Grey is one of the most popular colours used in interior design. Contemporary and versatile, this hue enhances the beauty of a traditional environment and adds value to a modern space.

The colour is ideal for either walls or woodwork and it replaces the classic white with success. But with so many products out there, how can you ensure you choose the best grey paint for your home interior?

Whether you’re looking for a water-based emulsion for walls and ceilings or for a solvent-based alternative for doors and window frames, we’ve got you covered. Our expert team has tested and rated some of the most popular interior grey paints on the market. Check our top picks below.

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Our #1 Best Pick

dulux warm pewter

Dulux Silk Warm Pewter

Easy to apply and maintain – high-quality silk paint for interior walls and ceilings.

Low Cost Option

johnstone's silk emulsion

Johnstone’s Silk Emulsion

Our budget-friendly alternative – an attractive high-sheen paint for high-traffic areas.

Best Of The Rest

HQC Anti-Damp Classic Grey

Anti-condensation insulating paint for damp and high-traffic areas.

Rust-Oleum Gloss Slate Grey

Universal all-surface paint for wood, metal, masonry and more.

Dulux Matt Polished Pebble

Non-washable interior paint for walls and ceilings.

dulux warm pewter

Our top pick – silk paint dries to a soft sheen finish. Ideal for high-traffic areas.

Dulux Silk is one of the best-rated interior wall and ceiling paints in the UK. The product has won over its users with its consistent quality, delicate shine finish and wide range of greys. The colour we liked best is Warm Pewter, a light, almost neutral shade that complements traditional and modern environments with success.

Due to its soft sheen and hardwearing formulation, Dulux Silk is ideal to use in all environments of the home. The product is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth and has an excellent resistance to stains and scratches.

Applying the paint without making a mess is easy thanks to its creamy consistency. The smooth, almost waxed finish looks amazing in all rooms, including high-traffic areas such as hallways and stairways. One slight drawback of the creamy texture is the difficult application with a paintbrush. Brush strokes are a frequent occurrence and for this reason, we recommend applying the product with a roller.

One thing we like a lot is the great covering power. Two coats are enough to achieve satisfactory results even when making substantial colour changes. And thanks to the quick drying time, you can finish your renovation project in a breeze.


• Chromalock technology provides a protective film over the dry paint, preventing the colour from fading.
• Warm Pewter dries to a contemporary light grey that blends well in most interiors. The colour dries as expected.
• Dulux Silk is available in 81 additional colours, including a selection of lighter and darker greys.
• A litre of paint covers up to 13m²; the product is supplied in 2.5L and 5L tins.
• The water-based formulation has a low odour and low content of VOCs. It is safe to use in enclosed spaces and, once dry, is non-toxic.


• Due to an improperly sealed lid, the paint may leak during transit. The quality of the packaging could definitely be improved.
• Some colours may dry to shades different than expected. However, we didn’t experience any issues with our chosen colour.
• Users complained about the paint peeling off when removing the masking tape. We suggest removing the paint while the product is still fresh to avoid unpleasant surprises.

johnstone's silk emulsion

Lovely grey colour and a high-sheen finish – ideal to gift a contemporary touch to your hallways and stairways.

Johnstone’s Silk emulsion is a budget-friendly alternative to Dulux Silk. Johnstone’s Manhattan Grey colour is a shade halfway between light grey and taupe. It adds a warm touch to the environment and pairs with all interior styles.

This silk emulsion has a thick consistency which is ideal for a mess-free application. Less ideal is the formation of brush strokes which is why we recommend applying the product with a roller. Thinned with water, the paint can even be applied with an airless sprayer.

Another thing we don’t like is the strong odour. The product is water-based and non-toxic, at least in theory. However, working with this paint in a poorly ventilated environment isn’t a pleasant experience.

What we do like is the quick drying formula. The product touch dries in about two hours and can be re-coated after about four hours if needed.


• High-sheen, silky smooth finish is durable and scrub-resistant. The paint is ideal to use in high-traffic areas including kitchens, stairways and hallways.
• Coverage is up to 12m²/litre depending on surface porosity. Priming is unnecessary on previously painted surfaces.
• Johnstone’s Silk emulsion comes in 35 colours; there are three shades of grey to choose from, including Manhattan Grey.


• The covering power is not exceptional. Substantial colour changes may require three or more coats to achieve full coverage.

HQC Paint

Eco-friendly paint suitable to use in all damp environments. Ideal for bathrooms and kitchens.

HQC Anti Condensation paint is a high-quality interior paint for walls and ceilings formulated to fix and prevent the common issues of condensation. The product provides a protective barrier that reduces severe dampness and room heat loss.

By resolving any condensation issues, the paint also eliminates mould from damp areas. The product is ideal to use in bathrooms and kitchens, but also in poorly ventilated spaces.

The non-toxic formulation makes it ideal to use in the bedroom and kid’s room. HQC Anti Condensation has a low odour and a low content of volatile organic compounds. It takes just two coats for the protective barrier to be effective, but also to cover all traces of old paint.

Unfortunately, we can’t offer any positive feedback when it comes to the coverage. A litre of paint is only sufficient for up to 6m². On porous surfaces or bare walls, this figure drops even more. And given the price of the paint, home redecoration can quickly become quite costly.

On a positive note, the quality pays off. The paint acts as an insulator that regulates the temperature and humidity in the room.


• Coming in 32 colours, the paint is easy to mix and match with any interior. Classic Grey is a rather neutral shade that works well in many colour schemes.
• Eco-friendly paint is easy to clean from the brushes with warm soapy water. The product is non-toxic and safe to use in all environments.
• Easy to apply with a brush, roller or sprayer. We recommend thinning the paint with up to 10% water before applying with a sprayer.


• Very expensive product; though the price can be justified by the quality of the paint.

Rust-oleum universal gloss

Slate Grey paint adds a contemporary touch to woodwork, metal and walls.

Not only the walls and ceilings can benefit from a grey coat of paint. This colour looks amazing on wood and metal too. Whether it’s the door or window frames, an iron staircase or furniture, Rust-Oleum Gloss is a product that won’t disappoint.

Slate Grey is an attractive, contemporary shade that complements most interiors and the paint is easy to work with despite its solvent-based formulation.

Our favourite feature is the two-in-one paint and primer formulation. The product has an exceptional adherence on most surfaces and only needs priming on bare wood or non-ferrous and galvanised metals. Otherwise, the paint is ready to use and requires minimal surface preparation.

Another thing we like is its coverage. Rust-Oleum Gloss covers up to 9m²/litre and one coat of paint is usually enough to achieve satisfactory results. The durable formula is suitable for interior and exterior use on a wide range of surfaces, including radiators and masonry.


• Thin consistency makes the product easy to work with. Viscosity is almost watery and the paint is easy to apply.
• Quick drying time for a solvent-based paint. The product touch dries in two hours and can be re-coated in 16 hours if needed.
• Paint is supplied in 250ml and 750ml tins and it comes in 17 neutral and dramatic shades.


• Slate Grey is an exceptional colour but it’s a lot lighter than expected. If you’re aiming for a dark grey, this may not be the right shade.
• Highly toxic paint; it is unsuitable to use in poorly ventilated environments and it’s harmful to people and pets even when dry.
• Hard to clean from brushes. The process involves the use of white spirit.

Dulux polished pebble

High-quality interior paint for walls and ceilings, available in attractive greys.

Dulux Matt is an excellent interior paint for walls and ceilings that dries to flat matt finish. Their Polished Pebble shade adds a sophisticated contemporaneity to the space and is ideal to use in many colour schemes, although some users have found it a bit too light.

Nevertheless, we liked the hue, and we also liked the quick drying formula. This is perhaps the best feature of this paint that touch dries in less than an hour and can be re-coated in only four hours.

Another thing we liked is the hypoallergenic and non-toxic water-based formulation. The paint is safe to use in all environments and, once dry, the product is safe for children and pets. The unique, creamy texture is another positive trait.

Applying the paint without making a mess is easy and you can use either a brush or a roller. Drying to a smooth flat finish, the product also disguises minor surface imperfections and is ideal to use in a modern home interior.

Although few, Dulux Matt has some drawbacks too. What annoyed us the most is the non-washable formula. The product is durable and resists well to stains, but unfortunately, you won’t be able to clean it with anything other than a dry cloth.


• Dulux Matt delivers great value for money. The product covers up to 13m²/litre and two coats of paint are usually more than enough.
• Unique ‘Chromalock’ technology creates an invisible film on the surface of the paint, protecting the pigments from the daily wear and tear.
• The paint is supplied in 2.5L and 5L tins, offering you the chance to purchase the exact quantity you need.


• Colours dry differently than expected. We recommend getting a Dulux tester pot to check the shade before investing in a large quantity.
• The poor-quality packaging can sometimes leak during transit.