The Perfect Shade of Gray

by Stefanie Schiada on September 13th, 2012


There was no paint color choice I agonized more about than the one I made with my own living room. I knew I wanted a neutral because this room would be the backdrop of any parties or holiday bashes. I knew I didn’t want to go all white because I had mostly northern facing light, which would make it feel washed out and drab. And I wanted a color that would make the architectural details in the room pop.



So I began a hunt for the perfect shade of gray that would feel warm without being brown. I put more than 12 colors on the wall and agonized over it. I listened to everyone’s advice on what their favorite color was. I asked friends, neighbors and strangers; I had paint color nightmares—all before learning the important lesson that one person’s perfect shade is another person’s nightmare! Finally after a swatch hunt that took weeks, I finally selected a warm, medium-tone gray and bit my nails.



Once it was up, I was happy I had put in the time and stressed about it, because the shade totally makes the room. It’s a great neutral without being too timid. The best part is that this color seems to work with anything I throw at it—a teal blue accent color in the form of a sofa table? Check! Vivid yellow party decorations? Check! Halls decked out for Christmas? Check.



Color suggestions: Driftwood Grey, Polished Limestone, Wood Smoke

Categories: Before & Afters, Color, Getting Started, Living & Family Rooms, Painting Tips, Planning Your Project


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