I have finally found the color that I want to paint my open living areas and hallways, and it’s the perfect gray. Woohoo!! But before I tell you which color it is, let’s talk gray for a minute. (And if you like gray, don’t miss the bottom of this post for a link to the colors I love to pair with gray!)
It was a great backdrop for my bright red couch and turquoise accents. And our new home came freshly painted in a similarly neutral beige.
It has a little more red than Latte, but it’s not too orangey for me. But, it’s flat paint. I have no extra sample paint for touch ups and there’s a little girl with sticky fingers walking around this house. 🙂 So, I needed to paint and pick out a color for my living room, entry way and two hallways.
Revere Pewter was a little washed out in this picture due to the morning light.
And I finally picked four colors to test out: Rockport Gray, Revere Pewter, Grant Beige and Hazy Skies. All by Benjamin Moore. I just love their colors, especially their historical colors, and probably won’t ever pick anything else!
I also kind of have a domino effect going on with the living room. I’m definitely doing board and batten treatment on the walls. And so I’ve got to figure out where that’s going exactly.
And I want to paint the top gray and the bottom white before I apply the boards and battens. That way I’m not doing quite as much trim painting as if I did it afterwards. I’m toying with the ideas of some built-ins in the living room as well.
So, I need to figure that out before I do the board and batten treatment. See what I mean about a domino effect? I have to do it all at once, or quickly since each part will effect the other. Whew, just writing it all out makes me tired.
Back to picking paint. I got a little sidetracked and overwhelmed with that last bit. Ha!
I highly recommend taking the time to pick your top favorite paint colors, getting samples, and painting them on poster board. I just used poster board from Walmart and sample paints from Lowe’s tinted to the Benjamin Moore colors.You want the color to be on the wall where you’re going to paint; you can always paint directly on the wall to get an even better idea, but I wanted to be able to take these down, and move them around the house. Check them at different times a day when the light changes in the room.
I also moved these posters to the hallways where there is little to no direct sunlight. I kept a white border around each color on purpose, in order to neutralize the color. I didn’t want the new color to be right next to the original wall color.
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