Before I begin the story about how I chose the perfect gray paint for my walls, I want to share some of my inspirations.
Neutral Gray Walls in Various Settings
Fancy hallway bedrooms with black accents
Serene and dreamy bedroom
Gray in casual livingroom
Soft Gray in Bathroom
I probably should’ve done a better job documenting the first time I chose a Gray (or Greige) wall color for my home but I never got around to it, so here is a belated post about how I ended up choosing Edgecomb Gray as an all-over color for the home I’m living in now.
There is a wealth of information floating around the web about hundreds of different shades of grays and greige (gray+ beige) so instead of repeating all that I’ve learned and found to be true (and untrue), I’ll just cut to the chase for the sake of this post.
After days of research, I was down to two colors: Revere Pewter and Edgecomb Gray. I knew I wanted a “warm gray” not a “cool gray” and these two seemed to be the most popular, tried-and-true colors recommended by bloggers and designers.
So here is how Revere Pewter looks against white trim. Elegant, modern, not too dark, not too light.
However when I sampled the paint in my own home, it came out too dark. It was even darker than the color of the paint swatch. Even my painter suggested going lighter because it would be too dark for an all-over color. Weird, I know.
Gray Owl was nice but too “cool”- and it didn’t look right with our dark cherry wood staircase and cabinets.
After more research and confusion, I ended up using Edgecomb Gray throughout the entire home except my children’s rooms and I’m 100% happy with this choice. This is a complex and multifaceted color as it looks different in different parts of the home.
In some parts it looks darker gray, in some areas it’s light gray, in some areas it’s light taupe and I love how I can get various colors with a single color. This is exactly what I was looking for when choosing all-over color and I’m very happy with this choice.
Here is how it looks in my home today. I’m preparing for Open House so I removed all photos and personal touches.
Here it looks greige
Here it looks light “cooler” gray
Here it looks more creamy and beige
As you can see, the same Edgecomb Gray color can look different in various rooms under different lighting situations. It can look dark gray, light gray and even taupe.
I’ve used multiple colors in my home before and found that I always get tired of my color choices after some time, so this is the perfect alternative to using multiple colors. Not to mention, you can save $$$ by using less colors and instead, invest in better quality paint. (I found Benjamin Moore to be superior than most paints sold at Home Depot or Lowe’s.)
What do you think? What’s your favorite shade of gray or greige? Feel free to share your ideas, ask questions and leave comments.
You can also check out my review of various white paint for walls.
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