Friday, July 29, 2011

I Need A Paint Color- Gray? Greige?

Brace yourselves.  I'm VERY needy this week.  Yes, yet another post where Shelli is begging for your input and opinions.  So, here's the scoop.  I want a lighter paint color in my home's main spaces.  Yes, this encompasses CRAZY high ceilings and oh, no biggie, just 80% of my interior space.  I finally got the okay from the hubs and got the estimate yesterday and we are a go.  Um, yeah, what color you ask?  Dunno.  HELP!




WHAT COLOR???? AHHHHH!!
okay, I'm fine.  I just wish I was sure.  
I'm not.
Also, have you seen this post and this post?
It is a FAB resource for paint go tos from some amazing designers.
So what do you think about my living room being painted...

Horizon by Benjamin Moore?
Benjamin Moore Classic Gray?


Will this gray still go with all my flax linen?
How come I can do all ya'll's rooms but can't do MINE???
I be scared to pick wrong color =(
Any thoughts or suggestions?
Anyone know how to photoshop a wall color into my living room pics?
Needy Shelli signing off now.


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34 comments:

  1. What about sherwin Williams useful grey? It's one of my favs.
    Other favorites are: all sherwin Williams
    Macadamia
    Kilim beige
    Warm stone

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  2. I just used Rodeo by Benjamin Moore for my mudroom. Love it. It is very neutral and has undertones that would tie in nicely with your stone.

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  3. good luck girl! cuz it took me forever to pick mine too!! You have a 2-story room just like mine and its so scary to think of that ENTIRE area covered in a color. I have color commitment issues anyway-so it was a daunting task for me. But I know whatever you choose it will be awesome!!

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  4. Have you thought of Farrow and Ball paint? It's very expensive, but it's so rich in pigment it's like pudding. Their colors are so sophisticated and they change with the light. I would pick something like skimming stone...but of course paint a poster board with a few samples and check at different times of day!

    http://us.farrow-ball.com/colours/paint/fcp-category/list?addFilter=Tone&filterValue=pale

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  5. I love, love, love a pale grey. We have it in our dining room and it looks great - at least that's what i tell myself.

    http://etsystalkers.blogspot.com/

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  6. On sherwin williams you can upload a photo and do a color visualizer. I am having the same issue with my house. I've been looking at Restoration Hardware's Ash. Good luck and can't wait to see pics of the new paint!! Love your style!

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  7. I stuck with three very neutral colors from Duron (these are old, but tried and true), Pelican (the darkest), Pate (the middle) and Ancestral (the lightest). I am not a fan of the new "gray/greige" craze...too trendy and not warm enough for me. I would pull colors from your stone fireplace surround as well.

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  8. You should "try on" your color ideas ahead of time. I use the Valspar virtual makeover tool for everything! Us girls can be so picky & this helps me decide a little bit easier! I posted about my shutter paint color recently: check it out, http://thethrillofhuntsville.blogspot.com/2011/07/valspar-virtual-makeover.html

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  9. I am a huge fan of trying several different poster boards, huge ones, and then tacking them to different walls so I can see how they change in the different lights of the day. So many of the grays seem to change drastically. I love your current color, however I really do understand the desire for a change. Hugs, Marty

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  10. I say make sample boards! I do that for clients all of the time when they can't decided on a paint color. It will be different on the WHOLE wall, but that way you can live with it for a few days before taking the plunge and paying someone to paint it! Oh and I vote for the first one!

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

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  11. My favorite pale gray is Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray. I also like Jogging Path but it's a little darker, both would look very nice with your furniture. Another one to try is an old Martha Stewart for SW color, Sharkey Gray. The stores still have the formula in their system.

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  12. I have Benjamin Moore's Edgecomb Gray in the main area of my house and it is perfect! It's a really good Greige, and looks amazing with white trim. Good luck!

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  13. grey is an amazing neutral. it's clean, yet can be very warm. the right shades of it go with just about any accent color you put against it. i'm so happy i went with it!!!

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  14. I'm locked up on deciding kitchen/den colors too! Sherwin Williams has a great online source where you upload your pic, then select any of their colors to give you an idea of how your room would look.

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  15. Hey! I think it's sherwin williams website (might be valspar?) but one of them has a tool where you can upload your space, outline the walls with your mouse, and then pick a color to fill it in so you can try it out. I did it recently for a project for a client and it turned out well :)

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  16. HI Shelli...I used Benjamin Moore's Rodeo in almost my whole house. All the main living areas. I LOVE IT!! I sampled many different greys and love RODEO the best! IT is a perfect light grey with warm undertones. instead of the blue, purple undertones that greys tend to pull out. I would highly recommend it! This color looks great with tan too. I have some tan and white ikat drapes and a tan pendant drum shade hanging in my kitchen against the grey and i love it. The light tan and light grey make it look clean and classic. I also used the benjamin moore's classic grey in my laundry room and my bathroom. I like it, but am glad i didnt use it for my whole house. it has moore of a blueish undertone than a tan warm undertone. Hope this helps! Go get a sample of the Rodeo!! Love it!!!

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  17. Seriously, I wish the world was painted Silver Sage by Restoration Hardware. I am in LOVE with gray, but found my mood to always be BLAH when we painted our old livingroom a very light gray. You might fear the look of a blue/gray, but I promise you'll love it. It matches EVERYTHING. Oh, and I vote to keep the orange/white pillows and add some more orange accents. With Silver Sage and pops of orange...so modern! Doooo it!

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  18. i think you should go a tad bit lighter than the main color in your rug. Or these would be pretty... sherwin williams colors: silver peony. upward. aleutian. have a good weekend !

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  19. We just remodeled our house and I am super pleased with the colors...we picked Tranquil (valspar), Pale silver (restoration hardware) in the master bed and bath, and kids bath, Silver sage (restoration hardware) in the guest bed. I had probably 10 paint swatches up because the first round of greys I chose looked blue up on our walls. We had them all color matched by the paint store and I really really love them! Good luck! Can't wait to see what you choose!
    You can check out pics on the blog...http://renovate3217.blogspot.com/

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  20. I just went through this decision. I ended up with Farrow and Ball Shaded white not a true gray but a taupe with Gray undertones and I love it. Be sure to try a few samples. Grays can go purple, green or too cool. I guess you have to figure out if you want a warm or cool undertone. Gray Horse by BM is beautiful, Ralph Lauren paints has beautiful grays. Cornforth white by Farrow and Ball is also beautiful with a little bit of a purple undertone. Sherwin williams has an old exterior deck that can be made for Int. take a look at the colors on chip 2138, very nice warm grays. I would also look at Decopad and search for colors that people are suggesting. Keep in mind is going to be totally different in your space. Good Luck!!!!

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  21. I think the gray will look fabulous with your linen colors. I have been looking at Horizon and Moonshine on the same card as well. Good Luck!!

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  22. Ah, gray...grey...greige...it took me 19+ samples until I found the right one. I went with Amazing Gray by Sherwin Williams and LOVE IT. Another favorite was Anew Gray but it was a little too beige for what I wanted.

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  23. Ok, just started following your blog THIS week and lo and behold you are going through the same crisis I am! Ha ha! We have "natural" linen and ivory linen bedding with dark furniture and want to lighten up our portabello mushroom colored walls. After a lot of agonizing, I think we finally found the perfect greige....it seems to be grey with the right amount of beige so it combines beautifully with browns, taupes, creams, etc. It is called "Grant Beige" by Benjamin Moore. I searched online about it after I saw it and TONS of designers are using it and raving about it. Hope that helps! Good luck!

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  24. I like to choose a color and jump in head first. So far in our new house it is working out for me. Most of the house (minus the girl's bedrooms) are shades of gray and I love all of them. Glidden Woodsmoke, Polished Limestone, and Barely Jade.

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  25. We love rockport grey by Benjamin Moore! It's gorgeous with everything & you can really change up your space with it still being a neutral. We sold our house bc of rockport grey!

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  26. Hey! You are not alone...these two story deals are daunting because you can't just re-paint! I used Muslin by Ben Moore and it dances the line between a tan and a grey....also, my most basic beige is Bleeker Beige....it never disappoints!
    Good Luck!

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  27. Farrow and Ball Ringwold Ground. Unlike any other cream out there.

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  28. Sorry - part two of above post: Here's a link to a room painted Ringwold Ground (image #5): http://www.housebeautiful.com/decorating/frank-delledonne-italian-home. Benjamin Moore will color match for you if, like me, you find that $80 a gallon for paint is a tad horrifying.

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  29. Anderson design group came out with some Spirit of Frankin prints and some include grey, maybe that would be a good jumping point since the prints are the focal point of room

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  30. We went with Benjamin Moore's Intense White in our vintage apartment. It is really a very light grey, but appears light beige in some lights. It would provide a warm backdrop to any decor. We love it!

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  31. I chose Chinchilla by Martha Stewart for Home Depot for my bedroom, but it's a slightly darker light grey. There's another one by Benjamin Moore, Stockington Grey? Stonington Grey maybe? It's a really pretty neutral grey too. You've probably gotten tons of colour recommendations now haha But I would definitely go and pick up paint chips and put them up to see how the colours 'lean' in your space. Grey can go so green or blue or purple depending on the light! If you get one that doesn't lean any which way, then it will go with everything :)
    xo

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  32. After several paint boards, I went with Dunn Edward's Wells Gray in my family room. It looks great with my eclectic mix of vintage and modern. My last blog post shows the results. Good luck with your search for the perfect gray!

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  33. OK...one more...BM Gray Owl. Just a thought....there is so much beige in the stone, the rug, that maybe you should try a hint of color...the blue or greenish color that I think is in the rug....

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  34. Sofa set is really looking great. I would like to purchase this type of sofa.

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