natural Cream (OC-14) by Ben. Moore. Its so similar without the slight tinge of pinky red I was seeing. The name confuses me and maybe I shouldn't pay too much attention to it BC I DEFINITELY don't want to do a full-on cream. Want a WARM GRAY. Do you have any thoughts on the Natural Cream (OC-14)? I've got a whole apartment to paint this week!!

  13. Annie, bossy color says

    Marilena, I'm sure I'm too late, but I hope you tried the Natural Cream. It's a bizarre name given the actual color – if you DID test it, please let me know how it turned out!

  14. Anonymous says

    I used Edgecomb Gray in my open floor plan dining room/entry way/hallway – it's just PERFECT! Warm, sophisticated, gorgeous. Needed something up against BM Dragonfly in the kitchen. I am not afraid of color obviously, but Edgecomb's subtlety is just beautiful. Never turns a bad shade either…


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