In my last post I talked about painting my home 50 shades of gray, but what I want you to know is that all grays are not created equal. There’s much more to it than slapping some gray paint on the wall, and depending on the light, you could end up with a color that doesn’t look gray at all!
It’s fun to paint each room a different color (or shade of gray, in my case,) but you need to have one main color for throughout the house–like in hallways, for example. This weekend we’ll be painting most of the house the same color, and then adding variation by painting accent walls and the bedrooms in different colors. Especially since this color will be used so much, it’s super important that it’s the perfect shade.
In my Denver home, I went with Quill from Valspar which was the ultimate greige. This time, I wanted to cool it down and go with a true light gray, and landed on Front Porch from Sherwin Williams. It’s funny how similar they look in person…
Check back next week for photos of the living room!
Tips on Selecting the Perfect Shade of Gray:
1. Paint Chips. Take as many as you can get your hands on! Even if you don’t think you like them in the store because it’s too green or purpley, for example, you may actually be surprised when you get them home. They’re free, so don’t be shy!
2. Online Tools. Almost all paint companies like Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and Valspar all have online tools available to help you visualize. You can upload a photo and see exactly what the room will look like with the color. It’s pretty neat!
3. Samples. It’s sort of a pain in the you-know-what, but if you must, go ahead and buy a quart to sample on the wall. They’re about 10 bucks apiece, but it may be worth it if you’re having difficulty deciding. They annoying part is that you have to paint over your test stripes, so if you end up selecting a shade that’s drastically different it may take some primer or a few coats to cover it up.