Sheri Olson declares gray is her favorite color. “I always say, if it’s not white, it had better be gray,” she says. She often selects the shade for interiors, and calls Pavilion Gray by Farrow & Ball one of her nearly foolproof choices.

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Sheri Olson of Sheri Olson Architecture declares gray is her favorite color. The architect says that she resisted the grayness of Seattle, where she’s based, for the first few years, but changed her mind. “I started to see what a wonderfully subtle color gray can be as the light changes,” she says.

Pavilion Gray

“I always say, if it’s not white, it had better be gray,” she says. She often selects the shade for interiors, and calls Pavilion Gray by Farrow & Ball one of her nearly foolproof choices. It’s a classic mid-gray with subtle blue undertones.

Gray Horse, Benjamin Moore

Olson says this equine-named color is tricky. “It can look a little green, but with the light in this house it works. It’s important to paint large trial samples on the walls to see if the color is right for your home,” she says. “The right white trim and ceiling also help to set gray off and make it feel crisp and light.”

Dimpse, Farrow & Ball

“I believe gray remains a popular choice for interiors because it is an architectural color,” Olson says. “Done right, it appears to be an integral part of the house, not just applied color. It is subtle, sophisticated, and timeless.” She considers Farrow & Ball’s Dimpse another choice that works for most interiors.