October 14, 2010

The New Neutral

I've set my mind on a deep, velvety gray to work as the neutral in my new home. The warmth of its hue casts me into a place of dreams and cozy respite - the perfect feeling to accompany the next chapter of my life, no?
When gray dances with white it's positively striking (yet soft) and stunning (though subtle). And it speaks to my desire to step away from the wandering lightness of my current place and create a stronger, more permanent anchor in my life...

So my dears, if I were to paint a wall or two gray, do you have any favorites you can recommend to me?

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22 comments:

samantha. said...

i LURVEE gray for interiors-- i do not have a particular paint color in mind but a suggestion that you pair it with lilac or bright pink!

xo
sami

Nicole - BKLYNcontessa said...

great idea! {am doing it myself} I went with Sherwin Williams Library Pewter. I know Benjamin Moore has some fantastic options ... I'd ask Amy @abcddesigns as I know she recently tested several for her master bedroom at the country house! Good luck!!!

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

I designed my home around gray tones. They're the best :)
I just did a cooking post in my kitchen and you can see the most GORGEOUS deep gray on my ceiling (Benj Moore Pewter). I also have a light gray on my walls, the name is escaping me but it's the best light gray. Let me know if you want me to search that one down.
http://looklingerlove.blogspot.com/2010/10/im-cooking-something-good-in-my-kitchen.html

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Personally, I adore Restoration Hardware's "Slate".
It looks great in darker or more brightly-lit areas and has just enough of a ruddy, taupey base so that it doesn't veer too much into the more blue-ish Christian Dior gray.

Good Luck, Alcira

thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

Gina said...

I love gray as a neutral color in the home. Great choice!

I am in the process of making over my bedroom to incorporate more gray. The walls are currently pale (almost white) blue and I think gray accents would be perfect.

Grant K. Gibson said...

Farrow and Ball- Down pipe!
You will love it!

Anna Liesemeyer said...

I love the contrast with the white in the kitchen. I think its important to keep some light in your room ...it can so effect your mood. However, the dark contrast is stunning. A little of both is the way I would go:)

HilaryInspired said...

I'm working with the idea of dark slate gray and honey amber...it's a work in progress but that's my starting point. I posted my inspiration board for it here: http://hilaryinspired.wordpress.com/2010/10/07/envisioning-fall/

Also, today is my post for Hello, Splendor's Blog Crawl...I would love to invite you over to read "My Life is an Open Book". Hope you can make it!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I am on a gray search myself. I want to try Ben Moore's Revere Pewter, Pale Oak and Horizon. Heard good things about all!

Maren Baker said...

I just saw a Christopher Peacock gray paint on some walls and it looked awesome... I can't remember the color, it might have been "Stone Walls". Either way, he has a lot of other nice grays (and other colors) in the line. I like Farrow & Ball's "Lamp Room Gray" too.

Splendid Sass said...

I'm with you on these rooms. I have been trying to find a table like this one since Domino had a photo similar to this one in brown tones.
Your home will be gorgeous.
Teresa

Stacey said...

Love these rooms and i'd recommend any of Benjamin Moore's grey, especially revere pewter. Of course, you'd choose your grey colour based on how much light you get in that room etc. Exciting though, isn't it?

Debbie@Vintage Scout Interiors said...

Ben Moore Amherst Gray or for a warmer, green based gray try some of the Sherwin Williams grays... Useful Gray, Agreeable Gray, Gray Area, Intellectual Gray

CJB said...

Grey is my personal favorite at the moment...quite sophisticated. Farrow and Ball's "Downpipe" and Sarah Richardson's "Gown" for Lowe's are both stunning. Best of luck...CJ

Lindsey said...

i have a crush on that kitchen. i'm sure whatever you do in your new place will b dope. your old spot was so super charming.

little *e* said...

I just painted my living room Benjamin Moore Chelsea Grey. I LOVE IT. it changes with the day and has a slight warm undertone so that its not too cold.

see photos here:
http://littleekd.blogspot.com/2010/09/little-by-little.html

Megan G said...

I LOVE that Nate Berkus home he deisned for the joels (your first pic). In fact I was so obsessed I hunted down the colors he used: the pic you are showing of the dining room is, Ben Moore - pale smoke. I used the color they used in their guest room called "cliffside gray" and LOVE it. It came out perfect and I LOVE it, but they both have more of a Blue undertone to it. A lot will depending on the lighting.

As a few others have mentioned "revere pewter" by Ben Moore is stunning. I would say it has more of a "tan" undertone than a blue one - it's a bit more neutral. I have that saved and will be painting my hallway and living room that color sometime after the holidays. Good luck!

Sarah Klassen said...

Sounds like a plan!

Pratt & Lambert "rubidoux" 32-23 and "olde silver" are beautiful. I have painted some furniture "olde silver" and walls "rubidoux" 32-23. I have loved it for 8 years (olde silver) and never tire of this gorgeous color.

Joslyn said...

two that I love:
lightish grey -- farrow and ball down pipe

dark (dark!) grey -- peppercorn by sherwin williams. I just did our guest bath in this color offset by lots of bright white and i LOVE it.

ABC Dragoo said...

Chelsea grey is the perfect medium warm grey think of the veins in Carrara marble!

Kendell Grey is the perfect charcoal with green undertones.

Wickham Grey is the perfect *almost white* with baby blue undertones

and Stonington Grey is the perfect grey with a *smidge* of periwinkle in it!

(All Benjamin Moore!)
Good luck!
xoABCD

Alexa said...

Just painted living room Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray. Love it! Does not give off any blue, lavender, or green hues yet has a lot of depth, more warm than cool.

NYC Custom furniture said...

The white lacquer finish table is gorgeous, it feels modern and clean yet warm and matches nicely in an eclectic space.

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