If you are like most homeowners, you read the memo that gray is the hottest color to use in your home decor. That is, if you want your home to look modern and unmistakeably contemporary. Now that the easy part is over, the real challenge comes into play, how to select that perfect gray for your home. If I could bottle up this secret, I tell you, I would make a fortune.
The key to finding that perfect gray that works for you, is by visually looking at what you want in the space where you are putting the color. Are you looking for a cool color? Are you looking for a warm color? Will this color be used as an accent color or will this gray color be used on all of the walls? Believe it or not, this makes a big difference. Do you want a gray with a beige undertone, blue undertone, green undertone, purple undertone? All of these decisions will need to be made before you settle on your perfect gray color.
When I am working with clients on color consults for their home, I go through a series of questions and show them swatches of colors from my collection of color sample books. I also show them pictures of colors in different settings online. I like to use Houzz.com because it is so robust and you can find just about any color or design inspiration, by flipping through the online idea books. You can’t leave out Pinterest, because they also have a plethora of helpful pics people have collected around the net. The only drawback on Pinterest is that sometimes, you can’t determine the source of the picture.
It is important to remember, that a picture will look entirely different on your walls based on several factors, such as, light, shadows, time of day, the color of the furnishings in the room, etc. There are some people that are trained to know how to pick paint colors, there are those that have great instincts and then there are those that learn by trial and error. It does not hurt to be the latter, because at least you get to learn more about things that you do not like.
A few good paint selection tips are:
- Buy Paint Samples – they are inexpensive – worth it in the long run
- Paint the selected colors on multiple walls with different lighting. (small swatches)
- Wait 24 hours so that you can visually see the paint colors during the varying times of day
- Narrow down your selections
- Paint larger swatches of your narrow selections on nearby walls with different lighting
- Take a close look at the darkest color on the paint strip – this can be a winner with finding the right hue
- Buy the right amount of paint after your selection – don’t run the risk of running out of that perfect color
We all have our favorites that we tend to use frequently. I am no exception when it comes to this, but at the end of the day,it really depends upon what your personal tastes and preferences are.
Some of My favorite grays are:
- Grey Owl – Benjamin Moore
- Classic Gray – Benjamin Moore
- Revere Pewter – Benjamin Moore
- Grey Cashmere – Benjamin Moore
- Edgecomb Gray – Benjamin Moore
- Silver Mist – Sherwin Williams
Click on the following links to read more on how to select the perfect gray color:
Best Gray Paint Colors according to Ryan Gosling – Style with Emily Henderson
50 Shades of Gray – How to Choose Gray Paint Colors – Cindy Gelormini
Our five favorite Grays – Benjamin Moore
How to pick the perfect Gray paint – Love Pomegranate House
Picking the Perfect Gray Paint (Revere Pewter) – The Turquoise Home
A Perfect Gray – Blog devoted to finding the perfect gray color – By Donna Peay
Tips on Picking the Perfect Paint Color – Thistlewood Farms
Things to Consider when Painting Your Home – Donco Designs