I’ve been obsessing over what color gray to paint my living room since September! Argh!!
Waaay back in September (which in blog years is like 25 years ago!) I mentioned I was trying to choose a paint color for my family room.
I added a little GIMP action to it to refresh your memory on the colors.
(10 points if you can figure out the additional color I recently added)
After I made this post I got a little sidetracked painting my foyer Honey Bear by Dutch Boy
…and painting and adding moulding to my piano room…
Route 66 by Dutch Boy
Now that I’m finished with those rooms, I’m ready to paint my family room and get those silly sample stripes off my wall.
So, what gray color did I end up deciding on?
Well, I wish I could choose a paint color that easily! I get hives trying to choose a paint color.
I pretty much decided on Bonsi from Valspar based off House*Tweakings wall color.
BUT then I saw Decor Chick’s new office and she used Sherwin Williams Mindful Gray.
After that I was given an opportunity to review some Dutch Boy paint. One of the colors I chose (based off a sample room online) was called Route 66, which I used for the piano room. (This is a beautiful rich creamy color that I adore, but am not sure it’s exactly right for my family room.)
Can you see why this gets me all stressed out?!
So I was really torn between these three grays, and then to add insult to injury I found a new blog last week called 7th House on the Left. She used Martha Stewart’s Cobblestone.
This may seem silly to some, but for me, picking paint colors is about as painful, if not more, than childbirth.
I may have an eye for crafts and home renovations, but something that should be a simple task like choosing a wall color sends me into a heart-racing sweat panic like no other.
And then to throw a monkey wrench to my hyperventilating that almost hospitalized me, 7th House on the Left had to go and throw out another gray that was just beyond gorgeous.
This gray is called Slate by Restoration Hardware.
Who even knew Restoration Hardware carried paint? It was news to me! I drove over there quicker than a hot potato and got, you guessed it, one of every single chip they had, as well as a mini sample of the Slate.
So, that’s where I’m at.
I went back to the drawing board and pulled out all my grays.
I apparently collect color swatches like my boy collects legos.
I quickly weeded out a bunch and narrowed it down to this:
Still way too many colors, but I’m making progress.
The new gray I choose for the family room has a few requirements. It has to coordinate with the dutch boy paint I’ve already used (Honey Bear & Route 66), it has to have tan undertones so it will match my couch, and it has to still look gray, not blue, or purple, or green. Oh, and it had to match the Slate by Restoration Hardware because after I saw 7th House on the Left‘s master bedroom & office in this color, I knew I was going to use it as an accent color in the family room as well as THE COLOR for my dining room.
So, the new gray has to look good with these colors:
I threw out the Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams and the Cobblestone by Martha Stewart and instead added Bedford Gray by Martha Stewart to the mix. The Bedford Gray seemed to be less mauve-ish and was an almost identical match to the Route 66. (It doesn’t look like a match in this photo, but it is very close IRL.)
In the end, after MUCH obsessing (I’m talking, obsessing over this for 4 months straight!), I finally chose Bedford Gray by Martha Stewart Living.
Can you even believe that I actually picked one?! I still can’t believe it myself.
It was painful, but so worth it. I’m thrilled that I have a color chosen and now I’m ready and rearin’ to paint!
I’ll show you some pics of the room as soon as I slap some paint up on the walls.
So, have you used gray paint for your house? I’d love to see it if you have a link to pictures!