This is the paint colour we're all dying to paint our homes, according to Dulux

Chic Shadow has been replaced by a softer grey

Dulux has revealed the ten most-searched-for paint colours on its website. We're not ones to follow the crowd or stick rigidly to paint trends, but it's good to see what people are choosing so we can make an informed decision.

A soft, pale grey called Polished Pebble came out on top as the most popular paint colour, and it just goes to show that grey isn't going anywhere.

kitchen room with white cabinet and photo frame

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We'll soon be gearing up for some Bank Holiday DIY and decorating, finally getting round to those long-overdue paint jobs. If you're looking for a versatile grey, Polished Pebble is a safe bet as the most popular paint colour by Dulux.

Of course, it totally depends on the light in your home, whether the room is north or south-facing and so on. One shade of grey will look totally different from one home to the next, so err on the side of caution and paint some sheets of paper with a tester pot first.

The classic neutral Polished Pebble will work harmoniously with pretty much any other colour (see below) and brighten up living rooms, kitchens and grey bedrooms. It lives up to its name as a natural grey that reminds us of pebbles you'd find on the beach.

room with yellow chair and white wall

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Not feeling the grey? Here are the top ten.

Dulux top paint colours

  • Polished Pebble
  • Egyptian Cotton
  • Sapphire Salute
  • Timeless
  • Blush pink
  • Denim drift
  • Rock salt
  • Fresh sage
  • Tranquil dawn
  • Chic Shadow

room with dark navy blue wall paint and white vase

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There's an interesting mix of neutrals, dark navy blue, soft pink and sage green. A fan-favourite from years ago, Chic Shadow just made it into the top ten, proving it to be a popular option for bringing grey living room ideas to life.

Like Polished Pebble, runner-up Eyptian Cotton is also a calming neutral but as a beige, it will give more of a feeling of warmth than grey. Navy blue Sapphire Salute is a luxurious option for bathrooms or a feature wall.

We think Polished Pebble is a very soothing and liveable shade. It's worth noting that it's cool-toned, with some reviewers saying it looks a little bit lilac or blue in their homes. Have you used any of these top ten tones in your home?


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.