Gray Built-In Bookshelves

Joni, of Cote de Texas, is famous for bring us gorgeous home tours and I came across this West University home she featured back in December 2009, as decorated by Sally Wheat.  Although the entire home is beautiful, what really caught my attention was the gray built-in bookcases in the family room.  Ms. Wheat is definitely ahead of the trends as gray is as relevant as ever, four years later. 

I scoured the entire post for the name of the paint color and found that Joni graciously shared it in the comments. 

Here’s another darker gray built-in from Home & Design.
Laura at Bright, Bold, and Beautiful featured a home office remodel by Niki and Bradely Davidson that has the same dark gray built-in look.
I’m in love with just about every design from M.E. Beck Design, Inc. including her use of dark gray in this living room.

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All of this gorgeous gray is making me want to paint our living room media cabinet/bookshelves gray.  Here’s what they look like now.  Who has photoshop and can give me a rendering?? 🙂 
I painted a white door gray and love the look, so I’m thinking I’d love the look in the living room too.  It’s more interesting and dramatic. 

I’m just not sure how dark I want to go.  The door is painted Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams.  
What medium to dark gray paint do you like?  I’d love to hear. 


  1. April 30, 2013 / 9:34 pm

    Those are gorgeous, Megan! I'm working on built-ins using Ikea bookcases for a client and we haven't chosen the gray color yet, but Annie Sloan French Linen is a top contender because of no prep work. Have fun!

  2. April 30, 2013 / 10:31 pm

    I do love the contrast. We painted our entertainment center with a deep rich chocolate color (and distressed it a bit) several years ago and I have yet to grow tired of it. I love the contrast.

  3. April 30, 2013 / 10:52 pm

    You might be able to do that on Picmonkey! I think it would look great!

  4. April 30, 2013 / 11:00 pm

    I love gray! I love the bright white of your media cabinet though. I'm excited for our home, I think we're going to go with a blue/gray wall paint color.

  5. April 30, 2013 / 11:16 pm

    Thank you SOOOO much for putting this post together!! I am always looking for new gray paint colors.

  6. Chic Coastal Living
    April 30, 2013 / 9:23 pm

    Love the grayI I will keep checking back to see what you decide! XO

  7. May 1, 2013 / 2:40 am

    DO IT!! It will be stunning!!!

    Emily Hewett
    A Well Dressed Home

  8. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    April 30, 2013 / 10:51 pm

    My vote is yes, yes, yes! I think that would look so striking in that room, Megan. You have the space and natural light. And with your adjacent white kitchen it would be so pretty.

  9. natasha {schue love}
    April 30, 2013 / 10:56 pm

    LOVE the gray and thing your built in would really pop with some color! I need to paint the back of our door too…so pretty!

  10. May 1, 2013 / 12:13 pm

    I love grey! We used all shades in our home (Valspar from Lowe's).

  11. May 1, 2013 / 12:14 pm

    I love grey! We used various shades in our home (Valspar from Lowe's).

  12. Carmel - Our Fifth House
    May 1, 2013 / 11:50 am

    Oh yes – do it!! It would look so great – still swooning over your grey door – just gorgeous!

  13. May 1, 2013 / 5:07 pm

    I love gray. Thanks for sharing all these great gray shades!

  14. May 1, 2013 / 5:31 pm

    Grey is one of my favorites and I think it is here to stay! Go dark like in your examples, it will be amazing!

  15. May 1, 2013 / 7:10 pm

    Go for it! It would work so well with your other pieces….and it's so rich looking. The color of the first one (owlet?) looks like a great shade. Not too light, not too dark. Beautiful!

  16. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    May 1, 2013 / 6:28 pm

    Oh yes — that would look amazing!!!!

  17. Traci
    May 2, 2013 / 7:49 pm

    Check out Sherwin Williams website. They have some sort of tool that you can upload a picture & try different colors in your actual room.

  18. May 4, 2013 / 2:23 am

    We painted all our doors a dark gray and LOVE the look! I think all the doors are Chelsea Gray by Ben Moore and the bath cabinet was painted Kendall Charcoal. It's possible it's reversed. It looks great!!

  19. May 11, 2013 / 7:16 pm

    I love your media cabinets!! Did you build them yourself or are they store-bought? I'd love to know the source as I'm looking for something similar!

    • May 30, 2016 / 2:01 pm

      Thank you! It was built-in when we bought our home.

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