Stonington Gray. The name is straight out of a Regency romance novel.
“Stonington Gray smiled rakishly at Olivia, his blue-black hair curling over his chiseled patrician cheekbones, freshly tanned from his voyage to the West Indies.
“You don’t seem to be struggling,” he purred, encircling her tiny waist with one large, thickly muscled arm. “In fact, I think you’re enjoying yourself.”
Design by CWB Architects
Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray is one of the company’s bestselling gray paint colors. It has a touch of green, and it’s just a hair – just a hair! – lighter than Benjamin Moore Silver Chain, another popular gray.
Here’s what designer Claudia Benvenuto says about Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray:
I find that it gives you enough color without claiming too much attention. It doesn’t clash with anything you put against it, or detract from the art. It looks great against dark floors and helps make white trim look really crisp. I used a lighter shade of the same color for my bedroom and a darker shade for the bath.
Here’s Benvenuto’s living room, painted Stonington Gray:
Photo by Joe Schmelzer
And here’s her kitchen, also painted Stonington Gray, which, as she says, looks great with those dark floors:
Photo by Joe Schmelzer
Below, in this crisp little number by designer Joshua Smith, walls are Stonington Gray, the door is painted Benjamin Moore Bayard Blue, and the polished nickel Large Hicks Pendant is from Circa Lighting:
Design by Joshua Smith
Below, Stonington Gray in two bedrooms. First, in Nueva York:
Design by Knight Architects; photo by Weigley Photography
Above, the French iron bed is from Charles Rogers, the custom curtains are silk backed with sheer muslin, the rug is from Rugs to Riches in Flemington, NJ, and the bench is from RH.
Second, over in Nantucket:
Design by Anne Becker; photo by Katie Kaizer
Above, walls are painted Stonington Gray and the custom bed was built by Cheney Brothers Building & Renovation. I don’t know who makes the pillows, but Annie Selke’s Links fabric is similar.
Design by Martha O’Hara Interiors; photo by Troy Thies
Above, in this Minneapolis home, walls are painted Stonington Gray and the ceiling is the ever-popular Benjamin Moore White Dove.
Design by Carpenter & MacNeille; photo by Michael J. Lee
Above, in Boston, walls are painted Stonington Gray, the counter is Luce di Luna, and the sconces and ceiling mount are from Circa Lighting.
Design by Sealy Design
Above, I’m jealous of who gets to play with all those built-ins. Walls are Stonington Gray and the cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore Willow. The Rittenhouse chandelier is from Arteriors and the bed is from Elte.
Above, the trim, wainscoting and stair risers are Stonington Gray, the walls are Benjamin Moore Lacey Pearl, and the banister is Benjamin Moore Almost Black.
In conclusion, dear reader, Stonington Gray looks sexy with pretty much anything, like a swashbuckler with an affinity for breeches.
But if you need ideas for color schemes, above are Benjamin Moore’s suggested complements for Stonington Gray. From left to right, we have Benjamin Moore Wenge, Timber Wolf, Stonington Gray, Stampede, and Red Rock.