I’ve Got The Blues Over Gray

I’m feeling gray.

But not in the way you think!

Also, I’m starting to think that every one of my posts might include the word Pinterest but oh well, can’t help it. It’s where all my inspiration for home, and otherwise, comes from. After I first discovered Pinterest ( coincidentally and amazingly RIGHT as I was putting an offer on a house I now live in) and started pinning away, I realized that there was a common theme amongst A LOT of my For The Home pins : The color gray.

I’ve always really liked the color gray for whatever reason and own a few gray tops and what not but had never taken a real look at it as a color scheme in home decor. My previous home had no gray color.

It’s funny because when you think of gray, it kind of alludes to feelings of dullness, cloudy days and just all around mopey-ness (yea, I don’t think that’s a word either).

But its actually nothing of the sort! A large percentage of my current, and lets assume future, pins include gray and they all look AMAZING!! Least I think so. Every time I see it in a room, I love it! It’s subtle enough that it goes with mostly everything and yet pops enough to make a difference. It goes beautifully with colors like yellow and pink.

So when I first moved into our new house a few months back, I decided I was going “to go gray”. Problem was, I wanted ALL the rooms gray. I mean, it seriously matches everywhere! Don’t believe me? Check it out.

Living Room- dark floors

Living Room -light floors

Baby room

Dining Room

Guest Bedroom

Reading Nook

Hallway

Master Bedroom

And so on!

Told ya.

But even *I* know it sounds crazy (and gloomy) to want to paint all the rooms in your house gray so I decided I’d go with the the bedroom I spend the most time in (mine) and the living room area. Easy right? Not so much. Took me, correction, its taken me, FOREVER to pick the “perfect gray”. Think i’m kidding? Again, I’m not….

Ah, my wall of colors. And this is just a section of it! Also mixed some browns and whites I’m testing for the dining room & kitchen respectively.

So after settling (because of time constraints) on a gray-leaning-towards-blue color for the bedroom, its time to pick the one for the living area. A true gray this time. NO settling.

The bedroom has dark wood floors with dark furniture so I thought it warranted a lighter gray color. The living room however has light floors with white furniture so I think it merits a darker gray. Enter more inspiration:

White couch and light floors like me- Pin

How gorgeous are those chairs and that whole Christmas look?!!- Pin

Love how this room looks both sophisticated and cozy. Ah, those soft colors.- Pin

So. Freaking. Beautiful. Seriously, a dream! – Pin

The dark gray looks phenomenal against the light couch and window treatments.- Pin

I would NEVER have thought that finding a true gray would be that hard. When I say “true” gray I mean a color that it doesn’t have tones of any other color. That I’ve even spent so much time on this blog taking about it is baffling! But alas, it is true. So this past weekend I tried two more colors. I keep going to Home Depot and buying samples. Thank goodness that they’re about $2.50 a pop. I’ve bought about 10 of them. Think I’m kidding? Again, I’m not.

None of these were a true gray.

I then see on Pinterest this picture of the look I was going for AND it actually had the exact name of the paint color: Early Morning Mist! Perfect right?

Early Morning Mist- allegedly a true gray from Ben Moore.

I skipped Home Depot and went specifically to a Benjamin Moore paint store and bought their $7.99 sample paint in Early Morning Mist. I had also gone to Benjamin Moore’s website and looked up Early Morning Mist and it didn’t really look gray at all but I figured , eh its probably just the computer distortion.

So went home, painted the wall and although it was grayish, it wasn’t like the picture. At all.

Back on Pinterest, I see the SAME picture with a DIFFERENT color name.

Meet Revere Pewter.

Lesson learned: I should not trust everything I see on Pinterest to be completely accurate. Please take pins with a grain of salt.

Anyyyyyyways, long story shorter, I painted a bigger sample area to try to get a better visual hoping that this visual wold help me truly decide and not just settle which I felt myself on the verge of doing.

These are Early Morning Mist by Benjamin Moore (I paid $7 for that sample, I wanted to believe it was “the one”) and Behr’s Gentle Rain, which is the darker one on top.

So I think, I THINK, I’ve decided Gentle Rain.

What do you think blog world? Do we like? Is it a true gray, not too dark, not too light? Think it will go well with the light floors and light furniture? Crown Molding would make it even nicer but that’s still on the future To Do List.

So before I make that leap of faith, before I go all the way, before I commit..what do you all think?????

Help a sista out!

Thanks! Have a great week!

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13 Comments

  1. Vanessa

     /  March 5, 2012

    I’m exhausted!! Looks like you’ve done your homework and now it’s time to choose a paint color. Considering that I can’t even see the bottom color – i think the grey you’re looking for and will be happy with is the top grey. Let us know how it turns out!

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    • Haha.. It IS exhausting!! I can’t believe its taken this long. And yes I agree that the bottom one is too light. Can’t wait to show you the finished project after I gray up the living room! 🙂

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  2. a-ha! I have also researched revere pewter in my painting period last year, so I think it’s a winner! Love that color. DO IT 🙂

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    • Ahh don’t tell me that! I never went back for Revere Pewter b/c I didn’t want to spend another $8 on a failed sample. But now I think I have to since you recommend it so highly! lol. Back to the drawing board! Thanks for the tip!!!

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  3. Jennifer Wylde

     /  March 6, 2012

    I’m feeling a little blue after all that gray! Wow, you’ve done your homework! But I do like the Gentle Rain you decided on (as if you would really go back and change it now just because I wouldn’t like it…lol). And I agree with you Susy, I am in LOVE with gray rooms. There’s something sophisticated, calming, beautiful, and timeless about it. Or maybe that’s just the amazing styling jobs of Pinterest and others alike. Anyyyywho, I am loving this blog and feel better knowing I am not the only one who can’t decide on shades or pick one style. Thanks for making me feel normal again!

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    • Oh but I would go back and change it if you didn’t like it! Well, at least I’d highly consider it. 😉

      Glad you are on board the Gray train though! And glad you are enjoying the blog! Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts! xo

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  4. Finding the perfect “true gray” is almost impossible. I picked up 8 samples of gray, and painted them in 8 different spots in the room in hopes of finding that perfect gray. I gave up and finally settled on a blue-ish gray depending on what time of day it is. LOL

    Loving your blog btw!!

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    • Wow I’m so glad I’m not the only one loving gray and understanding how hard it is to find the perfect tone! I secretly want to try out two more suggested grays colors but I don’t think I can allow myself any more samples!
      The one in our room is blue/gray too. Oh well, still pretty!

      Thanks for sharing and for the blog love!
      🙂

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  5. nicolepcampbell

     /  April 29, 2012

    I am going through the exact same thing! I would paint my entire house gray if I could. I settled on Sherman Williams Silverpointe for our master bedroom (a light blu-ish gray). I’ve tried about 6 different grays trying to find a true gray for our dining room. They have all looked blue or purple! Right now the winner is Old Monterey by The Master Palate. Now I’m thinking I should try Revere Pewter too before we make our final decision. Glad I’m not the only one dealing with this!

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    • lol. I love that I’m not that only one as well!! It’s so funny how after the fact, I’ve heard so many color suggestions that I’d love to try. Guess we can’t buy samples forever and we just have to commit at some point. I’m happy with the outlook but its still NOT exactly what I was going for. Yes, try Revere Pewter and let us know!!!!

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  6. Lisa

     /  August 17, 2012

    I just painted two bedrooms Early Morning Mist by BM and love it! We are prepping our house for resale and the realtors raved over it because it goes with beige or grays. But, even though it is neutral and changes nicely with the light, wouldn’t really consider it a true gray. One of my favorite neutral colors now. Hope this helps!

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    • This absolutely does help, Lisa! Thank you! I’m still not 100% sold on the gray I choose and though its a pain in the you know what, I might change it. Great to know that Early Morning Mist is as nice as it seems. Thanks so much for sharing!

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